|Brownlow Medal||3 Chad Wingard (PORT)||2 Nat Fyfe (FREO)||1 Travis Boak (PORT)|
The first part of the 2014 season has thrown up one test after another for the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Power keeps passing each one as it comes. It did so with flying colours in its latest one against Fremantle on Saturday, defeating the Dockers by 18 points to take its season record to 7-1, the best-ever start in its 18-season history.
In a typically defensive first quarter effort, Ross Lyon's men kept Port Adelaide to two goals (one each to Jay Schulz and Kane Mitchell), while kicking one of their own through Matt De Boer to trail by seven points at the first break. The Dockers then dominated much of the second term, kicking five goals to two, easily their best return for the match, to take a 10-point lead into half time.
Port Adelaide struck first in the second half, with a mark and goal to Chad Wingard reducing the margin to five points at the three-minute mark but Chris Mayne responded for the Dockers five minutes later to restore the buffer to 11 points. Wingard kicked another at the 15-minute mark but Fremantle answered again through Nathan Fyfe and the difference was again 11 as the third quarter entered time on. The trading of goals continued as Mitchell kicked his second for Port, Zac Clarke his second for Fremantle and Wingard his third for the Power to round out the quarter. At the last change. Fremantle led by five points.
The Power have become renowned for their strong finishes to matches and the crowd was keen to see if that could maintain that reputation against last year's Grand Finalists. They did not need to wait long for an answer. Matt White put the Power in front in the first two minutes of the final term and Port Adelaide did not surrender the lead from that point on. White followed up with another major and then Jasper Pittard, Wingard and Aaron Young all added goals to put the result beyond doubt, the Power finishing the game 18 points to the good after a couple of late Docker goals.
Best for the Power included Wingard (five goals and 17 disposals), Brad Ebert (eight tackles, eight marks, 20 possessions) and Mitchell (eight tackles and 20 touches), while Nat Fyfe (34 disposals, seven marks) and Aaron Sandilands (41 hitouts and 14 possessions) stood out for the Dockers.
Port's win and a Hawthorn loss to Sydney on Friday night sees the Power, who will have a bye in round nine, back at the head of the ladder. The Dockers are very much "in the ruck", in eighth position on the ladder with four wins and four losses, and face a tough home assignment against Geelong next Saturday night before they have their week off.
Port Adelaide: Wingard 5; Mitchell, White 2; Schulz, Wines, Young, Pittard
Fremantle: Clarke 3; Suban, Fyfe 2; de Boer, Pavlich, Hill, Mayne
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Port Adelaide: Wingard, Ebert, Wines, Mitchell, Gray, Trengove
Fremantle: Fyfe, Sandilands, Mundy, Mzungu, Barlow, Neale
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Port Adelaide: Wingard, Ebert, Mitchell, Gray, Wines
Fremantle: Fyfe, Clarke, Sandilands, Mundy, Suban
Ken Hinkley (Port): I'm really pleased for the boys. We're eight rounds in and we've been going [the pre-season training camp in] Dubai. We've had to work really hard and we keep on going but we look forward to a little bit of a break now and the boys thoroughly deserve three or four days off. I thought it was a great game of really hard, tough, pressure footy.
Ross Lyon (Frem): The bottom line is this: when the last quarter was up for grabs, they dominated ground ball. In all those simple but key indicators of winning the ball and getting it forward, we struggled. All credit to them. When the game was up for grabs, they won the ball really well, they won the clearances and they drove the ball forward.
Port Adelaide: Matthew Lobbe (calf) replaced in selected side by Brent Renouf
Port Adelaide: Brent Renouf replaced by Aaron Young at three-quarter time.
Fremantle: Stephen Hill replaced by Clancee Pearce in the third quarter.
