2000's

The 2000 VFL season saw the merger of the Victorian-based AFL clubs reserves teams with the VFL clubs from the previous year. This resulted in an 18-team competition comprised of AFL stand-alone clubs, stand-alone VFL clubs, AFL/VFL alignments and the Murray Kangaroos, an affiliation between North Melbourne and the Ovens and Murray League. Williamstown was in a partial alignment with the Western Bulldogs, and resulted in a return to finals action which saw an elimination final victory but then defeat at the hands of Carlton in the first-semi, which was Club champion Saade Ghazi’s last appearance for the Seagulls. 

The affiliation with the Bulldogs was to last only one season, and a new alliance was formed with Collingwood going into the 2001 season. The team finished in ninth position, just one win outside the final eight, but the Reserves team made the grand final only to lose to Werribee by four goals. Andrew Bews finished up as coach and was replaced by Brad Gotch, who would go on to coach the Seagulls for the next eight years.

2002 saw the Club finish sixth and earn a first-ever home final but went down to the Murray Kangaroos by 5 goals. The Reserves, under first-year coach Anthony Eames, gained some revenge in the grand final by downing Werribee by seven points to win the first pennant for Williamstown in any grade since 1990.

The 2003 season resulted in the team finishing second on the ladder, and finals victories against Box Hill and Port Melbourne saw the Club’s first senior grand final appearance for 13 years. The Reserves also made the grand final play-off. The Seniors were successful by five goals, once again over Box Hill, and Adrian Fletcher won the Norm Goss Medal. The Reserves had a comfortable nine-goal victory on a great day for the Club.

A premiership hangover was experienced in 2004 with the team finishing in tenth position with just six victories for the season. The Reserves fared much better to finish in fourth place with 10 wins, 7 losses and a draw. They won the elimination final against Werribee by two goals (95-83), and had a huge win in the first-semi by 83 points over Sandringham (157-74). They got home by 10 points in the preliminary over North Ballarat (90-80), but were no match for Port Melbourne in the grand final and went down by nearly 11 goals, 19.13.127 to 8.15.63.

Troy West overtook Ray Smith’s long-standing games record at Williamstown in round four of 2005, but was badly injured shortly after and retired on 208 games for the ‘Town. Brownlow medallist Nathan Buckley made the first of his two appearances for the Seagulls in a round 11 victory at Box Hill, but this was not enough for the Club to make the finals, missing out by a mere 4%. The Reserves finished on top of the ladder in that grade with 16 wins and only two losses, and after defeating  North Ballarat in the second-semi final (97-86) they met the Roosters again in the grand final and won their third premiership in four years, 16.7.103 to 12.9.81. Nick McArdle was voted best-on-ground.

Williamstown returned to the finals after a two-year absence in 2006 with 11 wins and 7 losses for the season to finish in fourth position. They met the Bullants in a qualifying final at Cramer Street, and triumphed 19.16.130 to 12.13.85 after a 10-goal final quarter. However, the team was no match for Geelong in the preliminary and went down 17.13.115 to 12.16.88 to end the season. The Reserves went through the season undefeated to register 18 wins and a percentage of 252! They won their first final against Frankston 12.8.80 to 8.10.58, but then suffered their first defeat for the year in the grand final, going down to Box Hill by two goals, 10.11.71 to 8.11.59. Brad Lloyd played his 150th game for the Seagulls early in the season, and Brett Johnson was runner-up in the JJ Liston in his first year with the Club.

A win and two consecutive draws in the first three rounds started off the 2007 season under new captain Brett Johnson. Collingwood champion Nathan Buckley made his second appearance for the Seagulls in a 115-point win over Port Melbourne in round 19, and, at the completion of the home-and-away rounds, the team finished in fourth place with 10 wins, six losses and the two draws. The Reserves also ended up in fourth spot on the ladder with 12 wins, 5 defeats and one draw. Williamstown won the qualifying final by two points at Sandringham, however, in the preliminary Coburg were too strong and won 20.17.137 to 11.10.76 to end the season for the ‘Town. The Seconds won their elimination final by six goals and were victorious in the first semi but Port proved superior in the preliminary final winning 17.10.112 to 8.10.58. Outgoing coach Anthony Eames had guided them to five grand finals in his six seasons, producing three premiership flags.

The Club entered into a new alignment with the Western Bulldogs for season 2008, which saw the Seagulls finish in third position with 15 wins and 5 losses, while the Seconds ended up in second spot with 14 wins and two losses and a percentage of 232%. A loss in the qualifying final was followed up by a thrilling one-point victory over Frankston in the second-semi. The ‘Town then suffered their third consecutive preliminary final loss to conclude the season. The Reserves won their qualifying final before downing the previously unbeaten Coburg in the second-semi, and entered their seventh grand final in eight years. They won the Club’s 10th premiership in that grade by defeating Box Hill by 31 points. Dean Galea kicked 5 goals, while James Beaumont was best-on-ground.

