2010's

The decade commenced with Peter German appointed as coach, replacing Brad Gotch after 8 years at the helm. Peter Faulks followed German over from Casey, and Ed Carr, Nick Sing and Dane Rampe all debuted in 2010. During the year Ben Jolley & Ben Davies both played their 100th VFL game & captain Brett Johnson his 150th. Western Bulldog Brad Johnson made his sole appearance for the Seagulls at Ballarat & Brownlow Medallist Jason Akermanis played several games. The final home and away game for the year would be the last until 2012 due to refurbishment of the WL Floyd Pavilion & other ground improvements. Forward Matthew Little kicked 80 goals to win the Frosty Miller Medal & Williamstown headed the ladder with 15 wins and 3 narrow losses at the end of the home-and-away rounds. The Reserves also finished on top. The Seagulls celebrated Brett Johnson’s 100th game for Williamstown in the qualifying final with a 10-goal victory over Port, but crashed to the Northern Bullants by 26 points in the preliminary to end the season. Little kicked one goal to finish with 84. The Reserves made the Grand Final but lost to Box Hill by 3 goals. Brett Johnson won his second best & fairest, while Peter Faulks was drafted to Fremantle & Little transferred to Bendigo. Brett Goodes and Dylan Conway both joined the Club for 2011.

No football was played at Williamstown in 2011, with most home games transferred to Werribee. Nonetheless the Seagulls still managed to finish second on the ladder with 14 wins and 4 losses, with 2 of the defeats being by less than a goal. They beat North Ballarat by 11 goals in the qualifying final and Werribee by 14 goals in the preliminary to reach the Grand Final for the first time since 2003. Williamstown were no match for the undefeated Port Melbourne after quarter time & went down 22.12.144 to 13.10.88. The Seagulls did manage to win the inaugural Foxtel Cup in August, while Ben Jolley finished third in the Liston Trophy voting and Matthew Cravino won the A. Todd Medal for best & fairest in the Reserves competition. Jolley won the first of 4 Gerry Callahan Medals.

Home games returned to Williamstown in 2012, Anthony Anastasio and Jack Charleston were recruited and Ben Jolley was the new captain after Brett Johnson departed. An inconsistent season saw the Seagulls finish in 5th place with 11 wins, 6 losses and a draw at Frankston. A 2-goal win over Bendigo in the elimination final and a 6-goal victory in the first-semi against Casey signalled 8 consecutive wins before a 34-point loss to Port in the preliminary ended the season. The Development League team (previously the Reserves), finished on top undefeated but lost its knockout final to Coburg by 4 points. Ben Jolley won his 2nd Gerry Callahan Medal.

Willie Wheeler and Leigh Masters joined from Coburg in 2013, along with Jack Johnstone and Jack Dorgan. The team finished 3rd on the ladder with 12 wins and 6 losses, but lost the qualifying final against Box Hill, 13.8.86 to 7.14.56, before beating Port in the semi-final, 27.14.176 to 14.5.89. In Williamstown’s 7th preliminary in 8 years it went down to Geelong, 24.16.160 to 11.12.78, to finish the season. Before the year was out Andy Collins had been appointed to replace Peter German as coach. The Seconds finished the season on top of the ladder with 16 wins and two losses and a percentage of 238, and defeated Box Hill in the Grand Final by the ‘golden point’ rule, 11.19.85 to 12.12.84. The alignment with the Western Bulldogs ended and Williamstown reverted to ‘stand-alone’ status for 2014. Cameron Lockwood won his first Gerry Callahan Medal.

In a massive recruitment campaign brought abought by reverting to stand-alone status in 2014, Peter Faulks and Ben Davies returned to the Club, while Kane Lambert, Adam Marcon, Nick Meese, Tim Currie, Brett Bewley, Michael Gibbons, Jake Owen, David Fahey, Sean Tighe, Mitch Banner, Scott Clouston and Ben Bese were all brought in. Williamstown finished third on the ladder with 14 wins and 4 losses and qualified for its 9th consecutive final series. The Seagulls lost to second-placed Footscray at Whitten Oval in the qualifying final by 20 points, 14.11.95 to 10.15.75, before meeting Werribee at North Port in the semi-final and, after trailing by 32 points at three-quarter time, kicked 9.5 to 0.1 in the last term to win by 26 points, 15.15.105 to 11.13.79. The preliminary final resulted in the third loss for the year to Box Hill, 15.10.100 to 14.9.93, to finish the season. The Development League team finished on top again with 13 wins and 3 losses and a percentage of 226 and went back-to-back in the Grand Final by beating Box Hill convincingly, 18.18.126 to 13.13.91. A second Foxtel Cup was won in July, Kane Lambert was drafted by Richmond, CEO Brendan Curry finished up after 19 years with the Club and Ben Jolley won his third Gerry Callahan Medal.

