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AFL Home and Away, Sunday, 20 July 2014 - Round 18 - Adelaide Oval

Time
Full Time
Team
Port Adelaide
Score
10.12.72
Team
Melbourne
Score
10.9.69
Port Adelaide versus Melbourne
Quarters 4.4.28 Q1 2.3.15
Quarters 7.6.48 Q2 5.5.35
Quarters 8.9.57 Q3 8.7.55
Quarters 10.12.72 Q4 10.9.69
Players 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) Scorers 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)

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Match Tracker

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Melbourne: Behind Jordie McKenzie
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Kane Cornes
  8. 8 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Brad Ebert
  9. 9 minute Melbourne: Goal Luke Tapscott
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute Melbourne: Behind Sam Blease
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Chad Wingard
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Justin Westhoff
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Melbourne: Behind Aidan Riley
  19. 19 minute Melbourne: Goal Dom Tyson
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Justin Westhoff
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Paul Stewart
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Jasper Pittard
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Jay Schulz
  31. 31 minute
  32. QT Qtr time
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Travis Boak
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Paul Stewart
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Jay Schulz Melbourne: Behind Jack Viney
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Melbourne: Behind Sam Blease
  19. 19 minute Melbourne: Goal Bernie Vince
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute Melbourne: Goal Cameron Pedersen
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute Port Adelaide: Rushed Behind
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Robbie Gray
  32. QT Qtr time Melbourne: Goal James Frawley
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute Melbourne: Behind James Frawley
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute Melbourne: Behind Chris Dawes
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute Port Adelaide: Rushed Behind Melbourne: Goal Sam Blease
  14. 14 minute Melbourne: Goal Jay Kennedy-Harris
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute
  17. 17 minute Melbourne: Goal Jack Watts
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Hamish Hartlett
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Jay Schulz
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. QT Qtr time Port Adelaide: Goal Chad Wingard
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute Port Adelaide: Rushed Behind
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute Melbourne: Behind Luke Tapscott
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute Port Adelaide: Rushed Behind
  13. 13 minute Melbourne: Behind Dean Kent
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Port Adelaide: Behind Justin Westhoff
  16. 16 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Aaron Young
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute Melbourne: Goal Rohan Bail
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Melbourne: Goal Dom Tyson
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute Port Adelaide: Goal Jay Schulz
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute
  30. FT Full time
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. 40 minute

