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Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs

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Round: 12   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Sat, 11-06-2016 1:10 pm   Crowd: 40,096  
Port Adelaide 4.3.276.7.4311.9.7514.13.97 C:  Ken Hinkley
Western Bulldogs 6.1.377.3.4510.6.6615.10.100 C:  Luke Beveridge
  WBULL by 10WBULL by 2PORT by 9WBULL by 3  
Weather
min temp  7.6°C      max temp  16.1°C
rainfall  1.8mm    humidity  64%    air pressure  1030.7mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  S
Brownlow Medal 3 Marcus Bontempelli (WBULL)2 Robbie Gray (PORT)1 Ollie Wines (PORT)

Match Report

With this match a battle between a side looking to consolidate a place in the top four - the Western Bulldogs - and another looking to break into the top eight - Port Adelaide - Saturday's clash at the Adelaide Oval promised to be a thrilling affair, and it proved to be just that. With one team and then the other holding sway at various points in the match, it was the Bulldogs who found themselves just on the right side of the ledger when the final siren sounded, a pulsating three-point win keeping them in the top four and within one game of top side North Melbourne.

The win was all the more meritorious for the Bulldogs for the fact that they lost playmaker Luke Dahlhaus in the latter stages of the first term, after he had kicked the first goal of the match, along set shot that was the result of a free kick. The Power responded and took the lead with a mark and goal to Robbie Gray at the nine-minute mark, but a major to Marcus Bontempelli and two to Jack Redpath saw the Dogs ahead by three goals midway through the quarter. Jack Neade chimed in with two of the next three goals to cut the margin to 12 points. Jarman Impey's first cut the margin back to four points but Redpath's third for the term saw the Bulldogs leading by 10 points at the first change of ends.

Port came out firing in the second quarter, and goals to Aaron Young had the Power in front after five minutes. They dominated the play for the next 15 minutes after that, but couldn't make the Dogs pay on the scoreboard, gleaning only four further behinds before the tide turned and the Bulldogs regained some semblance of control. A late major to Tory Dickson had the Bulldogs back in front at the long break. 

Port Adelaide again started the third quarter the stronger, and majors to Ollie Wines and Charlie Dixon within the first five minutes had the Power ahead by 10 points. The Dogs regained composure more quickly this time around, and goals to Shane Biggs, Tom Liberatore and Jake Stringer had them back ahead by 10 points early in time on. But the tide turned once more and a brace of goals to Chad Wingard within the space of a minute had Port back in front at the 24-minute mark. A mark and goal in the dying seconds of the term saw the Power take a nine-point lead into the last break.

That break signalled another change of fortune as the Bulldogs - particularly Jake Stringer - came out full of running early in the final quarter. The Dogs added three goals in quick time, two of those to Stringer and one to Mitch Honeychurch to turn the nine-point three-quarter-time deficit into a nine-point lead after just five minutes. The match tightened up once more after that and, after the two sides traded in behinds, a mark and goal to Charlie Dixon saw Port back within a point.

Another period of behinds ensued before a long bomb to the goal-square was marked by Jack Redpath, who converted to put the Dogs nine points clear. Again the Power came, though, and a beautiful long goal from Brad Ebert had Port back within three before a fine mark and goal to Bontempeli put the Bulldogs nine points clear at the 25-minute mark and seemingly safe. They defended strongly from then on until a late mark and goal to Aaron Young gave Port one last chance to steal victory with 17 seconds remaining. The Power won the ensuing centre clearance but the Bulldogs held firm and rejoiced in a thrilling three-point win when the siren sounded.

Bontempelli's stocks continue to rise after another fine game which saw him pick up 29 disposals and kick two vital goals. Meanwhile, Robbie Gray (32 possessions and four tackles) played a great game for the Power.

The win keeps the Bulldogs inside the top four and they will have the chance to push further up the ladder next Saturday night when they take on second-placed Geelong at Docklands. 

GOALS

Port Adelaide: Wingard, Dixon, Neade, Young 2; Impey, Howard, Wines, Gray, Boak, Ebert
Western Bulldogs: Redpath 4; Stringer 3; Dickson, Bontempelli 2; Liberatore, Honeychurch, Dahlhaus, Biggs

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Port Adelaide: R. Gray, Wines, Pittard, Polec, Neade, Young
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Honeychurch, Daniel, Macrae, Boyd, Morris

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Port Adelaide: R. Gray, Wines, Ebert, Pittard, Young, Trengove
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Boyd, Liberatore, Redpath, Wallis, Stringer

INJURIES 

Port Adelaide: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus (knee)

