Williams part of Kangaroos rock solid defensive unit

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Great Southern pair, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe is tackled by North Melbourne’s Marley Williams.
Camera IconGreat Southern pair, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe is tackled by North Melbourne’s Marley Williams. Credit: Getty Images

Former North Albany midfielder Marley Williams has helped North Melbourne become the first travelling team to beat Fremantle at Optus Stadium after his side produced an eight-goal second half on Sunday afternoon.

Williams has played every game for the Kangaroos this season and was again rock solid in defence as his side quelled the Dockers in front of their home fans.

After moving across from Collingwood, Williams has become an important part of the Kangaroos’ back line that held the Dockers to three goals after the main break.

In his 91st AFL match, the 24-year-old collected 12 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency to go with three rebound 50s, two tackles and three inside 50s.

Lake Grace junior Nat Fyfe continued his stellar season for the Dockers in the 28-point loss with 31 possessions, eight clearances and a goal. Mt Barker’s Aaron Sandilands was concussed after a clash of heads while trying to shepherd in the final term.

On Friday night the Great Southern was well represented in the State Country Colts team with Aidin Williss (Mt Barker), Hayden Parker (Denmark-Walpole), Tom Wolfe (Railways), Fraser Eaton (Albany), Lachy O’Shea (North Albany) and Taj Williams (North Albany) all playing in the clash with the WA State 16s.

Parker was named in the best players and Wolfe kicked a goal, but the WA State 16s proved too strong to win by 43 points.

The WA State Country senior team went up against the WA State 18s on the same night, with former GSFL player Josh Bootsma named in the best players.

The WA State 18s won by 14 points, with Bootsma, who now plays for Katanning after his time with Carlton in the AFL, a strong contributor while Ravensthorpe’s Jordan McAllister and Lake Grace-Pingrup star Luke Bairstow also featured in the match.

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