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne

Statistics

Match Statistics
Port AdelaideMelbourne

Travis Boak

Goal
1

Rohan Bail

Goal
1

Matthew Broadbent

Sam Blease

Goal
1
Behind
2

Dom Cassisi

Chris Dawes

Behind
1

Kane Cornes

Behind
1

Lynden Dunn

Brad Ebert

Behind
1

James Frawley

Goal
1
Behind
1

Robbie Gray

Behind
1

Colin Garland

Hamish Hartlett

Behind
1

Jack Grimes

Jack Hombsch

Jeremy Howe

Jarman Impey

Mark Jamar

Tom Jonas

Neville Jetta

Matthew Lobbe

Nathan Jones

Benjamin Newton

Jay Kennedy-Harris

Goal
1

Cam O'Shea

Dean Kent

Behind
1

Jasper Pittard

Goal
1

Tom McDonald

Jared Polec

Jordie McKenzie

Behind
1

Jay Schulz

Goal
2
Behind
2

Cameron Pedersen

Goal
1

Paul Stewart

Goal
2

Aidan Riley

Behind
1

Justin Westhoff

Goal
2
Behind
1

Luke Tapscott

Goal
1
Behind
1

Matt White

Dom Tyson

Goal
2

Ollie Wines

Bernie Vince

Goal
1

Chad Wingard

Goal
1
Behind
1

Jack Viney

Behind
1

Aaron Young

Goal
1

Jack Watts

Goal
1

Port Adelaide vs Melbourne

  • Goals

    Port Adelaide 10
    50% 50%
    Melbourne 10
  • Behinds

    Port Adelaide 12
    57% 43%
    Melbourne 9
  • Scoring shots

    Port Adelaide 22
    51% 49%
    Melbourne 21
  • Goals/scoring shots

    Port Adelaide 45%
    48% 52%
    Melbourne 48%
  • Disposals

    Port Adelaide 325
    49% 51%
    Melbourne 344
  • Kicks

    Port Adelaide 203
    53% 47%
    Melbourne 179
  • Handballs

    Port Adelaide 122
    43% 57%
    Melbourne 165
  • Contested Possessions

    Port Adelaide 137
    51% 49%
    Melbourne 130
  • Uncontested Possessions

    Port Adelaide 186
    47% 53%
    Melbourne 214
  • Marks

    Port Adelaide 85
    52% 48%
    Melbourne 78
  • Tackles

    Port Adelaide 89
    61% 39%
    Melbourne 58
  • Hit-outs

    Port Adelaide 51
    47% 53%
    Melbourne 58
  • Clearances

    Port Adelaide 39
    49% 51%
    Melbourne 41
  • Frees for

    Port Adelaide 24
    55% 45%
    Melbourne 20
  • Frees against

    Port Adelaide 20
    45% 55%
    Melbourne 24
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    Port Adelaide statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Travis Boak 19 7 2 12 10 9 5 1 0 1.0 3 1 0 3
    Matthew Broadbent 12 9 5 3 2 9 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Dom Cassisi 14 11 5 3 3 11 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Kane Cornes 19 13 7 6 4 14 9 0 1 0.1 2 1 0 1
    Brad Ebert 24 16 5 8 9 16 5 0 1 0.1 1 1 4 4
    Robbie Gray 26 11 4 15 16 9 6 0 1 0.1 3 1 0 8
    Hamish Hartlett 17 11 3 6 5 13 5 0 1 0.1 0 1 1 3
    Jack Hombsch 8 7 3 1 2 6 3 0 0 0.0 1 1 1 0
    Jarman Impey 12 5 4 7 5 9 2 0 0 0.0 1 3 0 0
    Tom Jonas 9 5 3 4 3 6 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lobbe 9 3 1 6 7 2 10 0 0 0.0 2 1 35 2
    Benjamin Newton 6 3 2 3 3 3 5 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 1
    Cam O'Shea 25 18 12 7 9 16 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
    Jasper Pittard 15 13 4 2 3 11 6 1 0 1.0 0 1 0 0
    Jared Polec 8 4 1 4 7 1 2 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 3
    Jay Schulz 9 8 3 1 4 5 0 2 2 2.2 2 1 1 0
    Paul Stewart 8 3 1 5 6 2 3 2 0 2.0 1 0 0 1
    Justin Westhoff 21 17 7 4 11 9 2 2 1 2.1 1 1 3 0
    Matt White 9 5 2 4 3 6 4 0 0 0.0 1 2 0 1
    Ollie Wines 26 15 1 11 11 15 9 0 0 0.0 3 1 4 7
    Chad Wingard 13 10 6 3 6 6 3 1 1 1.1 1 2 0 0
    Aaron Young 16 9 4 7 8 8 4 1 0 1.0 1 2 1 4
    Melbourne statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Rohan Bail 21 9 3 12 6 15 2 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2
    Sam Blease 10 8 2 2 3 8 3 1 2 1.2 1 1 0 1
    Chris Dawes 9 6 4 3 4 5 3 0 1 0.1 1 1 1 0
    Lynden Dunn 13 10 3 3 3 9 1 0 0 0.0 1 2 0 0
    James Frawley 19 11 9 8 9 11 1 1 1 1.1 0 0 0 0
    Colin Garland 13 11 6 2 2 10 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Grimes 17 10 7 7 2 15 1 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0
    Jeremy Howe 17 7 3 10 6 11 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Mark Jamar 12 6 3 6 10 2 1 0 0 0.0 2 1 47 4
    Neville Jetta 17 6 2 11 6 11 4 0 0 0.0 2 0 0 1
    Nathan Jones 31 13 3 18 11 20 5 0 0 0.0 1 2 0 8
    Jay Kennedy-Harris 9 5 1 4 5 4 3 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 2
    Dean Kent 8 4 1 4 5 4 0 0 1 0.1 0 0 0 3
    Tom McDonald 13 9 6 4 2 11 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Jordie McKenzie 11 3 0 8 5 6 2 0 1 0.1 2 1 0 3
    Cameron Pedersen 10 6 4 4 4 6 3 1 0 1.0 1 2 10 1
    Aidan Riley 12 4 0 8 7 5 7 0 1 0.1 2 4 0 2
    Luke Tapscott 13 8 0 5 7 5 1 1 1 1.1 3 0 0 2
    Dom Tyson 32 15 5 17 15 17 7 2 0 2.0 2 2 0 5
    Bernie Vince 17 8 6 9 8 9 2 1 0 1.0 1 1 0 3
    Jack Viney 21 10 4 11 4 17 5 0 1 0.1 0 3 0 3
    Jack Watts 19 10 6 9 6 13 3 1 0 1.0 0 1 0 1

    Latest Comments

    • Go Dogs

      pepperontop | July 20, 2014, 5:13PM
    • Good to see more pathetic moron umpiring today. Obviously incorrect disposal no longer matters and taking someone side on is now in the back. Seriously are these guys umpiring afl or something else

      Hornberger | July 20, 2014, 5:14PM

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    Top Players

    Goals
    Player name Justin Westhoff 2
    Player name Jay Schulz 2
    Player name Paul Stewart 2
    Disposals
    Player name Dom Tyson 32
    Kicks
    Player name Cam O'Shea 18
    Handballs
    Player name Nathan Jones 18
    Contested Possessions
    Player name Robbie Gray 16
    Uncontested Possessions
    Player name Nathan Jones 20
    Marks
    Player name Cam O'Shea 12
    Tackles
    Player name Matthew Lobbe 10
    Clearances
    Player name Nathan Jones 8
    Player name Robbie Gray 8

    Match Details

    Start time:
    1:10pm
    Weather:
    Sunny. Cool
    Umpires:
    Jeff Dalgleish, Dean Margetts, David Harris
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    AFL Express: Sunday 20 July

    Date

    Ronny Lerner

    Essendon v Western Bulldogs.

    Essendon v Western Bulldogs. Photo: Pat Scala PDS

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    FULL TIME

    BULLDOGS    3.3, 8.6, 12.8, 14.10 (94)
    ESSENDON    4.2, 7.5, 10.7, 15.11 (101)

    GOALS
    Bulldogs: Stringer 5, Dahlhaus 2, Bontempelli 2, Hrovat, Macrae, Boyd, Redpath, Crameri
    Essendon: Carlisle 8, Ryder 2, Ambrose, Colyer, Chapman, Dell’Olio, Winderlich

    DISPOSALS
    Bulldogs: Macrae 32, Griffen 28, Boyd 22
    Essendon: Heppell 22, Chapman 21, Winderlich 21

    That was a fantastic effort by Essendon to drag themselves back into the game and get the win.

    Things were looking dire for the Bombers early in the last term when Stringer booted his fifth goal to put the Dogs 19 points up.

    But Essendon rallied to pile on five of the last six goals and claim the win.

    More importantly for the Bombers, they have shored up their spot in the top eight.

    The Bulldogs did such a great job for most of the game in pressuring Essendon into many skill errors and picking holes in the Bombers’ flimsy defensive structures all around the ground.

    But while the Dogs’ speed troubled Essendon up until three-quarter time, that all changed after the final change.

    The Bulldogs totally ran out of legs in the final quarter and looked very tired – maybe a by-product of their trip up to Cairns last week.

    As a result, the Bombers out-harassed the Bulldogs – especially in attack – and the Dogs struggled to get it out of that part of the ground for most of the final quarter.

    Essendon’s best players were Carlisle (who kicked a career-best eight goals), Ryder, Heppell, Chapman, Winderlich, Hurley and Hooker.

    For the Dogs, Stringer, Macrae, Griffen, Boyd, Wallis and Hunter stood out.

    Q4 30 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Macrae's hurried shot on goal is marked by Goddard on the last line.

    0:02 to go

    Q4 29 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Ball up 70m out from the Bulldogs' goal

    0:29 to go

    Q4 29 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Redpath's long ball forward is punched over the boundary line by Hooker

    0:52 to go

    Q4 28 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Hurley shoves Stevens in the back on Essendon's half-forward line

    1:40 to go

    Q4 28 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    There's no surprise that a hobbled Wallis has led to a dominant Heppell in this last quarter.

    He now leads Essendon with 22 disposals.

    We'll have a throw-in on Essendon's 50m line

    2:01 to go

    Q4 27 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Essendon have just taken a minute off the clock playing keepings off

    2:22 to go

    Q4 26 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Dahlhaus kicks it straight to Goddard at Essendon's centre-half forward position and he kicks it sideways to Baguley.

    The Bombers will play a bit of keepings off now

    3:10 to go

    Q4 25 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Throw-in on centre wing

    3:57 to go

    Q4 24 MIN, WB 94 ESS 101

    Heppell chips it delightfully to Chapman 45m out near the boundary.

    Chapman acts quickly, kicks it deep to the goal square, Winderlich is third man up and takes the overhead mark over the jostling Carlisle and Roughead.

    Winderlich then kicks the goal from point-blank range.

    4:14 to go

    Q4 22 MIN, WB 94 ESS 95

    Colyer wins the free kick after being legged by Boyd 50m out from Essendon's goal on the boundary.

    Colyer centres it and Carlisle takes his 12th mark.

    From 35m out on a slight angle, he sprays it to the right.

    5:17 to go

    Q4 21 MIN, WB 94 ESS 94

    Throw-in 50m around from Essendon's goal

    6:40 to go

    Q4 20 MIN, WB 94 ESS 94

    Griffen bursts clear of the pack and from the boundary line his centring kick from the pocket hits Bontempelli in front of Fletcher 5m out from goal.

    Bontempelli makes no mistake from point-blank range.

