Another big Saturday has come and gone and the story from today’s four matches is the Western Bulldogs.
Where to from here now for this football club?
It doesn’t get much worse than losing at home to the bottom-of-the-ladder side and the heat is sure to rise on coach Brendan McCartney who now has just 16 wins to his credit from 55 matches.
But don’t let that take anything away from the Lions tonight. They were superb.
They were full of beans after their stirring comeback win against Carlton last week and the Dogs couldn’t cope with their energy.
Brisbane have now won back-to-back matches for the first time under Leppitsch’s reign and the positive signs from their young brigade are starting to show.
At Spotless Stadium, the Giants were gallant again in defeat after their impressive showing against Hawthorn last week.
But they just lacked polish when going forward and the Bombers did what they to do to grab the four premiership points and keep their finals hopes alive.
Earlier in the day, the Power and Hawks had easy wins over St Kilda and West Coast respectively.
Interestingly, the Eagles have now lost their last 16 matches against top-eight sides.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage today, be sure to check in again tomorrow!
GWS GIANTS 2.1, 4.4, 5.9, 9.12 (66)
ESSENDON 3.3, 5.8, 8.11, 11.15 (81)
GWS Giants: Treloar 3, Palmer 2, Lobb, Lamb, Smith, Tomlinson
Essendon: Daniher 3, Dell’Olio 2, Zaharakis 2, Howlett, Ryder, Hocking, Stanton
GWS Giants: Smith 33, Shaw 31, Shiel 30
Essendon: Zaharakis 34, Heppell 30, Watson 28
WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.3, 7.5, 9.5, 13.9 (87)
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3, 11.8, 13.9, 14.11 (95)
Bulldogs: Hrovat 2, Tutt 2, Williams 2, Giansiracusa 2, Griffen, Picken, Crameri, Grant, Cooney
Lions: Redden 2, Brown 2, Green 2, Beams, Patfull, Aish, Bewick, Zorko, Rockliff, Paparone, Hanley
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 35, Cooney 24, Liberatore 22, Griffen 21
Brisbane Lions: Bewick 30, Redden 26, Beams 24, Hanley 23
Q4 28 MIN, WB 87 BL 95
Picken's kick forward is chopped off by Aish!
0:28 to go.
Q4 26 MIN, WB 87 BL 95
Cooney pinpoints Giansiracusa and he kicks the goal from the goal square.
But there's not enough time (surely?)
Q4 25 MIN, WB 81 BL 95
Giansiracusa accepts the pass from Murphy and from 45m out the veteran misses to the right.
The Lions will win this one!
1:18 to go
Q4 29 MIN, GWS 66 ESS 81
Treloar kicks a goal on the siren. The Bombers win by 15 points.
Q4 28 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 81
Stanton's shot from outside 50 misses to the left.
0:25 to go
Q4 22 MIN, WB 80 BL 95
Throw in 80m around from Brisbane's goal
3:22 to go.
Q4 27 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 80
Zaharakis boots it forward and Daniher takes a huge pack mark!
But from 50m out in front, he misses to the left
1:48 to go
Q4 25 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 79
Zaharakis dishes it off to Stanton who drills it beautifully from 40m out near the boundary. It's going to be tough for GWS now.
2:40 to go.
Q4 24 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Throw-in 45m around from Essendon's goal
3:04 to go
Q4 23 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Boundary throw-in on centre wing
3:39 to go.
Q4 21 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
The Giants have only managed one mark from 16 inside 50s in this quarter. That is hurting them.
5:04 left on the clock.
Q4 14 MIN, WB 72 BL 95
Green kicks his second goal and it's a 23-point ball game again.
Q4 18 MIN, GWS 60 ESS 73
Patton misses an absolute sitter from 15m out directly in front! How costly will that be?
Q4 18 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 73
Hocking pinches Ward's pockets and from 30m out he nails the goal! The Bombers have some breathing space.
Q4 10 MIN, WB 72 BL 89
Williams kicks his second goal and the Dogs are a sniff!
Q4 15 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 67
Ambrose unloads a beautiful pass that hits Daniher on the chest and from 40m out on a slight angle the youngster drills the set shot! Important kick that.
Q4 14 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 61
Watson is leaving the ground with a heavy limp.
Q4 13 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 61
Dell'Olio handballs it to Stanton but his running shot on goal from 40m out under little pressure is no good.
Q4 12 MIN, GWS 59 ESS 60
Shiel drills it into Tomlinson who takes it out in front of his eyes and the latter drills a remarkable set shot goal from 50m out on a very tight angle! The Giants are all over the Bombers here!
Q4 9 MIN, GWS 53 ESS 60
Palmer kicks a ripper from deep in the pocket! It's seven points the difference!
Q4 4 MIN, WB 66 BL 87
Grant draws first blood of the final term at Etihad Stadium.
Q4 8 MIN, GWS 47 ESS 60
Shiel handballs it to Treloar who runs to the 50m line and drills a beauty!! Game on now!
Q4 7 MIN, GWS 41 ESS 60
All of GWS's great work in the midfield is being undone when they go forward because there is no structure up there at all. They can't win this game if that continues.
Q4 4 MIN, GWS 41 ESS 60
Coniglio's chip forward was a poor one and went only as far as Bellchambers
Q4 3 MIN, GWS 41 ESS 60
Hibberd's kick from the last line of defence is smothered by Smith and ricochets through for a Giants behind.
Q4 2 MIN, GWS 40 ESS 60
Watson spots up Zaharakis but he pulls his set shot from 40m out on a tough angle.
Q4 1 MIN, GWS 40 ESS 59
Smith outruns Goddard, bangs it forward from 30m out but it goes only as far as Heppell in the goal square.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.3, 7.5, 9.5 (59)
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3, 11.8, 13.9 (87)
Bulldogs: Hrovat 2, Tutt 2, Williams, Griffen, Picken, Crameri, Giansiracusa
Lions: Redden 2, Brown 2, Beams, Patfull, Aish, Bewick, Zorko, Rockliff, Paparone, Hanley, Green
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 28, Liberatore 20, Cooney 18
Brisbane Lions: Bewick 26, Redden 19, Beams 19
GWS GIANTS 2.1, 4.4, 5.9 (39)
ESSENDON 3.3, 5.8, 8.11 (59)
GWS Giants: Lobb, Lamb, Palmer, Smith, Treloar
Essendon: Dell’Olio 2, Daniher 2, Zaharakis 2, Howlett, Ryder
GWS Giants: Shaw 26, Shiel 22, Smith 22, Treloar 19
Essendon: Zaharakis 25, Heppell 24, Watson 23, Baguley 20
Q3 28 MIN, GWS 39 ESS 59
A huge melee erupts on the three-quarter time siren after Myers' forearm to Smith's head but there didn't appear to be a lot of force in it.
Much ado about nothing, really.
Q3 23 MIN, WB 59 BL 87
The Dogs just can't get within 20 points of the Lions, Green boots another one!
