By: Somer Young
Details: Genis Steel Oval, Sunday July 3rd, 2:15pm (AEST)
Williamstown 14.15 99d Bullants 6.11 47 (Round 1, 2021)
Last time they met Williamstown got away to a fast start, running out eventual 52-point winners. Galluci, Ottavi and Rodda all got on the scoreboard in a big way for the Seagulls, kicking 10 goals between them. For the Ants, there has been plenty of new faces at the since this last matchup, which should hopefully fill the boys with some hope.
The Ant Hill
Away at Arden Street Oval the inaccurate Ants went down by 42 points to North Melbourne VFL. There was plenty to take away from this game against even competition, especially Tom Wilson’s best on performance for us with 33 touches, 11 marks and 6 tackles.
After 14 rounds Williamstown find themselves one spot below us on the bottom of the ladder. For the Seagulls this is a match they will definitely see as winnable and will certainly be fired up when they make the trip over to Preston.
Matchups to watch
Andrew Courtney v Thomas Downie
After being out with sickness last week Courtney is back in to help the Ants in the ruck, averaging 16 hitouts across his 7 matches for us this year. For the Seagulls, Downie had a day out against us last year and has backed that up in 2022 averaging 35 hitouts and 16 disposals of his own. You’d think whoever can control the taps will have a big impact on how this game turns out.
William Murphy v Finbar O’Dwyer
‘Billy’ Murphy has had more action up the ground this year but is still nearing 100 career VFL/NEAFL goals and will be hoping to achieve that milestone this week. On the other side, Finbar O’Dwyer was playing for us last time we played the Seagulls but has since changed teams and had a very strong season averaging 15 touches and 8 marks in 2022. The Ants will really be hoping that they can stop him from putting these numbers up again, and that our small forwards can sneak some goals.
What’s on the line
At this stage of the season both of these standalone VFL sides find themselves with just the one win for the season, they will both think this is the biggest chance to double that count and with the Ants donning the heritage guernsey there is sure to be a lot of spirit in this one.