The Development Blues just couldn’t get over the line against the top-of-the-table Port Melbourne. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
The Northern Blues Development side fell just short of a memorable win against Port Melbourne on Saturday.
Against a Borough outfit ladened with VFL talent, the Blues threatened in the final quarter but couldn’t come away with a come-from-behind victory.
A 34-point lead for the league leaders proved too much to overcome as Port held on in a 13. 17. (95) to 12. 9. (81) win.
With the likes of Matt Arnot, Brodie Murdoch and Robin Nahas in opposition, a young Blues side took it to Port Melbourne from the off.
Despite the Borough leading all day, the two sides went blow-for-blow for a lot of the afternoon.
In the opening minutes, Port kicked two goals but the Blues managed to stem the bleeding and hold firm for the rest of the quarter.
It would prove to be the trend of the day, with Port often kicking away early in the quarter only to see the margin brought back by a persistent Northern.
However, the home side was left to rue some ill-discipline in the closing stages of the third term, as four straight goals proved to be decisive.
After drawing within single digits on two occasions in the quarters, it was a hammer blow for the Blues who weren’t able to overcome the big deficit.
Four consecutive goals at the start of the last quarter gave the Blues a sniff against an inaccurate opposition, before Port finally kicked truly at the eighth time of asking in the final quarter.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) August 6, 2017
Sam Fowler was electric up forward on his way to a four-goal haul, and he was well-supported by Jaylon Thorpe (six marks, two goals).
Sean Bolger continued his strong form, while youngster Deven Costigan played his best game for the club with 22 disposals.
The Northern Blues Development side will take on the Casey Demons once again this Saturday from 11am.
NORTHERN BLUES 1.3 3.5 7.6 12. 9. (81)
PORT MELBOURNE 3.3 6.6 12.10 13. 17. (95)
Northern Blues: Fowler 4, Corboy 2, Thorpe 2, Gleeson, Jones, Strachan, Walson
Northern Blues: Bolger, Fowler, Glover, Costigan, Rafferty, Thorpe