Seagulls stun Hawks in Box Hill
Williamstown have bounced back in fine fashion, defeating the ladder leading Box Hill by 45 points at Box Hill City Oval earlier today.
After a slow start, the Seagulls blew the Hawks off the field with a stunning second term, and from there build an impressive 17.16 (118) to 10.13 (73) victory.
The win sees Williamstown stay in third position on the VFL ladder, but moves them to just two premiership points shy of Port Melbourne and Box Hill after twelve rounds of the season.
Signs were ominous for the Seagulls early when Box Hill kicked the two opening goals of the game in the opening minutes, but halfway through the first term they found their feet and were able to break even with the Hawks for the remainder of the quarter.
Trailing by 13 points at the first change, Williamstown went on a goal scoring rampage, booting five goals in the opening 15 minutes, and eight in total, for the second quarter.
As expected, Box Hill came out after halftime full of fight in a bid to get back into the contest, but five more Williamstown goals soon quashed that, with the travelling team opening up a 45-point break at the final change.
The last quarter became a stalemate after a frenetic two quarters beforehand, with both sides only managing 2.5 in front of the big sticks. This suited Williamstown down to the ground however, keeping the Hawks at bay to pick up win number eight on the year.
Michael Gibbons was back to his very best for the Seagulls, proving once again that he is a big name player winning a mountain of possession running through the middle but also proving dangerous up forward with two goals. Vice-captain Adam Marcon was also one of the team's best, having a fantastic duel with Box Hill Hawk and ex-Richmond teammate Andrew Moore in the midfield, but Marcon would have the last laugh with a classy final term goal proving to be the icing on the cake. Brett Bewley was also his usual damaging self through the midfield, slicing his way through his opponents and delivering with poise and precision on the regular throughout the day.
Billy Myers played arguably his best senior game for the season in defence, while Peter Faulks got the better of his taller Hawks opponents, and was even able to float forward to kick a rare and team-lifting goal during the third term.
Up forward, the Seagulls had plenty of goal kicking options with Ayce Cordy, Lachlan Schultz, Arryn Siposs and Michael Gibbons all kicking multiple goals, but it was the performance of the acrobatic Leigh Masters that got the Seagulls going, particularly early. Masters finished the day with two goals but had a hand in many more and was a key catalyst in the big win.
Williamstown will next meet an in-form Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Box Hill: 10.13 (73)
Williamstown: 17.16 (118)
Goals: Schultz 3, Cordy 3, Masters 2, Gibbons 2, Siposs 2, Marcon, Cavarra, Pongracic, Faulks, Dunell.
Best: Gibbons, Masters, Bewley, Marcon, Faulks, Myers.