AFL Round 18 – Port Adelaide v Brisbane: A win but lost respect

By John Proeve

The Brisbane Lions have had 26 hit outs against Port for a 14 : 12 record since they both emerged in the competition in 1997. Port has had the better of Brisbane at AAMI stadium winning 7 games to 6. What was today going to bring? The punters were heavily backing Port as they have excelled beyond expectation this season. This is a very defiant stance as Port has not tasted success against Brisbane since 2009. Brisbane, making their last ever trip to AAMI (as all AFL games will be played at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval from next season), come hoping to keep alive their 2013 finals aspirations.

The day is a balmy mid winter’s day in Adelaide; tricky northerly breeze with the potential to create some havoc!

Today we have activated the sub in our quartet with Delts wearing the red jacket in the far north in Cairns. Even the footy season couldn’t stop him heading north to warmer climate for an extended holiday. The new member substituted into our team is fellow Almanacker Andrew Weiss. Kitted out in his Lions paraphernalia he looks slightly uneasy as we enter the members stand. This tension is mellowed as we sup on refreshments and a meat pie.

The game carries some significance for Lion’s fans as Matt Maguire is playing his 150th. There might just be 149 other Lions spectators present to represent each of his games!

The game begins with both sides taking time to adapt to the gusty conditions and squander goal opportunities. The Port defence maintains a clear focus on running the ball and penetrating past the midfield. The Port forwards Butcher, Gray and Monfries are struggling to maintain possession of the ball and capitalise on opportunities presented. Despite this, Port lead by 2 goals at quarter time.

The game is turning out to be a good old slog out with both sides turning over the ball at crucial times. The Lions are making the most of costly Port turnovers, scoring 3 goals in the second quarter.

The half time break discussion centres on the respective coaches – Ken Hinkley and Michael Voss. The Port officialdom, players and fans are enamoured by Hinks who has reinstated some grit back into the Port game. Vossy on the other hand is struggling to gain momentum and often looks forlorn and frustrated with his charges. The triple siren sounds to end the mini league and the players and officials scurry to form guards of honour for the Lions and Power players on their return from the long break. What happens next begs belief – the Port players intentionally veer right after running up the chase and do not run through the guard honour. The kids are shocked and the officials pissed off at the snub shown by the Port players.  What were they thinking!! Chairman Kochie will no doubt have a few strong words to say to the players about public relations. Well I bloody hope he does.

Our quartet regains composure and settles to watch the ensuing contest.  The play seesaws up and down the ground. Port continues to blast away at goal and rake up points. Two penetrating drives through half forward by Zorko turn up the pressure on the Port backline. Boak, Broadbent and Hartlett continue to gain valuable possessions in tight contests.  Schulz finds himself with a shot at goal tight on the boundary 50 m out. He kicks truly to enable Port to hold onto a narrow 4 point buffer at the end of the third quarter.

The final term sees both sides keeping the contest very tight and dour. The umpires are deciding to make their mark on the games with some fascinating decisions. Perhaps they feel the game is lacking spark so want to get involved. Boak, Moore, Broadbent are creating drive for the Power but the forwards are struggling to maintain possession and are turning the ball over. Wingard snaps truly from the goal square to break the nexus mid-term to give Port a goal and half lead. As players were tiring the game was getting scrappier with the ball getting turned over by both teams. The siren ends the agony – Port are winners by 9 points; sadly they lose respect for their indiscretion on return after half time.

 

PORT ADELAIDE                3.4         5.9          8.16        9.17      (71)
BRISBANE             1.4         4.5          9.6          9.8          (62)

GOALS
Port Adelaide: Schulz 2, Moore, Mitchell, Wines, Westoff, Butcher, Monfries, Wingard
Brisbane:  Brown 2, Zorko 2, Bewick, Crisp, Merrett, Moloney
BEST
Port Adelaide: Boak, Hartlett, Moore, Schulz, Mitchell, Broadbent
Brisbane:  Rockcliff, Leuenberger, Redden, Moloney, Golby, Adcock

Umpires: Margetts, Ryan, Schmitt

Official crowd: 22,631 at AAMI Stadium

Our Votes: 3 Boak (P) 2 Broadbent (P) 1 Rockcliff (B)

Comments

  1. Peter Schumacher says:

    Bit like Cousins attitude to the kids in the aftermath of the Weagles lat GF.

  2. I noticed non use of the guard of honour. I couldn’t (and still can’t) think of a reason why they didn’t run through it. I wouldn’t have thought it was “lets disrespect these kids”. Actually, one reason; perhaps they were blinded by the Lions away jumpers (what the?) on the already grounded Lions.

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