Season Summary: 2014

 

The competition structure changed again in 2014 with Richmond and Coburg ending their alignment and reverting to stand-alone clubs, and Coburg once again becoming the Lions. Also, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs parted ways and became stand-alone entities in the VFL. This meant 16 teams competed in the competition in this season.

By reverting to stand-alone status for the first time since 1999 in 2014, the Club went on a massive recruitment campaign in order to bolster the playing stocks now that Western Bulldog-listed players were no longer available. Andy Collins had already been appointed coach in late 2013, replacing Peter German, and he lured Ryan Ferguson and Brad Mangan to the Club after coaching them at West Adelaide. Ben Davies returned to the Club after two seasons playing in the country, and Peter Faulks did likewise after being de-listed by Fremantle. Kane Lambert, Adam Marcon, Nick Meese and Tim Currie were all lured from the Northern Blues, Western Jets captain Brett Bewley and teammate Jake Greiser, Michael Gibbons from the Murray Bushrangers and Jake Owen from the Calder Cannons came from the TAC Cup, while David Fahey came across from Essendon. Sean Tighe and ex-Port Adelaide AFL player Mitch Banner were recruited from South Fremantle, and Scott Clouston arrived from Werribee.  Ben Bese also joined the Club from Strathmore.

The only significant departure was Cameron Wood who was rookie-listed by Carlton, while Justin Sherman retired from the VFL after just three games in 2013 due to a knee injury.

The round 15 home game against Box Hill was moved to round 1 to open the season and resulted in a 13-point defeat, 13.17.95 to 11.16.82, then, despite picking up four players from Cramer Street, the Seagulls were not good enough and suffered a four-point loss to the Northern Blues at Carlton, 15.11.101 to 14.13.97, in round 2. Two victories followed in games at Williamstown against eventual-premier Footscray by 41 points (98-57) and Richmond by 70 points (129-59), before another loss to Port at Pt. Gellibrand, 10.11.71 to 5.14.44. Only one more defeat was sustained for the remainder of the season, at Box Hill in round 10 by 21 points, amongst some significant victories:

·         At Frankston by 56 points in round 6;

·         At Casey by 80 points in round 12;

·         At Williamstown against Bendigo by 61 points in round 16, with the score of 21.17.143 being the team’s highest score of the season, in Peter Faulks 50th VFL game;

·         At Craigieburn against Essendon by 71 points in round 17, with the score of 20.12.132 being the second-highest score of the season; and

·         At Sandringham by 55 points in round 20 in the final home-and-away game, after being just 10 points up at three-quarter time before kicking 7 unanswered goals in the last term.

Williamstown finished third on the ladder with 14 wins and 4 losses and qualified for its ninth consecutive final series, which was just one year shy of the Club record ten seasons from 1953-62. The Seagulls met second-placed Footscray at Whitten Oval in the qualifying final which resulted in a 20-point defeat, 14.11.95 to 10.15.75, with Adam Marcon best for the ‘Town.

The Seagulls then met Werribee at North Port in the semi-final and, after trailing by 32 points at three-quarter time, kicked 9.5 to 0.1 in the last term to win by 26 points, 15.15.105 to 11.13.79, and get through to yet another preliminary final. Kane Lambert kicked four goals, including three in the last, and was best-on-ground. It was Williamstown’s 12th consecutive victory over neighbouring Werribee.

The preliminary final was mired in controversy even before the first bounce due to the VFL using its discretion to allow Hawthorn’s Ben McEvoy to play for Box Hill even though he had not played sufficient games to qualify during the year and was, therefore, ineligible. In the end he was the difference between the two teams, being judged best-on-ground in a seven point win to the Hawks, 15.10.100 to 14.9.93. Williamstown came from four goals down in the third quarter to level the scores with 15 minutes to play, but Box Hill kicked two of the last three goals of the game to snatch victory, in the third loss to the Hawks for the season. Marcon was again best for the Seagulls, while Ben Davies, Mitch Banner, Cameron Lockwood, Ben Bese and Ed Carr also played well.

The Development League team finished on top again with 13 wins and 3 losses and a percentage of 226. It won its way through to the Grand Final and beat Box Hill convincingly, 18.18.126 to 13.13.91, with co-captain Dylan Conway kicking 8 goals and being judged best-on-ground. The other co-captain, Shaun Wyatt, booted 5 goals, and better players were Wyatt, Jake Greiser, Michael Gibbons, Josh Bench and Jake Owen. This meant back-to-back flags for the Reserves side under coach Brett Henderson.

