|Brownlow Medal||3 Travis Boak (PORT)||2 Jordan Lewis (HAW)||1 Jared Polec (PORT)|
Port Adelaide has strengthened its hold on top place on the ladder with a fighting win over a gallant but undermanned Hawthorn in front of a record crowd at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. 52,233 fans - a record crowd for an AFL match in South Australia saw the Power lead for the entire night, by as much as 30 points half way through the third quarter, before withstanding a late Hawk charge to sneak home by 14 points.
The Power started the stronger in the first term against the weakened Hawks, still without Sam Mitchell, Cyril Rioli and Brian Lake through injury, and kicked the first two goals of the match to skip away to an early 13-point lead. Hawthorn managed to match them for the rest of that quarter, each side kicking two further goals before the first break, and Port Adelaide led by 11 points at quarter time.
Port replicated the first term opening with the first two goals of the second - again to Monfries and Wingard - before the remainder of the quarter also replicated that of the first, with both sides kicking two more goals before the half-time siren sounded. At that point Port led 8.3.51 to 4.4.28.
Hawthorn broke the pattern in the third quarter, with Luke Breust kicking the first goal of the term, before Angus Monfries responded with his third to restore a four-goal buffer for the Power. Port then kicked two of the next three, including a fourth to Monfries, to take the lead out to a game-high 30 points at the 16-minute mark. Then, suddenly, against the trend of the match Hawthorn became a potent force. Within a seven-minute period, Jordan Lewis had kicked two goals and Billy Hartung and Breust one each, and when the three-quarter time siren sounded, the Hawks were only seven points down and with all of the momentum heading their way.
But the final change gave Port a chance to regroup and two goals to Hamish Hartlett in the first five minutes of the last term saw the Power back out to a 20-point lead. Hawthorn continued to fight, kicking three goals to two in the last 25 minutes of the game, but their brave effort came to an end with Port 13 points ahead of them.
Captain Travis Boak (34 disposals, seven tackles and a goal) played a fine game for the Power, getting good support from Jared Polec (26 possessions, one goal) and Brad Ebert (28 touches and six tackles), while Hawthorn was well served by Jordan Lewis (38 possessions and two goals) and Matt Suckling (28 disposals and four tackles).
A game clear on top of the ladder, Port's next assignment will be against Melbourne in the first AFL match for premiership points at Traeger Park in Alice Springs. Hawthorn, still in the top four with a 6-3 record, will play GWS at the MCG on Sunday.
Port Adelaide: Monfries 4; Wingard 3; Gray, Hartlett 2; Boak, Polec, Schulz, Mitchell
Hawthorn: Gunston, Breust 3; Lewis, Burgoyne 2; Birchall, Shiels, Hartung
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Port Adelaide: Boak, Ebert, Polec, Wines, Cornes, Wingard
Hawthorn: Lewis, Suckling, Burgoyne, Smith, Gunston, Shiels
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Port Adelaide: Boak, Polec, Lobbe, Ebert, Wingard, White
Hawthorn: Lewis, Suckling, Puopolo, Burgoyne, Gunston, Breust
Ken Hinkley (Port): It was a pretty solid game of footy. The Hawks, a Clarko-coached team, they're going to come and give you everything, and that's why they've been up the top for such a long period of time. Sometimes you have to find a way to get the job done and to our credit we were able to find that way. We were feeling reasonably strong through most of the evening. We got to that 30-point margin but to their credit they kicked those three goals late in the their quarter and put the game back on edge. It was a pretty tough game right to the end.
Alastair Clarkson (Haw): We just lacked a bit of polish with the footy. Some of that was a little bit of our inexperience, some of that was good pressure by the Port Adelaide side. We made some errors. Over the course of the night, Port Adelaide seemed too get their goals a hell of a lot easier than what we did. We only lost by two in the end, so we hung in there, we just couldn't quite peg them back.
Port Adelaide: Nil
Hawthorn: McEvoy (hamstring)
Port Adelaide: Angus Monfries replaced by Aaron Young at three-quarter time.
Hawthorn: Ben McEvoy (hamstring) replaced by Jonathan Simpkin at half-time.
