The Development Blues won their fourth straight game with a 46-point win over Werribee. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)
The Northern Blues Development side notched up their fourth consecutive win on Saturday afternoon with a comprehensive display against Werribee at Ikon Park.
The Blues led at every change and were superior to the winless Tigers, recording a 13. 12. (90) to 6. 8. (44) victory.
It was a scrappy contest early, but a well-struck set shot from Blues ruckman Matthew Korcheck saw Northern register the first major of the day.
The Blues dominated the rest of the quarter on the balance of play but struggled to hit the scoreboard, only managing another major to the break to lead by nine points.
The second term was a much more efficient one for Northern forward of centre, largely on the back of some good clearance work from their midfield including Tim Jones and Dyson Stevens.
Having spent the majority of his Blues career down back, Bailey Jordan swung forward to good effect, as he and Michael Romero combined for goals early on.
The Blues continued to get reward for effort as the margin blew out to over five goals at half-time.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) June 17, 2017
Northern kept their stronghold on the contest during the third term, and continued to pile on the scoreboard pressure to ultimately open up an unassailable lead.
Two majors on the back of 50-metre penalties to Zach Ballard and Chris McCabe saw the margin out to an eight-goal lead.
What was even more impressive was Northern’s ability to shut their opponents out when it mattered most: they’d conceded just one goal until the dying stages of the third quarter.
Werribee made some late head way to finish the game but it was all too late, as the Blues saw the game out to win by 46 points.
Jones was everywhere in the heart of the midfield, collecting 40 disposals, 15 clearances and a goal in brilliant all-round display.
He was accompanied by the ever-consistent Kye Declase who amassed 25 disposals and countless spoils all day in defence to quell the Tigers’ attack.
The Development Blues head to North Port Oval next Saturday, looking to make amends for the opening round loss when they take on Port Melbourne.
NORTHERN BLUES 2.4 6.6 9.8 13. 12. (90)
WERRIBEE TIGERS 1.1 1.4 2.6 6. 8. (44)
Northern Blues: Jordan 2, Korcheck 2, Adams, Ballard, Barrett, Bolger, Corboy, Jones, McCabe, Romero, Roos
Northern Blues: Jones, Russell, Declase, McCabe, Ballard, Adams