Blog log from R1 of 2018: Port Adelaide vs Fremantle

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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