Round 15 – Port Adelaide v Gold Coast: Power hang tough

Port Adelaide Power weathered a Gold Coast Suns surge to keep itself in the running for a finals berth.

 

A match saving tackle by Port’s Sam Powell-Pepper on Suns’ gun Touk Miller helped the Power to a thrilling 13.15 (93) to 13.13 (91) win at Adelaide Oval on Sunday night.

 

But Gold Coast pressed forward again and the hosts grimly held on in a classic match.

 

Port started strong powering to a 26-point lead before the rising Suns pegged back the lead and in fact took the advantage on the scoreboard in the second half.

 

Port Adelaide’s key forward Todd Marshall continued his emergence with four goals in a match-winning display while Connor Rozee danced his way to more Brownlow votes as his rise in midfield status continues.

 

Riley Bonner and Ryan Burton provided drive off halfback.

 

Port’s coach Ken Hinkley was a relieved man post game as he cast his eye on a tough road trip as the Power meet finals-bound Fremantle Dockers in the West.

 

Port will have established players in ruckman Scott Lycett, Orazio Fantasia, Zak Butters and Tom Clurey available for selection.

 

However in-form Bonner will miss a month with a fractured eye socket he suffered against Gold Coast.

 

“You can’t start thinking about anything other than just trying to win every game,” Hinkley said of the teams ‘stay in the moment mantra’.

 

“The competition will throw up plenty of strange things over the next eight weeks.

 

“We’ve got really strong form, but we have to continue to focus on next week and we will.”

 

PORT ADELAIDE      5.4      6.8      12.11  13.15 (93)

GOLD COAST            2.4      5.9      10.10  13.13 (91)

 

GOALS 

Port Adelaide: Marshall 4, Georgiades 2, Rozee 2, Dixon, Duursma, Farrell, Finlayson, Jones

Gold Coast: Chol 3, Rankine 3, Casboult 2, Ellis 2, Ainsworth, Holman, Rosas Jnr

 

BEST 

Port Adelaide: Rozee, Farrell, Houston, Bonner, Marshall, Burton

Gold Coast: Ainsworth, Witts, Miller, Swallow, Rankine, Anderson

 

INJURIES

Port Adelaide: Nil

Gold Coast: Davies (knee), Rankine (shoulder)

 

SUBSTITUTES 

Port Adelaide: Sam Mayes (unused)

Gold Coast: Brayden Fiorini (replaced Alex Davies in the fourth quarter)

 

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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,

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