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    Port Adelaide vs. Carlton

    Adelaide Oval
    AFL Home and Away April 21, 2017
    Port Adelaide 137, Carlton 47
    Port Adelaide Carlton
     G B Pts G B Pts
    Q15333   1410
    Q28654   2921
    Q31416100   2921
    Q42017137   61147

    The Port Adelaide Power will look to reassert their claim as a genuine finals contender in 2017 as they take on the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval tonight. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 7:50pm AEST.

    Port started the season playing better football than most punters had expected. That came to a crashing halt when they had to ran into Adelaide and GWS, who, if you believe the media, are genuine premiership contenders.

    Both clubs have been playing excellent footy, so neither of those losses are anything to be too embarrassed about. Port is also buoyed by the return of Paddy Ryder from injury and there’s no doubt that should assist them in winning the ball out of the middle. He’s definitely my player to watch for the match.

    Everyone can make all the Carlton jokes in the world. They certainly have made an art form out of being extraordinarily average for a long period.

    While they have a solid midfield led by Bryce Gibbs and Marc Murphy, a poor offence has kept them leaving the bottom end of the ladder. The loss of Matthew Kruezer in the ruck to soreness late in the week is likely to hurt the Blues.

    Most experts think this should be an easy one for the Power but they have lost their last two against the Blues, though both were by less than a goal.

    The home ground advantage and signs of a much improved Port early in the season makes me think this should be a comfortable win to the Power, but it may be a little closer than people are anticipating.

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    Quarter 1
    1' BEHIND - Jared Polec (Port Adelaide)
    2' GOAL - Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide)
    3' BEHIND - Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide)
    5' GOAL - Jared Polec (Port Adelaide)
    9' GOAL - Aidyn Johnson (Port Adelaide)
    13' GOAL - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    14' BEHIND - Rushed (Carlton)
    18' BEHIND - Marc Murphy (Carlton)
    24' BEHIND - Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide)
    26' GOAL - Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    28' GOAL - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
    30' BEHIND - Rushed (Carlton)
    30' BEHIND - Lachie Plowman (Carlton)
    Quarter 2
    1' GOAL - Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide)
    5' GOAL - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
    9' BEHIND - Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide)
    10' GOAL - Jared Polec (Port Adelaide)
    17' BEHIND - Sam Gray (Port Adelaide)
    17' BEHIND - Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    19' BEHIND - Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)
    20' BEHIND - Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
    22' BEHIND - Tom Williamson (Carlton)
    23' BEHIND - Sam Petrevski-Seton (Carlton)
    26' BEHIND - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
    28' GOAL - Charlie Dixon (Port Adelaide)
    Quarter 3
    1' BEHIND - Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    2' GOAL - Sam Gray (Port Adelaide)
    4' GOAL - Aaron Young (Port Adelaide)
    5' BEHIND - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    8' GOAL - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    11' BEHIND - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    12' BEHIND - Aaron Young (Port Adelaide)
    14' BEHIND - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    15' GOAL - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    17' BEHIND - Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide)
    18' BEHIND - Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    19' BEHIND - Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
    24' GOAL - Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide)
    27' BEHIND - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    28' BEHIND - Jared Polec (Port Adelaide)
    29' GOAL - Aidyn Johnson (Port Adelaide)
    Quarter 4
    2' GOAL - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
    5' BEHIND - Cameron Polson (Carlton)
    8' GOAL - Matthew Broadbent (Port Adelaide)
    9' GOAL - Jack Silvagni (Carlton)
    12' GOAL - Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide)
    14' GOAL - Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)
    16' GOAL - Aaron Young (Port Adelaide)
    18' BEHIND - Jasper Pittard (Port Adelaide)
    21' BEHIND - Jack Silvagni (Carlton)
    22' GOAL - Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide)
    26' GOAL - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
    28' GOAL - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
    30' GOAL - Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)

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    • 12:06pm
      Brendon the 1st said | 12:06pm | ! Report

      People are on here saying they don’t see Port as a go and contender…….What the?

      Beat Sydney, put up a show against the two best sides in the comp and thrashed two clubs ranked lower on the ladder, what more do you want?

      They may not be top four (or they might be) but top eight should happen and from there who knows, just ask the Bulldogs what can happen.

      Will most likely beat Brisbane by 10 goals next week as well.

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        Col from Brissie said | 12:40pm | ! Report

        Brendon, I haven’t watched any Port games except last night so can only comment on that. i thought they looked pretty good but then again given the opposition they were expected to win. At times they played and looked like a top 6 team but there were a couple of lapses particularly in the second quarter. Their third quarter was fantastic and if not for inaccurate kicking for goal it could have been a 10 goal quarter.

        Overall if they can play consistently over four quarters they are definitely top eight material.

