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Geelong vs Port Adelaide

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2SF   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Fri, 13-09-2013 7:50 pm   Crowd: 52,744  
Geelong 2.2.143.6.248.12.6013.18.96 C:  Chris Scott
Port Adelaide 3.2.207.5.478.5.5312.8.80 C:  Ken Hinkley
  PORT by 6PORT by 23GEEL by 7GEEL by 16  
Weather
min temp  3.9°C      max temp  16.5°C
rainfall  2.0mm    humidity  46%    air pressure  1015.5mb
wind speed 13km/h      wind direction  N

Match Report

Geelong remains in the hunt for a fourth flag in seven years after it overcame a slow start and a spirited Port Adelaide team to defeat the Power by 16 points and advance to a Preliminary Final with Hawthorn at the MCG next Friday night.

The expectations of this match were that Port Adelaide, who had already exceeded the expectations of virtually every pundit in the land, had run their finals race and would be quickly put away by the talented Geelong team. And for the first 20 minutes of the first quarter it appeared that script would be played out. The Cats controlled much of the play and kicked two goals to Port’s nil in that period to establish a 12-point lead.

But the Power got its running game going in the time-on period of the first term and began to look dangerous. They converted this attacking stanza into goals via Brad Ebert, Angus Monfries and Matthew Lobbe to take a six-point lead into quarter time.

This attack continued into the second quarter and by half way through the term, the Power had added a further 2.3, with goals to Justin Westhoff and Tom Logan to just 1.0 from Geelong, the goal being registered by Mitch Duncan. At that stage the Power led by 15 points,

Geelong attacked heavily for the next 10 minutes, but could manage only three behinds in this period, and when Westhoff and Robbie Goal added two more Port goals at the 26 and 28-minute marks, the alarm bells began to ring loudly for Geelong. When the siren sounded for half time, the Power were 23 points to the good.

With their season on the line, there was very much a sense of “now or never” for the Cats when the second half got under way. As soon as play began, it was immediately obvious that a different Geelong team had come out after the long break.

Tom Hawkins got the Cats ball rolling with a mark and goal after just one minute, and this appeared to ignite Geelong, who attacked relentlessly for the next 25 minutes. Goals to Paul Chapman ,Jimmy Bartel and Hawkins again were accompanied by a string of behinds and by the 26-minute mark of the third term the Cats had taken a six-point lead and Port Adelaide appeared to be on the ropes.

There was brief respite when Jay Schulz marked and goaled - Port’s only score for the third term – to tie the scores up but Steven Motlop replied with a goal of his own a minute later. A Bartel behind made the difference seven points at the three-quarter-time break and all of the momentum appeared to be with the Cats at the stage.

Joel Corey scored the first major of the last term to extend the Cats’ lead to 14 points but Matthew Broadbent replied for the Power to peg the margin back to eight with five minutes gone.

Paul Chapman added another at the 10-minute mark and when Allen Christensen kicked his first eight minutes later, Geelong led by 23 and appeared assured of a place in the Preliminary Final. But the Power would not go away. After Cats’ skipper Joel Selwood responded to a goal from Schulz, Justin Westhoff scored one of the goals of the season with a checkside kick from the boundary line, and when Hamish Hartlett added another to cut the margin to just 10 points with almost three minutes of play still remaining.

The Cats needed to hold fast and did so, with Steven Motlop putting the result beyond doubt with a long, bouncing goal with a minute remaining in the match.

Paul Chapman played a major role in the Cats' win, gathering the ball 20 times and kicking four goals but he was to receive bad news after the match when he was cited for a bump on Robbie Gray. He later received a one-match suspension, meaning he would miss the Preliminary Final against Hawthorn. James Kelly (28 disposals) and Joel Selwood (27 touches and a goal) also played fine games for the Cats.

The Power were gallant throughout, and had fine contributors in skipper Travis Boak (26 possessions), Kane Cornes (21 disposals) and Hamish Hartlett (19 touches and a goal). Coach Ken Hinkley would be rightly proud of Port Adelaide's efforts in 2013, lifting the Power from 14th (with just five wins) to the second week of the finals in his first season as coach.

For Geelong, the dream of a fourth flag in seven years remains alive. The Cats will have to overcome Hawthorn on Friday night to make it to the final Saturday in September but, having beaten the Hawks 11 times in a row since the 2008 Grand Final, will take a significant amount of confidence into what should be an enthralling affair.

GOALS
Geelong: Chapman 4; Hawkins, Motlop 2; Duncan, Bartel, Corey, Christensen, Selwood
Port Adelaide: Westhoff 3; Schulz 2; Ebert, Monfries, Lobbe, Logan, Gray, Broadbent, Hartlett

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Chapman, Johnson, Corey, Selwood, Motlop, Kelly
Port Adelaide: Cornes, Moore, Westhoff, Boak, Monfries

BEST - THE SATURDAY AGE
Geelong: Kelly, Selwood, Chapman, Stokes, Johnson, Mackie, Corey, Motlop
Port Adelaide: Boak, Hartlett, Monfries, Cornes, Logan, Moore, O'Shea, Carlile, Westhoff

