Well, that was a pretty decent Saturday of footy.
A pretty ordinary clash was sandwiched in between two very entertainig contests.
Port Adelaide headlined the day as they swept aside another contender in Fremantle to reclaim top spot.
The Dogs will be thrilled with their gutsy win against the Dees while the Bombers will just be happy to grab the four points and get out of Brisbane following a very ordinary performance against the Lions.
MELBOURNE 2.2, 5.5, 10.6, 12.11 (83)
BULLDOGS 3.2, 5.7, 9.7, 15.9 (99)
Melbourne: Kennedy-Harris 2, Frawley 2, Tyson 2, Dawes, Cross, Pedersen, Jamar, Vince, Salem
Bulldogs: Crameri 4, Williams 3, Liberatore 2, Tutt 2, Cooney, Griffen, Giansiracusa, Minson
Melbourne: Tyson 27, N.Jones 25, Cross 23, Viney 21
Bulldogs: Liberatore 27, Cooney 25, Dahlhaus 22, Griffen 20
That was a really gutsy win by the Bulldogs.
Their forward line was more undersized than the Dees’ forward line but they still managed to kick a winning score with Crameri and Williams combining for seven majors.
Williams kicked two of his three goals after injuring his calf and to his credit he played out the second half with a limp.
Melbourne will really be kicking themselves after that loss.
They had far more inside 50s (55-42) and marks inside 50 (10-5) but they just couldn’t find a way and the Bulldogs’ smaller defence held firm admirably as they kept Frawley and Dawes to a combined three majors.
Hard work got the job done for the Dogs too as they laid a whopping 33 more tackles than Melbourne (108-75).
Liberatore led by example with 14 tackles, 16 contested possessions and eight clearances while captain Griffen laid 15 tackles!
Crameri, Cooney, Williams, Morris (who held Dawes) and Dahlhaus were in the Dogs’ bests too.
For the Dees, Tyson (11 clearances), Nathan Jones (16 contested possessions), Cross (who shut down Macrae), Viney, Howe and Kennedy-Harris stood out.
Q4 33 MIN, MELB 83 WB 99
Dahlhaus' snap dribbles towards goal, it doesn't cross the line, Tutt collects the loose ball and snaps an easy goal.
She's all over now!
9 seconds to go.
Q4 32 MIN, MELB 83 WB 93
Macrae's kick goes out on the full on the Dees' half-back line.
But it's not looking good for Melbourne, 45 seconds left.
Q4 31 MIN, MELB 83 WB 93
Macrae roosts it long to the middle of the Southern Stand wing.
1:31 to go.
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Throw in 35m around from Melbourne goal.
1:59 to go.
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Ball up in the middle of the ground.
2:16 to go.
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Howe kicks it out of bounds and we'll have a throw in in the middle of the Members Wing.
2:39 to go.
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Crameri lines them up and boots his fourth goal!
That makes it tough for Melbourne now.
2:55 to go.
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Liam Jones roosts it forward and Crameri takes the chest mark 30m out!
3:16 to go.
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Matt Jones takes a few bounces, runs to 35m out but can't finish the deal!
4:00 to go!
Q4 26 MIN, MELB 82 WB 87
Cooney kicks it out on the full on the Dees' half-back flank.
4:31 to go.
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Frawley and Dawes have looked like the more dangerous key forward duo for most of the night but have only kicked 3 goals between them while Williams/Crameri have 6 majors.
Q4 24 MIN, MELB 82 WB 87
Minson boots it forward and Dunn gives away the free kick for pushing out Crameri.
That is a really soft free kick, there was hardly anything it.
But it matters little as Crameri goes back and slots his third goal from 35m out in front.
Now the Dogs are back in front!
5:42 left on the clock.
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Matt Jones shrugs the tackle, runs to 40m out but misses.
Dees back in front!
6:55 to go.
Q4 19 MIN, MELB 81 WB 81
Cooney handballs it to Wood but from 50m out he can't kick the goal.
Q4 17 MIN, MELB 81 WB 80
Tyson wins the free kick after being pushed in the back and from inside the centre square he dobs a massive goal!! Dees back in front!
Q4 14 MIN, MELB 75 WB 80
Higgins concedes a free kick after shoving Kennedy-Harris in the back and from 30m out on a tight angle JKH can't convert.
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Wood's long kick forward is collected by Cooney on the goal line, Cooney handballs it back to Tutt who snaps a goal from 10m out!
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Murphy courageously puts his body on the line and denies Frawley the mark.
Throw-in 50m around from Melbourne goal.
Q4 9 MIN, MELB 74 WB 74
Salem lines up from outside 50 and he also hits the post! Scores are level.
Q4 8 MIN, MELB 73 WB 74
Dawes kicks it forward and Frawley outmarks Stringer.
From 50m out, Chip's kick hits the top of the post!
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Viney cleverly kicks in front of Salem who gathers the ball and from 15m out slots an easy goal.
Q4 5 MIN, MELB 66 WB 74
Crameri boots it forward but McDonald rushes a behind.
Q4 4 MIN, MELB 66 WB 73
Macrae spots up Liberatore and from 40m out the son of a gun gives the Dogs more breathing space!
Q4 2 MIN, MELB 66 WB 67
Cooney's kick forward goes out of bounds for a throw in next to the Dogs' behind post.
Q4 1 MIN, MELB 66 WB 67
The Miracle Man Williams continues his incredible resurgence with a lovely goal from around the corner after roving the pack!
Terlich has been officially subbed out now and Salem is activated for the rest of the game.
MELBOURNE 2.2, 5.5, 10.6 (66)
BULLDOGS 3.2, 5.7, 9.7 (61)
Melbourne: Kennedy-Harris 2, Frawley 2, Dawes, Cross, Pedersen, Tyson, Jamar, Vince
Bulldogs: Crameri 2, Williams 2, Cooney, Liberatore, Griffen, Giansiracusa, Minson
Melbourne: N.Jones 20, Cross 20, Tyson 18, Viney 17
Bulldogs: Liberatore 22, Dahlhaus 18, Johannisen 17, Cooney 17
After just 10 goals in total were kicked in the first half, the match really lit up in the third quarter with nine majors registered.
The Dees are probably looking the goods at this stage, especially given the Dogs have one player on the ground (Williams) who is clearly hampered by injury.
But the Bulldogs are being kept in the contest by their far superior efficiency when going forward.
They’ve managed 16 scores from just 27 entries while Melbourne have had 16 from 40.
If the Dogs can continue scoring easier than the Dees then that might just be enough for them to snatch a win.
It’s a real tough, tight contest this one and a really entertaining one now too.