Q3 26 MIN, GWS 39 ESS 59
Bellchambers bangs it forward, Daniher keeps from going out of bounds by fisting it forward and the ball bounces through for a rushed behind.
Q3 26 MIN, GWS 39 ESS 58
Bellchambers marks in front of Mumford and sprays his set shot from 35m out.
Q3 21 MIN, WB 59 BL 81
Giansiracusa cuts the margin again for the Dogs.
Q3 24 MIN, GWS 39 ESS 57
The ball falls into Zaharakis' lap and the midfielder bangs home the quick reply for the Dons from 40m!
Q3 22 MIN, GWS 39 ESS 51
Treloar's quick snap from the pack goes through the high-diddle-diddles! A thoroughly deserved goal for the Giants
Q3 17 MIN, WB 53 BL 81
Hanley cancels out Crameri's goal and it's back out to 28 points!
Q3 21 MIN, GWS 33 ESS 51
GWS have the momentum but can't get that elusive goal to reward their efforts.
Q3 20 MIN, GWS 33 ESS 51
Stanton pings Kennedy for holding the ball on the half-forward flank.
Seemed a bit of a harsh decision as the young Giant didn't seem to have much prior opportunity.
Q3 15 MIN, WB 53 BL 75
Crameri kicks the first goal of the quarter from a 40m set shot and the Dogs desperately needed that one!
Q3 18 MIN, GWS 33 ESS 51
Lamb's desperate soccer attempt from 15m out under pressure from Goddard agonisingly hits the post.
Q3 13 MIN, WB 47 BL 75
Just one behind has been scored so far this quarter.
Q3 17 MIN, GWS 32 ESS 51
Hibberd's wayward handball goes through for a rushed behind to GWS.
Q3 16 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 51
Fletcher has been subbed off and Myers is now in the game.
Q3 14 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 51
Goddard spears it into Daniher who marks it on a very tight angle 50m out.
And from right on the boundary line, the young forward misses to the right.
Q3 9 MIN, WB 47 BL 75
Tense stuff at Etihad Stadium for the Dogs. Almost 10 minutes have gone in this quarter and there are still no goals scored from either side.
Q3 12 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 50
Hibberd wraps up Lamb in the back pocket and the Bombers are away.
Q3 11 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 50
Leon Cameron has recognised the Bombers are on a bit of a run on so he has placed Patton in defence as a spare man.
Q3 10 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 50
Hocking limping from the field with some kind of foot complaint.
Q3 10 MIN, GWS 31 ESS 50
Frost's rushed shot on goal from 40m out misses to the right.
Q3 9 MIN, GWS 30 ESS 50
The game is starting to open up now and it is suiting the Bombers who have kicked the last four goals.
Q3 7 MIN, GWS 30 ESS 50
Ryder grabs the crumbs from his own marking contest and snaps an absolute ripper from 40m out in the pocket. Great stuff that from the ruckman.
Q3 4 MIN, GWS 30 ESS 44
Daniher takes a nice chest mark and slots the set shot from 35m out on a slight angle. The Dons have some breathing space.
Q3 4 MIN, GWS 30 ESS 38
Hampton has been subbed out due to that shoulder injury and Coniglio is now in the game.
Q3 3 MIN, GWS 30 ESS 38
Treloar grabs the loose ball, spins around but his shot on goal from 25m out on a tough angle misses.
Q3 1 MIN, GWS 28 ESS 38
Hampton is leaving the ground after injuring his shoulder in a heavy collision. Doesn't look good for the talented Giant.
GWS GIANTS 2.1, 4.4 (28)
ESSENDON 3.3, 5.8 (38)
GWS Giants: Lobb, Lamb, Palmer, Smith
Essendon: Dell’Olio 2, Howlett, Daniher, Zaharakis
GWS Giants: Shaw 17, Shiel 15, Smith 14
Essendon: Heppell 18, Zaharakis 15, Watson 14
The Giants have done a great job of turning this match into a dour, tough, tight slog.
GWS are intelligently attempting to create as many one-on-one contests as possible and it’s gone a long way to stopping Essendon’s run.
But the Bombers have a bit more polish than the Giants and the likes of Heppell, Zaharakis, Watson and Goddard have made sure they are up by 10 points at the main break.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.3, 7.5 (47)
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3, 11.8 (74)
Western Bulldogs: Hrovat 2, Tutt 2, Williams, Griffen, Picken
Brisbane Lions: Redden 2, Brown 2, Beams, Patfull, Aish, Bewick, Zorko, Rockliff, Paparone
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 17, Cooney 15, Liberatore 15
Brisbane Lions: Bewick 19, Zorko 14, Redden 13
Q2 32 MIN, WB 47 BL 74
Murphy boots it forward and Bontempelli takes the mark on the siren 50m out directly in front.
The youngster hoes back and his set shot fades right.
Q2 31 MIN, WB 46 BL 74
The Lions look prepared to kill the clock in defence by chipping it around, and fair enough too! They have a huge lead.
Q2 30 MIN, WB 46 BL 74
Aish wins the free kick for being taken too high and from 50m out with hardly an angle to speak of, he boots it out on the full.
Q2 27 MIN, WB 46 BL 74
It's getting ugly for the Dogs! Paparone gets in on the action!
Q2 28 MIN, GWS 28 ESS 38
Goddard drills a precision-guided missile to Dell'Olio who earns the 50m penalty after Jaksch cannoned into him late.
Dell'Olio kicks his second major from the goal square and that is the biggest lead of the game now.
Q2 26 MIN, GWS 28 ESS 32
Baguley boots it forward but only as far as Mohr.
Q2 22 MIN, WB 46 BL 66
And Brown extends Brisbane's lead to 20 points. It's getting uncomfortable for the Dogs now!
Q2 24 MIN, GWS 28 ESS 32
Dempsey handballs it to Hocking who has a running shot on goal from outside 50m that is rushed through.
Q2 24 MIN, GWS 28 ESS 31
Ward dishes it off to Mohr whose shot on goal from 50m out on a tough angle misses to the right.
Q2 20 MIN, WB 46 BL 60
Rockliff lines up from 50m out directly in front and slots the set shot
Q2 22 MIN, GWS 27 ESS 31
Scully chips it to Hoskin-Elliott who lines up from 40m out on a tough angle and his shot on goal goes across the face and out for a throw in.
Q2 20 MIN, GWS 27 ESS 31
Treloar pings Chapman for holding the ball 35m out from Essendon's goal.
Q2 20 MIN, GWS 27 ESS 31
Corr is off the ground getting his shoulder assessed.
Q2 16 MIN, WB 46 BL 52
Tutt pegs one back for the Dogs with a lovely snap from 20m in front.
Q2 15 MIN, WB 40 BL 52
Zorko kicks another one and the Lions are two goals to the good!!
