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Blog log from PF of 2014: Hawthorn vs Port Adelaide

Blog log for Hawthorn vs Port Adelaide, PF of 2014


Schulz taps a loose ball to Wines who misses a pressured snap from 30m on a slight angle.
The Hawks can’t clear half back, Gray gives to Boak despite a lunging effort by Gibson, Boak goals from much the same spot.
Schulz marks at 45m on the boundary and only just misses. (Q1 4:00)
White sprints ahead of Hill down the wing and bombs long to Schulz to mark behind Gibson on the boundary 20m out. Schulz misses near side. (Q1 7:15)
Hill passes to Roughead on a short lead up the corridor to 45m out. Roughie kicks the first goal for Hawthorn. (Q1 8:51)
Mitchell wins the next centre clearance, eventually Smith pokes a pass to Langford at 40m on the flank. Langford goals. (Q1 10:00)
Polec roves a Spangher fumble 15m out on the flank but his snap over the left shoulder after bobbing around like a cork in the ocean is wide. (Q1 12:31)
O’Shea spoils a rebound kick to Hill on the HBF, mops up and finds Ebert on the counter at 35m on the flank. Ebert misses. (Q1 13:06)
Most of the stats favouring Port early, except the scoreboard. (Q1 13:51)
Mitchell catches Jonas HTB on the wing and plays on to Lewis who bombs long to 35m out on the flank… Ceglar outmarks Trengove, but then misses. (Q1 14:49)
Port can’t clear the kick in at CHB, Mitchell passes to Hodge who leaps in front of Jonas and takes a quality contested mark 35m out on the flank. Hodge misses. (Q1 15:45)
Wines rises in front of Burgoyne and marks 25m out on the flank, then gives to Monfries for a snap goal. (Q1 18:43)
Lewis roves a stoppage at the hotspot and gives to Langford who misses off the left under a tackle. (Q1 20:06)
The pattern is already set: the Hawks have an excellent system set up to defend, so Port is going to have to take a lot of chances to beat it… and the Hawks forwards are lurking. (Q1 21:18)
Westhoff marks in front of Spangher wide on the flank 40m out. Lake rushes the set shot over the behind line. (Q1 22:30)
Wingard pilfers the short kick in but his quick snap is just wide from 20m. (Q1 23:02)
Spangher taps to space on the HBF but Neade is the only one there, he dodges and delivers a lovely low ball to the dive of Schulz at the hotspot. Schulz misses. (Q1 24:37)
Yet again the Hawks can’t clear from the kick in, Gray goals on the run from 25m on the flank. (Q1 25:15)
The assist on the Gray goal came from a Schulz throw near CHF. (Q1 26:48)
Polec roves a Monfries contest and misses from 35m in front just before the QT siren. (Q1 28:09)
Reminiscent of the 2013 grand final, this. Port playing all over the Hawks with 35 more possessions and 10 more inside 50s, but conversion rate is poor. (Qtr Time)
41-21 contested possessions is the most important stat, one that the Hawks will want to fix after QT. (Qtr Time)
All three of Port’s goals have come from Hawk turnovers in the back half, albeit they had a lot more chances from set shots that they missed. (Qtr Time)
Stratton is pinged for a throw to Gibson at 45m on the flank, could easily have been ruled a tap. White misses badly, footy gods smile. (Q2 3:59)
Puopolo marks on the wing and shapes to handball but the ump pays a downfield free against Hombsch for a hold on Gunston at 45m on a slight angle. Gunston goals. (Q2 6:32)
Duryea marks at full pace on the wing in front of Polec, pulls up and Polec sticks a hand out and dislodges the ball… the ump pays 50m, Duryea goals from near the hotspot. (Q2 10:14)
A bit unlucky there Polec, but technically you have to pay that. (Q2 10:59)
Duryea tackles Boak on the flank 45m out to prevent a scoring opportunity. (Q2 12:05)
Hale marks on the wing and gives to the barnstorming Suckling, who runs free to 40m on a slight angle and steers through another Hawks goal! (Q2 13:11)
Burgoyne just barely gets to a centring Schulz ball before Polec can mark, throw in in the pocket. (Q2 14:17)
Schulz marks a quick long ball by Jonas up the guts to 45m, on an intelligent horizontal lead. He goals. (Q2 16:14)
Neade roves a Schulz contest at 35m on the flank, baulks Gibson and snaps off the right boot… falls just over the line so Duryea can only watch! (Q2 18:14)
Port can’t clear the HBF as the Hawks apply the press, Gunston kicks long to the hotspot, the ball clears Roughead and Hombsch but it’s Roughie who recovers to goal from 15m. (Q2 19:44)
Shiels clears from the next centre bounce to the hotspot, Puopolo roves the Roughead contest and gives to Smith who does the rest off the left boot! (Q2 21:04)
Not much defence in this game, both sides converting a lot of shots from inside 50s. (Q2 21:49)
Polec catches Suckling HTB on the HBF to prevent another score. (Q2 22:04)
White wins a ground battle with Duryea on the wing then finds Schulz on the boundary 45m out. His set shot drops on the line… free to Ceglar, no score. (Q2 26:47)