UMPURES: Meredith, Fisher, Pannel

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

COMMENTATORS: Dwayne Russell, Jason Dunstall, Mark Ricciuto, Cameron Mooney

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
25 Austin, Logan 12 7 1 13 0 0 0 4 1 0 20y 339d 2 0
1 Boak, Travis 15 1 9 24 1 1 0 3 1 0 27y 315d 189 115
5 Broadbent, Matthew 15 5 5 20 0 1 0 2 1 0 25y 315d 136 46
33 Byrne-Jones, Darcy 6 5 8 14 0 0 0 6 1 0 20y 265d 10 3
22 Dixon, Charlie 4 3 10 14 2 0 0 1 0 0 25y 262d 77 122
7 Ebert, Brad 10 6 13 23 1 0 0 5 1 1 26y 70d 181 95
9 Gray, Robbie 19 3 13 32 1 1 0 4 1 1 28y 73d 145 196
46 Gray, Sam 9 2 5 14 0 0 0 11 1 0 24y 131d 26 11
8 Hartlett, Hamish 5 4 10 15 0 0 0 3 0 0 25y 302d 122 69
32 Howard, Dougal 6 6 3 9 1 1 7 1 0 1 20y 78d 5 3
24 Impey, Jarman 5 2 3 8 1 0 0 8 0 0 20y 338d 45 12
48 Krakouer, Nathan 12 4 1 13 0 1 0 8 1 0 28y 37d 74 22
3 Neade, Jake 10 4 7 17 2 0 0 3 2 0 22y 13d 46 42
13 O'Shea, Cam 8 3 7 15 0 0 0 3 0 1 24y 90d 76 7
29 Pittard, Jasper 22 9 6 28 0 1 0 1 3 1 25y 71d 88 11
21 Polec, Jared 11 4 9 20 0 0 0 3 1 1 23y 243d 56 32
14 Stewart, Paul 6 3 4 10 0 0 0 3 1 0 28y 337d 96 33
12 Trengove, Jackson 6 2 10 16 0 1 22 10 1 2 25y 222d 124 10
39 Westhoff, Justin 8 3 9 17 0 1 0 4 1 0 29y 254d 193 242
16 Wines, Ollie 7 4 19 26 1 0 6 8 2 0 21y 248d 74 34
20 Wingard, Chad 11 3 4 15 2 0 0 0 1 0 22y 318d 99 169
40 Young, Aaron 10 3 12 22 2 1 0 4 3 2 23y 188d 53 41
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 217 86 168 385 14 13 35 95 23 10 24y 238d 1917 1315
Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
24 Biggs, Shane 13 4 4 17 1 0 0 2 0 0 24y 311d 28 6
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 9 2 20 29 2 1 2 4 0 2 20y 200d 49 45
5 Boyd, Matthew 18 2 10 28 0 0 0 2 1 0 33y 289d 269 83
15 Campbell, Tom 7 2 6 13 0 0 24 2 1 0 24y 222d 34 21
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 4 0 4 8 1 0 0 2 1 1 23y 295d 106 93
35 Daniel, Caleb 12 2 8 20 0 0 0 5 0 2 19y 340d 20 11
29 Dickson, Tory 7 4 4 11 2 1 0 3 0 1 28y 259d 65 112
20 Dunkley, Josh 4 1 10 14 0 1 0 6 0 1 19y 154d 5 4
30 Hamling, Joel 0 2 6 6 0 0 0 5 0 0 23y 63d 14 0
22 Honeychurch, Mitch 12 5 10 22 1 1 0 6 1 1 21y 101d 15 11
7 Hunter, Lachie 16 6 9 25 0 0 0 1 0 1 21y 181d 48 21
21 Liberatore, Tom 8 2 16 24 1 0 0 8 1 3 24y 26d 89 29
11 Macrae, Jack 8 2 13 21 0 0 0 10 1 0 21y 313d 67 18
38 Morris, Dale 4 0 6 10 0 0 0 5 1 1 33y 165d 219 3
42 Picken, Liam 9 1 16 25 0 0 0 5 0 3 29y 315d 162 51
43 Redpath, Jack 7 7 2 9 4 0 0 2 0 1 25y 181d 20 35
18 Roberts, Fletcher 2 1 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 8d 26 0
23 Roughead, Jordan 6 4 6 12 0 0 29 4 1 0 25y 221d 100 19
9 Stringer, Jake 8 1 8 16 3 1 0 1 0 2 22y 47d 62 120
1 Suckling, Matt 11 0 6 17 0 1 0 2 0 1 27y 322d 110 55
3 Wallis, Mitch 13 2 15 28 0 1 0 4 2 1 23y 231d 88 37
34 Williams, Bailey 6 5 8 14 0 0 0 1 0 2 18y 245d 4 0
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 184 55 192 376 15 10 55 80 10 23 24y 154d 1600 774

Footnotes

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