Round 1 – Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Unwiesnable Haste


Not willing to risk the vagaries of after-the-siren train replacement buses with a Crows game to get home to, I filed this Eddie Hocking-sized match report just before I flew out of the Ponsford Stand towards the 64a tram stop.


I need not have rushed.


MELBOURNE         4.3 6.5 9.7 9.7 (61)
PORT ADELAIDE  2.4 6.8 10.9 12.15 (87)


Melbourne: Melksham 2, T.McDonald, Brayshaw, Fritsch, Sparrow, Weideman, Petracca, Jones
Port Adelaide: Westhoff 5, Butters 2, Marshall, Duursma, Ebert, Gray, Boak


Melbourne: Salem, Harmes, Melksham, Hibberd, Brayshaw, Oliver
Port Adelaide: Westhoff, Rockliff, Gray, Boak, Burton, Ebert


Melbourne: Lewis (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Sparrow
Port Adelaide: Marshall (concussion)


Reports: Nil


Umpires: Rosebury, Stephens, Hosking


Official crowd: 38,866 at the MCG


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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. Brilliant Swish. “A legal mixture of custard and butter?” What then would Margaret Fulton have made of the Crows?

  2. #briefcomment

  3. Comment Wally May no comment good comment,Wally

  4. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Mickey, I’m guessing that the Kurt Tippett Memorial Test Kitchen over at Balfours is working on a commemorative tri-coloured snot block as we speak. Looking back on the preseason Crows-GWS fixture, the danger of reading too much into the JLT-leaves is evident.

    6%, ‘Book, #ta

  5. I know how you feel Swish. Adam Simpson’s use of Tom “Plain Flour” Hickey in Brisbane produced a very flat result. Port stole our Scott “Self Raising” Lycett and his double team with Paddy Ryder was central to their hi-top finish. Hope we find some bi-carb in the back of the cupboard on the weekend so we can raise the flag. Last year’s cake is looking stale by now.

  6. It would appear Port will take a power of stopping this season. Likewise Melbourne appears to have GAWN missing. Across town, let’s hope for a better showing from the match otherwise they can eat cake (Vili’s not Balfours)

  7. Melbourne did not even trouble the scorers in the final quarter on a perfect day for footy.
    Feeble from the Demons?

    And they criticise womens’ footy?

  8. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks PB, Fisho and Smokie.

    Port looked gone for all money deep into the first quarter, then the home side went missing, apart from the flurry of goals at the start of the third, which I missed while I was traversing the secret gangway between the Olympic and Ponsford Stands.

    It must be tough following the Dees.

  9. Dee’s supporters were expecting a GOOD WIN from their team, but it just wasn’t to be. With all the upsets last week, it will be most interesting to see watch happens this weekend. Let’s hope there will be more goals scored. Even with the new rules, the matches were mostly too defensive.

  10. The Rhymer says

    Beautifully summed up.

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