Other notable events to occur during the year included:

·         In July, Williamstown became the first and only team to win the Foxtel Cup twice by defeating West Perth by 63 points, 10.11.71 to 1.2.8, in the grand final at Geelong under lights. Ben Davies was awarded the Coles Medal for best-on-ground, while other good players were Kane Lambert, Sean Tighe, Nick Sing, David Fahey and Scott Clouston;

·         Adam Marcon won the Frank Johnson Medal for best Victorian player in the inter-State game against SANFL on May 31;

·         Kane Lambert was selected in the rookie draft by Richmond;

·         On the administration side, Brendan Curry left the Club after a record 19 seasons from 1996 as CEO. He was replaced by Jason Reddick in December;

·         Skipper Ben Jolley won his third Gerry Callahan Medal as best and fairest in the seniors, from Adam Marcon with Nick Meese in third place. First-year player Scott Clouston was leading goalkicker. Reserves co-captain, Shaun Wyatt, was awarded the Bill Sheahan Memorial Trophy for best and fairest in that grade, with Josh Bench runner-up and Reid Adams in third place. Jolley also won his sixth Ron James Memorial Trophy as the Club’s most valuable player, and fifth in succession. Support staff member Maurie Thurston was voted best club person and received the Bill ‘Darkie’ Raffle Memorial Trophy.

·         Life member, dual back-pocket premiership player and two-time best and fairest winner, Reg Harley, passed away on February 1 at the age of 88. Reg played 117 games, including the 1945 and 1954 winning grand finals and took out the Club best and fairest awards in 1946 and 1947. He also played 61 games with South Melbourne from 1948-52, before returning to Williamstown. He was named on the interchange bench in the Williamstown Team of the Century.

·         Long-time supporter and Gulls coterie member, The Reverend Russell Braddon, passed away in March.

·         Premiership ruckman Sid Wookey passed away on September 8. Sid played 136 games and kicked 31 goals from 1950-57, and played in the 1954/55/56 flag sides. He also served as President from 1978-80; and

 Former vice-president of 1973-75 Alec Bell passed away in November 2014. Alec was Club secretary from 1965-69 and treasurer from 1970-71. He was ticket secretary in 1966 and on the finance committee from 1965-71. He continued on as a volunteer for the next 40 years after his official roles concluded.

                                                                 2014 senior playing list

President, Trevor Monti, maintains that Ned Kelly played 11 games for Williamstown in 1873 while on the Sacramento prison hulk which was docked at Point Gellibrand.

                                     Recruit Jake Greiser with the Western Jets in 2013

                                                                                                 Newly-appointed coach, Andy Collins 

Adam Marcon, son of former Preston star, Adrian Marcon, was recruited from the Northern Blues in 2014

Kane Lambert also moved across to Williamstown from the Northern Blues in 2014

Ruckman Nick Meese during his time with the Northern Bullants before crossing to Williamstown in 2014

                                              Ben Jolley in his third year of captaincy at Williamstown in 2014

Williamstown became the first and only team to win the Foxtel Cup twice by defeating West Perth by 63 points.

Ben Davies, best afield in the Foxtel Cup victory over West Perth in July, receives the Coles Medal from Barry Hall

                                      Kane Lambert is congratulated by teammates after goaling in the Foxtel Cup final 

                                     Scott Clouston takes a big grab against Geelong at Williamstown in the round 7 fixture

Peter Faulks played his 50th VFL game in round 16 v Bendigo at Williamstown in a 10-goal victory

Jack Johnston in action v. Northern Blues at Williamstown in round 18

      Willie Wheeler takes possession of the ball at Sandringham in the round 20 fixture 

Adam Marcon, best afield for Williamstown in the 20-point defeat in the qualifying final 

                            Mitch Banner in the qualifying final v. Footscray at Whitten Oval

The final score in Williamstown's amazing last quarter comeback against Werribee in the first semi-final 

Leigh Masters prepares to mark against Werribee in the first semi at North Port

                   Kane Lambert gets a handball away in the first semi against Werribee 

Kane Lambert celebrates one of his three last quarter goals in the semi-final against Werribee

David Fahey gets front position in the semi-final v. Werribee at North Port in 2014. 

