A weird game. Umpires in white, goal umpires in black bomber jackets. Weird man. Ladhams freak goal, 7-foot bloke punting it off the outside of his toe from the boundary line – weird. Amon, Butters, Woodcock and other blokes not yet shaving were running us ragged. Suddenly they had 4 goals and we had none. Very 2014 EF vibes, and I could feel a hot wind in my face, even on the radio.
I said to the room “We’ll get back in to this; but we won’t win”. Mabs made an outstanding run. He ran back with the flight of an Egg kick, halved the contest, got to the spill first at top speed, shinned it on, then tapped it over an opponent, then gathered off the ground to get possession for the first time and immediately dished to Caddy who goaled. On Fox McGuire said “Mabior Chol stand up, we salute you. That was magnificent.” It really was.
We kicked the last three of the quarter to go to the huddle 7 points down.
QT Sellers on the radio said “Port kicked almost the first four goals of the game when you think about it”. Weird.
We’d rested Cotch, dropped Snags, brought back Rioli and Caddy. Might have been nice to have Trent out there come to think of it.
We hit the front briefly in the second. A huge mark to Pickett went utterly uncalled by Ed who is still whinging about a free not paid to Port earlier. Aarts kicked a wonderful solo goal, dancing zigzagging in from the point post goal. half time siren beats Gray kicking his 3rd. 4 goals each this term and at the long break we’re 9 points down.
Big Dixon kicked another 7-footer’s freak goal as he was heading for row H at the time. Weird. Kmac collected a ground ball and showed incredible vision to hook it off his left to Stacky.
Port have been terribly wayward kicking 2.5 to our 4.3, and we go in a point up.
The last quarter started with Balta mistake for a Port goal, he was trying to do the quick hands and just rushed himself into a turnover. Then Dusty gave away a silly 50, and Caddy added another 50 to hand them another goal. This might have marked Josh’s card, as Dimma was as displeased as you’ll ever see him. And that was game over, we didn’t score after 3QT.Embed from Getty Images
On the stats they killed us (i50s 55-24) but we hung in until suddenly we couldn’t any longer. I believe there’s something about the way we defend that creates inaccurate scores.
|Port Adelaide||4.4||8.6||10.11||13.15 (93)|
Again these are @Tigers_of_old’s best players
5 Bolton, 4 McIntosh, 3 Chol, 2 Short, 1 Vlastuin
9: Vlastuin, Baker, McIntosh
7: Prestia, Balta
5: Higgins, Vlastuin, Cotchin, Eggmolesse-Smith, Chol
3: Prestia, Houli, Lynch
2: Riewoldt, Pickett
1: Castagna, Graham, Aarts