Q3 32 MIN, MELB 66 WB 61
Bail drills the ball into Frawley's bread basket and from just inside 50m out on a slight angle, the defender-cum-forward slots a ripper! Dees back in front! What a cracking contest.
Q3 30 MIN, MELB 60 WB 61
Watts wins a free kick for being taken high but his kick into the forward line is errant.
Q3 29 MIN, MELB 60 WB 61
Boyd's little chip finds Minson and the Bulldogs ruckman splits the middle from 50m out! Huge goal that. Dogs back in front. It's a seesawing affair.
Q3 27 MIN, MELB 60 WB 55
Viney's up-and-under snap from 30m out doesn't make the distance but is marked by Vince 15m out.
The ex-Crow goes back and puts the Dees back in front!
Q3 23 MIN, MELB 54 WB 55
The Bulldogs take their first mark for the quarter!
Melbourne have only taken eight themselves.
She's tough out there!
Q3 22 MIN, MELB 54 WB 55
Jamar lines them up from 35m out on a tight angle and makes no mistake!
This game has really come to life now. Real tough, tight contest this one!
Q3 20 MIN, MELB 48 WB 55
For the second week in a row, Salem comes on as the temporary sub as Terlich gets assessed.
Last week Salem briefly came on for Georgiou before returning to the pine.
Q3 18 MIN, MELB 48 WB 55
Giansiracusa gets the quick reply for the Bulldogs.
Q3 18 MIN, MELB 48 WB 49
Good news for Dees fans is that Terlich has come from the ground unaided.
Q3 17 MIN, MELB 48 WB 49
Dom Tyson's shot on goal from 25m out on the run survives a score review and the Dees are within a point!
Q3 15 MIN, MELB 42 WB 49
Terlich looks as though he has been knocked out after being collected by Liam Jones.
The young Bulldog could be in hot water.
Q3 11 MIN, MELB 42 WB 49
Dees fans can't really complain about the umpiring tonight, their side leads the free kick count 12-5.
Q3 9 MIN, MELB 42 WB 49
Liam Jones and Howe engaging in a bit of Greco-Roman wrestling.
Q3 9 MIN, MELB 42 WB 49
Replays show Williams grimaced after the follow through. He is clearly playing injured.
Q3 7 MIN, MELB 42 WB 49
Cross gives away a free kick for collecting Williams' legs and from 50m out in front the big Bulldog completes a miraculous recovery by snagging a goal!
Q3 5 MIN, MELB 42 WB 43
Griffen dribbles a clever goal along the ground from a throw-in deep in the Dogs' forward line.
Q3 4 MIN, MELB 42 WB 37
I'm rubbing my eyes... Williams is back on the ground! He looked like he was shoot in the back of the leg just before half-time! Amazing.
Q3 3 MIN, MELB 42 WB 37
Kennedy-Harris splits the big sticks from 40m on the run and the Dees are in front!
Q3 2 MIN, MELB 36 WB 37
Jamar handballs it to Dunn and his long bomb from outside 50m is just off line.
Q3 0 MIN, MELB 35 WB 37
Pedersen runs through Griffen and the Dogs skipper is smarting from that!
MELBOURNE 2.2, 5.5 (35)
BULLDOGS 3.2, 5.7 (37)
Melbourne: Frawley, Dawes, Cross, Pedersen, Kennedy-Harris
Bulldogs: Crameri 2, Cooney, Liberatore, Williams
Melbourne: Cross 15, Tyson 12, N.Jones 12, Viney 11
Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 14, Liberatore 13, Johannisen 13, Cooney 12
The Dogs still find themselves in front thanks to their superior efficiency going forward.
They’ve managed 12 scoring shots from 19 inside 50s whereas Melbourne have recorded 10 from 24.
But the pendulum has probably swung in the Dees’ favour with the Dogs now down a rotation for the entire second half following injuries to Dickson and Williams.
And if Melbourne can continue to pump the ball forward regularly, you get the feeling their key forwards, particularly Dawes, look more threatening to decide the contest than the Dogs’ options in attack.
The Demons are convincingly leading marks inside 50 (6-2).
It really is an even contest. The Dees are up in contested ball (78-67) and the Dogs have laid more tackles (49-32).
Q2 30 MIN, MELB 35 WB 37
Liberatore's quick shot on goal from the congestion misses to the left as the siren sounds.
Q2 28 MIN, MELB 35 WB 36
Nathan Jones and Picken enjoying a nice wrestle on the ground after the former was crunched by a tackle from the latter.
Q2 27 MIN, MELB 35 WB 36
The Bulldogs are now down a rotation for more than a half of football. That has to be a good thing for the Dees!
Q2 26 MIN, MELB 35 WB 36
Frawley's set shot from 50m out right on the boundary never looked like it and is rushed through.
Q2 25 MIN, MELB 34 WB 36
And that sub has just been exacerbated by the fact that Williams has just done his calf!
The big man's rough run of luck continues. Gotta feel sorry for the guy.
Q2 24 MIN, MELB 34 WB 36
Giansiracusa has been subbed into the game at the expense of Dickson due to that shoulder injury.
Q2 23 MIN, MELB 34 WB 36
Cross carresses a pass onto Kennedy-Harris' chest.
From 45m out next to the boundary, JKH drills a magnificent goal!
Q2 21 MIN, MELB 28 WB 36
Melbourne continue to lead the inside 50s 20-15, but have been a bit wasteful and the Dogs are hanging in there.
Q2 20 MIN, MELB 28 WB 36
Williams baulks one, wheels around and drills a lovely goal from 40m out.
Q2 19 MIN, MELB 28 WB 30
Frawley is now back on the ground. Good news for Melbourne.
Q2 16 MIN, MELB 28 WB 30
Jones kicks it into the forward pocket and Dawes marks strongly against Morris.
From the impossible again next to the fence, the former Magpie's snap just misses.
Q2 14 MIN, MELB 27 WB 29
Nathan Jones handballs it to Pedersen and from a standing start 50m out the ex-Kangaroo puts it through for a goal.
Q2 11 MIN, MELB 21 WB 29
Frawley is in the rooms receiving treatment for a mystery ailment.
Q2 10 MIN, MELB 21 WB 29
Bail's big kick forward to Dawes is punched through by Griffen for a rushed behind.
Q2 7 MIN, MELB 20 WB 29
Dawes spots up Cross with a well-weighted pass and the former Bulldog kicks a goal from 25m out against his old team!
Q2 6 MIN, MELB 14 WB 29
The Dogs have done all the attacking so far this quarter but not getting the reward they're after with just the one goal to show for it all.
