Fraser: Round 2 a step forward

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Josh Fraser said the Northern Blues were left disappointed with the result but proud of the growth displayed against North. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser said Sunday’s performance was “a step forward” after their Round 2 game against North Melbourne.

However, the coach said that the team ultimately came away ‘pretty disappointed’ after going down by just three points in tough conditions at Avalon Airport Oval.

After setting the game up with a consistent three quarters, the Blues couldn’t hold on against a resilient Roos outfit in what was eventually a narrow loss.

“We had a real focus on doing the basics well… It was all about the fundamentals you’re taught when you’re growing up learning the game,” Fraser told the Matchworks coach’s report.

“In the end, we probably fell away with that intensity and intent in the last quarter that we showed in the first three.

“That was the thing that put us in the position to win. The things that we’re going to keep growing is the compliance to that message and making sure we’re able to execute that, plus embracing the moment a bit more.”

After calling for the Blues to “roll the sleeves up” following the start to the season, Fraser said the response was a heartening one.

The Blues added four more new players to their tally on the weekend, making it a dozen club debutants from the opening two games of the season.

“There was a big shift from last week. We’re proud of the growth that we’ve shown, but obviously it was disappointing to not come away with the result,” Fraser said.

“With so many new players into the mix, there’s a period of time where we need to grow and gel together: [Sunday] was a step forward.

“Our boys are learning to play together — they haven’t played much together, if at all. There’s some growing pains with that, but we saw the improvement from Round 1.”

Fraser also expressed his excitement at welcoming Josh Hill and Jesse Palmer into the mix, while saying the Blues would continue to remain measured ahead of their bye this weekend.

For the coach’s full comments, watch the video above.