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 Thursday night football was back and Port Adelaide had it hosting the Western Bulldogs the Bulldogs were looking for another win going in to the match with only 4 wins but port was also going into the match to keep their finals chance alive.
this was Todd Marshall first game of the season after he missed most of last year going on compassionate leave after the death of his dad and them only a couple of months after that the death of his mother aswell is sad to lose one parent let alone both and only being 19 years old you will have to fill for him. There was a minute applause at the 13-minute mark of the first quarter to show support to Todd as he wears the number 13 you can see a video of the applause down below and see the sportsmanship from the bulldogs aswell.
fans applaud marshall in special moment
Ollie wines and Robbie Gray both had great games again with them both getting more then 25 disposals and Robbie kicking 3 goals and Ollie kicking just 1. The forwards also had a great game aswell with Charlie Dixon and Tom Rockliff kicking 3 goals each.
Paddy Ryder is trying his best to get the all Australian Ruckmen again and go back to back he got one goal but he won almost every single hit out and ruck contest when he was on the ground.
Chad Wingard and Sam Powell-Pepper played liked they always do getting the ball and getting out to there teammates and try and help get goals. Chad help out and got a game high total of 30 disposals putting just behind Ollie wines in the team disposals getter for the game and Sam got 24 disposals. If I was coaching a team and I could bring in some players the go in hard and get the ball Chad and Sam would be my first two picks in the team.
the first quarter wasn’t the best from the bulldogs only kick a behind and port kick 5 goals which means port were going into quarter time controlling the game. But in the second quarter I saw a completely different Western Bulldogs side from the first quarter they were able to get the ball into the forward fifty and have chance at getting goals, and they did going into half time kicking 4 goals and keeping port to only 3 goals and port going into half time with a total of 8 goals. Ken Hinkley (port Coach) must have not been happy at Half time because Port came out in the third quarter and kicked six goals and keeping the bulldogs to only 4 and the did the same in the fourth quarter aswell kicking another six goals taking the final score to 20.12 (132) and keeping the bulldogs to only kick 3 in the fourth taking the final score to 11.9 (75)
If you saw the game and you are a port fan you would have been happy with that result.
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
Everyone with the Showdown being on of the biggest games in South Australia for Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide crows the Showdown is regarded as one of the toughest games to play according to past and present Power and Crows players so I was not missing this game. You can see a video down below of the players running through the banners all the way up to the Showdown medal getting handed out along with the first ever Showdown shield that the Power and the crows played for.
The game started with port getting the first score on the board but the Crows easily responded with a goal of their own. They game was quite fast paced in some parts but very slow in the other parts it was tooth and nail from the very first bounce right until the final siren. After a stressful final minute with the Crows going ahead by a point with a goal with 50 seconds to go many Ports fans heart sunk then the unthinkable happened new Port recruit Steven Motlop showed some magic and kicked a goal 19 seconds later putting put back in front with 31 seconds to go, Port Adelaide won showdown number XLIV (44) making it all tied up in the showdown wins with 22 apiece.
At the time of me posting this I have hardly any voice of me screaming at goals getting scored or the umpires but hopefully by tomorrow morning it will be better.
Until next time