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Demons Jesse Hogan and Jack Watts celebrate a goal in Darwin. Photo: Robert CianfloneMELBOURNE  6.5      9.8      11.11      12.15     (87)FREMANTLE  2.0      3.1      7.4      8.7     (55)GOALS Melbourne:  Hogan 4,  Kent 3,  Watts 3,  vandenBerg, Jones.  Fremantle:  Pavlich 3,  Mayne 2,  Ballantyne, Taberner, Suban.BEST Melbourne: Tyson, N Jones, Viney, T McDonald, Gawn, Grimes, Hogan, Watts, Kent. Fremantle: Neale, Sutcliffe, Hill, Crozier, Blakely.UMPIRES Ryan, Margetts, Mitchell.CROWD 8163 at TIO Stadium.

Melbourne’s recent battles with Fremantle haven’t produced much success. Nor, for that matter, have their annual ventures to Darwin. Which made Saturday’s win significant, the Demons able to kill two birds with one stone.

It had been 2011 since they’d been able to beat the Dockers, seven consecutive losses the sorry tale. Likewise, notch a win in the top end, the last four trips ending in defeat.

But the Demons’ 32-point win in this match was never really in doubt from shortly after quarter-time, by then they led by seven goals, and after which the tropical heat began to take an obvious toll on the basic skills of both teams, let alone their capacity to score.

They’d dominated Fremantle to that point even more in general play than they had on the scoreboard, which at one stage told of a 50-point lead to Melbourne. And while the Dockers were at least able to claw their way back to an eventual losing margin less embarrassing, this result was inevitable a long way from home.

It hadn’t taken Fremantle long to get on the board at the start, Matt Taberner getting the Dockers underway a minute in with a superb left-foot dribbler from the tightest of forward-pocket angles.

Their second goal was even better, Nick Suban spinning out of a pack on to his left foot and dobbing one, again from a tight angle.

But Melbourne had scored the two intervening goals with far more ease. The first was a snap from Dean Kent after a long kick to the teeth of goal from Jesse Hogan and a sharp handball from Aaron Vandenberg. The second, to Jack Watts, capped off a lovely transfer of the ball by the Demons from end to end.

And that would be the first of three for Watts in the first term as Melbourne piled on 6.5, Freo scoreless after Suban’s effort. Fellow small forward Kent was just as sharp near goal, and Jesse Hogan, working a long way up the ground, managed to make it back far enough to convert a free kick.

It was a 29-point lead to Melbourne by quarter-time, and it could have been even more, given their dominance around the ground.

By the first break, the Demons had enjoyed 55 more disposals, doubled the Dockers for forward entries (18-9) and thanks to Max Gawn, were completely dominant in the ruck, winning seven of eight centre bounce clearances for the quarter.

Fremantle’s haplessness was perhaps best summed up by the moment when Hayden Ballantyne chipped a little pass to skipper Matthew Pavlich only 25 metres out. The “Pav” of old would have just turned around and steered it through. This more hesitant, faltering version instead tried to handball over the top, and the Demons cleaned it up with no damage done.

Melbourne’s on-ballers had a picnic, Jack Viney and Dom Tyson especially, the Joneses Nathan and Matt both busy, and Jayden Hunt continuing to impress with his speed and flair off half-back, key defender Tom McDonald easily mopping up what few attacks the Dockers were able to mount.

A break and a new quarter did little to stop the procession, and by the time Aaron Vandenberg snapped truly and Kent posted his third goal to join Watts, the margin had ballooned out to 43 points, in the steamy conditions, a gap that felt closer to 70 or 80.

Which means Fremantle deserve some credit at least for fighting things out. Their third term saw them outscore Melbourne four goals to two.

Pavlich, perhaps chastened by his earlier blunder, booted two of them and looked a lot more competitive.

Chris Mayne chipped in for a couple, and even last year, a five-goal gap at the final change would have had Demon fans still anxious.

But both sides’ energy by now was spent. Just one goal to either team came in the last term, the siren a relief for the victors, losers, and to be frank, spectators.

With it, however, came Melbourne’s seventh win of the season, as many as the Demons could manage in the whole of 2015.

