Williamstown Development win second straight encounter
Williamstown's development team have continued their strong form, defeating then-second placed Sandringham by 31 points at Burbank Oval on Saturday.
The win moves Williamstown up to second on the Development League ladder after eight rounds, after the Seagulls ran out 13.15 (93) to 9.8 (62) victors.
It was a high quality opening to the contest in the second vs third clash, with both sides trading goals in a frenetic opening term.
Williamstown took just a two-point lead into the first change, but soon after were able to break the game open booting five unanswered goals in the second term to lead by six goals at the half, before booting another five goals to two in the third term to ensure victory.
Agile small forward/midfielder Brayden Monk put in his best performance of the year, buzzing around the packs and having a hand in a number of Seagulls goals, including kicking one of his own. He was well helped in the forward 50 by Christian Buykx-Smith and Tom Wilkinson, who kicked five goals between them.
The Seagulls defence was just as impressive, led by Billy Myers, who continues to press for senior selection. The ex-Western Jet took a number of intercept marks and with his tackling and defensive pressure, was one of the team's best performers on the day. Fellow ex-Western Jet Liam McMahon was also solid off the half-back line and kick started the Seagulls by surging forward to kick the first goal of the game.
Jason Pongracic again provided an experienced head in the clinches, providing a lot of the grunt work in the middle enabling the likes of Lachlan Bramble on the outside to find plenty of space with ball in hand to deliver neatly inside 50.
Now having leap-frogged Sandringham, the Seagulls will back it up again with another clash against the Zebras this Sunday at 11am at Burbank Oval.
Williamstown: 13.15 (93)
Sandringham: 9.8 (62)
Goals: Wilkinson 3, Buykx-Smith 2, McMahon, Dundon, Yeo, Pickess, Davies, Monk, Condon, Owen.
Best: Monk, Myers, McMahon, Pongracic, Bramble, Buykx-Smith.
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