Power defeat disappointing Dees

Port Adelaide has ended its five-game losing streak after defeating Melbourne by 28 points last Saturday night at TIO Stadium. In a match that failed to reach any great heights, it was the Power that reigned supreme winning 12.12 (84) to 8.8 (56) in front of nearly 7000 in attendance. Many players from both sides wore gloves in anticipation of the slippery and humid Top End weather. Neither side could use the weather as an excuse as it was an unusually cool night in Darwin.

Melbourne got off to the perfect start with a long goal from forward Brad Green and by quarter time the side led by 13 points. The Demons were able to capitalise on its chances in front of goal to finish the quarter with five majors without a miss. However the Power looked the better side with superior ball usage around the ground and by half time they had turned the deficit into a nine point advantage. The Demons struggled to score and could only manage a solitary behind in the second quarter. Melbourne put up a better effort after the main break and at three quarter time was still well and truly in the contest. Any chance of a comeback win was quashed early in the term when the Power booted through a couple of early goals. It was a disappointing result in what has been a dismal season for the Demons.

Paul Stewart was a star for the Power and kicked a rare bag of five goals while playing a role in several others. Travis Boak put a turbulent week off the field behind him to accumulate 28 disposals and a goal to be one of the best men on the ground. Dom Cassisi was another that led from the front by finding plenty of the ball through the midfield and applying good tackling pressure. Demons co-captain Jack Grimes picked up 32 possessions across half back to be their best performed player. Human highlight real Jeremy Howe took a massive high mark in the third quarter in what was his fifth mark of the year nomination.

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Born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory, I am a young, aspiring football writer that lives and breathes the game of Australian Football. I'm also a keen player and coach.

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