A NEW VFL season and a fresh young hope for Port Melbourne.
Blake Pearson popped up for three senior appearances for the Borough last year after being recruited from the Dandenong Stingrays.
After one, teammate Hugh Sandilands gave him a prank phone call, pretending to be a pressman and mixing questions with put-downs. It was a classic stitch-up.
On Saturday Pearson, a stocky but pacy 174cm right-footer, stitched up the Northern Blues for four goals to help Port to a 23-point victory at a cold and wet North Port Oval.
Two of his goals came in the final quarter, which the Borough had started only two points to the good.
In tough conditions they slowly got on top of the Blues, a touch stronger, a tad cleaner and steadier for the experience of captain Chris Cain, Nathan Batsanis, Hugh Sandilands and key defenders Will Johnson and Dan Noonan.