As the VFL season reaches the half-way mark, the Williamstown Seagulls have surpassed expectations and currently sit fifth on the ladder. The Western Bulldogs affiliated team have shown real depth, and their form is hopefully a promising sign for the future of both the Seagulls and the Dogs. Drafting experienced players such as Cameron Wood and Brent Prismall have added to the team’s depth, as well as given the young side strong and mature bodies to build around.
Season so far:
The Seagulls have been very promising this year and have developed the ability to belt teams by big margins; their best performance of the year coming in round seven when they smashed Bendigo Gold by 175 points and exceeded the 200 point barrier. This is a massive boost to a team very much in a re-development stage, and it is this winning culture that will help to fast-track the development of their younger brigade. At this stage of the season Williamstown should be satisfied with how they’re tracking.
The Big Improver:
Lachlan Hunter has shown he has the potential to make it at AFL level. The Western Bulldogs-listed-midfielder has shown an ability to win the ball, sneak forward and kick goals sitting fifth on their overall goal kicking table. Already blooding Jackson MaCrae, Jake Stringer and Nathan Hrovat, Brendan McCartney has shown a real desire to give the future of this football club as much game time as possible, and an opportunity for Hunter may not be too far away.
Most Bulldogs fans would be scratching their heads when it comes to Jarrad Grant. He certainly showed promise after kicking 29 goals as a third tall in 2010 in a team challenging for the flag, but has since fallen from grace, unable to get a game in a re-developing Bulldogs team that consists of many first-year drafteees. To make matters worse, his form in the VFL hasn’t been overly spectacular. Whilst some may say that he does not deserve the title of ‘biggest slider’, if you weigh up expectations against deliverance he has really struggled to live up to the hype of a few years back. Maybe a change of scenery in 2014 is needed for the talented Grant.
Second Half Preview:
Williamstown will enter the second half of the year with a match against Essendon, which, despite their ladder position, will be no easy task. This is then followed by matches against the Blues, Hawks, Zebras and Port Melbourne. It may be a struggle for Williamstown to win too many of those, however, they have shown great promise and great development so far this year. If they can hold on and make finals it will be a great achievement for Peter German’s men.