Williamstown Seagulls are the FIDA Division 1 minor premiers after winning a tough final round outing against the improved Wyndham Tigers. The cold and blustery conditions at Williamstown’s Fearon Reserve saw the home team squandering opportunities early in the match, while Wyndham always made the most of its limited forward forays.
Kelvin O’Connor played one of his finest games, spurring the Seagulls to a hard-fought victory in the final home and away match of the season. Josh Knight was always dangerous on the forward line and ruckman David Henderson once again put his body on the line for his team.
In the other Division 1 game Kananook did not quite have things all their way before winning by 19 points.
Williamstown: 2.2 2.4 3.7 5.7 (37)
Wyndham: 1.0 2.0 3.2 4.4 (28)
Williamstown goals: Kelvin O’Connor 4, Ray Warren 1 Williamstown best: Kelvin O’Connor, Josh Knight, Ibby Nasser, David Henderson, Travis Barrett
Wyndham goals: Grey 2, Rose 1, D.Quinn 1
Wyndham best: Rose, Liddy, Hunter, Mifsud, Watts and McConnell
Kananook: 7.11 (53)
North Ballarat: 5.4 (34)
All FIDA semi-finals will be played on Sunday 24 August, starting at 11am.
Division 1 games will be at Warringa Crescent Reserve, Wyndham. Top team Williamstown will play fourth-placed North Ballarat. Second on the ladder Kananook will play third-placed Wyndham.
Division 2 semi-finals will be at Pitcher Park, Alphington. Chadstone v Mazenod followed by Ringwood v Parkside.
Division 3 semi-finals will be at Edinburgh Reserve, Springvale North. Gippsland v Sandown followed by North Footscray v Cranbourne.
Winners go straight to the Grand Finals, to be played at Central Reserve, Waverley on Sunday 31 August.
FIDA (fida.org.au) is a league for footballers with intellectual disabilities.