Pittard spoils the kick in, gathers and shoots off a step from 40m on the flank… narrow. (Q2 27:15)
Burgoyne speeds down the wing with a bounce ahead of Hartlett, and passes to the lead of Roughead at 45m on a slight angle. Roughie goals. (Q2 27:59)
The Hawks are still 20 down in contested possessions but they now lead in possessions and clearances, as well as 32-21 in tackles. Port is a noted second half team, nevertheless. (Half Time)
6.1 to 2.2 that quarter, the Hawks got a lot more value for effort than Port did in Q1. (Half Time)
Polec passes to Gray at 40m on a slight angle after the Power work their way through heavy traffic on the southern wing. Gray goals. (Q3 2:41)
Breust beats Trengove to a loose ball on the HFF with superior speed, fakes the handball inside then gives to Hodge to run into an open goal! (Q3 6:26)
Hodge releases Roughead to bounce away from the next centre bounce, reach 55m on a slight angle and bang through a big goal! (Q3 7:14)
Carlile is stripped of the ball by a Shiels tackle on the point of the centre square, Hill roves and gives to Lewis who finds Roughead 30m out on a slight angle. Roughie goals! (Q3 11:56)
Gibson goes up to spoil a long Boak ball to 35m on a slight angle but it clears him and lands in the arms of a diving Monfries. Angus goals. (Q3 15:27)
Gray gives to O’Shea for the next centre clearance, the long ball is marked by Westhoff at 25m on the flank. The Hoff goals. (Q3 17:27)
Hodge goes very short to Burgoyne at 45m on a slight angle after Port can’t clear from a stoppage in the Hawk FP. Junior misses. (Q3 19:42)
Roughead marks the Broadbent kick in 5m outside true CHF. He loads up for bear, but misses to the right. (Q3 20:27)
Stoppage 20m out on a slight angle from the Hawks goal, Hale catches it and goals as simple as you like. (Q3 24:27)
Trengove it was who was beaten in that ruck contest. (Q3 24:42)
Wines plays on from a free and launches from 50m on a slight angle… just wide. (Q3 28:29)
Hill releases Smith to take three bounces down the wing, he tries a give to Gunston but it spills, Roughead dribbles it through from the square! (Q3 30:42)
The script is still following the same one from the 2013 grand final. Hawks holding Port at arm’s length, but only because Port didn’t put the game away early. (3 Qtr Time)
The much vaunted Port Adelaide late fitness surge is going to have to manifest itself in no uncertain terms in Q4 for the Power to get up. (3 Qtr Time)
Polec runs away from a stoppage on the wing, Wingard drops the mark in front of two Hawks but it falls perfectly for Gray who does the rest. (Q4 2:03)
Lobbe drifts across a pack at 25m on the flank and marks ahead of Hale. He misses. (Q4 4:40)
Gunston pokes a pass to Smith at 40m on a slight angle after the Hawks lock the ball in from a Spangher contest on the HFF. Smith slots the goal. (Q4 7:25)
Breust receives outside a stoppage on the HFF and hits the top of the square, Gunston is behind but is favoured by the kick to mark and run into the open goal. (Q4 11:40)
Hombsch was the one in front, no way he could stop that though. (Q4 12:10)
Hale gives to Roughead who misses a snap from 35m on a slight angle. (Q4 12:47)
On a fast break, Wingard gives to Monfries who has space and time to measure a snap on the run from 45m on the flank… drops short, Lake rushes it. (Q4 15:25)
Monfries gets a free on Gibson for a very early challenge in a marking contest 15m out. Monfries goals. (Q4 18:48)
7:48 left at the next bounce, time enough if good enough. (Q4 19:10)
Wingard marks on the boundary 15m out behind Stratton. He uses the set shot banana… and threads the needle! 6:36 at the next bounce. (Q4 21:11)
Wigard gives to Wines as Port tries to work through half forward, he’s tackled by two Hawks, the spillage goes to Neade but the ump pays HTB! Big call. (Q4 22:56)
Schulz baulks Gibson and passes to White at 50m on the flank. The set shot drops on the line… video review… Ceglar didn’t get there, goal given! (Q4 24:40)
4:09 left, Port within two kicks! (Q4 24:40)
Moore is pinged for a throw at the centre bounce, Mitchell starts some tempo. (Q4 26:12)
Lake spoils on the HBF but Boak roves and gives to Wingard who kicks long down the flank… Monfries marks 20m out and goals! 2:42 left! (Q4 27:33)
Suckling kicks from full back, stoppage on the Post HFF, 1:40. (Q4 29:25)
Wines passes to Moore at 35m on the boundary. The set shot is across the face. 1:05 left. (Q4 30:10)
Burgoyne with the kick in, he goes to the HBF but Ebert marks , Hodge smothers and tackles, HTB free paid to Hodge! (Q4 31:02)
Mitchell kicks long down the wing, Carlile outmarks Spangher, he switches through Hartlett, Schulz kicks to the HFF, Lake spoils Monfries, siren sounds, Hawks through! (Q4 31:41)

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