Sam Dunell and Billy Myers joined the Club in 2015, while Ben Jolley played his 200th VFL game in round 6 and 150th for Williamstown in round 8, along with Cameron Lockwood playing his 100th. Williamstown finished 3rd on the ladder with 13 wins and 5 losses, while the Development League team finished 2nd with 11 wins and 5 losses. The Seagulls met Sandringham in the qualifying final where the ‘Gulls hung on to win by 7 points, 13.6.84 to 11.11.77, and then met Essendon at North Port Oval in the preliminary final where a spirited final term saw the Seagulls through to the grand final for the first time since 2011 by winning 15.12.102 to 12.18.90. The grand final was against Box Hill at Etihad Stadium and, following an even first half, the Seagulls kicked 11 goals to two in the second half to run out 54-point winners, 18.12.120 to 8.18.66, Williamstown’s first premiership since 2003 and first as a stand-alone Club since 1990 and its 16th VFA/VFL title. Michael Gibbons was awarded the Norm Goss Medal. The Development League won their third consecutive premiership a week earlier when they defeated Box Hill once again and for the second time in three years by a ‘golden point’, 8.13.61 to 8.12.60. Captain Ben Jolley won his fourth Gerry Callahan Medal, Adam Marcon was awarded the Fothergill-Round Medal, Dylan Conway won the A. Todd Medal and Sam Dunell was runner-up in the Liston Trophy.

Ayce Cordy, Arryn Siposs and Lachie Schultz were recruited in 2016 while six of the 2015 premiership team Scott Clouston, Mitch Banner, Adam Marcon, Andrew Gallucci, Sean Tighe and Brad Mangan departed. Nick Meese and Ed Carr played their 100th VFL game in round 9, while Carr played his 100th for Williamstown the following week. Willie Wheeler played his 100th VFL game in round 19. The Seagulls finished in 3rd place on the ladder with 13 wins and 5 losses, while the Development League team finished 4th with 9 wins and 7 losses. The ‘Gulls played Collingwood in the qualifying final and lost badly by 46 points, 16.6.102 to 7.14.56, before meeting Sandringham in the first semi-final and winning by the same margin of 46 points, 14.11.95 to 7.7.49, to go through to a 7th consecutive preliminary final and 10th in the last 11 years. In the preliminary, against Casey at North Port, the Seagulls trailed all day to lose 12.13.85 to 5.13.43. The Development League team also lost the preliminary to Casey by six points, 16.9.105 to 14.15.99. Michael Gibbons won the JJ Liston Trophy, while Willie Wheeler won the Gerry Callahan Medal and Cameron Lockwood retired at the end of the season after 124 games. Trevor Monti stepped down as president of the Club in April after a record 17 years.

6 Frankston players, including Ben Cavarra, were recruited in 2017 when the Dolphin’s VFL licence was withdrawn, while Adam Marcon returned from Richmond and Joel Tippett came from North Melbourne. Jack Johnstone moved back to Gippsland & Dylan Conway transferred to Port Melbourne, while Ben Jolley was appointed captain for a record-equalling 6th season. Leigh Masters played his 100th VFL game in round 3, as did Adam Marcon in round 6 and Faulks, Dunell and Cordy in round 10, while Ben Jolley played his 250th VFL game in round 17. Port and Williamstown met for the 250th time in round 13 with a 3-point win to the Seagulls. Williamstown won its first minor premiership since 2010, finishing with 14 wins and 4 losses and a percentage of 158, while the Development League team finished 4th with 8 wins, 7 losses and one draw. The qualifying final against Casey at Williamstown resulted in a 45-point win, 18.10.118 to 11.7.73, in Ben Jolley’s 200th game for the Seagulls. The preliminary was against Port at North Port Oval in Jack Charleston’s 100th game for Williamstown where the Borough led all day to win by 23 points, 12.10.82 to 8.11.59.  Earlier in the day, the Development League team played off in the last ever grand final in that grade against Casey and lost by 12 points, 13.16.94 to 11.16.82. Michael Gibbons finished runner-up in the JJ Liston Trophy while Nick Meese won his first Gerry Callahan Medal. Williamstown obtained a licence to play in the VFLW in 2018.

