Trade Period Final Week: Day 2 Wrap – Hickey and Hombsch head home

Jack Hombsch is back in South Australian colours, albeit different ones, after being traded today.

After the tepid stalemate that was Monday, the trade rivers began to flow today – but the floodgates haven’t opened just yet.

Two trades were done today as the Saints got one of the two big men they were aiming for, and Port Adelaide pulled a surprise coup to snatch two players from the clutches of the Greater Western Sydney camp.

Although the documentation wasn’t officially lodged, the Tom Hickey to St Kilda deal was completed in all other manners this afternoon. The Saints had been chasing Hickey throughout the trade period, but were reluctant to give up the first round draft pick Gold Coast were asking for (having already given up their other first round pick to GWS). In the end, both sides got what they wanted – the Saints giving up pick 13, their Brendan Goddard compensation pick, as well as picks 37 and 57 for Hickey, pick 26 and pick 47.

St Kilda head of football Chris Pelchen and Gold Coast equivalent Marcus Ashcroft both expressed their happiness at the deals. The Saints have a 201cm, 21 year old back-up for Ben McEvoy while the Suns have a pick back inside the top 15 after trading their pick 2 for 17 year old Jack Martin earlier in the trade period.

While that deal was expected to come to a conclusion at some point this week, there was one that wasn’t by most of the football community. Port Adelaide grabbed what appears on paper to be an absolute bargain, snagging 19 year old key defender Jack Hombsch and NT Zone selection Jake Neade from GWS for pick 29.

Hombsch, an SA native, wasn’t really talked about as a trade prospect, but it appears more has been going on behind the scenes than we realised. Ken Hinkley’s arrival at Alberton has been well welcomed, with two possible replacements for ex-players Troy Chaplin and Danyle Pearce coming shortly after they departed.

No news from the Giants camp as to why they seemed to let Hombsch go apparently cheaply, but expect more to be revealed in the coming days.

The Kurt Tippett and Cam Pedersen deals had another slow day, with the latter possibly even going backwards. After receiving a worse than expected compensation pick for losing Brent Moloney and Jared Rivers, Melbourne might not have enough to offer the Kangaroos to get the Pedersen deal across the line. If a deal can be done with the Lions for Stefan Martin then it might be back on, but currently it seems clubs are at an impasse as for how to proceed.

While on the Demons, it was reported that delisted Port Adelaide midfielder David Rodain was seen touring their facilities as Victorian clubs look to see if he is worth scooping up as a delisted player.

North Melbourne still have quite a few deals alongside the Pedersen trade that they are looking to get done also. As well as looking at homesick Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs, they have made inquiries about Gold Coast half-back Taylor Hine. Add to this departing players Matt Campbell and Cruize Garlett and it seems set to be a busy few days at Arden St.

No news on the West to East and vice versa crossings (Koby Stevens of the Eagles and Jamie Cripps of the Saints) came through today either.

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Riewoldt Only Winner in Ultimate Anti-climax

RICHMOND            5.1    6.6    11.8    16.10 (106)
PORT ADELAIDE  2.5    6.7    12.8    16.10 (106)

Richmond and Port Adelaide have fought out an agonizing draw in their final game for the season. The only positive from the game came from Jack Riewoldt who secured the Coleman medal.

Both teams were out of finals contention so had only pride to play for, but neither were able to even achieve that in the first draw of the 2012 season.

The Tigers let yet another close game slip from their hands. This result brought even more pain as they could not honour Chris Newman who announced before the game that it would be his last game as captain.

Port Adelaide will fell a bit better as they were able to win interim coach Gary Hocking his first premiership pints. However they were also in a position to take the full points and they will be disappointed that they could not finish with a win.

Jack Riewoldt was the other story of the day, he needed 4 goals to become the outright winner of the Coleman Medal. He was able to bag his fourth late in the 4rd quarter and finished with six as one of the most influential plaayers on the ground.

Richmond’s other best included Trent Cotchin who capped off his brilliant season with yet another 30+ disposl game which included 8 clearences and inside 50’s. Bachar Houli was also impressive of the half back line with 6 rebound 50’s.

As for Port Adelaide Brad Ebert was excellent through the midfield and all while sneaking forward to kick 3 goals. Matthew Broadbent also hit the scoreboard with 2 goals and despite some mistaken almost got the Power over the line. Finally Jay Shulz was good again against his old club, leading the forwards with 4 goals.

The Power started the game strong getting the ball forward often but they couldn’t convert managing only 1 goal before the Tigers turned the tables mid quarter.

