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Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast

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Round: 23   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Sat, 26-08-2017 7:10 pm   Crowd: 34,288  
Port Adelaide 2.3.159.6.6014.12.9620.15.135 C:  Ken Hinkley
Gold Coast 2.1.132.1.132.1.133.2.20 C:  Dean Solomon
  PORT by 2PORT by 47PORT by 83PORT by 115  
Weather
min temp  3.8°C      max temp  14.8°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  81%    air pressure  1026.3mb
wind speed 0km/h      wind direction  CALM
Brownlow Medal 3 Sam Gray (PORT)2 Ollie Wines (PORT)1 Darcy Byrne-Jones (PORT)

Match Report

On the face of it, Saturday night's match at the Adelaide Oval loomed as 'dead rubber', with Port Adelaide well entrenched in the eight and the Gold Coast Suns not in contention for the finals. But the faint possibility of St Kilda defeating Richmond the following day meant that if the Power could win and win well, they would be able to sneak in to the top four ahead of the Tigers, and of Sydney on percentage. 

With that top-four prize - and the double chance that comes with it - in mind, Port proceeded to summarily tear the Suns apart. The home side was only two points ahead at quarter time, but they put an insipid Gold Coast to the sword over the final three terms to win by 115 points, the biggest margin of the season. Ultimately in did not give the Power a place in the top four,. as Richmond went on to win on Sunday, but it did see them into the finals for the first time since 2014, a home elimination match against West Coast to come on Saturday week.

Charlie Dixon got Port going with a mark and goal at the three-minute mark, but the Suns attacked heavily after that eventually getting reward for effort when Jarryd Lyons soccered one through at the eight-minute mark to level the scores. Robbie Gray kicked his first goal for the Power at the 10-minute mark after marking 45 metres out but it was to be another 15 minutes before either side scored a major, Peter Wright kicking truly for the Suns after taking a diving mark. At the first change, Port led narrowly, 2.3 to 2.1. For the Suns, a familiar story was about to unfold, as they were to fall away dramatically after a competitive first term.

Even by their own standards, the Suns' drop off in the second term was dramatic. Dan Houston signalled the start of a dominant Port Adelaide quarter when he kicked a running goal inside the first minute, and from there it was a procession for the rest of the quarter. The Power slammed on six more goals, with Sam Gray and Chad Wingard getting two each, while Gold Coast failed to register even a behind, and Port was 47 points clear at the half.

Things only got worse for Gold Coast in the third quarter. Incredibly, the Suns failed to score for a second consecutive term, while Sam Gray and his Power teammates continued on their merry way. Gray added another two goals, Port finishing with 5.6 for the term, inaccuracy in front of goal the only thing preventing their lead at the last change of end being greater than the 83 points that it was.

The Suns finally hit the scoreboard early in the final term with a centre clearance and behind to Ben Ainsworth, and a mark and goal gave them their first major score since the 25-minute mark of the first quarter when Wright marked and kicked his second at the four-minute mark. But the Power had no intention of cruising to victory. They put the clamps back on Gold Coast and the Suns failed to score again. Port, meanwhile slammed on another six goals, Sam Gray kicking his fifth and sixth major and Dixon taking his tally to four. When the final siren sounded, the scoreboard showed the Power a whopping 115 points to the good, 135 to 20.

Sam Gray was a standout for the victors with his six goals and eight marks, while Paddy Ryder's great form in the ruck continued. He had 20 possessions and 37 hitouts. For the Suns, Peter Wright (seven marks, 19 disposals) and Jarrod Harbrow (24 possessions, eight marks) were among the very few who could hold their heads high at game's end.

While the Suns will spend the off-season soul-searching and seeking out a coach who can lift them out of the mire, Port Adelaide will be looking forward to what it hopes will be a successful September, the first challenge a home final against West Coast on Sunday week.

GOALS
Port Adelaide: S. Gray 6; Dixon 4; Neade, Wingard 2; R. Gray, Houston, Westhoff, Ebert, Polec, Marshall
Gold Coast: Wright 2, Lyons

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Port Adelaide: S. Gray, Ryder, Wines, Dixon, Ebert, Houston, Polec
Gold Coast: Wright, Harbrow, Hanley

BEST - THE AGE
Port Adelaide: Ryder, S. Gray, Neade, Wines, Ebert, Wingard
Gold Coast: Harbrow, Swallow, Hall, Lyons, Spencer, May 

INJURIES
Port Adelaide: Nil
Gold Coast: Ah Chee (thigh)