INJURIES
Geelong: Jared Rivers (left ankle)
Port Adelaide: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Geelong: Jared Rivers (left ankle) replaced by Taylor Hunt in the final quarter
Port Adelaide: Sam Colquhoun replaced by Aaron Young at three quarter-time

REPORTS: Paul Chapman (Geelong) reported in the third quarter for rough conduct against Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)

UMPIRES: Stevic, Meredith, McInerney

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley, Matthew Richardson

Source

Match report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Bartel, Jimmy 12 5 9 21 1 2 0 6 3 0 29y 283d 248 163
46 Blicavs, Mark 3 1 5 8 0 0 11 3 1 0 22y 169d 21 7
35 Chapman, Paul 13 4 7 20 4 2 0 6 1 1 31y 312d 251 336
28 Christensen, Allen 14 3 10 24 1 0 0 3 3 0 22y 117d 56 49
11 Corey, Joel 10 2 11 21 1 1 1 2 1 2 31y 208d 275 79
22 Duncan, Mitch 10 6 9 19 1 2 0 3 2 1 22y 95d 75 64
29 Guthrie, Cameron 5 3 7 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 21y 25d 39 5
26 Hawkins, Tom 6 3 2 8 2 1 1 2 1 0 25y 54d 122 217
8 Hunt, Josh 9 5 4 13 0 1 0 0 0 3 31y 183d 197 29
19 Hunt, Taylor 5 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 22y 312d 56 16
20 Johnson, Steve 14 9 11 25 0 0 0 3 0 1 30y 71d 214 401
9 Kelly, James 11 7 17 28 0 0 0 7 0 1 29y 258d 232 87
13 Lonergan, Tom 8 4 5 13 0 0 0 2 2 0 29y 119d 121 51
4 Mackie, Andrew 13 7 5 18 0 0 0 3 0 0 29y 37d 197 85
32 Motlop, Steven 18 1 7 25 2 2 0 2 2 0 22y 185d 50 70
31 Podsiadly, James 4 3 1 5 0 1 1 1 0 3 32y 3d 82 169
25 Rivers, Jared 3 2 3 6 0 0 0 3 0 1 28y 330d 159 18
14 Selwood, Joel 10 3 17 27 1 0 0 5 3 1 25y 110d 159 90
27 Stokes, Mathew 10 1 18 28 0 0 0 3 1 0 28y 295d 154 192
7 Taylor, Harry 5 5 7 12 0 0 1 2 0 0 27y 93d 135 37
5 Varcoe, Travis 9 3 11 20 0 1 0 4 1 0 25y 156d 114 121
30 Vardy, Nathan 5 5 5 10 0 0 17 4 1 0 22y 80d 20 18
  Rushed   5  
  Totals 197 87 171 368 13 18 32 68 22 14 26y 325d 2977 2304
Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
1 Boak, Travis 9 5 17 26 0 1 0 5 1 1 25y 43d 131 74
5 Broadbent, Matthew 13 2 10 23 1 0 0 1 0 1 23y 43d 79 37
27 Carlile, Alipate 8 4 4 12 0 0 0 1 0 2 26y 136d 133 5
25 Cassisi, Dom 10 3 3 13 0 0 0 4 0 0 30y 356d 215 73
30 Colquhoun, Sam 7 6 6 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 18y 267d 10 2
18 Cornes, Kane 8 3 13 21 0 0 0 4 2 2 30y 251d 268 91
7 Ebert, Brad 13 6 6 19 1 0 2 5 0 1 23y 164d 122 63
17 Gray, Robbie 11 3 7 18 1 0 0 4 2 3 25y 167d 90 119
8 Hartlett, Hamish 12 6 7 19 1 1 0 2 0 1 23y 30d 68 35
42 Jonas, Tom 8 5 3 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 22y 247d 34 0
23 Lobbe, Matthew 4 1 5 9 1 0 28 9 1 2 24y 213d 43 10
44 Logan, Tom 8 7 9 17 1 1 0 0 0 0 28y 73d 114 27
6 Monfries, Angus 7 4 9 16 1 0 0 3 0 1 26y 237d 174 204
26 Moore, Andrew 11 7 7 18 0 1 1 7 0 1 22y 106d 41 14
13 O'Shea, Cam 11 6 8 19 0 0 0 2 0 0 21y 184d 46 7
29 Pittard, Jasper 4 3 7 11 0 0 1 1 0 1 22y 165d 31 5
28 Schulz, Jay 5 2 4 9 2 1 0 3 2 3 28y 148d 142 213
12 Trengove, Jackson 4 3 8 12 0 0 0 1 3 0 22y 315d 78 7
39 Westhoff, Justin 16 5 3 19 3 0 2 4 2 1 26y 347d 134 175
16 Wines, Ollie 7 2 7 14 0 1 1 0 0 1 18y 341d 24 8
20 Wingard, Chad 9 2 10 19 0 0 0 2 1 0 20y 46d 43 52
40 Young, Aaron 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 20y 281d 17 7
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 185 85 156 341 12 8 35 60 14 22 24y 89d 2037 1228

Match highlights

52,744 attended Geelong vs. Port Adelaide at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, 2SF)
Paul Chapman played his last game for Geelong (AFL, Premiership Season, 2SF)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.