Hunt praises "massive" team effort
VFL midfielder Liam Hunt has lauded his teammates’ four-quarter effort against an AFL talent-filled Geelong side.
Williamstown stormed out of the blocks in the first term by kicking five of the opening six goals of the match and was able to keep the Cats at bay for most of the day.
In a nail-biting finish which saw the away side slot four unanswered goals, the four points which previously seemed secured was hanging by a thread.
But the Seagulls dug deep and ensured their first final will be played against AFL-aligned Footscray, now unable to drop lower than third spot on the ladder.
Hunt and Billy Myers were the side's highest possession-getters with 20 apiece.
It's the lowest of any of Williamstown's leading possession winners in any game this season - epitomising Sunday's team effort.
“I think that’s a usual case for us, I don’t think we have a real standout performer every week,” Hunt said after the game.
“All of us chip in and play our role and today was no exception.
“They had a good quality line-up in Geelong and they’d been in really good form lately.
“We knew our work was going to be cut out and we made it pretty hard work towards the end but it was good to hold on.”
Hunt said while it was crucial to start quickly, it’s become a habit in the side to put the foot on the pedal in games momentarily.
There were only three points separating Williamstown and Coburg nearing three-quarter time in Round 19, until the home side piled on five last quarter goals to gain a substantial lead in similar, difficult conditions.
The Round 20 contest at Avalon Airport Oval was the 12th time this season the Seagulls have kicked the first goal of the game.
“It tends to be the way really, we get off to a good start and then teams sort of claw their way back,” Hunt said.
“I don’t know whether it’s a fitness thing or not … our starts have been enormous this year.”
The 24-year-old - who is enjoying his first season at Downer Oval averaging 24.1 disposals nearly three tackles per game - was proud of the way his side fought out their 13th win of 2019.
“It was tough,” he said.
“I thought the first half was a real fast running game. It was really dry, hot weather - probably not what we’re used to - and we were all sort of blowing up towards the end but I think we found a way to slow the game down in the last few minutes.
“Repeat stoppages, that was the aim in the last (quarter).”
Williamstown will now prepare for its final home-and-away match of the year, when it hosts arch-rival Werribee at Downer Oval this Saturday night.
While other results need to go their way, a Seagulls win could see them host the Bulldogs in the first week of the finals.
“Next week becomes even bigger … if we can somehow win next week and get a home final it’ll be huge,” Hunt said.
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