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Port Melbourne 1-2 and under pressure

From www.localfooty.com.au
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A SLIP-UP against an emerging opponent or a sign of deeper difficulties?

It was a question Port Melbourne coach Gary Ayres had to confront after his Borough tumbled to a six-point defeat against fellow stand-alone club Frankston at Kars St on Sunday.

In doing so, Port hit a negative mark, 1-2, for the first time since 2007.

Port recruits show promise

From the Port Phillip review
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THERE were no injuries and plenty of promise as Port Melbourne got through its first VFL practice match against North Ballarat unscathed.

Playing in a "wind tunnel" at Eureka Stadium, Port Melbourne came away with a 49-points win, 11.11 (77) to 4.4 (28).

A dominant third quarter set up the win, but coach Gary Ayres admitted there was "about a five-goal breeze".

Key senior players including captain John Baird, Sam Pleming, Chris Cain and Toby Pinwill did not play but should line up against Frankston in another practice match on Saturday.

From localfooty.com.au
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THE sight of Steve Brewer taking the ball at half back and giving it a mighty hoof with his left boot has delighted Port Melbourne supporters for six seasons.

Few players kicked it longer or stronger. There were days when you suspected he needed the all-clear from Tullamarine to launch his drop punts from the North Port Oval.

But Brewer has closed his worthy VFL career, heading to Greenvale in the Essendon District league.

"Their (Greenvale's) ground is 500m from the school I teach at,'' Brewer said this morning.

"They have been in contact with me for the last couple of years and I knew I'd go there at some stage, when I felt the time was right to leave the VFL. The time's right now.''

Port coach Gary Ayres said the 2011 premiership player made an important contribution to the Borough and could be proud of his achievements. He called him a "thorough professional''.

Brewer bounced around the VFL before consolidating a senior position at the Borough.

He fiddled away in the reserves at Box Hill for two seasons, gained senior opportunities at Casey Scorpions, then had a year at Williamstown.

From www.localfooty.com.au
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SAM Dwyer has known the deep disappointment of being overlooked in a succession of AFL drafts.

So the Port Melbourne ace chose not to follow this morning's rookie selections.

He figured he would soon find out one way or another.

It came in the form of a phone call from Borough coach Gary Ayres.

He was bearing good news: Collingwood had taken the 26-year-old, granting him his long-held ambition to make an AFL list.

"Bit surprised. I didn't watch it or listen or anything like that," Dwyer said.

"I've just stayed at work (he is an electrician with Port team manager Steve Carr).