BULLDOGS 3.3, 8.6, 12.8, 14.10 (94)
ESSENDON 4.2, 7.5, 10.7, 15.11 (101)
Bulldogs: Stringer 5, Dahlhaus 2, Bontempelli 2, Hrovat, Macrae, Boyd, Redpath, Crameri
Essendon: Carlisle 8, Ryder 2, Ambrose, Colyer, Chapman, Dell’Olio, Winderlich
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 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 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?
BULLDOGS 3.3, 8.6, 12.8 (80)
ESSENDON 4.2, 7.5, 10.7 (67)
Bulldogs: Stringer 4, Dahlhaus 2, Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae, Boyd, Redpath, Crameri
Essendon: Carlisle 6, Ryder 2, Ambrose, Colyer
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!
BULLDOGS 3.3, 8.6 (54)
ESSENDON 4.2, 7.5 (47)
Bulldogs: Stringer 2, Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Boyd, Redpath
Essendon: Carlisle 4, Ambrose, Ryder, Colyer
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 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
BULLDOGS 3.3 (21)
ESSENDON 4.2 (26)
Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Hrovat, Macrae
Essendon: Carlisle 2, Ambrose, Ryder
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 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
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.
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
It's getting busy in the rooms as we get closer to this afternoon's game. #AFLDogsDons https://t.co/UR6qY0blWl — Essendon FC (@EssendonFC) July 20, 2014
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.
PT ADELAIDE 4.4, 7.6, 8.9, 10.12 (72)
MELBOURNE 2.3, 5.5, 8.7, 10.9 (69)
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
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
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
PT ADELAIDE 4.4, 7.6, 8.9 (57)
MELBOURNE 2.3, 5.5, 8.7 (55)
Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart 2, Pittard, Boak, Schulz, Wingard
Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley, Blease, Kennedy-Harris, Watts
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 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
PT ADELAIDE 4.4, 7.6 (48)
MELBOURNE 2.3, 5.5 (35)
Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart 2, Pittard, Boak, Schulz
Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson, Vince, Pedersen, Frawley
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
PT ADELAIDE 4.4 (28)
MELBOURNE 2.3 (15)
Pt Adelaide: Westhoff 2, P.Stewart, Pittard
Melbourne: Tapscott, Tyson
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
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 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
Dom Cassisi leads the team out in his final game #aflpowerdees #isdomisgood #weareportadelaide pic.twitter.com/k1wC2Dscv5 — Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) July 20, 2014
A late change for Essendon is likely given emergencies Cory Dell'Olio and Nick O'Brien aren't playing in the VFL today.
. @DomCassisi on ground for warm up #aflpowerdees #weareportadelaide pic.twitter.com/gyd0TdXrR0 — Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) July 20, 2014
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.