Seagulls close out home and away season with big win
Williamstown has bounced back after two successive losses with a thumping 55-point win over the Northern Blues at IKON Park on Saturday.
With a bye in the final round, Williamstown kicked away in the second term to record a comfortable 13.20 (98) to 6.7 (43) victory, cementing their spot in third place on the VFL ladder.
It is still unknown where, when and who the Seagulls will play in a qualifying final in a fortnight's time, with the match either being against the Casey Scorpions or Collingwood away from home.
After a slow start to the match from the Seagulls, who trailed the home side by eight points at quarter time, a six-goal to zero second term blew the game wide open, largely thanks to an incredible four-qoal quarter from Sam Dunell who lead the charge in attack.
The second half became a half of consolidation for Williamstown, who booted five goals to three to keep the Blues at bay and regain some much needed form ahead of yet another finals series.
Tim Currie was outstanding in defence, returning after a medium-length spell in the Development team. The ex-Blue shone on IKON Park, taking many intercept marks and being a key cog in the Seagulls transition game from the back half.
The aforementioned Dunell proved to be a massive headache for the Blues defence, not only in that barnstorming second quarter but throughout the contest, with his lead up work being a highlight in the 55-point win.
Michael Gibbons continued to rack up possessions, 39 of them this time, carving up the Northern Blues midfield and signalling his intentions for another strong finals series.
He was well aided by skipper Ben Jolley who was consistent as ever in the middle of the ground, while on the outside, Mitch Norton in just his third game of VFL football showed plenty of run and dash, breaking the lines and using the ball neatly by foot.
Tristan Davies came into the side for his first senior game with the club, and showed that he was not overawed by the occasion, booting two goals and taking a number of marks inside 50.
With a bye to now rest and regroup ahead of another VFL finals series, the Seagulls will no doubt be keeping an eye on the results this weekend to see who they will be matching up against in an all-important qualifying final in a fortnight's time.
Northern Blues: 6.7 (43)
Williamstown: 13.20 (98)
Goals: Dunell 4, Hetherington 2, Davies 2, Chisari, Dorgan, Jolley, Norton, Gibbons.
Best: Currie, Dunell, Gibbons, Jolley, Charleston, Norton.