Q2 5 MIN, MELB 14 WB 29
Johannisen finds Crameri but this time his set shot from 50m is pulled to the right.
Q2 3 MIN, MELB 14 WB 28
Tutt's menacing kick forward is also rushed through by McDonald.
Q2 2 MIN, MELB 14 WB 26
Crameri takes the mark and from 50m out it was never going anywhere other than between the big sticks! Great kick from the ex-Bomber.
MELBOURNE 2.2 (14)
BULLDOGS 3.2 (20)
Melbourne: Frawley, Dawes
Bulldogs: Cooney, Crameri, Liberatore
Melbourne: Howe 7
Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 10
The Dogs have done a good job of being in front at the first change because Melbourne had five more inside 50s (13-8).
It hasn’t been prettiest game of footy so far with plenty of stoppages taking place.
Both teams are finding it hard going forward with extra numbers back ensuring only one mark has been taken inside 50.
But you get the feeling if the Dees get it forward enough, their key forwards look more threatening than the Dogs' tall options in attack.
The Dogs are on top in tackles (30-19) and disposals (97-82) while the Dees have the edge in contested possessions (45-37) and clearances (13-9).
Q1 29 MIN, MELB 14 WB 20
Despite trailing, Melbourne have had seven of the last eight inside 50s and lead the count 12-7 overall.
Q1 28 MIN, MELB 14 WB 20
Dawes outmarks Morris and from 30m out kicks truly.
Q1 27 MIN, MELB 8 WB 20
Neither side has taken a mark inside 50, it's tough going for both teams going forward with extra numbers back.
Q1 26 MIN, MELB 8 WB 14
Dickson coming from the ground with a shoulder problem.
Q1 24 MIN, MELB 8 WB 14
Viney gets the free kick for being held off the ball at a stoppage but the young Demon lines up from 45m and it stays left.
Q1 22 MIN, MELB 7 WB 14
Howe takes his weekly screamer on the Members Wing over Dickson!
Q1 22 MIN, MELB 7 WB 14
Terlich passes it to Jamar but the ruckman elected to mark it on the chest rather than out in front and Murphy spoiled well.
Q1 21 MIN, MELB 7 WB 14
Griffen punches the ball through for a Melbourne rushed behind.
Q1 18 MIN, MELB 6 WB 14
Finally, James Frawley gets that elusive first goal for Melbourne with a lovely snap from 20m after outbodying Stringer.
Q1 16 MIN, MELB 0 WB 14
The Dogs have had four scores from six inside 50s, Melbourne have had zero from five.
Q1 15 MIN, MELB 0 WB 14
Crameri gets tackled and as he is slung by Howe, throws the ball on the boot at the perfect time and it goes through for a very good goal.
Q1 14 MIN, MELB 0 WB 8
Griffen has a ping from 40m out but it's off line.
Q1 13 MIN, MELB 0 WB 7
Johannisen runs in and from 40m out cannot convert.
Q1 12 MIN, MELB 0 WB 6
This ain't the prettiest game of footy so far. Plenty of stoppages.
Q1 12 MIN, MELB 0 WB 6
The ball has been in Melbourne's forward half for 73% of the time
Q1 4 MIN, MELB 0 WB 6
Cooney roves the pack, has a pot shot on the run from the boundary 45m out and kicks a ripper! What a way to open the scoring.
Q1 3 MIN, MELB 0 WB 0
First few minutes have been played entirely in Melbourne's forward half.
The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games against Melbourne but one of the Demons' two wins last year came against the Dogs and it occurred at tonight's venue.
Can the Dees repeat the dose?
We now turn our attention to the final game of the day as the Demons face the Bulldogs at the MCG.
Christian Salem is the starting sub for Melbourne and Daniel Giansiracusa is wearing the green vest for the Dogs.
BRISBANE 3.0, 4.3, 8.6, 8.9 (57)
ESSENDON 2.3, 6.4, 7.8, 9.11 (65)
Brisbane: Green 3, Merrett, Zorko, Brown, Taylor, Paine
Essendon: Z.Merrett 2, Goddard, Daniher, Carlisle, Zaharakis, Watson, J.Merrett, Ryder
Brisbane: Rockliff 35, Paparone 29, Hanley 27, Redden 25
Essendon: Heppell 35, Watson 35, Goddard 30, Hibberd 28
Bulldog grip ... Demon Jack Viney is tackled by Jason Johannisen. Photo: Getty Images
Q4 24 MIN, BL 57 ESS 65
Zach Merrett hits up Ryder in the forward pocket.
Ryder runs around and snaps truly!
That could be the game breaker.
45 seconds left in the game.
Q4 23 MIN, BL 57 ESS 59
Essendon continue to wax the ball.
2:17 left in the game.
Q4 22 MIN, BL 57 ESS 59
Essendon playing possession footy in defence now.
3:07 left in the game.
Brisbane have to man up here.
Q4 21 MIN, BL 57 ESS 59
Hanley darts it to Trent West who spills the mark in the Brisbane forward pocket and Essendon clear the danger.
Throw in now on centre wing with 3:55 left in the game.
Q4 19 MIN, BL 57 ESS 59
Boundary throw-in on Essendon's half-forward line.
5:25 left in the game.
Q4 18 MIN, BL 57 ESS 59
Baguley's kick forward hits Chapman on the chest.
The ex-Cat lines up from 40m out on a slight angle and misses to the left.
5:43 left in the game.
Q4 17 MIN, BL 57 ESS 58
Stanton's snap from 40m is rushed through.
7:20 left in the game.
Q4 14 MIN, BL 57 ESS 57
Paine's snap around the body from 30m out misses and scores are level!
9:53 left in the game.
Q4 13 MIN, BL 56 ESS 57
The Brisbane crowd are getting into it now trying to will the home side to a rare win.
Zorko is breaking the Hocking shackles this quarter. Having an impact now.
Q4 10 MIN, BL 55 ESS 57
Dempsey's long bomb from inside the centre square is marked by Cutler on the last line.
Q4 8 MIN, BL 55 ESS 57
Jackson Merrett roves a pack deep in the forward pocket, runs to 25m out and kicks a brilliant checkside goal!
Q4 7 MIN, BL 55 ESS 51
Paine receives a free kick for being pushed in the back but from 45m out on the boundary line cannot convert the tough shot.
Q4 6 MIN, BL 54 ESS 51
Melksham kicks it deep forward but Chapman puts a hand in Adcock's back and concedes the free kick in the goal square.
Brisbane leading contested possessions 107-96, that really sums it up.
Nick Robertson has been subbed into the game at the expense of Andrew Raines.
