Fraser: Validation for where we’re going

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Josh Fraser wants his club to bring the same pressure and effort shown in yesterday’s win over Casey. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser praised both VFL and Development sides for their showing at Preston City Oval yesterday.

The senior side registered its fourth consecutive victory with a resounding victory over Casey, climbing to third position on the VFL ladder.

It came after the Development team opened the day in the best possible manner, surging home to emerge with a 17-point win for the first time this season.

Speaking on the Matchworks coach’s report, Fraser said the manner in which the Blues did the double over Casey — who featured in both grand finals last year — was affirmation of the club’s growth.

“It was a really important match for us, to validate the direction we’re heading in and also to hopefully set ourselves up for later in the year,” Fraser said.

“Our Development boys had a really good win: we know we have some players there pushing for selection and it’s a healthy position to be in.

“It’s good for our football club, our Development boys and Carlton. It shows a real sign of growth and a bright future.”

Fraser said the ability for all 23 players to put in a committed approach to the match was central to the 55-point win against the Demons.

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The coach went onto say that expectation and standards would continue to be set, scrutinised and raised as the year progressed.

“We’re trying to build a list and a club which will win anywhere, anytime — that we go and compete the way we expect,” Fraser said.

“There were some really encouraging signs, some good growth but we’re still learning and accepting the responsibility of fronting up each week and getting a result.

“If we want to be the club we aspire to be, we have to keep fronting up and meeting these challenges.”

To see the full comments from Fraser, click on the video above.