The Kew Football Club handed Prahran Assumption its second consecutive loss to start the 2015 season with a 12 point victory on Saturday afternoon.
In a heated contest Prahran could not contain the run and carry of Kew, surrendering late to fall short 15.17.107 to 14.11.95.
The vocal crowd on hand at Victoria Park in Kew rode every bump and tackle as they were witness to an enthralling battle between the two sides.
The tale of the day for Prahran was missed targets, both by hand and foot, with continued skill errors resulting in repeat scoring opportunities for Kew which eventually took its toll on the Two Blues defence.
The first term was played with a very physical nature as neither side could put any major scoreboard damage on the other. Prahran Assumption would go into the first change holding a five point advantage.
The second quarter saw things open up with Prahran and Kew both hitting the score board more freely. It was the skills though that made the difference.
The Bears were pin pointing targets lace out and providing their forwards with a host of opportunities. This was a stark contrast to that of Prahran, whose inability to hit targets consequently saw them relinquish its quarter time lead to trail by two points at the half.
The free flowing trend continued throughout the third term as a combined total of 11 goals were slotted. And even though getting slaughtered through the midfield and constantly butchering the footy, the Two Blues somehow found themselves two points clear at the final break.
Unfortunately though for Prahran its sloppy ball use finally caught up with them. Trailing by a goal deep into the final quarter there was a glimmer of hope for the Two Blues, but a kick across defensive goals missed the intended target and was launched straight back through the goals, all but sealing the victory for Kew, which was fitting in a sense.
This passage of play was indicative to how the majority of the game panned out; Prahran turns it over resulting in a Kew goal.
It is another disappointing loss for new coach Luke Egan and his team, who now have to wait until Anzac Day against Old Mentonians at Keysborough for another opportunity to secure its first victory of the year.
Kew, on the other hand, in its first season in Division One after winning the 2014 Division Two Premiership, have now won their first two games of the season after defeating Old Geelong last week.
For the Two Blues John Robbins was dangerous finishing with three goals whilst spending time through the midfield. Skipper, Jack Matherson was also reliable as per usual in defence. Suresh Nair showed promising signs up forward kicking three goals and taking a handful of strong contested marks.
On another sour note for Prahran, gun recruit Stephen Conlan was stretchered off the field in the second quarter after being knocked out. He would make the trip to hospital for precautionary scans.
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 3-3 6-4 12-9 14-11 (95)
KEW 2-4 6-8 11-13 15-17 (107)
Goals: Robbins, Shaw, Nair 3, Chilton 2, Maya, Adams, Scicluna.
Best: Shaw, Donahoo, Adams, Chilton.
One positive to take out of the day for Prahran Assumption was the victory to their Reserves side, who survived a massive scare to hold on for the 69 – 60 victory over Kew’s Reserves. The Reserves are now two from two to start the year.
PRAHRAN ASSUMPTION 2-0 4-1 7-3 11-3 (69)
KEW 3-2 4-4 7-11 8-12 (60)