The Black Hawk
After a heavy loss last week, the Blacks were keen to atone with a spirited effort against an undefeated Uni Blues side.
Signs were promising early, but the Blacks fell away badly after half time to record a 61-point loss against their Uni Main co-tennants.
The first quarter saw the Blacks start well. Steven Flight and Harry King were busy through the midfield and Pete Aitken was controlling proceedings in the ruck.
A tight and contested quarter meant that both teams kicked just the one major each, with the game able to be played on the Blacks terms for the majority of the opening exchanges. A brilliant soccer goal from Jim Wilson was the highlight.
The second term was much of the same. Repeat stoppages were a regular occurrence and the Blues seemed frustrated by their inability to break the game open.
Jordan Tunbridge, relegated to relief ruckman by Aitken this week, continued his good form when given the chance on the ball, but was also providing a tall target in the forward line.
David Cooper and Brayden Poole were also having some good moments in defence, being able to at least half contests with their direct opponents more often than not. The Blues did manage to kick a couple of goals for the quarter, but the Blacks limited the damage to go in just eight points down at the main break.
The second half did not make for pleasant viewing, particularly the third quarter where the Blues slammed on five goals to none and broke the game open. There were some good individual efforts from the Blacks, but the collective team effort was lacking and that led to the game being played on the Blues' terms.
A spirited address from coach Linc Merlo wasn't enough to inspire his troops, as the Blues ran away to kick another 6 goals for the quarter and blow the margin out to 61 points. The King brothers - Harry and Ed - both kicked late goals, which was a just reward for their efforts over the course of the day.
With a weekend off between now and their next game against Old Melburnians, the Blacks will be hoping to regroup and find some form to lead them into the back half of the season.
Goals: Nunan, Wilson, H. King, E. King
Best: H. King, Flight, Tunbridge, Cooper, E. King, Poole