Seagulls Let Lead Slip


Williamstown has let ten-point three-quarter time lead slip, as Box Hill kicked four unanswered goals of today's grand final rematch to win by 15 points at Burbank Oval.


Inaccuracy in front of goal may have cost the Seagulls in the end, who had as many scoring shots as their opponents at the final siren.


Box Hill on the other hand were able to make the most of their opportunities when forward, and were led by Kieran Lovell who booted five goals.


Williamstown had an opportunity early in the final term to extend their margin, but a shot that hit the post and another 'kickable' goal from the pocket were missed, keeping the Hawks well and truly in the game.


Just like Anthony Anastasio last week, Sam Dunell looked to have done enough to get the Seagulls over the line with an impressive display that included four goals, but the ability for Williamstown to close out the match deserted them in the final term.


Despite the loss, it was an incredible game of football that lived up to expectations after last year's grand final. Both sides were able to dominate at different stages of the game, yet with no side able to get out to an insurmountable lead.


After trailing early, Williamstown piled on 12 goals over the second and third quarters to take the advantage for much of that period, but every time they would look to get a run on, Box Hill seemed to find ways to peg back the difference.


2015 Norm Goss Medallist Michael Gibbons led all Seagulls in the disposal count, with a tireless and consistent four quarter effort in the middle, while Leigh Masters continued his strong form against the Hawks with another solid outing as he controlled the area between the two 50m arcs.


Playing in just his third VFL game, Brayden Monk showed signs of promise with his defensive pressure and getting himself on the scoreboard with a clever snap on goal.


Dylan Conway, Sean Hetherington and Ayce Cordy were other Seagulls to kick multiple goals in the contest.


Williamstown will now look to bounce back in Round 3, when they travel to Casey Fields to face the Scorpions on Saturday night.



Final Score


Williamstown: 14.13 (97)

Box Hill: 17.10 (112)



Goals: Dunell 4, Conway 3, Hetherington 2, Cordy 2, Monk, Chisari, Wheeler.

Best: Gibbons, Dunell, Carr, Masters, Bewley, Conway.


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