Blog log from R18 of 2017: Melbourne vs Port Adelaide

Tom McDonald draws a contact free on Clurey 40m out on a slight angle as they go for a Hibberd ball. He kicks the first goal in the first minute. (Q1 0:39)
Dixon marks over two Demon defenders near the hotspot but misses. (Q1 2:34)
Powell-Pepper gets a free for high contact by Oliver 45m out on a slight angle, he ducked a bit so the crowd boos. SPP misses, footy gods smile. (Q1 4:03)
Neal-Bullen roves a long ball to the pocket, has space to compose himself for a snap but looks inside and hits Petracca 20m out in front for the easier shot and goal. (Q1 7:34)
Dixon marks on the HFF and goes down the line to Ryder leading in front of Frost 35m out. Paddy kicks almost OOTF, barely a behind. (Q1 16:05)
Tyson misses a hurried snap from 40m on the flank and puts his hand up to apologise to multiple teammates closer to goal who wanted a pass. (Q1 17:08)
Austin drops a difficult defensive mark 30m out on the flank backing into a pack, the crumb falls for Hogan to gather and goal with ease. (Q1 20:34)
Garlett juggles and marks a Neal-Bullen ball on the lead in front of Byrne-Jones leading up from the square to near the hotspot. Jeffie kicks his first goal of the afternoon. (Q1 23:54)
Kennedy-Harris gives to Garlett on the HFF who scoots ahead of Port chasers with a bounce and baulk, but hits the post from 15m. (Q1 25:52)
Watts gives to Garlett getting chased into the pocket, he tries a left foot bouncing snap at full tilt, it bounces with a wicked leg break into the other goalpost. (Q1 26:43)
15 clearances to 2 tells a story at QT. Port has been smashed inside, and their rebounding defenders have been tackled into submission. It is total domination so far. (Qtr Time)
Hogan is one out with Austin at the hotspot, Austin has front position to spoil but goes to ground, Hogan gathers and goals with too much ease. (Q2 3:08)
Long Hibberd ball to half forward pitches behind Hogan and Austin but it’s Hogan who judges it better to gather and goal again! (Q2 6:13)
Atley gives to Impey running away from a stoppage on the wing, he reaches 50m on a slight angle but sprays the snap well wide. (Q2 9:20)
Floating kick across half back for Port, Garlett spoils and then draws a free on Houston for a hold as he chases the crumb. Jeffie misses from 40m on a slight angle. (Q2 18:22)
Sam Gray marks a centring ball 45m out on a slight angle despite a strong challenge by Frost. He misses badly. (Q2 19:47)
The Demons rebound at pace around the outer wing, Melksham hits Harmes untouched at the hotspot with Port defenders caught out in transition. Harmes slices it for a goal. (Q2 20:46)
Frost is left sprawling on the turf as Westhoff slings him and marks 30m out on a slight angle. The crowd boos lustily before and after the Hoff kicks the first Port goal. (Q2 23:09)
Hunt misses a flying snap from the HFF after baulking. (Q2 27:01)
Long ball to a big pack at the Demon hotspot, Hannan stays down in front to rove and poke a lovely little grubbing snap through traffic for an opportunist goal. (Q2 27:38)
Port win a rare centre clearance, Boak has a chance to gather a White handball for a snap from the HFF and sails through a goal in the last minute before HT. (Q2 29:04)
Hannan is pinged for encroachment to bring Trengove from wing to 40m on a slight angle after a mark. Trengove kicks another one in red time for the Power. (Q2 30:07)
Wingard gets a free for a high fend when tackling Neal-Bullen 45m out on the flank. He misses. (Q3 1:54)
Hogan marks at half forward and goes to the pocket, Port defenders converge but the spoil goes towards the hotspot where Melksham receives from Tom McDonald and snaps truly. (Q3 5:29)
Boak gets another snap from half forward, this one sails through from CHF. (Q3 9:29)
Impey goes long to an empty square from the HFF after a stoppage on the wing, Wingard leads Jetta back to gather and goal, just. (Q3 11:28)
After the Dees clear from a ball up on the wing, Melksham is behind the Port defence to receive a Tom McDonald handball and run ahead of Broadbent into the open goal. (Q3 18:14)
Boak gives to Wingard who is under Frost pressure in the pocket and tries an unlikely checkside from 20m… dribbles across the face. (Q3 20:43)
Atley gets a HTB free on Oliver at a ball up 35m out on on a slight angle, but misses. (Q3 24:20)
Impey gathers at half forward in traffic, baulks and pokes a short ball to Boak 40m out on a slight angle for an important red time goal nearing 3QT. (Q3 26:15)
Hogan marks outisde CHF, wheels and goes long to the square, Petracca brings it to ground where Garlett roves and delivers a Daicos special from 15m! (Q3 28:15)
Ebert passes to Boak 45m out on a slight angle for his fourth goal. (Q4 3:15)
Dixon has the sit over Hibberd for an intelligent long Ryder ball near the hotspot to mark with ease. He kicks his first goal, Port still with some faint hope. (Q4 5:08)
Gawn gets a free on Ryder at half forward, he goes to the square but Port clears. (Q4 16:24)
Impey worries Lewis out of a ground ball on the HFF, he breaks free but misses under pressure from 45m. (Q4 20:08)
Melksham marks in front of a pack 50m out near the boundary and sails through a booming set shot to ice the game! The home crowd loved that one. (Q4 24:25)
Petracca marks a Byrne-Jones kick in over Robbie Gray 45m out on the flank from the Demon goals. He runs in right and kicks straight. (Q4 25:54)
Ebert gives to Westhoof who draws boos from the crowd with a circus goal while almost falling over 50m out near the boundary. (Q4 27:32)

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