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I work at ABC Regional as a Digital Producer. My most memorable match I have seen was in Round 5, 2003: Hawthorn vs Richmond at the MCG. The Tigers were down by 54 points, and came back to win by 20. It was an amazing game to see in one of my first games at the sacred ground.

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Port Adelaide Power claims a top-four spot in hard-fought win over Melbourne Demons
Port Adelaide Power have given their finals credentials a major boost with a 10-point win over the Melbourne Demons on Friday night at Adelaide Oval.

After a slow start from both sides, the Power used their classy midfield to get their run on in the second half to save the game in the

Newly re-signed Ollie Wines had 29 disposals (18 contested), and Sam Powell-Pepper (a league season-high 17 tackles) led the way while Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff and Jared Polec were also solid contributors for the night.

The back half were resilient thanks to the consistent work from Tom Jonas and Jasper Pittard. They won the tackle count 99-88 in a show of desperation from the side.

For the Demons, who dominated the inside 50s all night, they’ll be left thinking ‘what if’ after endless opportunities went begging. They recorded 68 entries to the Power’s 39 but failed to capitalise on the effort from the Demons midfield. The Dees also won the clearance count 54-38

Jack Viney battled hard with 31 disposals and 14 clearances, alongside Clayton Oliver, Angus Brayshaw and Nathan Jones (all 28 disposals each). Jesse Hogan went goalless in a quiet night by his, and most key-forward’s standards.

It was a low scoring-affair in the first quarter with the first goal not coming until the there were six minutes left in the first quarter. The Demons looked dangerous and got out to a 20-point lead in the early stages of the 3rd term but couldn’t hold on as the Power surged to be within striking distance at the final change.

Tom McDonald, Tim Smith, and Neville Jetta (concussion) had injury concerns for the Dees, as did Tom Rockliff, Chad Wingard, Brad Ebert, Marshall (shoulder) and Riley Bonner (wrist) for the Power.

Port Adelaide will be relieved with the win and have now won six of their past seven matches. While they remain in 4th on the ladder before the round is out, they may fall behind by a position pending Collingwood’s match with Carlton. Port will look to their own match against the Blues next week.

For the Dees, they fall back into the pack of the top-8 sides and will now need to work out what went wrong in both weeks around the bye thanks to a loss on Queen’s Birthday. The Dees take on St Kilda next weekend and will be desperate for a win to break the negative cycle of the past fortnight.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

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Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Full Time

STATS:

Port didn’t need the stat sheet to win the game, but won hitouts 57-54, tackle count 100-88, and free kicks 30-24. Dees won the disposal count 357-335, clearances 54-38, inside 50s 68-39, and contested possessions 177-158.

Disposals:
PORT: Wines (29), Polec (23), Pittard (20), Rockliff (20), Jonas (20).
DEES: Viney (30), Brayshaw (28), Oliver (28), Jones (28).

Goals:
PORT: R.Gray (2), Ebert (2), Westhoff (2), Wingard, Boak, Dixon. Thomas, S.Gray.
DEES: T.McDonald (3), Hannan (2), Petracca, Salem, T.Smith, Melksham.

Port Adelaide: 11.9 (75)
Melbourne: 9.11 (65)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Full Time
0:00 – POWER HOLD ON! A 10 point win and they’re into the top 4. Four contested marks along the boundary along the boundary line and it’s sealed with a shot on goal at the end for Wines. However, it’s a miss.

Port Adelaide: 11.9 (75)
Melbourne: 9.11 (65)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Behind
1:22 – Hannan gets a snap on goal but it’s just missed as it bounces on the line to the left of the goals.

Port Adelaide: 11.9 (75)
Melbourne: 9.11 (65)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Jetta comes back on the ground. There’s little time left for Melbourne.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Goal
5:06 – WESTHOFF DRILLS IT FROM 50! A huge goal for Port after chewing the clock. Power out to an 11-point lead.

Port Adelaide: 11.9 (75)
Melbourne: 9.10 (64)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

50-metre Penalty
5:38 – HUGE! Westhoff gets a mark and is cleaned up after the grab. It’s a 50m penalty which could lead to a shot on goal.

Port Adelaide: 10.9 (69)
Melbourne: 9.10 (64)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Wingard, Rockliff and Ebert all on the bench with minor injuries. It remains to be seen who will play out the game.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Behind
7:30 – Fritsch gets a beautiful pickup off the ground with one hand but snaps a behind back at the Demons end.

Port Adelaide: 10.9 (69)
Melbourne: 9.10 (64)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Behind
8:09 – Westhoff sprays a kick from the right forward pocket but the Power are up by a full goal now.

Port Adelaide: 10.9 (69)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

8:20 – A tense final 10 minutes coming up!

Port Adelaide: 10.8 (68)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Behind
9:50 – Wines takes a quick snap but hooks it too far left. Behind.

Port Adelaide: 10.8 (68)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Goal
11:29 – Sam Gray kicks a goal and the pressure is on the Dees to respond now. Home crowd may be the difference.

Port Adelaide: 10.7 (67)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Tom Rockliff off to the bench as well with the blood rule. Injuries everywhere at the moment.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Tim Smith back on the field after being patched up.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Bad news for the Dees: Neville Jetta looks in all sorts. Possible concussion.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Good news for the Dees: Tom McDonald is back out on the field.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Goal
13:54 – Lindsay Thomas marks it and goals. From villain to hero, he slots it through! Port back to a 2-point margin. Crowd up and about.

Port Adelaide: 9.7 (61)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Free Kick
14:50 – It’s been a slow buildup. And the first shot on goal sees Wingard fall short of the line and a push in the back turns the ball over anyway.

Port Adelaide: 8.7 (55)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

INJURY NEWS: Tom McDonald coughing blood in the forward line and he’s down. Doesn’t look great as he’s walking off the ground.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

20:00 – Final quarter has begun! Who do you tip from here?

Port Adelaide: 8.7 (55)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Three-Quarter Time
STATS:

Dees lead disposals 262-259, clearances 40-27, inside 50s 51-28, and contested possessions 125-115, and tackles 71-62 while Port lead hitouts 45-36 and free kicks 21-20.

Disposals:
PORT: Wines (21), Rockliff (19), Jonas (17), Ebert (16).
DEES: Viney (21), Brayshaw (20), Oliver (20), Jones (19).

Goals:
PORT: R.Gray (2), Ebert (2), Wingard, Boak, Westhoff, Dixon.
DEES: T.McDonald (3), Hannan (2), Petracca, Salem, T.Smith, Melksham.

Port Adelaide: 8.7 (55)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

Three-Quarter Time
0:00 – That’s the siren. A fantastic third quarter and a huge improvement in the quality of the contest.

Port Adelaide: 8.7 (55)
Melbourne: 9.9 (63)

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights

This quarter has been much greater than the first.

Port Adelaide Power vs Melbourne Demons: AFL live scores, blog, highlights