Development Blues go out in style

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The Northern Blues Development side marked their final game with a 12-point win. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sue Walson)

The final game of the Development competition ended in a spirited victory for the Northern Blues.

The Blues finished their 2017 season with a third straight win, as they were able to stave off a plucky Box Hill outfit to record a 11. 8. (74) to 9. 8. (62) victory.

After Williamstown’s win against Coburg the day prior, the Blues knew that Sunday’s game would be their last with finals out of the question.

Northern started well, kicking two early goals in quick succession and took a seven-point lead into the quarter time break.

The second term was split relatively evenly, with neither side able to edge clear of each other: a late goal from Box Hill saw the margin back to within one straight kick.

It started raining goals at the beginning of the third quarter as the heavens opened at Box Hill City Oval, with Michael Romero particularly causing headaches.

A double to the small forward — as well as a goal through Chris McCabe — saw the Blues kicked out to a game-high four goal lead.

A late goal once more gave Box Hill hope, and a 20-point lead at the final change quickly became 14 points with another Hawks goal.

However, as had been the case all afternoon, Northern found a way to respond to the Hawks in a gritty four-quarter performance.

Answering goals to Sam Peet, Max Gleeson and Bior Malual clinched a memorable win for the Blues, as Ian Aitken’s side ended their final game on a high.

Tim Jones capped off his stellar year with yet another crucial game in midfield, as he racked up an impressive 28 disposals, 10 clearances, eight inside 50s and six tackles.

BOX HILL HAWKS         1.2      4.4      5.5         9. 8. (62)
NORTHERN BLUES       2.3      5.3      8.7         11. 8. (74)

GOALS
Northern Blues: Romero 3, Fowler, Gleeson, Krithararis, Malual, McCabe, Payne, Peet, Walson

BESTS
Northern Blues: Jones, Walson, McCabe, Stavrou, Gleeson, Dawson