And seven games still to go, Melbourne are on target for their best season in 10 years.

That year, 2006, came with a finals appearance attached. That won’t be happening in 2016, but perhaps another isn’t all that far around the corner.

Votes MELBOURNE v FREMANTLE (Rohan Connolly)

Dom Tyson (Melb) ……………8 Nathan Jones (Melb)…………8 Jack Viney (Melb)……………..8 Tom McDonald (Melb)……….7 Max Gawn (Melb)……………..7

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Former solider and Army lawyer Mike Kelly at the Queanbeyan Leagues Club on election night, where he celebrated his recapturing of the seat. Photo: Jay Cronan Peter Hendy conceded defeat on election night, becoming the first one-term Eden-Monaro MP since the 1970s. Photo: Supplied

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird, pictured with Dr Hendy in Eden, were two of the high-profile Liberal visitors to Eden-Monaro during the campaign. Photo: Andrew Meares

A party has won government without taking their Eden-Monaro candidate with them for the first time in 47 years, and the opposing sides have unsurprisingly given somewhat differing views on why.

Both agree the Medicare issue was important in Mike Kelly sweeping back into the seat with a two-party swing of 6.1 per cent. Enjoying the biggest swing in the electorate since his own win in 2007, Dr Kelly said on Friday Labor had put the issue “up in highlights” but disputed it was the Labor campaign, rather than the Liberals’ track record on health, which bit hard.

“Medicare was a big factor, but it wasn’t anything we were saying, it was what was actually happening to Medicare,” he said.

He pointed to the Coalition’s Medicare rebate freeze extension, and Tony Abbott’s broken 2013 promise on health cuts, as examples.

But Liberal Peter Hendy’s personal standing was as important in the seat change, he suggested.

“The biggest single sentiment I was always getting was dissatisfaction with the member, and my own previous record stood me in good stead,” he said.

“It’s a rural and regional seat, they do pay a lot of attention to who the local candidates are.”

A Liberal source close to the Hendy campaign said Labor’s claim Medicare would be privatised – unfounded on current Liberal policy and repeatedly rejected by Malcolm Turnbull – was shameless.

“The reason we lost is two things: the Mediscare campaign – the most fallacious lie I’ve seen in a campaign without a doubt – as well as a removal of the buffer of Tumbarumba and Batlow because of the council mergers,” he said.

“We should have somehow killed the Mediscare campaign – you wrestle with pigs and you end up covered in mud, but we should have wrestled that particular pig.”

The 6.1 per cent swing as of July 9 dwarfed the national 3.5 per cent two-party shift against the Coalition, however was more in line with the average 5 per cent swing across New South Wales. Dr Hendy had won in 2013 with 50.6 per cent of the two-party vote, with this notionally plumped to 52.9 by this year’s redistribution.

Dr Kelly, who said he made 6000 personal phone calls to voters during the campaign, described his defeated opponent as a unicorn – heard of but never seen – after claiming victory on July 2, with Dr Hendy’s conspicuous lack of an appearance at any campaign candidates forum in Queanbeyan drawing criticism, including from conservative sources.

But the Hendy supporter said the first-term MP attended numerous events, and his absences at many candidate forums, some organised by political opponents, may have turned only a “handful of votes”.

Former Liberal Eden-Monaro MP Gary Nairn said he was “flabbergasted” by the extent of Labor’s Mediscare campaign and it impacted on the result, but Dr Hendy had failed to do enough local campaigning.

People “did not feel confident with Dr Hendy over the years”, which meant they had no confidence he would be able to fix up the Medicare concerns, he said.

“[Mike] Kelly didn’t win, Peter really lost and, while he achieved quite a number of things, he didn’t connect with the people and that was really the aspect that went against him,” he said earlier in the week.

Dr Kelly said many constituents had said they would shift their vote from Liberal to Labor due to his opponent’s high-profile role in backing Turnbull’s dumping of Abbott in September.

The Hendy campaign supporter acknowledged some Liberals were upset by the move, with emails confirming volunteers were lost, but said it was not a significant factor in the loss.

