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Round 18 2022

Round 18, 2022
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
Sunday 17 July
Venue: Traeger Park
Attendance: 6312

1st2nd3rdFinal
Melbourne0.45.78.1012.11.83
Port Adelaide2.15.37.610.9.69
Match statistics


Melbourne win by 14 points

Goalkickers: Kysaiah Pickett 6, Ben Brown 2, Bayley Fritsch 2, Luke Jackson 1, Jake Melksham 1

Milestones:
Nil

In their return to Alice Springs after a year off due to COVID restrictions, Melbourne solidified their place in the top two ahead of a tough run to the finals. They got off to a slow start, with the forward line unable to find avenues to goal until halfway through the second quarter. They were sparked by one of several top quality goals by Kysaiah Pickett, whose six majors were a career record and a new high mark for AFL games in Alice Springs.

By half time, in warm conditions, the Demons held a narrow lead but couldn't shake Port until midway through the last term. Even then, three late Port goals gave them outside hope of a boilover finish in the last few minutes. The 'home' side held on to win, but without the percentage boost that seemed likely midway through the final term.

In the COVID enforced absence of regular coach Ken Hinkley, Port were coached by ex-Melbourne Reserves player Nathan Bassett.

Best were Pickett, Petracca and Viney. Jake Lever injured his shoulder. Luke Dunstan was an unused substitute.

Links
Australian Football page
Demonblog match review

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Thursday 21 July 2022 23:08:41 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 1)

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