Nick Sing (right) gets set for a mark against Werribee in the 2014 first semi

Scott Clouston flies for a mark against his old club in the first semi at North Port Oval 

Ed Carr, Adam Marcon, Kane Lambert & Sean Hetherington celebrate another last quarter goal against Werribee 

Anton Woods congratulates Jack Charleston on his long-bomb goal in the preliminary final 

                                Development League team list for Grand Final v. Box Hill  

Co-captains, Shaun Wyatt (5 goals) & Dylan Conway (8 goals) after the Reserves Grand Final victory.

Back row: Kathy Sheahan (stats), Charlie Nastasi, Jordan Mead, Anthony Anastasio, Josh Bench, Peter Brown (team manager)

Third row: Max Atkin (umpire escort), Michael Gibbons, Reid Adams, Jake Greiser, Brett Bewley, Jake McKenzie, Stephen McCallum, Andrew Gallucci, Graeme Crocker (timekeeper)

Second row: Mitch Ferrie (runner), Tim Currie, Jake Owen, Simon Deery, Tyler Curtis, Ben Casley, Max Hayes, Anthony Pierobon (runner)

Front row: Theo Theodorou (assistant coach), Craig Byron (rotations), Jack Walker, Dylan Conway (co-captain), Brett Henderson (coach), Shaun Wyatt (co-captain), Damien Bugeja, Maurie Thurston (rotations), Trevor Monti (president)

Insets: Kirby McConnon, Dale Hoghton

The four Hall of Fame members elevated to legend status at a function in May: Ray Smith, Gerry Callahan, Barry Round & Ian Rickman (the late Ron Todd was also recognised as a legend of the Club & Max Papley was elevated in 2017 to legend status)

Williamstown FC Hall of Fame Inductees

The Williamstown Football Club held its inaugural Hall of Fame function at Crown Casino on Saturday 31st May 2014. The following 51 players, officials and volunteers were announced as the inaugural inductees to the Williamstown Football Club Hall of Fame.

TRAILBLAZERS: 1864 – 1900

4 PLAYERS

  • Martin Joseph “Tottie” Fitzpatrick
  • Versatile former Captain 1887
  • President, Secretary and Delegate
  • William Fagg “Jasper” Jones
  • Star player of the 1880’s and 1890’s
  • Centreman who was a magnificent kick
  • Captain 1888 – 1889
  • William Henry “Barkly Bill” Jones
  • Very prominent player of the 1880’s and 1890’s
  • Walter Warren
  • Captain 1896 – 1899 and 1901

2 OFFICIALS

  • Alfred Thomas Clark (1845 – 1888) – 43 years of age
  • President WFC 1873 – 1875 and 1882 – 1887
  • Only Williamstown identity to have a statue erected in his memory in Williamstown Botanic Gardens
  • Duncan McLeod (1856 – 1908) – 52 years of age
  • Credited with saving WFC in 1876
  • Dominant force against amalgamation
  • Vice President 1879
  • Secretary / Treasurer throughout 1870’s and 1880’s

VILLAGERS 1901 – 1950

9 PLAYERS

  • Jim Caldwell – played 70 games
  • Captain / Coach 1921 – 1922
  • Premiership Player 1907 and 1921
  • Selected on the Wing in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Premiership Coach 1921
  • Arthur Cutting
  • Played 159 games / no goals
  • Best and Fairest 1938 and 1939
  • Won 1930 Recorder Cup (Liston Medal)
  • Premiership Player 1939 and 1945
  • Preferred position – Half Back Flank
  • Reg Harley
  • Played 117 games / kicked 19 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1946 and 1947
  • Premiership Player 1945 and 1954
  • Selected on Interchange in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Gordon “Butch” Ogden
  • Played 56 games / kicked 1 goal
  • Captain / Coach 1939 – 1941
  • Non playing Coach 1948 – 1949
  • Premiership Coach 1939 and 1949
  • Arthur “Porky” Sykes
  • Played from 1926 – 1939 (125 games)
  • Best and Fairest 1930, 1931 and 1932
  • Preferred position – Half Back Flank
  • Ron Todd
  • Played 141 games / kicked 672 goals
  • Captain 1948 and 1949
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1945, 1946, 1947 and 1949
  • Premiership Player 1945 and 1949
  • Leading competition goalkicker 1945 and 1946
  • Kicked 188 goals in 1945
  • Kicked 114 goals in 1946
  • Selected at Centre Half Forward in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Harry “Soapy” Vallence
  • Played 61 games / kicked 337 goals
  • Premiership Player 1939
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1939, 1940 and 1941
  • Kicked 133 goals in 1939
  • Kicked 111 goals in 1940
  • Johnny Walker
  • Played 127 games / kicked 444 goals
  • Premiership player 1949
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1953
  • Leading competition goalkicker 1950, 1952 and 1953
  • Kicked 103 goals in 1952
  • Colin Wilcox
  • Played 173 games / kicked 1 goal
  • Premiership player 1939, 1945 and 1949
  • Best and Fairest 1948
  • Selected on Half Back Flank in Williamstown Team of the Century