    6:56 to go

    Q4 18 MIN, WB 88 ESS 94

    Ball up 65m out from Essendon's goal

    8:30 to go

    Q4 17 MIN, WB 88 ESS 94

    Roughead is now back on Carlisle

    Q4 16 MIN, WB 88 ESS 94

    Myers is pushed in the back and wins the free kick on the wing.

    Myers kicks it to Jackson Merrett who sends it deep and Carlisle takes the pack mark from fourth in line!!

    From 15m out on a tough angle, Carlisle's snap set shot delivers him his eighth goal!

    That is four goals in a row for the Dons!

    Q4 15 MIN, WB 88 ESS 88

    Myers' raking kick from outside 50m misses to the right

    Q4 14 MIN, WB 88 ESS 87

    Goddard's clearing kick goes only far as Macrae who spots up Hunter 48m out.

    Hunter plays on but his shot is off line and the Dogs are back in front.

    Q4 12 MIN, WB 87 ESS 87

    Ryder bangs it forward, Chapman gathers the crumbs from the pack, handballs it to Dell'Olio and the sub pops it through from 30m out! Scores level!

    Q4 11 MIN, WB 87 ESS 81

    Hurley kicks it to Winderlich on the wing.

    Winderlich streams forward, bangs it deep and Chapman takes the mark on Boyd.

    From 15m out directly in front, Chapman kicks it right through the middle

    Q4 9 MIN, WB 87 ESS 75

    Chapman roves the pack front and square but his snap shot from the top of the goal square misses!

    Q4 9 MIN, WB 87 ESS 74

    Ryder's tap out from the throw-in goes to Zaharakis who has a quick snap from the boundary that can only manage a point

    Q4 7 MIN, WB 87 ESS 73

    Hurley stops, props and spots up Carlisle beautifully.

    From 40m out directly in front, Carlisle bangs home his seventh goal!

    Q4 6 MIN, WB 87 ESS 67

    Hibberd is off the ground with a thigh complaint

    Q4 5 MIN, WB 87 ESS 67

    Carlisle picks up the Colyer pass on the half-volley, quickly spins around and his snap shot from 30m out goes out on the full

    Q4 4 MIN, WB 87 ESS 67

    Liberatore's kick to Stringer is spoiled by Baguley who taps it through for a rushed behind

    Q4 1 MIN, WB 86 ESS 67

    Minson's tap out from the ball up deep in the Dogs' forward line was a ripper.

    It went straight to Stringer who snaps truly from 15m out.

    That is five goals now for Stringer. Perfect start for his side!

    Q4 0 MIN, WB 80 ESS 67

    Dahlhaus is taken high Winderlich on the Dogs' forward flank

    Q4 0 MIN, WB 80 ESS 67

    Wallis is starting the final quarter off the ground with some kind of injury.

    He has done a great job of keeping Heppell (14 disposals) quiet.

    How crucial will Wallis' absence be?

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    BULLDOGS    3.3, 8.6, 12.8 (80)
    ESSENDON    4.2, 7.5, 10.7 (67)

    GOALS
    Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Dahlhaus 2, Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae, Boyd, Redpath, Crameri
    Essendon: Carlisle 6, Ryder 2, Ambrose, Colyer

    DISPOSALS
    Bulldogs: Macrae 23, Boyd 18, Griffen 17, Wallis 16
    Essendon: Myers 16, Z.Merrett 15, Hurley 15, Hooker 15

    The Bulldogs have extended their advantage to 13 points at three-quarter time and there are many reasons why they find themselves on top.

    For starters, their forward line is probably functioning the best it has all year.

    On top of that, their fantastic pressure is leading to many Bombers mistakes.

    The Dogs’ speed and class has also made Essendon look second-rate.

    The Dons aren’t defending the ground very well either which has allowed the Bulldogs to pick them apart.

    Adding insult to injury for Essendon were two crucial set shot misses late in the third quarter from Jackson Merrett and Stanton.

    We know the Bombers are good enough to fight back and win, but they are no chance if the Bulldogs continue to play as well as they have.

    Q3 29 MIN, WB 80 ESS 67

    Zach Merrett takes a bounce and his kick forward finds Stanton's outstretched hands.

    From 30m out, Stanton misses to the right with 30 seconds left on the clock.

    Two huge chances from Jackson Merrett and Stanton have been blown.

    Q3 27 MIN, WB 80 ESS 66

    Jackson Merrett is tackled high by Griffen 25m out from goal and wins the free kick.

    With hardly any angle to speak of, Merrett sprays a simple set shot. That is disappointing.

    Q3 26 MIN, WB 80 ESS 65

    Zaharakis chips it forward but it goes straight to Roughead. Poor kick.

    Q3 25 MIN, WB 80 ESS 65

    Picken has been subbed out and Cooney is in the game

    Q3 24 MIN, WB 80 ESS 65

    Heppell outmarks Dahlhaus on the wing, sends it forward and Carlisle takes another big overhead mark.

    From 30m out on a slight angle, Carlisle increases his career-best bag to six goals

    Q3 23 MIN, WB 80 ESS 59

    Hooker took the mark in the back pocket and is awarded the 50m penalty because Bontempelli was in the protected area.

    Q3 22 MIN, WB 80 ESS 59

    Howlett has been subbed out, Dell'Olio is in the game

    Q3 22 MIN, WB 80 ESS 59

    Minson roves the ball from the stoppage, eludes a few Bombers and his quick kick to the dangerous spot ends up on Dahlhaus' chest.

    From 35m out on a slight angle, Dahlhaus bangs it home

    Q3 19 MIN, WB 74 ESS 59

    Fletcher does brilliantly well to knock the ball out of Austin's hands and handballs it to Stanton who fails to score from 30m out

    Q3 17 MIN, WB 74 ESS 59

    Leading disposals: Macrae 17, Myers 16, Hrovat 15, Wallis 15, Griffen 15, Hurley 14

    Q3 15 MIN, WB 74 ESS 59

    Demspey goes for a run, takes two bounces, assesses his options and spots up Ryder 40m out from goal.

    From directly in front, Ryder splits the big sticks. That was an important six points for the Bombers.

    Q3 14 MIN, WB 74 ESS 53

    Dahlhaus can't gather the ball properly on the behind line and it goes through for a behind

    Q3 13 MIN, WB 73 ESS 53

    Zaharakis off the ground having his right knee looked at

    Q3 13 MIN, WB 73 ESS 53

    Hrovat runs up the guts, bangs it forward and Crameri takes a super contested mark against Hurley.

    From 20m out directly in front, Crameri slots his first goal.

    The Bombers are in trouble here.

    Q3 12 MIN, WB 67 ESS 53

    Fletcher gathers the loose ball and, from 50m out next to the boundary line under pressure from Roughead, he boots it out of bounds on the full

    Q3 9 MIN, WB 67 ESS 53

    Stanton handballs it to Heppell whose snap shot from 35m out bounces out of bounds next to the behind post

    Q3 8 MIN, WB 67 ESS 53

    The Bulldogs are leading the inside 50s this quarter 5-1

    Q3 8 MIN, WB 67 ESS 53

    A chain of handballs involving Griffen, Bontempelli and Wallis ends up with Stringer who runs to the forward pocket and slots the banana punt from close range

    Q3 7 MIN, WB 61 ESS 53

    The Bulldogs leading the contested possessions 80-65

    Q3 5 MIN, WB 61 ESS 53

    Bontempelli gets rid of Dempsey and takes the mark.

