VFL Memory Lane: Footscray

Until Williamstown gets back on the field, we'll be throwing back to a recent VFL encounter against the club we were scheduled to play round by round. 

2020 original Round 15 fixture: Footscray v Williamstown, Whitten Oval, July 12, 11:45am.  

Throwback game: Round 15, 2017, Downer Oval.     




Williamstown has continued its winning ways of recent weeks, defeating Footscray by 79 points at Burbank Oval earlier today.

In a match that was touted by many as the game of the round given that the sides occupied second and third places on the VFL ladder, the Seagulls blew their western suburbs rivals out of the water from quarter time onwards, running out 16.6 (102) to 2.11 (23) winners.

Besides Williamstown's dominance, the talking point of the day was the gale-force winds at Burbank Oval, with even some of the club's longest standing supporters stating that it was the most wind they had seen at the picturesque ground.

While the wind blew mostly across the ground, it also slightly favoured the Altona end of the ground meaning Williamstown had to defend strongly against it in the opening term. They did.

Footscray were kept goalless in the first quarter and while the Seagulls kicked just two themselves, it allowed the home side to make a strong run with the wind in the second term, kicking four goals to one to open up a 27-point half time lead.

The third term was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Williamstown's staunch defence able to keep the Bulldogs goalless once again, while also being able to kick three goals themselves to open up a match-winning 43-point lead going into the final term. 

Having broken the back of the Bulldogs, the floodgates opened in the final term with Williamstown piling on seven goals to cruise to a one-sided 79-point win.

Even Nick Meese's 94 hitouts weren't enough to get him in the club's best six players, such was the dominance across the field today. The classic midfield duo of Ben Jolley and Willie Wheeler were getting their hands on everything in the middle, and on a day where stoppages were aplenty, the two Seagull veterans were key to the victory. On the outside, Brett Bewley was still able to put his penetrating kicks to good use despite the conditions, running hard to find space with the ball for his side.

Ex-St Kilda pair Sam Dunell and Arryn Siposs both proved tough to handle for the Bulldogs defence, taking many strong marks on a day that didn't suit key position players. Siposs booted three goals, while Dunell added one himself and had a hand in many more for his Seagulls teammates.

In defence, Williamstown were dealt a cruel blow when key defender David Fahey limped off with what appeared to be a knee injury, but to their credit were able to play out the game keeping a Bulldogs team laden with AFL talent to just two goals. Joel Tippett was the pick of the bunch, as he continues to assert himself on games with each week that passes.

The win puts Williamstown to the top of the ladder once again, with the Box Hill-Sandringham clash tomorrow to decide whether they hang onto that title at the conclusion of the round. The Seagulls will travel out to Coburg next Sunday to face the Lions.  

Williamstown: 16.6 (102)

Footscray: 2.11 (23)

Goals: Siposs 3, Davies 2, Cavarra 2, Newman, Dunell, Meese, Marcon, Bramble, Chisari, Cordy, Dorgan, Schultz.

Best: Wheeler, Dunell, Joelley, Bewley, Siposs, Tippett.


The following is a selection of photos taken on the day by photographer Martin Keep. 





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