Demons to re-write AFL story against Port

Jason Phelan

Melbourne are approaching their much-anticipated AFL clash against Port Adelaide as an opportunity to prove their big-game credentials.

The Demons failed in their last attempt to enhance their reputation, their top-four aspirations taking a hit when they suffered a 42-point Queen's Birthday loss to Collingwood.

"We're not oblivious ... the noise is that we can't play in these types of games, so it's another opportunity for us to grow," coach Simon Goodwin told reporters on Tuesday.