Round 10 – Melbourne v Port Adelaide: Port’s Indigenous Stars Prove the Backbone to a Solid Victory

Melbourne v Port Adelaide

May 28th, 2016

RD 10

Traeger Park, Alice Springs

 

Port Adelaide’s AFL season continues to swing with fragility after a solid if not spectacular win over Melbourne in Alice Springs. It was Port’s third successive victory in the Alice, proving Port are still capable of winning anywhere in the country as long as their mental focus remains sound on the day.

 

Indigenous Round spent in the heart of the Northern Territory was perhaps apt for Port, their bevvy of Aboriginal stars given extra reason to perform. Jake Neade again was lively if not dominant, Chad Wingard – a player heavily criticised but suffering under the weight of his own lofty standards was good, although his body language needs work, and Jarman Impey provided a couple of classy goals to help round out the win. Nathan Krakouer, again one of Port’s maligned defenders was good again too. Sam Gray was welcomed back into the side and many were left wondering why he ever left it. And Charlie Dixon finished off the good work up field with five good goals.

 

Port are currently an average side. Their position on the AFL ladder says that, as does their form line.

 

Losses to West Coast and Carlton have hurt their finals chances in recent weeks. They should be sitting in the top eight, and next week’s game against Collingwood should have been a chance for consolidation. Instead it now becomes a battle of the seemingly also-rans. An MCG date with the Pies won’t be easy, especially considering Collingwood’s recent form up-turn.

 

But another solid team effort, where all contribute will give Port it’s best chance of victory and another chance to move back into finals calculations.

 

CHRIS MICHAELS

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