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Blog log from R23 of 2018: Port Adelaide vs Essendon

Blog log for Port Adelaide vs Essendon, R23 of 2018

Stringer flies in front of Howard to clunk a long speculator by Hooker from wing to 40m on a slight angle, but he misses the first set shot.
Pittard marks in relief in the BP but his switch kick is to a contest, McGrath spoils down to McDonald-Tipungwuti who snaps the first goal from the hotspot.
Hombsch falls on a loose ball 45m out on a slight angle from the Essendon goals, McDonald-Tipungwuti catches him HTB but his free kick is short and rebounded.
Laverde marks 40m out near the boundary and threads the needle with a nice finish. Dons officially have the jump. (Q1 6:44)
Laverde is Johnny on the spot as Baguley produces a crumb with two Port defenders on him in the pocket, he rams through another one for the suddenly rampaging Bombers! (Q1 9:12)
Polec hits the post with a pressured snap from the pocket. (Q1 11:47)
After Hurley cuts off a Westhoff give at the top of the Port goalsquare the Dons sweep forward, Langford marks at half forward, plays on and bangs through another one. (Q1 14:38)
Stringer misses on the run from near CHF. (Q1 18:46)
Ryder goes to Robbie Gray on the HFF, he wheels quickly and hits Farrell 35m out on the flank who steers through the first Port goal. (Q1 20:03)
Smith feeds Laverde for his third goal of Q1 after Howard’s spoil in the pocket goes to the corridor where the Dons were waiting. (Q1 22:33)
Byrne-Jones spoils a Stringer kick to Baguley but McGrath roves and gives back to Baguley for the goal from near the hotspot. (Q1 23:48)
Laverde roves, baulks and shoots off a step from 40m on a slight angle… just wide. (Q1 25:18)
Wingard catches McDonald-Tipungwuti HTB after the first centre bounce of Q2, his long ball goes to a big pack at the hotspot, eventually Westhoff snaps the goal from 35m. (Q2 0:43)
Neade draws a high contact free on Francis with an arm-raise manoeuvre 20m out on a slight angle but misses a soda, footy gods smile. (Q2 2:15)
Stringer draws a holding free on Howard going for a ground ball 40m out on the flank, he also misses. (Q2 3:45)
Ebert leads Francis to a kick to space on the HFF, he gathers and snaps from 35m for a nice finish under not much pressure. (Q2 6:27)
Boak misses a snap from the pocket at a ball in. (Q2 7:59)
Ryder leaps over Hurley and marks a Polec pass 40m out in the corridor, but misses left. (Q2 9:18)
Laverde is paid a mark from a Merrett kick to 40m out on a slight angle, the Port fans boo because he dropped it almost immediately, he misses and they cheer. (Q2 11:30)
Polec snaps across the body form 40m under pressure, it falls to the behind line where Robbie Gray marks with skill and goals. (Q2 13:42)
Lienert gets back just in time to rush a Heppell snap from CHF. (Q2 20:28)
Sam Gray roves a Ryder contest in the pocket and has Polec running free for the Joe the Goose handball to the square and simple goal. (Q2 21:23)
Heppell gets another chance for a snap from near CHF after the next centre bounce, that one sails through at half goalpost height. (Q2 22:39)
Zaharakis roves a long centre clearance to CHF, baulks clear and rolls another one through. Dons keeping Port at arm’s length. (Q2 24:48)
Brown is the next Bomber to snap a goal from half forward after ground work by McGrath. Red time has been red and black time for the Dons. (Q2 26:31)
Frampton marks a Polec centre clearance kick in front of Hooker 25m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q2 28:01)
Goddard kicks OOTF from the last line 40m out, Sam Gray tries a shot but misses. (Q2 29:01)
Robbie Gray is pinged for encroachment to bring Brown to the top of the goalsquare for a charity goal early in Q3. (Q3 2:45)
Smith hits the post with a snap from half forward. (Q3 4:02)
Frampton rises in front of Saad to clunk an Ebert ball from the HFF to 25m on a slight angle, he kicks truly. (Q3 6:34)
Langford converts a set shot from 40m on a slight angle after winning a free. (Q3 10:29)
Westhoff marks 40m out on a slight angle and kicks truly. (Q3 13:15)
Goddard baulks around Powell-Pepper in the centre and hits McDonald-Tipungwuti near the hotspot in classic style for a goal assist in his (likely) last game. (Q3 18:30)
Colyer chases a crumb in the pocket, breaks a tackle and gives to Myers who has Heppell for the snap goal from 15m. (Q3 19:47)
Myers marks and goals from the hotspot, this game is firmly in junk time now. (Q3 21:28)
Wines misses a snap from the HFF. (Q3 22:30)
Ebert gets a free on Francis near true CHF and gives the desolute Port fans something to cheer about with a goal. (Q3 26:01)
Brown marks 40m out on the flank and boots his third goal. (Q3 28:06)
Westhoff brings the crowd to life with an impressive snap from CHF around the corner, that’s three goals for him. (Q3 29:16)
Frampton marks a Houston ball to the flank 45m out in front of Hurley and Hooker, but misses. (Q4 0:52)
McKenna slings Westhoff around the neck to give away a free kick as they chase a loose footy near the hotspot, goal number four for the Hoff. (Q4 7:18)
Boak misses from a stoppage on the HFF. (Q4 9:03)
Westhoff marks in front of a pack at the top of the square for his fifth goal. (Q4 12:03)
Westhoff centres to Ryder 40m out on a slight angle after Saad turns the ball over on the HBF. Ryder converts, suddenly Port is three kicks behind with ten minutes to play! (Q4 14:09)
Langford snaps off the right boot around the corner after a stoppage on the HFF, it’s a wobbler but it’s straight enough from 45m, that’s the sealer! (Q4 18:59)
Boak receives from Wines and snaps a goal from the boundary 35m out to bring it back to three kicks with 6:54 to go, still time enough if good enough. (Q4 22:04)
Laverde snaps wide from a ball in 25m out on a slight angle, that makes it three straight kicks the difference. (Q4 23:19)
Goddard sets up Zaharakis to snap the official sealer from the HFF. (Q4 23:19)
Neade draws another high-contact free with a chicken-wing move, this time on Heppell 40m out on a slight angle. After a near-melee, he misses. (Q4 26:16)
Polec misses an unlikely checkside off a step from the boundary 25m out. (Q4 31:49)

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