Third term onslaught sets up Seagulls win
Williamstown are back on the winner's list after a hard-fought 28-point win over North Ballarat at Burbank Oval today..
After a tightly fought first half, the Seagulls booted six goals to three in the third term to break the game open, and eventually run out 14.19 (103) to 11.9 (75) winners.
Jack Charleston was Williamstown's best, playing a textbook game off half-back. He locked down on his direct opponent but was also able to hurt the Roosters offensively, picking up 22 disposals but also having five inside-50's.
Ayce Cordy was dominant up forward, kicking two goals in the first term and taking nine marks around centre half-forward, providing a great target to kick to for the Seagulls midfield.
In the middle, Ben Jolley (37 disposals) and Michael Gibbons (33 disposals) had a mountain of the ball and worked tirelessly at the stoppages to also pick up six clearances each.
Anthony Anastasio was also very lively up forward, kicking three goals and providing plenty of defensive pressure on the North Ballarat defenders.
The Roosters took it up to the reigning premiers early, getting out to a two-goal lead during the second quarter before the Seagulls hit back late to take a two-point lead at the half.
Williamstown came out fired up after the break and were determined to make sure they rectified the mistakes of last week.
Although accuracy again cost the Seagulls a bigger impact on the scoreboard, the endeavour and way in which they played, particularly in the second half, should hold them in good stead for next week's blockbuster clash with Box Hill.
Williamstown will travel to Box Hill City Oval to face the Hawks on Saturday.
Williamstown: 14.19 (103)
North Ballarat: 11.9 (75)
Goals: Cordy 3, Anastasio 3, Conway 2, Dunell, Giarrizzo, Jolley, Masters, Owen, Hetherington.
Best: Charleston, Cordy, Jolley, Anastasio, Bese, Gibbons.