Development Blues break 2017 duck

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A 17-point win handed the Northern Blues Development side their first win of the 2017 campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

The Northern Blues Development side opened the account for 2017 with a gutsy 17-point win over the Casey Demons.

In a match which saw both sides barely separated by more than a goal, a dogged final term saw Northern come away with a 10. 11. (71) to 7. 12. (54) win.

It was just reward for the Blues, who in previous weeks have come up short in narrow losses against Williamstown and Coburg respectively.

Both sides were slow to start in a cagey opening, with Harrison Payne opening the account for the day at the 15-minute mark.

The inaccuracy of previous weeks plagued Northern early, kicking only one goal from six scoring shots as the Demons took in an eight-point lead.

The story of the first quarter translated to the following two, with the two teams entering the main change level in a low-scoring first half.

There were five lead changes alone in the third quarter, with Casey opening up a seven-point lead at the final change.

However, an inspired opening to the last term from James Corboy gave the Blues the ascendancy.

The second-year Blue kicked two straight goals to give Northern the lead, before goals from Angus Milham and captain Glenn Strachan sealed the result.

Ultimately, it was the four unanswered majors in the final term which proved the difference in what was otherwise an even contest.

Northern’s defensive resilience was also on show, conceding only seven goals from 45 inside 50s and keeping Casey goalless in the second and fourth quarters.

Corboy finished the day with three goals, while Dyson Stevens was again brilliant with 32 disposals and six clearances.

It was a resilient effort from Northern, who played the second half with a man down after Matthew Walson didn’t return following a concussion.

In the end, it was the first time since July of last year where both Northern’s VFL and Development sides registered wins on the same day.

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Ian Aitken’s side will host Sandringham at Preston City Oval next Saturday at 11am.

NORTHERN BLUES      1.5      3.6      6.8        10. 11. (71)
CASEY DEMONS      
3.1      3.6      7.9        7. 12. (54)

GOALS
Northern Blues:
Corboy 3, Casley, L. Collins, Milham, Payne, Peet, Strachan, Walson

BESTS
Northern Blues:
Stevens, Strachan, Milham, Declase, Glover, Corboy