Round 22 Match Report Vs. Brisbane
By Paddy Farley
Sandringham were able to run out convincing victors in their round 22 clash against the Seagulls.
Williamstown travelled out to Trevor Barker Oval to play off in their final home and away match for season 2023 with the double chance looming if they were able to bring home the victory.
It was all the Zebras in the first term as they piled on six goals to none in what was close to the most destructive quarter of the season against the Seagulls.
The home side were able to lock the ball in their front half and converted when they needed to as various AFL-listed players showed they were above the level.
Williamstown trailed by 35-points heading into the first break.
As play got underway in the second term the Seagulls needed to chip away at the large deficit as Joel Ottavi started to make an impact, kicking two goals of his own in a row.
The ball was camped in the middle of the Seagulls’ forward 50 for majority of the quarter as the game started to become more contested.
Sandringham were able to move the ball fast and out the Seagulls defence under serious pressure and were able to lead by 46-points heading into the main break.
It was a stalemate in the early periods of the third term as the first major was kicked nine-minutes into the encounter as Michael Ktona was able to convert his difficult set shot.
Williamstown fought hard and were able to get the game on their terms. Oscar McDonald was swung forward and brought a completely new dimension to the Williamstown forward line. McDonald, Preston and Cox also added their name to the scorer’s sheet.
The margin was 22-points in the Zebras favour.
As the ball was bounced to get the final term underway, it was all Sandringham. The home side was able to kick four out of the first five goals of the term, putting Williamstown’s comeback thoughts to bed.
Sandringham ran out 35-point winners in what was a convincing victory.
Williamstown now must wait a week to see who they will play following the Wildcard round this weekend.
Williamstown 10.7 (67)
Sandringham 16.6 (102)
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