Tough pre-season matches will do youngsters "the world of good"
While a youthful Williamstown was beaten by an AFL-experienced Footscray on Saturday afternoon, signs are encouraging for the Seagulls as they continue to build towards Round 1.
Despite kicking the opening two majors in our second practice match of the season, an easy avenue to goal became progressively arduous at a breezy Whitten Oval.
“They (Footscray) dictated things; stoppages, clearances… we were comprehensively beaten and as a result we didn’t get the ball inside 50 enough,” assistant coach Brydan Morgan said after the match.
“They obviously went in with a pretty strong midfield. I think after half time a lot of our young guys stood up and lifted the physicality which was really pleasing for a young group.”
The experienced Dogs thrived on their home deck after quarter time to boot 15 of the last 16 goals of the game.
However Morgan believes the side, after a strong summer period, is tracking well and signs are increasingly ominous despite suffering two pre-season losses.
“The exposure for the young group that has stepped out in the last two practice matches is going to do them the world of good,” he said.
“It’s all looking really positive at the moment.
“They had a lot of AFL-listed players out there today so for our young guys to stand up to that physicality - especially guys like Nick Murray, Daly Andrews and Tom Mundy - just to stand up against a really strong team was pleasing.
“The message (after the game) was that’s the level to get to.
“We were playing against AFL-listed players, and if you want to be a good VFL player, you have to get used to that physicality both physically and mentally.”
Williamstown’s next VFL practice match will come against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday March 21 at 11:45am.
Wiliamstown 3.6 (24)
Footscray 16.16 (112)