AFL

Port Adelaide
10.12.72
Melbourne
10.9.69
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Match Tracker

Port Adelaide
Melbourne
Q1
4.4.28
2.3.15

    Port Adelaide Events

  • 7 mins - Behind, K.Cornes
  • 8 mins - Behind, B.Ebert
  • 13 mins - Behind, C.Wingard
  • 16 mins - Goal, J.Westhoff
  • 22 mins - Goal, J.Westhoff
  • 24 mins - Goal, P.Stewart
  • 28 mins - Goal, J.Pittard
  • 30 mins - Behind, J.Schulz

    Port Adelaide and Melbourne Events

  • 4 mins - Behind, J.McKenzie
  • 9 mins - Goal, L.Tapscott
  • 11 mins - Behind, S.Blease
  • 18 mins - Behind, A.Riley
  • 19 mins - Goal, D.Tyson
Q2
7.6.48
5.5.35

    Port Adelaide Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, T.Boak
  • 6 mins - Goal, P.Stewart
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Schulz
  • 24 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 31 mins - Behind, R.Gray

    Port Adelaide and Melbourne Events

  • 14 mins - Behind, J.Viney
  • 18 mins - Behind, S.Blease
  • 19 mins - Goal, B.Vince
  • 21 mins - Goal, C.Pedersen
  • 32 mins - Goal, J.Frawley
Q3
8.9.57
8.7.55

    Port Adelaide Events

  • 13 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 22 mins - Behind, H.Hartlett
  • 24 mins - Behind, J.Schulz
  • 29 mins - Goal, C.Wingard

    Port Adelaide and Melbourne Events

  • 3 mins - Behind, J.Frawley
  • 9 mins - Behind, C.Dawes
  • 13 mins - Goal, S.Blease
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Kennedy-Harris
  • 17 mins - Goal, J.Watts
Q4
10.12.72
10.9.69

    Port Adelaide Events

  • 2 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 12 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 15 mins - Behind, J.Westhoff
  • 16 mins - Goal, A.Young
  • 27 mins - Goal, J.Schulz

    Port Adelaide and Melbourne Events

  • 6 mins - Behind, L.Tapscott
  • 13 mins - Behind, D.Kent
  • 20 mins - Goal, R.Bail
  • 22 mins - Goal, D.Tyson

Scorers

Port Adelaide
Melbourne
Goal Scorers Port Adelaide Melbourne
Goals and Behinds Schulz (2.2), Westhoff (2.1), Stewart (2.0), Wingard (1.1), Boak (1.0), Pittard (1.0), Young (1.0), Cornes (0.1), Ebert (0.1), Gray (0.1), Hartlett (0.1) Tyson (2.0), Blease (1.2), Frawley (1.1), Tapscott (1.1), Bail (1.0), Kennedy-Harris (1.0), Pedersen (1.0), Vince (1.0), Watts (1.0), Dawes (0.1), Kent (0.1), McKenzie (0.1), Riley (0.1), Viney (0.1)

Team Statistics

Port Adelaide
Melbourne

Statistics

Port Adelaide Melbourne
Goals 10 10
Behinds 12 9
Scoring shots 22 21
Goals/scoring shots 45 48
Disposals 325 344
Port AdelaideGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
T.Boak 19 7 2 12 10 5 3 1 0 3
M.Broadbent 12 9 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D.Cassisi 14 11 5 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
K.Cornes 19 13 7 6 4 9 2 1 0 1
B.Ebert 24 16 5 8 9 5 1 1 4 4
R.Gray 26 11 4 15 16 6 3 1 0 8
H.Hartlett 17 11 3 6 5 5 0 1 1 3
J.Hombsch 8 7 3 1 2 3 1 1 1 0
J.Impey 12 5 4 7 5 2 1 3 0 0
T.Jonas 9 5 3 4 3 3 0 0 0 0
M.Lobbe 9 3 1 6 7 10 2 1 35 2
B.Newton 6 3 2 3 3 5 0 0 1 1
C.O'Shea 25 18 12 7 9 1 0 0 0 1
J.Pittard 15 13 4 2 3 6 0 1 0 0
J.Polec 8 4 1 4 7 2 1 0 0 3
J.Schulz 9 8 3 1 4 0 2 1 1 0
P.Stewart 8 3 1 5 6 3 1 0 0 1
J.Westhoff 21 17 7 4 11 2 1 1 3 0
M.White 9 5 2 4 3 4 1 2 0 1
O.Wines 26 15 1 11 11 9 3 1 4 7
C.Wingard 13 10 6 3 6 3 1 2 0 0
A.Young 16 9 4 7 8 4 1 2 1 4
MelbourneGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
R.Bail 21 9 3 12 6 2 0 0 0 2
S.Blease 10 8 2 2 3 3 1 1 0 1
C.Dawes 9 6 4 3 4 3 1 1 1 0
L.Dunn 13 10 3 3 3 1 1 2 0 0
J.Frawley 19 11 9 8 9 1 0 0 0 0
C.Garland 13 11 6 2 2 3 0 0 0 0
J.Grimes 17 10 7 7 2 1 0 2 0 0
J.Howe 17 7 3 10 6 1 0 1 0 0
M.Jamar 12 6 3 6 10 1 2 1 47 4
N.Jetta 17 6 2 11 6 4 2 0 0 1
N.Jones 31 13 3 18 11 5 1 2 0 8
J.Kennedy-Harris 9 5 1 4 5 3 1 0 0 2
D.Kent 8 4 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 3
T.McDonald 13 9 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
J.McKenzie 11 3 0 8 5 2 2 1 0 3
C.Pedersen 10 6 4 4 4 3 1 2 10 1
A.Riley 12 4 0 8 7 7 2 4 0 2
L.Tapscott 13 8 0 5 7 1 3 0 0 2
D.Tyson 32 15 5 17 15 7 2 2 0 5
B.Vince 17 8 6 9 8 2 1 1 0 3
J.Viney 21 10 4 11 4 5 0 3 0 3
J.Watts 19 10 6 9 6 3 0 1 0 1

