Swans march onwards to a home preliminary final

Swans march onwards to victory

ADELAIDE              1.3    2.7    3.10    5.12 (42)
SYDNEY SWANS    2.2    7.2    8.4      11.5 (71)

The Sydney Swans have secured a home preliminary final after a comprehensive 29-point win over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

The Swans were magnificent in defence, severely restricting Adelaide’s scoring capabilities and rebounding at will as the Swans burned the Crows on the rebound.

Ryan O’Keefe was inspirational for the Swans, racking up 37 disposals (18 contested), 9 clearances, 8 tackles and 2 goal assists in a display of finals greatness. He was well supported by Adam Goodes, who was immaculate in his numerous score involvements and Josh Kennedy who rack up an amazing 10 clearances.

Critical to the Swans aspirations was acclimatising to their hostile environment right from the first bounce.

The opening quarter was played a frenetic pace, with the tempo justifying the Qualifying final billing. Such was the intensity, generally skillful players were constantly found fumbling under immense pressure.

Adam Goodes was the man to break the goal drought to begin them game, running in from 45 metres to silence the local crowd with a important goal to settle in to the contest.

Taylor Walker presence was particularly noticeable, the star forward threatened at times to break the game apart. After missing his first shot on goal, Walker took a strong pack mark, albeit contentious due to Mumford claiming the mark, and managed to cooly go back and slot Adelaide’s first goal for the afternoon.

The quickness of Sydney’s reply was startling, as a immediate clearance from the centre bounce to Sydney resulted in a chest mark inside 50 to Goodes. The champion failed to disappoint, going back to convert both his and Sydney’s second goal for the match.

Sydney’s midfield was excellent in the opening quarter, restricting Adelaide’s star duo in Dangerfield and Thompson to just the combined three effective disposals, while Kennedy and Hannebery were able to damage the Crows going the other way.

The quarter time siren sounded with only the three goals kicked for the match, with the lead in Sydney’s favour by 5 points.

Buoyed by their opening quarter, Sydney capitalised on their momentum with Ben McGlynn managing to find space behind the Adelaide defence to provide the Swans with the opening goal of the quarter two minutes in.

A miss from Bernie Vince up the other end proved costly for the Crows, as Sydney transitioned the ball straight down to their attacking end where Reid managed to complete the move, resulting in another Sydney goal, expanding the lead to 16 points.

Only a few minutes more passed before Mitch Morton marked roughly 45 metres out, directly in front. The Ex Richmond player had no trouble with the set shot, extending the margin out further as Adelaide showed signs of capitulating in the September sun.

Adelaide then begun to find their feet, dominate general player to produce numerous forward forays. It was proving a fruitless task however, as Sydney’s defence was impeccable, constantly cleaning up Adelaide attacks with extreme precision.

The match was taking the form of the old quality v quantity debate, as Adelaide continued to pile on inside 50’s, with Sydney displaying extreme efficiency when it was their turn to turn forward.

Another worrying trend for the Crows was the prominence of Adam Goodes, who seemingly turned every play he was involved in into a scoring opportunity. It came as no surprise when after 10 minutes of the Crows dominating possession with no reward at all for their efforts, a Goodes kick deep in to an empty forward 50 allowed Lewis Jetta to run in for an easy goal, leaving a severe dent in Adelaide’s morale.

Determined not to be run over, captain Nathan Van Berlo took the responsibility for his team, finally booting Adelaide’s second goal for the game, 38 minutes after Walker’s first goal.

With little more than a minute remaining in the quarter, Goodes provided one final display of greatness to end the quarter, kicking his third goal for the half and Sydney’s seventh to provide the Swans with a 25-point half time lead.

The third quarter was a phenomenal quarter, in so much that the skills on display mimicked that of a bottom of the table clash. Adelaide once again were all over the Swans, again failing to capitalise on their opportunities.

Walker looked as if he had broken the drought, only to once again shave the post, his second consecutive miss from a position he would expect to comfortable convert from.

Ted Richards was fantastic for the Swans in defence, inflicting spoils on kicks he had no right to get to.

Dangerfield tried his best to involve himself in the game, though his attempts were proving to be futile, at one point getting run down by Lewis Jetta after taking a few bounces.

With only 1:29 remaining on the clock, Rory Sloane received the luckiest of bounces, with the ball deviating from it’s expected trajectory to leap frog the Swans defender who was leading the chase for the ball, allowing Sloane to kick an easy snap from the goal square to finally break the dead lock and send the local crowd in to near euphoria.

The excitement was quickly quelled though, as Sydney immediately replied in the same manner they have all day, as Morton marked with impressive strength inside 50 to provide the Swans with a late opportunities in the shadows of three quarter time. Morton didn’t disappoint, converting his second goal of the game to take the three quarter time lead to 24 points.