Q2 17 MIN, GWS 26 ESS 31
Chapman handballs it over to Zaharakis who runs to 48m on a tight angle and drills a sensational goal! Bombers back in front and that ends a run of five behinds in a row to the Dons.
Q2 12 MIN, WB 39 BL 46
Redden has put the Lions in front with his second goal!
Q2 14 MIN, GWS 26 ESS 25
Shiel's floater in defence is marked beautifully by Heppell with the flight of the ball.
Heppell lines up from 45m out on a difficult angle and it never looked like it.
Q2 13 MIN, GWS 26 ESS 24
Zaharakis sends a torpedo forward and Ryder outmarks Mohr.
From 50m out, Ryder's set shot just misses to the left.
Q2 12 MIN, GWS 26 ESS 23
Zaharakis and Watson haven't touched the ball yet this quarter while Heppell has only got one touch. They were the Bombers' leading disposal winners in the first term.
Q2 10 MIN, GWS 26 ESS 23
Goddard kicks a precise pass to Stanton but he can't convert the set shot from 50m out.
Q2 7 MIN, WB 39 BL 39
Bewick runs into an open goal and drills it from point-blank range! What a ring-a-ding-dinger this game is!
Q2 8 MIN, GWS 25 ESS 22
GWS have effectively turned this into a dogfight. Essendon can't get their run going.
Q2 4 MIN, WB 39 BL 33
Picken puts the Dogs back in front. It's a goalfest at Etihad!
Q2 6 MIN, GWS 25 ESS 22
Smith marks in front of Heppell 60m out on the boundary and the Bomber gives away a 50m penalty for encroaching the mark!
That wasn't the most generous 50m penalty from the umpire but that doesn't faze Smith who puts the Giants in front!
Q2 2 MIN, WB 33 BL 33
A huge melee has erupted at Etihad Stadium! Just about every player is involved!
Q2 1 MIN, WB 33 BL 33
Redden converts the set shot from 50m out in front and we're on level pegging again.
Q2 3 MIN, GWS 19 ESS 22
Hoskin-Elliott chips it to Palmer who lines them up from 48m out on a tough angle and kicks truly!
Q2 1 MIN, GWS 13 ESS 22
The second quarter begun like the first quarter ended - Zach Merrett boots it forward to Daniher again.
And just like his shot on the quarter-time siren, Daniher squanders his chance which was a checkside attempt from the pocket.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.3 (33)
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3 (27)
Western Bulldogs: Hrovat 2, Williams, Griffen, Tutt
Brisbane Lions: Beams, Patfull, Aish, Brown
Western Bulldogs: Macrae 13, Cooney 11, Liberatore 10
Brisbane Lions: Green 8, Bewick 8, Beams 7
Q1 32 MIN, WB 33 BL 27
Tutt lines them up from 30m out after pinging Bewick for holding the ball and kicks truly. Lovely set shot that.
GWS GIANTS 2.1 (13)
ESSENDON 3.3 (21)
GWS Giants: Lobb, Lamb
Essendon: Dell’Olio, Howlett, Daniher
GWS Giants: Shiel 11, Shaw 7, Lamb 6
Essendon: Heppell 12, Zaharakis 10, Watson 8
Q1 29 MIN, GWS 13 ESS 21
Zach Merrett kicks it forward and hits Daniher on the chest.
The young gun lines up from 50m out in front but sprays it just as the siren sounds.
Q1 27 MIN, WB 27 BL 27
Jonathan Brown splits the big sticks too but fails to convert the follow-up attempt and scores are now level.
Q1 26 MIN, GWS 13 ESS 20
Devon Smith is given a free kick for being held despite dropping the ball after Baguley grabbed hold of him and his shot on goal from 45m out is a behind. A bit of justice there.
Q1 25 MIN, WB 27 BL 20
Aish has got the Lions back within seven points at Etihad Stadium.
Q1 25 MIN, GWS 12 ESS 20
Lamb wins the free kick after being slid into by Baguley.
The ex-Swan lines up from outside 50m but it falss short and we'll have a throw-in 20m around from GWS's goal.
Q1 22 MIN, GWS 12 ESS 20
Heppell handballs it to Watson who roosts it forward from the centre and hits Daniher on the chest after he easily outmuscled Jaksch.
Daniher converts the set shot from 20m out.
Q1 21 MIN, GWS 12 ESS 14
Smith chips it to Lamb who marks it 50m out on a very tough angle.
The former Swan lines up, makes sweet contact with the ball and it goes straight through the middle!
Q1 18 MIN, GWS 6 ESS 14
Melksham's kick forward under pressure from the throw-in is marked by Howlett 15m out and he makes no mistake.
Q1 17 MIN, WB 25 BL 13
Hrovat boots his second goal of the game after converting his set from 45m out.
Q1 14 MIN, GWS 6 ESS 7
Heppell and Shiel already have eight disposals each.
Q1 11 MIN, WB 18 BL 13
It's goal for goal at Etihad Stadium, Patfull gets his name on the goalkickers' list.
Q1 8 MIN, WB 18 BL 6
Griffen kicks another goal for the Dogs. What a start by them!
Q1 7 MIN, GWS 6 ESS 7
Stanton dishes it off to Melksham whose running shot on goal from outside 50m bounces the wrong side of the goal post.
Q1 5 MIN, GWS 6 ESS 6
Hoskin-Elliott's big kick forward is marked by debutant Lobb 20m out from goal.
And the debutant key forward makes no mistake from a tough angle with his first kick!
Q1 4 MIN, WB 12 BL 0
Williams boots another one for the Dogs. Good start by the Scraggers!
Q1 3 MIN, WB 6 BL 0
And Hrovat has got the Dogs off the mark at Etihad Stadium.
Q1 1 MIN, GWS 0 ESS 6
Dell'Olio kicks a clever soccer goal from mid-air next to the goal post!
Not a bad way to kick off his first game for the year.
We are now treated to a simultaneous double header as GWS host Essendon at Spotless Stadium while the Bulldogs face Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
There is one late change for the Bombers with Jason Winderlich making way for Cory Dell'Olio.
Coniglio is the starting sub for the Giants and Myers will wear the green vest for the Bombers.
Meanwhile, there are no changes at Docklands.
Giansiracusa (Bulldogs) and Zac O'Brien (Lions) are the subs.
PT ADELAIDE 4.3, 7.6, 13.10, 19.15 (129)
ST KILDA 2.2, 4.5, 5.5, 9.5 (59)
Pt Adelaide: R.Gray 4, Wingard 3, Schulz 3, Polec, Trengove, Hartlett, Impey, Westhoff, Pittard, Lobbe, Ebert, Cassisi
St Kilda: Riewoldt 4, Saunders 2, Milera, Hayes, Dunstan
Pt Adelaide: Hartlett 36, Wines 26, Pittard 25, R.Gray 25
St Kilda: Steven 29, Hayes 26, Dunstan 24, Newnes 20
Q4 29 MIN, PA 129 STK 59
Saunders gets one back for the Saints. That was a lovely finish from 35m out on the run.
