THE Ulladulla Dockers took on the Port Kembla Blacks last Saturday at Dockerland Stadium in Ulladulla.
Over the past few weeks, there has been a real resurgence at the club with lots of junior players returning after many years away from the game.
The Dockers and the Blacks history runs deep and even though players come and go, their rivalry continues to show in the games.
Both teams were coming off a loss last week and knew in this very short, nine-game season, this win for either of them was enormous in the scale of things.
The hosts started with 18 players due to some late withdrawals early Saturday morning against the Blacks' 21 meaning 18 on the field - no bench for the Dockers and three-man bench for the Blacks.
The club saw another two new players Arch and Gary Warburton playing their first game for the club.
From the first bounce, the Dockers had their hands full with the pace of the younger players on the Blacks' side.
Some great play by Jay, Harrison, Archie, Taj and Leffo saw the Dockers return fire and it was game on.
Again the Dockers youth in Gus Bolnad, Jack Surace and Rhys Cooley showed their continued growth to the game of Aussie Rules.
The Dockers backs looked light against Nowra-Albatross last week but Blacks this week, due to the great work of Ash, James, Sloth, Luke Russell and back up from Mitch Donohue and Cohen Smith, saw the ball constantly repelled from every Blacks' attack.
It was towards the end of the game where a number of Blacks players made late hits, which raised real tension among the players and umpires.
Issac Anderson took himself to the next level by projecting himself in the ruck after an injury to Taj Treweek and absolutely dominated the Blacks' ruckman.
Despite losing Archie to a late hit and injuries causing Taj and James to play up forward, players like Gary Warburton, Damien and Lebb made up the difference.
In the end, the Dockers ran out winners 9.14-68 to 9.7-61, with Caleb Kersting (four), Gary Warburton (two), Isaac Anderson, Harrison Donohue, Taj Treweek kicking goals.
Others to play strongly in the victory were Cohen Smith and Shayne Leffley.
This week, Ulladulla takes on the Kiama Power at Dockerlands on Saturday from 2pm.
The club, who thanked the efforts of all their staff, will welcome back Thomo, Jarred Smith, Mitch Hancock, Darcy Forrester, Charlie, Joel and Caleb Blakey for the all-important clash with the Power - who come into the fixture on the back of a heavy 23.13-151 to 2.2-14 loss to the Figtree Kangaroos.