Season Summary: 1973
A transformation in the club's leadership due to the departure of Papley now saw ex-Carlton duel premiership player Barry Gill take on the role of captain/coach.
The club faced a battle to be competitive in the 1973 season and midway through the year, relegation to division two was yet again a scary reality. However, a string of wins in the back half of the season ensured that this would not be the case. The Seagulls would finish in sixth position with an 8-10 win-loss record.
The stellar form of Les Stillman was a significant factor in the club's ability to compete throughout the season, where he took out back to back club best and fairests, along with the club goal kicking champion for the season.