Williamstown v Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne had comfortably accounted for Williamstown on the two occasions they met during the home and away season but the tables were turned in this semi final. Williamstown completely dominated Port who looked rudderless without inspirational skipper John Baird – he missed the game with a hamstring injury. At the 18 minute mark of the third quarter Port Melbourne had only kicked two goals and were on a mere 15 points with the margin was up around triple figures in the Seagulls favour. Port redefined junk time by kicking 12 goals from this point until the end of the game but still lost by 87 points. Willie Wheeler and skipper Ben Jolley were amongst the best players for Williamstown and whilst Doggies listed Jason Tutt and Patrick Veszpremi shared nine goals.
Coincidentally Williamstown also met Port Melbourne in the Development League semi final (that’s AFL Victoria speak for VFL reserves). Williamstown won that game by 96 points – a bad day all round for Port Melbourne.
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