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The Port Adelaide Power have defeated the Carlton Blues by 16 points at Adelaide Oval to add a second victory to their season tally.
Carlton began well and looked up for the contest in the first quarter; holding a six-point lead at the first change.
It was a high scoring opening term with nine goals kicked and front pressure from the Blues proved the slight difference.
Port responded in the second term with four unanswered goals to take a 53-34 lead into the long break and looked likely winners.
The heavens opened at the break and the change in conditions gave the Blues something to believe in, and they played expert wet weather defence in the third term; restricting the Power to a lone goal and adding four of their own.
It translated into a three-point lead at the final change and with the Blues looking the better side in the wet, Carlton fans could smell an upset victory.
The final term began with a quick goal to Brad Ebert and the Power were able to stretch their lead to a comfortable and manageable size before the Blues took a few risks and pulled back the scoreline with a late goal.
In the end Carlton will walk away disappointed yet for the second week running they have played competitively and passionately against good opposition.
There are positive signs for the future as the young Blues continue to grow into their skins.
Port will be pleased but know that they let themselves down in the third quarter with an aggression towards possession that failed to match that of their opponents.
Sam Powell-Pepper, Ebert and Travis Boak were influential for the Power and Jacob Weitering, Patrick Cripps and Liam Jones were their usual courageous selves against a free running and dangerous Port Adelaide side.
Most alarming for the Blues was the injury to Charlie Curnow who went down with a knee problem early on.
Much will be made of the injury in the media in the coming days and all football fans will hope that the talented forward is cleared of major damage.
Port Adelaide Power 13.10.88
Carlton Blues 11.6.72
The Port Adelaide Power and Carlton Blues face off at Adelaide Oval in Round 2 AFL action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:10pm (AEDT).
After a competitive performance against the Tigers in the season opener, Carlton will look to continue to show the AFL world that things are destined to be different for them in 2019.
With another year in the legs of the quality youth they have drafted and the new additions of Nic Newman and Mitch McGovern, the Blues look more competitive than they have for some time.
Charlie Curnow and Partick Crips will continue to bear the weight of public expectation yet with a more experienced and skilled cast around them, Brendon Bolton may finally have the Blues capable of a season where 7-8 victories is a reasonable expectation.
The Power were irrepressible against the Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last weekend after starting poorly and running all over one of the flag favourites in the second half.
Jack Watts was a revelation for Port Adelaide in the win and with Robbie Gray, Sam Powell-Pepper, Travis Boak and Tom Rockliff looking in pristine condition and form, Port look an improved side.
Ken Hinkley spruiked the win as one of the greatest in the club’s history after his youngsters did the job against the Demons.
Their role will be tested in what is a long and grinding season yet the sheer quality across the park that the Power possess will make their development into top notch, first team AFL footballers just that little bit easier.
The bookies suggest this will be a walk in the park for the Power. I’m struggling to see that logic after the impressive play of Carlton in Round 1.
The Power should get the win at home yet I wouldn’t be surprised if Carlton led at some stage. Experience will probably tell late in the match yet the more football the Carlton boys get under their belts makes that perceived gap narrower and narrower.
Look for another bold performance from Carlton.
Port Adelaide by three goals.
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Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: Saturday 30th March 2019, 5:10pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Footy, AFL app, Kayo Sports
Betting: Port Adelaide $1.17 Carlton $4.65
B: Bonner, Clurey, Houston
HB: Burton, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
C: Motlop, Rockliff, Westhoff
HF: Boak, Watts, Ebert
F: Gray, Ryder, Rozee
FOLL: Lycett, Powell-Pepper, Drew
I/C: Amon, Duursma, Butters, Marshall
EMG: Mayes, Johnson, Farrell, Howard
B: Simpson, Jones, Thomas
HB: Weitering, Plowman, Newman
C: Murphy, Crips, Fisher
HF: E.Curnow, McGovern, Walsh
F: Fasolo, McKay, C.Curnow
FOLL: Phillips, Dow, Setterfield
I/C: Garlett, Gibbons, Polson, Petrevski-Seton
EMG: Schumacher, O’Brien, Casboult, Silvagni