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Melbourne vs Port Adelaide

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Round: 10   Venue: Traeger Park   Date: Sat, 28-05-2016 1:40 pm   Crowd: 5,146  
Melbourne 2.7.194.9.339.12.6610.16.76 C:  Paul Roos
Port Adelaide 2.4.168.6.5412.11.8318.13.121 C:  Ken Hinkley
  MELB by 3PORT by 21PORT by 17PORT by 45  
Weather
min temp  10.2°C      max temp  21.2°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  30%    air pressure  1017.mb
wind speed 7km/h      wind direction  NE
Brownlow Medal 3 Chad Wingard (PORT)2 Charlie Dixon (PORT)1 Robbie Gray (PORT)

Match Report

Melbourne's top-eight chances were dealt a blow on Saturday when the Demons suffered a disappointing defeat at the hand of Port Adelaide at Traeger Park in Alice Springs. A positive start saw Melbourne ahead by three points at quarter time but a big second term from the Power saw Port set up a half-time 21-point lead. The Demons recovered to cut the margin to 17 points at the last change but Port again drew away in the final term, kicking six goals to one to win by a convincing 45 points.

Jack Watts got the Demons off to a good start with a strong mark and goal at the four-minute mark but Port responded with a running goal to Jarman Impey to give the Power a one-point lead a minute later. Both sides struggled to find the big sticks after that and over the next 13 minutes, the Demons added five behinds to one to take a three-point lead before Charlie Dixon broke the drought with a mark and his first goal to restore the lead for Port. A mark on a lead and a subsequent goal to Jesse Hogan saw Melbourne grab back the lead just before quarter time, and the Demons went into the first break ahead, 2.7 to 2.4.

Hogan had a chance to extend that lead early in the second term, but his set shot from well within range sailed disappointingly wide. Port seized the initiative after that, and majors to Chad Wingard and Dixon had the Power ahead by eight points at the seven-minute mark. A big mark and goal from Max Gawn cut the difference back to two points, but Dixon's third and Hamish Hartlett's first had Port out to a 15-point lead midway through the term. Travis Boak extended that to 21 with his first early in time on before Hogan got a badly needed goal for the Demons at the 27-minute mark. However, Charlie Dixon made his presence felt again with another mark and his fourth goal and Port took a 21-point buffer into the long break.

The game appeared to be slipping away from Melbourne when Dougal Howard goaled within two minutes of the start of the third term to put the Power 27 points clear, and when Robbie Gray kicked his first three minutes later, the margin was 34 and the Demons looked gone. But they managed to stem Port's scoring after that and majors to Watts and Alex Neal-Bullen had them back within 22 just before time-on. Each side added a further two goals after that before Max Gawn closed out the third term with another mark and goal to cut the difference to 17 and put Melbourne in with a chance.

That chance became a slim one two minutes into the final term when Aaron Young goaled to put Port 23 points clear. The Demons had several opportunities to narrow that margin but Nathan Jones, Bernie Vince and Hogan all missed shots over the next 10 minutes. A goal to Wingard at the 13-minute mark effectively ended Melbourne's chances and Port powered away after that, adding four more goals to one to win convincingly.

Wingard (26 touches, two goals) and Dixon (five goals, five marks) were standouts for the Power, while Gawn (48 hitouts, eight marks, two goals) continued his magnificent form for the Demons.

Port are now 5-5 and remain only a game out of the top eight and will take on Collingwood (12th, 4-6) at the MCG on Sunday. Melbourne will face a very stern test at the same ground a day earlier, when they take on the might of reigning premier Hawthorn.

GOALS
Melbourne: Hogan 3; Watts, Gawn 2; Neal-Bullen, Garlett, Kent
Port Adelaide: Dixon 5; Young, Wingard, Impey 2; Hartlett, Boak, Howard, R.Gray, Byrne-Jones, Krakouer, Neade

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Melbourne: Gawn, Jones, Watts, Hogan, Wagner, McDonald
Port Adelaide: Wingard, R.Gray, Ebert, Dixon, Westhoff, Boak, Byrne-Jones

BEST - THEAGE.COM.AU 
Port Adelaide: Dixon, Westhoff, Wingard, Byrne-Jones, Ebert, Pittard, Boak, R. Gray
Melbourne: Gawn, Jones, Hogan, Vince, Watts

INJURIES
Melbourne: Nil
Port Adelaide: Broadbent (gastro) replaced in selected side by S. Gray

UMPIRES: Hay, Findlay, Mollison

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Adam Papalia, Brad Johnson, Alastair Lynch, Cameron Mooney