He said there had been 40-50 “genuine local volunteers” handing out how-to-vote cards at pre-poll booths in Queanbeyan, and any slight reduction in overall volunteer support was likely due to a less energised base who thought the first-term government would be comfortably returned.

Dr Kelly said some Tumbarumba voters felt their federal member “didn’t try hard enough” to speak out on the Baird government’s council amalgamations, but across the electorate he felt the issue was not significant.

“If you look at the swings [to Labor] in Tumbarumba, Batlow, Tumut, they are all pretty similar to 2007,” he said.

The most successful of the independent candidates, Daniel Grosmaire, a Queanbeyan-based former soldier who returned a modest 1700 first preference votes, said Dr Hendy’s absence from all of the five candidate forums he had attended in the last month of the campaign was a “symptom” rather than a cause of a general loss of confidence from some of the Liberals’ 2013 supporters. He doubted the forums and the Mediscare campaign were key factors locally.

There was no comment from Dr Hendy or his campaign this week, with a spokesman pointing to the election night statement where the defeated MP said he was “very proud of the campaign my team and I waged … above all, we retained our honesty and integrity”.

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Diamond celebration at Rotary Club handover | PHOTOS Outgoing president Greg Mayfield hands the presidential chain to incoming president Dannielle Camporeale.

Stephen Lynch and Dennis Coad. Stephen was the recipient of the prestigious Avenues of Service Citation. Dennis was awarded Rotarian of the Year.

Outgoing president Greg Mayfield, newest club member Dieter Lunsmann and longest serving club member Brian Condon cut the Rotary Club of Port Pirie’s 60th birthday cake.

Barry and Kristina Mudge.

Annie Keane and Annette Rimmer.

Cathy and Rick Lampre, of the Rotary Club of Northern Yorke Peninsula, attended the handover.

Alan and Gwen Paterson.

Mark and Helen Turner.

Peter Arnold, Rotary exchange student Noora Kantola and Dianne Arnold.

Peter Baur and Owen Crocker.

Dennis Coad, Craig Rimmer and Chris Keane.

Peter and Jenny Stanley.

Wendy and John Banfield.

Sam and Barb Camporeale.

Dennis Coad, Bryant Chivell and Pam Menadue.

Port Pirie Regional Council CEO Andrew Johnson, John Banfield and Cr Dino Gadaleta.

Liz Gadaleta, Wendy Banfield and Anna Johnson.

Denise Johns, Philip Johns and David Haldane.

Mary and Graham Nichols.

Bryant and Gerry Chivell.

Ann Baur and Judy Coad.

Cecilia Crocker and Jenny Hughes.

Alan and Colleen Grove-Jones, of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

Lettie Allen and Nola Martin.

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Wynyard coach Shannon Bakes has blasted the attitude and commitment levels of his players after its 32-point loss to East Devonport on Saturday.

While injury currently sees several of the Cats best players on the sidelines, Bakes was unimpressed with those missing through unavailability, and pulled no punches in his post-match interview.

“It’s really disappointing that we have some guys that have brought in to the team, like Chris Bryan who played the day after his baby was born, and Daniel Franks who has come back from retirement to have a crack, while some blokes gooff on holiday,” Bakes said.

“In my opinion we just have too many selfish people.”

A winwould have all but guaranteed the Cats a spot in the finals, but they now find themselves back in the pack with the Swans and Circular Head in the jostle for fourth and fifth spot.

They were second-best and unaccountable for most of the day against an East Devonport teamthat is playing exciting football

Shannon Bakes

“We want to make sure we get a home final and we need to win these sort of games,” Bakes said.

“I honestly think our guys expected an East Devonport team from last year.

“I spoke to Peter Templeton (Penguin coach) on Thursday and he said East were rampant against them, and that’s what they were today.

“I was surprised we were still in the game at half time because the amount of uncontested football East got was unbelievable.

Even with a week off due to the split round, Bakes promised there would be some hard yards on the training track this week in preparation for the final three games of the season, which includeclashes with Penguin and Latrobe.

“It will be solid this week, and we can’t relax. Bakes said.

“I’ve been a bit nice with them this week and that backfired.”


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