FIDA Tigers pip Seagulls in reserves thriller

There were three FIDA games at the Fearon Reserve in Williamstown on Sunday 25 May and the reserves game was a beauty.

The home team had a handy lead after the first quarter, courtesy of kicking with the wind to the Botanic Gardens end. The Wyndham Tigers then took advantage of the breeze and by half-time the game was anyone’s.

Williamstown held the visitors scoreless in the third quarter but didn’t create enough of a buffer.

An early goal to the Seagulls at the start of the last quarter looked ominous but then Wyndham, with the breeze at their backs and cheered on by vocal supporters, including many of the senior team earlier beaten by nine goals, stormed home. They peppered the goals to kick 4.7 and win by seven points.

“It was probably the best game of the season,” said Tigers’ coach Paul Barrett, “a memorable win.”

In the seniors match, Williamstown continued their unbeaten run in Division 1, winning by 55 points. “They played good footy, running and hunting in packs,” said Barrett. “We couldn’t get our game together.”

The even spread of goalkickers for Williamstown reflected a team very much in form.

The Tigers’ senior players may have a tough time of it on the training track this week, ahead of a home game against Kananook.

A third game, a scratch match between North Footscray (of Division 3) and a Williamstown thirds, was played in a terrific spirit. Although North Footscray had far too much pace and experience they were generous in victory, making sure their opponents had chances to get involved in the game, especially in the second half.

Seniors
Williamstown 10.12 (72) Wyndham 2.5 (17)

Reserves
Wyndham 9.9 (63) Williamstown 8.8 (56)

Scratch match
North Footscray   13.13 (91)   Williamstown 4.4 (28)

FIDA is a league for footballers with an intellectual disability.

About Vin Maskell

Founder and editor of Stereo Stories, a partner site of The Footy Almanac. Likes a gentle kick of the footy on a Sunday morning, when his back's not playing up. Been known to take a more than keen interest in scoreboards - the older the better.

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