3 OFFICIALS

  • John James Liston (1872 – 1944)
  • President Williamstown FC 1923 – 1930
  • President of the VFA for 28 years
  • Legendary Administrator at Club and Competition level
  • VFL Competition Best and Fairest named in his honour
  • William “Bill” Dooley
  • President 1945 and 1946
  • Influential powerbroker and played a key role in recruiting, including Ron Todd
  • Generous benefactor to Williamstown Football Club
  • Larry Floyd
  • Secretary 1935 – 1939, 1945 – 1946 and 1948 – 1949
  • Iconic administrator and local politician
  • WFC Grandstand named in his honour

1951 – CURRENT

26 PLAYERS

  • Eric Beitzel
  • Played 113 games / no goals
  • Premiership player 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959
  • Selected in Back Pocket in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Gerry Callahan
  • Played 171 games / kicked 75 goals
  • Premiership player and Captain 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959
  • Premiership Coach 1958 – 1959
  • Captain 1954 – 1959
  • Coach 1958 – 1967
  • Best and Fairest 1951 and 1957
  • Selected at Centre Half Back and named Captain in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Alby Linton
  • Played 87 games / kicked 226 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1955
  • Premiership Player 1954, 1955 and 1956
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1954, 1955 and 1956
  • Leading competition goalkicker 1955
  • Selected as Rover in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • John Martin
  • Played 133 games / kicked 15 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1956 and 1958
  • Liston Medalist 1956
  • Premiership Player 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1958
  • Selected on Wing in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Max Munday
  • Played 120 games / kicked 6 goals
  • Premiership player 1954, 1955 and 1956
  • Selected at Fullback in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • John Ramsay
  • Played 125 games / kicked 6 goals
  • Premiership player 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959
  • Selected in Back Pocket in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Ray Smith
  • Played 205 games / kicked 161 goals
  • Premiership Player 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959
  • Best and fairest 1959, 1960 and 1961
  • Captain 1960 and 1961
  • Selected on Half Forward Flank in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Harry Simpson
  • Played 75 games / kicked 82 goals
  • Premiership player 1954 and 1955
  • Best and Fairest 1954
  • Selected in Forward Pocket in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Preferred position – Ruck
  • Bob Jones
  • Played 130 games / kicked 24 goals
  • Premiership player 1955, 1956, 1958 and 1959
  • Selected on interchange in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Preferred position – Ruck
  • Sid Wookey
  • Played 136 games / kicked 24 goals
  • Premiership Player 1954, 1955 and 1956
  • President 1978 – 1980 and played a key role in stabilising the club
  • Preferred position – Ruck
  • Max Papley
  • Played 54 games / kicked 108 goals
  • Coach 1968 – 1972
  • Captain 1968 – 1970
  • Premiership Player / Coach 1969
  • Selected in the Centre in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Tom Russell
  • Played 200 games
  • Premiership player 1969
  • Best and Fairest 1965
  • Selected on Interchange in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Preferred position – Full Back
  • Robert Percy
  • Played 135 games / kicked 67 goals
  • Premiership Player 1969 and 1976
  • Best and Fairest 1976
  • Preferred position – Half Back / Centre
  • Daryl Ward
  • Played 188 games / kicked 157 goals
  • Premiership Player 1959
  • Captain 1962 – 1966
  • Preferred position – Rover
  • John Fanning
  • Played 132 games / kicked 94 goals
  • Premiership Player 1976
  • Captain – Coach 1978
  • Best and Fairest 1974
  • Preferred position – Ruck
  • Kim Kershaw
  • Played 81 games / kicked 10 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986
  • Premiership Player 1986
  • Selected on Interchange of Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Preferred position – Ruck
  • Ian Rickman
  • Played 146 games / kicked 516 goals
  • Premiership player 1986 and 1990
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992
  • Leading competition goalkicker 1989 and 1992
  • Kicked 125 goals in 1989
  • Selected on Half Forward Flank in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Barry Round
  • Played 110 games / kicked 103 goals
  • Premiership Player 1986 and 1990
  • Best and Fairest 1987, 1988 and 1989
  • Liston Medalist 1987
  • Norm Goss Medalist 1990
  • Coach 1989 – 1993
  • Captain 1989 – 1991
  • Selected as 1st Ruck in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Brett McTaggart
  • Played 184 games / kicked 66 goals
  • Premiership player 1986 and 1990
  • Liston Medalist 1988
  • Captain 1992 – 1993
  • Selected on Half Back Flank in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Mark Fotheringham
  • Played 101 games / kicked 571 goals
  • Premiership player 1986
  • Best and Fairest 1982
  • Leading goal kicker at WFC 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987
  • Leading competition goalkicker 1983 and 1984
  • Kicked century of goals 1983, 1984 and 1985
  • Selected at Full Forward in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Tony Pastore
  • Played 189 games / kicked 150 goals
  • Premiership player 1986 and 1990
  • Norm Goss Medallist 1986
  • Captain 1994 – 1997
  • Selected on Interchange in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Terry Wheeler
  • Played 94 games / kicked 7 goals
  • Captain Coach 1984 – 1988
  • Premiership Captain – Coach 1986
  • Preferred position – Half Back Flank
  • Saade Ghazi
  • Played 204 games / kicked 291 goals
  • Best and Fairest 1997
  • Liston Medalist 1989
  • Captain 1998 – 1999
  • Leading goalkicker @ WFC 1991 and 1993
  • Selected in Forward Pocket in Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Preferred position – Rover
  • Troy West
  • Played 208 games / kicked 9 goals
  • Captain 2000 – 2004
  • Premiership Player and Co-Captain 2003
  • Preferred position – Full Back
  • Brad Lloyd
  • Played 167 games / kicked 129 goals
  • Premiership Co-Captain and Player 2003
  • Captain 2003 – 2006
  • State Captain 2004
  • Best and Fairest 2000, 2001 and 2004
  • Preferred position – On Ball
  • Brett Johnson
  • Played 124 games / 77 goals
  • Captain 2007 – 2011
  • Best and Fairest 2008 and 2010
  • Runner up of the Liston Trophy 2006 and 2008
  • State Captain 2008 and 2010
  • Preferred position – On Ball

