Round 7 – Port Adelaide v Brisbane: The Sunday, Twilight, Mother’s Day Blockbuster

Port Adelaide versus Brisbane

4.10pm, Sunday 8 May

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

 

Mike Hugo

 

A 4:10 time slot. On a Sunday. On Mother’s Day. 90 per cent chance of rain. Playing Brisbane.

 

None of these factors seemed to matter to the 32,399 people who turned up for this game, but obviously it was enough to keep many away. The crowd was the lowest to an AFL game at the Adelaide Oval since its re-opening in 2014. Still, this was the third biggest crowd of Round 7 which gives you idea of how successful footy at the Oval actually is.

 

Lions fans were barely noticeable bar the small crowd that gathered at the cheer-squad end – in fact, I spotted more North Melbourne jumpers coming into the game.

 

For Port fans, the mood was once again a combination of optimism and scepticism. The Power seemed to be on the improve after a good win against the Tigers at the MCG, but questions remained about the team’s ability to back-it up with another consistent effort. Brisbane were no easy-beats either, coming off a narrow loss to the Swans the previous week.

 

Of most interest was how Port would compete in the ruck, with Jackson Trengove returning from suspension to fill a void that was seemingly over supplied pre-season.

 

Port home games literally ‘kick-off’ with a past player coming onto the field to have a chat and then kick a goal. Given the opponent, Darryl Wakelin was a logical choice. As vision of his legendary Grand Final punch-up with Alastair Lynch played on the big-screen, we wondered whether Lynch himself might make an appearance for a re-enactment.

 

The first quarter was the tight tussle that many had predicted the game might be, with each side going goal for goal. At the first break it was Lions with a nine point lead, with Stefan Martin and Dayne Beams giving the visitors plenty of supply out of the middle.

 

But the effort the Lions put up in the first quarter meant little as the Power went on to kick seven goals to one in the second quarter, four to zero in the third, and seven to two in the last. Stefan Martin’s ruck dominance (51 to 14 hit outs) didn’t translate to the scoreboard, as Trengove rebounded with fantastic second efforts that saw him amass 25 disposals and 13 clearances for the game. Captain Travis Boak and Ollie Wines were also back to their best, winning the ball inside and creating better opportunities for Port’s forward line.

 

Charlie Dixon commanded the forward line, kicking five goals and putting in his best performance in Power colours to date. Jasper Pittard also continued his career best form off half-back, and even managed to increase his career goal tally to 11.

 

One of my most memorable highlights was Jarman Impey’s dashing three-bounce run from ‘the logo’ into the forward line, only to hit the post and ruin a certain ‘goal of the year’ contender.

 

It what was mostly a one-sided game, finding highlights for the visitors was a bit of a challenge.

 

For Port fans it was a convincing 77-point win in a season where no-one quite yet knows what to expect from the team each week. Yet for all the question marks that still remain over Port Adelaide, they sit in equal seventh on the ladder with four wins and three losses.

 

And as for the weather, it turned out to be a clear and sunny evening, proving that weather forecasting is about as accurate as trying to pick the final eight in March.

 

 

Port Adelaide        3.1       10.5       14.7       21.10     (136)

Brisbane Lions   4.4       5.6       5.13   7.17   (59)

 

Goals:

Port Adelaide: Dixon 5; Wingard, Westhoff, Young 3; Wines, Broadbent, Impey, Ebert, Neade, Pittard, Polec

Brisbane Lions: Zorko 2; D Beams, Lester, Schache, C Beams, Hanley

 

Best:

Port Adelaide: Trengove, Boak, Wines, Pittard, Dixon.

Brisbane Lions: Martin, D Beams, Zorko.

 

Umpires: Foot, Ryan, McInerney.

 

Crowd: 32,399

 

Malarkey Medal: 3 Trengove, 2 Wines, 1 Boak.

About Mike Hugo

Occasional contributor, illustrator of Footy Places and other things (see my web store below).

Comments

  1. Dave Brown says

    Good read, Mike. The mother’s day twilight game is the graveyard shift of the AFL. Everyone’s too busy buying flowers and ordering pizza to go to the footy. Have liked the move of Impey out of defence where he has been floundering a bit. The less said about yesterday the better

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