    From 50m out on a tough angle, the young Dog's set shot is off line and punched through for a rushed behind

    Q3 3 MIN, WB 60 ESS 53

    Colyer kicks it in the Carlisle direction and the big Bomber win the free kick for being held illegally by Morris in the marking contest.

    From 40m out on a 45-degree angle, Carlisle slots his fifth goal. That's a career-best for him.

    Q3 1 MIN, WB 60 ESS 47

    Redpath  handballs it to Stringer who breaks the Ambrose and Hocking tackles, runs to 50m out and bangs home his third goal!

    HALF-TIME

    BULLDOGS     3.3, 8.6 (54)
    ESSENDON    4.2, 7.5 (47)

    GOALS
    Bulldogs: Stringer 2, Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Boyd, Redpath
    Essendon: Carlisle 4, Ambrose, Ryder, Colyer

    DISPOSALS
    Bulldogs: Macrae 14, Griffen 12, Hunter 11, Wallis 11
    Essendon: Hurley 13, Fletcher 12, Chapman 12, Myers 12

    The Bulldogs were fantastic in that second term, booting five of the last six goals to grab a seven-point lead.

    Just like the first quarter, Essendon got out to a three-goal lead early in the second term and it looked as though they were ready to bust the game open.

    But once again, the Dogs fought back and fought back hard to hit the front.

    The Bombers look a little one-dimensional with their heavy reliance on Carlisle who has 11 disposals, 7 marks and 4 goals at half-time.

    Conversely, the Bulldogs have had seven goal scorers (compared to the Bombers’ four) and they have been very successful in isolating their forwards.

    The Dogs have also done a great job of keeping Goddard (6 disposals), Winderlich (6), Stanton (6), Heppell (9) and Zaharakis (9) quiet.

    The Bombers are on top in disposals (170-164), marks (44-37), clearances (24-19), inside 50s (22-21) and tackles (36-28) and there is probably more potential upside from them in the second half.

    But they’ve already had two big lapses in this game and if they continue allowing the Dogs space to run then they’re going to find themselves in the losers’ circle tonight.

    Q2 28 MIN, WB 54 ESS 47

    Dahlhaus' well-weighted kick forward is a beauty and hits Redpath on the chest.

    From 25m out on a tight angle, Redpath kicks the goal with his first disposal for the game.

    Q2 26 MIN, WB 48 ESS 47

    Chapman applies a ripping tackle to Griffen and wins the free kick on the Dons' forward flank

    Q2 24 MIN, WB 48 ESS 47

    Fletcher has moved to the forward line and he wins a free kick for being pushed in the back by Roughead on the 50m line.

    Fletcher kicks it to the hot spot and Carlisle takes a huge grab in the goal square over Boyd and Picken.

    From point-blank range, Carlisle slots his fourth goal and that ends the Dogs' run of four majors in a row

    Q2 22 MIN, WB 48 ESS 41

    Stevens drills it forward beautifully to Stringer.

    From 45m out on a slight angle, Stringer sneaks it in for the Dogs' fourth goal in a row!

    Q2 21 MIN, WB 42 ESS 41

    Some of Essendon's prime movers Zaharakis (7 touches), Winderlich (6) and Stanton (5) have been very quiet.

    Q2 20 MIN, WB 42 ESS 41

    Colyer's snap from 40m out on a tough angle bounces the wrong side of the post

    Q2 19 MIN, WB 42 ESS 40

    Hibberd's handball to Stanton is a shocker, Boyd collects the loose ball and drills it home from 30m out!

    That is three goals in a row for the Dogs and they hit the front for the first time today!

    Q2 18 MIN, WB 36 ESS 40

    Austin bombs it long to a pack, the ball spills free, Stringer roves it beautifully and snaps truly from 35m out!

    Q2 15 MIN, WB 30 ESS 40

    Leading disposals: Macrae 11, Fletcher 11, Myers 11, Chapman 10, Griffen 10, Hurley 10

    Q2 14 MIN, WB 30 ESS 40

    Dahlhaus runs down Hibberd and is awarded the free kick 15m out directly in front of goal.

    The gun Bulldog makes no mistake with the set shot.

    Q2 14 MIN, WB 24 ESS 40

    Hunter takes the mark and from tight on the boundary line 40m out, his set shot falls short and is punched through for a rushed behind

    Q2 13 MIN, WB 23 ESS 40

    Hunter takes one of the biggest leaps you'll ever see on the shoulders of Hibberd!

    Unfortunately the young Bulldog got nowhere near the ball, but gee whiz! That was one incredible jump and ride!

    Q2 11 MIN, WB 23 ESS 40

    Goddard gets rid of his opponents, takes the mark, goes for a run, has a bounce down the wing and centres it beautifully to Carlisle 40m out from goal.

    But for some reason Carlisle handballs it off to Myers whose running shot on goal misses to the left.

    Carlisle had to go back and have a shot at his fourth goal!

    Q2 8 MIN, WB 23 ESS 39

    Dempsey passes it to the lonesome Ryder who runs to 50m out but his shot on goal is off line and Hooker is unable to mark it on the behind line

    Q2 7 MIN, WB 23 ESS 38

    Liberatore tackles Myers and the Bomber has no choice but to 'tunnell ball' it on the wing

    Q2 5 MIN, WB 23 ESS 38

    Zach Merrett pumps it deep to the pack in the goal square, it falls to ground, Colyer collects the loose ball and snaps truly from a few metres out

    Q2 5 MIN, WB 23 ESS 32

    Carlisle wins the free kick 48m out on a tough angle after being held by Morris in the marking contest.

    Q2 4 MIN, WB 23 ESS 32

    Stringer takes four Bombers on, is brought to ground in the Dogs' forward line but somehow manages to not be penalised for holding the ball.

    Q2 3 MIN, WB 23 ESS 32

    Baguley rushes a behind for the Dogs

    Q2 2 MIN, WB 22 ESS 32

    Bontempelli's set shot from 50m out directly in front veers to the right

    Q2 2 MIN, WB 21 ESS 32

    Morris has now moved onto Carlisle with the Bomber already kicking three goals on Roughead

    Q2 1 MIN, WB 21 ESS 32

    Hocking bangs it forward and Carlisle clunks it overhead despite being behind Roughead!

    Great body work there from Carlisle.

    From 30m out on a slight angle, Carlisle boots his third goal

    QUARTER-TIME

    BULLDOGS    3.3 (21)
    ESSENDON    4.2 (26)

    Goals
    Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae
    Essendon: Carlisle 2, Ambrose, Ryder

    Disposals
    Bulldogs: Griffen 7, Macrae 7, Hunter 7
    Essendon: Heppell 8, Hurley 8, Myers 8

    The Bulldogs did really well to fight back in the second part of the first quarter to only trail by five points.

