Blog log from R18 of 2019: Richmond vs Port Adelaide

The Tigers almost get the perfect start with a snap on goal from Castagna within the first 20 seconds, but he misses. (Q1 1:12)
Bolton hands off to Prestia who takes a few quick steps and launches an accurate kick goalward from 52, chalking up the first major of the afternoon! (Q1 3:52)
Lynch hastily throws it on the boot from close range but it was never online. A fortunate bounce results in a minor score. (Q1 5:14)
Rozee catches Edwards HTB with a quality chase but can’t align his 35m set shot, missing narrowly to the near side. (Q1 5:47)
Chol finds himself with more space than usual, unopposed in the ruck. He collects with ease, runs down the wing then hits up Lynch on the lead who slots the 50m set shot. (Q1 8:59)
Duursma and Sutcliffe link up on the wing, resulting in a Howard shot on goal from 45. A minor score was all Dougal could muster, however. (Q1 13:17)
Rioli shrugs off a wimpy Broadbent tackle inside 50, then retreats by hand to Martin. The right-foot snap from Dusty was never in doubt. (Q1 14:45)
From the centre bounce, it’s Robbie Gray, Rockliff, Boak and then Butters as the last link in the chain. Zak gets his team on the board with a flawless 40m set shot. (Q1 16:18)
It’s two goals in a minute for young Butters, this time on the run, thanks solely to great Powell-Pepper pressure on Grimes which forced the spillage. (Q1 17:48)
Riewoldt receives an in-the-back free after being very slow to pick up the footy in the pocket. He has no issue with the right-foot snap though! (Q1 19:31)
An undersized baker is penalised for holding Dixon in the marking contest, but the big man’s set shot is a shank. (Q1 20:30)
Rioli, Houli, and Prestia combine at half forward, but Prestia’s 48m running shot is offline. (Q1 23:43)
A baffling 50m penalty against Westhoff for spoiling the ball away on the boundary line brings Graham within range, and the Tiger has no problem capitalising. (Q1 29:03)
Stack does well to release a handball while being slung. It comes to Riewoldt who snaps with ultimate ease from the hot spot. (Q2 7:54)
A hacked Rockliff clearance kick from behind centre is clunked by a streaming Dixon in front of a pack of four. Charlie launches the set shot from 50 and splits the middle. (Q2 9:23)
It’s all class from Dixon and Amon, with the big guy grabbing the footy from the boundary throw-in, sidestepping, and then releasing to Amon whose rapid left-foot snap is on-song. (Q2 14:53)
A tough Sam Gray tackle on Baker is rewarded. Hampered by a sore shoulder, Gray releases outside to Hartlett who launches from 55 but misses. (Q2 16:53)
Bonner fumbles while trying to clear from defence, resulting in a HTB free-kick to Chol. From 40m, directly in front, he slots it. (Q2 20:13)
Ellis takes a bounce on the wing before spotting Lynch on the lead at half forward. Tom pops it up to the pocket, where Riewoldt jumps, marks, and nails the kick. (Q2 22:10)
The Power work it through the corridor before Powell-Pepper links up with Boak by hand within range. The skipper snaps on his right boot from 35 but can’t align it. (Q2 28:55)
Howard marks decisively above Broad and Grimes, but he faces a tight angle for the set shot. Electing for the drop punt, Dougal hits it sweetly, sailing through the big sticks! (Q3 5:14)
The size of Dixon troubles Astbury, who gives away a free kick for holding in the pocket. Charlie plays on, snaps on his right boot and misses to the near side. (Q3 6:28)
Broad palms the footy down to Edwards forward of the wing who doesn’t blaze away, instead electing to kick to Lynch who marks in front of Broadbent. From 25, Tom splits the middle. (Q3 9:47)
Duursma climbs above Baker to clunk the quick and high Butters kick in the pocket. On a tough angle, Xavier splits the middle, and launches a big arrow in celebration! (Q3 15:29)
Stack intercepts and the follows up his own work, unselfishly giving up the easiest of goals to Brandon Ellis riding shotgun. (Q3 17:15)
Starting with Cotchin, a bunch of Tigers are involved to move the ball forward before Rioli pops a pass to Lynch. Tom’s 45m set shot is offline. (Q3 18:46)
Stack gets the one-two near the boundary and 50m arc, then takes a ping from the tight angle, missing to the near side. (Q3 21:46)
The entrance kick from Martin finds Castagna in space in the pocket. Jason marks, plays on, and curls it straight through the middle. (Q3 23:01)
Ellis centres to the hotspot from the pocket where an unmoveable Soldo clunks the mark. He shoots from 25 and nails it. (Q3 26:01)
Boak sharks the Soldo hitout deep in Port’s attack, then quickly releases to Amon who snaps on his left for a classy, much-needed Power goal. (3 Qtr Time)
A cruel bounce inside the Tigers’ 50 falls favourably to Lynch who bounces off Clurey and snaps truly on his left under pressure. (Q4 4:00)
Riewoldt sends a long bomb inside 50 to the Martin-Hartlett contest, where Edwards collects off hands at full speed and boots it into the top rows. (Q4 8:48)
Butters marks while Houston lays almost motionless just behind him, causing a little bit of chaos and confusion. Nevertheless, he takes the shot from 40m and misses. (Q4 12:47)
A hasty kick amongst a swarm of players from Sutcliffe sails over the goal umpire’s head, but it’s far too little, too late for Port. (Q4 13:49)
Cotchin is penalised for a throw thanks to persistent Rozee pressure. The youngster elects for the checkside from the pocket but misses. (Q4 16:16)
A hack kick forward from Cotchin falls favourably into the lap of Sydney Stack. He goes back, shoots from 40m, directly in front, and just misses. (Q4 20:04)
Lynch marks on the flank and tries to move it quickly but falls over, meaning that he’s forced to shoot on goal. From 45m, it’s to the near side. (Q4 22:20)
Prestia’s kick to the pocket is clunked strongly by Lynch above the pack. This time, he hits the post. (Q4 23:33)
Short dashes through the corridor before Stack collects the loose ball inside 50. He waits to release to Rioli who steps inboard and snaps truly. (Q4 27:02)
Riewoldt marks on the lead and will line up for his fourth of the afternoon. Jack shoots from 40 and just misses. (Q4 29:20)
Port bully their way through the corridor, resulting in a last-minute goal to Rockliff who made no mistake with his right-foot snap. (Q4 29:51)

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