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Magpies claim important win to secure double-chance in finals campaign

Ella Watson  August 20, 2017 6:50 PM

SANFL 2017 Round 17 - Port Adelaide v Norwood

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Matthew White and Angus Monfries of the Magpies celebrate their win during the 2017 SANFL round 17 match between the Port Adelaide Magpies and the Norwood Redlegs at Alberton Oval on August 20, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

PORT ADELAIDE have downed fourth placed Norwood by 71-points in a strong bid to hold their top three position ahead of finals.

The Magpies played aggressive football under tough weather conditions to come away from the game clear victors in front of a strong home crowd.

The Redlegs got off to a strong start, with the Magpies forced to defend smartly and hold their positions well.

Jack Hombsch and Logan Austin worked well together as a strong line of defence and manoeuvred the ball beautifully around their opponents to work the ball out of the back line.

The Magpies recovered well their hard tackles and pressure in defence forced turnovers in their favour.

When the Magpies attacked, the Redlegs worked hard to defend, but the Magpies pressure was too much for them and they conceded nine scoring shots to one in the third quarter.

Jackson Trengove was once again electric and his influence on the game was noticeable, finishing the game with four goals and 24 disposals.

Aaron Young also worked his magic through the midfield, sending the ball forward with unrivalled precision and topping the board with 30 disposals and three goals.

The Magpies held a convincing lead for a majority of the game, but despite the difference in the score, Norwood fought hard.

They showed bursts of momentum and were competitive for the first and final quarters, but simply couldn't overcome a firing Magpies outfit.

Brett Eddy was a star in the forward 50, reading the play beautifully and positioning himself well in front of goals, snagging five by the end of the day.

Eddy showed brilliant skill at ground level, scoring two of his five goals from crumbing around the pack.

Last weekend's poor disposal was noticeably absent with the Magpies moving the ball smoothly through the corridor and showing promising form heading into finals.

Port Adelaide’s last SANFL game for the season before finals will be played next weekend on Saturday 26 August at 2.10pm Against North Adelaide at Prospect Oval.

Sunday's win sees Port hold its second position on the ladder over Sturt by percentage only - next weekend's clash with North Adelaide is an important game to hold that spot.

Scoreboard:

Port Adelaide: 4.2 9.5 15.8 19.8 (122)
Norwood: 2.1 5.2 5.3 8.3 (51)

Goals: Eddy 5, Trengove 4, Eddy 3, Ah Chee, Krakouer, Palmer 2, Ladhams.

Best: Trengove, A. Young, Eddy, Hewett, Lobbe, Ah Chee

Injuries: Nil