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Blog log from R7 of 2023: St Kilda vs Port Adelaide

Blog log for St Kilda vs Port Adelaide, R7 of 2023

Higgins marks a Phillipou pass on the lead in front of Houston 45m out on a slight angle and boots the first goal of the evening. (Q1 2:11)
Wood sharks a Wines handball on outer wing to start an attack, Aliir almost cuts it off but Hill passes to Membrey 40m out on the flank. The Skunk hooks it left. (Q1 4:37)
Port have a couple of chances to rebound a Gresham inside 50 kick but the small forwards for St Kilda force turnovers, Cordy marks near the behind post for his first goal. (Q1 10:54)
Stocker fumbles on the HFF after a stoppage, ball flips to Duursma who snaps a lovely finish from 45m. (Q1 12:53)
Gresham snaps from half forward to the square, Burton and Owens wrestle, Burton sticks a boot out to rush it but the ump pays a holding free, easy goal Mitchito. (Q1 17:53)
Horne-Francis wins a hard footy in the centre, Drew passes to Butters 40m out in front who misses. (Q1 19:29)
Again Port can’t manage to clear despite having the footy in hand in defence, too many Saints swarming to force the cough up, Higgins feeds Membrey to snap the goal from 20m. (Q1 23:18)
Burton runs from wing to centre and passes to Finlayson who drops a rather easy pass 40m out, however Dorsal fights on to feed Boak who tumbles through the goal. (Q1 26:38)
Aliir runs free up the wing from defence to 40m on the flank to mark uncontested but his kick is poor… Byrne-Jones snaps wide from the resultant scrimmage 20m out. (Q1 28:31)
Owens chases a loose kick to the pocket and passes back to Hill who juggles the mark 40m out on the flank. Hill goes to Gresham 30m out who plays on and screws through the goal. (Q1 30:28)
Dixon taps wide of a ball up on the HFF to Powell-Pepper who misses on the run from 35m, disappointingly. (Q2 1:03)
Phillipou draws an arm chop free on Teakle 40m out on a slight angle but he chooses a screwing set shot that he shanks OOTF. (Q2 2:23)
Gresham roves at half forward and handballs long and inside to Sinclair who snaps off the left from 40m… just wide left. (Q2 4:06)
Powell-Pepper marks in front of Stocker on the HFF and goes short inside for Rioli 40m out in the corridor. The set shot is wide right. (Q2 8:04)
Repeat inside 50 for Port which is a rarity, marked by Byrne-Jones near the boundary 40m out for no score. (Q2 9:22)
Rozee jinks through traffic after a stoppage on the HFF and passes inside for Houston to mark in front of Butler 40m out in front. Houston’s rocket is true and doesn’t explode. (Q2 10:04)
Wood roves a big pack near the hotspot, his left-foot snap is so high it almost hits the roof… off the hands of McKenzie for a point. (Q2 12:06)
Boak beats Wood to a loose ball at half forward, he spins and gives inside to McEntee who delivers a nice finish from 40m on a slight angle. (Q2 13:04)
After Horne-Francis engineers yet another clearance, Dixon contests near the behind post for Finlayson to rove and wobble through an opportunist goal. (Q2 14:34)
Battle kicks across the backline to Wilkie at top of defensive goalsquare but the ump says not far enough, Dixon swoops to win the HTB and kick Port in front with the goal! (Q2 16:49)
Steele sharks a Burgoyne handball at half forward, baulks and shoots wide from 35m. (Q2 19:04)
Rioli gathers a centring ball by Boak just inside CHF, turns and tries to bounce it through from 45m… takes an off break to the right of the post. (Q2 22:35)
The Saints go coast to coast from the kick in, Phillipou feeds Marshall who hoofs it wide from 45m in front. (Q2 23:07)
Port takes its turn to go coast to coast via Dixon on outer wing, Byrne-Jones passes to Boak 40m out on a slight angle who misses. (Q2 23:45)
Wines rides a tackle at half forward and pokes to Powell-Pepper 45m out near the boundary. SPP tries a screwing set shot from a long way out, it’s a good strike but narrow. (Q2 24:43)
Hill kicks up the boundary to 45m where Higgins chips in front of the leading Membrey to mark. He centres but the crumb doesn’t fall for St Kilda, no score. (Q2 27:05)
Owens marks strongly in front of Williams from a floater by Wood from the HFF to 25m on a slight angle, he sends through his second goal. (Q3 3:38)
Powell-Pepper marks 25m out near the boundary and screws in a nice set shot off the left. (Q3 6:51)
Hill sends a high ball from the HFF to the hotspot where Bonner holds Wood to concede an obvious free for an easy goal. (Q3 11:06)
Powell-Pepper worries Battle off a ground ball on the HFF then receives from Byrne-Jones for a centring ball to the fat side where Bonner is all by himself 30m out… poster. (Q3 13:37)
Stocker intercepts in defence and switches on the rebound, that works as Butler marks over Rozee at the hotspot for the go-ahead goal. (Q3 15:39)
Williams intercepts over Higgins behind the centre and goes central to Drew, his long ball is contested by Dixon for Rioli to rove and goal from 20m. (Q3 17:37)
Rioli roves a loose ball, baulks past Howard and checksides a lovely goal from 20m to kick Port away again. (Q3 26:22)
Crouch roves an Owens fly 20m out in the pocket but snaps wide left. (Q3 28:19)
Bergman misses a flying snap from the HFF. (Q3 29:08)
Windhager passes diagonally from the centre across CHF to Steele 45m out, whose set shot is a peach. (Q4 2:01)
Powell-Pepper comes in too hot as Higgins receives outside from Gresham and gives away a high contact free. Higgins misses from 35m on a slight angle. (Q4 5:10)
Repeat inside 50s for the Saints, big pack at the hotspot for this one but the crumb falls over the back where Gresham puts the Saints back in the lead. (Q4 5:56)
Finlayson snaps after a stoppage at half forward to restore Port’s lead, that’s his second major. (Q4 8:06)
Wood roves a Phillipou contest in the pocket and gives outside to Gresham who is tackled and shoots from 20m… narrow. (Q4 11:24)
Battle intercepts on the last line but is called to play on and kicks into Dixon on the mark, Powell-Pepper roves and shrugs the tackle to run into the open goal! (Q4 12:56)
The Saints get a rebound going in a wave through the centre, Clark shoots from 50m on a slight angle, it’s a low skidder… and through! (Q4 18:57)
Horne-Francis tries a diagonal kick from the HBF to the centre for Houston, it comes off as Houston fires a missile to Dixon 20m out in front, his second goal! (Q4 20:42)
5:51 to go and two kicks in it but the goals are coming thick and fast, Saints still in this. (Q4 21:42)
Marshall toepokes a loose ball at CHF to Higgins who sprints to 45m and rams through a miss. (Q4 25:25)
Saints have the ball in their forward half but can’t find a target inside 50. Clock ticks under 2:00 with two kicks the diff. (Q4 26:25)
Finlayson has taken two relieving marks in defence in the last minute. Saints almost out of ideas, bombing it in aimlessly without a tall target. (Q4 27:23)

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