Q4 28 MIN, PA 129 STK 53
Cassisi evades the tackle from Lee, runs to 40m out and converts another goal
Q4 26 MIN, PA 123 STK 53
Mitchell lines up from 40m out but misses to the right.
That scoring opportunity came about after yet another shocking St Kilda skill error that ended up out of bounds on the full.
Q4 23 MIN, PA 122 STK 53
Ross boots it forward, but just as the ball appeared as though it was bouncing through for a behind, it somehow bounces back over Hombsch's head and into the hands of Riewoldt who snaps truly after some fancy footwork around Hombsch. That's unlucky!
Q4 22 MIN, PA 122 STK 47
Newton breaks the Newnes tackle but misses a sitter from 15m out!
Q4 21 MIN, PA 121 STK 47
Ebert kicks it forward, wins back the handball from Robbie Gray and drills one home on the run from 35m out. That was great footy from the stand-in skipper!
Q4 19 MIN, PA 115 STK 47
Robbie Gray earns the free kick after being taken too high contesting a loose ball.
From 35m out with hardly any angle to speak of, Gray slots home his fourth goal.
Q4 15 MIN, PA 108 STK 47
Lobbe wins the free kick after being taken too high by Milera.
From 35m out on a slight angle, the big ruckman makes no mistake. That was a beautiful kick.
Q4 13 MIN, PA 102 STK 47
Saunders chips it in front of Dunstan who runs to the pocket and snaps a clever goal.
Q4 10 MIN, PA 102 STK 41
Cassisi runs to 48m on a tight angle but can't kick the goal.
Q4 8 MIN, PA 101 STK 41
Schulz tries to outdo Wingard's screamer from earlier with a lovely chest-mark hanger over Bruce and Dempster!
And from 25m out he slams home his third goal.
Q4 6 MIN, PA 95 STK 41
Mitchell and Wines combine to get it to Trengove but his running shot on goal from 40m out is off line.
Q4 5 MIN, PA 94 STK 41
Riewoldt lines up from 40m out on a tight angle and drills his 600th career goal.
Congratulations to the St Kilda champion.
Q4 2 MIN, PA 94 STK 35
Carlile's deft chip goes to Schulz who wins a free kick for being interfered with by Bruce.
Schulz lines up from 40m out on a tough angle and the sharpshooter returns to his usual form by brilliantly splitting the big sticks!
That's 10 of the last 11 goals for Port Adelaide now.
Q4 1 MIN, PA 88 STK 35
Steven bombs it long without looking and Impey takes an easy chest mark on his own.
PT ADELAIDE 4.3, 7.6, 13.10 (88)
ST KILDA 2.2, 4.5, 5.5 (35)
Pt Adelaide: R.Gray 3, Wingard 3, Polec, Trengove, Hartlett, Impey, Westhoff, Pittard, Schulz
St Kilda: Riewoldt 2, Saunders, Milera
Pt Adelaide: Hartlett 25, Pittard 21, Wines 19
St Kilda: Steven 19, Hayes 19, Dunstan 18
St Kilda were a hard nut to crack for a half, but Port Adelaide busted them wide open in the third quarter and have enjoyed feasting on the crunchy goodness.
The Power booted nine goals in a row across the second and third terms to end the match as a contest.
St Kilda’s skill errors, particularly in defence, have been extremely costly and their desire to limit the damage meant they were too defensive.
It took them 27 minutes to register their first score of the quarter!
Port Adelaide are so much more efficient going forward and with 21 more inside 50s (45-24), it’s little wonder why they are now smashing the Saints.
Q3 26 MIN, PA 88 STK 35
Riewoldt boots it forward and Hayes wins the free kick for being held by Mitchell in the marking contest.
Hayes lines up from 35m out directly in front and drills the set shot which is also St Kilda's first score for the quarter.
That ends a run of nine goals in a row from Port Adelaide.
Q3 25 MIN, PA 88 STK 29
Westhoff boots it forward and Wingard takes another beautiful mark drifting from behind the pack. He made that look easy.
But the set shot from 30m out on a very tight angle was a lot tougher, and Wingard can only manage a behind.
Q3 24 MIN, PA 87 STK 29
Dunnell has been subbed out and Billings is activated.
Q3 23 MIN, PA 87 STK 29
Polec has been subbed out and Newton is in the game now.
Q3 23 MIN, PA 87 STK 29
Mitchell earns the free kick after being pushed in the back by Simpkin.
Mitchell lines up his set shot from 45m on a tough angle and misses to the right.
Q3 21 MIN, PA 86 STK 29
Wingard wins the free kick after being pushed in the front by Milera.
Was probably unnecessary as Dempster had Wingard covered.
In any case, Wingard lines them up from 20m out in front and slots his third goal.
That's now nine in a row for the Power.
Q3 18 MIN, PA 80 STK 29
Pittard's bomb from outside 50 goes out on the full.
Q3 18 MIN, PA 80 STK 29
After a gutsy first half, St Kilda have been badly undone by their skill errors - particularly in defence.
Q3 17 MIN, PA 80 STK 29
The Saints haven't scored yet in this quarter.
Q3 15 MIN, PA 79 STK 29
It was a tough nut to crack for a half, but Port Adelaide have busted St Kilda wide open and are now enjoying the crunchy goodness.
Q3 13 MIN, PA 79 STK 29
Schulz joins the party. He slots home a tough set shot from 40m out on a tight angle after accepting the pass from Hartlett.
That's eight goals in a row now for the Power.
Q3 12 MIN, PA 73 STK 29
Young is back on the ground for Port Adelaide.
Q3 11 MIN, PA 73 STK 29
WINGARD TAKES THE MARK OF THE YEAR!
He rises on Dempster's shoulders and takes a one-grab screamer!
He plays on and kicks another goal for Port Adelaide.
Q3 10 MIN, PA 67 STK 29
Westhoff earns the free kick after being taken high clumsily by Delaney.
From right next to the fence in the right forward pocket, Westhoff's checkside attempt goes out of bounds on the full in the left forward pocket.
Q3 8 MIN, PA 67 STK 29
Young is leaving the ground nursing his left shoulder after being aggressively tackled by Weller.
Q3 8 MIN, PA 67 STK 29
Pittard chops off an errant St Kilda kick and from outside 50m he drills a magnificent goal!
That's six in a row for Port Adelaide and it's just about lights out for the Saints.
Q3 6 MIN, PA 61 STK 29
Robbie Gray collects the loose ball from the ball up 25m out from Port's goal and runs into an open goal.
That's Gray's third major and Port have now booted the last five.
The hosts are well on top now.
Q3 4 MIN, PA 55 STK 29
Wingard chips it forward and Westhoff marks in front of Shenton.
Westhoff goes back and converts his set shot from 30m out on a slight angle.
That's four goals in a row for Port Adelaide.
