Season Summary: 1997
Williamstown began season 1997 with a draw at Traralgon, a win at Springvale and a two-point loss at home to Sandringham. Steady performances kept the Seagulls up with the leaders and, when they won the return game against Traralgon by 84 points, it seemed a finals spot was assured. With seven wins and a draw from the first 11 games it appeared only an almighty fade-out would prevent the 'Town's advancement.
Four losses against eventual finalists followed and then the Seagulls had another draw, this time against Box Hill at Pt. Gellibrand. A loss at Frankston and a two-point win against North Ballarat completed the season and a sixth-placed finish, just one win and substantial percentage out of the final five. Tony Pastore, who had captained the side since 1994 and had given great service as both a defender and forward, played the last of his 189 games with the club. He transferred to Springvale in 1998. Another veteran, rover Saade Ghazi, won the club's Andy Taylor Memorial Trophy for best and fairest and the Ron James Memorial Trophy for most valuable player, which was a fitting reward for his consistent efforts. Phil O'Keefe again scored the most goals for Williamstown with 46 and won the Bert Hodge Memorial Trophy for leading goalkicker. Ron Johnson was awarded the Bill 'Darkie' Raffle Memorial Trophy for best clubman for the second time.
Seagulls Nest, the Club's successful gaming venue in Newport, officially opened on December 12.
The Club's gaming venue, Seagulls, opened in December 1997. Pictured are coach Merv Keane, captain Saade Ghazi, player Steve Zavalas and Club legend Barry Round.