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Blog log from R11 of 2023: Richmond vs Port Adelaide

Blog log for Richmond vs Port Adelaide, R11 of 2023

Miller follows up after contesting at half forward against McKenzie, gathers and turns for a pass to Bolton 45m out on a slight angle. Bolton kicks the first goal of the day. (Q1 5:32)
Lord feeds Butters who runs clear to 50m on a slight angle and blazes OOTF. (Q1 12:30)
Most of the play in Port’s front half early in Q1 but their forward structure without Dixon is rather untidy. (Q1 12:52)
Butters breaks two tackles running from half back, Finlayson hits grass with his kick towards the hotspot but McEntee gathers and pop through the goal. (Q1 13:56)
Port wins the next centre clearance via that man Butters, McEntee worries Short off the crumb to allow Burton to soccer the goal from 15m. (Q1 15:36)
Lord wins a battle of strength with Balta shoulder-to-shoulder to mark a long speculator by Bonner to the hotspot, but he misses. (Q1 17:56)
Repeat inside 50s to Port, Lord feeds Wines behind a huge pack near the hotspot for a snap goal. (Q1 19:16)
Another Port centre clearance, Junior Rioli gathers on the HFF and goes inboard to Mead 40m out on a slight angle. he kicks truly. Port have the jump. (Q1 20:31)
McEntee gives outside to Powell-Pepper who blazes wide from 45m on the flank. (Q1 22:22)
Short roves and rolls an awkward snap wide form 45m on the flank off the left. (Q1 23:52)
Port stuff around with the footy at half back and the Tiger swarm descends, Martin gets the HTB free on Bergman 40m out in the corridor but misses. (Q1 25:36)
Butters passes to the lead of Byrne-Jones in front of Ralphsmith 45m out in the corridor, he kicks truly. (Q1 26:29)
Butters feeds Rozee on another surge out of the next bounce, he blazes wide from 50m on a slight angle. (Q1 28:11)
Ross marks a kick across goal by Prestia and chooses a pass inboard to Bolton that Rozee breaks up, but Daniel Rioli roves for the pass back to Ross 40m out on the flank… miss. (Q1 30:54)
Graham gives to Martin who snaps off a step from 40m on a slight angle, towards the square but drifts right for a point. (Q2 4:44)
McIntosh intercept’s Horne-Francis’ diagonal rebound kick to the centre, Martin marks 45m out on a slight angle and plays on for a classic finish. (Q2 5:48)
Powell-Pepper roves at full trot 35m out and snaps across the body but Grimes rushes from the square. (Q2 6:58)
Daniel Rioli bounces his way through half forward but misses from 45m. (Q2 9:56)
Martin misses another long set shot. The Tigers have lifted their contested ratings but are not getting enough nourishment on the scoreboard. (Q2 12:54)
McIntosh also misses a mid-range snap. (Q2 13:43)
Bolton bounces another mid-range snap into the post from the HFF. (Q2 15:43)
Lord taps to Byrne-Jones who also misses from 45m on a slight angle. (Q2 16:42)
Miller feeds Taranto who has the toughest kick for goal for the past ten minutes, hard on the boundary 20m out on his right with Horne-Francis on his ginger… he threads it! (Q2 18:28)
Riewoldt juggles a mark from a Short wobbler near the hotspot, he stalks in carefully but burns the easy set shot. (Q2 22:29)
Houston strips a dithering Martin on the wing, McEntee goes to the pocket and gets dumped by Martin after disposal, downfield free to Burton 20m out who misses. (Q2 26:18)
Finlayson marks a Byrne-Jones pass in front of Balta 30m out on a slight angle but misses. (Q3 0:59)
Broad chases Bergman to prevent a goal over the back, but from the resultant stoppage Drew volleys Finlayson’s ruck tap for the goal. (Q3 3:23)
Nankervis kicks to the hotspot after the next centre bounce where Martin beats Burton one out to mark and goal. (Q3 4:23)
Bonner passes short to Bonner 40m out wide on the flank who threads the set shot with a peach of a drop punt. Zak is in hot form! (Q3 8:30)
Bolton beats Horne-Francis to mark a high ball by McIntosh to 45m on the flank with Aliir wrestling with Riewoldt behind him. The set shot is wide right. (Q3 11:49)
Bolton gets a snap off from the other flank 50m out that is also narrow. (Q3 12:31)
Taranto marks 40m out near the boundary and delivers a lovely curling finish off the right, he’s the only one who looks like kicking straight today! (Q3 16:59)
Bergman snaps a fabulous finish across the body after roving 35m out on the flank, Richmond defenders all claim it was touched, review shows Broad did lay a finger on it, point. (Q3 18:49)
Ryan marks a long Bolton kick one out with Burton at the hotspot, he converts. (Q3 21:59)
Horne-Francis cops the boos once again as he walks in for a set shot from 35m on the flank but misses. (Q3 26:04)
Drew misses from a pack 40m out on the flank. (Q3 29:05)
Horne-Francis misses another set shot from near true CHF after the 3QT siren. (Q3 31:13)
Taranto marks a McIntosh pass from outer wing to 45m out on a slight angle. His set shot is another peach, three big ones for him! (Q4 2:40)
Aliir starts a rebound up the guts to Horne-Francis, pass goes to Lord 45m out on a slight angle, Tiger fans hoot then shut up as Lord bangs through the goal! (Q4 5:10)
Broad fumbles a crumb at half back, Byrne-Jones roves and Taranto is pinged for high contact 35m out on a slight angle, was a bit of a duck. Crowd boos, DBJ shank, footy gods grin. (Q4 7:28)
Richmond keep turning it over at half back, they are not going to win given current flow of the game. Strong rain falling, as it has at times throughout the game. (Q4 9:42)
The Tigers have lost all forward structure and are giving up bulk repeat inside 50s to Port on the latest Jones catches Miller HTB 45m out in front, he shoots to the right. (Q4 11:45)
Finlayson catches the ball out of ruck 40m out on a slight angle but his left foot snap off a step skews right and OOTF. (Q4 13:25)
Just too much leather in the Port forward line, on the latest inside 50 kick Finlayson bodies Balta off the drop at the hotspot to mark and goal. (Q4 14:30)
Bergman arrives late and can’t prevent Clarke marking a Cotchin kick from a pack on the HFF to the pocket 20m out, Clarke converts. (Q4 17:06)
Balta is pinged for contact over the shoulder on Horne-Francis near the hotspot, Tiger fans chunter but it was there albeit soft. JHF shuts them up with the finish. (Q4 19:45)
Taranto spins after receiving at the hotspot and snaps for his fourth goal, McKenzie dives on the line to touch it through, review shows he got a fingernail on it. (Q4 25:07)
Slippery conditions today have had the players looking like rhinos on rollerskates at times, and the Tigers haven’t had things sliding their way today. (Q4 25:35)
Like Damien Hardwick, the old Tigers have had just about enough of this game. Clock under 3:00 and three kicks in it, Port is home. (Q4 26:57)
Taranto marks in front of Williams 40m out on a slight angle in the last minute, deserves a fourth goal even if it is in junk time… gets it. (Q4 29:59)

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