In bitter news for the Swans, Ben McGlynn came straight to the bench with a right hamstring complaint, resulting in him being immediately subbed out of the game, leaving him in tears as he realised his season is likely over.

In complete contrast of the third term, the fourth quarter started with an immediate goal, as  Graham Johncock kicked a long goal to ignite the crowd as the Crows clawed back within three goals.

It was an instant impact for the Sydney substitute Luke Parker, with his first kick of the day resulting in a timely goal for the Swans to re-establish their lead.

Ian Callinan once again provided the home crowd with a flicker of hope, bring the margin again back to three goals.

The story of the day proved to be Sydney’s ability to answer every Adelaide challenge, negating Adelaide from scoring consecutive goals for the entire match, even during extended periods of Adelaide dominance.

A Lewis Jetta goal all bar sealed the game for the Swans while a late goal to Josh Kennedy capped off a emphatic victory for the Swans, running out 29-point winners.

Sydney will now march on in to a home preliminary final against one of Collingwood, West Coast or North Melbourne.

It was a bitter end for Adelaide, who will be sweating on late injuries to Dangerfield with a possible fractured jaw from a collision with Jude Bolton and rising star Daniel Talia with what could be a fractured forearm in a seemingly innocuous clash.

The Crows will now host a Friday night semi final next week against the victor of the Geelong v Fremantle elimination final, for a chance to take on Hawthorn in a preliminary final.

VOTES

3) Ryan O’Keefe
2) Adam Goodes
1) Josh Kennedy

ADELAIDE              1.3    2.7    3.10    5.12 (42)
SYDNEY SWANS    2.2    7.2    8.4      11.5 (71)

GOALS
Adelaide:
Callinan, Johncock, Sloane, Van Berlo, Walker
Sydney Swans: Goodes 3, Jetta 2, Morton 2, Kennedy, McGlynn, Parker, Reid

BEST
Adelaide:
Thompson, Mackay, Sloane, Doughty, Reilly
Sydney Swans:
O’Keefe, Goodes, Kennedy, Richards, Shaw, Roberts-Thomson, Jetta

INJURIES
Adelaide:
Talia (broken wrist)
Sydney Swans: McGlynn (hamstring)

SUBSTITUTES
Adelaide:
Aidan Riley replaced Ian Callinan in the fourth quarter
Sydney Swans: Luke Parker replaced Ben McGlynn (hamstring) in the third quarter

Reports: TBA

Umpires: Farmer, Stevic, Schmitt

Official crowd: 44,849 at AAMI Stadium

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Adelaide Crows

Sydney Swans

 

Lions end 2012 with a mighty roar

Hudson celebrates a win with fans (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/77047082@N07)

BRISBANE LIONS             1.4    9.7    14.12   19.14  (128)
WESTERN BULLDOGS    0.3    2.5     4.6       9.7      (61)

Brisbane has capped off an impressive season with a comprehensive 67-point belting of the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba.

The win leaves the Lions finishing the season with 10 wins, a noticeable improvement on last season while providing fans with plenty of optimism heading into 2013.

Daniel Rich was superb for the victorious team, racking up 25 disposals and 4 goals in a clear best on ground display.

Rich received great support Claye Beams and Pearce Hanley, who help orchestrate the Lions breakaway.

From the Bulldogs perspective, perhaps the most promising player of the day was Adam Cooney, who looks to be showing signs of reaching a level near his Brownlow winning form of 2008.

The first quarter was the perfect illustration of why both teams would be sitting out in the upcoming finals series, with the intensity matching that of a training run.

Indeed, there was only the one solitary goal for the opening quarter, that belonging to young Jordan Lisle, to hand Brisbane a seven point lead at quarter time.

An exhilarating second quarter for the Lions more than made up for the snore fest delivered in the first, piling on nine goals to the Bulldogs two to steam past the struggling Dogs.

The Lions piled on the first six goals in just 12 minutes to completely blow the game away.

Rich was integral to the destruction at handing, booting two goals for the quarter while also imposing himself as a midfield general.

Captain Jonathan Brown was also up and about, kicking two of his eventual five goals for the game in the second quarter assault.

Tory Dickson and Shaun Higgins did their best to stem the damage, adding the Dogs first two goals of the game 15 and 24 minutes in to the second quarter.

It was no where near enough to keep the Dogs close though as the Lions had marched out to a 44 point lead at half time.

When the Lions, through Brown and Redden, got Brisbane off to another fast start in the third quarter, the alarm bells were well and truly sounding in the Bulldogs coaching box as a humiliating end to the season loomed ominous.

The Young Dogs though managed to show some composure though, kicking two goals to the Lions one over the next 20 minutes of football.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, two very late goals to Hanley and Raines witnessed the margin extend out to an even 11 goals at the final break of the season.

