The Black Hawk
Sometimes in footy there are wins which teams can build their season around.
Watching the Blacks overcome Old Trinity by 17 points at Daley Oval on Saturday and secure their second-straight win, one can’t help but feel that this might well have been one of those wins.
With several players missing through injury, Cam Roberts and his coaching staff were forced to throw the magnets around to come up with a winning combination. What a winning combination it was.
After Lachlan Huntington opened the scoring for the afternoon, it was Trinity who made the early running on the wide open spaces of their home deck, kicking four of the next five goals.
The large dimensions of the ground allowed both sides to run and carry the ball, which led to several scoring opportunities for both teams. Joel Ernest was collecting quality touches from half back, his foot skills putting him a class above most on the ground.
John Vrodos clunked a pair of excellent contested marks which resulted in majors, while Tyrone Bean and Tom Sharp added goals of their own as the Blacks went into the first break trailing by just one point.
Vrodos was providing some real headaches for the T’s defence and he bobbed up to kick his third goal early in the second quarter. The Blacks had begun to get on top in the midfield thanks to the ruckwork of Bear Robbins and his midfield brigade led by Bede Mahon, Hugh Curnow and Harry Allen.
Lochy Dornauf collected his first for the afternoon through some brilliant small forward craft, roving a pack to snap truly on his right foot and give the Blacks the lead for the first time since early in the game.
A contentious free kick gave the hosts a goal on the half time siren, meaning there was nothing separating both sides at the main break.
The game needed to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck in the third quarter and the Blacks did just that, producing one of their finest defensive efforts for the year.
Mahon, Huntington, Mitch Carney and then Dornauf all added goals for the Blacks, while at the other end the likes of Vearing, Toohey, Steere, Gardiner and Moorfield repelled Trinity advances at will, ensuring the Blacks went to the final change with a very handy 24-point lead after keeping Trinity goalless for the quarter.
Old Trinity were not about to go quietly however, and looked dangerous at the beginning on the last quarter if not for some wayward kicking in front of goal. Dornauf added his third goal to put the visitors 28 points clear which really put paid to any chance of a comeback from the T’s.
After working extremely hard all day, Angus Drysdale got his just reward, kicking the sealer at the 25th minute mark to put an exclamation mark on a terrific four quarter effort from all 22 players in a Blacks jumper.
With two wins in the last two weeks, the boys are well placed heading into the second Uni Derby of the season next week against Uni Blues.
Goals: Vrodos 3, Huntington 3, Dornauf 3, Sharp, Carney, Drysdale, Mahon, Bean
Best: Drysdale, Robbins, Dornauf, Vrodos, Ernest, Batten