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Burgoyne kicks Port to victory

By Sam Lienert 12/04/2003 10:42:08 PM Comments (0)

A five-goal first half from Port Adelaide's Shaun Burgoyne spearheaded the Power's first win of the AFL season over Hawthorn at AAMI Stadium.

Port set up the impressive victory with an eight goals to none second quarter going onto win 19.14 (128) to 11.5 (71).

Burgoyne started the game brilliantly, kicking three goals and setting up another in the first quarter to have starting opponent Luke McCabe moved off him.

He then kicked two more goals on new opponent Mark Graham in the second term as Port ran away with the game, before he was given his third opponent Michael Osborne.

Trailing by 64 points at halftime, Hawthorn briefly mounted a challenge at the start of the third quarter, kicking four of the first five goals to move within 46 points.

But the Power responded with two brilliant goals, Jarrad Schofield booting one from the boundary and Byron Pickett following with a miracle goal from 15 metres out while lying on the ground and being tackled.

It re-established a 57-point lead for Port and when heavy rain then began to pour down it turned the rest of the quarter into a scramble and ruined any remote chance Hawthorn had of making a comeback.

It was a vital victory for the Power's confidence after its poor start to the season and with a string of first choice players out injured.

The only aspect which tarnished Port's win was a knee injury to skipper Matthew Primus early in the second half when he left the ground and did not return.

But there was plenty for the Power to be happy about with Kane Cornes, Nick Stevens, Josh Carr and Schofield in superb touch in the midfield and Gavin Wanganeen at his brilliant best in defence.

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