Seven consecutive wins to start the 2009 season saw the Seagulls finish in second spot with 13 wins and 5 losses, while the Reserves also finished second with 15 wins and three losses. Finishing second gave Williamstown a home qualifying final but they lost to the Northern Bullants 11.12.78 to 6.13.49, the Club’s lowest score of the season. Another loss in the second-semi to Collingwood ended the eight-year coaching reign of Brad Gotch. The team contested the finals in six of those eight seasons. The Reserves lost a knock-out preliminary final to Sandringham, 14.10.94 to 6.14.50, which saw Saade Ghazi also finish up as coach of that side. Before the year was out Williamstown had appointed Peter German (senior coach) and Adam Potter (Seconds coach) to guide the Club into the next decade.

Season by Season Summaries

Season Summary: 2000     Season Summary: 2001       Season Summary: 2002     Season Summary: 2003     Season Summary: 2004     Season Summary: 2005     Season Summary: 2006     Season Summary: 2007     Season Summary: 2008     Season Summary: 2009

 

     Year     

     President     

     Coach     

     Captain     

Leading Goalkicker     

     2000

Trevor Monti

Andrew Bews

Troy West

Christin Macri (35)

     2001

Trevor Monti

Andrew Bews

Troy West

Brent Tuckey (41)

     2002

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Troy West

James Podsiadly (33)

     2003

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Troy West/Brad Lloyd

Marcus Baldwin (61)

     2004

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Troy West/Brad Lloyd

Ben Kinnear (?)

     2005

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Brad Lloyd

Jeremy Dukes (31)

     2006

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Brad Lloyd

Andrew Williams (30)

     2007

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Brett Johnson

Andrew Williams (?)

     2008

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Brett Johnson

Patrick Rose (?)

     2009

Trevor Monti

Brad Gotch

Brett Johnson

Matthew Little (?)

 

     Year    

Gerry Callahan Medal

Best & Fairest

Best & Fairest

Runner-Up

Reserves

Coach

Bill Sheahan Memorial

Reserves B&F

  2000

Brad Lloyd

Christian Macri

Bruce Davis

Matthew Montebello

     2001

Brad Lloyd

Craig Anderson

Bruce Davis

Anthony Eames

     2002

Adrian Fletcher

Andrew Dimattina

Anthony Eames

Matthew Cape

     2003

Adrian Fletcher

Brad Lloyd

Anthony Eames

Luke Jarrad

     2004

Brad Lloyd

Sam Cranage

Anthony Eames

Nick McArdle

     2005

Jeremy Dukes

Jason Cloke

Anthony Eames

Patrick Rose

     2006

Steven Greene

Brett Johnson

Anthony Eames

David Stretton

     2007

Ben Davies

Sam Iles

Anthony Eames

Matthew Miller

     2008

Liam Picken/Brett Johnson

Ben Jolley

Saade Ghazi

Luke Cartelli

     2009

Wayde Skipper

Brett Johnson

Saade Ghazi

Matthew Cravino

 

     Year     

Most

Consistent

Coaches Award

Gulls 1%

Award

Ron James

Most Valuable

     2000

?

?

?

Brad Lloyd

     2001

?

?

?

Craig Anderson

     2002

Carl Steinfort

Matthew Pearce

Jeremy Dukes

Matthew Cape

     2003

Sam Cranage

Troy West

?

Matthew Pearce

     2004

Luke Jarrad

Luke Jarrad

Justin Crow

Jeremy Dukes

     2005

Matthew Lokan

Andrew Williams

Sam Cranage

Jeremy Dukes

     2006

Adam Iacobucci

Patrick Rose

Kane McKenzie

Tom Langlands

     2007

Liam Picken

David Stretton

Kane McKenzie

Matthew Cravino

     2008

Jason Cloke

Adam Cook

Ben Jolley

Ben Jolley

     2009

Ben Jolley

Guy O’Keefe

Ben Jolley

Wayde Skipper

  

     Year     

Best in Finals

General Manager/CEO

Treasurer

Best Club

Person

     2000

N/A

Brendan Curry

Glenn Murphy

Bruce Davis

     2001

N/A

Brendan Curry

Glenn Murphy

Ian Cashill

     2002

N/A

Brendan Curry

Glenn Murphy

Chris Pace

     2003

Jarrod Molloy

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Max Atkin

     2004

N/A

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Jami Moran

     2005

N/A

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Kathy Sheahan

     2006

Brett Johnson

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

David & Carol Utber

     2007

Ben Davies

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Dr. Jason Chan

     2008

Callan Ward

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Natalie Chahine

     2009

Easton Wood

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Ron Williams

 

Competition Award Winners

2003 Norm Goss Medal – Adrian Fletcher

2005 Fothergill-Round Medal – Jackson Barling

2006 A. Todd Medal Reserves Competition Best and Fairest – David Stretton

2006 Runner-up JJ Liston Trophy – Brett Johnson

2008 Runner-up JJ Liston Trophy – Brett Johnson