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Port Adelaide holds out St Kilda

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PORT ADELAIDE 3.0   9.1  14.5  18.7 (115)
ST KILDA 7.2  10.5  13.6  16.10 (106)

Goals: Port Adelaide: J Butcher 3 B Ebert 3 D Cassisi 2 C Wingard 2 T Boak 2 H Hartlett 2 M Broadbent M White J Westhoff A Young.
St Kilda: D Armitage 3 N Riewoldt 2 L Hayes 2 S Savage 2 T Curren L Dunstan T Lee F Ray R Stanley B Maister D Minchington.
Best: Port Aelaide: O Wines B Ebert J Impey A Monfries D Cassisi H Hartlett.
St Kilda: L Hayes D Armitage L Dunstan F Ray J Geary.Umpires: C Fleer T Pannell B Ryan.
Venue: Alberton Oval.

Port Adelaide's enigmatic forward John Butcher and midfielder Brad Ebert both kicked three goals in a nine-point win against St Kilda in Saturday's AFL trial match.

The Power overran the Saints to win 18.7 (115) to 16.10 (106) at Alberton Oval.

Port's Chad Wingard, captain Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett and Dom Cassisi booted two goals each while onballer Ollie Wines, newcomer Jarman Impey and forward Angus Monfries were influential.

St Kilda midfielder David Armitage kicked three majors, all in the first quarter, skipper Nick Riewoldt and Shane Savage both potted two, and veteran Lenny Hayes, Farren Ray, Jarryn Geary and Luke Dunstan were prominent.

Port recruit Matthew White and utility Paul Stewart didn't return after suffering leg injuries though both ailments didn't appear overly serious.

The Saints booted seven goals in an impressive first term with Armitage kicking three, drifting forward to capitalise on a midfield dominance.

Port, in contrast, struggled for cohesion although ex-Richmond utility White was industrious and backman Impey was eye-catching in patches.

St Kilda led 7.2 to 3.0 at quarter-time but Port steamed back into the contest with four unanswered goals in the second term.

The Power's big names - Boak, Ebert, Monfries and Justin Westhoff - were busy as Port came within four points of the Saints.

But St Kilda steadied with goals to their their senior core of Riewoldt, Hayes and Ray to hold a 10.5 to 9.1 lead at halftime.

The Saints had a remarkable 35-13 advantage in clearances at the break but Port's onballers held sway around the packs in the third term as the hosts took the lead for the first time.

Port, inspired by Wines in the midfield, booted five goals to three in the third term, including two to Butcher.

The Power led 14.5 to 13.6 at the last change and continued their control in the last quarter, notching four goals to two.

AAP

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