Round 6 preview: Williamstown vs. Northern Blues

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The Northern Blues will be on the hunt for their first win at Williamstown in nine years. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Dodge, AFL Media)

The Northern Blues head to the Williamstown Football Ground tomorrow afternoon looking for their second consecutive win.

Readying themselves for a significant test against the Seagulls, the Blues are out to build on the momentum after last week’s victory against Frankston.

Northern will return to an unhappy hunting ground in recent years, as they look for their first win at the ground since the 2009 Qualifying Final against Williamstown.

They’ll come up against some familiar opponents, with captain Adam Marcon and ruckman Nick Meese joined by another former Northern Blue, Jaylon Thorpe.

Thorpe has been brought into the team alongside debutant Nick Richards and Tom Schnerring, with Mitch Norton, Cooper Stephens and Willie Wheeler making way.

From the Blues’ perspective, they’ve welcomed key midfield cogs Matthew Kennedy and Andrew Phillips into the line-up, as well as the VFL-listed Alex Federico and Glenn Strachan.

Phillips will join Matthew Lobbe in what’s shaping up to be an intriguing ruck duel against Meese — one of the VFL’s premier ruckman over a number of years.

There’s a healthy mix of AFL and VFL talent for Northern, with Jack Silvagni — named in the midfield — and Jacob Weitering joined by Josh Hill, Jesse Palmer and captain Tom Wilson.

Williamstown has named nine premiership players from their 2015 season, including veteran Ben Jolley, Liston Trophy winner Michael Gibbons and gun defender Peter Faulks.

They’re joined by former North Ballarat duo Lachlan George and Oliver Tate, as well as last week’s five-goal hero Ben Cavarra.

It’ll be a case of the experience against the youth on Saturday afternoon: 18 of the players listed in Northern’s squad are aged 21 or under.

On the other side of the fence, the Seagulls have 14 players with over 50 games of experience, including eight centurions.

The most-experienced for the Blues is their skipper Wilson, who will front up for his 99th game on the weekend.

Northern will be backing their youngsters to take the game to Williamstown, with the likes of Patrick Kerr and Tom De Koning to line up in the forward line.

The pair combined for five goals last week, while Kerr has kicked 10 goals from his opening four games of the year.

The last time these two sides met was in Round 2 last year, with the Blues emerging victorious at Preston City Oval by 21 points.

Tomorrow’s game against Williamstown begins at 2pm.

Round 6 VFL
Williamstown vs. Northern Blues
Williamstown Football Ground
Saturday, May 12 — 2pm

Adults — $10
Concession — $5
Children under-15 — Free entry
2018 Northern Blues members — Half-priced entry

You can follow the game via the Northern Blues’ Twitter account (@NBluesFC).

Highlights will be feature on Northern Blues TV after the game.