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Blog log from R17 of 2023: Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast

Blog log for Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast, R17 of 2023

Finlayson snaps the first goal of the night from a pack at the hotspot following a stoppage. (Q1 1:41)
Butters roves at half back and baulks around two Suns on a three-bounce scoot up the guts but his snaps from 50m is weak for Ballard to pick off for no score. (Q1 5:14)
Bergman can’t get to the crumb from a Finlayson contest in time before it goes over the goal line for a behind. (Q1 7:30)
Casboult gets a holding free on Bergman in a marking contest 25m out in the pocket and slots the Suns’ first major. (Q1 9:15)
Matchups in Port’s forward line are ??Dixon ??Collins, ??Marshall ??Andrew and ??Finlayson ??Ballard. Big call to put Andrew at CHB. (Q1 11:01)
Fiorini is playing a HFF on Bergman with Touk Miller’s return to the coalface. (Q1 11:15)
Wines roves at half forward and gives behind to Burton whose wobbling inside 50 kick goes over Powell to land in the arms of Finlayson 20m out, he hits the post. (Q1 14:42)
Anderson passes short to Miller 35m out on a slight angle for the go-ahead goal from their returning captain, the Suns get around him. (Q1 17:10)
In the Suns forward line it’s ??King ??McKenzie, ??Casboult ??Aliir and ??Lukosius ??Jones. (Q1 18:16)
Casboult leaps over McKenzie to clunk a lovely Lukosius long pass to 20m on the flank. As McKenzie limps off with a nasty-looking ankle injury, Levi levers through another one! (Q1 21:25)
Rioli converts a set shot from near true CHF after outmarking Weller, and gives the crowd a little NAIDOC-flavoured dance. (Q1 23:42)
Lukosius kicks inside 50 over his shoulder from the wing to Holman who takes a contested grab in front of Williams 35m out on a slight angle, he kicks truly as well! (Q1 26:42)
After McKenzie’s injury, Burton has gone to King with Lachie Jones staying on McKenzie. Big problems with both of those matchups for Port if GC keep winning clearances. (Q1 30:02)
Port Adelaide has one Achilles heel on its list which is their key defender depth. Trent McKenzie going down may cruel their flag hopes, as Jonas and Clurey are suboptimal. (Qtr Time)
Byrne-Jones marks 45m out on a slight angle then goes further on to 40m on the flank for Rozee, whose set shot is across the face and rebounded. (Q2 1:30)
Flanders releases Lukosius running forward of a pack on members wing, all of forward 50 clear for him and he skids through the kick from 55m on a slight angle! (Q2 3:35)
After King drops a mark on members wing, Marshall performs a circus trick to mark with one hand over Andrew next to the goalsquare for the goal from 10m. (Q2 5:30)
Humphrey mows down a baulking Butters with a fantastic effort to win a HTB free 45m out on a slight angle. His HTB free flies wide right, though. (Q2 12:10)
Marshall marks a Drew pass near the point of boundary and 50m paint, Andrew pushes him in the back late but no 50, kick lands in the square, Ballard spoils for a behind. (Q2 14:13)
McEntee roves a Dixon contest at the hotspot and gives outside to Rozee who does the rest off the right boot. (Q2 14:57)
Rowell has done some excellent work in the first half but he let Rozee go to the contest and got burnt on that play. (Q2 15:20)
Finlayson is favoured by a chaos ball on centre wing, he runs away from Ballard and bombs long to Rioli one out with Weller, no mark but Weller slips and Rioli strolls into goal. (Q2 18:05)
Finlayson marks a Burton pass 45m out but the kick is reversed for Hayes dropping a man off the ball. (Q2 19:58)
Wines marks on the wing and plays on from forward of the mark and OOB, umps clueless, pass to Marshall on the HFF who doesn’t score. Footy gods chuntering. (Q2 23:12)
Weller bombs low and hard from half forward to Casboult one out with Aliir in the square, Levi is behind but provides a crumb for Holman who restores the Suns lead with the goal. (Q2 25:55)