Q3 2 MIN, PA 49 STK 29
Schulz takes a free jump at the footy and plucks a nice overhead mark 45m out from goal on a slight angle.
But the sharpshooter hasn't brought his kicking boots today, he misses again.
Of his four shots on goal, two are behinds, one went on the full and one didn't make the distance.
PT ADELAIDE 4.3, 7.6 (48)
ST KILDA 2.2, 4.5 (29)
Pt Adelaide: R.Gray 2, Wingard, Polec, Trengove, Hartlett, Impey
St Kilda: Riewoldt 2, Saunders, Milera
Pt Adelaide: Hartlett 19, Wines 15, Polec 14
St Kilda: Steven 14, Hayes 14, Dunstan 14
This match has been a pretty ugly one for the most part and that has played into St Kilda’s hands.
It was sloppy, it contained numerous skill errors and the Saints capitalised by booting four goals in a row to draw level with Port Adelaide after the hosts kicked the first four.
It looked as though the Power were on track for their first goalless period for the year but Hartlett, Impey and Robbie Gray put paid to that possibility by slamming home goals within the space of three minutes to give the ascendancy back to their side.
But the Saints did a really good job of stifling Port’s run, it’s just that their skill level and lack of polish has let them down.
Port Adelaide are on top in most areas with disposals (189-167), marks (61-26), clearances (20-15), inside 50s (26-18), marks inside 50 (7-4), hitouts (34-11) and tackles (44-34) all in their favour.
Q2 29 MIN, PA 48 STK 29
Dunnell's deep kick forward is easily marked by Westhoff.
Q2 28 MIN, PA 48 STK 29
Robbie Gray runs on to the loose ball and snaps a clever one from the pocket!
Port have gone BANG BANG BANG!
Q2 26 MIN, PA 42 STK 29
Impey collects the loose ball, runs to 50m out and bangs home another goal for the Power.
Q2 25 MIN, PA 36 STK 29
Sam Gray wins a free kick for holding the ball and handballs it to Hartlett who unlaunches a long bomb from 60m! What a way to break your goal drought!
That ended a run of four St Kilda goals in a row.
Q2 23 MIN, PA 30 STK 29
Wingard bursts from the centre square, runs to 50m but can't kick the goal.
Port Adelaide still goalless this quarter.
Q2 22 MIN, PA 29 STK 29
Milera baulks Broadbent, snaps from 30m out in the pocket, and it bounces through for a goal! Scores are level! Can you believe it?
Q2 21 MIN, PA 29 STK 23
Port Adelaide haven't had a goalless quarter yet this season.
They 4:18 to score one before half-time.
Q2 21 MIN, PA 29 STK 23
Ebert's little chip hits Schulz on the chest 45m out on a very tough angle.
Schulz lines them and doesn't make the distance. Longer takes the mark.
Q2 18 MIN, PA 29 STK 23
Hartlett's kick in is a shocker and is marked by Saunders 45m out from goal directly in front.
The young Saint goes back and makes Port Adelaide pay for their skill errors finally!
Q2 17 MIN, PA 29 STK 17
Ross's wobbly short pass forward lands on Milera's chest.
The latter lines up from 25m out on a tight angle but he misses to the right.
We are still waiting for the first goal of this quarter.
Bad advertisement for the game this!
Q2 15 MIN, PA 29 STK 16
The Saints are struggling to capitalise on this low standard of footy because they can hardly get it past halfway with Port Adelaide’s extra player roaming.
Q2 14 MIN, PA 29 STK 16
Montagna's miracle toe poke attempt from 30m out bounces the wrong side of the goal post
Q2 9 MIN, PA 29 STK 15
This ain't pretty, both sides making countless skill errors.
But this standard of footy is keeping St Kilda in the game. Can they capitalise?
Q2 8 MIN, PA 29 STK 15
Sam Gray's centring kick is marked well by Young 10m out from goal.
But for some reason he plays on and loses the ball!
What is going on out there?
Port Adelaide not switched on today.
Q2 7 MIN, PA 29 STK 15
Polec dances around Delaney but his pot shot from right on the boundary 40m out goes through for a behind.
Q2 4 MIN, PA 28 STK 15
Hombsch's attempted kick across goal is a shocker! It comes off the side of his boot and goes through for a rushed behind! Comical stuff.
Q2 3 MIN, PA 28 STK 14
Hartlett's long shot on goal misses to the right.
PT ADELAIDE 4.3 (27)
ST KILDA 2.2 (14)
Pt Adelaide: Wingard, R.Gray, Polec, Trengove
St Kilda: Riewoldt 2
Pt Adelaide: Hartlett 10, R.Gray 9, Ebert 7, Polec 6, Jonas 6, Schulz 6
St Kilda: Montagna 5, Steven 5, Ross 5, Weller 5, Hayes 5, Saunders 5
The Power booted the first four goals of the match and threatened to end the contest before quarter-time.
But they didn’t make the most of their dominance of general play and two beautiful goals from Riewoldt late on have kept the Saints in it.
If the statistical trends continue, the contest will be in the Power’s keeping soon enough though.
Port lead disposals (95-70), clearances (12-6), inside 50s (14-10), marks inside 50 (5-2), tackles (25-20) and hitouts (19-4).
And given there is also a huge gulf in skill level in favour of Port Adelaide, it doesn’t augur well for the Saints if they can’t influence the contest more than they are.
Q1 30 MIN, PA 27 STK 14
Riewoldt takes a huge pack chest mark from four deep!
The Saints skipper lines up after the siren from 45m out on a tough angle and he drills it!
Great end to that quarter for St Kilda.
Q1 29 MIN, PA 27 STK 8
Sam Gray kicks it into the path of Schulz but the former Tiger can only manage a behind after running into goal and having a shot from 35m out on a slight angle.
Q1 27 MIN, PA 26 STK 8
Riewoldt marks it in the centre square and is paid a 50m penalty after Carlile came to the contest fractionally late.
The Saints skipper lines up from 55m directly in front and kicks a magnificent goal!
St Kilda on the board.
Q1 24 MIN, PA 26 STK 2
Lobbe roosts it forward and Trengove takes the big pack mark 15m out from goal.
The defender pops it through for his first goal of the year.
Q1 23 MIN, PA 20 STK 2
Polec is back on the ground after injuring his right ankle.
Q1 23 MIN, PA 20 STK 2
Wingard's well-weighted kick forward hits a diving Schulz on the chest just inside the boundary line.
The former Tiger lines up from next to the fence 45m out but kicks it out on the full.
It's been all Port Adelaide. They lead disposals (69-41), clearances (10-3) and inside 50s (9-5)
Q1 18 MIN, PA 20 STK 2
It appears a right ankle issue is the reason for Polec leaving the field.
Q1 18 MIN, PA 20 STK 2
Lee wins the free kick for holding the ball and from 50m out directly in front can only manage a behind.
Q1 17 MIN, PA 20 STK 1
Polec is leaving the ground in the arms of the trainers, he cannot put weight on his right leg.
