Pearce celebrates maiden VFL win

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Fraser Pearce was one of 15 Northern Blues to celebrate their first VFL win with the club. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Paton)

A three-year wait came to an end on Saturday for Northern Blues midfielder Fraser Pearce.

Pearce enjoyed his first win in the VFL, after missing out on success on the first six occasions.

The 21-year-old played a solitary game at the end of 2016 for his previous club Port Melbourne, before his four senior matches in his debut year for the Blues.

He came the closest in Round 2 this year, where Northern went down by three points against North Melbourne.

Speaking after the club’s 39-point win over Frankston on the weekend, Pearce said it was a relief to notch up win number one.

“I was just rapt that as a team we managed to get the job done on the weekend,” Pearce said.

“It was great to see us grind it out right until the end, a win like that is great.”

Only eight Blues who featured on Saturday have played in VFL wins for the club: Mason Blakey, Jesse Glass-McCasker, Kane Keppel, Patrick Kerr, Kym Lebois, Cameron Polson, Jack Silvagni and Tom Wilson.

With so many new faces at the club in 2018, Pearce believed the victory could provide the spur for Northern’s year to gather momentum — particularly considering the game’s physical nature.

“It was really on from the start, but we held on and really endured through the game. I’m proud of the lads and the way we managed to dig in as a group,” Pearce said.

“Wins like that on Saturday always boost morale and confidence: with the talent we have, hopefully confidence is fuel to the fire and we can get a run going.”

Voted into the VFL leadership group this season, Pearce is one of many young Blues who has been tasked with driving the club forward after considerable change.

While continuing to grow his own game in the process, Pearce said all attention was on Williamstown this Saturday.

“I’m becoming more confident within my game and my role in the team, but there’s plenty of room for growth,” Pearce said.

“As I said, the win was great, but we’re not solely focused on Williamstown on their home deck which we can expect to be a tough game.”