I believe that he is still on the list and was definetely at the game tonight as I heard that he very much supported us - especially when the 3rd quarter break just started (those at the game would know what I am talking about). Williamstown did well and both sides have plenty to look forward to in season 2019 - as a humble loser Id like to say congrats to you guys. 4th quarter was the deciding factor in the game and I believe you deserved to win in the overall context of the game.
Having said that - Obviously not happy that we lost however very much at ease with the performace we put up tonight. I can confidentaly say that after seeing tonights performace we will be right up there this year (can I be arrogant and say its hard being a Port supporter knowing your side is going to be strong season after season). Next weeks match is definetly a challenge though, one that id like to win but wouldn't push the panic button if we don't get the 4 points. Feeling positive about season 2019 - pity we don't have multiple other fans to share their opinion. VFA was at the game - as a neutral fan (and other neutrals are welcome to share their opinion) - what do you think of both teams chances in 2019.
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I'm at work so I'll be brief. Agree with MegaA. Congrats 'towners. Deserved winners.
Ive decided that Lisle is a a real liability around goals but his lead up work around centre half forward was very strong and if as he did on a few occasions last night can hit-up Haretuku, we will have a very potent forward line. Defensively it's a credit to the flexibility of Lachie Waddell who has played as a ruckman in previous seasons was used as a key defender and handled the role well I thought.
Both sides squandered the footy and really, if Williamstown had kicked straight early could have killed the contest early.
I thought the skill level wasn't as good as I expected, but part of that could be due to night footy. There were quite a few dark pockets and uneven light. I know my eyesight not the greatest, but wiulthout glasses I would have struggled to pick up passages of play.
I don't want to sound like I'm knocking Williamstown and I'm not. It's a common issue at this level that the quality of lighting for night football isn't great. Unless lighting is approaching hr level of Geelong or the MCG, I'd much rather see us playing in daylight.
Heated scenes at three quarter time. I didn't see what started it.
Funny thing is that not many did see what happened ! Everybody I asked said they didn't know. Yes Lisle has a achiles heal - that being his pace. Unfortunately its a very hard thing to improve at this stage - improving pace is alot of work for minimal gain - afterall he will never have the quickness of a Nahas for example.
I thought the lighting was ok and judging from the crowd I think it was a real winner playing that night match. Maybe a Williamstown supporter can tell us how that crowd compares to your normal crowds ? Anybody know the official attendance from last night ? I reckon it was around 1.5 k but wouldn't be suprised if it was 2.
Won;t be too long that Port will be playing night matches as well.
Williamstown holds out great rival Port Melbourne in Round 1
Paul Amy, Caulfield Glen Eira Leader
April 7, 2019 10:30am
It won’t go down in the books as one of the greatest matches in the long VFA/VFL history of Port Melbourne and Williamstown football.
Willy coach Andy Collins called it “very scrappy’’, noting both teams made a lot of skill errors.
Saturday night’s season-opening clash at Point Gellibrand at least had the redeeming feature of a close finish, and the Seagulls came out with the best of it, winning 10.15 (75) to 9.11 (65).
Conditions were superb Point Gellibrand.
In doing so they took possession of the Johnson-Callahan Cup, struck in honour of two giants of association football, Frank Johnson and Gerry Callahan.
The presentation of the cup for the first time made for good publicity ahead of the match, but Ben Jolley’s transfer from Willy to Port was the greater talking point.
Wearing No 21, he lined up in the middle for the Borough and was quickly into stride on the ground where he played so often and with such distinction for the Towners.
He finished the match with 21 possessions and was among Port’s best players.
Willy had the better of the early exchanges, slipping out to an 18-point lead halfway through the first quarter.
Blake Pearson, a lively figure for Port all evening, steadied the Borough and from that point little separated the sides.
Port led by five points at half time and Willy by one point at the last change, which was preceded by an all-players-in melee.
A disappointed Tom Goodwin after the match.
Eli Templeton made a set shot for the Borough after the three-quarter-time siren, some hot words were had and it quickly escalated into an ugly scene as spectators and officials came on to the ground for the break.
Sensibly they all stayed away as the players scrapped it out. It will be no surprise if the VFL pops both clubs with a fine.
