Port Melbourne News

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
Reported by Paul Amy
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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).

From the Herald-Sun Localfooty website
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PORT Melbourne has regained its pacy and classy 2011 premiership wingman Nathan Batsanis.

The 24-year-old is returning to Melbourne after a successful season with Norwood in the SANFL.|

Batsanis figured in the Redlegs' flag and finished fourth in the Magarey Medal after going in as favourite.

With his speed and long kicking, the right-footer was an integral part of Port's perfect 2011.

"Just missed home too much, family and friends,'' Batsanis said this afternoon.

"Need to be back in Melbourne, where I belong.

Borough best Willy to move into grand final

From www.localfooty.com.au
Reported by Paul Amy
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IT was never easy. Williamstown, young and bold, afforded it no peace all afternoon.

But Port Melbourne fought past its great rival to win Saturday's VFL preliminary final at North Port Oval and progress to this Sunday's grand final at Etihad Stadium, where it will vie for a premiership to go with last year's perfect pennant.

The final margin was 34 points, suggesting a degree of comfort.

But a tense coach Gary Ayres and Port supporters could only relax at the 19-minute mark of the final quarter, when Steve Brewer, the man with the kick of a stallion, bombed a goal from outside the 50m arc.

Port could have taken it beyond doubt earlier in the term, but missed three chances. Adrian Bonaddio, playing his 100th game, sprayed two set-shots, but he atoned at the 12-minute mark to push the lead to 26 points. It was always going to be difficult for the Seagulls from there, and Brewer finally put them away.

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.

The woman behind Port's mean defence

From the Port Phillip Melbourne Weekly
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THE 1371 points kicked against Port Melbourne in the VFL's home-and-away season was the fewest in the competition.

And much of the credit for that miserly defence goes to assistant coach Peta Searle.

When she came on board late last year, beating male applicants for the role, she entered uncharted territory - no woman had ever coached at VFL level before.

Not that Searle has been too concerned with that feat.

"Coaching at any level is a

challenge," she says. "At the end of the day football is football, no matter where you're at."