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Power sews up minor premiership

By Sam Lienert 17/08/2003 05:21:58 AM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide has sewn up the AFL minor premiership for the second consecutive season with a 17.10 (112) to 15.8 (98) win over Melbourne at AAMI Stadium.

Midfielder Peter Burgoyne, back from a three-game suspension, starred for the Power, while Nick Stevens, back from a knee injury, was also among the best players.

Dean Brogan continued to excel in the ruck in the absence of injured skipper Matthew Primus, but limped off the ground late in the final quarter in what could be a concern for Port leading into the finals.

The win was set up by a storming opening quarter, in which the Power outscored a lethargic looking Melbourne 6.2 to 2.0 to take a 26-point lead at the first change.

Port forward Warren Tredrea was on fire in the first term, taking five marks and kicking three goals against Melbourne's Brad Miller.

He was kept goal-less by Clint Bizzell and Nathan Carroll after quarter time, although he continued to exert an influence on the match with his marking power and kicked four behinds in the last three quarters.

The Demons at least showed plenty of fight after the quarter-time break to outscore the Power by two goals over the last three quarters.

Nathan Brown, James McDonald, Brad Green and Peter Walsh gave the Demons plenty of run through the midfield.

Russell Robertson helped spark the Demons back into the match in the second quarter and finished with four goals, while David Neitz was a constant marking threat at full-forward and kicked five goals.

Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams said the achievement of the minor premiership had barely raised any excitement amongst his players, given their focus on the finals.

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