Arryn Siposs left for the USA in 2018, while another 4 premiership players from 2015, Ed Carr, Nick Sing, Tim Currie and David Fahey also departed, as did Ayce Cordy. Nick Rodda joined the Club from West Perth, as well as a number of players from North Ballarat whose VFL licence was suspended. Adam Marcon took over as skipper from Ben Jolley, who became the Club games record-holder in round 13. Leigh Masters played his 100th Williamstown game in round 6 as did Willie Wheeler in round 10. The VFLW team had its first match for points in May against Collingwood but lost 7.8.50 to 4.8.32, and the first victory did not come until round 4 over Richmond at Williamstown winning by 5 goals, 8.4.52 to 3.3.21. The VFL team finished fourth with 13 wins and 5 losses, and won 9 of their last 10 home-and-away games, the only loss being at Port in round 14. The VFLW team finished their season with a 3rd consecutive victory to record 4 wins from 14 games and 11th position of the 13 teams in their first season together. The VFL qualifying final was against Richmond at Punt Road, and the Seagulls went through to their 9th consecutive preliminary final and 12th in 13 years with the third win over the Tigers for the year, 11.14.80 to 8.7.55. The preliminary final was played against Box Hill at North Port and resulted in a 1-point defeat, 13.13.91 to 13.12.90. Michael Gibbons won his second JJ Liston Medal, tying with Richmond’s Anthony Miles, and Jess Duffin won the VFLW Lambert-Pearce Medal and was named captain of the VFLW team of the year. Gibbons was awarded his first Gerry Callahan Medal, while Duffin also won the inaugural Williamstown VFLW best and fairest award. Club legend Gerry Callahan, after whom the honour is named, passed away in March, aged 89 years old.

In 2019, Williamstown VFLW player Sophie Van de Heuvel was drafted to Geelong, while Michael Gibbons, Ben Cavarra, Lachie Schultz and Brett Bewley were all picked up in the AFL draft. 2015 premiership defender Peter Faulks retired while Club games record holder and four-time Gerry Callahan Medallist, Ben Jolley, transferred to Port Melbourne. New recruits included Sam McLarty (Collingwood VFL), Ben Kennedy (40 AFL games with Collingwood and Melbourne), Mitch Hibberd (4 AFL games with North Melbourne) and 2015 premiership player Nick Sing returned after a year with Collingwood VFL. 1969 premiership back-pocket, Bill Mitchell, passed away in January. Bill played 28 games in 1969-70 kicking 7 goals. 

Season by Season Summaries

Season Summary: 2010     Season Summary: 2011     Season Summary: 2012     Season Summary: 2013     Season Summary: 2014     Season Summary: 2015     Season Summary: 2016     Season Summary: 2017     Season Summary: 2018     Season Summary: 2019

 

Year

     President     

     Coach     

     Captain     

Leading Goalkicker     

2010

Trevor Monti

Peter German

Brett Johnson

Matthew Little (84)

2011

Trevor Monti

Peter German

Brett Johnson

Mitch Hahn (40)

2012

Trevor Monti

Peter German

Ben Jolley

Matthew Panos (23)

2013

Trevor Monti

Peter German

Ben Jolley

Patrick Veszpremi (27)

2014

Trevor Monti

Andy Collins

Ben Jolley

Scott Clouston (31)

2015

Trevor Monti

Andy Collins

Ben Jolley

Sam Dunell (41)

2016

Trevor Monti/Fred Hall

Andy Collins

Ben Jolley

Sam Dunell (37)

2017

Fred Hall

Andy Collins

Ben Jolley

Ben Cavarra (32)

2018

Michael Howlett

Andy Collins

Adam Marcon

Ben Cavarra (34)

2019

Michael Howlett

Andy Collins

Adam Marcon

 

 

