Season Summary: 2019
Williamstown VFLW player Sophie Van de Heuvel was drafted to AFLW side Geelong with pick number 2 in the national draft, while Michael Gibbons (Carlton), Ben Cavarra (Western Bulldogs), and Lachie Schultz and Brett Bewley (Fremantle) were picked up in the AFL draft.
2015 premiership defender Peter Faulks retired after 94 games at Williamstown over 8 seasons and 112 VFL games in total. Peter was also a VFL representative and made the VFL team of the year. Lachie George also departed due to work committments, while Daylan Kempster (Sunbury), Jordan Jomes (coach of Ocean Grove), Lachie Knight and Fletcher Carroll all returned to community football.
The other retirement from Williamstown was Club games record holder Ben Jolley after 269 VFL games (217 with the Seagulls) and 82 goals. Ben came to Pt Gellibrand in 2008 and, over 11 seasons, won a record-equalling four Gerry Callahan Medals, 9 times was voted most valuable player by his teammates, was captain for a record-equalling 6 seasons (2012-2017) including the 2015 premiership, made the VFL team of the year 7 times and twice represented the State. He is a life member of both Williamstown and the VFL.
New recruits for 2019 included Sam McLarty (Collingwood VFL), Ben Kennedy (40 AFL games with Collingwood and Melbourne), Mitch Hibberd (4 AFL games with North Melbourne) and 2015 premiership player Nick Sing returned after a year with Collingwood VFL.
1969 premiership back-pocket, Bill Mitchell, passed away in January. Bill played 28 games in 1969-70 kicking 7 goals.
Highlights of the round 1 night game at Williamstown against Port Melbourne can be viewed by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:
Highlights of the round 2 encounter at Frankston can be viewed by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:
Sophie Van de Heuvel was drafted to AFLW side Geelong for the 2019 season
Lachie Schultz, Brett Bewley & Ben Cavarra were all drafted to AFL clubs for the 2019 season
Dual JJ Liston Medallist & Club best & fairest winner, Michael Gibbons, was drafted by Carlton
Sam McLarty from Collingwood VFL, one of the first signings for the 2019 season
Nick Mellington, pictured in 2016 when playing with Richmond, joined Williamstown in 2019 from Coburg
Ben Kennedy, pictured here in 2017 playing for Casey Scorpions, was another 2019 recruit
2017 Coburg best & fairest winner, Liam Hunt, was also recruited to Williamstown in 2019
Ruckman Nick Meese in action against Port Melbourne in the round 1 night match against Port Melbourne