BRISBANE 3.0, 4.3, 8.6 (54)
ESSENDON 2.3, 6.4, 7.8 (50)
Brisbane: Green 3, Merrett, Zorko, Brown, Taylor, Paine
Essendon: Z.Merrett 2, Goddard, Daniher, Carlisle, Zaharakis, Watson
Brisbane: Rockliff 27, Paparone 23, Redden 21, Aish 21
Essendon: Heppell 27, Watson 27, Goddard 21, Hibberd 21
The third quarter was a carbon copy of the first.
Brisbane once again put the clamps on Essendon's run and just as it looked as though the Bombers were ready to run away with the game in the second term, the Lions have hit back to kick five of the last six goals and take a slender lead.
And it all started with Dempsey’s moment of madness at half-time when he inexplicably gave away a free kick and 50-metre penalty to Josh Green when the Dons were in control of the contest.
That gave Brisbane a sniff and they didn’t need a second invitation to capitalise on that sniff in the third term as they out-worked Essendon.
The Lions have grown in confidence but will that be enough to hold of the more-fancied Bombers in the final term?
The Dons are certainly rattled and they really have the job ahead of them if they want to clinch the four premiership points.
Kurt Aylett has been subbed into the game at the expense of Marty Gleeson.
Q3 28 MIN, BL 54 ESS 50
Daniel Merrett dishes it off to Green on the boundary and the latter runs into goal from the pocket and slots a lovely checkside punt under pressure.
Q3 26 MIN, BL 48 ESS 50
Taylor's crumbing attempt at goal from 30m out goes across the face of goal.
Q3 25 MIN, BL 47 ESS 50
Watson pings Rockliff holding the ball and from 30m out with hardly any angle to speak the Bombers skipper drills the set shot.
Captain's goal there.
Q3 21 MIN, BL 47 ESS 44
The Lions concede a rushed behind and then Carlisle shows his frustration by taking his opponent to the ground and giving away a 50m penalty.
The Dons are rattled at the moment.
Q3 21 MIN, BL 47 ESS 43
Watson unlucky not to get the free kick 35m out on the boundary after being clearly taken high by Maguire.
Q3 18 MIN, BL 47 ESS 43
Fletcher gives away a free kick to Paine for holding.
The former Magpie lines up from 15m out and puts the Lions in front!
That's four goals in a row for the Lions.
How would Dempsey be feeling now after what he did just before half-time? All the momentum now with Brisbane and it started with that foolish free kick/50m penalty to Green.
Brisbane once again putting the clamps on Essendon's run just like in the first quarter. Bombers under the pump.
Q3 16 MIN, BL 41 ESS 43
Daniel Merrett's snap for goal never threatened the big posts.
The Lions are coming at the Bombers here, Essendon's season well and truly on the line.
Q3 13 MIN, BL 40 ESS 43
Josh Green snaps a beautiful goal but the Lions were lucky because it Brown appeared to take the ball out of bounds in the lead up.
The boundary umpire even had his arm up, but quickly put it down.
Q3 12 MIN, BL 34 ESS 43
Dempsey lays a brilliant tackle on Green from behind after the speedy Lion thought he was in the clear running towards goal 50m out.
Dempsey won the free kick for his efforts.
Q3 10 MIN, BL 34 ESS 43
Rockliff is pinged for putting the ball out of bounds deliberately but Goddard's checkside attempt from 30m out goes out on the full.
Q3 9 MIN, BL 34 ESS 43
Ryder taps it down beautifully to Watson who gets the centre clearance, roosts it forward, Carlisle handballs it back to Daniher who is tripped up 10m out from goal and receives the free kick.
But Daniher misses a gimme goal.
Q3 8 MIN, BL 34 ESS 42
Taylor pops up a cleverly-weighted kick which finds Paparone 40m out from goal.
From 40m out, Taylor kicks the first goal of the second half.
Q3 7 MIN, BL 28 ESS 42
Hoicking tries to rush the bheind but doesn't get enough power on it, Zorko then attempts to soccer a goal from 5m out but the ball curls along the ground and away from the goal face. Hooker eventually rushes the behind.
Q3 6 MIN, BL 27 ESS 42
Dempsey hits up Ambrose who roosts it forward but Justin Clarke gets a fist in and ensures a behind despite being outnumbered by two Bombers. That's great stuff from Clarke.
Q3 4 MIN, BL 27 ESS 40
Watson has started this quarter with a bang, five touches in four minutes for a game-high 22.
Q3 2 MIN, BL 27 ESS 40
The umpire has gone down heavily and is in some trouble!
Q3 1 MIN, BL 27 ESS 40
Watson handballs it to Dempsey whose mongrel punt forward is marked by Paparone.
Joe Daniher kicked the goal of the match so far...
Jay Schulz understandably happy with the way his 150th game unfolded today...
Massive thanks for all the kind words. Amazing win by the boys so proud of their efforts and thanks to all supporters there today.— Jay Schulz (@Jschulz28) May 10, 2014
Great scenes at the MCG ahead of the Demons-Dogs clash...
While we're waiting for the Lions and Bombers to return to the field for the second half, check out this entertaining interview our very own Jon Pierik had with flamboyant former Brisbane/Sydney spearhead Warwick Capper earlier in the week.
Brisbane Bears didn't care for Capper
Former AFL star Warwick Capper says the only friends he had during his time at the Brisbane Bears were "the orange-boy... the massage girl and David O'Keeffe".PT4M12S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37s3v 620 349 May 5, 2014
BRISBANE 3.0, 4.3 (27)
ESSENDON 2.3, 6.4 (40)
Brisbane: Merrett, Zorko, Brown, Green
Essendon: Z.Merrett 2, Goddard, Daniher, Carlisle, Zaharakis
Brisbane: Paparone 16, Aish 16, Hankley 15, Rockliff 15
Essendon: Heppell 19, Watson 17, Chapman 16, Melksham 16
After being stymied in the first quarter, Essendon hit back in the second to boot four goals to one and take the ascendancy.
The Bombers had five goals in a row at one stage and all the momentum, but that brain fade from Dempsey just before half-time gave the Lions a sniff.
Essendon broke the shackles by getting their running game going after the Lions did a good job of quelling that at the start of the game.
The contest has failed to reach any great heights and while the Dons threatened to bust the game open in the second term, Brisbane did well to hang in there and still be in the contest heading into the second half.
We all know how much the Bombers love having possession of the ball and after trailing the disposals 89-87 at quarter time, they now lead convincingly 206-181.
They’re also on top in clearances (22-20) and tackles (41-29).
Q2 30 MIN, BL 27 ESS 40
Dempsey has one of the brain fades of the year.