Year

Gerry Callahan Medal

Best & Fairest

Best & Fairest

Runner-Up

Best & Fairest

Third Place

Ron James Memorial

Most Valuable Player

2010

Brett Johnson

Ben Jolley

Peter Faulks/Ben Davies

Ben Jolley

2011

Ben Jolley

Brett Johnson

Brett Goodes

Ben Jolley

2012

Ben Jolley

James Wall

Brett Goodes

Ben Jolley

2013

Cameron Lockwood

Ben Jolley

Willie Wheeler

Ben Jolley

2014

Ben Jolley

Adam Marcon

Nick Meese

Ben Jolley

2015

Ben Jolley

Sam Dunell

Mitch Banner

Ben Jolley

2016

Willie Wheeler

Michael Gibbons

Sam Dunell

Ben Jolley

2017

Nick Meese

Willie Wheeler

Adam Marcon

Ben Jolley

2018

Michael Gibbons

Brett Bewley

Jack Charleston

Jason Pongracic

2019

       

  

Year

General Manager/CEO

Treasurer

Best Club

Person

2010

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Mandy Drew

2011

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Bruce Tait

2012

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Damien Carter

2013

Brendan Curry

Graeme Kennedy

Andy Dandridge

2014

Brendan Curry

Michael Howlett

Maurie Thurston

2015

Jason Reddick

Michael Howlett

Kay Ruddle

2016

Jason Reddick

Michael Howlett

Jan Dandridge

2017

Jason Reddick

Michael Howlett

Ray Maloney

2018

Jason Reddick

Michael Howlett

Darren Bickley

2019

Jason Reddick

Michael Howlett

 

                 

Year

Reserves

Coach

  Bill Sheahan Memorial  

Best and Fairest   

Best and Fairest   

Runner-Up

Best and Fairest   

Third Place

Reserves

Coach’s Award

2010

Adam Potter

Mick Tanner

Luke Cartelli

Nick Sing

?

2011

Justin Plapp

Matthew Cravino

Kwame McHarg

Michael Fogarty

?

2012

Brett Henderson

Matthew Cravino

Michael Fogarty

Kwame McHarg

Dale Hoghton

2013

Brett Henderson

Anton Woods

Sam Critchley

Dale Hoghton

Sam Critchley

2014

Brett Henderson

Shaun Wyatt

Josh Bench

Reid Adams

?

2015

Shane Joyce

Jake Greiser

Simon Deery

Tyler Curtis

Billy Myers

2016

Michael Ford

Jake Owen

Alex Carr

Lachie Schultz

Nick Ebinger

2017

Frank Raso

Brayden Monk

Jake Owen

Daylan Kempster

Liam McMahon

                                                                                                                      

                                                                                     VFLW

Year

     Coach     

     Captain     

Best & Fairest

2nd Best & Fairest

3rd Best & Fairest

MVP

2018

Amy Catterall

Sarah Chapman

Jess Duffin

Jacinta Reid

Jenna Bruton

Rachel Achampong

2019

Amy Catterall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year

Leading Goalkicker

Most Improved

Most Promising

Coach’s Award

Medical Award

2018

Jess Duffin (13)

Erin Meade

Megan Williamson

Jacinta Reid

Jorja Rowe

2019

   

 

 

 

 

Competition Awards

VFL

2010 Jim 'Frosty' Miller Medal winner – Matthew Little

2015 Norm Goss Medal – Michael Gibbons

2015 JJ Liston Trophy runner-up – Sam Dunell

2015 Fothergill-Round Medal – Adam Marcon

2016 JJ Liston Trophy - Michael Gibbons

2017 JJ Liston Trophy runner-up – Michael Gibbons

2018 JJ Liston Trophy - Michael Gibbons

 

Development League

2010 A. Todd Medal (VFL Reserves best & fairest) – Matthew Cravino

2011 A. Todd Medal runner-up – Matthew Cravino

2012 A. Todd Medal runner-up – Matthew Cravino

2013 Fred Hill Memorial Medal (best-on-ground VFL Reserves Grand Final) – Josh Bench

2015 A. Todd Medal (VFL Reserves best & fairest) – Dylan Conway

2015 Fred Hill Memorial Medal (best-on-ground VFL Reserves Grand Final) – Jake McKenzie

 

VFLW

2018 Lambert-Pearce Medal – Jess Duffin