Q1 16 MIN, PA 20 STK 1
Westhoff outmarks Shenton on the wing and then drills it into Robbie Gray's chest.
Gray then chips it to Polec by himself 30m out from goal and the ex-Lion slots it.
Danger signs already for St Kilda.
Q1 12 MIN, PA 14 STK 1
Robbie Gray is paid a free kick for being held by Dunstan at a stoppage and from 35m out on a slight angle splits the middle of the big sticks.
Q1 12 MIN, PA 8 STK 1
Simpkin doing the concussion test, Billings has been temporarily subbed in.
Q1 11 MIN, PA 8 STK 1
Port Adelaide have had the first seven clearances of the game.
Q1 9 MIN, PA 8 STK 1
Bruce bangs it forward and it luckily lands on Riewoldt's chest.
The St Kilda skipper lines up from50m out on a tight angle but misses to the left.
Q1 7 MIN, PA 8 STK 0
Polec has a shot from 35m out on a tight angle but misses
Q1 7 MIN, PA 7 STK 0
Ominous early signs for St Kilda.
Port Adelaide lead clearances (5-0) and inside 50s (4-0).
Q1 6 MIN, PA 7 STK 0
Robbie Gray's snap from 30m out bends back too far.
Cornes v Montagna
Jones v Hartlett
Carlile v Lee
Delaney v Schulz
Lobbe v Longer
Hombsch v Riewoldt
Q1 5 MIN, PA 6 STK 0
Simpkin is worse for wear after copping an accidental elbow to the face. He is now leaving the ground.
Q1 4 MIN, PA 6 STK 0
Trengove has started the game up forward in an attempt to stretch St Kilda's undersized defence.
Q1 2 MIN, PA 6 STK 0
Polec handballs it over to Gray who chips it to Wingard 30m out on a tight angle.
But that doesn't faze the superstar, Wingard kicks truly!
Here we go! #AFLPowerSaints #weareportadelaide pic.twitter.com/RrfMRLq6YP — Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) June 7, 2014
A true Port Adelaide legend and now an AFL Hall of Fame inductee - @warrentredrea does a lap of honour pic.twitter.com/5GebOlqb7c — Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) June 7, 2014
Next up is the clash between Port Adelaide and St Kilda at Adelaide Oval.
There are no late changes with Ben Newton the starting sub for the Power and Jack Billings wearing the green vest for the Saints.
HAWTHORN 3.4, 10.6, 16.7, 19.9 (123)
WEST COAST 4.4, 7.5, 8.7, 12.7 (79)
Hawthorn: Roughead 8, Gunston 3, Lowden 3, Breust, Smith, Suckling, Rioli, Hodge
West Coast: Gaff 3, Ellis 2, McGovern 2, Masten, Naitanui, LeCras, Hurn, Darling
Hawthorn: Lewis 29, Hodge 28, Roughead 24, Shiels 24, Smith 24
West Coast: Shuey 29, Hutchings 28, Priddis 27, Gaff 25, Yeo 23
Q4 30 MIN, HAW 123 WC 79
Roughead runs on to the loose ball, capitalises on Glass slipping over, runs to the goal line and boots his eighth major. That's an equal career best for Roughead!
Q4 30 MIN, HAW 117 WC 79
The sting is well and truly out of this game.
Q4 24 MIN, HAW 117 WC 79
McGovern jumps across the face of the pack and marks well in front of Schoenmakers.
The young Eagle lines up from 30m out and kicks truly.
Q4 23 MIN, HAW 117 WC 73
McKenzie's set shot from outside 50m goes out on the full.
Q4 22 MIN, HAW 117 WC 73
Lowden wins the free kick for being held by Glass and the mature-age debutant boots his third goal from the set shot 30m out in front. What a memorable day it's been for him!
Q4 20 MIN, HAW 111 WC 73
McGovern marks 40m out in front and makes no mistake with the set shot.
Q4 19 MIN, HAW 111 WC 67
Hartung has left the ground with an arm injury.
Q4 18 MIN, HAW 111 WC 67
Roughead's quick snap from the forward pocket goes out on the full.
His quest for an equal career-best eighth goal continues.
Q4 17 MIN, HAW 111 WC 67
Puopolo bangs it to the top of the goal square but Yeo takes a great contested mark.
Hawthorn have dominated the ball with more disposals (344-288), contested possessions (136-122) and marks (70-65).
Q4 14 MIN, HAW 111 WC 67
Smith's running shot on goal from 40m out misses.
Q4 12 MIN, HAW 110 WC 67
Burgoyne's pot shot from 40m out while being tackled goes through for a behind.
Roughead now has his second biggest bag of goals.
His biggest haul (8) came against Carlton in Round 6, 2009.
Q4 6 MIN, HAW 109 WC 67
Yeo handballs it over to Gaff who kicks his third goal from 2m out.
Q4 5 MIN, HAW 109 WC 61
Shiels spears it to Roughead who takes the mark out in front of his eyes.
Roughead lines up from 50m out in front and kicks his seventh goal.
Q4 3 MIN, HAW 103 WC 61
Rioli has been subbed out and Hartung is now in the game.
Cyril has an ice pack on his right knee.
Q4 2 MIN, HAW 103 WC 61
Darling outmarks Hill, plays on and converts the checkside punt from 10m out.
Q4 0 MIN, HAW 103 WC 55
Ellis has been subbed out and Wellingham is now in the game.
HAWTHORN 3.4, 10.6, 16.7 (103)
WEST COAST 4.4, 7.5, 8.7 (55)
Hawthorn: Roughead 6, Gunston 3, Lowden 2, Breust, Smith, Suckling, Rioli, Hodge
West Coast: Ellis 2, Gaff 2, Masten, Naitanui, LeCras, Hurn
Hawthorn: Lewis 21, Hodge 21, Roughead 20, Suckling 19, Smith 19
West Coast: Priddis 22, Shuey 21, Hutchings 18, Gaff 18
The Hawks flexed their considerable muscle that quarter, booting the last six goals to end this match as a contest.
Hawthorn have now piled on 11 of the last 12 majors and the umpires might as well give Roughead the three Brownlow votes now.
The dual premiership key forward has six goals, 20 touches, six tackles and seven marks to his name in what has been an outstanding performance.
The Eagles had the wind that term, believe it or not, but could only manage the solitary goal.
West Coast’s ball movement continues to be poor and they are just too predictable for the Hawks.
Q3 29 MIN, HAW 103 WC 55
Adding insult to injury for West Coast is Darling dropping a sitter in front of goal and Hawthorn clearing their defensive 50.
Q3 27 MIN, HAW 103 WC 55
The ball dribbles into Hawthorn's goal square from the stoppage, Hodge pounces on it and soccers another goal.
That's 11 of the 12 goals for the Hawks.
Q3 26 MIN, HAW 97 WC 55
Suckling roosts it forward, Rioli spoils Rosa, Burgoyne handballs it back to Rioli who sidesteps Gaff and snaps truly from 35m out. Magnificent football.