With five seconds on the clock, he gives away a free kick to Green for too high in a scuffle 50m out right near the boundary line.
That set shot was probably going to prove too hard for Green, but Dempsey gave away a 50-metre penalty too for not letting go of Green when told to do so by the umpire.
That brought Green to the goal square and he kicked the Lions' only goal for the quarter on the half-time siren, giving the hosts a boost of confidence after the Dons kicked five goals in a row.
That kind of stuff is just unforgivable from Dempsey.
Q2 28 MIN, BL 21 ESS 40
Brown handballs it to Rockliff whose snap from 35m out is marked by Watson on the goal line.
Q2 27 MIN, BL 21 ESS 40
Carlisle is back on the ground for Essendon too.
Q2 26 MIN, BL 21 ESS 40
Daniher cops a very high one from Patfull who attempted to spoil the marking contest and was probably unlucky not to be awarded a free kick 40m out.
Q2 24 MIN, BL 21 ESS 40
Goddard back on the ground. Good news for Essendon.
Q2 24 MIN, BL 21 ESS 40
Brown passes it to Daniel Merrett whose set shot from 40m out right near the boundary is punched through by Daniher.
Q2 21 MIN, BL 20 ESS 40
After receiving a 50-metre penalty, Zach Merrett lines up from the goal square and kicks his second goal.
That's five majors in a row for the Dons.
Q2 20 MIN, BL 20 ESS 34
Goddard is flattened by Raines and the Bomber is taking his time getting to his feet, holding his jaw. He is leaving the ground now. Raines was going for the ball in that contest, nothing malicious.
Q2 19 MIN, BL 20 ESS 34
Jake Carlisle walking slowly from the ground with what appears to be a left knee problem. Not a good sign.
Q2 18 MIN, BL 20 ESS 34
Zaharakis unloads from 50m after engaging in a one-two with Gleeson but it gets thumped through for a rushed behind.
Q2 17 MIN, BL 20 ESS 33
Fletcher rushes another behind for the Lions.
Q2 16 MIN, BL 19 ESS 33
Daniel Merrett wins the free kick 40m out from goal after Melksham threw the ball to Goddard.
But the big Lion's shot on goal is not accurate.
Q2 14 MIN, BL 18 ESS 33
Watson lines up from 50m out on a very tight angle and kicks it out on the full.
Essendon had 19 more disposals this quarter. Lions have to be careful here, the Bombers are threatening to blow this one apart.
Q2 12 MIN, BL 18 ESS 33
Chapman marks it outside 50m, handballs it to Zaharakis who drills a brilliant running goal from range.
Essendon now starting to get their running game going from defence. Worrying signs possibly for the Lions after they did so well to quell that at the start of the game.
Q2 8 MIN, BL 18 ESS 27
Jake Carlisle marks it on the wing and accepts the 50-metre penalty for a little shove.
Carlisle lines up from 50m out and kicks a beautiful goal.
The Bombers have kicked the last three majors.
Q2 8 MIN, BL 18 ESS 21
Raines wins a free outside 50m, handballs it to Pearce Hanley whose kick forward is a stinker and goes out on the full.
Q2 6 MIN, BL 18 ESS 21
Chapman centres the ball to the top of the goal square, no one can take a mark, the ball goes to ground and Daniher kicks an incredibly clever goal off the ground!
Q2 2 MIN, BL 18 ESS 15
Lester kicks it forward and Daniel Merrett takes a lovely overhead mark against Hurley.
But Merrett's shot from 50m out goes on the full.
BRISBANE 3.0 (18)
ESSENDON 2.3 (15)
Brisbane: Merrett, Zorko, Brown
Essendon: Goddard, Z.Merrett
Brisbane: Aish 9, Patfull 7, Adcock 7, Rockliff 7
Essendon: Heppell 9, Hibberd 8, Fletcher 8, Goddard 7
Brisbane have done a great job of closing down the space and denying Essendon to get their running game going.
The Lions deservedly have the lead at quarter-time but their lack of polish and class means its only a three-point advantage.
The hosts had more disposals (89-87), inside 50s (10-7) and contested possessions (37-31) that quarter.
They have come to play and made it very difficult for Essendon.
Although it must be said, the match has been played at a fairly poor standard.
Q1 28 MIN, BL 18 ESS 15
Melksham handballs it to Zach Merrett who drills the goal from 50m on the siren!
Q1 28 MIN, BL 18 ESS 9
Green's kick to Daniel Merrett in the pocket is agonisingly too long and goes out on the full.
Q1 26 MIN, BL 18 ESS 9
Hurley roosts it to Ryder on the half-forward flank and Ryder spots up Ambrose.
Ambrose lines up from 50m out on an acute angle but can't goal.
Zaharakis in a world of hurt after a head clash with Redden.
Redden has slowly returned to his feet, Zaharakis was slower to do so and is now leaving the ground.
Q1 21 MIN, BL 18 ESS 8
Adcock hits up Brown and from 45m out, the big champion drills it. That was never in doubt! Great start by the Lions.
Q1 19 MIN, BL 12 ESS 8
Fletcher tries to rush the behind but there isn't enough power on it and Zorko catches up with the ball and soccers through a goal.
Brisbane not the first club to employ these tactics on Essendon. Do the Bombers have a Plan B?
Brisbane really doing a good job of closing down the space, denying Essendon to get their running game going.
This is an uninspiring contest to say the least.
If today's batch of matches were on a boxing card, Port v Freo would most certainly have been the last fight!
Hocking is tagging Zorko.
Rockliff and Watson look like their going head-to-head.
Q1 13 MIN, BL 6 ESS 8
Chapman kicks it beautifully to Zaharakis whose kick from outside 50m is marked by Goddard in the goal square and the ex-Saint kicks a simple goal.
That was really poor defence from Brisbane to allow Goddard a free jump at the ball.
Q1 11 MIN, BL 6 ESS 2
Carlisle cleverly taps the loose ball over his head into the path of Chapman but the former Cat runs into 15m out and misses!
Kudos to Brisbane, they have come to play tonight and making it difficult for Essendon.
The Lions have started well and are doubling Essendon in disposals (16-8).
Daniel Merrett has started up forward and is being manned by Hurley. Hooker has the job on Brown.
Q1 2 MIN, BL 6 ESS 1
Paparone's kick forward is marked by Daniel Merrett over the back of Hurley and, from 10m out on a tight angle, the big Lion snaps truly.
Q1 1 MIN, BL 0 ESS 1
Ambrose intercepts a Brisbane kick and spots up Daniher who misses the set shot from 40m out.