The second half of the quarter was all Richmond as they began to hit forward targets, Riewoldt, Nahas and Edwards all benefited and duly converted. On a negative note they lost Helbig to an ankle injury and subbed him off only 15 minutes into the game.

In the second quarter Port Adelaide began to erode Richmond’s lead. A marked increase in kicking efficiency lead to better opportunities for the forwards. Shultz kicked two late in the quarter to put Power up by a point at the half.

The Power flew out of the blocks in the second half, after conceding the first goal, they kicked 3 in two minutes to open up the biggest margin of the game. a few more goals were exchanged between the teams before Riewoldt stepped up.

He cut the margin from 18 to 6 kicking his 3rd and 4th goals, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. A big last quarter was looming.

In the last Danyle Pearce opened the scoring  before Richmond answered 5 of the next 6 to take the lead and increase it 13 points.. Their elite players such as Martin an Riewoldt stood up and the crowd got behind them.

However Port did not give up, in one of the goals of the year, David Roden got the ball on half back, fan to 50 and goaled. This spark lead to one more goal form Aaron Young who got the Power within a point.

Then a Dominic Cassisi bombed a long ball from outside 50 bounced through for a point to end a Marvell game.

Votes

1) Trent Cotchin

2) Jack Riewoldt

3) Brad Ebert

GOALS
Richmond: 
Riewoldt 6, Edwards 3, McGuane 2, Astbury, Grigg, Nahas, Post, Tuck
Port Adelaide: Schulz 4 Brad Ebert 3, Brett Ebert 2, Broadbent 2, Pearce, Rodan, Thomas, Wingard, Young

BEST
Richmond: 
Cotchin, Riewoldt, Houli, Tuck, Jackson, Deledio, Jackson
Port Adelaide: Brad Ebert, Schulz, Broadbent, Pearce, Boak, Cassisi, Hartlett

INJURIES
Richmond: 
Helbig (ankle), Martin (hamstring)
Port Adelaide: McCarthy (groin)

SUBSTITUTES
Richmond: 
Brad Helbig (ankle) replaced by Brett O’Hanlon in the first quarter
Port Adelaide: John McCarthy replaced by David Rodan in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Kamolins, Pannell, Jacob Mollison

Official crowd: 27,893 at the MCG

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

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

Brisbane to Complete South Australian Sweep

WHERE AND WHEN: AAMI Stadium, Saturday August 25, 1.40pm

Brisbane will be looking to make it two wins in a row against South Australian teams when they face Port Adelaide.

The Lions pulled off the upset of the round last week defeating Adelaide at home. This was the second top 5 team they have beaten for the year which will not only give them confidence going into this week but into the future as well.

Port Adelaide were not so lucky, they left interim coach Gary Hocking still searching for his first win after a 48 point loss to West Coast. If anything they made his short time as coach even worse managing only one goal up to half time.

The Power should welcome back Travis Boak the week after his late withdrawal from the Eagles game. His inclusion will be important to the Power’s chances but what will be more interesting will be his reaction to what may be his last game at AAMI for Port Adelaide.

The Lions will lose some experience down back in the form of Matt Maguire who was subbed off last week with an injury.

What Brisbane Will Want To See

The theme that Brisbane will want too see in their performance this week will be consistency. Last week’s incredible win will lack any credibility if they lose this week. As a team that will be looking to make final in a couple of years the first step is backing up good performances and beating the teams below you.

They will also want to see constancy in the individual players. If players like Rohan Bewick can continually chip in with two and three goal performances, the team will become a lot stronger.

What Port Adelaide Will Want To See   

The Power would love to snatch a win for Gary Hocking and this may be the only chance to do so. With Richmond away next week seems like the only opportunity with the home ground advantage.

They would also like to see a 4 quarter effort. A loss to a better team might be acceptable, but producing one goal halves does not cut it for the coach, supporter or anyone involved.

Finally they want to see Travis Boak not looking like he just played his last game at home for Port ant the end of the game.

Prediction

Port Adelaide’s season has been over for a while now, the don’t even look like challenging any team they meet and it will not be much different this week.

Brisbane on the other hand keep on playing hard, trying to build experience. Their performance last week showed how much talent they have and Port should be a walk in the park in comparison.

Brisbane by 46

 

 

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

Memo Port – get Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson

If Port were a Melbourne club, they’d have been relocated by now. And nobody would bat an eyelid.

Thus said a friend who works in the footy industry to me over a beer on Saturday arvo.

And looking at the events of the last few days, it is hard to disagree. The loss to Greater Western Sydney was shattering, and enough to see club legend Matthew Primus effectively sacked and Garry Hocking named as caretaker coach while the search for a senior coach for 2013 is launched.

