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Magpies score big win over Eagles

Daniela Abbracciavento  April 21, 2014 6:12 PM

PORT ADELAIDE has stormed to a 58-point win against Woodville-West Torrens on Monday afternoon at Woodville Oval.

Port Adelaide was switched on from the first bounce, controlling all the key statistics as it almost doubled the home side in the clearances 16-9 and dominated the inside 50s 25-6 in the first quarter.

For the second week in a row, the Magpies never looked in doubt of letting the lead slip, even when the Eagles threatened late in the second term and early in the third.

Kicking in favour of the breeze at the southern end in the second quarter, the Eagles scored three consecutive goals from turnovers in defence.

They again grabbed the momentum in the third term, despite the first goal being scored by Magpies' skipper Steven Summerton.

The hosts continued their relentless run down the middle and hard attack on the ball with help from undisciplined free kicks given away by Port Adelaide.

But Summerton stepped up for the Magpies and showed true leadership when his side needed it.

He made a strong tackle in the goal square which led to a holding the ball free kick and subsequent goal at the 20 minute mark, to steady the visitors.

Two late goals from Paul Stewart gave the Magpies some breathing space and a 36-point buffer heading into the final term.

Tom Logan was solid off full back proving the Magpies' grit and hard run from defence, with Paul Stewart showing poise up forward booting three goals.

Ben Newton also continued to impress in the midfield finishing with two goals and 32 disposals.

Port Adelaide coach Garry Hocking said the win was a result of defensive pressure and hard running from his side all over the ground.

"We defended strongly and put the pressure on and that meant tackling and forcing them to handball," Hocking said.

"I was really pleased with our ability to place tackles and it was our focus to hurry them in possession and get good movement out of that.

"Our midfield does have some running power and we probably worked harder than them in some periods of the game.

He said the improvements of AFL-listed Paul Stewart, (16 disposals, three goals), Ben Newton (33 disposals, two goals) and Kane Mitchell (35 disposals, one goal), was a result of the club's integrated training program.

"We are still a young group coming to terms with how we want to play and the style we want to play week in and week out," Hocking said.

"But we are really fortunate we are able to have our players play under the one team.

"It means we able to make our players get better and develop them in different positions to develop them get them ready to play AFL."

Port Adelaide will return home to Alberton Oval next Saturday afternoon for its Round 4 ANZAC Round clash against West Adelaide.

SCOREBOARD
PORT ADELAIDE                         6.6  8.8  12.14  15.19  (109) 
WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS 1.0  4.1   8.2      8.3     (51)

Goals
Neade, Stewart 3, Summerton, Hitchcock, Newton 2, Harvey, Moore, Mitchell

portadelaidefc.com.au’s best
Mitchell, Logan, Summerton, Newton, Colquhoun, Moore

Injuries
Ah Chee (ankle)

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