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Port Adelaide vs Essendon

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Round: 3   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Fri, 08-04-2016 7:20 pm   Crowd: 44,601  
Port Adelaide 7.4.4611.5.7114.8.9217.10.112 C:  Ken Hinkley
Essendon 1.4.104.6.304.7.317.9.51 C:  John Worsfold
  PORT by 36PORT by 41PORT by 61PORT by 61  
Weather
min temp  8.7°C      max temp  20.5°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  71%    air pressure  1024.4mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  SSE
Brownlow Medal 3 Robbie Gray (PORT)2 Jared Polec (PORT)1 Jasper Pittard (PORT)

Match Report

Port Adelaide has returned to the winners list with a routine win over Essendon at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night. The Power have been unconvincing so far in 2016 and were again so at times against the Bombers but they got the job done and are now 2-1 and in the top eight after putting a poor round-two performance against Adelaide in the Showdown behind them. Port set the match up with a very impressive seven-goal-to-one first term, then did enough in the remaining three terms to record a 61-point win.

Essendon opened the match brightly but couldn't convert the good start into more than a couple of behinds. After that, the Power got right own top, and goals to Travis Boak, Charlie Dixon (two) and Aaron Young saw them four goals clear halfway through the first term. Robbie Gray added another before Joe Daniher kicked Essendon's first, but Port closed out the quarter with two more majors via Brad Ebert and Karl Amon to lead by six goals at the first change. 

Port's dominance continued early in the second term and, after goals to Jared Polec and Young, the margin was out to 48 points and a 100-point thrashing looked very much on the cards. To their credit, however, the Bombers stood firm after that and actually outscored the Power for the remainder of the term. The Dons scored three more goals - including Daniher's second and on to Nick Kommer, who was playing just his second match since 2013. Port added to more goals of its own, though, and led by a very comfortable 41 points at half time. 

The Power got right on top defensively in the third quarter, restricting Essendon to just one behind kicked by Orazio Fantasia at the 23-minute mark. Port didn't score particularly heavily, adding 3.3 - including a maiden goal to first-gamer Darcy Byrne-Jones - to turn for home with a 61-point advantage.

Robbie Gray extended the lead to 67 points with his second at the seven-minute mark of the last quarter but the Bombers fought out the match strongly from there, outscoring the Power three goals to two. In the end, the final term was halved, each side adding 3.2 with the final margin being 61 points, as it was at the last change.

Port's best included Gray (30 possessions, two goals) and Matthew Broadbent (27 touches), while the Bombers were well-served by ex-Lion Matthew Leuenberger (33 hitouts, 11 disposals) and David Zaharakis (27 possessions, seven tackles). Both coaches found positives in the match.

Next up for Port will be a good test against GWS at Manuka Oval in Canberra, while Essendon faces a very tough challenge at the MCG on Saturday, where it will take on the resurgent Geelong.

GOALS
Port Adelaide: Young, Dixon 3; Amon, R Gray, Westhoff 2; Boak, Ebert, Polec, Byrne-Jones, Wines
Essendon: Daniher, Kommer 2; Ambrose, Goddard, J Merrett

BEST - THE AGE
Port Adelaide:
R. Gray, Broadbent, Pittard, Polec, Wines, Boak
Essendon: Leuenberger, Kelly, Zaharakis, Cooney, Merrett, Daniher

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Port Adelaide: Gray, Polec, Broadbent, Pittard, Boak, Wines
Essendon: Leuenberger, Zaharakis, Z Merrett, Goddard, Kelly