With all due respect to Garry Hocking, of the great midfielders of his era, his coaching record at the Peel Thunder, where he once set up with all 18 players in his back half, doesn’t fill one with huge amounts of enthusiasm.

Port are in a quandary now. The logical solution to their problem is to go for the new broom coach, an outsider, preferably one who has been working at another club, that can come in with fresh ideas and perspective.

The problem is there were two of them available when they last went through the coach replacement process in Chris Scott and Brendan McCartney who have since found jobs.

Is the pool of talented assistants really that deep?

Port are a proud old club who won a flag less than a decade ago. It might have been a shellacking, but they did play in a Grand Final five years ago. I don’t see them as having the kind of ingrained cultural problems that are retarding Melbourne.

But they have an immense amount of work to do. The first thing they need to do is build a new culture that, perversely, is based on the existing culture of the organisation while simultaneously bringing its own unique features.

Paul Roos did that at Sydney with his legendary “Bloods” which not only won the Swans their first flag in decades, but put in place the foundation that has seen John Longmire make a seamless transition to senior coach and enjoy immediate success.

Brad Scott spoke about re-defining the Shinboner Spirit at North Melbourne. While he has yet to lead his group to finals, let alone a flag, he can point to a culture that has retained all of the players targeted by the expansion clubs and sees others signing on ahead of time and speaking about an agreement within the group to stay together to achieve the ultimate success.

Port needs a person capable of taking the best of that club’s storied history and marrying it with the most modern trends in the game.

They need to find a person who can convince the likes of Travis Boak to stay the journey as the club rebuilds from its lowest ever on-field ebb.

That’s vital too – Boak staying would send a huge message to the playing group and the supporters. If Boak goes, then the message will be equally loud, but of a sinister nature.

If I were in charge of the coaching recruitment process for Port the name I’d have at the top of my list, circled and underlined heaps of times, would be Adam Simpson.

Simmo ticks all the boxes Port needs. He’s experienced the ultimate success as a player but was a workmanlike type who had to extract the best from his own limited talents. Those kind of blokes tend to be good coaches.

He understands the demands of being at a small club lacking the resources of a Collingwood. But he also knows what it is like to be at a small club that has expectations of regular success.

Crucially, he has spent the years since he retired working in the system alongside some of the best and brightest like Clarkson at Hawthorn. Clarko might have a fiery temper but he’s also got results.

If Port can convince Simpson to uproot his family and make the journey to Adelaide – and let’s not forget Dean Laidley’s efforts at Skypeing in as an assistant – it will have taken the first step into a brave new era.

 

Fremantle Fail to Capitalise

Go Fremantle – Credit: flickr.com/michaelspencer

PORT ADELAIDE 1.2 1.3 2.7 6.12 (48)
FREMANTLE 5.2 6.7 9.9 11.9 (75)

In front of a meagre crowd, just short of 15,000; Fremantle has kept its increasingly slim finals hopes alive by making easy work of Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

An early burst of goals by Ross Lyon’s perennial underachievers was the defining factor in the match with Port, having come back from a win against Melbourne in Darwin, looking slow from the start.

Nathan Fyfe starred on his return to the Dockers side; the highly fancied flanker found the ball 26 times and booted a goal, proving his fitness after that shoulder injury that he sustained earlier in the year.

In a trend for the round, Port Adelaide found themselves with no more than a goal and a few points to their name at the first break, similar to Melbourne and Essendon in the days prior.

In an even worse turn, they booted just one point in the second quarter to finish the half on 1 goal 3 and down by 34 points to their wasteful opponents.

The absences of Jay Schulz, Robbie Grey and John Butcher were more apparent than ever, with the midfield not having the opportunity to find a target with the limited inside 50 chances they had.

Fremantle, led by their consistently excellent captain Matthew Pavlich, found themselves up by 44 points at the main break; before Port fought back to keep it to a respectable 27 point margin.

Fremantle’s inability to hit the scoreboard would have been a source of frustration to Lyon, with his side sitting 9th on the ladder but suffering with a percentage of just over 106%.

Juxtaposed with North Melbourne’s 110% in 8th place, and St Kilda’s 121% in 10th – the Dockers will be wondering why Pavlich missed 3 of his 5 set shots and Michael Barlow failed to hit the scoreboard in a major way from the midfield in scoring 0.2.

Matthew Primus, meanwhile, finds himself in yet another spot of bother. With a GWS game to save face next week, the coach will need to oversee a victory over a side whose 78 point loss to Melbourne 6 weeks ago has led to a 100+ point average losing margin since.