How good are those old Brisbane Bears jumpers. Absolutely fantastic!
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It's a big game this one for Essendon because a win will see them re-enter the top eight.
There's really no excuses for the Bombers to lose against the Lions who are rock bottom with just one win next to their name.
We now turn our attention to the Gabba where the Brisbane Lions host Essendon.
Nick Robertson is the starting sub for the Lions and Kurt Aylett is wearing the green vest for the Bombers.
PORT ADELAIDE 2.4, 4.8, 8.10, 13.16 (94)
FREMANTLE 1.3, 6.6, 9.9, 11.10 (76)
Port Adelaide: Wingard 5, Mitchell 2, White 2, Schulz, Wines, Pittard, Young
Fremantle: Clarke 3, Suban 2, Fyfe 2, De Boer, Pavlich, Hill, Mayne
Port Adelaide: R.Gray 30, Cornes 29, Boak 29, Wines 27
Fremantle: Fyfe 34, Mundy 31, Neale 28, Barlow 23
The match was an arm wrestle for the first three quarters but a final-term tsunami from Port Adelaide emphatically decided the result.
The Power had the first 11 scores after three-quarter time – five of which were goals.
And from there, there was no coming back for Freo who did a good job most of the day in applying pressure to the Power and curtailing the effectiveness of their usually silky disposal.
Port Adelaide are now back on top of the ladder and for the first time in their history they have a 7-1 win-loss record.
It also ended a six-game losing streak against Freo.
Wingard was the star with five goals and the likes of Boak, Cornes, Wines, Pittard, Robbie Gray and Carlile were also in the Power’s best.
The Dockers’ best player was clearly Fyfe while Mundy, Neale, Clarke, Johnson and Silvagni were good too.
After having the chance to enter the top four this week, Freo now run the risk of slipping outside the top eight!
Fierce tussle ... Port's Chad Wingard tackles Docker Alex Silvagni. Photo: Getty Images
Q4 27 MIN, PA 94 FRE 76
Boak curls it around from the forward pocket boundary, Wingard bodies his opponent out, grabs the ball but from 20m out his kick goes up and down and doesn't score!
Q4 26 MIN, PA 94 FRE 76
Clarke has a ping from 55m and scores another goal for Freo. That's three majors now for the ruckman.
2:13 left on the clock.
Q4 24 MIN, PA 94 FRE 70
Mundy has a shot on goal from 30m out but can't convert.
Q4 20 MIN, PA 94 FRE 69
Johnson boots it forward and Fyfe takes a sensational overhead mark against two Power defenders.
Fyfe goes back and from 30m out kicks his second goal.
That is Freo's first score for the quarter - it took them 20 minutes!
Q4 18 MIN, PA 94 FRE 63
White runs along the boundary and from 30m out JUST misses what would have been a brilliant goal! Freo lucky not to be further behind.
Fremantle have not scored in the final quarter yet while the Power have booted 5.5.35.
Q4 16 MIN, PA 93 FRE 63
Monfries collects the ball on 50m and spots up Young who lines them up from 20m out in the pocket and kicks another goal for the Power. Game, set, match: POWER!
Q4 14 MIN, PA 87 FRE 63
Robbie Gray drills the pass to Wingard whose set shot from 45m out yield him his fifth goal! How can you not like this bloke??
This quarter, Port leading inside 50s 11-1, scoring shots 8-0 and clearances 9-2. It's a domination!
Q4 12 MIN, PA 80 FRE 63
Mitchell snaps from 35m but misses. Port not far away from landing the killer blow if this quarter continues transpiring the way it has.
Q4 10 MIN, PA 79 FRE 63
Young spots up Cornes who dishes it off to Pittard and from 40m on the run slots the goal! Port threatening to run away with this one now. Can Freo fight back again?
Q4 8 MIN, PA 73 FRE 63
Matt White takes a bounce, runs to 35m out and kicks another goal for Port!
Q4 7 MIN, PA 67 FRE 63
Hartlett roosts it forward again but Michael Johnson takes another relieving mark in Port's goal square.
Port are leading inside 50s this quarter 5-0. It's all Port at the moment.
Q4 5 MIN, PA 66 FRE 63
Sutcliffe catches Robbie Gray too high.
Gray passes it to that man Wingard but from 40m out on a tight angle misses to the right again.
A few let-offs here for Freo.
Q4 4 MIN, PA 65 FRE 63
Wingard takes a huge grab over Silvagni!
But the young Power star goes back and from 35m out misses to the left.
Q4 1 MIN, PA 64 FRE 63
Young's first touch is a crucial handball to White who runs to 35m out and drills the first goal of the final quarter. Port back in front!
Big move by Port Adelaide. They have subbed out their ruckman Renouf and Aaron Young is activated.
Westhoff and Trengove will probably have to shoulder the ruck work now. Hinkley obviously after more mobility in the final term, and we all know how strong Port are at finishing games off with their run.
PORT ADELAIDE 2.4, 4.8, 8.10 (58)
FREMANTLE 1.3, 6.6, 9.9 (63)
Port Adelaide: Wingard 4, Mitchell 2, Schulz, Wines
Fremantle: Suban 2, Clarke 2, De Boer, Pavlich, Hill, Mayne, Fyfe
Port Adelaide: Cornes 19, Boak 19, Wines 19
Fremantle: Fyfe 28, Mundy 25, Mzungu 21
This game is turning into a titanic arm wrestle.
Port Adelaide keep coming at the Dockers but the visitors have done a good job of holding them at bay.
Wingard spearheaded the Power’s charge with three of his four goals kicked in the third quarter.
And on the other side, Fyfe has been outstanding with 28 disposals (15 contested), six marks, six clearances and a goal.
The Power should probably be in front with eight more inside 50s (38-30) but the Dockers’ pressure has been crucial in ensuring many of those forward entries have been rushed.
Freo on top in disposals (306-272), clearances (32-29) and contested possessions (119-101).
Q3 27 MIN, PA 58 FRE 63
Boak's kick forward isn't marked by anyone but after it bounces Schulz cleverly taps the ball to Wingard who runs to the goal square and boots his fourth goal!
Q3 25 MIN, PA 52 FRE 63
Danyle Pearce bombs it forward and Clarke takes the overhead mark on the goal line against Hombsch.
Clarke then kicks an easy goal.
Q3 22 MIN, PA 52 FRE 57
Duffield's kick goes out on the full and Kane Mitchell drills the set shot from 35m out right on the boundary! What a crucial goal! Bad mistake from Duffield gets magnified!
Q3 20 MIN, PA 46 FRE 57
Lachie Neale spots up Fyfe and the star Docker goes back, lines them up and from 40m out directly in front makes no mistake! He's having some sort of game, Fyfe.
