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Essendon stun Port Adelaide in AFL

July 5, 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Essendon led at every change and held on to beat Port Adelaide 8.14 (62) to 7.18 (60), inflicting Port’s first back-to-back losses of the season in the Australian Football League.

David Zaharakis stood out with 30 disposals as Essendon disrupted Port’s gameplan and ruffled their composure. Essendon led by six points at the first break, 24 at halftime, 16 at three quarter time, then held out Port Adelaide’s rally in the final term, sealing their win with a Dyson Heppell goal.

Hawthorn moved atop the table, narrowly ahead of Port on percentage, despite a 16.12 (108) to 13.10 (88) loss to North Melbourne. Drew Petrie booted five goals as North Melbourne continued a roller-coaster season, moving up to seventh place.

Fremantle beat Melbourne 15.7 (97) to 4.10 (34) in Darwin for a seventh straight win.

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