Williamstown edge Frankston in a low-scoring affair in windy conditions at Burbank Oval – Dale Fenney Reports

Frankston can hold their heads high after a very solid effort against the reigning premiers Williamstown. The Dolphins were defeated by 30 points but that was only because of a frustrating final term which saw the Seagulls kick 6.6 to 1.2.

The opening quarter saw high intensity and high pressure as both sides lacked the finishing touch to score goals. Frankston however locked the ball in their forward half for much of the back end of the first term and were finally rewarded with the opening goal through Harrison Prior. Frankston kept Williamstown goalless in the first quarter to take a 7-point lead into quarter time.

The second term was virtually a replica of the first but this time it was Williamstown who held possession and kept the ball inside their forward half. Frankston tried their hardest on the counter-attack but weren’t able to execute as the Seagulls jumped ahead into the lead. Williamstown went into the main break with an 8-point lead as the scores red, Frankston 1.6 (12) to Williamstown 2.8 (20).

Frankston came out of half-time with intent and scored early with Blake Mullane kicking ing a goal in the opening minutes of the third quarter. With both teams working overtime the kicks weren’t always great as Williamstown replied with a goal mid-way through the term. Frankston then flicked the switch to score three unanswered goals through Blake Mullane, Josh Bennett and Jason Pongracic. The biggest coach killer was Williamstown scoring in the dying seconds to peg the result back. Frankston led by 4 points at three quarter time.

The final term was just crying out for one team to take their grip on the match which is exactly what the Seagulls did with Williamstown scoring five unanswered goals to take the advantage. Frankston were rewarded with a late consolation as Nikolas Papadopoulos scored with a set shot in time on. Williamstown replied almost straight away to take their lead back out. The final siren went as Williamstown took a 10.17 (77) to Frankston 6.11 (47) 30-point victory.

Next week Frankston will play the Footscray Bulldogs at home (Frankston Oval) on Sunday.