A big last quarter from the Northern Blues saw them run away from the Frankston Dolphins at a wet and soggy Ikon Park in round nine of Peter Jackson VFL. With just 15 points separating the sides at the final change and persistent rain falling, the Blues piled on eight goals to the Dolphins three to win 15.15.105 to 9.11.65.
Jack Silvagni (21 disposals, 7 marks) was in everything for the Blues up forward booting a game-high four goals and had the Blues fans in the stands salivating with glee. Former GWS player, Mark Whiley (31 possessions), revelled in the wet conditions gathering many possessions around the park, he received good support from former Tasmanian, Tim Jones (21), who continues to impress the Blues since arriving from Southport in the NEAFL.
The Blues were slow out of the blocks as Frankston's endeavour and hard running provided targets up forward in Josh Bennett and Nathan Gardiner with opportunities, however, they failed to capitalise. The Blues got going thanks to three first quarter goals from Silvagni and a fine snap from well out from Jones to give them an eight point lead at the first break.
The Dolphins lost Joshua Pickess in the quarter when he was stretchered from the ground after a marking contest. They hit back early in the second when a Jayden Cass goal put them in front but the Blues, despite inaccuracy, regained the lead and took a 15-point lead into the main break.
Rain became heavier during the second half and Frankston returned from the sheds in a similar fashion to how they started the match. Goals to Lucas Walmsley and Brandon Wood reduced the deficit to only three points and it looked as if they were up for the fight.
However it was all the Northern Blues in the final term as they kicked clear to register their third win of the year and move to within a game of the top eight. Other to impress for the Blues were Jason Tutt, whose run and ability to create space was important late in the match when most found themselves on tired legs and Hisham Kerbatieh booted two goals and provided the Blues with plenty of spark across half forward.
For Frankston Dean Kempster and Jackson Sketcher were solid in defence while Ryan Exon and Walmsley provided some dash through the midfield and Cass tried hard with three goals.
The Blues will be looking for three-in-a-row away to Box Hill in round ten while Frankston face a tough away trip to Burbank Oval to take on second placed Williamstown.