To the Bulldogs credit, they firmly held their heads high in the final quarter, matching the Lions five goals for the quarter to only lose the quarter by a solitary point.
Rich was again magnificent in the quarter, booting two massive goals from range, including a running goal after the siren to cap of an incredibly impressive display from both Rich and the Lions.

The Lions running out deserved victors by 67 points.

VOTES

3) D. Rich

2) P. Hanley

1) C. Beams

BRISBANE LIONS             1.4    9.7    14.12   19.14  (128)
WESTERN BULLDOGS    0.3    2.5     4.6       9.7      (61)  

GOALS
Brisbane Lions:
Brown 5, Rich 4, Bewick 2, Lisle 2, Beams, Green, Polkinghorne, Hanley, Raines, Redden
Western Bulldogs: Higgins 2, Dixon, Grant, Boyd, Cooney, Wallis, Picken, Campbell

BEST
Brisbane Lions:
Rich, Hanley, Beams, Black, Redden, Brown
Western Bulldogs: Boyd, Cooney, Murphy, Wood, Higgins, Wallis

INJURIES
Brisbane Lions:
Drummond (virus) replaced in selected side by Buchanan
Western Bulldogs: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Brisbane Lions:
Ryan Harwood replaced Ryan Lester at three-quarter time
Adelaide: Zephaniah Skinner replaced Lin Jong in the third quarter

Reports: Dayne Zorko reported for striking Clay Smith in the fourth quarter

Umpires: Stewart, Armstrong, Mitchell

Official crowd: 18,289 at the Gabba

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Brisbane Lions

Western Bulldogs

Crows pinch top 2 position after crushing the Suns

Adelaide proved too good for the Suns

ADELAIDE        3.6    9.13    15.18     22.21(153)
GOLD COAST 
  1.3      5.6      7.6        9.8 (62)

Adelaide has clinch a home qualifying final against the Sydney Swans next week after a 91-point thumping of the Gold Coast Suns.

Patrick Dangerfield enhanced his Brownlow chances with what appears to be a certain three-vote game, collecting 36 disposals and two goals to be comfortably the best player on the ground.

The Crows fired out of the blocks early, with fellow Brownlow fancy Scott Thompson getting the Crows underway in style. Not to be out done, Dangerfield followed up with the next two goals to take Adelaide out to a three day lead in no time.

To the Suns credit, the young team managed to hang in with Adelaide, preventing them from scoring another goal for the quarter while Matera also pegged one back, leaving the margin at 15 points to quarter time.

Gold Coast carried on with the same momentum that they finished the first quarter with, as Stephen May and Gary Ablett got the visitors away to a dream start to the second quarter with two of the first three goals to the Suns.

Consecutive goals to Graham Johncock saw the home team steady. Another goal to the Suns through Shaw again saw the visitors will to fight, though again the challenge, with Smith, Talia and Tippett kicking three of the final four goals of the quarter to hand Adelaide a 31 point lead to the main break.

The third quarter finally saw Adelaide make their stamp on the game, amassing thirteen scoring shots to the Suns two to finally highlight the difference in class between the two teams.

Dangerfield was prolific for the home team, amassing disposals at will while captain Nathan Van Berlo and Ian Callinan combined for four of Adelaide’s six goals in the third quarter in what was at times some exhilarating football.

Brown and Lynch took the most of the Suns two scoring shots for the quarter, kicking a goal each to leave the margin at an even 10 goals at the final change.

The final quarter developed into a glorified training run for the Crows, as they amassed a seven goal final quarter to well and truly finish off the home and away season in style.

Callinan and Johncock both kicked their fourth goal each while Scott Thompson may have clinched a vital two Brownlow votes, kicking a second major for the day to sit along with his 30 possessions.

The Crows in the end proved to be too powerful, end Gold Coast’s second season in the league with a 91-point thumping.

It means Adelaide will now host Sydney next Saturday afternoon at AAMI Stadium with a opportunity to claim a home preliminary final on the line.

VOTES

3) P. Dangerfield

2) S. Thompson

1) R. Sloane

ADELAIDE        3.6    9.13    15.18     22.21(153)
GOLD COAST 
  1.3      5.6      7.6        9.8 (62)

BEST
Adelaide:
Dangerfield, Thompson, Mackay, van Berlo, Callinan, Porplyzia
Gold Coast: Ablett, Stanely, Matera, Bennell, Dixon, Lynch,

GOALS
Adelaide:
Callinan (4), Johncock (4), Dangerfield (2), van Berlo (2), Petrenko (2), Thompson (2), Jacobs, Porplyzia, Riley, Smith, Talia, Tippett

Gold Coast:
Ablett (2), May (2), Brown, Gillbee, Lynch, Matera, Shaw

INJURIES
Adelaide: Nil
Gold Coast: Nil

SUBSTITUTIONS
Adelaide:
Matthew Jaensch replaced Daniel Talia in the third quarter.
Gold Coast: Piers Flanagan replaced Tom Hickey in the third quarter.



