Werribee, rated as a top premiership contender, appear to fall to pieces and stumble in final terms against the Seagulls, just as it did in its round five encounter and again yesterday.
Williamstown, who has won every match against the Tigers since 2008, didn’t take the lead until 13 minutes into the final term through two Matthew Panos goals before relinquishing the advantage soon later with North’s Ben McKinley snaring his fourth and fifth goal in succession to give Werribee a 10-point buffer.
McKinley was terrific in the air and clearly Werribee’s most dominant forward.
But the Seagulls kept threatening with their big bodies in the clinches and hit back hard in the dying stages with Liam Jones slotting an important goal followed by Zephaniah Skinner kicking the match-winner soon after to win a classic, 14.7 (91) to 13.11 (89).
Fittingly, it was Williamstown skipper Ben Jolley’s 100th match at the Seagulls. Jolley again was typically the man who instigated the fightback in the midfield and was named best on ground.
The Seagulls, who are the only team outside the eight that can still make finals, are now only half a game outside and within striking distance of Sandringham and North Ballarat.
Werribee had its chances in the final term with skipper Robbie Castello missing a sitter running into an open goal, conversely to his heroic last quarter performance against Coburg last week.
Cameron Lockwood curtailed Castello’s influence for most of the match.
Ben Sharp also missed a critical shot at goal in the final term.
The loss has hurt Werribee’s chances of jumping past Port Melbourne and Casey on the ladder, who are two games ahead of it in third spot.
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