AFL Round 10: Port succumb to humble Pie pressure

by Nick Kossatch

Collingwood        3.1    6.5    15.8    17.12 (114)
Port Adelaide      5.2    7.5     9.6     11.10 (76)

GOALS
Collingwood: Anthony 4, Didak 3, Dick 3, L. Brown 2, Lockyer, Swan, Davis, Clarke, Sidebottom
Port Adelaide: Ebert 3, Gray, Rodan, Cassisi, Tredrea, M. Westhoff, Lade, Surjan, Pearce

BEST
Collingwood: Swan, L. Brown, Dick, Pendlebury, Anthony, Fraser, O’Brien
Port Adelaide: Cassisi, Boak, Chaplin, Pearce, Salopek, K. Cornes

OUR VOTES

3: D. SWAN (C)

2: B. DICK (C)

1: D. RODAN (P)

This report is written somewhat differently because I am watching the Collingwood and Port Adelaide match live and describing the game as I’m watching it in the warmth of my lounge room.

I feel comfortable as the Power are ‘on’, but it is early days – up by two goals late in the first quarter.

Then two of the MCG light towers go out.

I hope it’s not a sign for things to come!

My Riverland Superdogs over-35’s footy team lost to Gawler by 10 points and my opponent booted a match-winning four goals.

My luck had to turn I pondered and to make matters worse Chad Cornes dropped a sitter and Collingwood closed to a goal the difference.

Danyl Pearce is switched on too and he drilled Brett Ebert and Warren Tredrea with the most elegant of passes resulting in goals.

Robbie Gray missed a vital major but still I feel an inner peace and the Magpies’ Josh Fraser shoves Brendan Lade – 30 in front.

Another opportunity missed as James Hird comments that the Power should have led by four majors.

Port are supporting in numbers and loose ball gets are up, but Matt Thomas shanks another gettable six-pointer!

Alan Didak was free in the goal square at the start of the second stanza and nails his second goal and Didak’s Collingwood seem to regain some control.

Dane Swan – for the Magpies – has the ball on a string and so has his look-a-like Travis Boak for Port.

Some criss-cross play by the Power along with much-needed dare and dash by David Rodan culminates in a Chad Cornes screamer followed by yet another point.

I get nervous as Tredrea adds yet another behind but late replacement Matthew Westhoff pushes the black, teal and white’s lead to 13 points.

It is a dark and dewy night at the ‘G’ and the first half is ridden with errors but Rodan and Pearce are clean and Peter Burgoyne is smart across half back as a sweeper.

Despite my soreness from my own game, Lade goals to stretch the lead to 19 points.

All of a sudden the complexity of the match changes with some run-and-carry from the Pies.

Twice Jon ‘Jack’ Anthony boots goals for the home side to draw within a kick.

Swan has an incredible 28 disposals just before half time and I don’t feel as ‘within ease’ like I did earlier.

The commentator Brian Taylor says ‘Dick short’…..and seconds later that man Swan kicked a walk-in major from a Nathan Krakouer shocker-of-a-kick.

Now the ‘Pies are up and about and have momentum in serious quantity.

Chad Cornes is having a howler and there is no purpose in his game for some mysterious reason and his man set up ‘Jack’ for a third.

The Wood’s were by seven points and their skipper, Nick Maxwell, effected a superb spoil and Collingwood zipped the ball to Leigh Brown who slotted through another.

There is a Power outage at the home of football as Brad Dick penetrates a grubber major for the Carringbush.

The same suspects need to ‘re-step’ up yet again for Port Adelaide.

The game is shot for Port as their opponents were allowed to run free and motor to a 37-point lead with Chad Cornes collecting splinters.

My ribs are sore and likely bruised from my game earlier.

Ebert outsmarts Maxwell to kick Port’s second in as many minutes and the six-pointer was an amazing one – across his right shoulder.

Definitely gone are Powerless Port and they are 37-points behind at three-quarter time.

‘Neon’ Leon Davis boots one from the boundary and Dick has all the party tricks as ‘Joffa’ is on the verge on putting on the gold jacket.

I’m as uneasy as Mark Williams is now with his coaching tenure on tenterhooks.

‘Suspect’ Pearce’s lovely long goal counts for little in ‘junktime’ but the team from Alberton shave the margin back to just over six sorties.

I’m rather irate and disinterested – just like Cornes of the Chad variety although the commentators are saying he has a ‘bung’ calf and knee.

The Power’s forward line is as barren as the APY lands in outback South Australia.

Ebert is the only oasis.

One minute fifty six left on the clock and my left-over dinner’s in the microwave oven!

114 to 76 in an emphatic win for the good ‘ol Collingwood and after the Crows thrashed Hawthorn – today is a ‘footy day’ I’d rather forget.

Collingwood        3.1    6.5    15.8    17.12 (114)
Port Adelaide      5.2    7.5     9.6     11.10 (76)

GOALS
Collingwood: Anthony 4, Didak 3, Dick 3, L. Brown 2, Lockyer, Swan, Davis, Clarke, Sidebottom
Port Adelaide: Ebert 3, Gray, Rodan, Cassisi, Tredrea, M. Westhoff, Lade, Surjan, Pearce

BEST
Collingwood: Swan, L. Brown, Dick, Pendlebury, Anthony, Fraser, O’Brien
Port Adelaide: Cassisi, Boak, Chaplin, Pearce, Salopek, K. Cornes

OUR VOTES

3: D. SWAN (C)

2: B. DICK (C)

1: D. RODAN (P)

About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,

Comments

  1. haiku bob says:

    “Despite my soreness….
    Lade goals to stretch the lead
    to 19 points”

    haiku-esque!

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