On Saturday, Central Oval saw the Round 14 clash between West and Central turn into the Colson show.
Brothers Brendon and Kyle Colson from Central went head-to-head in a goal-kicking contest, as the Bloods went on to thrash West by 72 points.
After trailing at half time, Central responded by taking charge of the game and kicking 14 goals to two in the second half.
In blustery conditions, the Bloods elected to kick to the wind-assisted highway end, but didn’t take advantage, as they only managed one goal for the first quarter and led by just two points at the first change.
West were solid in defence, and with Corie Singleton and Joe Packard having a strong presence up forward, they were equally as good in attack.
The Hawks made the most of their few opportunities in the first half to hold a three-point advantage at half time.
Kayden Bejah backed up his first set-shot goal with a more difficult one from the pocket a couple of minutes later to put West in front, but Brendon Colson brought the margin closer with a late goal just before the major break.
Then the Colson brothers turned it on. Thanks to some handy work from midfielders Mark Fuller, Liam Nelson and Brannan Everett, as well as half forwards Daniel Fisher, Caleb Williams and Nick Wedding, they got themselves into a competition of who could kick more goals.
It seemed like both of them could do as they pleased, as they ran all over the West defence and had combined for eleven goals by three quarter time.
Central built on the 35-point lead they had at the final change in the last quarter, as more players got involved and hit the scoreboard.
The fancy feet of Sharmbaye Besant-Wilton helped him kick two goals, while Shane Dorizzi had no troubles in converting a set-shot goal from a tough angle.
However, the afternoon belonged to the Colson brothers, who both finished the game with seven goals to help the Bloods to a 12-goal victory.
West were more than competitive in the first half, but fell away after that.
Nick Collins continues to impress in an overall disappointing season for the Hawks, while Ty Harrison and Kye Davies did their best to keep West in the hunt.
Liam Nelson and Mark Fuller have both been amongst Central’s best players in the last month and continued their tremendous form last week, while Brannan Everett put in a solid performance.
Although both sides were lingering down the bottom of the ladder and out of finals contention, this game was highly entertaining, particularly up until half time, with everyone giving it their all.