Umpires: Fleer, Hay, Findlay

Reports: Campbell Brown (Gold Coast) reported for bumping or making forceful contact to Aidan Riley from front on in the second quarter by umpire R Finlay

Official crowd: 35,463 at AAMI Stadium

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Adelaide Crows

Gold Coast Suns

 

Tigers set to Power to the finish line

Richmond are set to take on Port Adelaide

Richmond v Port Adelaide

MCG – September 2 2012 – 3:15PM

Richmond and Port Adelaide will take to the plains of the MCG this Sunday as the two teams officially end their 2012 campaign.

As both teams are well and truly out of finals contention, pride and development for the future are the only purpose of this contest as thinking ahead for 2013 becomes involved.

A Tigers win however could see them finish as high as 10th if other results fall their way, including finishing ahead of rivals such as Carlton and Essendon.

For Port Adelaide, a win or a loss is unlikely to make a difference to their final resting spot of 14th.

The Tigers will be hot favourites running in to the match, with coach Damien Hardwick enjoying a late season flourish from his troops after their demolition job of Essendon.

It means there is unlikely to be too many changes to the successful line up, with White the only player to likely miss out due to a hamstring injury. White is looking likely to be replaced by the impressive Ellis, who will look to finish off his classy debut season in style.

Port Adelaide meanwhile will likely give Steven Salopek a fair well game in what would likely be his final game with the club.

All eyes will be on Trent Cotchin in his final attempt to gain further votes in his Brownlow quest.

Richmond has been dominant through the midfield in recents weeks, curtailing Essendon to just 40 inside 50’s last week to Richmond’s 71.

It will be difficult for Port Adelaide to counter-act the Tigers, given the comparative difference in class.

If Port are to win, they would need to base their game on counter-attacking football. Absorbing the Richmond attack before taking opportunities as they come at the other end.

Richmond has shown a tendency to fall over in close games this year, so Port Adelaide would fancy their chances if they are close enough.

It seems unlikely though at this stage that Port Adelaide could absorb such an attack though, meaning a Richmond win is a highly likely outcome.

Prediction: Richmond by 48 points

 

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Richmond Tigers

Port Adelaide

Crows spoil Green’s farewell

Adelaide ruined any fairytale for Brad Green with a commanding win.

MELBOURNE  3.4    5.7    8.10    11.15 (81)
ADELAIDE      5.3    10.8   20.12  22.18 (150)

Adelaide have ruined retiring Melbourne club champion Brad Green’s final match with a 69-point win over the Demons at the MCG.

Despite being challenged early Adelaide proved to be skillful and mature for their opponents, bringing bone crunching-intensity in the third quarter before putting the cue in the rack for the last quarter.

The Demons were quick out of the blocks, dominating early possession which resulted in the man of the moment Green kicking the first goal of the game. Green’s goal seemed to wake the Crows from their slumber, with Walker, Douglas and Johncock all adding goals to skip away to a two goal lead.

Melbourne to their credit responded however, with Rivers and Green temporarily restoring the lead, only for late goals to Tippett and Walker provided Adelaide with a 10-point lead to quarter time.

It was Adelaide turn to get off to a fast start in the second quarter, with Walker kicking his third goal for the game to put the margin out to 16 points. Goals to Howe and Rivers though dragged Melbourne right back in to the contest, with Green missing two easy shots in quick succession to drag the margin back further.

As so often is the case, Adelaide captilaised on Melbourne’s missed opportunities and went on to kick the final four goals of the quarter to quickly run away to a 31 point lead at the main break.

In what is known as the premiership quarter, Adelaide made it’s charge with all the conviction of a premiership contender. The Crows piled on 10 goals to the Demons three in an incredible display of football. Thompson and Walker were the catalyst as the Demons were shell shocked by the sheer brutality on display.

Dangerfield also chipped in with two goals as the visitors opened up a 74-point advantage by the three quarter time siren, leaving the lamentable Demons to ponder just how the game turned so quickly.

Whatever pondering the Demons did, an answer was found, as the Demons produced a final quarter worthy of remembrance for Green. Melbourne managed to keep Adelaide to just the two goals in the final quarter, while scoring three of their own to win the final quarter.

It was all academic though as Adelaide ran out healthy 69 point winners in their second last hit-out before September.

Leaving the field for the final time, Green was chaired off by his captains to a standing ovation from both teams and supporters as he entered in to the abyss of retirement.

