The Black Hawk
With the Main in top condition and blue skies overhead, the Blacks Reserve side endured a match-up against Old Trinity which was played at a frenetic pace for most of the game.
The team that donned the famous black and blue for the first match of 2017 was a talented one. There are a number of players coveting a spot in the Senior side and also a handful of Phoenix players pushing for a Reserves spot - fair to say that competition among the playing group is healthy.
The opening quarter was an even one as both sides adjusted to being back in the thick of the action, with the Blacks taking a two-point lead to the first change.
The second quarter played out in contrasting ways for each side. The Blacks had their chances to really squeeze the visitors on the scoreboard, but couldn’t quite find their range in front of goal – registering just four behinds for the term.
Old Trinity on the other hand made the most of their opportunities, kicking three goals and grabbing a 15-point advantage at the main break which proved decisive in the broader context of the game.
With some adjustments made at half time, the Blacks found some avenues to goal with Edward King, Will Mills and Sam Mckenzie proving a handful for the T’s defence.
But when key moments in the game arose, it was Old Trinity which had just a touch more polish with ball in hand and they continued to hold the Blacks at arm’s length for the second half to record a 16-point victory.
The Blacks can take heart from the fact that they were able to generate a similar number of scoring shots to their opposition and the fact that the likes of skipper Scott Myers, Mitch Trevaskis Peter Aitken and Lewis Steere were able to play well, but as the saying goes, ‘bad kicking is bad football’.
The boys will have the chance to rectify this in a couple of weeks on the road against Collegians.
Goals: E. King 2, Kimpton, Trevaskis, Mills, Mckenzie, Steere, Peyton
Best: Trevaskis, Grocke, E. King, Aitken, Myers, Steere