7 OFFICIALS / VOLUNTEERS

  • Wally Carter
  • Coach 1954 – 1957
  • Premiership Coach 1954, 1955, 1956
  • 91 games – 76 wins, 15 losses, winning rate 83.5%
  • Selected as Coach of Williamstown Team of the Century
  • Janet Dooley
  • Begun volunteer work in the canteen in 1953 and has continued service to present day
  • Has managed the canteen for many decades.
  • Has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars throughout this period
  • Ladies Secretary 1973 – 1988
  • Recipient of AFL Victoria Alec Gillon Award 2011
  • Tony Hannebery
  • Played 43 games / kicked 8 goals
  • President for 10 years – 1983 till 1992
  • Dynamic leader who was instrumental in the clubs successful era of mid 1980’s to early 1990’s
  • Returned as Board Member 1995 to 1999 after stint as VFA President
  • Trevor Monti
  • Longest serving President – 1999 to current (16 years)
  • Played a key role in the $9.1 million redevelopment at Burbank Oval
  • Has been a key leader and influential voice representing WFC at both league level and within key governing bodies
  • Has been influential in ensuring WFC has prospered on and off the field during his Presidency
  • Brendan Curry
  • Longest serving General Manager / CEO – 1996 to current (19 years)
  • Played a key role in reversing the financial position of WFC and improving its on field performances
  • Instrumental in huge improvement to facilities at Point Gellibrand Oval
  • Overseen the growth of WFC and the strategic planning / goals over 19 years
  • Managed WFC through AFL alignments and decision to revert to a stand-alone entity
  • Kelly Brent
  • Legendary trainer who began his association with the Club in 1959
  • Head trainer for over 35 years and a much loved and respected figure
  • Developed tremendous bond with many generations of players, coaches and staff
  • Bob Major
  • Begun involvement with WFC as St Johns Ambulance volunteer and graduated to Head Trainer
  • Highly respected and much loved figure at both Williamstown Football and Cricket Clubs
  • Long time Treasurer and Committee person

 

        Reg Harley in later years, passed away in February 2014.   

                   Reg Harley during his years at South Melbourne 1948-52

 

 

                                  

 

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