The Demons will now travel to Perth where the red-hot Dockers await them while Adelaide will host Gold Coast in their final game of the home & away season.

VOTES

3) T. Walker

2) S. Thompson

1) A. Jacobs

GOALS
Adelaide:
Walker 4, Callinan 4, Dangerfield 3, Tippett 3, Douglas 2, Johncock 2, Petrenko, Rielly, van Berlo, Wright
Melbourne: Green 2, Sellar 2, Rivers 2, Blease, Howe, Jones, Watts, Spencer


BEST
Adelaide:
  Walker, Thompson, Jacobs, Wright, Tippett, Dangerfield, Callinan, Porplyzia, van Berlo
Melbourne: Sylvia, Bail, Jones, McKenzie, Spencer


INJURIES
Adelaide:
Nil
Melbourne: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Adelaide:
Luke Brown replaced Bernie Vince during the third quarter.
Melbourne: Neville Jetta replaced Jared Rivers at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fleer, Leppard, Wenn

Official crowd: 18,450 at the MCG

Suns shine, Ratten feels Blues

Suns set on Carlton season.

GOLD COAST   6.1  11.3  12.7     15.8    (98)
CARLTON          2.3   4.7    9.13   11.20   (86)

Gold Coast has pulled off a miraculous upset, all but ending Carlton’s finals hopes by 12 points at Metricon Stadium.

The Suns displayed maturity beyond their years right from the start as Brett Ratten could only watch his team’s season, and possibly his  coaching career, gurgle down the drain.

Ablett was best on for Gold Coast in a display that won’t be his best of his career, though was still vital. Lynch, Stanley and Bennell were also great for the home team.

For the visitors, Judd stood out where others stagnated and Scotland was good in defense.

It was a horrible start for the Blues, with McIness going down in the first minute with what looks to be a serious injury to his right knee. The injury was followed by six consecutive goals to the Gold Coast to start the match, with four of the goals coming from Carlton turnovers.

You would be forgiven for thinking Gold Coast were the team playing for finals with the intensity of the respective teams.

It took the Carlton captain Chris Judd to finally step up and kick not only Carlton first, but also their second goal to kick start things. Yarran had an opportunity to kick another goal after the siren, however his kick faded to the right, leaving Carlton trailing Gold Coast by 22 points at quarter time.

It was a seemingly much better start to the second quarter for Carlton, with Eddie Betts kicking the opening of the quarter to seemingly restore order.

It wasn’t to be, in fact, the opposite happened.

Four consecutive goals to the Gold Coast via Horsley, Ablett, Caddy and Dixon showed that the first quarter was no fluke.

Carlton were playing like millionaires, a team who treated this match as a holiday rather than a business trip. Garlett managed to snag one back for the visitors, though Campbell Brown kicked the final goal of the quarter to give Gold Coast a half time lead of 39 points.

The third quarter witnessed the seemingly inevitable fightback from Carlton. The Blues had many opportunities to reduce the margin significantly, however inaccuracy in front of goal was proving costly. Chris Yarran finally managed to convert an opportunity for Carlton, which was followed by Betts and McLean.

A great piece of play between Ablett and Caddy resulted in a timely goal for the Suns, though further goals to McLean and Waite dragged the margin back to just two goals in favour of the suns at three quarter time.

The Suns were off to the best start in the final quarter, with Tom Lynch kicking the opening goal.

When Yarran and Waite converted chanced, it seems as if Carlton were going to finally gain some composure and run over the top of their opposition.

It wasn’t to be however, as Caddy kicked his third goal to put the margin back beyond a goal, followed by another goal to lynch to make the margin 16 points.

Carlton continued on with their inaccuracy to the very end, kicking the final four behinds of the game to lose by 12 points to the Gold Coast Suns, ending Carlton’s finals hopes and quite possibly Brett Ratten’s coaching career.

Gold Coast will end their season next Saturday when they take on Adelaide at AAMI Stadium while Carlton will be hoping for a Fremantle choke on the scale of their performance today before they take on St. Kilda next Sunday.

VOTES

3) G. Ablett

2) T. Lynch

1) D. Stanley

GOLD COAST   6.1  11.3  12.7     15.8    (98)
CARLTON          2.3   4.7    9.13   11.20   (86)

GOALS
Gold Coast
: Lynch 4, Caddy 3, Brown 2, Ablett, Dixon, Hickey, Horsley, McKenzie, Weller
Carlton: Betts 2, McLean 2, Judd 2, Waite 2, Yarran 2, Garlett

BEST
Carlton:
McLean, Judd, Yarran, Carrazzo, Scotland, Kreuzer
Gold Coast: Dixon, Coad, Ablett, Bennell, Lynch, Matera