Match Details

Port Adelaide
Melbourne
START TIME
1:10PM
WEATHER
Sunny. Cool
VENUE
Adelaide Oval
Umpires
Jeff Dalgleish, Dean Margetts, David Harris

Port Adelaide holds off Melbourne in AFL thriller

Ashley Porter

PORT ADELAIDE 4.4  7.6  8.9  10.12 (72) MELBOURNE 2.3  5.5  8.7  10.9 (69)
Goals: Port Adelaide:
 Schulz 2, Westhoff 2, Stewart 2, Young, Wingard, Pittard, Boak. Melbourne: Tyson 2, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley, Kennedy-Harris, Watts, Tapscott,  Bail, Blease.
Best: Port Adelaide: Gray, Wines, Westhoff, O’Shea, Schulz. Melbourne: Jones, Tyson, Frawley, Jamar, Viney.
Umpires: Dalgleish, Margetts, Harris.
Crowd: 37,894 at Adelaide Oval.

Port Adelaide won the game but not the glory after scraping in by three points against a brave Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Matt White gets away from Bernie Vince.
Matt White gets away from Bernie Vince. Photo: Getty Images

And while the Power snapped a three-game losing streak, it won’t be able to hide from the scrutiny that’s about to consume the club.

Lost was the chance to break back into the top four on percentage, and further emerging were clear signs there is something terribly wrong. Coach Ken Hinkley believes the pressure to perform like a top side is taking its toll.

The defining moment came seconds before the three-quarter-time siren when replays clearly showed Jack Watts had punched the ball first in a marking contest with Port’s Chad Wingard, but was penalised for high contact. Wingard was given a free and gifted a goal after the siren, giving Port a two-point lead.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos diplomatically suggested there were errors by his players that were also costly, but nothing will change the opinions of Demon fans that they were robbed.

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In a game of changing fortunes, and a tense situation that ultimately needed someone to excel under pressure, Melbourne made costly errors after snatching the lead in the dying moments.

Port’s Jay Schulz then kicked a remarkable goal deep from the left pocket with 1 minute and 55 seconds remaining to break the hearts of Melbourne fans.

Port Adelaide's Dom Cassisi is chaired off the ground.
Port Adelaide's Dom Cassisi is chaired off the ground. Photo: Getty Images

It was a fitting end to a game in terms of being the last for Port’s previous captain Dom Cassisi, and in many ways epitomised his stellar 228-game career - filled with grit.

While Melbourne was left to rue what could have been, and ecstatic with some amazing individual performances, Port was relieved to get away with the points.

It certainly wasn’t a pretty performance, and there is no doubt it is a shadow of the side that went two wins clear on top mid-season, and is now struggling to earn a top-four finish that will guarantee a home final and have a crucial bearing on its ailing premiership chances.

Missing again was much of Port’s run and brilliant free-flowing play, the courage to take the game on with confidence. On Sunday it was about missing targets, looking up and not seeing a teammate, and handballing to get out of trouble under intense pressure.

Basically, Port appeared flat again, with key players Brad Ebert, Robbie Gray and Wingard looking as if they were carrying injuries, which Hinkley dismissed.

 

But by no means should Port’s deficiencies deny it any credit for winning a tough contest. Melbourne was awesome with its approach on the ball.

For Melbourne to recover from Port’s five-goal burst from late in the first quarter - and then have players such as Watts to excel in the third and be part of a six-goal run than stunned the Power - was full of character.

The battle of the ruckmen was magnificent. Port’s Matthew Lobbe had 35 hitouts and Melbourne’s Mark Jamar 47. While Ollie Wines stood out for the Power, the Demons had a host of other top contributors, including Dom Tyson, Colin Garland, Nathan Jones and Neville Jetta, who was resilient in defence.

Port’s Kane Cornes did a fair tagging job on Bernie Vince until three-quarter time, while Jordie McKenzie was brilliant in the manner in which he quelled the impact of Power captain Travis Boak.

There were some magnificent tackles, and none better than Aidan Riley’s crunching grab on Hamish Hartlett. Riley’s tenacity and ability to win the hard ball further supported Melbourne’s move to get him from Adelaide.

The game was marred by some appalling kicking skills and turnovers, but it was also enthralling how Port and Melbourne contested well. It was largely about being frightened to make mistakes and lacking confidence. This was once normal for Melbourne, yet on Sunday it was angry at the loss, and rightly so.

And just maybe this ugly win will turn things around for Port as it starts to get key players back from injury.