INJURIES
Port Adelaide: Nil
Essendon: Nil

UMPIRES: Fisher, Stephens, Pannell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Dennis Cometti, Wayne Carey, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
41 Ah Chee, Brendon 5 3 15 20 0 0 2 4 1 2 22y 109d 14 7
15 Amon, Karl 11 5 2 13 2 0 0 2 1 0 20y 233d 8 7
1 Boak, Travis 9 2 13 22 1 1 0 4 2 2 27y 251d 180 110
5 Broadbent, Matthew 14 8 13 27 0 0 0 1 0 1 25y 251d 128 42
33 Byrne-Jones, Darcy 7 1 7 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 20y 201d 1 1
22 Dixon, Charlie 10 5 2 12 3 2 0 0 2 1 25y 198d 68 100
7 Ebert, Brad 9 4 9 18 1 2 7 6 1 4 26y 6d 172 90
9 Gray, Robbie 11 1 19 30 2 1 0 2 1 1 28y 9d 139 193
46 Gray, Sam 12 6 8 20 0 0 0 5 2 3 24y 67d 20 10
36 Hombsch, Jack 8 6 3 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 32d 64 0
24 Impey, Jarman 5 3 9 14 0 0 0 1 0 2 20y 274d 38 4
42 Jonas, Tom 8 5 8 16 0 0 0 5 0 0 25y 90d 76 1
23 Lobbe, Matthew 5 2 2 7 0 0 27 4 2 0 27y 56d 87 21
3 Neade, Jake 5 2 10 15 0 1 0 3 1 0 21y 315d 37 30
29 Pittard, Jasper 20 9 9 29 0 0 0 2 0 1 25y 7d 79 10
21 Polec, Jared 13 4 10 23 1 0 0 6 2 0 23y 179d 48 29
14 Stewart, Paul 3 2 7 10 0 0 0 4 1 0 28y 273d 88 33
18 Toumpas, Jimmy 12 5 16 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 22y 97d 29 6
12 Trengove, Jackson 3 2 4 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 25y 158d 116 8
39 Westhoff, Justin 9 7 5 14 2 1 4 2 1 1 29y 190d 184 233
16 Wines, Ollie 4 1 21 25 1 0 3 9 0 4 21y 184d 65 30
40 Young, Aaron 9 4 9 18 3 1 0 2 0 0 23y 124d 44 21
  Totals 192 87 201 393 17 10 43 64 18 24 24y 166d 1685 986
Essendon Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
29 Ambrose, Patrick 9 9 7 16 1 1 2 3 0 0 24y 220d 35 20
12 Baguley, Mark 8 5 8 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 28y 323d 75 2
28 Brown, Mitch 5 2 4 9 0 0 0 5 0 1 25y 224d 18 11
17 Cooney, Adam 15 4 11 26 0 1 0 3 0 1 30y 191d 233 196
51 Crowley, Ryan 9 4 5 14 0 1 0 1 1 0 32y 34d 191 117
6 Daniher, Joe 8 6 3 11 2 1 1 0 2 0 22y 35d 51 70
49 Dea, Matt 10 4 10 20 0 0 0 4 2 0 24y 178d 34 1
13 Fantasia, Orazio 9 5 14 23 0 1 1 7 0 0 20y 207d 10 2
8 Gleeson, Martin 8 5 9 17 0 0 0 4 3 2 21y 227d 34 4
9 Goddard, Brendon 10 4 12 22 1 0 3 8 2 1 30y 324d 272 150
42 Gwilt, James 13 3 7 20 0 0 0 2 2 1 29y 241d 140 25
36 Hartley, Michael 5 2 6 11 0 0 0 4 0 1 22y 306d 2 1
47 Kelly, James 15 6 14 29 0 0 0 2 2 0 32y 101d 276 88
38 Kommer, Nick 3 3 5 8 2 0 0 2 2 1 25y 193d 21 13
30 Langford, Kyle 7 6 7 14 0 0 0 7 0 0 19y 129d 11 5
22 Leuenberger, Matthew 4 3 7 11 0 0 33 4 1 4 27y 306d 111 27
43 McDonald-Tipungwuti, Anthony 6 3 10 16 0 0 0 8 0 1 22y 352d 3 0
20 Merrett, Jackson 1 0 6 7 1 0 0 2 1 3 23y 41d 46 20
7 Merrett, Zach 15 9 13 28 0 0 0 8 1 1 20y 188d 40 17
3 Parish, Darcy 5 1 16 21 0 0 0 4 1 0 18y 258d 3 1
48 Stokes, Mathew 9 3 10 19 0 1 0 2 1 1 31y 138d 192 207
11 Zaharakis, David 16 4 11 27 0 0 0 7 2 0 26y 47d 129 98
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 190 91 195 385 7 9 40 87 24 18 25y 193d 1927 1075

Footnotes

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