The Seniors, Reserves and Phoenix all found their way back onto the winners list on Saturday in a significant round for the Club.
The Seniors and Reserves had their Indigenous Round games against Old Geelong in their Indigenous jumpers, while the Phoenix and St Bernards came together to honour Courtney Herron who tragically lost her life near Princes Park recently. It was also Bede Mahon's 150th game for the Blacks - if you haven't read Darren Collopy's article on Bede in the lead up to Saturday, check it out here.
The Seniors celebrated Indigenous Round and Bede Mahon's 150th game for the Blacks with a dominant 71-point win over Old Geelong on the Main.
With a number of past premiership heroes of the Blacks in attendance for the Premiership Reunion lunch, the current crop of Blackers put on a show for the large crowd which gathered.
The first term was arguably won by the visitors, although they didn't capitalise on their early dominance by kicking 2.6 to the Blacks' 3.3, meaning they trailed at the first break. From there the Blacks flexed their muscle, piling on 15 goals to Geelong's five to put the result beyond doubt.
Campbell Moorfield was moved from his usual defensive post this week with instant results. The vice-captain marked almost everything that came his way and his goal kicking was first class, finishing with five majors for the afternoon. The usual suspects of Carlson, Swift, Quaile and Curnow also had days out in a win which keeps the Seniors well entrenched in third position, two games clear of St Bedes Mentone Tigers in fourth.
The Queen's Birthday weekend means a week off for all teams and the Seniors will then steel themselves for a trip to Banksia Reserve to take on Beaumaris.
The Reserves dusted themselves off after a last-start loss to Old Scotch to record a 33-point win against Old Geelong in the early game on the Main.
Much like the Senior game, it was all about accuracy in front of goal and the Reserves had their radar on target in the first half, opening up a 29-point lead at half time.
Old Geelong had the better of the third quarter though and reduced the deficit to 19 points at three quarter time to set up an intruiging final term.
But the Blacks were not to be denied and through some brilliant individual efforts in the last quarter from a number of players, kicked away again to chalk up their sixth win of the season.
The evergreen Scott Myers booted three goals, while Zach Harris and Julian Di Nezza finished with a couple each. Both Kings, Harry and Alex were excellent, as was Steven Mann, Jess Petherick and Nick Locke.
The Phoenix maintained their spot in the top four of the Premier Thirds competition on Saturday morning, dispatching St Bernards by 47 points on the Crawford.
The contest was evenly poised early on, with the Blacks heading to the break with just a one-goal advantage.
From there though it was one-way traffic. The Phoenix soared, kicking 12 goals to the Snowdogs' six to take home a comfortable win.
David Restrepo and Maxwell Depina finished with four goals each and Jack Tossol finished kicked three to prove the difference up forward, while Josh Leviston, Peter Harrod and Angus Mcintyre were also prominent on the day.
It was also a significant game for another reason. Both sides wore white arm bands and had a minute's silence post-match to honour the life of Courtney Herron, who lost her life near Princes Park last week. The Club is extremely proud of the Phoenix for this gesture and we stand united in our stance that violence against women is totally unacceptable in the community.
The Under 19s had a tough time of things against St Bernards on the Crawford, going down by ten goals to the Tigers.
The visitors kicked six goals to one in the opening term to set the tone for the day, extending their lead at every change to take the win.
Maximus Ludbrook continued his impressive work up forward for the Blacks, kicking a couple of goals to take his season tally to 12 from seven games. Luke Mckay, Daniel Fink, Jack Gleeson and Filip Bjelosevic were also among the best for the Blacks.