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Blog log from R1 of 2018: Port Adelaide vs Fremantle

Blog log for Port Adelaide vs Fremantle, R1 of 2018

Big wind in this game going Port’s way in Q1.
Wingard centres from the HFF but there’s a free for a hold to Watts 30m out on the flank… he hits the post. (Q1 4:40)
After a series of repeat entries for Freo, McCarthy marks 40m out on the flank and also hits the post. (Q1 8:35)
Brayshaw gives to Kersten who bounces a snap from the HFF into the post. (Q1 11:50)
Watts can’t mark in a contest with Blakely at the top of the square, but the crumb falls to the front where he butters up and snaps truly. (Q1 14:20)
Tucker roves a McCarthy contest and gives to Kersten who shoots wide from the pocket 15m out. (Q1 16:04)
Motlop runs ahead of the lumbering Johnson from CHF to the hotspot for the second Port goal, after a releasing handball by Wingard. (Q1 17:35)
Barry kicks long to the square from half forward, but the ball pitches and bounces high for Ryan to rush. (Q1 18:39)
Dixon gives to Wingard who tries a low-percentage checkside off a step from the boundary 25m out… well wide. (Q1 21:05)
Barry runs down the flank to 45m with pace but shoots OOTF. (Q1 21:36)
Matera baulks in heavy traffic on the HBF and finds Walters with a sensational long kick, Walters kicks to open space at half forward for Langdon to run onto then into goal. (Q1 22:47)
Ryder feeds Wines ahead of a pack on the HFF, he goes short to Wingard on the boundary 20m out who screws through the goal. (Q1 24:53)
Ryder passes to Boak near the boundary 40m on a slow play, who sails through a perfectly straight drop punt. (Q1 28:03)
Again Freo somehow has a man in an acre of space forward of the ball, it’s Hill who has lost his man Barry to mark a Ballantyne ball at CHF, waltz to the hotspot and goal. (Q2 6:30)
Sam Gray screws through a snap around the corner from 40m on a slight angle after roving a Marshall contest. (Q2 8:27)
Powell-Pepper misses on the run from 40m on a slight angle. (Q2 8:59)
Gray gets a free on Fyfe on the HFF and goes down the line for Ryder 30m out. Ryder tries a screwing set shot off a standing start, and curls it through. (Q2 11:26)
Boak marks on the HFF and goes inboard slightly to Rockliff 35m out on a slight angle. Rocky kicks truly. (Q2 15:13)
Powell-Pepper marks near the behind post and is called to play on, he snaps truly but there’s a review to see whether it was touched by Johnson… ruled a behind. (Q2 17:42)
Sandilands gets in trouble trying to play on from full back, eventually Dixon snaps wide from 20m. (Q2 19:27)
Byrne-Jones runs up the guts on a fast break and passes to Dixon leading up to 40m out. Dixon goals as well. (Q2 20:00)
Watts passes short to Dixon 40m out near the boundary, who misses. (Q2 21:57)
Neale has Taberner running back to the hotspot on a fast break for a mark and much-needed Freo goal. (Q2 23:24)
Matera is playing in front to mark a blind kick from a pack by Danyle Pearce to 40m on the flank. He kicks truly. (Q2 28:13)
Fyfe clears from a stoppage on the HFF, Sandilands is one out with Howard in the square, Howard spoils but straight into Sandi’s lap, he turns and goals. (Q2 30:28)
Dixon leaps in front of Alex Pearce to mark a lovely Hartlett ball from the wing to 45m on the flank. He misses. (Q3 1:01)
Wingard gives a Joe the Goose special to Marshall after the Dockers turn the ball over in central midfield. (Q3 2:26)
Marshall marks 40m out on the flank and kicks another goal. Port very much in control in this game. (Q3 3:56)
McCarthy is running towards the intersection of 50m and boundary under pressure and has no option but to shoot… and nails it with a lovely snap! (Q3 5:57)
Watts gets a free for a hold by the outmatched Wilson trying to lead from 35m on a slight angle. He converts. (Q3 7:47)
Westhoff gets to Walters late after a mark outside CHF and clatters into him, easy 50m penalty decision for the ump, goal from 20m in front. (Q3 9:11)
McCarthy misses a running snap from CHF. (Q3 10:44)
Wingard converts a set shot from 45m in front. (Q3 12:40)
Boak marks a short Barry ball leading ahead of Wilson to 40m on a slight angle. He misses. (Q3 14:41)
Motlop runs down the flank under pressure and tries a typically outrageous flying checkside from 40m, it’s Stevie Motlop so it skids home of course. (Q3 19:37)
Marshall boots goal number three from a set shot just outside the hotspot. (Q3 21:01)
McCarthy chases the crumb from his own contest 20m out, but his snap is touched off the boot for a behind. (Q3 27:18)
Wingard runs down the wing in space after two Port players fall over each other trying to spoil him, he has Marshall over the back for the easy goal. (Q4 3:34)
Gray catches Fyfe HTB in midfield and it’s another scything Port attack, Watts marks 40m out on the flank and misses. (Q4 7:19)
Powell-Pepper misses a set shot from the pocket 20m out. (Q4 11:25)
Fyfe kicks a junk time goal from a snap 40m out on the flank. (Q4 13:04)
Ebert roves a Powell-Pepper contest near the hotspot and gives to Watts who snaps his third goal. (Q4 16:23)
Powell-Pepper marks a Hartlett ball on the wing, hits the ground running and tries his luck from 55m in front… into the base of the left goalpost. (Q4 18:14)
Gray gives to Watts who snaps off a step from 45m on a slight angle… Sutcliffe dives on the line to touch it through. (Q4 22:38)
Wilson kicks a very ungainly goal from 40m on a slight angle after a handball by Matera. (Q4 27:07)

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