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Port Adelaide vs Essendon

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Round: 16   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Sat, 05-07-2014 7:10 pm   Crowd: 46,786  
Port Adelaide 1.4.102.8.204.14.387.18.60 C:  Ken Hinkley
Essendon 2.4.166.8.447.12.548.14.62 C:  Mark Thompson
  ESS by 6ESS by 24ESS by 16ESS by 2  
Weather
min temp  11.0°C      max temp  13.8°C
rainfall  3.0mm    humidity  95%    air pressure  1021.8mb
wind speed 11km/h      wind direction  WNW
Brownlow Medal 3 David Zaharakis (ESS)2 Robbie Gray (PORT)1 David Myers (ESS)

Match Report


Essendon continues to defy the odds in season 2014. With ASADA controversy constantly swirling around the club, it continues to come up with unlikely victories against more highly-fancied opponents. This week, it was Port Adelaide to feel the heat of a Bombers outfit with its backs against the wall, as Essendon staved off a fast-finishing Power to win by two points in a thriller at the Adelaide Oval.

In a tight, dour affair, Essendon got an early break with a goal to Jake Carlisle in the second minute of the match. A string of behinds to both sides followed and there were ti be only two further goals kicked in the first term, one to Jay Schulz for Port at the 19-minute mark, and one to Jackson Merrett at the 26-minute mark that gave the Bombers back that lead, one that it would remarkably not relinquish for the remainder of the match. The Dons broke the game open in the second quarter, restricting the Power to just a solitary major (again to Schulz) while adding four of their own to lead by 24 points at the long break.

With a large home crowd behind it, the Power were expected to fight back strongly in the third quarter, and to an extent they did, but while restricting Essendon to just 1.4 for the term, Port was somewhat wasteful with its chances in the forward line, adding just 2.6 of their own. At the last change of ends, the Dons were still 16 points too the good.

Needing to get the first goal of the last quarter to give themselves a chance, the Power did just that as Schulz kicked his third after receiving a free kick in the first minute to reduce the margin to just 10 points. Port had further chances in the next seven minutes, but could convert these into behinds only to Chad Wingard, Justin Westhoff and Robbie Gray. Finally, at the 13-minute mark, captain Travis Boak took a mark and goaled to reduce the margin to just two points but four minutes later Dyson Heppell took it back out to eight with a goal from 40 metres out. With minutes remaining, Port's Angus Monfries was tackled when running into an open goal and dropped the ball. Remarkably, no free kick was paid and Kane Johnson picked up the loose ball in the goal square and put it through to reduce the difference to just two points. Had Port managed another goal, Bombers' fans could rightly have claimed to have been "robbed" but the Dons held on in the dying seconds to win a low-scoring thriller, 62 to 60.

David Zaharakis played a match-winning game for the Bombers. with 30 disposals and seven tackles, while David Myers (24 disposals, eight tackles) was also outstanding. Port's best included Robbie Gray (30 touches and three marks) and Hamish Hartlett (29 possessions and two tackles). 

The win keeps Essendon's finals' chances well and truly alive. The Bombers are 10th on the ladder with an 8-7 record, only a game behind the sixth, seventh and eighth-placed teams on the ladder. They will meet Collingwood at the MCG next Sunday. Port Adelaide, having suffered three losses in four weeks, have slipped from top of the ladder the third. The Power will attempt to arrest their slide against Richmond at Docklands on Sunday.

GOALS
Port Adelaide: Schulz 3; White, Gray, Boak, Mitchell
Essendon: Carlisle 2; Merrett, Myers, Ryder, Goddard, Ambrose, Heppell

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Port Adelaide: Hartlett, O'Shea, R. Gray, Wines, Polec, Ebert
Essendon: Dempsey, Zaharakis, Winderlich, Goddard, Ryder, Merrett

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Port Adelaide: Gray, Hartlett, O'Shea, Boak, Jonas, Lobbe
Essendon: Zaharakis, Myers, Merrett, Stanton, Ryder, Hurley

INJURIES
Port Adelaide: Nil
Essendon: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Port Adelaide: Dom Cassisi replaced by Aaron Young at three-quarter time.
Essendon: Patrick Ambrose replaced by Kyle Hardingham at three-quarter time.

REPORTS
Port Adelaide: Nil
Essendon: Paul Chapman by umpire McInerney for striking Robbie Gray in the first quarter.

UMPIRES: Rosebury, Harris, McInerney

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Tim Watson, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.

Match stats

Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
1 Boak, Travis 9 6 13 22 1 0 0 0 0 0 25y 338d 145 85
5 Broadbent, Matthew 6 5 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 338d 94 38
25 Cassisi, Dom 3 2 3 6 0 0 0 6 1 1 31y 286d 227 74
18 Cornes, Kane 6 1 9 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 31y 181d 283 92
7 Ebert, Brad 16 7 5 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 94d 137 73
9 Gray, Robbie 11 3 19 30 1 1 0 2 2 0 26y 97d 105 141
8 Hartlett, Hamish 14 2 15 29 0 2 1 2 2 0 23y 325d 80 47
36 Hombsch, Jack 5 3 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 2 21y 120d 29 0
24 Impey, Jarman 9 2 9 18 0 0 0 5 0 1 18y 361d 14 3
42 Jonas, Tom 12 5 10 22 0 0 0 1 1 1 23y 177d 46 1
23 Lobbe, Matthew 4 2 8 12 0 1 35 4 1 5 25y 143d 57 15
37 Mitchell, Kane 5 1 4 9 1 1 0 6 0 0 24y 216d 21 14
6 Monfries, Angus 9 3 3 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 27y 167d 184 216
13 O'Shea, Cam 17 3 11 28 0 0 0 1 0 2 22y 114d 49 7
29 Pittard, Jasper 13 1 10 23 0 0 0 5 1 1 23y 95d 46 7
21 Polec, Jared 12 2 10 22 0 0 0 0 2 0 21y 266d 30 21
28 Schulz, Jay 7 5 0 7 3 0 0 1 2 1 29y 78d 157 261
39 Westhoff, Justin 12 6 6 18 0 2 6 1 2 1 27y 277d 149 193
19 White, Matthew 13 5 4 17 1 1 0 4 0 0 27y 81d 119 72
16 Wines, Ollie 7 2 12 19 0 0 2 8 3 0 19y 271d 39 16
20 Wingard, Chad 9 1 6 15 0 3 0 4 0 0 20y 341d 57 78
40 Young, Aaron 3 1 8 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 211d 28 11
  Rushed   7  
  Totals 202 68 172 374 7 18 44 62 17 16 24y 241d 2096 1465
Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
47 Ambrose, Patrick 4 2 2 6 1 0 0 2 1 2 22y 307d 10 6
12 Baguley, Mark 5 4 1 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 27y 45d 42 2
22 Carlisle, Jake 9 3 1 10 2 0 0 4 1 1 22y 277d 63 23
3 Chapman, Paul 10 2 7 17 0 2 0 1 1 1 32y 242d 263 348
32 Colyer, Travis 17 8 2 19 0 2 0 4 0 0 22y 315d 38 25
6 Daniher, Joe 12 5 0 12 0 3 2 2 2 2 20y 123d 20 21
15 Dempsey, Courtenay 10 5 6 16 0 0 0 5 0 0 26y 311d 98 26
9 Goddard, Brendon 14 6 6 20 1 0 0 3 0 1 29y 46d 240 133
34 Hardingham, Kyle 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 25y 307d 65 21
21 Heppell, Dyson 7 2 10 17 1 0 0 5 1 0 22y 52d 77 18
39 Hocking, Heath 3 3 5 8 0 0 0 9 1 1 26y 190d 111 38
26 Hooker, Cale 5 3 8 13 0 0 0 2 1 2 25y 265d 103 7
40 Howlett, Ben 9 2 2 11 0 1 0 7 0 2 25y 257d 89 45
18 Hurley, Michael 10 4 4 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 24y 34d 92 100
17 Melksham, Jake 6 2 4 10 0 0 0 3 1 2 22y 310d 93 48
20 Merrett, Jackson 3 0 3 6 1 0 0 9 0 0 21y 128d 25 11
27 Merrett, Zach 16 6 7 23 0 0 0 4 2 0 18y 275d 12 6
23 Myers, David 14 3 10 24 1 0 4 8 0 0 25y 5d 76 23
30 Ryder, Paddy 5 2 4 9 1 1 27 3 2 1 26y 113d 162 108
5 Stanton, Brent 16 5 9 25 0 1 0 1 0 1 28y 65d 218 144
8 Winderlich, Jason 17 7 7 24 0 0 0 5 1 0 29y 268d 120 77
11 Zaharakis, David 18 4 12 30 0 1 0 7 2 1 24y 134d 102 83
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 212 78 110 322 8 14 33 96 16 17 25y 19d 2119 1313

Match highlights

Kyle Hardingham played his last game for Essendon (AFL, Premiership Season, R16)

Footnotes

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