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2013 - R14 - Port Melbourne v Williamstown

An absolute classic match, played in some of the worst conditions in recent memory. With more than 24 hours solid rain in Melbourne, the ground was always going to struggle to deal with it, with a lot of surface water, right across the entire surface. THankfully the grass underwater held up pretty well with the interchange and centre squartr the worst affected by mud.

The crowd was more than healthy.. In fact I thought it was one of the larger crowds for the season.. A credit to Williamstown and Port Melbourne supporters alike. Real VFA / VFL suporters that get along and support their side. The grandstand was well populated, and hardy folk stood out in the rain with their umbrellas or jackets. The crowd was probably boosted by the club celebrating the 1993 Thirds Premiership win. It was good to see it being played in the rooms at ha;f-time and after the game.

To the game itself. I thought all week that the club would be treating this as a final, with our September aspirations on the line... And as Gary Ayres said, it showed. The most cohesive, four quarter effort I can recall since 2011. Port were ferocious, but played smarter than at any time this season. Perhaps simplifying the game helped, with conditions less than condusive to that over-using of the footy that has plagued us this season.

When was the last time that the Seagulls were kept goalless for 3 quarters? Surely not for many many years.

From a Port perspective, it was such an even performance, right across the ground. Even first gamer Sammy RARU played a terrific game, hard at it, and used the ball well when he got it too.

This game had it all, including a good old fashioned all-in brawl. It was old style VFA footy on a wintery Melbourne day.

I've got more to say, and photos to upload.. I'll do that tomorrow!

NorthPort
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The two clubs break off hostilities... for the moment!

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Thanks to Paul Amy.. He worked out that Williamstown's score was its lowest against Port Melbourne since 1928 !

 


Borough1874
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What a great game of football! Safe to say it worked to our advantage.

If you look through our list more players I feel suited.

Playing bonners in the ruck was a positive. He did good in that position.

I think the ground may need a much needed watering (leave the hose on) the night before each home game.

Borough1874
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Fights on & off the ground.

jasonborough

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Fights on & off the ground.

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Off the field Cookie,do go on please,sounds very disturbing

Borough1874
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From accounts a willy supporter tried to have a go. I was not present at the time as I was standing in the other grandstand up on the hill.

ravenxau
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[quote=Cookgalea]

From accounts a willy supporter tried to have a go. I was not present at the time as I was standing in the other grandstand up on the hill.

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There is always one drunken idiot that ruins it for everyone else.....

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burraburger

Yeah I seen that drop kick from willy walk down the stairs of the Norm Goss stand and try start a fight. He's always on the Willy facebook page complaining about how the bulldog players don't try and how they should play more of the willy development league players.

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I'd love to know what he was expecting, the surface for the most part held together. It just happened to be under 2cm of water. I reckon this could be the same bloke I heard sooking it up during the game.

Galea always seems to play well against his own club.

 


MegaA
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Crowd was ok on Saturday but nothing to celebrate. I think considering the conditions on Saturday the crowd was ok and after last weeks big win, this coming Saturday promises to bring several fans out of the woodworks. Big crowd expected.

Didn't see what happened with that fan - did he try and start another Port supporter ? Nice to see the club leapfrod into 3rd position and a must win this Saturday to ensure we have enough of a buffer that Box Hill cannot overtake us after round 16.

Fans were in great spirits in the social rooms, club song in the clubrooms sung with passion and pride - All in all another great day out at sacred of North Port oval.

Only 5 more sleeps till we revisit North Port.

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