Local Footy: Willy in striking distance of second spot after thrashing Ivanhoe

IVANHOE                   3.1      4.6      6.6          9.8-62
WILLIAMSTOWN    6.4    12.8    21.12    32.17-209

Goal Kickers: K. O’Dwyer 3, D. Neilson 2, J. Ritchie, C. Traeger, D. Wood, S. Mason
Best Players: D. Meredith, K. O’Dwyer, D. Neilson, J. Meakin, D. Adams, D. Wood

Goal Kickers: R. Cassidy 10, S. Barlow 7, Z. Read 4, T. Wheeler 3, W. Cooper 3, M. Lishman 2, C. Richards 2, B. Gray
Best Players: M. Sultana, Z. Read, M. Lishman, M. John, S. Barlow, R. Cassidy

Williamstown CYMS consigned Ivanhoe AFC to relegation and D3 next season with a ruthless, 147-point smashing of the home team at Ivanhoe Park over the weekend. The win keeps Williamstown within striking distance of second position – only two premiership points behind Banyule – and banishes Ivanhoe to the lower section in 2010. On Saturday the CYs got off to a tardy start in the first quarter to lead by only 3 goals at the first break. However, despite kicking into a freshening wind, they really kicked into gear in the second quarter and were able to kick six goals to one to lead by 50 points at half time. With the game wrapped up, Williamstown put on an awesome exhibition of goal scoring in the second half. With the midfield dominant and their small forwards running riot, the CYs kicked nine goals to two in the third quarter and a further 11 goals to three in the last to completely outclass a shell-shocked Ivanhoe combination. The CYs will face a much sterner test at home this coming weekend when they take on fifth placed Old Paradians, who are only two points adrift of fourth placed Therry Penola and very much still in the race for September action. On a day that saw Williamstown score 32 goals for the match it is not surprising that midfielders and forwards dominated the best player list. Small forwards Ross Cassidy [10], Steve Barlow [7] and Zac Read [4] simply outclassed their immediate opponents to kick 21 goals between them. They were aided in the ‘goal fest’ by a flood of quality delivery through the midfield with players like Matthew John [in for his first senior game], Mathew Sultana and Matthew Lishman using their pace and skill to consistently force the ball forward to advantage.

IVANHOE                   0.1      0.2         3.3         3.3-21
WILLIAMSTOWN    6.8    13.11    17.15    28.23-191

Goal Kickers: M. Brazzale 2, T. Trevan
Best Players: J. Trescowthick, R. Klitzing, T. Trevan, T. O’Neill, D. Diakoumakos, H. Post

Goal Kickers: M. Tennant 6, G. Burgess 6, J. Buttigieg 4, F. Henry 2, L. Ryan 2, J. Dodd 2, M. Walsh 2, L. Henry, N. Knapman, D. Page, M. Carland
Best Players: B. Moore, G. Burgess, J. Buttigieg, L. Ryan, L. Henry, M. Tennant

In the early game Williamstown CYs Reserves got back on to the winning list with a comprehensive 170 point victory over an undermanned Ivanhoe. Making the most of the first windless game day in over a month, the CYs used their advantage in skill and pace to great advantage in the first half and led by 87 points over their goalless opposition. The CYs went to sleep during the third quarter allowing Ivanhoe to score their only three goals of the match. However a bit of ‘argy bargy’ on the three quarter time siren really fired the visitors up for the last quarter and they slammed on eleven unanswered goals to completely swamp any Ivanhoe resistance. Williamstown’s best player was Matthew Tennant who celebrated his return to the side with a dominant six goal performance from centre half forward. Greg Burgess also appreciated the calmer conditions to use his strength and experience to bag six goals of his own from full forward. Lawrence Henry continued his outstanding recent form with another fine game out of the midfield, where he used his pace and anticipation to gather a mountain of well directed and efficient possession. Lachie Ryan kept the pressure on his senior counter parts with another strong display in the ruck and around the ground. Jeff Buttigieg put in a very mature performance on ball and up forward, consistently setting up scoring opportunities for others whilst still managing to snare 4 goals himself. Brenton Moore continued to show the form that has brought him under consideration for a senior berth – his pace and strength allowing him to gather many possessions over the course of the day.

KEW                                             9.9-63

Goal Kickers: M. Sneddon 4, D. Clemmens 2, D. Lee 2, J. Baskharon, C. Bergin, T. Carter, Cam James, M. Manning, J. Street, D. Wouda
Best Players: C. Bergin, D. Clemmens, C. Pach, R. Danaher, M. Walsh, T. Carter, M. Manning

Goal Kickers: J. O’Dowd 3, D. Perry 2, J. Innes 2, D. Sproules, J. Loorham
Best Players: J. O’Dowd, C. Buttler, D. Perry, J. Rakusz, N. Padbury, J. Innes

In the final round of the Club 18 home and away season, Williamstown CYMS finished off with a comfortable 38 point victory over Kew. After a slow first half, which saw them trail by 14 points at the main break, the CYs took over completely in the third quarter kicking 8 goals 3 behinds while keeping their opponents scoreless. The CYs continued on in the last quarter, outscoring Kew by 2 points into the wind. The win saw the CYs finish a commendable first season with a 10:5 win loss ratio to finish fifth, 4 premiership points out of finals action. CYs best player on Saturday was Captain Caine Bergin, who was strong and dependable in defence all day. Dion Clemmens staked a claim for promotion with a classy display over four quarters. Ryan Danaher was another to show out with his strong marking being a feature. Clinton Pach finished the season with another consistent four quarter performance out of the centre. Michael ‘Meat Balls’ Manning and Tony ‘Cranna’ Carter held sway in the big man department up forward, with Carter in particular showing out with his strong marking. Michael Sneddon often came under notice with his pace and clever anticipation up forward and he finished as the leading scorer on the ground with four goals.

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