Harrison Keast is normally focused on preventing goals, but on Saturday the athletic, big man starred at the other end of the ground to help Newcastle City end Warners Bay's winning start to the AFL Hunter Central Coast's Black Diamond Cup.
Moved from centre half back to full forward, Keast kicked five goals as the Blues dispatched the Bulldogs 20.14-134 to 4.11-35 at Feighan Oval.
"We had ruckman Connor Bradbury and centre half forward Keegan Bradbury out, so I flipped Harrison from centre half back to full forward," player coach Mitch Knight said. "He had a day out. He kicked a couple of good set-shots, kicked a couple on the run and one snap. He could have had more if he had kicked straight."
However, Knight does not intend to make the move a permanent one.
"I'm was happy for him to do a job. We try and have a bit of flexibility in the team," Knight said. "He was apart of our 2016 premiership team but hasn't played in about for four years. It is good to have him back on board. He is big, strong, really athletic lad. He is getting better week to week."
The win came at a cost, with talented teenager Josh Taylor suffering a serious elbow injury.
"He was having an awesome day and had made about 20 tackles and kicked three goals," Knight said. "He flew high for a contest, came down awkwardly and hurt his elbow. There are no breaks but he has done some tendon damage from a really bad hyper extension. He ended up in hospital. He will see a specialist this week."
Elsewhere Saturday, Ben Crowley kicked eight goals to lead Maitland to a breakthrough win over Singleton 17.9-11 to 4.5-29.
Playing his first game of the season, Crowley opened his account in the 10th minute, put the home side ahead 19-15 in the 17th minute and from there they were never headed. The Saints led 47-23 at the main break before kicking five goals in each of the final two terms.
Killarney Vale kicked five goals in the second quarter to set up a resounding win over Cardiff 15.15-105 to 3.9-27 at Adelaide Street Oval. The Hawks led 14-13 at quarter-time, but from there were restricted to just one goal.
Terrigal-Avoca kicked four goals in the first quarter on the way to a 12.11-83 to 8.6-54 triumph over Gosford.
James Webster kicked two as the Panthers led 4.4-28 to 6.0-6 at quarter-time.
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