Season Summary: 1994
With the future of the VFA very much in doubt, Williamstown went into 1994 with Mark Cross, a tough former rover from the 1970's and member of the 1976 second division premiership team, as coach and Tony Pastore as captain. Bill Swan was the new coach of the Reserves and Trevor Davies was in charge of the Thirds. Among the recruits was former Williamstown Under 19's and North Melbourne/Carlton player Mark Arceri, whose father Tony had been the 'Town president in 1975, Troy Carrick from the Under 19's, future Liston Medallist Paul Dooley, 22 year-old Troy West from West Perth, 18 year-old Brad Lloyd, younger brother of vice-captain Simon, and Gary Barrow from Footscray. Troy Mitchell returned after a season at Wodonga, and Phil O'Keefe transferred over from Werribee mid-season.
After losing the opening three games rather badly to Oakleigh by 5 goals, to Sandringham by 50 points and to Dandenong by 45 points, the Seagulls improved to win the next three games to square the ledger after six rounds. Another three consecutive defeats was a setback but four victories in the next five games gave hope of a finals berth. Three losses in the last four rounds of the home-and-away season ended a disappointing season where Williamstown won just eight of the 18 games for the year to finish in eighth place, three wins and substantial percentage out of the final five.
Troy Mitchell took out his third Andy Taylor Memorial Trophy for senior best and fairest from Gary Barrow and newcomer Phil O'Keefe led the goal-kicking at the club with a total of just 24 goals to take out the Bert Hodge Memorial Trophy. Ricky Knight won the Bill Sheahan Memorial Trophy for best and fairest in the Reserves from Simon Parsons. David Patterson was leading goalkicker in the Seconds. Robbie Penna won the Harold Hosking Memorial Trophy for best and fairest in the Under 19's with Michael Brown runner-up. Matthew Swinton was leading goalkicker in the Thirds. Former President Graham Oborne was awarded the Bill 'Darkie' Raffle Memorial Trophy for best clubman.
Andrew Howlett played his 100th senior game for Williamstown against Frankston in round 11. The Thirds again ended runners-up, this time to Sandringham which won the flag in all three grades. 1994 was to be the final year of the Under 19's VFA competition.
Before the end of the year, former Geelong player Damien Christensen had been appointed coach for the 1995 season.
Troy Carrick, fresh out of Williamstown Under 19's
Kim Walsh took over as President in July when Graham Oborne stood down, Sharon became GM in late 1994
A new board took over running of the Club in July when Kim Walsh became President
Phil O'Keefe transferred from Werribee mid-season
Three-time best & fairest winner Troy Mitchell
18 year-old Brad Lloyd made his debut in round one against Oakleigh at Warrawee Park Oval.
Steve Symons and Greg 'Nuts' Minett
Andrew 'Ghost' Howlett gets in a fist to spoil against Springvale in round 8
Here Andy Howlett takes a text-book grab against Coburg in round 17
A sign of troubled times ahead
1990 premiership hero Bill Swan, was retired and coaching the reserves in 1994.
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