INJURIES
Carlton:
Andrew McInnes (knee)
Gold Coast: Taylor (abdomen) replaced in selected side by Josh Toy

SUBSTITUTES
Carlton:
David Ellard replaced Andrew McInnes (knee) in the first quarter
Gold Coast: Josh Toy replaced Tom Hickey in the fourth quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hay, Ryan, Pannell

Official crowd: 15,251 at Metricon Stadium

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Gold Coast

Carlton

Brave Lions conquer Power

Brisbane conquered Port Adelaide

PORT ADELAIDE   5.2   8.3    14.8   14.9 (93)
BRISBANE LIONS  5.3   10.6  12.7   16.8 (104)

Brisbane has continued to finish its season strongly, accounting for a disappointing Port Adelaide by 11 points at AAMI Stadium.

The Lions handled the wet conditions much better than Port, who fell in a heap from a winnable position in the last quarter.

Led by by their captain Jonathan Brown who booted four goals, the Lions in the end proved to be too experienced when it mattered.

The Lions were quick to get underway, with youngsters Josh Green and Rohan Bewick kicking the first two goals of the game to skip away to a 12 point lead.

It seemingly looked like another bleak day for Port before Matt Thomas finally got the opening goal for the home team, which saw the start of a scintillating 8 minute spell for the Power. Thomas’ was followed in quick succession with goals to Schulz, Broadbent, Stewart and Boak provided a glimpse of what this Port team was capable of.

What followed showed however that it was the exception, rather than the rule as Port resumed normal transmission by committing poor turnovers and indisciplined acts to concede the last three goals of the quarter to Brisbane, as the Lions through Brown kicked a goal on the siren to go in a point ahead.

A Westhoff goal got Port’s second quarter underway with style, giving the home team back the lead. Goals to Beams and Brown however quickly returned the lead back to Brisbane.

Discipline was again becoming an issue for Port, as they continued to release the pressure on Brisbane by giving away cheap free kicks and 50metre penalties. Ebert continued with his good afternoon, responding to Brisbane’s consecutive goals before Brown once again gave the Lions breathing space.

Broadbent once again brought Port back under a goal before Green and Zorko capped off a good half with goals to put the Lions up by 15 points at half time.

The third quarter a reversal of roles, as Brisbane’s ill-discipline and lack of pressure resulted in a flourish of Port Adelaide goals.

The Power kicked the first five goals of the quarter to blot back in to the lead by as much as 17 points, as Brisbane stagnated like a team with no desperation to win. Brown managed to steady the ship for the Lions, going back to kick his fourth goal of the game. It was responded to very quickly as young dribbled through the answering goal to restore the margin.

A late goal to Zorko gave the visitors some hope going in to the final quarter, with the three quarter time margin at 13 points.

As it turned out, that faint hope is all the Lions needed. On again, the roles were reversed as Brisbane looked like the team that was playing to win. It resulted in Brisbane kicking the only four goals of the quarter, as Port Adelaide capitulated. Indeed, there was only one minute of game time remaining when Port Adelaide registered their only score of the quarter, a behind.

The Lions going on to claim their ninth win of the season by 11 points.

VOTES

3) Jonathan Brown

2) Jack Redden

1) Dayne Zorko

PORT ADELAIDE   5.2   8.3    14.8   14.9 (93)
BRISBANE LIONS  5.3   10.6  12.7   16.8 (104)

GOALS
Port Adelaide:
Broadbent (3), Westhoff (2), Schulz (2), Boak, Brett Ebert, Lobbe, Paul Stewart, Thomas, Young, Wingard
Brisbane Lions: Brown (4), Green (3), Zorko (3), Beams (2), Bewick, Lisle, Redden, Raines

BEST
Port Adelaide:
Brad Ebert, Travis Boak, Matthew Broadbent, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard, Jay Schulz
Brisbane Lions: Jonathan Brown, Jack Redden, Dayne Zorko, Simon Black, Daniel Rich, Andrew Raines

INJURIES
Port Adelaide:
Nil
Brisbane Lions: Nil

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Port Adelaide:
Danyle Pearce replaced Nathan Blee at half-time.
Brisbane Lions: Josh Drummond replaced Jordan Lisle at three-quarter time.

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Farmer, Fila, Armstrong

Official crowd: 13,953 at AAMI Stadium

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Port Adelaide

Brisbane Lions

Divine Saints topple Giants

St. Kilda toppled the Giants

St Kilda                                 7.2  17.6  19.7   25.13 (163)
Greater Western Sydney      2.1  2.3    3.5      5.5 (35)

St. Kilda has scored a commanding 128 points over Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

St. Kilda at times looked like the Harlem Globetrotters as they employed precision skills to slice GWS apart.

