1990's

Consistent form in 1990 enabled Williamstown to have a good season, particularly in the middle stages when they won seven consecutive games. In Round 16 the Seagulls defeated Coburg 22.19 to 12.12 to wrest top spot from the Lions. However, Williamstown dropped to fourth place, despite winning 12 of the 18 games, they still had by far the best percentage (138.4) of any of the clubs. To take the flag Williamstown had to win four finals, starting with the elimination final against fifth-placed Werribee. The 'Town progressed their way through the finals and booked a spot in the Grand Final for the fifth time in six seasons. The Seagulls faced off against Springvale in the decider, a miracle comeback saw Williamstown's claim a two-point win, 16.11 to 15.15, and securing its 14th premiership.

In 1991, two struggling clubs in Camberwell and Brunswick both quit the VFA, bringing the total of teams to just 12. For the first time in seven seasons Williamstown failed to reach the finals. Rover Ghazi was the club's leading goal-kicker and veteran Bill Swan added another club best and fairest award.

The Seagulls bounced back in 1992 as they played in their sixth Grand Final in only eight years. For the first time since 1958 the VFA played with 18-man teams by reinstating the two wingers. The early stages of the Grand Final against Sandringham at Princes Park indicated an even game, however, Sandy triumphed 19.16 to 13.8, which by coincidence was a margin of 44 points - the difference between the two sides in the opening game of the season.

The 1993 season was coached by Barry Round, coaching the team for the fifth consecutive season. Williamstown finished ninth of the 12 clubs with seven wins and eleven losses. Season 1993 marked the end of the playing days at Williamstown of Ian Rickman, Brett McTaggart and Billy Swan, while Round announced after the last game that he would be stepping down. After losing the opening three games in 1993, the Seagulls won eight of the 18 games for the year to finish in eighth place. 

The 1995 season, under new coach, ex-Geelong player Damien Christensen, were dashed, largely because of lack of funds, and in what turned out to be the last season played by the VFA, its oldest constituent club had the ignominy of losing all sixteen games to finish dead-last. After season 1995 the 118-year old Association was scrapped and a new body called the Victorian Football League (VFL) was formed. As a way of trimming the existing clubs from nine to eight, the VFL recommended that Williamstown merge with Werribee to form the Western Seagulls. This was not to be, as 1200 signatures against the merger meant Williamstown survived the troubling year of 1995.

1996 marked the start of the new VFL, whose ranks included country clubs Traralgon and North Ballarat. A 26-point win at Traralgon followed and, before long, it was evident that the 'Town had reversed its dismal form of the previous year. Good performances in the second half of the season enabled the club to finish fourth on the ladder with 11 wins, 6 losses and a draw. Williamstown and Port met in the elimination final with the 'Town triumphing by 12 points. This brought the Seagulls and Werribee together in the first semi-final, but this time the 'Bees won 13.19 to 9.5.

Williamstown began season 1997 with a draw at Traralgon. A loss at Frankston and a two-point win against North Ballarat completed the season. Tony Pastore, who had captained the side for four years and had given great service as both a defender and forward, played the last of his 189 games with the club. Veteran rover, Saade Ghazi, won the club's best and fairest award, which was a fitting reward for his consistent efforts. Phil O'Keefe again scored the most goals for Williamstown with 46. 

Traralgon was replaced by Bendigo in 1998 as Williamstown missed out on the chance of playing in the finals. With only two wins in the first eight games, the Seagulls then played consistently to win the next five. A victory over Bendigo in the last round gave Williamstown eight wins from 18 home-and-away fixtures.

The Seagulls again won eight and lost 10 games in 1999, but in far different circumstances. This time they made a cracking start by winning the opening four games under new coach, former Geelong and Brisbane star, Andrew Bews. The undoubted highlight of the year was the form of David Round, who won the club best and fairest only ten years after his father, Barry, had last won the award.  

 

Season by Season Summaries

1990  

 

 

1991

 

 

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1995

 

 

1996

 

 

1997  

 

 

1998  

 

 

 

1999

 

 

  Year           President           Coach           Captain      Best &      Fairest      Leading Goalkicker     
     1990 Tony Hannebery    Barry Round  Barry Round    Troy Mitchell Ian Rickman (53) 
     1991 Tony Hannebery        Barry Round  Barry Round   Bill Swan Saade Ghazi (31)
     1992

Tony Hannebery/

Graham Oborne 

  Barry Round    Brett McTaggart Troy Mitchell

Ian Rickman (82)

     1993 Graham Oborne        Barry Round Brett McTaggart Andrew Howlett   Saade Ghazi (38)
     1994

Graham Oborne/

Kim Walsh     

   Mark Cross  Tony Pastore  Troy Mitchell  Phil O'Keefe (24)
     1995      Kim Walsh/          Greg Swann     Damien Christensen Tony Pastore  Julian Shanks  Steve Johansen (16)
     1996      Greg Swann         Merv Keane  Tony Pastore  Paul Dooley      Phil O'Keefe (53)
     1997      Greg Swann         Merv Keane   Tony Pastore  Saade Ghazi      Phil O'Keefe (46)
     1998      Greg Swann         Merv Keane  Saade Ghazi Danny Del Re

Danny Del Re (60)

     1999  Trevor Monti    Andrew Bews  Saade Ghazi David Round  

Danny Del Re (49)

 

     Year     

General Manager

/CEO    

Ron James

Most Valuable 

     1990 Ray Maloney Brett McTaggart
     1991 Gavin Keane David Ackerley
     1992 Mark Fotheringham Troy Mitchell
     1993 Mark Fotheringham Andrew Howlett
     1994 John Sell/Mark Dunphy Troy West
     1995 Sharon Walsh Julian Shanks
     1996 Brendan Curry Paul Dooley
     1997 Brendan Curry Saade Ghazi
     1998 Brendan Curry Troy West
     1999 Brendan Curry

Troy West

  

    Year    

  Reserves B&F  

     Thirds B&F     

     Best Clubman     

 Most Consistent 

     Coach's Trophy

     1990

Nick Dimartino   Bill Dooley Bob 'Bumper' Jones   Brett McTaggart  TBA

     1991

 Rick Slevison Adam Hough Graeme Crocker David Ackerley Scott Perry

     1992

Bill Dooley    Brad Spurling Ron Johnson  Tony Pastore Steven Long

     1993

Martin Vonier Troy Carrick Ron Stent Saade Ghazi Simon Lloyd

     1994

 Ricky Knight  Robert Penna  Graham Oborne   Brad Lloyd

 Troy West

     1995

Corey Tranter N/A  Paul Brown     

     1996

Adam Murone  N/A 

Brian Hamment 

 

 

     1997

Leigh Dooley

 N/A 

 Ron Johnson

 

 

     1998

Cameron Beazley

 N/A 

Kevin Johnson 

 

 

     1999

Luke Phipps 

 N/A 

 Lorraine Davies

      

 

 

 Competition Award Winners

1990 Norm Goss Medallist - Barry Round

1992 Leading Goal Kicker - Ian Rickman 82

1992 Fothergill-Round Medal - Julian Shanks

1996 JJ Liston Trophy - Paul Dooley

1996 Fothergill-Round Medal - Paul Dooley