The class of Willy skipper Adam Marcon bubbled up when he poked through a goal on his left foot to give the hosts a seven-point lead three minutes into the last quarter.
Both teams squandered chances in the next 10 minutes, Nick Buykx and Marcon (a poster) missing for Willy, Matt Signorello and Jordie Lisle astray for Port.
Lisle made amends from a tight angle to cut the Seagulls’ lead to one point, but Willy first-gamer Sam Martyn restored it to seven.
It turned out to be the last goal of the match, Sam Dunell, Josh Pickess and Martyn (with another poster) scoring behinds in tense, tight finish played out before an excellent crowd and in fine conditions.
Both teams went in with a string of newcomers. Ben Kennedy, Mitch Hibberd, Martyn, Nicholas Buykx, Joel Ottavi, Liam Hunt and Nick Mellington played their first games for the Towners, and Jolley, Pat Veszpremi, Signorello, Tommy Goodwin, Ben Giobbi and Jake Gasper did the same for Port.
Marquee Borough signing Jarryd Blair missed with a quad injury.
Goodwin had a stirring duel in the ruck with Nick Meese, and Collins thought Meese got on top in what he called “the battle of the bulls’’. Willy named him their best player.
With Goodwin arriving at Port, the Borough are trying Lachie Waddell as a key defender and he was outstanding on Nick Rodda.
Former Swan and Bulldog Veszpremi was a stand-out too with his power off half back.
“A hard-fought loss for us, unfortunately,’’ Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres said after the match.
“I thought Williamstown made less errors than us and they were a little bit better at winning the 50-50s.
“There wasn’t really a lot between the sides …. I said to our boys at three-quarter time, ‘You’ll get moments, you’ll get chances, make sure you take those’. But we didn’t do enough when we needed to. A lot to work on for us.’’
He said Blair “should be right’’ for the Round 2 match against Richmond.
As for Jolley, Ayres said he thought the 33-year-old performed well against his former club.
“He’d be disappointed we couldn’t get the four points but he was a pretty solid contributor,’’ he said.
Williamstown 3.7, 4.8, 8.10, 10.15 (75)
Port Melbourne 2.1, 5.7, 8.9, 9.11 (65)
Williamstown goals: A. Marcon 2, N. Rodda 2, N. Mellington, N. Buykx, M. Hibberd, J. Pickess, S. Dunell, S. Martyn
Best: N. Meese, A. Marcon, B. Kennedy, J. Pickess, J. Thorpe, B. Monk
Port Melbourne goals: K. Haretuku 2, T. O’Sullivan 2, B. Pearson, E. Templeton, S. Lange, J. Lisle, C. Walker
Best: L. Waddell, C. Walker, H. Hooper, M. Wooffindin, B. Jolley, J. Lisle
The three quarter time melee was started after a Port player knocked over Nick Mellington after the siren.
The crowd was definitely bigger than a normal Willi-Port home-and-away clash, but the Club had promoted the game heavily via social media and there was lots of advertising around the 'Town for it.
I spoke with Dylan Conway briefly last night, he had a hip operation and will be back 'in a few weeks' he said. Anthony Anastasio was at the after-match and Andy Collins spoke highly of both he and Ben Jolley, makes me wonder why he pissed both of them off if they are so highly thought of.
VFL Round 1: Williamstown v Port Melbourne – Rekindling old rivalries in the sunset
The footyalmanac is a great writeup of the match and Its great to see these old traditional rivals going strong after 130 years of VFA football. I hope to get along for the return clash in June at Port.
Great atmosphere on Saturday night. Decent crowd and very willing game. Both sides were passionate and desperately wanted to win. Far better than watching Melbourne and Hawthorn reserves at Box Hill. No thanks. What about Hawthorn and St Kilda reserves a second TV game for the hawks and to make it worse it is played at Docklands Mickey Mouse MARVEL Stadium. Wonder who is tossing the coin Kinko the Clown or Bozo the Clown. Not having footy records is a disgrace.
Not having a footy record is a disgrace.
Agree.I can go to a MPNFL game and buy a Record for $1, which is 3 or 4 times thicker than the VFL one. How is the miserable AFL Vic wont print one? Cuttings costs as usual...havent they heard of putting adverts in it to cover the cost of producing them?Clowns....
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