UMPIRES: Fleer, Harris, Findlay

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
15 Amon, Karl 14 6 10 24 0 0 0 3 0 0 22y 7d 35 20
1 Boak, Travis 7 4 17 24 0 0 0 1 1 0 29y 25d 220 142
26 Bonner, Riley 11 6 6 17 0 0 0 4 0 0 20y 172d 3 0
33 Byrne-Jones, Darcy 15 8 10 25 0 0 0 2 1 0 21y 340d 42 4
17 Clurey, Tom 12 8 4 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 23y 156d 40 0
22 Dixon, Charlie 9 9 7 16 4 1 0 0 0 3 26y 337d 105 170
7 Ebert, Brad 12 3 12 24 1 0 0 12 1 1 27y 146d 212 109
9 Gray, Robbie 7 4 11 18 1 1 0 1 0 0 29y 149d 177 258
46 Gray, Sam 17 8 7 24 6 3 0 0 2 1 25y 206d 56 40
8 Hartlett, Hamish 13 6 8 21 0 1 0 3 0 0 27y 12d 147 73
43 Houston, Dan 12 7 8 20 1 0 0 3 0 0 20y 106d 16 2
32 Howard, Dougal 14 9 4 18 0 0 0 1 1 0 21y 154d 9 4
31 Johnson, Aidyn 5 3 2 7 0 0 0 4 1 0 19y 299d 5 2
13 Marshall, Todd 5 4 1 6 1 2 0 2 0 0 18y 322d 2 1
3 Neade, Jake 9 3 6 15 2 0 0 9 1 0 23y 89d 57 51
29 Pittard, Jasper 8 9 11 19 0 1 0 2 0 1 26y 147d 114 11
21 Polec, Jared 11 3 9 20 1 0 0 1 0 1 24y 318d 83 46
2 Powell-Pepper, Sam 9 3 7 16 0 1 0 5 4 2 19y 230d 21 15
4 Ryder, Paddy 14 3 6 20 0 0 37 4 3 3 29y 165d 209 146
39 Westhoff, Justin 13 5 8 21 1 0 5 1 0 1 30y 329d 225 267
16 Wines, Ollie 15 4 17 32 0 2 0 5 0 0 22y 323d 106 50
20 Wingard, Chad 12 4 8 20 2 1 0 3 0 0 24y 28d 125 209
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 244 119 179 423 20 15 42 66 15 14 24y 118d 2009 1620
Gold Coast Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
13 Ah Chee, Callum 5 3 8 13 0 0 0 0 1 1 19y 321d 30 21
27 Ainsworth, Ben 8 3 5 13 0 1 0 6 1 2 19y 197d 13 14
41 Brodie, Will 12 3 11 23 0 0 0 6 1 1 19y 3d 3 0
31 Brooksby, Keegan 5 2 10 15 0 0 17 2 1 3 27y 121d 14 3
8 Fiorini, Brayden 9 6 7 16 0 0 0 3 0 0 20y 4d 15 7
33 Hall, Aaron 9 6 14 23 0 0 0 3 1 1 26y 290d 97 75
14 Hallahan, Mitch 7 4 10 17 0 0 0 3 2 0 25y 3d 26 7
1 Hanley, Pearce 13 5 9 22 0 0 0 3 1 1 28y 284d 142 59
5 Harbrow, Jarrod 19 8 5 24 0 0 0 2 2 2 29y 39d 202 53
25 Lyons, Jarryd 13 3 10 23 1 0 0 1 0 0 25y 35d 73 42
44 Macpherson, Darcy 2 2 10 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 19y 301d 12 5
4 Martin, Jack 7 3 3 10 0 0 0 3 0 2 22y 209d 66 59
17 May, Steven 15 11 6 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 25y 228d 106 18
18 McKenzie, Trent 10 5 4 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 25y 145d 106 22
11 Miller, Touk 2 1 7 9 0 0 0 7 0 1 21y 185d 60 18
35 Rischitelli, Michael 6 3 7 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 31y 230d 215 88
3 Rosa, Matt 15 9 9 24 0 0 0 0 0 1 30y 276d 202 44
42 Saad, Adam 4 4 5 9 0 0 0 3 0 0 23y 34d 48 3
40 Scheer, Brad 2 2 3 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 18y 360d 4 0
43 Spencer, Max 7 6 13 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 19y 326d 5 0
24 Swallow, David 8 3 11 19 0 0 0 5 1 0 24y 280d 97 50
30 Wright, Peter 12 7 7 19 2 1 8 2 2 0 20y 352d 42 59
  Totals 190 99 174 364 3 2 25 58 14 15 23y 325d 1578 647

Match highlights

Brad Ebert had 12 tackles for Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast (AFL, Premiership Season, R23)

Footnotes

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