Dempster was magnificent for the Saints, collecting 29 disposals and 14 marks in a best on ground performance, while Dal Santo, Montagna and Milne were also great for the Saints. Greene was once again the Giants best, collecting another 34 quality disposals.

St. Kilda flew out of the blocks, with Stephen Milne and Beau Wilkes kicking two goals each to start off the game. The Saints were in complete control, dominating around the midfield, causing turnovers that provided Milne and Wilkes with ample opportunity inside 50.

A quick snap by Treloar up the other end however provided the Giants with their first goal of the afternoon, which was quickly backed up with a goal to Adams. Terry Milera laid to rest any chance of a run on, converting his running shot on goal to restore the natural order while Milne followed by kicking his third goal for the quarter. A mark after the siren to Goddard resulted in the Saints seventh goal and St. Kilda’s best first quarter this season with the margin at 31 points.

The second quarter was a horror show for the Giants, as St. Kilda applied no mercy in a clinical display of Australian rules football, kicking 10 unanswered goals in commanding fashion.

Milne continued on his merry way, taking his tally for the day to five goals in his search for an unlikely Coleman medal.

The most exciting bit of play in the quarter was the end-to-end goal that resulted in Cripps kicking his first goal. A Milne hanger to create a turnover in the Giants forward line resulted in sublime skills from the Saints as the ball made it’s way in the blink of an eye to Cripps, who converted on the run from 50 metres out.

Though the opposition was sub par, this quarter alone provides optimism for Saint supporters heading in to 2013, such were the impeccable skills on display that culminated in to a 93 point half time lead.

The third quarter was far less impressive for St. Kilda, as they struggled for any meaningful forward foray. In fact, Cooyou’s goals for GWS was the only goals scored for either team in the first 19 minutes of the quarter. It was a result of the Giants being much more competitive after the first half and St. Kilda just bombing forward with no real intent, often resulting in the ball coming out back out of the fifty just as quickly as it went in.

A Dal Santo goal finally gave the home team their first goal of the quarter, while a late Milera goal saved St. Kilda the embarrassment of losing the quarter, giving the Saints a 98-point lead at the final change.

St. Kilda finished the game of in much better fashion after a disappointing third quarter. The Saints started to hit their targets again inside 50 as opposed to the kick and hope methodology of the previous quarter. Goals to Wilkes, Goddard and Ledger saw the margin finally pass the 100 point barrier that had been close for the previous quarter.

An exceptional loang goal from the boundary to Hampton gave GWS arguably their best highlight of the day, however it was quickly answered by the Saints ruckman McEnvoy.

Treloar added the last of the Giants score for the day with his second goal, while Siposs and Goddard capped off their day with goals to hand St. Kilda comprehensive 128 point win.

St. Kilda will now face a Carlton side playing for finals next Sunday afternoon while the Giants will host North Melbourne to finish off the season next Saturday.

VOTES

3) Sean Dempster

2) Nick Dal Santo

1) Leigh Montagna

St Kilda                                   7.2  17.6  19.7   25.13 (163)
Greater Western Sydney      2.1  2.3    3.5      5.5 (35)       

GOALS
St Kilda:
Milne 5, Milera 3, Wilkes 3, Goddard 3, Cripps 2, Montagna 2, Stanley, Newnes, Saad, Dal Santo, Ledger, McEvoy, Siposs
Greater Western Sydney: Treloar 2, Adams, Cooyou, Hampton

BEST
St Kilda:
Dempster, Dal Santo, Montagna, Milne, Geary, Siposs, Goddard, Cripps
Greater Western Sydney: Greene, Power, Adams, Haynes, Tyson

INJURIES
St Kilda:
Gilbert (groin)
Greater Western Sydney: McDonald (ankle)

SUBSTITUTES
St Kilda:
Lenny Hayes (rested) replaced by Seb Ross at half time
Greater Western Sydney: James McDonald (ankle) replaced by Matt Buntine at half time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Hosking, Findlay, Mitchell

Official crowd: 17,327 at Etihad Stadium

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St. Kilda

Greater Western Sydney

Search for Finals leads to a North Melbourne Dock

North Melbourne v Fremantle

Etihad Stadium – Sunday 26 August – 3:15PM

Fremantle will be looking to increase their chance at September glory when they meet the in form North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Sitting a game ahead of ninth with only Melbourne to come in the final round, a victory on Sunday would likely mean the clubs third ever finals campaign.

To do so however, Fremantle will have to bring down a rampaging Kangaroo outfit who a fresh from a resounding win over Collingwood that saw them notch up their ninth win from 10 games.

North Melbourne also have plenty to play for, though finals is guaranteed now with only GWS to come, North still have the opportunity to host an elimination final, a chance that looked seemingly impossible after their round 10 demolition at the hands of Hawthorn.