    • 11:12pm
      mattyb said | 11:12pm | ! Report

      You can sum that performance by the Blues up in two words…..sad and tragic.
      After all the talk of Carlton during the week, the weekend always comes around and with it the truth. Amazingly they should have lost by even more. This finals talk we were hearing about during the week s a long,long way off. 2019, I don’t think so.

      Carlton are going to have to fix their structures,especially in defence. If the ball hits the ground their in trouble,they have no run out of the backline whatsoever,the ball movement is to slow and their ball movement out of defence contains far to many errors,even when it’s slow.
      I didn’t mind Wietering forward but he should now probably go back. Rowe will have to either go forward or out,White needs to go out and then Carlton can only have a maximum of two of McCreedie,Plowman or Marchbank. Marchbank is a big worry,he’s still young but he still makes some terrible decisions and his kicking is certainly sub standard.

      Big warning signs the wheels are about to really fall off this club again,like they do most years I suppose. I wonder if Silvagni,Mckay and Gleeson will be flying home first class and separate from everybody else?

      • 8:03am
        Macca said | 8:03am | ! Report

        Mattyb -Marchbank last night had 13 disposals wi 10 being effective – 10 of his disposals being kicks so at worst he went at 70% by foot – not sure that is sub standard.

        As for 2019 finals – last night actually increased those chances C Curnow took a feat step forward, Silvagni was more than solid, SPS and Fisher showed plenty of potential – but they are all still very young.

        At least you have stopped calling for Casboult to be dropped.

      • 9:40am
        Steve009 said | 9:40am | ! Report

        Mostly agree with your assessment of our back line, with both Plowman and white as 2 players who can go tall/ small is one too many, add to that that Docherty and Simpson are attacking defenders we don’t have much in terms of genuine defense first smalls and are paying for it when the ball hits the ground.

        For the long term good the talls need to be Weitering, March bank, MaCreadie and Plowman. It’s still too tall, but these players are worth getting games into. MaCreadie like Plowman will have to be able to defend talls and smalls for it to work, with Weitering at times sometimes swinging forward.

        • 10:05am
          mattyb said | 10:05am | ! Report

          Steve009,if your going to get games into all the tall defenders you might need to start rotating them through the reserves,especially if Wietering goes back like I think he should.
          It’s just having to much effect on how the balls being moved out of defence despite everything else like the lack of mobility.
          Now that opposition teams are seeing how Carltons defence is being structured its going to be nearly impossible for the Blues to get the ball forward at all. Even when they switched play it was so slow the opposition just run across and blocked the space on that side of the ground as well.

          • 6:20pm
            Steve009 said | 6:20pm | ! Report

            I agree with you too much, they will start thinking I’m you again, but I agree with rotating not just the players in the back line in and out of the VFL, but also some of the youngster’s and veterans around the ground as well to get the tall/small and youth/ experience balance right.

            It’s great that Carlton have had all these youngster’s knocking on the door for selection, particularly talls, but we don’t have to play them all in the same week. There are benefits of developing young players by rotating them in and out of the VFL side.
            If these players are going to be around for the long haul, we can be patient in them becoming cemented in the best 22

        • 10:26am
          Macca said | 10:26am | ! Report

          Steve – of those 4 players only Macreadie is above 195cm (and he is just 196cm) with Plowman being he smallest at 191cm. All of them have good running capacity.

          • 5:39pm
            Steve009 said | 5:39pm | ! Report

            Im looking at the type of player they best defend, rather than how many centimetres tall they are. Plenty of intercept marking, but our back line gets cut up when the ball hits the ground. Simply not enough defensive smalls (ground level players, if you will) to negate the opposition crumbers.

            Weitering goes back, Rowe goes forward or is ommitted.
            White ommitted, he’s better than other’s in the team, but it’s really a choice between him or MaCreadie at the moment to get that ground level/ aerial balance closer to right
            I then still think we are one tall too many, but I remember reading that in time MaCreadie may be released to a wing or even have the athleticism to defend smaller players as a half back flank

            • 6:24pm
              Macca said | 6:24pm | ! Report

              Docherty and Simpson defend the stalls, Plowman at 191cm goes either up or down

              • 6:38pm
                Steve009 said | 6:38pm | ! Report

                Really enjoying Plowman’s season so far and he has shown the ability to play on smalls, but I don’t think that’s the best use of him week in week out.

                As for Simpson and Docherty they are offensive minded defenders, we need at least another ground level defender with your defend at all cost attitude Macca.

                You’ve been watching the same games as me Macca, exclude the port game, where do you think our defense can improve? Or is everything perfect down there at the moment, don’t change it.