Houston is pinged for a hold on Ainsworth 45m out on a slight angle, Ainsworth kicks straight but did Aliir touch it on the line? Review… just got a middle finger on it, behind! (Q2 28:05)
Gold Coast are leading just about every stat in this game, starting with clearances which is huge given that is Port Adelaide’s one wood. Probably should be further in front. (Half Time)
The reason the Suns aren’t further in front is Ben King is having a mare, Casboult is cooking some aromatic tofu but Aliir is keeping the Power in the game. (Half Time)
Drew receives from Byrne-Jones and hits the lead of Marshall 40m out in front, big channel open through CHF on that play. Marshall kicks straight to level the scores. (Q3 1:27)
Dixon marks over Collins 40m out near the boundary and gives Port the lead with a lovely drop punt for a goal. (Q3 3:31)
Contact free to Finlayson on Andrew going for a Powell-Pepper pass near the hotspot, play on to advantage and it’s another goal for Port through Byrne-Jones. (Q3 5:31)
Humphrey snaps a fabulous goal from the HFF 40m out after roving a stoppage, turns to the crowd for a reaction and gets donuts! (Q3 7:46)
Humphrey wanted a reaction but struck a bunch of Humphrey B. Bears in the crowd! (Q3 8:32)
Marshall gathers a bouncing ball near the top of the goalsquare and pokes a pass to Byrne-Jones rushing in three metres away, DBJ has a man on his hammer so snaps into the post. (Q3 9:32)
Butters passes to Houston just inside 50m in the corridor. Crowd murmurs remembering his set shot after the siren last week… shot falls on the line for another big goal! (Q3 10:16)
Rioli misses a medium-range snap under pressure. (Q3 12:50)
Narkle slams through another one for Port from half forward. Top two team flexing its muscle at home. (Q3 16:14)
Casboult draws a soft contact free on Aliir 45m out on a slight angle but misses the lot to the left. (Q3 17:46)
The Power ferals go even more feral as Powell-Pepper torpedoes another one from 60m on the flank! (Q3 20:26)
Powell-Pepper marks over Ballard 30m out in the pocket and gives off to Burton who snaps around the corner off the left for another one. (Q3 27:26)
Rozee runs to the boundary 15m out after a stoppage, has very little angle for a grubber but manages to avoid both a diving Collins and both goalposts for a sensational goal! (Q3 31:07)
Dixon feeds Boak for another one snapped from the hotspot. (Q3 32:50)
Oea roves a Casboult contest to a Rowell kikck to the square and rolls through the first junk time goal of Q4. (Q4 1:39)
Finlayson misses a flying snap from 20m in the pocket under pressure after roving Marshall. (Q4 3:00)
Lukosius has had a mare, he hits the post from point blank range after roving a Casboult contest. (Q4 3:46)
Finlayson marks a Byrne-Jones pass in front of Andrew 40m out near the boundary and misses. (Q4 4:25)
Jones spoils his own man going for a Miller clearance to the hotspot, Ainsworth stayed down to rove and goal. (Q4 6:18)
Marshall marks a Williams pass over Ballard 35m out on the flank but shanks for no score. (Q4 8:01)
Horne-Francis checksides another one from 35m in space. (Q4 9:44)
Rozee roves and shoots from 50m on a slight angle but the ball nicks the inside of the left goalpost. (Q4 11:52)
Port plays downhill from a turnover at half back, loose men everywhere, Byrne-Jones has Finlayson over the back for another one. (Q4 14:01)
Swallow receives from Flanders and snaps wide from 35m. (Q4 16:00)
McEntee hits the lead of Finlayson on the boundary 15m out who curls it for a point. (Q4 19:16)
Byrne-Jones rolls a snap into the post after roving near the hotspot. (Q4 21:41)
Casboult has been the only Suns forward to earn his pay tonight, he marks an Atkins pass 35m out in front for his third goal. (Q4 23:01)
Rozee passes to Byrne-Jones on the boundary 25m out who shanks for no score. (Q4 25:16)
Rowell passes off his left after roving on the HFF, Casboult marks in front of Aliir 40m out on a slight angle and boots a well-deserved fourth major. (Q4 28:22)

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