    Essendon made a hot start, booting four of the first five goals to grab a comfortable 19-point lead.

    The Bombers were tougher and stronger around the ball and Carlisle was getting a hold of Roughead.

    But to the Dogs’ credit, they managed to slow the game down and made it tougher for the Bombers to get the ball into their forward line as easily as they did for most of the quarter.

    The Bulldogs deprived the Dons space and hemmed them in very well.

    Brendan McCartney’s men capitalised and booted the final two goals to get right back in the contest.

    The Bulldogs lead the contested possessions (36-28) and inside 50s (11-9).

    But the Dons are on top in disposals (96-78), clearances (16-9) and tackles (17-7).

    If those trends continue to favour Essendon, it will go a long way to ensuring they win the game.

    Q1 31 MIN, WB 21 ESS 26

    Boyd's mid-air soccer attempt in the goal square with Stanton hot on his hammer hits the post

    Q1 30 MIN, WB 20 ESS 26

    The Dogs have also had more inside 50s (10-9)

    Q1 30 MIN, WB 20 ESS 26

    The Bulldogs lead the contested possessions 33-26

    Q1 30 MIN, WB 20 ESS 26

    Stringer handballs it to Macrae whose mongrel punt bounces through.

    Q1 29 MIN, WB 14 ESS 26

    Ryder wins the free kick at the throw-in on the wing after being held by Minson

    Q1 27 MIN, WB 14 ESS 26

    Griffen is taken high by Ryder on Essendon's half-forward line

    Q1 25 MIN, WB 14 ESS 26

    Minson takes the mark over Howlett on the Dogs' half-forward flank.

    Minson centres to Crameri and the ex-Bomber takes the mark 30m out directly in front.

    But Crameri fluffs an easy set shot.

    Q1 23 MIN, WB 13 ESS 26

    Crameri, Stringer and Redpath have not touched the ball yet

    Q1 22 MIN, WB 13 ESS 26

    Baguley runs to 50m on the boundary but his shot on goal doesn't make the distance and is marked by Morris

    Q1 22 MIN, WB 13 ESS 26

    Macrae rushes a behind for Essendon

    Q1 20 MIN, WB 13 ESS 25

    Griffen's quick snap from 30m out misses to the right

    Q1 20 MIN, WB 12 ESS 25

    Hibberd's kick to Baguley is a shocker!

    He was only 15m away but kicked it past Baguley and it trickles out of bounds for a throw-in on the Dogs' half-forward line.

    Q1 18 MIN, WB 12 ESS 25

    Hrovat marks it on the half-forward flank and earns a 50m penalty because Colyer encroached the mark.

    From 25m out on a 40-degree angle, Hrovat makes no mistake.

    Q1 17 MIN, WB 6 ESS 25

    Heppell is the leading ball winner on the ground with five disposals

    Q1 16 MIN, WB 6 ESS 25

    Dempsey runs up the corridor, handballs it to Ryder and the Essendon ruckman chips it delightfully to Carlisle who marks it well in front of Roughead.

    From 25m out with hardly any angle to speak of, Carlisle slots his second major.

    Q1 14 MIN, WB 6 ESS 19

    Minson's long kick forward is chopped off by Hibberd

    Q1 14 MIN, WB 6 ESS 19

    Minson gives away the free kick for blocking Ryder in the ruck contest 25m out from Essendon's goal in the pocket.

    Ryder plays on and snaps truly.

    Q1 12 MIN, WB 6 ESS 13

    Essendon leading clearances 7-1

    Q1 12 MIN, WB 6 ESS 13

    Stevens catches Ambrose high and concedes the free kick 45m out from goal on a 40-degree angle.

    Ambrose lines them up and sneaks it in! Very good kick that.

    Q1 10 MIN, WB 6 ESS 7

    Colyer's long kick forward to Zach Merrett has too much on it and Picken punches it over for a throw-in 45m around from Essendon's goal

    Q1 8 MIN, WB 6 ESS 7

    The Bulldogs trying to play possession football at the moment

    Q1 6 MIN, WB 6 ESS 7

    Stanton chips it beautifully to Carlisle who marks in front of Roughead in the pocket.

    From 30m out on a tough angle, he can't convert the set shot.

    Q1 4 MIN, WB 6 ESS 6

    Macrae is pushed in the back by Zaharakis and is awarded the free kick.

    Macrae's kick forward is marked beautifully overhead by Bontempelli in front of Winderlich.

    From 30m out with hardly any angle to speak of, the rising Bulldogs star makes no mistake with the set shot.

    Match ups:
    Hurley v Crameri
    Fletcher v Stringer
    Minson v Ryder
    Roughead v Carlisle
    Morris v Goddard
    Hocking v Griffen
    Wallis v Heppell

    Q1 2 MIN, WB 0 ESS 6

    Amrbose kicks it forward and Carlisle takes the mark unattended in the forward pocket.

    Carlisle lines up from 35m out on a tight angle and makes no mistake.

    He has picked up where he left off last week!

    Congratulations to Courtenay Dempsey on playing his 100th game today

    The Bombers run out on the ground for a pre-game warm-up

    Essendon are aiming for six wins in a row against the Bulldogs for the first time in 45 years.

    The Bombers are also gunning for three consecutive victories for the first time this season.

    There is a late change for Essendon at Docklands.

    Cory Dell'Olio has come in for Joe Daniher who injured his shoulder at training.

    Dell'Olio and Cooney are the starting subs.

    We now turn our attention to Etihad Stadium where Essendon have the chance to grab sixth spot with a win over the Western Bulldogs.

    FULL TIME

    PT ADELAIDE    4.4, 7.6, 8.9, 10.12 (72)
    MELBOURNE      2.3, 5.5, 8.7, 10.9 (69)

    GOALS
    Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart 2, Schulz 2, Pittard, Boak, Wingard, Young
    Melbourne: Tyson 2, Tapscott, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley, Blease, Kennedy-Harris, Watts, Bail

    DISPOSALS
    Pt Adelaide: R.Gray 26, Wines 26, O'Shea 25, Ebert 24
    Melbourne: Tyson 32, N.Jones 31, Viney 21, Bail 21

    What an absolute thriller! And Port Adelaide avoid the split round curse with a nail-biting three-point victory over a very gutsy Melbourne outfit.

    The Power now re-enter the top four and this could be the result that turns their season around.

    It’s such a fine line. A loss for Port Adelaide, which could so easily have happened today, would have thrown their September plans in chaos.

    But as it is, the Power capitalised on Fremantle’s shock loss to St Kilda and the Dockers are now the ones sitting in fifth spot!

    Port Adelaide were cruising in the second term as they opened up a 30-point lead on the back of six consecutive goals.

    But the game underwent a dramatic transformation when Melbourne hit back with six goals in a row of their own to snatch a six-point lead in the third quarter.

    A dubious Wingard free kick on the three-quarter time siren handed the Power the lead back.

    However, Melbourne were not done with and after trailing by nine points 20 minutes into the final term, goals to Bail and Tyson gave their side a three-point lead.

