Season Summary: 1993
Williamstown went into season 1993 without key forward Jack Aziz, who had crossed to Werribee and where he was destined to head the VFA goalkicking with 97 majors and lead his new club to the premiership that year, in a spiteful clash with Port Melbourne. Also missing from 1992 were dual best & fairest winner, Troy Mitchell (Yarrawonga), and defender David Ackerley (retired). Barry Round, in his eighth year with the club, coached the team for the fifth consecutive season. New players included Troy Moloney (36 games with Footscray), Robert Bloom (Footscray), Chris Smith (Richmond), Ritchie Hore (Norwood), Ricky Knight (Werribee), future 2003 premiership co-captain Brad Lloyd (Avondale Heights), future 1996 Liston Medallist Paul Dooley (St. Bede's) and Martin Vonier (Keilor). Tom McGowan returned to the Club after a season at Casterton. Jason Williams was drafted by Collingwood at the end of 1992 but was back at Williamstown by round 9 without playing a senior AFL game.
Things started badly with an 85-point thrashing at Sandringham in the opening round in the grand final rematch, including a season-ending knee injury to star wingman Ashley Koenig in the first five minutes of the game, but three wins were scored in the first five rounds to have Williamstown in equal fourth place, including a come-from-behind win by two goals over Prahran, a nine-point victory over the previously unbeaten Preston and a last-gasp five-point win over Frankston in the Seagull's 14th consecutive victory at Pt. Gellibrand. Four consecutive losses in rounds 6-9 followed, including a one-point defeat at Springvale with the last kick of the day. Remarkably, two other games in this round were also decided by just a single point. The six goals kicked by Ian Rickman in the round 6 loss at Port Melbourne took him past 500 senior VFA goals. Marcus O'Connor played his 50th senior game for Williamstown in this encounter. Three successive wins in rounds 10-12, including a six-goal victory over Coburg (Tony Pastore 9 goals) and the year's biggest win by 44 points at Oakleigh, revived hopes of a finals spot, but four losses in rounds 15-18, including a one-point loss to Port Melbourne at home and a three-point defeat at Box Hill in the last home-and-away round, ended the season. In the round 17 loss to Port, former Burra Bill Swan played his 301st senior VFA game to overtake the competition games record held by former teammate Fred Cook. In finishing ninth of the 12 clubs with seven wins and eleven losses, three wins and percentage out of the final five, the Seagulls had dropped seven rungs on the ladder from 1992. Only the Thirds ended up competing in the finals and finished runners-up to Port Melbourne, after defeating Werribee in the elimination final (113-99, Craig Sheedy 6 goals), Box Hill by 92 points in the first-semi (151-59, Doug Hart 6 goals) and Sandringham in the preliminary final (130-110).
Some footage of the round 2 game against Prahran can be seen by clicking on this link:
Andrew Howlett won the Andy Taylor Memorial Trophy for senior best and fairest from Tony Pastore, while Ghazi with 38, including 8 in the round 7 clash with Box Hill, was the Seagulls leading goalscorer and winner of the Bert Hodge Memorial Trophy. First-year player, Martin Vonier, was awarded the Bill Sheahan Memorial Trophy for best and fairest in the Reserves with Ricky Knight runner-up, while Jason Barry was leading goalkicker. Troy Carrick took home the Harold Hosking Memorial Trophy for best in the Under 19's from Simon Parsons. Ron Stent was awarded the Bill 'Darkie' Raffle Memorial Trophy for best clubman. Ricky Knight was awarded the A. Todd Medal as the best and fairest player in the VFA Reserves, the first Williamstown player to take out the award since Lou Barker in 1955, when it was then known as the Angus McDonnell Trophy. Knight backed up this award by winning it again in 1994.
Season 1993 marked the end of the playing days at Williamstown of Ian Rickman, Brett McTaggart (184 games) and Billy Swan, while Round announced after the last game that he would be stepping down. Mark Fotheringham also resigned as coach of the Reserves, as did Brian Carrick in the Thirds. Rickman had kicked 516 goals in 146 games, placing him third on Williamstown's list of all-time aggregate goalkickers, behind only Ron Todd (672) and Mark Fotheringham (571). Swan played 83 games with the Seagulls from 1989 and ended on a VFA total of 302.
During the year, the Club lost one of its most loyal and dedicated workers in Keith 'Bootnose' McKay, who passed away in May, aged 69. His wife, Vera, also a life member of the Club, passed away in February 1995, aged 75.
Former rover from the 1976 premiership team, Mark Cross, was appointed senior coach for 1994, Bill Swan as Reserves coach, Marc Aceri assistant coach and Tony Pastore as captain, replacing McTaggart.
Troy Moloney was recruited to Williamstown in 1993 from Footscray
1993 team list
Bill Swan applies a tackle in the round 4 match v. Preston at Williamstown
Action from the round 4 match v. Preston at Williamstown, from left Andrew Howlett, Ritchie Hore, Steven Long (#21) and Brett Gould (#32)
Dual premiership star, Liston Medal winner and captain, Brett McTaggart, bowed out after the 1993 season
training staff 1993
back row Ron 'Hambone' Johnson, Rod Evans, Elpi (Alby) Mimilas, Stephen Potter
front row unknown, Kelly Brent, Ross Templeton, Ian Slater
Trainer Elpi (Alby) Mimilas, pictured here in 1993
Chilean-born Marcos Fuentes in action v. Port Melbourne in round 6
Steve Zamykal (#24) flies for a mark in the game v. Port Melbourne at Port in round 6
Ian Rickman, kicked his 500th VFA goal against Port in round 6
Tony Pastore marks strongly in the game v. Port Melbourne at Port in round 6
Simon Lloyd in action against Box Hill at Williamstown in round 7
Saade Ghazi, 8 goals v. Box Hill in the 17-point round 7 loss, the Seagulls first defeat at Pt Gellibrand in 15 games
Steve Zamykal flies high in the round 8 clash against Dandenong at Williamstown
Jason 'Square' Williams, drafted by Collingwood in 1992, was back at Willi by round 9
Full back Simon Lloyd takes a one-handed mark against Springvale in round 9
Bill Swan during 1993
37yo Bill Swan played his 300th senior VFA game in the round 16 fixture at Frankston
Thirds Elimination final side, featuring future Liston Medallist Paul Dooley, and senior players Troy Carrick, Mark Illich, Robbie Penna and Chris Karakalakis.
Williamstown's Under 19 coach, Brian Carrick, retired at the end of 1993 after 3 seasons in the job.
Troy Carrick, son of coach Brian, Williamstown Under 19's best & fairest winner in 1993
1993 Senior Best & Fairest winner Andy 'Ghost' Howlett
Dr Manu Gilani finished up as Club medical officer at the end of 1993 after 11 seasons in the role, having commenced in 1983
1993 presentation night, from left Simon Lloyd, Saade Ghazi, Tony Pastore and Andrew Howlett
Keith & Vera McKay, pictured here in 1991. Keith passed away in May 1993 followed by his wife in February 1995.
To hear more about Keith 'Bootnose' McKay from some of the Club identities of the era please click on the following link to one of Bruce Davis' productions: