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Essendon vs Port Adelaide

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Round: 17   Venue: Docklands   Date: Sat, 25-07-2015 7:20 pm   Crowd: 23,705  
Essendon 6.1.378.9.5712.12.8417.14.116 C:  James Hird
Port Adelaide 4.3.2710.5.6513.6.8420.9.129 C:  Ken Hinkley
  ESS by 10PORT by 8Scores levelPORT by 13  
Weather
min temp  9.4°C      max temp  13.3°C
rainfall  0.8mm    humidity  60%    air pressure  1010.1mb
wind speed 28km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Travis Boak (PORT)2 Chad Wingard (PORT)1 Zach Merrett (ESS)

Match Report

Essendon and Port Adelaide, two sides battling to keep their faint chances of playing in the finals alive, played out one of the season's most entertaining games on Saturday afternoon at Docklands. In a good old-fashioned shootout, the two sides kicked 37 goals between them as the Power held on to win a free-flowing affair by 13 points. The Bombers' score of 17.14.116 was their highest in more than two months and second-highest of 2015, but it was not enough to secure victory. 

Goals flowed from the very start of the match, with Jay Schulz putting Port ahead with his first at the two-minute mark, before the Bombers got on a roll and kicked three in the next seven minutes through Dyson Heppell, Jackson Merrett and Cale Hooker. The next two went the way of the Power, via Brad Ebert and Chad Wingard, and scores were level after 19 minutes. Another burst of three from the Dons saw them out to a 16-point lead but a late goal to Travis Boak had Port back within 10 at quarter time. 

Michael Hurley put Essendon 16 points ahead with his first at the two-minute mark of the second term but, after a goalless seven minutes, the Power piled on four majors in a row - one each to Justin Westhoff, Matthew Lobbe, Chad Wingard and Jake Neade - to take an eight-point lead. Zach Merrett pulled one back for the Dons but Schulz and Neade each goaled again to give Port a 14-point lead at the 24-minute mark. The tide then turned and the Bombers dominated the last 10 minutes of the first half but poor kicking for goal saw them register six consecutive behinds and Port led by eight at the long break. 

Robbie Gray and Patrick Ryder kicked the first two for Port in the third term, giving the Power a 20-point lead, but the momentum shifted one more, and goals to David Zaharakis, Jayden Laverde and Kyle Langford saw the margin cut back to just two points. The Dons then added three more behinds to take a one-point lead. Andrew Moore restored the lead to Port at the 28-minute mark but a late goal to Essendon's Langford saw scores tied at the last change of ends. 

A brace of goals to Paddy Ryder gaver Port a 13-point lead seven minutes into last quarter but Joe Daniher and Alex Browne kicked the next two for the Dons and it was the Power by just one point at the 11-minute mark. Port took control over the next 10 minutes, though and majors to Matt White, Ryder and Schulz saw the Power jump out to a 21-point lead. Still the Bombers came and goals to Daniher and Hooker sliced the margin back to nine points with plenty of time to go. But a goal to Wingard at the 27-minute mark and another from Boak at the 32-minute mark settled the result. The Dons got a final goal through Shane Edwards but Port held on for a narrow win. 

Boak was a match winner for the Power, with 28 possessions and two goals, with Ollie Wines (25 touches) also very good. For Essendon, Nick O'Brien (32 touches) and Brendon Goddard (31 possessions, one goal) were excellent.

Port will need to beat St Kilda at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday while the Bombers will meet the sixth-placed Western Bulldogs at Docklands on the same day. 

GOALS
Essendon: Hooker 3; Laverde, Langford, Daniher 2; Heppell, J Merrett, Goddard, Hurley, Z Merrett, Zaharakis, Browne, Boak, Edwards
Port Adelaide: Ryder 4; Schulz, Wingard 3; Neade. Boak 2; Ebert, Boak, Westhoff, Lobbe, Gray, Moore, White

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Essendon: O'Brien, Goddard, Stanton, Zaharakis, Heppell, Z Merrett, Browne
Port Adelaide: Boak, Ryder, Wines, Wingard, Gray, Lobbe

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Essendon: Goddard, O'Brien, Z Merrett, Hooker, Hurley, Stanton
Port Adelaide: Boak, Wines, Gray, Ryder, Wingard, Lobbe

INJURIES
Essendon: Howlett (left knee)
Port Adelaide: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Essendon: Shaun Edwards replaced Ben Howlett in the third quarter.
Port Adelaide: Aaron Young replaced Angus Monfries at three-quarter time.

UMPIRES: Brown, Nicholls, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 3 2 6 9 0 0 0 6 2 0 23y 327d 30 19
12 Baguley, Mark 5 5 13 18 0 0 0 1 0 2 28y 65d 66 2
24 Browne, Alex 10 4 7 17 1 0 0 3 1 0 22y 350d 10 4
6 Daniher, Joe 8 5 3 11 2 1 3 2 1 0 21y 143d 42 62
19 Edwards, Shaun 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 21y 224d 17 8
35 Gleeson, Martin 3 4 10 13 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 334d 25 4
9 Goddard, Brendon 15 6 16 31 1 1 3 1 0 1 30y 66d 263 148
42 Gwilt, James 9 2 10 19 0 0 0 1 1 1 28y 348d 135 25
21 Heppell, Dyson 16 7 6 22 1 0 1 4 1 2 23y 72d 100 30
1 Hibberd, Michael 17 5 6 23 0 0 0 1 4 1 25y 203d 79 10
26 Hooker, Cale 14 8 6 20 3 2 0 4 4 0 26y 285d 127 15
40 Howlett, Ben 5 2 7 12 0 1 0 5 1 0 26y 277d 112 54
18 Hurley, Michael 17 9 2 19 1 0 0 0 0 1 25y 54d 116 105
30 Langford, Kyle 6 2 8 14 2 1 0 4 1 0 18y 236d 4 2
33 Laverde, Jayden 6 4 3 9 2 0 1 5 1 1 19y 104d 3 3
44 McKernan, Shaun 8 2 7 15 0 1 30 1 1 4 24y 327d 40 22
20 Merrett, Jackson 9 4 8 17 1 0 0 0 0 1 22y 148d 37 18
7 Merrett, Zach 16 2 5 21 1 2 0 12 1 1 19y 295d 36 14
10 O'Brien, Nick 10 7 22 32 0 1 0 3 1 1 22y 29d 10 4
5 Stanton, Brent 26 6 6 32 0 1 0 3 3 0 29y 85d 242 152
25 Steinberg, Ariel 2 2 7 9 0 0 0 2 2 1 22y 333d 7 0
11 Zaharakis, David 8 3 14 22 1 2 0 7 0 0 25y 154d 120 94
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 214 91 173 387 17 14 38 67 25 19 24y 36d 1621 795
Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
1 Boak, Travis 17 2 11 28 2 1 0 4 1 3 26y 358d 171 105
5 Broadbent, Matthew 16 6 6 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 358d 119 41
17 Clurey, Tom 4 5 5 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 21y 124d 7 0
30 Colquhoun, Sam 7 4 9 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 217d 14 3
7 Ebert, Brad 10 6 7 17 1 0 1 8 0 0 25y 114d 163 84
9 Gray, Robbie 11 1 10 21 1 0 0 2 3 2 27y 117d 130 180
8 Hartlett, Hamish 8 1 10 18 0 0 0 6 1 0 24y 345d 106 62
36 Hombsch, Jack 3 4 3 6 0 0 0 2 0 4 22y 140d 55 0
24 Impey, Jarman 2 0 5 7 0 0 0 2 0 2 20y 16d 30 4
23 Lobbe, Matthew 7 2 2 9 1 0 46 5 3 3 26y 163d 80 20
6 Monfries, Angus 2 0 5 7 0 0 0 4 0 2 28y 187d 207 242
26 Moore, Andrew 10 2 3 13 1 0 3 7 1 1 24y 56d 53 17
3 Neade, Jake 3 2 3 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 21y 57d 29 24
13 O'Shea, Cam 10 7 3 13 0 0 0 2 0 1 23y 134d 62 7
4 Ryder, Paddy 10 3 0 10 4 0 10 0 1 0 27y 133d 182 131
28 Schulz, Jay 6 3 2 8 3 1 0 1 0 2 30y 98d 183 312
12 Trengove, Jackson 5 3 7 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 24y 265d 110 8
39 Westhoff, Justin 10 4 4 14 1 1 0 4 1 0 28y 297d 175 220
19 White, Matthew 4 0 2 6 1 0 0 2 0 1 28y 101d 139 88
16 Wines, Ollie 9 3 16 25 0 0 0 8 3 2 20y 291d 61 26
20 Wingard, Chad 12 3 5 17 3 1 0 8 4 0 21y 361d 83 133
40 Young, Aaron 2 0 6 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 22y 231d 39 14
  Rushed   5  
  Totals 168 61 124 292 20 9 60 76 19 25 24y 238d 2198 1721

Footnotes

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