Port get the better of young Gulls
(Daly Andrews looks to evade an opponent in the first practice match of the year. Photo by Martin Keep).
Port Melbourne has used a six-goal last quarter to topple Williamstown 13.5 (83) to 10.12 (72) at La Trobe University on Saturday.
A young Seagulls outfit still put on an impressive display in their first practice match of 2020.
The squad was littered with new faces for spectators, which gave fans a taste of the fresh blood that will don the blue and gold this season.
Despite it being a pre-season contest, it was an entertaining and tight encounter for most of the game, however the Borough managed to find an extra gear in the last term to out run Williamstown’s young guns.
With the February sun beaming down, each side‘s off-season conditioning was tested in the warmth of the last day of summer.
Eastern Ranges graduate Mitch Mellis raised eyebrows after amassing 26 touches and booting two goals for the Seagulls. Jesse Tardio (23 disposals) and Darby Henderson (19) also impressed.
The Seagulls responded to Port Melbourne’s hot start and opening three goals of the game, bringing the scores to 3.1 apiece at the first break after finding composure as the quarter went on.
Both teams registered two goals in the second quarter, a clutch snap from Chris McCabe a highlight.
The second term was a tough slog, but it was the Seagulls with their nose in front by a few stray behinds at the main change.
A collective six-goal third quarter gave the crowd an entertaining spectacle and Williamstown pulled ahead after booting four goals in a purple patch, including two to key talls Nick Murray and returning Seagull Tristan Davies.
As they did in every other quarter, Port Melbourne opened the final term with a goal, but unfortunately for the Seagulls the scoring didn’t stop there.
A goal to Mitch Mellis after a forward 50 tackle squared the scores up, but a last minute surge from the Borough saw them pile on three unanswered goals, eventually running away as 11-point winners.
The boys will take on Footscray next Saturday at Whitten Oval as they continue to build towards Round 1 - where they'll face the Borough again under lights on April 4.