If he manages to lose to the Giants, he’d be rightly nervous about his status as coach – but that fantasy would take the greatest achievement in footy chokelore to become a reality.

Freo, meanwhile, will host West Coast at Patterson’s Stadium on Saturday in what is sure to be a red hot Derby. With the Dockers looking to leapfrog North into 8th and the Eagles hoping to skip above the Crows into 4th, we can expect an even more passionate game than usual.

VOTES

3 – Kane Cornes continued an unusual rich vein of form by gathering 31 touches and a goal.
2 – Nathan Fyfe was very good on return with 26 touches and a goal.
1 – Michael Barlow couldn’t impact on the scoreboard, but his 7 tackles and 24 disposals were encouraging.

GOALS

Port Adelaide: Brett Ebert 2, Stewart, Boak, Westhoff, Cornes
Fremantle: Mayne 2, Pearce 2, Pavlich 2, Fyfe, Mundy, Mzungu, Sutcliffe, Walters

INJURIES

Port Adelaide: Nil
Fremantle: Nil

SUBS

Port Adelaide: Aaron Young replaced Jackson Trengove in the fourth quarter
Fremantle: Cameron Sutcliffe replaced Michael Walters in the fourth quarter


Reports

Port Adelaide: Nil
Fremantle: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Ryan, Mollison

Official crowd: 14,583 at AAMI Stadium

Power out to Prevent Freo’s Push

Where and When: AAMI Stadium, Sunday 29 July, 12:40 pm

It’s another game set to shape up the bottom half of top eight and those below it, as Fremantle continue their push for finals with a trip to South Australia to play Port Adelaide.

While the Power cannot make finals, there’s no doubt they’ll be instilling the mindset to win every game they can, which could pose problems for Fremantle who need to do the same to hurdle those above them in the top eight.

Either way, this one seems to be an interestingly even contest.

Port Adelaide

The Power have made ground this year with their improvement and development overall, despite only winning five games and sitting 14th, and will no doubt take a lot from their victory last week over Melbourne in Darwin.

Despite the long-term Travis Boak controversy, who was arguably best on ground last week, Port Adelaide have unveiled some great talent over the course of the season.

Boak, Danyle Pearce and Kane Cornes, as some of the more senior players, keep trucking along, as does Domenic Cassisi, but new faces such as Brad Ebert, Paul Stewart and Matthew Broadbent are all leading the way in what is a good year overall for their younger contingent.

A fair few of them can hit the scoreboard, as they are slowly starting to prove with Jay Schulz out and including Justin Westhoff – Stewart kicked five goals last week – and provided they can get it forward effectively, they may have the firepower to damage.

Given that they should have a ruck advantage – Jonathon Griffin will line up on his own against Matthew Lobbe and Daniel Stewart – and the home ground advantage, it’s perfectly feasible to see a Port Adelaide win, especially since they have the habit of knocking off teams around Fremantle’s mark, with wins against North Melbourne, Carlton and St Kilda at AAMI this year.

Fremantle

Fremantle will look for their tenth win of the season in their surge for finals, and even then seem to fly under the radar. David Mundy hit good form last week and now their midfield is starting to look damaging.

With the returning Nat Fyfe, who has overcome his shoulder injury, amongst names such as Michael Barlow, Matt de Boer, Stephen Hill and Clancee Pearce, their midfield has a bit of variety and, while not elite, is a great group of both inside and outside players who can harm sides with ease.

They’ll need to give all they can to the captain back in his home state, Matthew Pavlich. He’s in ripping form and whether’s he on or not should have a fair say in which way the result swings.

They also feature the returning set shot star Chris Mayne and also Hayden Ballantyne, Michael Walters and Kepler Bradley up forward – a diverse forward line featuring a number of players that can kick many goals on any given day.

If the Dockers can get on a roll, with the overall skill level and performance to date, they should win.

Players to Watch

Matthew Broadbent: In his 50th game, the young midfielder’s been impressive this year, racking up enough ball and hitting the scoreboard frequently enough to have an important impact for Port Adelaide. He’s got the confidence of a good game behind him and he’s that sort of striking player who could very well hurt given the chance.

Nat Fyfe: He will arguably be underdone, slotting straight into the seniors after a long layoff with a shoulder injury. The young star has the talent, everybody knows that, but it will be very interesting to watch his return to see whether he can have the impact he normally can.

Prediction

Fremantle continue to pinch games, and with a host of players in good form, they can easily win if Port Adelaide lose touch.

In saying that, the Power know they can beat sides of Fremantle’s calibre in Adelaide, and I reckon they can do it again.

