Frankston were solid away despite falling late in the contest to a costly result but will take something out of the match – Dale Fenney Reports…
Frankston faded away late in the quarters which proved costly as the Blues punished them in this period. The final quarter saw the Northern Blues put some damage on the scoreline with 7.1 to 3.0 which pushed the result out further as the Blues took a 40-point victory at IKON Park.
The Dolphins started the match the better of the two sides dominating possession and forcing errors. What Frankston did lack was scoreline pressure after just recording points. Josh Bennett however scored the first goal of the game for the Dolphins for some reward for effort. Jack Silvagni dominated for the Northern Blues in the first quarter kicking three goals. Jayden Cass was the second goal-scorer for the Dolphins. The Blues led by 8 points at quarter time after scoring late goals.
Once again it was deja-vu for Frankston with Josh Bennett the first goal-scorer followed again by Jayden Cass. Although Frankston were on top in the early stages of the term they faded out once again which saw the Blues pile on two reply goals through Kristian Jaksch and Tom Wilson. Northern Blues extended their lead at the main break by 15 points.
Frankston jumped out to an exciting opening third term with Lucas Walmsley scoring a goal. The Dolphins then went end-to-end with kicks straight down the middle of the ground before Brandon Wood executed with a run in goal. The Blues continued their late scoring ways with Liam Jones and Mark Whiley scoring two goals which effectively ruled out the Dolphins work at the start of the term to go into the last term with a 15-point lead.
Jack Silvagni who was great throughout the day opened the scoring with a goal to the Blues which put the game into an uncomfortable place for Frankston. Back-to-back goals from Jayden Cass and James Wilsen brought the margin right back as Frankston refused to lie down. The Blues ruled out any hope of a late fightback with five of the last six goals to not only win but take a boosting victory. Nathan Gardiner scored a late consolation goal for Frankston as the Blues ran away with a 40-point win.
Next week will see Frankston again travel away to Burbank Oval to take on reigning premiers Williamstown on Saturday 11th June.