Round 3 kicked off with Port hosting Essendon, and despite a bright start from Essendon, it wasn’t long before Port jumped out to a big lead, with their tackling pressure and their pace spreading from the contest too much for the Bombers to handle in what was a one-sided first quarter. The Power took a 6 goal lead in to the first change, and were never headed. To their credit, the Bombers didn’t throw in the towel, and after a good scrap in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, broke even in the last. Gray was brilliant for Port, with 30 possessions (22 contested) and 2 goals, Wines was tough in the clinches all night as well with 15 contested possessions, 9 tackles and a goal to his name. No surprises for the Bombers – with Zach Merrett and David Zaharakis again in the best.