Meanwhile, Ross Lyon has given Danyle Pearce an almighty spray on the bench!
Q3 18 MIN, PA 46 FRE 51
Mzungu's handball under pressure goes back to Silvagni who spills it 25m out from Port's goal, but Wingard crudely makes head-high contact with the Freo defender, gives away the free kick and then the 50-metre penalty after kicking the ball away. Big let off for Freo!
Q3 17 MIN, PA 46 FRE 51
Ebert drills it into Westhoff's chest and from 35m out right next to the boundary, the Hoff's set shot goes across the face and out on the full.
Q3 15 MIN, PA 46 FRE 51
Westhoff's handball releases Wingard and from just inside 50m on the run the young Power star drills his third goal! What a gun he is!
Q3 12 MIN, PA 40 FRE 51
Carlile handballs it to White who runs to 50m next to the boundary, kicks it to the goal square but Schulz can't hang on to the chest mark and Freo clear the danger.
Q3 12 MIN, PA 40 FRE 51
Jay Schulz lines up from 35m out on a tight angle and hits the post.
Fyfe is having a monster game - 25 disposals (14 contested) and six clearances.
Stephen Hill has been subbed out of the game with what appears to be a knee injury. Clancee Pearce activated.
Q3 10 MIN, PA 39 FRE 51
Fyfe spots up Clarke who lines up from 40m out but he can't convert.
Freo can't put the Power away. Fyfe having a massive impact now.
Q3 9 MIN, PA 39 FRE 50
Mayne runs in from 20m out and kicks a goal for the Dockers.
Mayne then comes from the ground immediately in some discomfort. Possibly a rib issue.
Q3 7 MIN, PA 39 FRE 44
Suban has a ping from outside 50 but it misses to the right.
Q3 5 MIN, PA 39 FRE 43
Robbie Gray passes it Brent Renouf. The former Hawk lines up from 35m out on a tight angle but just misses.
Q3 3 MIN, PA 38 FRE 43
Polec's sweeping handball finds Impey who runs to 50m out and his kick on goal is marked beautifully by Wingard backing back on the behind line.
Wingard lines up from a very tight angle 10m out but makes no mistake with a lovely checkside kick.
Q3 1 MIN, PA 32 FRE 43
David Mundy gets the first centre clearance of the quarter, kicks it forward and Pavlich takes a beautiful overhead pack mark.
From 50m out, Pavlich lines them up but misses to the left.
PORT ADELAIDE 2.4, 4.8 (32)
FREMANTLE 1.3, 6.6 (42)
Port Adelaide: Schulz, Mitchell, Wines, Wingard
Fremantle: Suban 2, De Boer, Pavlich, Hill, Clarke
Port Adelaide: Boak 15, Hartlett 14, Cornes 14
Fremantle: Fyfe 19, Neale 17, Mundy 16
That quarter belonged to Fremantle.
After absorbing Port Adelaide’s relentless forward surges in the opening quarter, Freo went bang after the first change to kick five of the second term’s seven goals.
The Dockers’ defensive structures have been incredibly effective and most importantly ensured Port’s disposal efficiency was really low.
Freo’s forward pressure has also been brilliant and a big reason behind their 10-point half-time lead. The Dockers laid 14 more tackles (30-16) in the second stanza.
The visitors also had more inside 50s in the second term (13-9) and are now leading the clearances 26-17 overall.
But while Freo threatened to bust the game open, Port, to their credit, fought back to hang in there with a few goals of their own.
Q2 31 MIN, PA 32 FRE 42
Polec's snap under pressure from tight angle 30m out bounces the wrong side of the goal post! Eight seconds left in the quarter.
Q2 30 MIN, PA 31 FRE 42
Broadbent's snap from 45m out on a tough angle is marked by Mzungu on the last line.
Freo have led the inside 50s this quarter 13-6 after trailing 8-16 at quarter-time.
Q2 28 MIN, PA 31 FRE 42
Crowley accepts the pass from Mayne in the middle of the ground, runs forward and drills a beautiful pass to Zac Clarke who takes a lovely overhead mark against Trengove.
From 20m out on a slight angle, Clarke makes no mistake.
Q2 26 MIN, PA 31 FRE 36
Freo have had a whole lot more of the ball (194-154 disposals) but only lead by five points.
Q2 24 MIN, PA 31 FRE 36
Pittard kicks a deep ball forward but Michael Johnson takes a great relieving, contested mark for Freo.
Q2 22 MIN, PA 31 FRE 36
Hartlett bangs it forawrd, Polec can't take the mark, Wingard grabs the ball, slaps it on his boot as he is tackled and from 20m out kicks a lovely goal.
Q2 22 MIN, PA 25 FRE 36
Crowley's kick goes over the top of Mayne and Hombsch, Mayne gathers the ball, runs into an open goal but Hombsch's desperate tackle sees the Docker spray his shot from 20m out in front.
Great work from the Port defender.
Q2 21 MIN, PA 25 FRE 35
Suban roves the pack and from 20m out snaps another one for the Dockers!
Q2 19 MIN, PA 25 FRE 29
Barlow handballs it Pearce from the stoppage and from 30m out Pearce attempts a silly checkside shot on goal which goes straight out of bounds on the full. Really poor effort that.
Q2 17 MIN, PA 25 FRE 29
Wingard kicks it to Wines and from 35m out in front, Wines misses to the left.
Wingard was cleaned up by Duffield just after passing it to Wines and Duffield appeared to make contact with Wingard's head. The Docker will be scrutinised by the match review panel for sure.
Q2 14 MIN, PA 24 FRE 29
Matt White accepts the terrible Michael Johnson kick-in and hits up Wines.
Wines goes back from 35m out in front and kicks Port's first goal of the second term.
Q2 14 MIN, PA 18 FRE 29
Polec has snap shot on goal from next to the behind post but misses.
Q2 13 MIN, PA 17 FRE 29
Zac Clarke grabs Hamish Hartlett who coughs the ball up to Stephen Hill and the silky Docker strolls into an open goal from 20m out.
Freo's forward pressure has been brilliant.
That's three goals in a row for the Dockers.
Q2 11 MIN, PA 17 FRE 23
Silvagni kicks a beautiful pass to Sutcliffe on the wing, Sutcliffe then kicks it further afield and finds Pavlich.
The Freo skipper lines up from a very tight angle 35m out but his kick goes across the face and out on the full.
Fremantle now on top in clearances 15-10. This has been their quarter so far.
Q2 9 MIN, PA 17 FRE 23
Ballantyne's set shot from 50m on a tight angle misses.
