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.