Game was backwards
If the teams could somehow have managed to play the first quarter last this would have been a more exciting game. Port matched it on the scoreboard with a wayward Collingwood for three quarters but seven goals to none in the first quarter was always going to be tough to recover from.
Port got within eighteen points in the third quarter but the game was effectively over at quarter time and Collingwood were never seriously threatened.
Double up on Grundy
This was the recipe the Eagles used to break even with the big hipster in the Grand Final. Grundy still got plenty of the ball but two goals from Lycett and one from Ryder is a good outcome when we add that between them they had 39 hitouts to Grundy’s 35. Collingwood used Reid and Roughead at times in the ruck. Had Reid kicked more accurately than 1.4 the ruck/forward contest would have been a clear win. As it stands it was pretty even which Port would probably have accepted if offered before the first bounce.
When Pendlebury, Treloar and Sidebottom get 100 disposals between them there’s going to be a lot of inside 50s. 20 between them to be precise – 11 of those to Pendlebury. If a good user like Pendlebury gets that many inside 50s, defenders are going to be working overtime and they did. Collingwood inaccuracy made this look better for Port than it was.
Down and Dirty
When Port Adelaide did start to find their way into the game it was through hard work. Forward pressure, tackling, turning the game into a scrap. This is not a tactic usually associated with Port who are generally good outside users of the ball.
Is this a new string to their bow or reaction to a huge spray from Ken Hinkley at quarter time? It’s one to keep in the play book, they did it pretty well.
Somehow everyone seemed to know that moving Moore back would be a big success. The knock on Moore was never his ability to play or his athleticism, just his ability to stay on the park. If he does stay on the park and keep this sort of form up, Collingwood has a key beckman locked away for a long time – although come contract time …….
Wasted night for Port
This does nothing to give us a read on Port Adelaide. If they’d managed to stay in the game in the first quarter, how would the rest of the game play out? Were Port good after quarter time or did Collingwood take the foot off when they went into the first huddle with a 45 point lead. Travis Boak and Ollie Wines both got plenty of the ball and Justin Westhoff was strong around the ground and forward but the next level were not on tonight. The exciting Port kids had a night off but that will happen. Don’t write them off yet but there is an extra question mark on Port after tonight.
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