    But a late Schulz goal ultimately decided the game and kept Port’s hopes of a double chance alive.

    Melbourne were extremely gallant, though. Their desperation and urgency for much of the match worried Port Adelaide and almost cost the hosts the match.

    Port Adelaide’s best players were Robbie Gray, Wines, Westhoff, Cornes, Ebert, O’Shea and Hombsch

    The Demons’ standouts were Tyson, Nathan Jones, Jetta, Bail, Dunn and Watts.

    Q4 29 MIN, PA 72 MELB 69

    Tyson pings Boak holding the ball on the half-forward flank.

    But Tyson's kick is marked by Westhoff on the wing and that is probably game over now!

    0:12 to go

    Q4 28 MIN, PA 72 MELB 69

    Ball up on centre wing

    0:49 to go.

    Q4 28 MIN, PA 72 MELB 69

    Throw-in on centre wing. The Dees need this clearance!

    0:57 to go

    Q4 28 MIN, PA 72 MELB 69

    Grimes' kick to Tyson on the wing goes out on the full! What a horrible mistake!

    1:19 to go.

    Q4 26 MIN, PA 72 MELB 69

    Cornes boots it forward and Schulz outmuscles Dunn before taking the chest mark in the pocket.

    Dunn then goes to tackle Schulz because the Melbourne defender thought he touched it!

    He was lucky not to give away a 50m penalty!

    From 35m out on a tight angle, Schulz bangs home the set shot! What a kick! Potentially the most important kick of Port Adelaide's season!

    1:51 to go

    Q4 24 MIN, PA 66 MELB 69

    Dunn roosts it forward and Jamar takes the huge pack mark on the 50m line!

    Jamar's kick hits the top of the goal square, it goess of hands, Blease attempts to collect the loose ball but it goes out of bounds

    3:54 to go

    Q4 22 MIN, PA 66 MELB 69

    Robbie Gray tackles Nathan Jones on the wing and is awarded the quickest holding-the-ball free kick of the season! The umpire was quicker than Usain Bolt there with the whistle!

    5:34 to go

    Q4 22 MIN, PA 66 MELB 69

    Kent sprints clear of Cassisi, handballs it to Tyson and the ex-Giant bangs it home from 35m out under pressure from Pittard! The Dees are in front! The Power's season hangs in the balance!

    5:56 to go

    Q4 20 MIN, PA 66 MELB 63

    Nathan Jones handballs it to Bail and from the boundary line 30m out the latter threads the needle while being tackled by Broadbent! What an absolute ripper!

    6:31 to go

    Q4 18 MIN, PA 66 MELB 57

    Throw-in 70m around from Port Adelaide's goal

    7:38 to go

    Q4 17 MIN, PA 66 MELB 57

    Newton's kick to the Port Adelaide forward pocket goes out on the full

    8:09 to go

    Q4 16 MIN, PA 66 MELB 57

    Leading disposals: N.Jones 26, Tyson 26, Wines 24, Ebert 23, O'Shea 23

    8:56 to go

    Q4 15 MIN, PA 66 MELB 57

    Young lines up from 45m out directly in front and finally gets that ever-elusive goal for the Power

    9:09 to go

    Q4 15 MIN, PA 60 MELB 57

    Schulz bombs it long and Westhoff wins the free kick after being dragged to the ground by Viney in the marking contest 25m out from goal.

    From directly in front, Westhoff misses to the right!!

    9:46 to go

    Q4 13 MIN, PA 59 MELB 57

    Frawley takes the mark right on the boundary line 50m out.

    And his set shot is an absolute stinker. It goes off the side of his boot and out of bounds on the full.

    That would have been lucky to score if there were two sets of goal posts!

    Q4 12 MIN, PA 59 MELB 57

    Kent's shot on goal from 10m out is a shocker! It hits the post! How did he miss that!

    Q4 11 MIN, PA 59 MELB 56

    Paul Stewart handballs it to Cassisi who unloads from outside 50, it's on line but the bounce is a shocker!

    It bounces straight up in the goal square and is rushed through.

    The footy gods are cruel to Cassisi in his last game.

    Q4 9 MIN, PA 58 MELB 56

    Grimes perhaps unlucky not be awarded a free kick for being taken high by Cornes on centre wing

    Q4 8 MIN, PA 58 MELB 56

    Tapscott is coming from the ground with a left knee injury

    Q4 7 MIN, PA 58 MELB 56

    Dunn is penalised for holding the ball by Young on the Power's half-forward flank.

    Young sends it deep in the Schulz direction but Watts punches it over the line for a throw-in.

    Q4 6 MIN, PA 58 MELB 56

    Westhoff passes it to Boak who chips it to Robbie Gray in the forward pocket but Garland spoils it and we'll have a throw-in 40m around from Port Adelaide's goal

    Q4 5 MIN, PA 58 MELB 56

    Bail kicks to Garland at centre-half forward.

    Garland then drills it further afield and Tapscott takes the strong mark in front of Impey.

    From 35m out on a tough angle, his set shot drifts across the face.

    Q4 3 MIN, PA 58 MELB 55

    Lobbe's long kick forward is marked well by Boak on the Power's half-forward flank.

    Boak plays on and boots it out on the full.

    Q4 1 MIN, PA 58 MELB 55

    Boak pings Grimes for holding the ball and from 50m out on a very tight angle the Power skipper's set shot fails to make the distance and is punched through for a rushed behind

    Q4 1 MIN, PA 57 MELB 55

    Riley has been subbed out and Kent is in the game

    Q4 0 MIN, PA 57 MELB 55

    Newton has been subbed in the game at the expense of White

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    PT ADELAIDE    4.4, 7.6, 8.9 (57)
    MELBOURNE      2.3, 5.5, 8.7 (55)

    GOALS
    Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart 2, Pittard, Boak, Schulz, Wingard
    Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley, Blease, Kennedy-Harris, Watts

    DISPOSALS
    Pt Adelaide: Wines 20, O'Shea 20, Ebert 20
    Melbourne: N.Jones 22, Tyson 22, Watts 17

    What an amazing turnaround by Melbourne!

    And they should really be in front at three-quarter time. That was a dubious free kick paid to Wingard on the siren.

    But the Demons are right in this contest.

    And that’s the case because they managed to come back from 30 points down in the second quarter with six consecutive goals.

    Melbourne led by six points at one stage in the third term but the Power managed to avoid a goalless quarter thanks to Wingard’s very late major which handed them back the lead.

    Melbourne’s revival has been built on a rapid increase in desperation and urgency and for much of the third quarter, Port Adelaide had no answers.

    This final quarter is looming as the most important one of the Power’s season.

    If they fail to beat Melbourne, they will miss an opportunity to re-enter the top four following Fremantle’s loss yesterday and who knows when they will get another chance to do so?

    Q3 28 MIN, PA 57 MELB 55

    Robbie Gray kicks it long to the goal square where Watts spoils Wingard brilliantly!

    But the umpire pays Wingard a free kick for front-on contact! That is a poor decision!

