Seagulls belt Pies in attacking display
Williamstown has continued where it left off from last week's win over Box Hill, defeating Collingwood by 60 points at Victoria Park earlier today.
After a tightly contested opening term, the Seagulls dominated proceedings thereafter, kicking away to a 20.10 (130) to 10.10 (70) victory.
The ten-goal victory sees Williamstown move to top spot on the VFL ladder, although a win to Box Hill tomorrow would see the Hawks return to the top.
As mentioned, the opening quarter became somewhat of a Mexican standoff with both sides feeling eachother out, with just two goals each kicked for the term.
Enter the second quarter, where Williamstown flexed their muscles kicking six goals to one in a flurry of forward half activity to open up a 34-point halftime lead.
While Collingwood were able to lift their own scoreboard pressure early in the third term to bring the margin back under four goals, the Seagulls would add another six majors to their scoreline by quarter's end.
Williamstown could smell blood in the final term and continued to pile on the scoreboard pressure and add to their league-best percentage, kicking six goals once again en route to the 60-point victory.
Michael Gibbons backed up his best on ground performance last week with another standout match, which not only featured his usual mountain of possession but also four goals, a career best for him in the VFL. He was well helped by Willie Wheeler who returned to his best with a dynamic game in the midfield. In fact the entire midfield brigade had strong games, which had a lot to do with ruckman Nick Meese's dominance at the stoppages and around the ground.
Another major facet of Williamstown's win was its ability to rebound with aggression from the half-back line, while locking down on the dangerous Kayle Kirby who had been leading the VFL goal kicking list up until this round. Jack Charleston and Josh Pickess in particular were two of the team's best in defence and kick started many forays forward.
Williamstown would have seven individual goalkickers on the day, including three from Tristan Davies who was a late inclusion for Peter Faulks, but the pick of the bunch was Ben Cavarra. Highlighted earlier in the week as a potential draft selection along with a number of other Seagulls, Cavarra's three goals mixed with his defensive pressure and second efforts were key in the Seagulls kicking such a winning score.
Williamstown will now look forward to a top of the table clash against traditional rivals Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday..
Collingwood: 10.10 (70)
Williamstown: 20.10 (130)
Goals: Gibbons 4, Davies 3, Dunell 3, Cavarra 3, Schultz 2, Cordy 2, Marcon 2, Masters.
Best: Gibbons, Charleston, Wheeler, Cavarra, Pickess, Meese.