Hawthorn now have 10 of the last 11 goals.
Q3 24 MIN, HAW 91 WC 55
Roughead uses his considerable strength to take a huge contested mark over Brown and McKenzie!
He lines up from 40m out in front and drills his sixth goal!
Hawthorn now have 9 of the last 10 goals.
There's no coming back from here for West Coast.
Q3 22 MIN, HAW 85 WC 55
Suckling snaps truly on his right foot from 30m out. It's getting ugly now for West Coast.
Hawthorn have kicked 8 of the last 9 goals.
Rioli. Can chase. Can tackle. #AFLHawksEagles — Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) June 7, 2014
Q3 19 MIN, HAW 79 WC 55
Roughead handballs it over the top to Smith who strolls into the open goal.
It all started with Rioli tackling McKenzie in the middle of the ground and pinging the Eagle for holding the ball.
Q3 17 MIN, HAW 73 WC 55
Smith's set shot from 40m out on a tough angle drifts to the right.
Q3 15 MIN, HAW 72 WC 55
West Coast have a considerable wind advantage this quarter but have so far only managed one goal.
Q3 13 MIN, HAW 72 WC 55
Lewis and Puopolo combine to get it to Rioli who has a pot shot from outside 50m but the ball trickles out of bounds for a throw-in 20m around from Hawthorn's goal.
Q3 11 MIN, HAW 72 WC 55
Hutchings passes it to Hurn who marks the ball 40m out from goal.
'Shagger' drills the set shot and ends a run of six consecutive Hawthorn goals.
Q3 9 MIN, HAW 72 WC 49
Lewis dishes off a precise handball which allows Hill to not break stride, Hill runs into the forward line, handballs it over to Gunston who then handballs it over to an unmanned Lowden in the goal square and the debutant kicks his second goal!
Great footy from Hawthorn. They now have the last six goals of the game.
Q3 8 MIN, HAW 66 WC 49
Scrappy start to this quarter, West Coast desperately need the first goal.
Q3 1 MIN, HAW 66 WC 47
McGovern takes a HUGE grab over Cheney on centre wing!
Q3 1 MIN, HAW 66 WC 47
Shiels is pinged by Priddis on the Hawks' forward flank.
HAWTHORN 3.4, 10.6 (66)
WEST COAST 4.4, 7.5 (47)
Hawthorn: Roughead 5, Gunston 3, Breust, Lowden
West Coast: Ellis 2, Gaff 2, Masten, Naitanui, LeCras
Hawthorn: Roughead 14, Lewis 13, Hodge 12, Suckling 12
West Coast: Shuey 16, Hutchings 15, Priddis 14, Gaff 12
The Eagles began that second quarter better and got out to a 12-point lead, but the Hawks responded in a big way to boot the last five majors and take a comfortable 19-point advantage at half-time.
And one man has been the difference between the two sides – Jarryd ROughead.
The Big Rough has been in devastating form, booting five goals and racking up a team-high 14 disposals and four marks!
He tore McKenzie to shreds, booting his first four goals on the Eagles defender, which forced Glass to go to him for the remainder of the second term.
The Eagles simply couldn’t get it past their half-back line for the majority of the second term.
Hawthorn had 17 of the last 19 inside 50s and West Coast lacked creativity coming out of defence.
They pretty much did the same thing each time when attempting to clear their defensive 50, they were predictable, and it played into Hawthorn’s hands as the ball kept being pumped back into the Hawks’ forward line.
Hawthorn now lead the inside 50 count 30-27.
West Coast have dominated the centre clearances (12-2) and clearances in total (26-20) but the constant pressure from Hawthorn has put the visitors off their game.
Q2 32 MIN, HAW 66 WC 47
Suckling bombs it long to a pack in the goal square, it goes off Ceglar's hands, Roughead grabs the ball just before it clears the goal line, he drops it on to his foot, fails to make decent contact and the ball then bounces off his right foot accidentally for his fifth goal! That was a pure fluke in the end!
Q2 30 MIN, HAW 60 WC 47
Naitanui takes a big mark over debutant Lowden on Hawthorn's half-forward line.
Q2 29 MIN, HAW 60 WC 47
Gunston's dribbler attempt from 35m out goes to the right.
Q2 27 MIN, HAW 59 WC 47
Masten kicks it out on the full in Hawthorn's forward line.
Roughead centres it and Gunston takes a lovely chest mark 30m out in front.
The 2013 premiership star goes back and drills his third goal.
That's four goals in a row for Hawthorn.
Q2 25 MIN, HAW 53 WC 47
Suckling roosts it deep into Hawthorn's forward line and Gunston wins the free kick for being held by Schofield.
Gunston hardly misses, let alone set shots from 15m out. Elementary stuff for the ex-Crow.
Q2 23 MIN, HAW 47 WC 47
Hodge's quick snap from the stoppage hits the post.
Q2 23 MIN, HAW 46 WC 47
Duryea's shot on goal from 25m out on an angle goes out of bounds after being harrassed by an Eagles opponent.
Q2 23 MIN, HAW 46 WC 47
Roughead engages in a one-two with Hodge but Roughead's attempted handball over the top to a free team-mate in the goal square is spoiled.
Q2 18 MIN, HAW 46 WC 46
Smith's menacing bomb forward is marked well by Bennell.
Q2 16 MIN, HAW 46 WC 46
The move has been made. Glass is now on Roughead after McKenzie had four goals kicked on him.
Q2 14 MIN, HAW 46 WC 46
Breust handballs it to Roughead who runs into 15m out and kicks his fourth goal!
It all started from Litherland in defence who ran around Naitanui and bombed it forward.
Q2 12 MIN, HAW 40 WC 46
Roughead takes his fourth contested mark against McKenzie, lines them up from outside 50m on a tough angle and drills his third goal! Great stuff from Rough.
Q2 10 MIN, HAW 34 WC 46
Shuey finds Gaff all by himself and the latter drills his second goal from 35m out.
Q2 8 MIN, HAW 34 WC 40
McKenzie's attempted mark is spoiled by Breust who dishes it off to Lowden and after six long years, the debutant boots his first AFL goal! Great moment for the ruckman.
Q2 7 MIN, HAW 28 WC 40
West Coast now leading centre clearances 8-2.
Q2 7 MIN, HAW 28 WC 40
Ellis takes the juggling mark 30m out in front and the ex-Hawk converts the set shot.
Q2 6 MIN, HAW 28 WC 34
Hurn's shot on goal is off line but McGovern takes a great mark running back just before it goes out on the full.
McGovern is on a very tough angle and his checkside set shot goes out of bounds on the full.
Q2 4 MIN, HAW 28 WC 34
Roughead takes a big contested mark against Yeo and converts the set shot from 20m out directly in front.
Q2 3 MIN, HAW 22 WC 34
Naitanui lays a ferocious tackle on Breust and wins the free kick 40m out from Hawthorn's goal.