    The siren sounds and from 15m out on a tight angle, Wingard puts the Power back in front.

    Q3 27 MIN, PA 51 MELB 55

    Howe's kick is a beauty but Frawley slips over! That would have been a mark 40m out from goal if Frawley was able to keep his feet!

    Q3 27 MIN, PA 51 MELB 55

    Viney sidesteps an opponent, bangs it long but Westhoff takes the relieving mark in defence for Port Adelaide

    Q3 24 MIN, PA 51 MELB 55

    Schulz has a ping from 40m out on a very tight angle and it's a decent effort! But he just misses to the left.

    Q3 23 MIN, PA 50 MELB 55

    Wines wraps up Riley on the wing

    Q3 21 MIN, PA 50 MELB 55

    Hartlett unloads from outside 50m but agonisingly hits the post.

    Port Adelaide still yet to kick a goal this quarter.

    Q3 20 MIN, PA 49 MELB 55

    O'Shea's kick forward under no pressure is horrible and floats out of bounds on the full on the wing.

    Port Adelaide are unravelling!

    Q3 18 MIN, PA 49 MELB 55

    Young handballs it to Ebert whose shot on goal from 40m out is smothered by Watts

    Q3 17 MIN, PA 49 MELB 55

    Watts takes the intercept mark on Melbourne's 50m line.

    He lines them up from a very tight angle and his set shot goes right through the middle!

    That is six goals in a row for the Demons!

    They trailed by 30 points in the second quarter and now lead!

    Q3 16 MIN, PA 49 MELB 49

    Leading disposals: N.Jones 19, Tyson 18, Wines 18, Ebert 16, O'Shea 16

    Q3 14 MIN, PA 49 MELB 49

    Kennedy-Harris runs onto the loose ball and from 40m out kicks Melbourne's fifth goal in a row!

    Scores are level!

    Q3 13 MIN, PA 49 MELB 43

    Nathan Jones handballs it to Blease who runs up the guts, takes two bounces and from 50m out nails a beauty!

    That's four goals in a row for Melbourne!

    Q3 13 MIN, PA 49 MELB 37

    Four soccer attempts combined from Westhoff and Wingard in the goal square all fail and Port eventually score a rushed behind!

    Q3 11 MIN, PA 48 MELB 37

    It's a scrappy start to the second half, unfortunately for Melbourne they haven't been good enough to make the most of the only two goal scoring chances of the third quarter

    Q3 9 MIN, PA 48 MELB 37

    Dawes earns the free kick after being manhandled by Hombsch in the marking contest.

    From 30m out on a tight angle, the ex-Magpie misses to the left.

    Q3 7 MIN, PA 48 MELB 36

    Polec very unlucky not to be awarded the free kick after tackling Howe and forcing the Demon to drop the ball. That area of the game continues to be a source of great frustration for footy fans

    Q3 6 MIN, PA 48 MELB 36

    Nathan Jones shoves Wines in the back on the wing

    Q3 3 MIN, PA 48 MELB 36

    McDonald's kick is marked beautifully by Frawley who outbodied his opponent with strength.

    Frawley lines up from 50m out on a slight angle and it never looked like it.

    Q3 2 MIN, PA 48 MELB 35

    Watts literally threw the ball away while being tackled by Wines but isn't penalised!

    Q3 1 MIN, PA 48 MELB 35

    Cornes is shoved in the back by Viney on centre wing

    HALF-TIME

    PT ADELAIDE    4.4, 7.6 (48)
    MELBOURNE     2.3, 5.5 (35)

    Goals
    Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart 2, Pittard, Boak, Schulz
    Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley

    Disposals
    Pt Adelaide: Wines 15, R.Gray 12, Ebert 12
    Melbourne: N.Jones 16, Tyson 14, Bail 13

    Q2 32 MIN, PA 48 MELB 35

    Frawley takes the mark moments before the siren sounds.

    From 25m out in front, Frawley kicks truly!

    Ken Hinkley will not be happy with Robbie Gray there!

    Q2 31 MIN, PA 48 MELB 29

    Robbie Gray punches Nathan Jones to the stomach and gives away the 50m penalty from the kick-in.

    Q2 31 MIN, PA 48 MELB 29

    Robbie Gray is tackled high by Riley and wins the free kick 40m out from goal.

    But Gray's set shot swings to the left.

    Q2 29 MIN, PA 47 MELB 29

    Blease is grabbed high by White in Port Adelaide's forward line

    Q2 27 MIN, PA 47 MELB 29

    Dawes handballs it to Tyson but the ex-Giant's shot on goal from 40m out doesn't make the distance and O'Shea collects the pill

    Q2 25 MIN, PA 47 MELB 29

    Dunn wins the free kick after being hit in the bread basket by Schulz. But there wasn't much in it! Great acting from Dunn!

    Q2 24 MIN, PA 47 MELB 29

    Boak centres the ball from the boundary line but Howe punches it through for a rushed behind

    Q2 21 MIN, PA 46 MELB 29

    Kennedy-Harris' kick forward is marked strongly by Pedersen in front of Hombsch.

    From 35m out on a tough angle, Pedersen threads the needle! Melbourne back in it.

    Q2 19 MIN, PA 46 MELB 23

    Vince is dumped by Cornes and earns the free kick 30m out on a slight angle.

    The former Crow lines them up and makes no mistake.

    That ends a run of six goals in a row for the Power.

    Q2 18 MIN, PA 46 MELB 17

    Blease's miracle attempt from next to the behind post under pressure was only ever going to have one outcome

    Q2 16 MIN, PA 46 MELB 16

    Leading disposals: Wines 12, Ebert 10, N.Jones 10, Tyson 10

    Q2 14 MIN, PA 46 MELB 16

    Wingard's penetrating kick is marked by Robbie Gray at the top of the goal square.

    Gray handballs it to Schulz on the goal line and Schulz pops through his 51st goal of the year.

    That's six in a row for Port Adelaide and Melbourne are in deep trouble.

    Q2 13 MIN, PA 40 MELB 16

    Watts' kick to Viney is a good one and the latter takes the chest mark 50m out from goal.

    Viney lines them up but it drifts across the face and through for a behind.

    That's Melbourne's first score for the quarter.

    Q2 12 MIN, PA 40 MELB 15

    Young pushes Riley in the back on Port Adelaide's 50m line

    Q2 8 MIN, PA 40 MELB 15

    There's been a real lift in intensity from Port Adelaide. They are leading the tackles this quarter 18-10.

    Q2 7 MIN, PA 40 MELB 15

    Port Adelaide leading marks inside 50 5-0.

    Melbourne not delivering the ball into their forward line very well at all.

    Q2 7 MIN, PA 40 MELB 15

    Cassisi centres the ball to Paul Stewart who earns the free kick after having his arms chopped by Howe.

    But Stewart took the mark anyway.

    From 40m out on a tight angle, Stewart sneaks it home.

    That is five goals in a row and the alarm bells are ringing for Melbourne.

