Port hold off Magpies for precious win


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    Port Adelaide have held off a spirited Collingwood for a precious 27-point victory to move within striking range of the AFL’s top four.

    The sixth-placed Power are a win shy of fourth place after their 14.14 (98) to 10.11 (71) Sunday twilight triumph at Adelaide Oval.

    Collingwood’s finals prospects are officially over, an insurmountable 10 premiership points shy of eighth spot with two games remaining.

    Port’s vice-captain Ollie Wines will face scrutiny from the match review panel for a high bump on Tom Langdon.

    Wines’ upper arm hit the head of Langdon, who fortunately for the Power midfielder wasn’t hurt, in an error-riddled opening quarter.

    Wines was prominent in Port’s valuable win, collecting 29 disposals and kicking a goal while teammates Robbie Gray (two goals), Chad Wingard (32 disposals), Brad Ebert (28 possessions) and Jasper Pittard (26 disposals) were influential.

    Collingwood’s Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams were their side’s chief ball-winners, both with 31 touches, Ben Reid kicked four goals, and Steele Sidebottom (27 disposals) and Jack Crisp (27 possessions) were lively.

    Port, despite laying just two tackles in the first quarter, shaded the visitors early and held a 22-point halftime lead in a scrappy affair.

    And when the brilliant Gray slotted his second goal midway through the third quarter, the Power moved 34 points clear and were coasting.

    But the plucky Pies launched an unheralded fightback, booting four goals in a seven-minute spree to sneak to within eight points.

    Port responded to the crisis, scoring four of the next six goals to bank a 12th win of the season – the historical benchmark for reaching the finals.

    But the Power, with games against Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast to come, are only one win ahead of a chasing pack of three clubs.

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    • August 13th 2017 @ 8:13pm
      Pieman said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:13pm | ! Report

      Simply another loss… spirited , pesky, injuries all these terms have been used to describe collingwoods game. I call it another loss which puts us in 13th place way out of finals contention again.

      • August 13th 2017 @ 8:47pm
        TFR said | August 13th 2017 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

        And the umps helped you out in third to get close:)

      • August 14th 2017 @ 7:43am
        Bretto said | August 14th 2017 @ 7:43am | ! Report

        Agreed – most of the game we were poor, very poor. Almost comical at times. That’s the Collingwood that we’ve seen for the vast majority of the last 6 years. The Collingwood that was ahead of Adelaide by 50 points, and that we see flashes of on each game, are the Collingwood we could be if we had a decent coach. If losing the next 2 games is what it takes for Buckley to go, then so be it. I welcome Peter the Scribe’s response and spinning another insipid performance into an honourable effort and proof Buckley should stay.

        • August 14th 2017 @ 7:50am
          Bretto said | August 14th 2017 @ 7:50am | ! Report

          And 55 clangers according to AFL stats. Is this under 12’s football? Crisp does it a number of times every game without fail – the whole team running forward, and he hands it over under no pressure. It absolutely kills you, not only the opportunity to score, but the momentum of the game. He should not be playing seniors football.
          When we break quick and go direct, we look good. When we fanny about kicking backward and sideways, we inevitably screw it up and give the opposition a scoring opportunity. Which unfortunately seems to be Buckley’s game plan.
          And if it’s not his game plan and they do it anyway, then they are not listening. Disgraceful football.

        • August 14th 2017 @ 8:08am
          truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:08am | ! Report

          Peter? Where art thou, Peter?

        • August 14th 2017 @ 9:14am
          Peter the Scribe said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

          Days of playing through the middle and long bombs to the forward line are long gone I’m afraid, even if you happen to have Buddy or Daniher in your side. The plan from Bucks and the coaching staff was quite clear….deprive the Power of the ball in the first quarter as they are the third strongest first qtr team. You need to stop them getting a few goals clear early and getting the crowd and then umpiring behind them. With literally a third of their best team out and then two injured players to carry by qtr time, it was a bold and cunning plan that worked beautifully. Of course there will be turnovers when you are doing that but the fact is with minutes left we were in with a chance against on % a top 4 team. As stated, if we had won with a makeshift side against a side with virtually no injury list, it would have been the greatest coaching performance of the season.

          • August 14th 2017 @ 10:07am
            truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

            Never a chance! Good teams beat Port Adelaide anytime, anywhere! Injuries might provide mitigating circumstances but not against this mob. Wells, Varcoe, Greenwood, Pendles? Will they still be around when next you challenge? I think not!

