Premier Thirds vs Uni Blacks
The quirks of the thirds draw saw the Blues threes line up against arch rivals Uni Blacks a week before the seniors fight out the battle of the crescent. Despite the addition of some experience and class in the form of Ed Long and Ben Jongebloed, Blues were again slow out of the blocks, allowing the old foe to take a 4 goal lead into the half time break.
It looked a different side that ran onto the Crawford oval to start the third quarter, with some midfield ascendency and smarter ball movement setting the platform for the team’s best quarter of football so far this year. Along with Long and Jongebloed, Hamish Seller helped spark something of a comeback, while up forward Louis Wardle and Bernie Chomley bravely threw themselves into every contest. Under fairly constant pressure the backline held up well all day, with talented youngsters Harry Sullivan and Jacob Jess following the ever-dependable Jack Heinz’s lead.
To their credit the Blacks were able to steady in the last, holding off the strong finishing Blues outfit to end up 26 point winners. Nevertheless, our boys’ efforts in the last half signalled plenty of upside for a young team still learning to play with one another. Having seen patches of good footy from his charges throughout the first two matches, coach Evans will be looking for a four-quarter effort next week when the Blues 3’s take on Scotch at the Crawf, keen to get their first win on the board.
Best Players: E. Long, J. Heinz, B. Jongebloed, H. Sullivan, J. Jess, H. Seller