Port Adelaide Power charge up over injury-ravaged Western Bulldogs

PORT Adelaide’s season all of the sudden has life, with Friday night time’s 17-point win over the Western Bulldogs its third victory on the trot.

After taking a four-point result in half-time Port blew the sport open within the third quarter, kicking 5 objectives to 2 on the best way to a 12.14 (86) to 10.9 (69) triumph.

The Bulldogs, already lacking rested skipper Marcus Bontempelli, misplaced Tim O’Brien, Laitham Vandermeer and Cody Weightman to damage and appeared out on their ft within the ultimate time period.

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Following a 0-5 begin to the season, Port is now only a win (plus share) exterior the highest eight, with North Melbourne, Geelong and Essendon to face forward of their mid-season bye.

Tall forwards Jeremy Finlayson and Todd Marshall proved an excessive amount of to deal with for a Bulldogs backline that misplaced O’Brien (calf) within the third quarter and performed Zaine Cordy as a ahead to help Aaron Naughton (4 objectives).

Finlayson kicked three objectives and Marshall two, with the latter a chief mover within the match-turning third time period together with his clear fingers inside 50.

All up, Port grabbed 21 marks inside 50 (from simply 44 entries) to show the distinction on an evening when the midfields largely nullified one another.

Evergreen Travis Boak (30 disposals and a objective) was magnificent for the victors, displaying a cool head when others round him appeared rushed.

Connor Rozee (21) and Riley Bonner (22), who was having a wonderful night time till he injured his ankle simply earlier than the ultimate change, have been additionally influential.

The Bulldogs battled arduous, however with little to no help for Naughton within the ahead line, and the tall defence outclassed, by no means appeared like profitable within the second half.

Stand-in skipper Jack Macrae (32) and Bailey Smith (24 and two objectives) gave their all.

It was a distinction of kinds early on that made for an entertaining contest.

After the Bulldogs kicked the primary two objectives of the sport, Port hit again with the subsequent 4, rebounding from the again half with ease to make their opponents’ defence look second fee.

Conversely the Canine have been counting on their superiority at centre bounce, led by Macrae, and tall ahead Naughton.

Naughton kicked two objectives within the first quarter on 2021 Therabody All-Australian Aliir Aliir, forcing Tom Clurey to be his new opponent after the primary change.

The second quarter tightened up, however with Finlayson and Marshall kicking objectives, the house staff nudged its lead from two factors to 4 factors by the primary change.

Port talls too good
The Bulldogs managed to generate extra inside 50s (49-44), but it surely was Port’s tall forwards that proved the distinction. Finlayson kicked his three objectives from 14 disposals and 7 marks, whereas Marshall kicked his two from 14 touches and eight marks. Even Mitch Georgiades appeared harmful, however his wayward kicking (0.4) value him an even bigger affect. With Alex Keath (hamstring) already injured, the Canine misplaced Tim O’Brien (hamstring) and it was typically left to undersized Hayden Crozier and Ed Richards to battle greater our bodies.

Canine’ soiled night time for accidents
As if the problem wasn’t arduous sufficient already, O’Brien’s departure within the third quarter made a giant distinction. He limped off with what gave the impression to be a calf damage, however that was solely the beginning of the issues. Shortly after it was speedster Laitham Vandermeer hobbling off with a hamstring concern – an issue he solely not too long ago returned from – after which early within the final quarter Cody Weightman got here off second greatest after attempting to put a giant bump on Port ruckman Sam Hayes. He left with a shoulder damage and didn’t return.

Buku goes Kaboom
Any first objective within the AFL is a particular one, and this was no totally different for Western Bulldogs’ Subsequent Era Academy product Buku Khamis. Taking part in his second recreation after getting a debut in opposition to Carlton final yr, Khamis missed a shot early within the second quarter however had one other probability a bit afterward after taking a chest mark 35m out. The 22-year-old kicked actually and was completely mobbed by his delirious teammates in a second the South Sudanese refugee will always remember.

PORT ADELAIDE      5.0      7.4      12.8    12.14 (86)
WESTERN BULLDOGS    4.4            6.6      8.8      10.9 (69)

Port Adelaide: Finlayson 3, Marshall 2, Powell-Pepper 2, Grey 2, Motlop, Boak, Dumont
Western Bulldogs: Naughton 4, B.Smith 2, Dunkley, Khamis, McNeil, Liberatore

Port Adelaide: Boak, Marshall, Rozee, Finalyson, Bonner, Amon
Western Bulldogs: Naughton, B.Smith, Macrae, Dale, Liberatore

Port Adelaide: Bonner (ankle)
Western Bulldogs: O’Brien (calf), Vandermeer (hamstring), Weightman (shoulder)

Port Adelaide: Lachie Jones (changed Bonner at three-quarter time)
Western Bulldogs: Hayden Crozier (changed O’Brien within the third quarter)

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