North’s success has come off the back a high intensity game plan, focused on linking up through handballs from contests before delivering to one of their three tall forwards in Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen and Robbie Tarrant.

The three-pronged attack has been used to devastating effect in the past couple of months, even allowing for Petrie to act as a decoy on occasions to draw away the opposition’s best defender.

Fremantle on the other hand are less spoilt for choice up forward. Their offensive game relies heavily on captain Matthew Pavlich. Pavlich has been in scintillating form in the past 11 weeks, booting 49 goals during that period to reinvigorate the Dockers season as they march towards finals.

Unfortunately for Fremantle, Pavlich will face an uphill challenge to be fit for this fixture, after struggling through the Richmond game with hamstring, groin and achilles soreness. Should he not be able to make it for Sunday, the goals will have to come from the likes of Chris Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne and Kepler Bradley, should he retain his spot, if the Dockers are to kick a winning score.

Looking at selections, Fremantle is set to bring Nick Lower back in to the fold, who is likely to replace Mzungu who has sustained a shoulder injury. Others in contention for the senior side include Griffin, Sutcliffe and Silvagni.

North on the other hand look set to field an unchanged line up after such an impressive display Saturday night. The only potential change would be if Wells were to be fit, that is unlikely however, meaning that no changes is the likely outcome.

It looks set to be a huge game with massive ramifications; North Melbourne at home however should be strong enough to handle Fremantle, leaving a nervous final round for Fremantle.

Prediction: North by 18 points

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North Melbourne

Fremantle

Eagles power to top four

PORT ADELAIDE    0.5    1.7    4.10      6.14 (50)
WEST COAST        3.4    8.8    9.10    14.14  (98)

West Coast has kept its top four aspirations alive, accounting for a wasteful Port Adelaide by 48 points at AAMI Stadium.

The Eagles led by Scott Selwood (34 disposals, seven tackles), Beau Watters (23 disposals, nine rebound 50s) and Jack Darling (14 disposals, three  goals) got the job done with relative ease, answering any challenge Port produced.

Both teams were inaccurate to start the game, with the first six scoring shots all being behinds in perfect conditions. The task fell to Shannon Hurn to finally notch up a major.

Port Adelaide had plenty of opportunities to be right in the game, however all Port’s hard work was being wasted in front of goal. Goals to Selwood and Darling saw West Coast shoot out to a 17-point quarter time lead.

Carrying on with the momentum gained in the first quarter, the Eagles bolted out of the blocks to begin the second. Goals to Hill, McGinnity and Darling pushed the margin out to 34 points in the blink of an eye.

It took until the 14-minute mark for Port Adelaide to kick their first goal, with a classy snap from Danyle Pearce opening the home teams account.

It was to be the only piece of joy emanating from the quarter for Port, as West Coast kicked the remaining two goals of the quarter to make the margin 43 points at the main break.

A Nic Natanui goal to begin the second half signaled warning bells for the home crowd, as the Eagles looked likely to run a muck.

It wasn’t to be however, as Port Adelaide finally began to capitalise on the opportunities being created in general play. Goals to Westhoff, Wingard and Ebert instilled a sense of belief in to the young Port team, as the margin was reduced to just 30 points going in to the final change.

Any hope of a famous comeback were short lived however, as Natanui once again kicked the first goal of the quarter to effectively kill the contest. Schulz responded almost immediately though a quick reply by Hurn nailed the door firmly shut for Port.

West Coast in the end proved to be too good for Port Adelaide, coming away with a 48-point victory.

West Coast will now host Collingwood next Saturday night while Port Adelaide will host Brisbane on Saturday afternoon.

Votes

3) Scott Selwood

2) Beau Watters

1) Jack Darling

GOALS
Port Adelaide:
Schulz 2, Brett Ebert, Wingard, Westhoff, Pearce
West Coast: Darling 3, Naitanui 3, Masten 2, Hurn 2, Kerr, McGinnity, Hill, S. Selwood


BEST
Port Adelaide:
Pearce, Cornes, Broadbent, Westhoff, Brad Ebert, Trengove
West Coast: S Selwood, Watters, Darling, Priddis, Naitanui, Masten, Cox,

INJURIES
Port Adelaide:
Travis Boak (corked hip) replaced in selected side by John McCarthy, Paul Stewart (concussion), Moore (hamstring)
West Coast: Adam Selwood (concussion)

SUBSTITUTIONS
Port Adelaide:
Chad Wingard replaced Paul Stewart in the second quarter.
West Coast: Bradd Dalziell replaced Adam Selwood at quarter-time.


Reports
Port Adelaide:
Nil
West Coast: Nil

Umpires: Leppard, Fila, Jeffery

Official crowd: 13,683 at AAMI Stadium


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Port Adelaide

West Coast