    Q2 3 MIN, PA 34 MELB 15

    Boak wins the free kick and from 40m out on a slight angle he converts the Power's fourth goal in a row

    QUARTER-TIME

    PT ADELAIDE    4.4 (28)
    MELBOURNE      2.3 (15)

    Goals
    Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart, Pittard
    Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson

    Disposals
    Pt Adelaide: Wines 8, R.Gray 7
    Melbourne: Tyson 7, Viney 6

    Melbourne began the game very well and their pressure deprived Port Adelaide players sufficient room to use the ball well.

    This was one of the major reasons why the Demons led by six points after 20 minutes of play.

    They were also aided by Port Adelaide’s poor kicking efficiency.

    But the Power responded impressively and turned the tables on Melbourne by gradually lifting their intensity.

    Ken Hinkley’s men made it tough for the Demons to use the ball cleanly as they helped themselves to the last three goals of the quarter to take a 13-point lead at the first change.

    Port Adelaide’s attack on the ball improved dramatically later in the term as well.

    Q1 29 MIN, PA 28 MELB 15

    Schulz wins the free kick but from a very tight angle in he pocket, even a sharpshooter like him fails to curl it through the big sticks

    Q1 28 MIN, PA 27 MELB 15

    Robbie Gray attacks the disputed ball with strength, collects Watts, grabs the pill, handballs it to Pittard and from 50m out Pittard drills a beautiful goal!

    Great play from Gray and not only did he set up the goal but his big hit winded Watts badly and Watts is now off the ground.

    Q1 27 MIN, PA 21 MELB 15

    Paul Stewart switches it to Ebert in the centre square.

    Ebert takes two bounces, runs to the 50m line but his kick to Wingard is spoiled well by Jetta and we'll have a throw-in 20m around from the Power's goal.

    Q1 23 MIN, PA 21 MELB 15

    Paul Stewart hooks it around the corner from 30m out and splits the big sticks.

    But Stewart may come under scrutiny from the match review panel after collecting Nathan Jones high moments before that goal.

    Q1 22 MIN, PA 15 MELB 15

    Boak does brilliantly by pinging Viney for holding the ball on the forward flank when he was outnumbered by Viney and Grimes!

    Boak handballs it to White whos sends the ball deep, it clears the pack and Wingard takes the mark out the back in the pocket.

    Wingard handballs it over the top to an unattended Westhoff who kicks the easy six-pointer from the goal square.

    Poor defence there from Melbourne.

    Q1 20 MIN, PA 9 MELB 15

    Port Adelaide going at just 60% efficiency by foot

    Q1 18 MIN, PA 9 MELB 15

    Tyson grabs the loose ball after the throw-in and snaps truly! Dees back in front

    Q1 18 MIN, PA 9 MELB 9

    Hartlett is the leading ball winner on the ground with five disposals

    Q1 17 MIN, PA 9 MELB 9

    Riley pings Hartlett for holding the ball 20m out on a 45-degree angle.

    But his set shot hits the post. That's disappointing.

    Q1 15 MIN, PA 9 MELB 8

    Robbie Gray collects the loose ball, curls it around his body and Westhoff takes the strong mark in the goal square.

    Westhoff lines up from directly in front and pops through the Power's first goal.

    Q1 14 MIN, PA 3 MELB 8

    Wines has started the game well, he's had four disposals and three tackles

    Q1 13 MIN, PA 3 MELB 8

    Bail uses Viney who gives it back to Bail on the wing.

    Bail passes it to Dawes on the forward flank but the ex-Magpie's kick into Melbourne's forward line is poor and marked by Broadbent

    Q1 12 MIN, PA 3 MELB 8

    Wingard's rushed kick under pressure from 40m out bounces through for a behind

    Q1 12 MIN, PA 2 MELB 8

    Melbourne have done a great job of keeping Port Adelaide goalless to this point of the game

    Q1 11 MIN, PA 2 MELB 8

    Jetta should have received the free kick for being tackled too high by Cornes on Port Adelaide's half-forward flank

    Q1 10 MIN, PA 2 MELB 8

    Melbourne winning the clearances 5-2

    Q1 10 MIN, PA 2 MELB 8

    Viney chips it to Blease on the forward flank, Blease runs to 35m out and from a tough angle can't complete the deal

    Q1 9 MIN, PA 2 MELB 7

    And Tapscott is in the thick of the action again as he runs through Ebert at the re-start! Bang!

    Q1 8 MIN, PA 2 MELB 7

    Tapscott was a little fortunate to win the free kick after being shoved by Pittard, according to the umpire.

    But Tapscott thinks quickly and from 55m out he unloads a long bomb which splits the big sticks! Great kick!

    Q1 7 MIN, PA 2 MELB 1

    Ebert runs to 35m out but misses to the left

    Q1 6 MIN, PA 1 MELB 1

    It's a pretty congested start to the game, which is to be expected from a match involving Melbourne

    Q1 6 MIN, PA 1 MELB 1

    Westhoff delicately chips it to Cornes 35m out from goal on a slight angle.

    Cornes lines them up but misses to the right

    Moments earlier, Wingard was unlucky not to receive a free kick after Jetta jumped all over him in the marking contest

    Q1 4 MIN, PA 0 MELB 1

    McKenzie is taken high again, this time by White on Melbourne's half-back line

    Q1 4 MIN, PA 0 MELB 1

    McKenzie is tackled high by Wines and earns the free kick 30m out directly in front.

    But his set shot hits the post! Bad miss.

    Q1 2 MIN, PA 0 MELB 0

    Some early match ups:

    Jetta v Wingard
    McKenzie v Boak
    N.Jones v Wines
    Cornes v Vince
    Bail v Polec
    O’Shea v Pedersen
    Lobbe v Jamar
    Hombsch v Dawes

    Q1 1 MIN, PA 0 MELB 0

    Jamar is taken too high by Lobbe at the throw-in on centre wing

    A late change for Essendon is likely given emergencies Cory Dell'Olio and Nick O'Brien aren't playing in the VFL today.

    Port Adelaide getting in the full spirit of Multicultural Round

    Congratulations to Dom Cassisi on a very good career

    Port Adelaide are aiming to beat Melbourne five times in a row for the first time ever today.

    There are no late changes at Adelaide Oval.

    Ben Newton (Port Adelaide) and Dean Kent (Melbourne) are the subs.

    The stakes are huge for Port Adelaide and Essendon.

    A win for the Power will see them re-enter the top four and the Bombers have the chance to take sixth spot if they conquer the resurgent Doggies.

    All the action kicks off at 1.10pm (AEST) when Port Adelaide host Melbourne at Adelaide Oval.

    That is followed by the final match of the weekend between the Western Bulldogs and Essendon at Etihad Stadium.

    Welcome to another edition of AFL Express!

    And after yesterday's surprising matches, who knows what's in store for us today?

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    • Good to see more pathetic moron umpiring today. Obviously incorrect disposal no longer matters and taking someone side on is now in the back. Seriously are these guys umpiring afl or something else

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      Hornberger
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      July 20, 2014, 5:14PM
    • Go Dogs

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      pepperontop
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      July 20, 2014, 5:13PM

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