An AFL club beating the Dees is hardly newsworthy; it seems as though it happens every day, despite the reality that games are played only once per week.
This time though, it was Port Adelaide Power doing the beating and the story of the Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition, other than the obvious one, is that Port has wildly exceeded expectations in this historical season.
Port scored early and often, while holding Melbourne ducked until just a bit over a minute remaining in the first half.
It seemed as though Port and Melbourne were re-enacting last year’s Grand Final between GWS and Richmond, but Port stopped on 83 and the Dees made it all the way to 32.
Dees’ coach Simon Goodwin called the embarrassing display and “unacceptable bad loss,” and said his side was “Not to the level,” agasint Port.
Port indeed deserves to be called Power in 2020. They hold the top rung with a huge percentage advantage, more points scored and fewer allowed.
The Power finished 10th in 2019, identical to their result in 2018, so 2020 is a refreshing trend following two seasons of mediocre water-treading.
Queensland have been good hosts to Port, especially Metricon Stadium, home of the Gold Coast Suns since 2011.
Footy has played in Adelaide and it would be tempting to think Port is benefitting from a home ground advantage, but they have played only two games there and one was the loss to St. Kilda.
Melbourne is almost fork-ready, but they have two soft fixtures upcoming and they have to approach the games with the Crows and the Roos as must-wins, while hoping for some help from other clubs.
Port controls its destiny and will face the Dogs and Tigers at Adelaide Oval before heading back to Metricon to meet Geelong in Round 12.
TAG: Port Adelaide smashes the Melbourne Demons and are on top in every significant statistical category.