Season Summary: 1993

Williamstown went into season 1993 without key forward Jack Aziz, who had crossed to Werribee and where he was destined to head the VFA goalkicking with 97 majors and lead his new club to the premiership that year, in a spiteful clash with Port Melbourne. Barry Round, in his eighth year with the club, coached the team for the fifth consecutive season. Things started badly with an 85-point thrashing at Sandringham in the opening round in the grand final rematch, but three wins were scored in the first five rounds before four consecutive losses in rounds 6-9, including a one-point defeat at Springvale. Two other games in this round were also decided by just a single point. Three successive wins in rounds 10-12 revived hopes of a finals spot, but four losses in rounds 15-18, including a one-point loss to Port Melbourne at home and a three-point defeat at Box Hill in the last home-and-away round, ended the season. In the round 17 loss to Port, former Burra Bill Swan played his 301st senior VFA game to overtake the games record held by former teammate Fred Cook. In finishing ninth of the 12 clubs with seven wins and eleven losses, three wins and percentage out of the final five, the Seagulls had dropped seven rungs on the ladder from 1992. Only the Thirds ended up competing in the finals, and finished runners-up to Port Melbourne. 

Andrew Howlett won the Andy Taylor Memorial Trophy for senior best and fairest from Tony Pastore, while Ghazi with 38 was the Seagulls leading goalscorer and winner of the Bert Hodge Memorial Trophy. Martin Vonier was awarded the Bill Sheahan Memorial Trophy for best and fairest in the Reserves with Ricky Knight runner-up, while Jason Barry was leading goalkicker. Troy Carrick took home the Harold Hosking Memorial Trophy for best in the Under 19's from Simon Parsons. Ron Stent was awarded the Bill 'Darkie' Raffle Memorial Trophy for best clubman. 

Season 1993 marked the end of the playing days at Williamstown of Ian Rickman, Brett McTaggart (184 games) and Billy Swan, while Round announced after the last game that he would be stepping down. Mark Fotheringham also resigned as coach of the Reserves, as did Brian Carrick in the Thirds. Rickman had kicked 516 goals in 146 games, placing him third on Williamstown's list of all-time aggregate goalkickers, behind only Ron Todd (672) and Mark Fotheringham (571). Swan played 83 games with the Seagulls from 1989 and ended on a VFA total of 302. 

During the year, the Club lost one of its most loyal and dedicated workers in Keith 'Bootnose' McKay, who passed away in May, aged 69. His wife, Vera, also a life member of the Club, passed away in February 1995, aged 75. 

Former rover from the 1976 premiership team, Mark Cross, was appointed senior coach for 1994, Bill Swan as Reserves coach, Marc Aceri assistant coach and Tony Pastore as captain, replacing McTaggart.  

               Troy Moloney was recruited to Williamstown in 1993 from Footscray

                                                                             Saade Ghazi in action v. Box Hill in 1993

Dual premiership star, Liston Medal winner and captain, Brett McTaggart, bowed out after the 1993 season, along with Ian Rickman & Billy Swan

                                               training staff 1993

back row Ron 'Hambone' Johnson, Rod Evans, Elpi (Alby) Mimilas, Stephen Potter

 front row unknown, Kelly Brent, Ross Templeton, Ian Slater 

                                               Ian 'Chops' Rickman

 

 

Thirds Elimination final side, featuring future Liston Medallist Paul Dooley, and senior players Troy Carrick, Mark Illich, Robbie Penna and Chris Karakalakis.       

Williamstown's Under 19 coach, Brian Carrick, retired at the end of 1993 after 3 seasons in the job.   

               

   Troy Carrick, son of coach Brian, Williamstown Under 19's best & fairest winner in 1993             

                                                   1993 Senior Best & Fairest winner Andy 'Ghost' Howlett

 1993 presentation night, from left Simon Lloyd, Saade Ghazi, Tony Pastore and Andrew Howlett

Keith & Vera McKay, pictured here in 1991. Keith passed away in May 1993 followed by his wife in February 1995. 

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