Port Adelaide by 5

Squads

Port Adelaide

B: Tom Logan, Alipate Carlile, Jackson Trengove

HB: Tom Jonas, Troy Chaplin, Domenic Cassisi

C: Matthew Broadbent, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes

HF: Danyle Pearce, Justin Westhoff, Andrew Moore

F: Paul Stewart, Daniel Stewart, Brett Ebert

Foll: Matthew Lobbe, Matt Thomas, Brad Ebert

I/C: Jarrad Redden,Aaron Young, Chad Wingard, Darren Pfeiffer, John McCarthy

Emg: Cameron Hitchcock, Ben Jacobs, Jarrad Redden

In: Darren Pfeiffer

Out: Jasper Pittard (ribs)

Milestones: Matthew Broadbent – 50 games, Tom Logan – 100 games

 

Fremantle

B: Lee Spurr, Luke McPharlin, Adam McPhee

HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, David Mundy

C: Paul Duffield, Ryan Crowley, Dylan Roberton

HF: Michael Walters, Kepler Bradley, Stephen Hill

F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Clancee Pearce

Foll: Jonathon Griffin, Michael Barlow, Nathan Fyfe

I/C: Chris Mayne, Matt de Boer, Tendai Mzungu, Cam Sutcliffe

Emg: Nick Suban, Lachie Neale, Zac Dawson

In: Chris Mayne, Nat Fyfe

Out: Zac Clarke, Nick Suban

Port power home against Dees

Port celebrate their fifth win of the season – Flickr.com/dannebrog

MELBOURNE         5.0    5.1     7.5     8.8 (56)
PORT ADELAIDE 
2.5   5.10   8.10   12.12 (84)   

Port Adelaide has claimed their fifth win of the season in an uninspiring clash with Melbourne at Darwin.

The Demons were disgraceful in the final three quarters, as Port Adelaide adapted much better to the warmer climate.

Paul Stewart was the start for Port, kicking five majors while Travis Boak and Domenic Cassisi were also excellent for the victors.

Melbourne was first to get under way in a quarter marred by skill errors. Brad Green and Paul Stewart provided the first two goals for their respective clubs in what was an early arm wrestle.

A heavy clash between teammates Wingard and Pittard left young Pittard with suspected broken ribs, resulting in Port activating their substitute in Young.

Port squandered numerous chances while Melbourne were clinical when presented with an opportunity, kicking five straight to open up a 13 point quarter time margin.

It was a dominant quarter for Port Adelaide in the second, with the Port restricting the lamentable Dees to a solitary point, kicked by Brad Green after the half time siren.

Melbourne was abhorrent with their ball use and skill errors, allowing Port to escape from situations that an Auskick side would not allow.

Three goals to Port were all they could manage however, though it was enough to see Port head in to half time with a nine-point lead.

The third quarter begun much more positively for the Demons; kicking two of the first three to get right back in the hunt for their third win.

Paul Stewart was proving to be the difference though, kicking his third and fourth goal to give Port Adelaide some breathing space going in to the final quarter with an 11-point lead.

The final quarter, like the rest of the game, was deplorable from Melbourne.  Port managed to kick four unanswered goals to begin the quarter to a 35-point lead.

It took until the 26th minute mark for Melbourne to kick a goal in the final quarter, with what turned out to be the final scoring shot of the match as Port Adelaide claimed its fifth win of the season by 28 points.

Melbourne now prepare to take on North Melbourne at Etihad while Port Adelaide will host Fremantle at AAMI Stadium.

VOTES

3) Paul Stewart

2) Travis Boak

1) Domenic Cassisi

MELBOURNE         5.0    5.1     7.5     8.8 (56)
PORT ADELAIDE 
2.5   5.10   8.10   12.12 (84)  

GOALS
Melbourne: Green 2, Rivers 2, Martin, Sylvia, Blease, Jones
Port Adelaide:
P. Stewart 5, D. Stewart, Boak, Brett Ebert, Broadbent, Young, Lobbe, Wingard

BEST
Melbourne: Grimes, Green, Trengove, Jones, Nicholson
Port Adelaide:
P. Stewart, Boak, Cassisi, Brad Ebert, Westhoff

INJURIES
Melbourne: Nil
Port Adelaide:
Pittard (ribs), McCarthy (blood nose)

SUBSTITUTES
Melbourne: Magner replaced in the third quarter by Strauss

Port Adelaide:
Pittard (ribs) replaced at quarter time by Young

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Dalgleish, Hosking, Kamolins

Official crowd: 6714 at TIO Stadium