Q2 1 MIN, HAW 22 WC 34
Ellis roves the pack beautifully and kicks a lovely goal on a tight angle from 20m out against his old side.
HAWTHORN 3.4 (22)
WEST COAST 4.4 (28)
Hawthorn: Breust, Gunston, Roughead
West Coast: Masten, Naitanui, Gaff, LeCras
Hawthorn: Suckling 7, Roughead 6, Burgoyne 6, Smith 6, Rioli 6
West Coast: Selwood 6, Priddis 6, Masten 6, Hutchings 6
A very even start to the match ends with West Coast having their noses in front at quarter-time.
Little separated the two sides in the opening term as they virtually went goal for goal.
The Eagles are on top in clearances (11-8), inside 50s (15-10), marks (18-14) and hit outs (11-8) while Hawthorn lead the disposals (85-75), contested possessions (38-37) and tackles (18-16).
It’s the third game in a row that Hawthorn have trailed at quarter-time.
Q1 30 MIN, HAW 22 WC 28
Hutchings runs to 50m, kicks deep and Duryea gives the free kick away for pushing LeCras in the back.
LeCras goes back and drills the set shot from 25m out directly in front as the siren sounds.
Q1 28 MIN, HAW 22 WC 22
Yeo drills it forward but McGovern can't rein in the spectacular mark and Hawthorn clear the danger.
Q1 25 MIN, HAW 22 WC 21
Cyril handballs it to Shiels on the wing, Shiels kicks it further afield to Gunston who runs along the boundary and from 25m out misses a difficult shot on goal to the left.
Q1 24 MIN, HAW 21 WC 21
Masten chips it delicately to Gaff who marks it 35m out on a tough angle.
Gaff lines them up and drills a beautiful goal!
Q1 22 MIN, HAW 21 WC 15
LeCras is penalised for holding the ball deep in West Coast's forward line after being tackled by Smith.
Q1 21 MIN, HAW 21 WC 15
LeCras takes the chest mark 25m out but misses the easy set shot! Very un-LeCras like.
Q1 20 MIN, HAW 21 WC 14
Hill takes two bounces along the wing, kicks it forward and Roughead takes a nice overhead mark.
After clutching at his lower leg shortly after, Roughead goes back and drills the set shot from 30m out.
But Roughead is now leaving the ground. Let's hope it's not another Achilles issue for the big man.
Q1 18 MIN, HAW 15 WC 14
West Coast have the three leading disposal getters on the ground: Priddis (5), Selwood (5) and Shuey (5).
Q1 16 MIN, HAW 15 WC 14
Hodge's kick forward to Gunston is spoiled very well by Schofield.
We'll have a throw-in 40m out from Hawthorn's goal.
Q1 16 MIN, HAW 15 WC 14
Duryea is taken high by Yeo 35m out from West Coast's goal.
Q1 15 MIN, HAW 15 WC 14
Hurn's long bomb forward from the centre circle is rushed through by Spangher. That was a massive kick!
Q1 14 MIN, HAW 15 WC 13
West Coast defenders have to be careful, they're giving away too many free kicks to their opponents. Lucky to only be down by two points.
Q1 13 MIN, HAW 15 WC 13
Roughead wins the free kick for being held by McKenzie.
Roughead goes back but sprays his set shot from 40m out.
Q1 12 MIN, HAW 14 WC 13
McGovern kicks it forward into Naitanui's direction, Naitanui gets rid of Spangher, collects the ball and dribbles it through for a goal from the goal square.
Q1 10 MIN, HAW 14 WC 7
Roughead bombs it to the top of the goal square and Gunston wins the free kick for being held by Schofield.
Gunston lines them up from point-blank range and makes no mistake.
Q1 8 MIN, HAW 8 WC 7
Duryea's kick forward is collected by Smith but his snap shot from 25m out hits the post.
Q1 6 MIN, HAW 7 WC 7
Darling dishes it off to Masten who kicks the goal from 40m out.
That came about after Birchall's kick-in to a team-mate was spoiled.
Q1 5 MIN, HAW 7 WC 1
Darling attempts a kick from mid air for goal 5m out but it's rushed through for a behind.
Q1 4 MIN, HAW 7 WC 0
Breust runs along the boundary and from 20m out dribbles it on the carpet and through for a brilliant goal!
Naitanui v Lowden
Schofield v Gunston
Selwood v Lewis
Glass v Ceglar
McKenzie v Roughead
Q1 2 MIN, HAW 1 WC 0
Roughead pings McKenzie for holding the ball and wins the free kick.
From 30m out on a slight angle, Roughead misses the set shot.
Q1 1 MIN, HAW 0 WC 0
LeCras catches Spangher high in West Coast's forward line.
Q1 0 MIN, HAW 0 WC 0
Yeo was taken high in the middle of the ground and wins the free kick
.@JordanLewisO3 and @LHodge15 lead the boys out into the ground and through the banner #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/2vkHRBN0rX — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) June 7, 2014
Ceglar and @mspang27 grapple. Almost game time now #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/yQsKE2qY3i — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) June 7, 2014
Last minute warm-up in the rooms at Aurora. #goeagles pic.twitter.com/GoElo4BjkE — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) June 7, 2014
Hodgey (@LHodge15) with some words of advice for debutant @lukelowden #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/iaEHdvc3EW — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) June 7, 2014
Hawthorn have lost just one of their last 16 games at Aurora Stadium.
The boys took in the scene at Aurora, and liked what they saw. #goeagles pic.twitter.com/9h58uItCmh — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) June 7, 2014
Shuey, Yeo & Mr. 100 take to the field in Tassie. #goeagles pic.twitter.com/pW2U4ygfO7 — West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) June 7, 2014
.@BreustLuke marks during the pre-game on ground warm up #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/JQjXUksrEe — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) June 7, 2014
The moment has almost arrived for @LukeLowden. Game time not far away now #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/8L22Vyc1f4 — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) June 7, 2014
Hawthorn have won their last three games against West Coast by an average of 32 points.
The Hawks have also been victorious in their last three matches against West Coast at Aurora Stadium.
In fact, the Eagles haven't beaten Hawthorn in Launceston since 2005.
A win for Hawthorn will see them re-take second spot while West Coast are aiming to move as high as ninth on the ladder.
There are no late changes in Tassie with Billy Harting the starting sub for Hawthorn and Sharrod Wellingham wearing the green vest for West Coast.
Welcome to another edition of Saturday AFL Express!
After a month of three-match Saturdays, we have four big games in store for you today.
Firstly, we head to Aurora Stadium in Launceston for the clash between Hawthorn and West Coast.
We then cross to Adelaide Oval for the David vs. Goliath match-up between Port Adelaide and St Kilda.
And the day finishes off with a night time double-header as the Bulldogs face Brisbane at Etihad Stadium and GWS host Essendon at Spotless Stadium.