Valiant effort as Gulls fall short to Pies
Two polar opposite teams in terms of ladder position faced off on Saturday at Victoria Park as Williamstown was looking to upset top of the table Collingwood.
The sun looked to be sticking around which was a welcomed surprise but so was the contest.
A quick start occurred with the Magpies kicking the first two goals in the opening five minutes, and yet at the end of the quarter it was a one-point game. The girls in the forward half did a spectacular job keeping the ball consistently in the attacking 50 and it was Sharnie Whiting's quick snap on goal that brought us within one.
The second quarter continued to be an even contest with Williamstown able to keep up with anything the talented Magpies threw at them.
On top of the scoring, Ruby Tripodi and Megan Williamson were once again catching the eyes of spectators as their tackling numbers were off the charts. Tripodi finished with a game and career-high 11 tackles.
Going into the main break the margin was only 13 points.
In the second half fatigue was starting to set in on both sides and it was then where captain Nikki Wallace showed some class. One great play involved a tackle, a great run along the boundary, kick into space and another tackle gifting her a shot on goal.
Unfortunately, the skill of the opposition was illustrated in the fourth quarter and ultimately some missed opportunities cost the Seagulls the upset of the season. However, the girls can hold their heads high and will continue this form into their next contest against Carlton.
Next week will be the Seagulls' third successive game away from home.
Williamstown Seagulls 4.8 (32)
Collingwood Magpies 9.3 (57)