The Coota Blues started their 2019 season in fine style with an impressive win over Belconnen at Clarke Oval on Saturday.
While the Blues were expecting a tough encounter, the homeside blew the visitors off the park defeating them by 109 points.
The final score 18-15-123 to 2-2-14.
The Blues women also recorded a memorable win defeating Belconnen by 49 points.
In the men's match, so dominant were the Blues, Belconnen did not register a point until early in the third quarter.
The Blues booted 4-2 to nil in the opening quarter, and they then booted a further six goals in second quarter and led at the long break by 64 points.
In the final two quarters, the Blues booted a further eight goals which ensured a surprisingly big win.
The Blues had many winners across the park and none played better than Phil Bird with his defensive play across the back line being the top quality.
Joel Pearson, in his 150th match, played strongly down back and relished the opportunity to play up forward in the final quarter.
Blake Basham possibly played his best match for the Blues.
His strong marking in the backline was a feature of his play.
- Best: Phil Bird, Dylan McDermott, Blake Basham, Luke Webb, Zac Oliver, Sam Baldock and Joel Pearson.
- Goals: Luke Webb 5, Sandy Maskell Knight 3, Dylan McDermott 2 Zac Oliver 2, Aaron Basham, James Collingridge, Joel Pearson, James Halliday and Jack Caldwell.
While the Blues enjoyed the home ground advantage on Saturday, they are on the road for the next three Saturday's at Murrumbateman, Southern Cats at Queanbeyan, and our longest trip Goulburn.
THE Blues' women scored an impressive win over Belconnen defeating the more fancied opponents by 49 points at the weekend.
The girls booted 8-8-56 to 1-1-7.
This win was the girl's most important win in their three seasons of playing in AFL Canberra.
- Best: Alyssa Armstrong, Louise Raleigh, Sarah Clarke, Michaela Perceval, Brittany Ormond and Tamika Perceval.
- Goals: Louise Raleigh 2 Sarah Clarke 2 Tamika Perceval, Brittany Ormond, Bridgette Windsor and Michaela Perceval.