Seagulls prevail in Marcon's 100th
Williamstown has won its third straight match as it enters the state game bye weekend, defeating Richmond by 56 points at Burbank Oval earlier today.
An eight-goal to one second term was the catalyst for the win, with the Seagulls using the wind to full advantage to set up a commanding six-goal half time lead, eventually winning 19.12 (126) to 10.10 (70).
The win puts the Seagulls back inside the top four, as the club crosses the one-third mark of the 2017 VFL season.
With Richmond kicking with a reasonable wind advantage in the first term, a strong start defensively was always going to be important for Williamstown, and while they allowed four goals for the term and a nine-point deficit, the result of the first term could be seen as a win.
Enter the second term where, despite losing leading goal kicker Arryn Siposs pre-game as a late withdrawl, the Seagulls were able to attack the scoreboard with great frequency, creating a match-winning lead from a barnstorming eight-goal term.
One of the quirks of the day was Jake Owen, fresh off his development league heroics a day earlier where he kicked the game tying goal, taking the place of Siposs in the Seagulls lineup. He would kick one of the eight goals in the dominant second term.
From there, Williamstown were able to first consolidate, then build on their lead in the second half, making it a third straight win where they have kicked 17 goals or more.
In his 100th VFL game against his old side, Adam Marcon starred, booting two goals early in the game and winning a mountain of the ball in the contest and around the ground.
He was ably supported by fellow midfield star Michael Gibbons, who also enjoyed winning bulk amounts of the footy in the middle, ahead of another state league berth for the VFL this coming weekend.
Ben Cavarra continued his strong showing in his first year as a Seagull, with his forward pressure causing havoc among the Richmond defence, and his class with ball in hand, including a goal from 50 meters out, a highlight.
Sam Dunell was also a key figure in the victory, booting three first half goals to help his side get the early advantage.
Williamstown's next match will be up against Geelong at Burbank Oval on Sunday June 4.
Williamstown: 19.12 (126)
Richmond: 10.10 (70)
Goals: Wheeler 3, Dunell 3, Norton 2, Schultz 2, Marcon 2, Masters, Owen, Greiser, Cavarra, Bewley, Jolley, Buykx-Smith.
Best: Wheeler, Marcon, Dunell, Gibbons, Cavarra, Newman.