        • August 14th 2017 @ 9:28am
          The Fatman said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

          Well rewarding Nathan Buckley with an extension will surely see fans not renewing memberships en mass . Why would you? These would have to be the most boring unsuccessful years in our Club history! Our Club is now more resembling a stacked self distructive ALP Branch ruled by a self serving power obsessed faction, rather than a Footy club where fans are really able to enjoy their membership. Our entire family will walk from Collingwood if he is reappointed. It is not him as a person, it is the bloody principle. Performance or lack of it must have consequences. It seems, like Australian politics, Collingwood has very little issue with our performance over the last five years. I note that some of those voices calling for his extension have themselves failed as coaches or on field leaders. Interesting stuff! Time to make the right call. If he is extended and we lose one game, the same debate about his tenure will start again so quickly that it will prolong the instability and make things worse.

    • August 13th 2017 @ 9:31pm
      slugger said | August 13th 2017 @ 9:31pm | ! Report

      so sick of that team being mediocre, and the plethora of excuses that come with it, if they resign Buckley at the end of the year I will never go to another game

    • August 14th 2017 @ 7:28am
      grandsonofcoldpies said | August 14th 2017 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      I share your grief, Pieman. Yours too Slugger. What really irks me is Nathan Buckley spewing rubbish like,’We’ve really played some good footy this year.’ Yeah? Results suggest we’re mediocre at best. The Pies are becoming more irrelevant by the year and our leaders are becoming the laughing stock of the AFL.

    • August 14th 2017 @ 7:28am
      Peter the Scribe said | August 14th 2017 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      An incredible performance by Buckley actually without Wells, Grundy, Pendlebury, Greenwood, Varcoe against a full strength finals bound side in sir home deck. Orchestrated a cunning game plan first quarter of keeping possession at all cost to stop them getting a run on….held nerve in the second and a big run at it in the third. Still in the game with minutes left with his injury depleted side. If they had won, perhaps one of the biggest coaching performances of the season. Will be re-signed for 2-3 years regardless of any hate comments in here. So optimistic for this team going forward now. A few tweaks in the off season and off we go for a huge 2018. Well done Bucks under enormous pressure.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 8:35am
        truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 8:35am | ! Report

        Bwahaha! Typical spin and propaganda from you Peter. Beating Collingwood was always a joyous occasion . . . now it’s just so ho-hum. Hope we get to play the Pies twice next year!

      • August 14th 2017 @ 9:13am
        Pieman said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

        I feel sorry for you Peter… you are going to be extremely disappointed again next year if Buckley is still coach…i dont think anyone hates buckley but if i was as mediocre as that i wouldve rightfully be out on my ear 3 years ago as would any other coach not Nathan though Mr Eds little mate….but i cant wait for mext years excuses… players not listening to game plan, injuries, media, be careful Peter the scribe , buckley might try to blame you somehow. Yes now suddenly Nathans trying to talk up how well his team has done…trying to use the media to keep his job because he thinks collingwood is his .between him and Mr Ed they have hijacked Collingwood and 5 years is enough and if he continues to coach everyone who can see through this debacle i suggest just dont go to the footy. I think many dont already ..its obvious membership is down because Mr Ed wont release Membership numbers because most (apart from Peter the Scribe)are dissillusioned by the state of affairs at Collingwood ..buckley cant handle possibilty of Ross Lyon coaching pies… which i think by the way would be a mistake.. i think Stuart Dew is the man for this job…

      • August 14th 2017 @ 10:14am
        Kane said | August 14th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        I like this Peter the Scribe bloke, his stand up comedy routine on a Monday morning is a fantastic start to the working week. I’m good mate’s with 5 Collingwood supporters and not one of them shares the same views as Peter about Buckley.

        • August 14th 2017 @ 10:22am
          truetigerfan said | August 14th 2017 @ 10:22am | ! Report

          The Diatribe of Peter the Scribe! Not to be missed! The sad thing is he really believes what he says. Head. Sand.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 12:54pm
        Bretto said | August 14th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

        Incredible performance by you Peter. Are you sure you weren’t watching the seconds which we won by 13 goals.
        The seniors were the ones that couldn’t kick, mark, handball. It was insipid, inept, embarrassing football. We did of course see flashes of the type of football they are capable of.
        Cunning game plan, held his nerve, under enormous pressure. If you were a satirical writer it would be quite a clever post. The fact you are obviously delusional is just sad.

      • August 14th 2017 @ 4:43pm
        Knoxy said | August 14th 2017 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

        Not sure how you can call chipping the ball backwards and sideways until we lose possession an ‘incredible performance’ Peter. The only reason we weren’t further behind early on was due to Port’s inaccurate kicking.

    • August 14th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Nineteen said | August 14th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Who would you like to see as coach Pieman?

      • August 14th 2017 @ 10:14am
        Kane said | August 14th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        He said Stewart Dew.

    • August 14th 2017 @ 12:05pm
      Mattyb said | August 14th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

      I’m keen to see the Magies win a game before the seasons out. Another win would mean they have improved on last year ever so slightly and Buckley has a case to stay.Going backwards after recruiting some senior players to fill certain holes isn’t a good look. Collingwood do look ok at times though which is probably more a worry than a good thing in this instance.

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