Winter arrived in style at the Warringa Crescent ground for the round seven FIDA western derby between home team Wyndham and ladder leader Williamstown.
The icy cross-ground wind and the frequent rain didn’t stop Williamstown from a bright three-goal start. The hosts got back into the game with a two-goal second quarter but were then shut right down in the second-half.
“I guess we played a bit like Freo,” said Williamstown coach – and Dockers fan – Rob Klemm. “Ross Lyon wouldn’t have minded.”
“It was always going to be a slog and a slog it was,” said Wyndham coach Paul Barrett. “Williamstown proved the better side with their sure handling of the football, and the scores didn’t show how close the game really was.”
At three-quarter time the margin was three goals and both teams would have been mindful of the last derby at Warringa Crescent, when Wyndham stormed home in the last quarter, only to lose on the last kick of the day. This time, though, the Seagulls’ defence held tight.
In the reserves, Wyndham was once again too strong, too skilful, and too experienced. “The seconds played great team footy all day against an undermanned Williamstown,” said Wyndham reserves coach Jamie Mifsud.
Williamstown 8.8 (56) Wyndham 3.0 (18)
Williamstown best: Luke Barker, Adrian Hays, Corey Murphy, Sifa Kuila, Kelvin O’Connor
Wyndham best: Rickie Lee, Vincent Villeages, Brad Hunter, Daniel Quinn, Luke Rose, Luke Quinn
Reserves: Wyndham 12.21 (93) Williamstown 0.1 (0)
Wyndham best: Sully, Grey, Watts, Klem, Brennan, Dobby, Thomas
Williamstown best: Alex, Lyndal, Kaleb, Coden, Danny.
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