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Port Adelaide have kept their season alive with a huge win against a fast finishing Collingwood and you could see how much it means to the Port Adelaide players, with ‘proud’ being the word used above all of the emotion surrounding the death of Phil Walsh.
It was an end-to-end, topsy turvy, momentum-swinging contest, and it went right down to the wire.The first quarter was all Port’s, but Collingwood managed to peg them back in the second.
With some persistence in the third, Port broke out to what looked to be a lead too far out of Collingwood’s reach despite their inaccuracy in front of goal.
The Pies took full advantage of being kept in the game by that waywardness, but with the upmost defiance and spirit, the home side pulled off a remarkable victory,
Port are now back in the hunt, but Collingwood find themselves in the order of top eight mediocracy; they will be back in the pack now, despite another honourable loss.
The stats were all relatively even, with Collingwood’s last quarter onslaught seeing them win the clearances 58-48, as well as the disposal count 391-352. Despite that, they still lost the inside 50’s 55-49, and with the Power having three more scoring shots from those entires, it’s easy to see how important they were.
Wingard (3 goals, 21 disposals) and Gray (2 goals, 23 disposals) managed the only multiples, with Impey, Westhoff, Monfires, and Schulz also hitting the scoreboard.
For the Pies, Fasolo, Oxley, Pendlebury, White, Adams, Crisp, De Goey, Elliott and Witts kicked the majors.
Taylor Adams was outstanding with 38 disposals, he led all comers in the wet.
Ollie Wines (34 disposals) was probably Port’s best, with his run and grunt work around the contest, finished by great decision making proving to be the difference.
Westhoff was also good for Port in the first half, and Swan was good in his 250th with 33 disposals for the Pies. He was supported by Pendlebury and Sidebottom who had it 28 and 33 times respectively.
That’s three losses in a row for the Pies, and they’ll be bitterly disappointed, while Port will hope to carry some form into the run home.
The Port Adelaide Power and Collingwood Magpies will hope to re-enter the winner’s circle when they go head-to-head at the Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEST).
Both sides are coming off consecutive losses, but their respective lack of premiership points has not been reflective of their true form.
Collingwood has firmed as a genuine finals contender after showing their worth against the table toppers and reigning premiers over the last two weeks, losing both games by a collective margin of just 17 points.
On the other hand, Port showed glimpses of the sort of form that had many predicting a top four finish for them in last week’s loss to Sydney, but they still find themselves fighting to scrape into the eight.
The Pies will be looking to end the home side’s finals chances, and their recent record against Port will fill them with a great deal of confidence – they have won in seven of their last nine meetings.
As the competition’s surprise packet thus far, Collingwood’s mix of youthful exuberance and experienced heads has made them strong along each line.
The most threatening area for this game will be their forward line, with power forward Travis Cloke looming large as he gets back to his dominating best.
Whilst the Power will sorely miss Alipate Carlile down back this week, they will be slightly reassured by the return of Jackson Trengove from a lengthy layoff. They will certainly need him, as Collingwood are equal first for marks inside 50 this year, averaging 14.2 per game.
Trengove is one of a host of ins changes for the hosts, with Cam O’Shea, Tom Clurey, Jake Neade and Karl Amon replacing the omitted Nathan Krakouer, Andrew Moore, Tom Jonas and Sam Colquhoun, who received some tongue-in-cheek support from Bryce Gibbs over Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Pies come into the game unchanged after their valiant display last week, with Brodie Grundy set to travel with the squad as an emergency.
With such a gap between the two sides on the ladder, it’s hard to look past Collingwood for this one.
Despite some good signs, there are too many players for Port to keep quiet, and that should unfortunately see them lose yet another game on their fortress, or ‘Portress’.
Collingwood by 27 points
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