Gulls beat Tigers, lights to book Prelim spot
Our Seagulls are through to a ninth consecutive VFL preliminary final after another fantastic performance against Richmond on Saturday night at Punt Rd Oval.
Cheered on by a strong showing of Williamstown supporters on a fresh winters night, the Seagulls put together a brilliant four quarter effort to beat the Tigers by 25 points.
The high quality game was played at a frenetic pace, early goals from Jaylon Thorpe and Nick Rodda kept the Gulls within two points at the first break.
Then Lachlan Schultz put in a second quarter performance to remember, with the Tigers kicking the opening two goals of the second term, Schultz then turned it on taking some big marks and kicking three goals to give the Gulls a seven point lead at the main break.
Lachlan George slammed on two goals and Brett Bewley kicked his second, as the Seagulls started to gain the ascendancy in the third quarter.
In an interesting twist the main lights went out with five minutes remaining in the quarter, causing the game to stop and an early three quarter time break to be taken with the Seagulls 19 points ahead.
With the last quarter extended by five minutes the Seagulls had a preliminary finals berth in sight.
With Captain Adam Marcon putting in another scintillating performance against his old AFL club and Michael Gibbons and Brett Bewley playing dominant games in the midfield the Seagulls held sway with goals to Dunell and George to run out winners by 25-points.
Cooper Stephens who has not played since round 9 provided a real spark for the Gulls as the 23rd player, with some fantastic marking and tackling pressure in just his fifth VFL game.
Joel Tippett and Nick Rodda provided a real presence at both ends of the ground. Oliver Tate was brilliant in defence as well as 50 gamer Jake Greiser.
The only downside to the night was a hamstring injury to Mitch Norton and the report of Nick Meese.
The Seagulls will now have a week off and will play the winner of Box Hill and Geelong in the Preliminary Final at North Port Oval. Date and time will be confirmed by AFL Victoria next Sunday night.
Williamstown: 11.14 80
Richmond: 8.7.55Goals: Schultz, George 3, Bewley 2, Dunell, Thorpe, Rodda 1