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