Jay Schulz flies for a big mark against Melbourne.New Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has credited his team’s unrelenting pressure after Melbourne fell apart in a stunning AFL mismatch.
The Power and Melbourne had so much to play for in round 1, but after half-time Port had the MCG to themselves and won by 79 points.
Demons fans booed their team at three-quarter time and after the final siren.
While the 19.19 (133) to 8.6 (54) drubbing was a dream start to Hinkley’s senior coaching career, it was equally a shocking day for his Melbourne counterpart Mark Neeld.
The Demons must recover fast, otherwise another long and barren season is ahead of them.
Neeld met with his players behind closed doors for half an hour post-match.
Hinkley said the Power coaching staff felt their players were applying plenty of pressure in the first half, but not quite gaining enough reward for effort.
Leading by 27 points after a competitive first half, Port tore Melbourne apart in the third term with 5.6 to a solitary behind.
“We had a big part to play in that – our intensity, even for the start of that quarter,” Hinkley said of Melbourne’s third-quarter collapse.
“Because they kept at it, in the end, clearly they got that result.
“Constant pressure builds and it keeps building and … at some stage, there’s going to be a little break somewhere.”
After Port finished 14th and Melbourne were 16th last year, the two clubs had solid pre-seasons and came into this match full of enthusiasm.
Hinkley’s arrival was part of a total overhaul at Port that included new president David Koch and new captain Travis Boak.
Melbourne also made widespread changes to their playing list.
But in the second half the Demons were awful, frequently allowing their opponents far too much room and committing basic skill errors.
“The whole club’s hurting, no one saw that coming,” said Demons coach Mark Neeld.
“We just didn’t get it done under pressure, we didn’t deal at all with Port’s speed all day, we didn’t cope.”
Hinkley made a massive understatement when he said: “We know there will be days where it won’t go as good as it went today for us.”
Adding to a great day, Port were missing several key players – Domenic Cassis, Alipate Carlile, Robbie Gray, Brett Ebert and John Butcher.
Midfielder Hamish Hartlett starred for the Power and Jay Schulz kicked four goals.
Schulz and Melbourne’s Cam Pedersen kicked goals in the second term after taking towering marks that came under video review.
Replays suggested the two players were lucky the marks were cleared.
High-profile recruits Ollie Wines (Port) and Jack Viney (Melbourne) made their AFL debuts and starred, showing poise and skill far beyond their youth.
Viney and fellow first- gamer Matt Jones stood out for Melbourne.
Demons key forward Mitch Clark hobbled off in the third term with an ankle injury, but it was not as serious as first feared.
Clark missed most of last season with a leg injury.
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