UMPIRES: Farmer, Hosking, Findlay
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of Port Adelaide Football Club.
|Port Adelaide||Match Stats||Career|
|1||Boak, Travis||16||4||18||34||1||0||0||7||1||1||25y 296d||140||80|
|5||Broadbent, Matthew||16||5||5||21||0||0||0||1||0||0||23y 296d||88||38|
|27||Carlile, Alipate||7||6||5||12||0||0||0||2||0||1||27y 24d||140||5|
|25||Cassisi, Dom||4||2||5||9||0||0||0||1||0||2||31y 244d||224||73|
|18||Cornes, Kane||15||5||10||25||0||1||0||2||0||1||31y 139d||277||91|
|7||Ebert, Brad||15||7||13||28||0||0||1||6||1||1||24y 52d||131||68|
|9||Gray, Robbie||10||2||8||18||2||0||0||3||2||0||26y 55d||99||134|
|8||Hartlett, Hamish||7||3||7||14||2||1||0||2||0||1||23y 283d||76||45|
|36||Hombsch, Jack||6||6||2||8||0||1||0||3||0||0||21y 78d||23||0|
|24||Impey, Jarman||9||4||3||12||0||0||0||1||1||0||18y 319d||9||2|
|23||Lobbe, Matthew||3||2||10||13||0||0||34||5||0||2||25y 101d||51||14|
|37||Mitchell, Kane||9||5||6||15||1||0||0||8||0||1||24y 174d||15||11|
|6||Monfries, Angus||6||2||4||10||4||1||0||4||1||1||27y 125d||180||213|
|29||Pittard, Jasper||10||3||4||14||0||0||0||1||0||0||23y 53d||40||6|
|21||Polec, Jared||15||8||11||26||1||0||0||1||0||2||21y 224d||25||15|
|28||Schulz, Jay||3||0||3||6||1||0||0||2||1||0||29y 36d||151||239|
|12||Trengove, Jackson||8||6||9||17||0||0||7||1||0||0||23y 203d||87||7|
|39||Westhoff, Justin||11||8||4||15||0||1||1||1||1||2||27y 235d||143||185|
|19||White, Matthew||5||2||7||12||0||0||0||1||0||1||27y 39d||114||67|
|16||Wines, Ollie||12||3||10||22||0||0||4||7||1||2||19y 229d||33||15|
|20||Wingard, Chad||8||1||7||15||3||3||0||2||3||0||20y 299d||51||73|
|40||Young, Aaron||0||0||5||5||0||0||0||1||0||1||21y 169d||23||10|
|14||Birchall, Grant||13||4||9||22||1||0||0||2||3||1||26y 116d||178||25|
|22||Breust, Luke||10||2||4||14||3||0||0||4||1||0||23y 194d||75||142|
|9||Burgoyne, Shaun||14||1||10||24||2||0||1||5||0||0||31y 215d||253||228|
|18||Ceglar, Jonathon||7||6||8||15||0||0||9||0||3||0||23y 99d||5||1|
|8||Duryea, Taylor||12||6||4||16||0||0||0||2||0||1||23y 30d||27||2|
|19||Gunston, Jack||12||10||4||16||3||1||0||1||0||1||22y 220d||65||127|
|20||Hale, David||2||1||4||6||0||1||14||4||0||0||30y 2d||206||191|
|38||Hallahan, Mitch||9||4||11||20||1||3||0||7||0||1||21y 274d||5||2|
|40||Hartung, Billy||11||3||6||17||1||0||0||2||1||0||19y 120d||3||2|
|10||Hill, Bradley||8||2||10||18||0||0||0||4||0||1||20y 319d||38||26|
|15||Hodge, Luke||11||3||9||20||0||0||2||1||3||1||29y 343d||235||157|
|29||Langford, Will||5||2||9||14||0||0||0||4||0||0||21y 325d||9||1|
|3||Lewis, Jordan||16||7||22||38||2||0||1||2||2||0||28y 30d||202||113|
|7||McEvoy, Ben||0||2||5||5||0||0||9||0||0||0||24y 317d||98||30|
|28||Puopolo, Paul||8||3||14||22||0||0||0||5||0||0||26y 173d||72||56|
|25||Schoenmakers, Ryan||12||5||7||19||0||0||0||3||0||2||23y 197d||67||9|
|12||Sewell, Brad||8||1||10||18||0||0||0||3||1||0||30y 111d||191||28|
|26||Shiels, Liam||12||4||11||23||0||0||0||9||1||1||23y 25d||86||26|
|32||Simpkin, Jonathan||9||0||9||18||0||1||0||2||2||0||26y 208d||26||11|
|16||Smith, Isaac||16||5||11||27||0||0||3||5||0||0||25y 145d||71||62|
|24||Stratton, Ben||8||6||10||18||0||0||0||5||1||2||25y 84d||81||1|
|4||Suckling, Matt||17||8||11||28||0||1||0||4||1||1||25y 303d||63||31|