              • 8:37pm
                Macca said | 8:37pm | ! Report

                Steve – there have been 2 changes to th blues back line since last year Weitering (195cm) out for Marchbank (193cm) and Tuohy (187cm) and Williamson (190cm) in – to me as Williamson develops and bridges the gap between a debutante and what Tuohy gave us a lot of the “issues” will resolve themselves.

                I would also say we will be a better side when we don’t need Rowe – the team we are choosing now makes that time come quicker.

      • 11:16am
        Aransan said | 11:16am | ! Report

        Matty, Carlton did about as well as most pundits expected last night given their very inexperienced side, the quality of the opposition and the away game. The back line is very young but looks good for the long term. I agree with you that Weitering should now go back. Carlton won’t want too many thumping like that, they should only select young players when they are ready to step up and should be prepared to rest them or send them back to the VFL when necessary. It should not be just a matter of getting games into their young players, a blend of youth and experience is needed to make the team competitive and give the best environment to develop the young players.

      • 5:54pm
        Steve009 said | 5:54pm | ! Report

        Sad, but hardly tragic, possibly sad and expected.

        As for finals by 2019, EVERYTHING would have to go right in this rebuild for that to happen and even then it would be unlikely judging by other bottom out rebuilds. Carlton to me look like a 4-5 win team over the next 2 years, before beginning their climb off the bottom in 2019. if ALOT goes right we may be talking finals by 2020, 2021.

        As for last night’s shocker as a supporter I accept that I’m going to have to sit through a few of those and try to see the clouds bronze lining, but internally that level of uncompetitiveness shouldn’t be accepted at the club.

    • 11:02pm
      david said | 11:02pm | ! Report

      Great Captain Marc Murphy How can your team win when you don’t even lay one tackle great leadership there. Simple things help improve your team maybe lead by example and go tackle.

      • 7:57am
        Macca said | 7:57am | ! Report

        David – in the first 4 weeks Murphy had 7, 4, 10 & 7 tackles – yes he had a poor game last night but kept hinge in perspective.

      • 6:43pm
        Steve009 said | 6:43pm | ! Report

        Murphy had a poor game for his standards on Friday night, which is a shame with it being a prime time game, but his form in the other games this season has been exceptional.

        • 8:41pm
          Macca said | 8:41pm | ! Report

          Did you see he went for scans on his knee today from a knock he got during the game – it probably explains his drop in output.

          • 12:10am
            Aransan said | 12:10am | ! Report

            Macca, what has happened to Travis?

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      Caitlin Doyle said | 10:37pm | ! Report

      Robbie Gray rightfully receives the ANZAC medal for the evening.

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      Caitlin Doyle said | 10:36pm | ! Report

      That was not a good advertisement for AFL football. It was tough to watch for a lot of people, except maybe Port supporters.

      The first half was absolutely excruciating and had no skill, particularly when it came to goal kicking.

      It’s quite easy to bash Carlton, but the reality is that they played 7 teenagers and couldn’t sustain the quality of football that is needed at AFL level for 4 quarters. More accurate goal kicking in the first half could have helped add to the scoreboard. Levi Kasboult was the standout for Carlton kicking 4 or the 7 goals they kicked in the match. The next few weeks have them playing some winnable opponents. Tonight, however, we saw what is likely to be a bottom 4 performance.

      Port have won this match by 90 points, providing them with a massive percentage boost. Robbie Gray was absolutely sensational tonight with 22 disposals and 5 goals. He was instrumental in the steamroll of Carlton in the third quarter when the Blues didn’t enter 50 once for the quarter. If he kicked accurately, it could have been a lot more than 5 goals.

      After that performance, it’s still difficult to see where Port factor in the equation for finals 2017. They were truly, truly awful in the first two quarters and, as mentioned previously have steamrolled a young side, who, in reality, no one expects a lot of for a few years to come. 90 points is a convincing lead but this game leaves more questions than answers about the Power. They also have an injury concern surround Travis Boak moving forward.

      In good news for Port supporters, David Koch has confirmed Ken Hinkley will coach the Power through to 2018.

      Signing of here at the Adelaide Oval, where I can’t feel that Port have left more questions than answers.

      Lave your comments and thoughts below.


    • 10:34pm
      SmithHatesMaxwell said | 10:34pm | ! Report

      Well done Port. Love to see Carlton in a crisis.

    • 10:34pm
      Brinnx said | 10:34pm | ! Report

      90 point loss – terrible. Ist time this year I have been disappointed in the effort.

      No positives out of this one – just stick it in the bank and never talk of it again.

      • 10:48pm
        Macca said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        Brinnx – there is always a positive.

        • 12:10am
          Don Freo said | 12:10am | ! Report

          I can see Carlton offering their best player, Levi Casboult, $900K/season for the next 9 seasons. They wouldn’t want to let that class go.

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