Sunday, April 14, 2013

Come On, Port Adelaide Aggression!

PORT ADELAIDE remains undefeated after pulling off a stunning comeback to bury its cross-town rival by nine points at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Trailing by 31 10 minutes into the third term, Justin Westhoff triggered a remarkable revival with two goals in two minutes to help the Power to a 17.16 (118) to 16.13 (109) win.

Westhoff finished with four goals all kicked in the second half as Port booted nine of the last 12 goals of the game to bank its third consecutive win.

Captain Travis Boak, who won the Showdown Medal as best afield with three goals, and Chad Wingard (also three goals) were both vital.

Wingard kicked back-to-back goals to open the fourth term, including a miraculous dribble shot from the pocket, to wrestle back the momentum.

While Crow Richard Douglas kicked a steadier minutes later, an undisciplined free kick and 50m penalty given away by Bernie Vince led to another Wingard goal and left a lead Adelaide couldn't reel in.

It's a free kick that is likely to continue to reverberate for the Crows with Vince reported for the late and head high hit. Nathan van Berlo may be absent too after being subbed off with an injured leg.

Kane Cornes was sensational in his 23rd Showdown for Port while Oliver Wines showed he's going to have a prolific career.

Adelaide spearhead Taylor Walker booted three majors while onballers Rory Sloane and Scott Thompson were solid performers.

Remarkably, the win leaves Port second on the ladder and Adelaide reeling in the bottom half of ladder with just one win.

The Crows host Western Bulldogs next Sunday while Port travels to play Gold Coast on Saturday night.

More to come

PORT ADELAIDE 5.2 6.9 12.13 17.16 (118)
ADELAIDE 4.4 9.6 13.7 16.13 (109)

Port Adelaide: 
Westhoff 4, Boak, Wingard 3, Wines, Monfries 2, Broadbent, Neade, Schulz
Adelaide: Walker 3, Douglas, Sloane, Jenkins 2, Dangerfield, Henderson, Reilly, Otten, Petrenko, Porplyzia, Johncock

Port Adelaide:
 Boak, Westhoff, Hartlett, Cornes, Wines, Wingard
Adelaide: Thompson, Sloane, Douglas, Dangerfield, Henderson, Walker

Port Adelaide: 
Adelaide: van Berlo (leg)

Port Adelaide:
 Kane Mitchell replaced Paul Stewart at half time
Adelaide: Bernie Vince replaced Nathan van Berlo in the third quarter

Reports: Bernie Vince for charging Chad Wingard in the fourth quarter.

Umpires: Fleer, Schmitt, Hay

Official crowd: 40,707 at AAMI Stadium

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