Qualifying final locked in




The AFL has confirmed Williamstown's VFL qualifying final against Footscray will be played at VU Whitten Oval this Saturday from 1:00pm.


Williamstown finished third on the VFL ladder following the conclusion of the home-and-away season, registering 13 wins, four losses and a draw across 21 rounds.


The Seagulls will be joined by AFL-aligned Richmond (first), Footscray (second), Essendon (fourth), Geelong (sixth) and Box Hill (eighth), as well as fellow stand-alone clubs Werribee (fifth) and Port Melbourne (seventh) in the battle for the premiership. 


It’s set to be Williamstown’s 14th-consecutive finals series and seventh-straight qualifying final.


Semi and preliminary finals will be played at Port Melbourne’s Adcon Stadium (North Port Oval), before the grand final will be played at Ikon Park. 


The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation will once again support the finals as naming rights partner, with the Foundation’s ‘Love the Game’ campaign encouraging football fans, officials and players to think about why they love the game and to appreciate the skills and enjoy the performances of teams that play in the finals.


AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said the finals series partnership will continue to remind supporters to enjoy the most exciting part of the season. 


“Whether a player or a fan, it’s about loving the game, not the odds,” Mr Salter said.


 “We’re proud to once again have the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation partner with us for the VFL and VFL Women’s finals, and fans will be able competitions.


“The finals will once again showcase the variety of alignment models we have within the competitions, and we wish all teams the best of luck for the upcoming games.”


Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation CEO Shane Lucas said his organisation is again looking forward to supporting the VFL finals series.


“We’re proud to continue our partnership with the VFL ‘Love the Game’ Finals series to show kids, and families, that sport and betting don’t have to go together,” Mr Lucas said.


 “Sports betting advertising is too pervasive, especially during footy finals, and that takes the focus away from the fun and spirit of our great national game.


“For young people, betting on sport has become normalised, which is why it’s so important to talk to kids about the risks associated with gambling.”


The Seagulls’ clash against the Bulldogs will not be this week’s televised match.


It will be the second time the two sides have met in 2019, with Williamstown victorious by 16 points back in their Round 4 meeting at Downer Oval. 


Pre-sale tickets will be available for all finals matches, to help fans avoid any possible queues on game day. All lead-up finals will be at 2018 prices, with adults $15, concession/pensioners $10 and kids under 15 free and will be on sale at midday each Monday at vfl.com.au/finals.





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