VFLW Match Report: Round 7 v Essendon
By Paddy Farley
Williamstown fought hard against Essendon but were unable to claim their third win of the season.
The Seagulls travelled out to The Hangar to take on the Dons in a bid to bounce back after two close losses in recent weeks.
The tone was set early with the girls, led by Megan Williamson who laid an aggressive run-down tackle early in the first quarter. Coach Penny Cula-Reid was very impressed with the tough on-baller. “it’s no surprise she’s won multiple best and fairests, her knowledge of the game is exceptional,” she said.
The girls trailed by 10 points at quarter time.
The Seagulls started to hit their straps at the start of the second term, with Aimee Whelan slotting the Gulls' first of the day.
As the ball started to find itself in Williamstown’s forward half, Lauren Gooden provided a key option down the line with relentless effort. But a stand out for the entire game was Ruby Tripodi, whose form is pleasing Cula-Reid.
“She’s starting to understand how good she is … she’s taken on so much responsibility as a leader of this Club,” she said.
Essendon jagged a late goal to bring the margin back out to 10 points at the main break.
It was end to end football in the third quarter as captain Erin Meade led from the front as she provided both run and pressure on the half back flank. Even with countless efforts from Ella Baxter down back it was hard to stem the flow of Essendon’s fast ball movement.
The Dons led by 17 points at three-quarter time.
There were plenty of promising signs in the last quarter as for majority of the last term, Williamstown held possession in their forward 50. For all of the Gulls' hard fought effort, reward finally came when Williamson capped off her outstanding performance with a goal.
Unfortunately, the Bombers outplayed the Gulls and ran away as 30-point victors.
Cula-Reid is focusing on the positives leaving Tullamarine and trying to prepare her side for whatever is to come.
“I think trying to get the side into uncomfortable scenarios helps a lot … trying to find those golden nuggets in the moments of hell, we can really draw from them.”
Williamstown 2.3 (15)
Essendon 6.9 (45)
Goals: Whelan, Williamson
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