Seagulls Swoop Over Zebras in Final Practice Match
Williamstown has rounded out its pre-season preparations with a 22-point win over Sandringham in the Club's final practice match at Burbank Oval this afternoon.
More so than the final result, the Seagulls will take more out of the fact that they had a strong final hit-out against a Sandringham team that largely boasted AFL talent, ahead of their Round 1 clash with Richmond on Sunday April 10.
Right from the opening moments, Williamstown looked particularly dangerous up forward, with Sam Dunell and Anthony Anastasio opening the game with the first two goals.
Both players followed up later in the quarter to kick another goal each, to give their side a 14-point lead at the first break.
The second quarter got off to the perfect start, with the Seagulls winning the clearance and going deep inside 50 where Tristan Davies was able to read the ball off the pack and goal in the opening 20 seconds.
Dunell was again prominent during the second and third terms, unselfishly giving away goals to Leigh Masters and new recruit Ayce Cordy, who also booted two goals.
The Zebras showed why they will be a major challenger this year in the third quarter, when they hit the scoreboard for five goals to close the gap to just two straight kicks at the final change.
Dunell booted the first goal of the final term to steady the ship, before Jake Owen goaled to immediately cancel out at Sandringham major to keep the Zebras at bay.
Sandringham went on to boot the final two goals of the game, but it wouldn't be enough as the Seagulls ran out 22-point winners on a beautiful Williamstown day.
Williamstown finishes its pre-season campaign having won all three matches over Casey, Frankston and Sandringham.
They will now host Richmond at Burbank Oval in their season opener on Sunday April 10.
With no development game scheduled, the senior match will be a standalone game beginning at 2pm.
Williamstown: 14.11 (95)
Sandringham: 11.7 (73)
Goals: Dunell 3, Anastasio 2, Owen 2, Cordy 2, Bugeja, Davies, Masters, Wheeler.
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