If there is any uncertainty about what is in store for the Williamstown Football Club this season, it is about how many of its star players are going to be drafted to an AFL list in 2020. Seagulls player Nick Rodda spoke exclusively to Willy and Hobby.
It is only Rodda’s second season with the club, but the 24-year-old fan favourite has already nabbed a spot in the leadership team, which is testament to the club’s talent development. Rodda said he is humbled by the support from the club and its fans.
“I guess it’s quite humbling to hear everyone cheering you on every game, but you don’t really think about it, you just go out and play footy. It’s good when the crowd gets behind us. It really helps the boys out,” he said.
“Williamstown is a great club. It’s got a long history. That’s probably one of the things that drew me to sign with the club originally. There’s a real community feel about it down in Williamstown, real working class, and it suited me pretty well, I think.”
Exiting the leadership team last year after a stellar career with the club was Ben Jolley who has since signed with historic rival Port Melbourne and will undoubtedly come face-to-face with some fresh faces at the Williamstown Football Club for game one.
“It’s great for Jozza that he’s got another opportunity at another club to end it the way he wants to end it. He’s still playing great footy and I’m sure we’ll be playing against him next week. It will be good to see him and hoping it goes well,” Rodda said.
“Everyone’s just really excited, especially to play under lights at Willy. The lights are amazing, so hopefully there’s a big crowd and we put in a good performance to kick start the year off.”
Speaking on the Seagulls’ pre-season performance, Nick Rodda appeared to have a ‘slow and steady wins the race’ approach to 2019, remaining optimistic about game one and the year ahead.
“They are only pre-season games. I think last year we started quite slowly, had a lot of injuries. We’ve got a lot of new players this year and it takes time to get to know everyone and to gel. It’s only a matter of time before it all clicks, like last year,” he said.
The Williamstown Football Club is expecting a huge crowd at Downer Oval for the Round 1 VFL clash which will kick off at 7.15pm on Saturday 6th April, with the historic game now to be marked with a new trophy – The Johnson-Callahan Cup – for the club cabinet.