Everyone with this being a match for Power to keep their chance of staying in the top 4 the need to win if they didn’t win they would of stayed in the 8 but in fifth position.
You will notice at the start of the video that the banner says Steven Motlop that is because he was playing his 150th game in AFL most of those game he played at Geelong but he wanted to go to a club and start enjoying his football again. Steven had a good game racking up 28 disposals and 6 tackles but also helping his team and getting it out of the middle of the ground and to his teammates in the forward line.
Jack Watts was brought back into the side after not playing in the AFL since round 12 and playing in the SANFL instead and kicking 5 goals in the last two rounds in the SANFL that is probably what got back into the side and also helping his team all around the ground.
Charlie Dixon had a very good last quarter kicking three goals and two of those three goals came in a minute and it took his total goals for the match to four goals, He also got 16 disposals and made 3 tackles.
Tom Rockliff was back to his usual self getting the ball and getting it out to his team mates he can see that can get it down the field, he was leading disposal getter for the Power just getting in front of Steven Motlop with 30 he also took 8 marks and made three tackles.
Jared Polec also had an alright game racking up 26 disposals and taking 8 marks but late in the last quarter his was kicking the ball not to any of his teammates that were in sight and it fell short and landed in the hands of a Saints Player.
If you were watching the match what did you think of it and was it a good match.
until next time
Everyone this was Port third home game in a row and the second and more than likely final Friday night game for the Power in 2018, we will have to wait and see if they get the Friday night game for round 23 which date and times haven’t been realised yet but this will be highly unlikely unless the game against Essendon is pivotal to how the final 8 finish
You will probably notice a different view in the video I decide to sit somewhere different to watch /record the Match from and get a different perspective for you watching our video.
Adelaide based Melbourne game have been waiting to see there team playing well for quite some time and would have been very excited to see there team come into town in finals contention for the first time in along time.
The the final scores for the match were
Port 1.3 (9) 4.6 (30) 8.7 (55) 11.9 (75)
Melbourne 3.5 (23) 4.8 (32) 9.9 (63) 9.11 (65)
Ports first and only goal for the first quarter came at Quarter time from Brad Ebert set shot after the siren, at Quarter time Port only had 10 free kicks to Melbourne’s 16, with Melbourne getting all there free kicks Port fans were not happy as you would expect because they are so passionate. At the end of the game port finished in front for the free kicks having a total of 30 and Melbourne only having 24 free kicks this would be primary due to port starting to play harder and getting in front more.
Port didn’t report any injuries at the end of the game but some of the players did appear to be managed staying of the bench for longer then they normally would have.
Melbourne reported two injuries, the highly creative defensive Neville Jetta rolling his ankle and getting a head knock and Tom McDonald getting hit in the ribs Tom will have scans on his chest in the coming days. They both played out the game so depending on scans they will more than likely be good to go next week pending passing a late week fitness test.
There were some big name players missing Jack Watts will be playing another week in the SANFL and as a result missed out playing against his old team and I’m pretty sure this would have been tough for him to take as he would have been keen to prove a point to his old team mates that he does still have plenty to offer at AFL level.
A couple of big names for Melbourne that missed out are Jake Lever who is out for the season with an ACL and a favourite of mine Dom Tyson I feel he is a key player in their midfield to drive the ball out congestion and into their forward line, due to Port strong in and under bodies I would have brought him into the team.
If you watched the match what did you enjoy about the game and were you happy with how the match went
Until next time
Everyone this was a very big game for Port Adelaide in the context of the season coming up against the reigning premiers Richmond at the start of the week Richmond were the favourite for this game but after the news of Dustin Martin not playing this game the betting shifted with Port then becoming the favourites. During the game it showed that Dusty is a key for Richmond as the Tigers looked slow and out of place in the mid field a clearly missed some of the class and space the have when Martin has ball in hand.
The first goal of the game was from Charlie Dixon getting the ball from Sam Powell-Pepper kicking it from at least the centre wing and Dixon taking on Alex Rance and pushing him out of the way to get a strong contested mark. There wasn’t much more for the first quarter with Richmond making the most of there opportunities going into quarter time with the lead.
The second Quarter started off with Jack Riewoldt kicking his second goal of the game and extending Richmond’s lead but after that Port were very good and stopped Richmond scoring power only allowing them to kick another goal for that quarter while the Power kicked 7 making the Half time score port 9.5 (58) to Richmond 5.6 (36)
After Chad Wingard’s recent poor form over the last few weeks there was clearly a decision made for him to spend alot more time in the midfield, this appeared to do wonders for his confidence by allowing him to get his hand on the ball resulting in a game high 31 disposals. Ollie Wines also had a very good game showing why he wants to stay at the club next year 28 disposals, 12 tackles, 10 inside 50s and seven clearances, they also got some great support with Sam Powell-Pepper also getting 28 disposals who spent quite abit of time of Trent Cotchin trying to get under his skin.
Jaspar Pittard made his return to AFL football and slotted straight back into the backline helping out with good pressure and some good intercept marks but his usual poor disposal was an issue.
With Lindsay Thomas and Jack Trengrove in good form in the SANFL there will be pressure for spots at the selection table next round with Jake Neade, Dan Houtson and Jack Watts having quiet games the will be questions asked if they are doing enough
Tom Rockliff appears to have settled into his new side and adjusting team game plans and his new team mates racking up 25 disposals making him in the top 5 of ball getters for the power.
This takes Port to 7 wins and 4 losses and gives Richmond there third loss of the season with the other two losses and the hands of Adelaide at the Adelaide oval and West Coast in round 9
If you watched the AFL Round 12 Power vs Tigers game what did you think, did you enjoy it
Until next time