A four goal flurry in the final quarter took Williamstown to a 15 point win in its game against Ringwood, at Ringwood’s Jubilee Park.
Williamstown played four senior debutants: Liam Mason, Dean Zavatterio, Kosta Vlahos, and Kaleb Halley. A fifth player, Aaron Goodman was playing only his second game for the 2014 premiers.
Liam, playing at centre-half-forward, kicked the first goal of the game with his first kick in senior footy and was later instrumental in a second-quarter goal.
The vast oval and backline pressure made scoring difficult, with just six points between the teams at quarter-time.
Narrow misses by Bayley Kennedy and Luke Barker early in the second quarter contrasted with Ringwood making the most of its opportunities. The second, and third, efforts by Williamstown’s Josh Knight were noteworthy. Goals to Mo El-Hawli and Ray Warren gave the Seagulls an eight-point lead at half-time.
An accidental knock to on-baller Luke Barker just before half-time left him concussed. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
Ringwood gained the ascendancy early in the second half, kicking two goals in the third quarter and keeping Williamstown to a solitary point.
Three points down as the final quarter started, the Seagulls had the task ahead of them. Mo El-Hawli and Aaron Goodman kicked the first two goals to give the Seagulls a nine point lead but the home team, with the support of a lively cheer squad, threatened again, to be only three points down half-way through the final quarter.
The Seagulls finally adapted to the large spaces of the ground, leading to two more goals by Aaron Goodman.
The game was played in good spirit and in excellent late autumn conditions.
Williamstown 2.1 4.4 4.5 8.5 (53)
Ringwood 1.1 3.2 5.2 6.2 (38)
Williamstown goals: Goodman 3, El-Hawli 2, Mason 1, O’Connor 1, Warren 1 Williamstown best: Liam Mason, Josh Knight, Luke Barker, Mo El-Hawli, Aaron Goodman, Jye Dean