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
32 Bugg, Tomas 12 2 9 21 0 0 0 1 0 1 23y 53d 75 18
20 Garland, Colin 5 3 6 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 28y 30d 141 16
36 Garlett, Jeff 6 2 3 9 1 1 0 4 2 1 26y 299d 137 239
11 Gawn, Max 5 8 13 18 2 0 48 4 1 0 24y 150d 49 27
43 Harmes, James 7 5 7 14 0 0 1 2 1 1 20y 236d 18 14
1 Hogan, Jesse 13 11 3 16 3 4 0 1 0 1 21y 106d 30 70
29 Hunt, Jayden 8 5 8 16 0 0 0 1 1 2 21y 55d 7 0
39 Jetta, Neville 8 2 10 18 0 0 0 3 1 0 26y 106d 82 21
2 Jones, Nathan 19 5 9 28 0 1 0 3 3 1 28y 129d 211 100
35 Kennedy, Ben 5 2 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 86d 35 25
16 Kent, Dean 12 6 2 14 1 1 0 3 2 2 22y 94d 41 35
28 McDonald, Oscar 4 4 11 15 0 0 0 2 1 2 20y 71d 5 0
25 McDonald, Tom 16 8 5 21 0 0 0 1 1 1 23y 253d 92 8
30 Neal-Bullen, Alex 4 4 10 14 1 0 0 1 0 1 20y 140d 13 7
19 Newton, Ben 6 2 8 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 23y 294d 17 12
5 Petracca, Christian 6 2 8 14 0 1 0 1 1 2 20y 145d 5 3
15 Stretch, Billy 10 5 11 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 19y 263d 16 4
12 Tyson, Dom 7 2 8 15 0 2 0 2 1 0 22y 355d 59 33
23 Vince, Bernie 12 4 9 21 0 1 0 5 2 2 30y 239d 181 109
7 Viney, Jack 8 3 10 18 0 0 0 6 1 2 22y 45d 59 17
42 Wagner, Josh 13 4 8 21 0 0 0 1 2 1 21y 339d 8 0
4 Watts, Jack 10 8 3 13 2 1 6 0 1 1 25y 63d 125 103
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 196 97 163 359 10 16 55 46 22 21 23y 162d 1406 861
Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
15 Amon, Karl 10 3 4 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 20y 283d 13 9
1 Boak, Travis 10 5 14 24 1 0 0 4 0 2 27y 301d 187 113
33 Byrne-Jones, Darcy 18 8 5 23 1 0 0 1 4 1 20y 251d 8 3
22 Dixon, Charlie 5 5 7 12 5 0 1 1 2 2 25y 248d 75 120
7 Ebert, Brad 10 5 10 20 0 1 0 8 1 3 26y 56d 179 94
9 Gray, Robbie 11 6 17 28 1 0 0 5 1 3 28y 59d 143 194
46 Gray, Sam 11 6 9 20 0 0 0 9 2 2 24y 117d 24 10
8 Hartlett, Hamish 10 6 9 19 1 0 0 2 1 0 25y 288d 120 68
36 Hombsch, Jack 9 7 4 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 82d 71 0
32 Howard, Dougal 7 3 6 13 1 2 3 3 1 1 20y 64d 3 2
24 Impey, Jarman 7 3 4 11 2 0 0 3 1 1 20y 324d 43 10
48 Krakouer, Nathan 10 4 2 12 1 0 0 2 1 0 28y 23d 72 22
3 Neade, Jake 7 1 6 13 1 0 0 4 1 0 21y 365d 44 36
13 O'Shea, Cam 7 2 4 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 24y 76d 74 7
29 Pittard, Jasper 15 6 7 22 0 0 0 1 0 1 25y 57d 86 11
21 Polec, Jared 5 2 7 12 0 1 0 2 0 0 23y 229d 54 31
14 Stewart, Paul 1 0 9 10 0 0 0 2 1 0 28y 323d 94 33
12 Trengove, Jackson 7 1 5 12 0 0 10 2 0 0 25y 208d 122 9
39 Westhoff, Justin 11 8 12 23 0 0 4 0 3 1 29y 240d 191 241
16 Wines, Ollie 5 4 17 22 0 0 2 2 0 2 21y 234d 72 33
20 Wingard, Chad 17 4 9 26 2 4 0 5 2 1 22y 304d 97 164
40 Young, Aaron 11 3 6 17 2 2 0 3 0 0 23y 174d 51 35
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 204 92 173 377 18 13 20 61 21 23 24y 179d 1823 1245

Match highlights

Max Gawn had 48 hitouts for Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide (AFL, Premiership Season, R10)

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.