From Port Phillip Melbourne Weekly
Reported by Daniel Paproth
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PORT Melbourne battled through to the VFL preliminary finals with a 22-point qualifying final win over Geelong on Sunday.
The match, played in glorious Spring sunshine at North Port Oval, lived up to expectations as the two highly rated teams put on a brilliant display of football in one of the best games of the season.
But Borough's victory by 20.12 (132) to 16.14 (110) did not come easily, as Gary Ayres' team had to fend off an intense final-quarter comeback by the Cats.
Geelong made the better start, kicking the first goal in the opening minute but Port hit back quickly as play oscillated between the two 50m arcs.