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Blog log from R1 of 2016: Port Adelaide vs St Kilda

Blog log for Port Adelaide vs St Kilda, R1 of 2016

Port win the opening centre clearance, the clearing kick is marked low by Westhoff who finds an open Travis Boak 30m out on a slight angle. He kicks truly.
Scrappy contest in the Saints’ forward pocket, Gilbert gets a quick kick away but it was never on line.
Port turn the ball over in the middle of the ground, it comes to Lonie who finds first gamer Gresham streaming forward in space into an open goal.
Dixon held in a marking contest inside 50, the ball falls to Broadbent who takes a speculative advantage but slots the goal from 40 out.
Terrible turnover from Broadbent whose kick is smothered coming out of defence. Armitage pounces and finds Riewoldt running into the open goal.
Geary’s run down by Neade on Port’s F50, Wingard takes advantage and spots Schulz 20m out on a slight angle. He goes back and kicks truly. (Q1 15:02)
Sam Gray’s on the end of a deliberate out of bounds decision about 40m from goal. He finds Westhoff on the lead 20m from goal on the slight angle. He goals. (Q1 22:25)
Pittard turns the ball over coming out of defence as Weller intercepts 45m from goal directly in front. He hits it sweetly and puts it through! (Q1 23:55)
Dunstan claims Ebert holding the ball but hurts himself in the process. Weller takes the kick from 50 instead but misses to the left. (Q1 27:25)
Port stream forward on the counter attack. It comes to Hartlett who finds Robbie Gray tight on the boundary 30m from goal. He misses the set shot to the far side. (Q1 29:21)
St Kilda force the turnover in their forward half, Weller steps around a couple and slots a nice goal on his left from 30m out. (Q2 1:05)
Steven provides the run from half forward, follows up his own kick, gets on the end of a chain of handballs and runs into the open goal to put St Kilda 15 points ahead. (Q2 2:53)
Ebert streaming forward kicks to Robbie Gray who wins the marking contest against Webster who was always in trouble there. Gray’s set shot from 30m out on the slight angle is good. (Q2 5:10)
Long kick to a contest in the Port forward 50, Hartlett roves the pack, hands to Ebert who scraps a low kick forward for a goal. (Q2 7:10)
Lonie running in space at the 50, takes the long shot at goal and misses, probably should’ve found Riewoldt on the lead instead. (Q2 10:38)
Port rebound from defensive 50 with handball, Robbie Gray gets a handball over the top, runs to 30, steadies and kicks the goal. Port in front. (Q2 13:06)
Weller bursts through from HF, takes a long shot at goal but misses to the left. Again, perhaps could’ve found Riewoldt on the lead. (Q2 13:39)
Long ball into Robbie Gray, isolated inside 50 with Geary, but Geary goes to ground and Gray gathers, snaps around the body and kicks truly. Classy goal. (Q2 16:06)
The Saints get out the back on counter attack. 3 on 1 situation in forward 50 and Riewoldt finds Bruce via Gresham for a straightforward goal. (Q2 21:02)
Saints build methodically from half back. Templeton passes up a set shot from 40 in favour of Gilbert who drifted into the forward half 15m from goal. He converts. (Q2 25:37)
Port miss out on a couple of free kicks, Broadbent scraps a clearing kick to 50, Gresham mops up, finds Lonie on his own 40m out and he plays on and goals. (Q2 29:38)
Wines roves a contest front and centre, gives to Broadbent who releases Wingard to charge into the open goal! (Q2 33:08)
Pittard running through the middle of the ground kicks to Dixon in a one-on-one with Fisher. Dixon out-muscles him and takes the mark 35m on a slight angle. His set shot misses. (Q3 2:09)
St Kilda run the ball out and once again get out the back of the Port defence! This time it falls to Gilbert who gets an awkward but effective kick to Newnes in the goal square. (Q3 4:29)
Ah Chee releases Westhoff with a handball. Westhoff runs to 30 but misses to the right. (Q3 6:32)
Ah Chee marks 60m out and finds Hartlett on his own 45m out on the flank. Hartlett’s set shot misses to the left. (Q3 7:31)
Long kick from Ross into Riewoldt at the top of the square, the ball falls to Acres at the back who runs into an open goal for a simple finish. (Q3 9:30)
Savage has a bad moment as he handballs straight to Wingard who runs to 50 and kicks a great long goal! (Q3 11:01)
Lonie kicks long from 55m to find Armitage tight in the forward pocket. Armitage improves the angle and slots the goal! Great finish. (Q3 18:23)
St Kilda win the ball out of the middle and work a chain of forward 50 handballs eventually to Lonie who goals on the run from 20m out. (Q3 19:46)
Long ball from the middle to a Bruce and Riewoldt contest, Bruce does the roving this time, Jonas goes to ground and Bruce runs into an open goal! (Q3 20:38)
Quick kick from Roberton in defence 50 just carries the 15m but lands in the arms of Sam Gray 40m out from goal. However, his set shot misses to the left. (Q3 22:19)
Long kick to the top of the square from Polec is brought to ground by Dixon and roved by Ebert who snaps the goal on his left. (Q3 23:52)
Forward 50 stoppage for Port, Wines gets through with strength, stays over the footy and gets it on the boot to snap the goal from 20m out. (Q3 27:47)
Long ball into the Port 50 from the centre bounce to Dixon and he takes a strong one handed grab on Fisher. Goes back but misses the simple set shot to the left. (Q3 29:17)
Westhoff runs to 50, kicks for goal and just misses to the left. (Q3 31:47)
Forward 50 stoppage for Port, it falls to Robbie Gray who releases Ah Chee who runs, steadies and goals from 25m out. (Q4 2:53)
Pittard wins a massive contest vs Riewoldt, pumps it inside 50, Gray roves but misses a snap that he would normally kick. (Q4 5:37)
Boak wins a tough contest, hands to Polec who runs to 50 but sprays the shot on goal and it sneaks in for a behind. (Q4 7:00)
Long kick from Jonas, Schulz jumps early and takes a huge mark! But his set shot from 45m out misses to the left. (Q4 8:33)
Acres shanks a kick out on the full on the way out of defence. Hartlett takes the free kick 50m out on a strong angle. He misses the set shot to the far side. (Q4 12:37)
Ebert with the ball 40m out and a reckless tackle from Newnes results in a free kick for high contact. Ebert goes back, kicks truly and slots his 3rd for the day. (Q4 19:04)
Port win the centre clearance, the long kick in falls to Westhoff who turns his man around and kicks the goal on the run! 16 points the margin with 8 minutes remaining. (Q4 21:05)
Boak sends Port inside 50 again, it comes to Wingard who chips nicely inboard to Robbie Gray who snaps the goal. That might put Port out of St Kilda’s reach now. (Q4 24:05)
This time it’s Port who get out the back. Impey kicks long and Wingard has too much pace for Dempster and he kicks the goal on the run from 20m. (Q4 24:05)
Wingard pressure’s Fisher into a kick out on the full. Dixon takes the free kick from 55m and kicks a long goal! (Q4 28:35)
Dixon’s had a huge influence in the last term. (Q4 28:35)
Pittard charging through the middle kicks to Dixon in a one-on-one with Roberton. Dixon’s far too big and Roberton gives away the free. The kick from the top of the square is good. (Q4 30:36)

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