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Blog log from R14 of 2018: Port Adelaide vs Melbourne

Blog log for Port Adelaide vs Melbourne, R14 of 2018

Neal-Bullen gives wide of a pack to Tom McDonald for a snap off a step from 40m on a slight angle, but it goes wide right. (Q1 2:47)
Gawn barrels Wines over the line 25m out from the Port goals but is pinged for high contact. Wines plays on and misses a screwing snap. (Q1 5:13)
Westhoff flies over Hibberd and uses his superior height and reach to mark a long Polec ball down the flank to 25m out, but hits the post. (Q1 9:36)
Melksham worries Byrne-Jones off a ground ball to allow Petracca to gather and shoot off a step from 35m on a slight angle, but that one goes OOTF. (Q1 10:17)
Tim Smith has Neal-Bullen over the back for a ball to space on the HFF, ANB scoots to 25m but hits the post. (Q1 14:15)
Polec coughs the ball up by hand on the HBF, Demons give by hand around the boundary, eventually Hannan hits the post with a pressured snap from 20m in the pocket. (Q1 18:30)
Marshall runs back with the flight and marks a short Wingard ball at half forward, Oscar McDonald bumps him late to give away 50m and put him 20m out… but he shanks a point. (Q1 19:47)
Melklsham marks in a pack on the wing, plays on and hits the lead of Hannan in front of Houston 40m out on a slight angle for the first goal, finally. (Q1 20:58)
Tom McDonald receives a handball and baulks past Howard to grubber through another one from 20m within seconds of the restart. (Q1 22:54)
Howard chases a ground ball in the Demon goalsquare but fumbles it to allow Petracca to sidefoot it home, World Cup stuff there from Trac! (Q1 24:55)
Free kick from the centre after a free following the goal, Lewis gives off and Tom McDonald marks the Hibberd inside 50 in front of a pack 25m out on a slight angle.. but misses. (Q1 25:59)
Gawn taps to Brayshaw at a stoppage, the left foot snap over the shoulder from 40m on the flank goes OOTF. (Q1 28:00)
Ebert catches Joel Smith HTB 45m out on a slight angle just before the QT siren after Smith burns the ball on the rebound. He kicks the first Power goal. (Q1 30:14)
Melbourne lays a string of tackles at half back but Port works through it with Motlop passing wide to Ebert by himself 30m out on a slight angle. Ebert goals again. (Q2 8:34)
Robbie Gray snaps wide from traffic 25m out. (Q2 10:23)
Oscar McDonald roves a pack at CHB but dithers and is claimed HTB by his man Dixon, who misses. (Q2 12:58)
Wingard marks an Ebert pass from the wing to deep in the pocket 25m out, he threads the needle and pumps the crowd up with his first goal to level the scores. (Q2 14:19)
Lewis intercepts on the wing and centres to the corridor, it falls short and Hannan juggles the mark playing in front 40m out, but misses. (Q2 19:49)
Oliver pumps the ball to the hotspot after another Port rebound that doesn’t clear the wing, Hannan drops it but Tom McDonald crumbs and pokes a left foot snap through! (Q2 21:34)
Tim Smith catches Bonner HTB on the boundary 50m out but misses. (Q2 23:40)
Wines plays on to advantage from a Robbie Gray free at a stoppage on the wing, he releases Motlop for a bounce and run up the guts, he passes to Boak 20m out in front for the goal. (Q2 25:50)
Gawn gathers a grubber from a pack at CHF by Brayshaw, he snaps on the turn from 35m on a slight angle but it skews wide. (Q2 27:18)
Robbie Gray rides the bumps and taps a loose ball to Sam Gray at half forward, he passes to Thomas leading to 35m on a slight angle in the last minute before HT… just misses. (Q2 31:20)
Fritsch strips Westhoff in a tackle at half forward, butters up and gives to Melksham who has Hannan over the top to soccer home from the square. (Q3 2:29)
Wingard almost stuffs up what should have been an easy goal after a rove at half forward, Robbie Gray makes it look good with a grubber from near the behind post. (Q3 3:48)
Pittard coughs the ball up in midfield, Hibberd passes to Gawn at half forward who wheels and hits Tim Smith 35m out in front, who kicks truly. (Q3 5:33)
Ebert handballs to Harmes on the HBF and the Demons are off to the races, a bit higgledy-piggledy but Tom McDonald eventually gives to Melksham for the goal from 40m in front. (Q3 7:18)
Salem zooms onto a loose ball 40m out on a slight angle and snaps across the body on the left… screws through for a classy finish. Dees kicking away! (Q3 9:15)
Robbie Gray roves a ball-in to 35m on a slight angle, Jetta tackles but Brayshaw barrels in and gives away a high contact free. Gray steers that one through, his second. (Q3 13:17)
Motlop passes to the lead of Ryder 45m out on the flank after a rebound on the switch started by Jonas. Ryder’s set shot drifts to the behind line… Dixon marks and goals! (Q3 16:20)
Melksham flies between two Port players to mark a Viney centre clearance kick to half forward, he wheels and hits Tom McDonald running back to the square, play on and goal. (Q3 17:49)
Westhoff takes a big contested grab in a pack at the top of the square from a centring ball by Boak from the HFF, he converts to keep the goal rush coming. (Q3 19:42)
Hogan roves a stoppage but misses off the right across the body from 20m on a slight angle. (Q3 25:04)
Vince accidentally catches Rockliff high with a flying elbow at a stoppage 45m out on a slight angle. Rockliff goes off with blood, Wingard takes the shot and doesn’t score. (Q4 7:24)
Thomas marks a long Polec ball from wing to the flank 30m out sitting behind Dixon, he kicks truly to bring the margin back to less than a kick. (Q4 8:24)
Jetta smashes Sam Gray high to give away an obvious free kick 40m out in front. He kicks the go-ahead goal, Port have clawed their way back into this one! (Q4 13:20)
Polec gives to Wines for a snap off a step from 20m on a slight angle after a ball up, he screws it wide. (Q4 16:09)
Marshall has Westhoff on his own in the pocket 35m out, it’s a grubber and there is pressure on the Hoff’s checkside off a step, it goes wide. (Q4 18:53)
Fristch roves in the pocket but misses from 25m around the corner off the left. (Q4 19:38)
Westhoff marks behind the wing, Oscar McDonald gets there late to smash him from behind, big 50m penalty brings him to 45m on a slight angle and the Hoff delivers, huge goal! (Q4 23:51)
Ball in on the Melbourne HFF, 2:06 to go, Demons two kicks behind. (Q4 28:35)
Hamres to Invey for a quick kick, Jonas spoils a Jones kick to Hannan, Dees back in, Hannan roves and snaps across the body from 25m on a slight angle but it’s wide. 1:22 left. (Q4 29:23)
Wines marks the kick in to the HBF in front of Jones and slows it down as the clock nears 1:00. (Q4 29:50)
Dixon takes another contested grab on the wing, Port are home. (Q4 29:50)
Ryder with another strong mark on the HFF, Power have done enough. Wines marks in the pocket 30m out. Siren goes, Wines doesn’t score. (Q4 31:09)

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