Seagulls stun Cats with 11-goal final term
Williamstown has stunned Geelong, booting eleven final term goals to romp home to a 53-point win at Burbank Oval today.
In an incredible turn of events, Williamstown kicked eleven goals straight in the final term after having only kicked 4.15 in the opening three quarters, to run away 15.15 (105) to 7.10 (52).
It was a final term that had to be seen to be believed, with 15 goals kicked between the two sides, and only seven having been kicked by both sides over the first three quarters combined.
What made it even more astonishing was that there was barely a breath of wind at a sunny Burbank Oval, yet both sides could only manage a combined 7.23 up until three-quarter time.
The game began in a tightly contested affair, with just three goals being kicked in the opening term.
The Cats held a six-point lead at the first change, but a rock solid Seagulls defence was able to keep them goalless in the second term, and took a slight seven-point lead into the half.
Williamstown looked the better side in the third term, but inaccuracy in front of goal prevented them from creating any sort of match-winning lead, before the final quarter onslaught.
Reigning J.J. Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons was outstanding in the victory, winning a mountain of possession and kicking a goal in the tight early stages of the match, while skipper Ben Jolley was tireless in his efforts to continually win first possession for his teammates out of the countless stoppages, particularly in the opening three quarters.
Ruckman Nick Meese continued to show why he is the number one big man in the competition, dominating in the ruck and having a big say in the final term dominance, along with Brett Bewley on the outside whose long kicking inside 50 was vital from the wing and half-forward.
In defence, Josh Newman backed up his state team duties with another promising performance off half-back as he continues to become more accustomed to his new teammates, while up forward Arryn Siposs, Tim Currie and Ben Cavarra all looked dangerous with three goals each.
Williamstown return to Burbank Oval again this Saturday for a clash with Sandringham.
Williamstown: 15.15 (105)
Geelong: 7.10 (52)
Goals: Currie 3, Siposs 3, Cavarra 3, Cordy 2, Gibbons, Buykx-Smith, Wheeler, Schultz.
Best: Gibbons, Jolley, Newman, Bewley, Siposs, Meese.