UMPIRES: Rosebury, Kamolins, Harris
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy
COMMENTATORS: Anthony Hudson, Dermott Brereton, Mark Ricciuto, Cameron Mooney
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.
|Port Adelaide||Match Stats||Career|
|1||Boak, Travis||11||4||17||28||0||0||0||3||0||0||25y 282d||139||79|
|5||Broadbent, Matthew||11||4||5||16||0||0||0||1||0||0||23y 282d||87||38|
|27||Carlile, Alipate||7||1||4||11||0||0||0||3||1||0||27y 10d||139||5|
|25||Cassisi, Dom||2||0||13||15||0||0||0||4||0||0||31y 230d||223||73|
|18||Cornes, Kane||15||4||14||29||0||0||0||5||1||0||31y 125d||276||91|
|7||Ebert, Brad||13||8||7||20||0||0||3||8||0||1||24y 38d||130||68|
|9||Gray, Robbie||15||5||15||30||0||0||0||2||1||0||26y 41d||98||132|
|8||Hartlett, Hamish||8||3||11||19||0||0||1||9||1||0||23y 269d||75||43|
|36||Hombsch, Jack||7||5||3||10||0||0||0||2||0||0||21y 64d||22||0|
|24||Impey, Jarman||6||2||4||10||0||0||0||1||0||0||18y 305d||8||2|
|37||Mitchell, Kane||15||5||5||20||2||1||0||8||1||1||24y 160d||14||10|
|6||Monfries, Angus||8||2||12||20||0||0||0||2||0||0||27y 111d||179||209|
|29||Pittard, Jasper||16||3||6||22||1||1||0||0||1||1||23y 39d||39||6|
|21||Polec, Jared||7||0||11||18||0||2||1||4||2||0||21y 210d||24||14|
|34||Renouf, Brent||1||1||2||3||0||1||13||1||0||3||26y 7d||68||13|
|28||Schulz, Jay||4||3||1||5||1||1||0||4||1||3||29y 22d||150||238|
|12||Trengove, Jackson||9||3||5||14||0||0||11||6||2||0||23y 189d||86||7|
|39||Westhoff, Justin||11||9||8||19||0||1||3||2||2||0||27y 221d||142||185|
|19||White, Matthew||7||3||10||17||2||1||0||3||0||1||27y 25d||113||67|
|16||Wines, Ollie||11||7||16||27||1||2||3||3||3||0||19y 215d||32||15|
|20||Wingard, Chad||13||5||4||17||5||2||0||2||1||1||20y 285d||50||70|
|40||Young, Aaron||2||1||4||6||1||0||0||2||0||0||21y 155d||22||10|
|1||Ballantyne, Hayden||7||1||2||9||0||1||0||5||1||0||26y 298d||93||140|
|21||Barlow, Michael||10||3||13||23||0||0||1||5||2||0||26y 143d||74||45|
|30||Clarke, Zac||5||4||5||10||3||1||9||1||0||1||24y 43d||58||34|
|15||Crowley, Ryan||16||5||5||21||0||0||0||1||0||1||30y 66d||172||113|
|17||Crozier, Hayden||4||3||8||12||0||0||0||4||0||1||20y 137d||17||10|
|9||de Boer, Matt||10||7||11||21||1||0||0||4||0||0||24y 61d||109||42|
|41||Duffield, Paul||8||2||5||13||0||0||0||5||0||2||29y 94d||141||30|
|7||Fyfe, Nat||17||7||17||34||2||0||0||3||0||0||22y 234d||78||60|
|32||Hill, Stephen||10||2||5||15||1||0||0||1||1||0||24y 9d||115||70|
|37||Johnson, Michael||11||10||7||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||29y 202d||180||62|
|23||Mayne, Chris||8||4||7||15||1||2||0||3||0||0||25y 189d||112||141|
|16||Mundy, David||14||7||17||31||0||2||0||3||0||1||28y 294d||194||76|
|13||Mzungu, Tendai||16||11||6||22||0||1||0||5||0||0||28y 71d||71||45|
|27||Neale, Lachie||13||3||15||28||0||0||0||3||0||3||20y 351d||30||16|
|29||Pavlich, Matthew||4||4||8||12||1||1||0||3||0||0||32y 130d||299||598|
|46||Pearce, Clancee||3||1||6||9||0||0||0||3||0||0||23y 199d||74||31|
|6||Pearce, Danyle||8||1||8||16||0||0||0||5||0||2||28y 33d||187||92|
|31||Sandilands, Aaron||2||4||12||14||0||0||41||3||2||0||31y 155d||201||77|
|36||Silvagni, Alex||10||4||2||12||0||0||0||3||3||2||26y 223d||40||10|
|34||Spurr, Lee||6||4||3||9||0||0||0||3||0||1||26y 287d||44||2|
|8||Suban, Nick||13||2||3||16||2||1||0||3||1||1||24y 1d||91||37|
|33||Sutcliffe, Cam||9||3||10||19||0||0||0||7||1||2||21y 352d||31||9|