In this installment of “Blast from the Past”, we speak with Werribee premiership player and recently inducted life member Peter Williams.
Name: Peter Williams
Nickname: I think I am the only player to play 10 years at the club and not be given a solid nickname. Ian Wilson was already an established “Willow” at the club (my junior nickname) when I arrived, so a nickname never really took off for me. I was just known as Pete Williams. Even when some of the footy trip T- Shirts had nicknames printed on the back, such as Dogga, Nudey, Tails, Showbags, mine......Pete Williams.
Recruited from: Werribee Juniors / Footscray U/19s
Jumper number: 27
Senior debut: 1993 vs Oakleigh away at Warrawee Park
Memory of that game: I played most of the 1993 season as the side's tagger and was called up for my first game to shut out Oakleigh's Liston Medallist Corey Young. Even though I started the game okay by restricting Corey from getting the ball, I vividly remember running around frantically, trying to get my first touch, panicking that it just wouldn't happen, and thinking I was going to be dragged at any moment and back in the reserves the following week. I came in at quarter time without a possession, and I didn’t have one until five minutes before half time, when Andrew Button gave me a sympathy handball on the wing to bring me into the game.
It all came together, though. I finished the game with my opponent having no impact, I had more than 20 possessions myself, and I found myself among the best players. This set the foundation for me staying in the seniors for the remainder of the year.
Most memorable game: Given I went on to play in the premiership, the 1993 final series was without doubt the most memorable and enjoyable month of football I have been involved in. The club had the right balance of everything, with the perfect off-field support and the right squad of players that played for each other. The last five minutes of the preliminary final was a rollercoaster of emotions, and to win with the last kick of the day from Jack Aziz was a fairytale moment.
The grand final itself was just a grind. My role was to start in the back pocket and rotate on the ball with Richie Raeburn, but Rich had a hearing impairment and tunnel vision that day because he didn't hear my calls to change and never looked over my way. He didn't get too deep into the backline, either, which meant I became one of the back six, led by Frankie “don't celebrate early” Lesiputty. Without a doubt, that was the only reason we won the game and the premiership.
Funniest recollection of your time (on or off field): Being at the club for over 10 years, it’s hard to pinpoint a single funniest moment. The humour was consistent, and I played with many characters. The bus trips to away games during my under 19s years were very entertaining, particularly our ability to be inventive and avoid toilet stops on the way home despite the multiple slabs of beer consumed. Also memorable were the nude “Mad Monday” instigated by Glenn Wilkins, the discussions regarding why Jason Watts' hair never moved, Jonny Lamont's unique dancing ability, and Jason Love being reported for biting his opponent's penis.
- Who would it be? Ian Wilson, Frank Lesiputty, Mick Harvard and Matty Power. I have a unique bond with those four.
- What would you discuss? Growing old is difficult, and catching up with these guys brings back the memories of what we achieved and what I used to be able to do.
Life after Werribee
- Other clubs/achievements: I spent my last two seasons at Werribee as senior midfield coach and playing reserves coach under both Donald McDonald and Alistair Clarkson before be appointed playing coach of Newtown and Chilwell in the Geelong Football League and playing coach of Werribee Centrals in the Geelong and District League. My last involvement in football was playing a few games with the Ealing Emus and the Shepherd Bush Raiders in the British Australian Football League while living in London for three years.
- Profession: I have spent more than 20 years in primary education, working in schools such as Melbourne Grammar School and Dulwich College Preparatory School in London. I am currently the Head of Junior School at Lowther Hall Anglican Girls Grammar.
- Family: Living with partner, Diane, and four children (two stepchildren, William and Alexandra; and two of my own, James and Madeleine)
- Home: Point Cook
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