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Kangaroos beat Power to stay in AFLW top-four race

North Melbourne has bolstered its top-four prospects, absorbing a stiff early challenge to secure a 25-point win over Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval.

Jasmine Garner (28 disposals, two goals) was typically brilliant for the Kangaroos in their 7.12 (54) to 4.5 (29) victory that shifts them to a 5-3 win-loss record.

Captain Emma Kearney’s move into the middle after half-time — following an engrossing duel with rival skipper Erin Phillips in the opening two terms — was pivotal in helping the Kangaroos take control.

Behind the determined leadership of Phillips and Ange Foley — and reinforced by the return of spearhead Gemma Houghton – the Power looked switched on early.

The home side’s terrific pressure created turnovers that helped establish a five-point quarter-time lead.

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