Port Fairy Seagulls post first win in 49 games

The Port Fairy Football Netball Club Senior Football side broke through for its first win in 49 games on Saturday, defeating the South Warrnambool Roosters by 4 points at the Gardens Oval, Port Fairy. The Seagulls had not won a game of senior football since round 1 2011, but this year under playing coach Sam Rudolph had pushed some of the top sides in the Hampden League, most notably drawing with last year’s runners-up Cobden in round 8. 

The Seagulls set up the win in the third quarter with the wind and held a 2 goal lead at three quarter time. In a dour last quarter, everything was thrown at the Seagulls backline, but they held firm, pressuring the South Warrnambool Roosters into kicking 2.9 for the quarter, while the Seagulls themselves managed to kick 2.1 into the breeze.

Better players for the Seagulls included half bank flanker Sam Anson, ruckman/forward Sandy Robinson and full back Lachie Campbell while the Roosters best were ruckman Sam Kelly, onballer Zach Struth and key position player Ollie Lee

The sense of joy and relief was evident on all Seagulls players and supporters (the author included) once the final siren sounded. The team song was song with a lot of gusto, as shown on the Warrnambool Standard newspaper website and the club’s facebook page.

To add to the success of the Senior footballer’s first win, the Reserve footballers kicked 5 goals in a barnstorming final quarter to win by 5 points while all three senior netball sides claimed the points as well. This made the day all the more successful for the reunion of the 1963 Reserve and Under 17 football premiership sides and fed into the celebrations of the annual ball held on the Saturday night.

Hopefully the Seagulls can snatch a couple more wins before the end of the season and build on into next season.



  1. Is that the same Sam Rudolph who played at the Box Hill hawks some 8 or so years ago?

  2. Dave Nadel says

    Congrats to the Seagulls but what I want to know is; WTF has happened to the Roosters?

  3. Paul Daffey says

    I’m with Dave.

    Congratulations to Port Fairy. The club does amazingly well to hang in there in the Hampden league.

    But what’s happened to South Warrnambool?

    I once saw Matthew Chilcott kick 10 at Port Fairy against Terang. He had brought three Tiwi Islanders from Darwin. They were a huge novelty. People were actually at the game because they wanted to see them.

    Now, 15 years later, a huge percentage of Victorian clubs have Darwin boys,

  4. Matt Zurbo says

    Top Stuff!!!

  5. Paul Daffey says

    Hi Scott,

    Doing an interview with Port Fairy between 9 and 10 on SEN tonight.

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