Gutsy Seagulls roll Hawks
Williamstown has battled it out for a gutsy, ten-point win over Box Hill at Box Hill City Oval earlier today.
The Seagulls led at every change en route to their ninth win of the season, keeping pace with fellow top teams Casey and Sandringham.
Willie Wheeler led the way for the reigning premiers, relishing the tough conditions in the middle, winning countless clearances and getting the ball going his team's way with regularity.
In his 50th game for the club, premiership ruckman Nick Meese was also dominant at the stoppages, getting the better of Hawthorn giant Marc Pittonet and playing with plenty of passion and agression..
In for his first VFL game of the year, young midfielder Caleb Hislop showed he wasn't over-awed by the occasion, playing a key role in the victory and showcasing his considerable potential, while Michael Gibbons was again a handful for the Box Hill midfielders.
Anthony Anastasio backed up his three goals last week with another important pair this week, while Jack Johnstone provided plenty of run and dash from half-back.
Box Hill booted the opening three goals of the contest, before Williamstown went on to kick seven of the next eight.
From there, the match remained fairly even, with neither side really able to add or cut into the lead by any considerable amount.
While the Hawks pressed hard in the final ten minutes of the match, their run was left too late enabling the Seagulls to hold on for a stirring away victory.
The Seagulls will now host fellow standalone club Coburg on Sunday at Burbank Oval.
Box Hill: 12.8 (80)
Williamstown: 13.12 (90)
Goals: Owen 3, Conway 2, Anastasio 2, Dunell, Masters, Cordy, Bewley, Dorgan, Wheeler.
Best: Charleston, Cordy, Jolley, Anastasio, Bese, Gibbons.