Q2 8 MIN, PA 17 FRE 22
Westhoff outmarks Michael Johnson and from 50m out on a tough angle just misses to the left.
Freo's defensive structures have been incredibly effective this quarter so far. Port's disposal efficiency really low.
Nat Fyfe has already had 7 disposals this quarter which is only 6 minutes old!
Q2 6 MIN, PA 16 FRE 22
Ballantyne drills it to Sandilands just inside 50m, Sandilands then handballs it over to a free Pavlich who dribbles a beauty from 25m out in the pocket.
Q2 3 MIN, PA 16 FRE 16
Danyle Pearce blatantly threw the ball but the umpire missed it!
And the free kick to Port Adelaide would have been from 40m out directly in front!
Q2 2 MIN, PA 16 FRE 16
Matt De Boer's set shot from 40m out is helped through for a behind.
Q2 0 MIN, PA 16 FRE 15
Suban has snapped an absolute ripper from 50m out running backwards!
Fair to say Suban has well and truly recovered from that knee to the jaw from Silvagni!
PORT ADELAIDE 2.4 (16)
FREMANTLE 1.3 (9)
Port Adelaide: Schulz, Mitchell
Fremantle: De Boer
Port Adelaide: Cornes 8
Fremantle: Mundy 13
Well this contest was billed as a classic contest between attack against defence and defence is winning at the moment.
While Port Adelaide lead on the scoreboard, the ball was in their forward half for 64% of the time and they doubled Freo for inside 50s (16-8) so the visitors did remarkably well to absorb all that pressure.
The Power were guilty of not lowering their eyes when entering their forward line and were rushing things at times due to the pressure that Freo managed to apply the other way.
The Dockers had more of the ball (112-92 disposals) and did a good job of ensuring the hosts’ usually exquisite skills weren’t as prevalent.
The Power also have laid far more tackles (24-9).
Q1 28 MIN, PA 16 FRE 9
Pittard scores a behind on the run from 45m near the boundary.
Q1 27 MIN, PA 15 FRE 9
Duffield runs into goal from but from 40m out the umpire says he has run too far!
Q1 27 MIN, PA 15 FRE 9
Silvagni takes a courageous chest mark in defence but unfortunately his knee goes straight into Suban's jaw and Suban is coming from the ground.
Hopefully he is okay. No blood which could be a good sign.
Q1 26 MIN, PA 15 FRE 9
Westhoff wins a holding-the-ball free kick in the pocket but Robbie Grat takes the advantage and his kick to the goal square is a shocker and the Power miss out on scoring.
In hindsight, Gray should have left the Hoff take the set shot!
Q1 23 MIN, PA 15 FRE 9
Broadbent spots up Kane Cornes who launches one on goal from 50m out which doesn't make the distance.
But big Westhoff flies over the pack and appeared to take a huge mark in the goal square.
However, the umpire didn't pay it and the ball goes through for a rushed behind.
Q1 22 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
De Boer lays a crunching tackle on Wingard and we'll have a ball up 40m out from Port's goal.
Q1 21 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
Kane Mitchell lines up from 50m out near the boundary but his shot on goal doesn't make the distance and then Schulz gives away a free kick to Silvagni for legging.
Q1 20 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
Ollie Wines takes a magnificent intercept mark in Port's defensive 50 and also receives a 50-metre penalty for his troubles.
Q1 19 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
Port Adelaide need to lower their eyes more when entering their forward line, they are being affected by Freo's pressure and rushing things a bit.
Q1 18 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
Carlile's penetrating kick into Port's forward line is easily picked off by Michael Johnson.
Q1 14 MIN, PA 14 FRE 9
Duffield's kick is intercepted by Boak who spots up Kane Mitchell and from 45m out near the boundary he drills a magnficient set shot!
Q1 14 MIN, PA 8 FRE 9
Brad Ebert drives the ball long but Sandilands takes an easy mark inside defensive 50.
Port Adelaide going at only 44% by foot, Freo pressure really having an impact at the moment.
Q1 12 MIN, PA 8 FRE 9
Spurr dishes it off to the running Mzungu but from 50m out he can only manage a behind.
Port Adelaide on top in clearances (3-1) and contested possessions (10-7) early on.
Q1 9 MIN, PA 8 FRE 8
Cassisi coughed the ball up straight to De Boer and the Docker splits the big sticks from 25m out on a slight angle.
Bad turnover from the former Port skipper.
Q1 8 MIN, PA 8 FRE 2
Hamish Hartlett pings Crowley for holding the ball on Port's 50m line.
Hartlett's deep kick is marked by Schulz on the chest a few metres out from goal in between Silvagni and Sandilands.
Schulz easily snaps the goal from point-blank range.
Ross Lyon will not be happy about that at all.
Q1 5 MIN, PA 2 FRE 2
Monfries' shot on goal from 20m out is stymied but the ex-Bomber recovers well and attempts to get a toe-poke on the ball from the goal square.
However, the score review shows Michael Johnson was the one who kicked the ball through the goals. Rushed behind for Port.
Q1 4 MIN, PA 1 FRE 2
Matt White burns Mzungu on the half-forward flank and sends a delightful pass into Ollie Wines' chest.
From 40m out on a decent angle, Wines can't convert.
Q1 2 MIN, PA 0 FRE 2
Mundy has a ping on goal too, but he can't split the big sticks either.
Q1 2 MIN, PA 0 FRE 1
Michael Johnson drifts forward from defence and under no pressure spots up Chris Mayne in the forward pocket.
But Mayne's shot on goal from 30m out is off line.
And there's a little more on the line for Port Adelaide today. They have lost their last six games against Fremantle by an average of 49 points so they will also be desperate to prove a point in front of their home fans at Adelaide Oval.
Big stakes today at Adelaide Oval. Port Adelaide aiming to reclaim top spot following Hawthorn's loss last night while a place back in the top four is the carrot dangling in front of Freo.
Welcome to another edition of AFL Express and the main event of the day is first cab off the rank with Port Adelaide hosting Fremantle at Adelaide Oval in roughly 20 minutes' time.
Port's Oliver Wines gets his handball away while being tackled by Danyle Pearce and Lee Spurr late last year. Photo: Getty Images
Port Adelaide has made one late change for today's big clash against Fremantle. Matthew Lobbe (calf) is OUT and replaced in selected side by Brent Renouf. Port's bench is Kane Cornes, Dom Cassisi, Kane Mitchell with substitute Aaron Young wearing the vest. Fremantle's substitute is Clancee Pearce and Lachie Neale, Hayden Crozier, Nick Suban are starting on the pine.