The Northern Blues pulled off a major upset in round ten of Peter Jackson VFL with a stirring 36-point win over the Box Hill Hawks at Box Hill City Oval. In cool and greasy conditions the Navy Blues took control of the match booting 11 goals to five in the second half to win running away 15.13.103 to 10.7.67.
It was the Blues third win in a row and inflicted the Hawks third loss in the past four. Exciting Blues young son-of-a-gun, Jack Silvagni, was again in the thick of it, booting four goals for the second week in-a-row and he was well supported up forward by Kristian Jaksch who also kicked four.
Bigmen Andrew Phillips (53 hitouts, 13 disposals) and Cameron Wood dominated in the ruck for the Blues allowing midfielders Tim Jones (31) and Jason Tutt (29) to continue their good form this season. Blues coach Josh Fraser praised his players in the rooms after the game stating their application and ability to stifle the Hawks ball movement as keys to their win.
Box Hill had the better of the opening term with Dallas Willsmore (21 disposals) dangerous up forward with two goals and Keiran Lovell (21) busy around the packs. They held a 12 point lead at the first change and coach, Marco Bella, asked his charges to remain switched on and to keep their feet in the contest during the break.
The second quarter was a hard slog with just the three goals kicked, two of them by the Blues, to narrow the margin to just four points at half-time. The Hawks struggled to get the ball out of the Blues forward half in the term and the warning signs of an upset were apparent.
Liam Jones put the Blues in front four minutes into the third quarter and from that moment there was no turning back. Jaksch helped himself to a couple of goals while Mark Whiley (28 disposals) and Billy Gowers (27) found plenty of the sherrin as the Blues went to the final break 23 points ahead.
Box Hill tried hard to reduce the deficit in the last but it was the Blues who finished the better booting the last three goals of the match with Silvagni, Liam Jones and Jaksch all splitting the middle. Hawks defender Kaiden Brand can hold his head high trying to curb the in form Blues forwards while Jonathan O'Rourke and vice-captain Sam Iles battled hard through the midfield.
It was a disappointing loss for the Hawks which see them slip to fifth on the ladder. The Blues, after their first win over Box Hill since round 14 2013, sit just outside the top eight on percentage and will be hoping their momentum can continue following their bye in round eleven. The Hawks however, need to find some momentum and regroup, before a road trip to Simmonds Stadium to face Geelong in a Channel 7 televised match on Sunday.
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