Sensational Seagulls clinch home final in milestone match
Williamstown has shot to the top of the VFL ladder, clinching a home final in the process after defeating Werribee by 71 points in captain Ben Jolley's 250th game at Burbank Oval today.
After a shaky start, the Seagulls put on a blistering twelve goals to one in a dominant second half, eventually winning 17.15 (117) to 6.10 (46).
After a big build up during the week with Jolley's 250th, senior coach Andrew Collins' 200th VFL game as coach, and Jack Dorgan's 50th VFL game, the Seagulls made sure that the day was always going to end in celebration.
Now top of the table, Williamstown cannot drop out of the top two with two rounds to play, meaning they will host a qualifying final at Burbank Oval in three weeks time.
The Seagulls jumped out of the blocks kicking the opening two goals of the match, before Werribee hit back with the next five, getting out to a 17-point lead late in the first term.
Williamstown were able to stop the bleeding in the second term, keeping Werribee goalless and while they only managed to kick two goals themselves, they were setting the scene for what was about to eventuate in the second half.
The Seagulls erupted in a dominant third term, booting seven goals to one into the wind to effectively seal the game with one quarter to play. The home side would add a further five unanswered goals in the final term to finish off their western rivals.
Reigning Gerry Callahan Medallist Willie Wheeler was a huge influence in the 71-point win, forming a lethal partnership with ruckman Nick Meese in the middle, bursting out of packs and putting the ball in dangerous positions for his forward teammates. Meese also waxed and waned with cousin and star on-baller Adam Marcon who picked up plenty of touches and also hit the scoreboard with two goals.
Lachlan Schultz and Leigh Masters provided an exciting one-two punch for the Seagulls up forward, kicking five goals between them and looking dangerous whenever the ball entered their vicinity.
The unsung hero of the day? How about key defender Joel Tippett. Playing against many of his ex-teammates at North Melbourne for the first time, Tippett was able to blanket the likes of seasoned veteran Lachie Hansen and was a major component of why the Seagulls were able to keep Werribee to just six goals for the day.
Williamstown will now travel out to Cranbourne to face Casey at Casey Fields on Saturday afternoon.
Williamstown: 17.15 (117)
Werribee: 6.10 (46)
Goals: Cavarra 3, Schultz 3, Dunell 3, Marcon 2, Cordy 2, Masters 2, Pongracic, Pickess.
Best: Wheeler, Marcon, Schultz, Masters, Tippett, Meese.
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