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Corn the Pear

Draftee
Apr 29, 2019
19
32
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Just throwing in some appreciation for the Corn the Pear podcast, some good analysis there and like the way you bounce off each other with well thoughts out topics.

Alberton Front Bar pretty entertaining too, some good delivery and solid chat. Admittedly I only listen to either when we get a win.
Thanks FVK, we're back on tonight at 7pm to look at the big Showdown win! #cornthepear
 

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Corn the Pear

Draftee
Apr 29, 2019
19
32
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide brought out the Jekyll on Saturday night, leaving the Hyde at home, just where he belongs……

This Port supporter (like most of us) gets a read pretty early on which side has shown up and the first two minutes of Saturday afternoon were pretty positive. Port had the first 13 disposals of the game (at 100% efficiency, no less) and the first major on the board on the back of some strong work inside by the very late inclusion Sam Powell-Pepper, Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines, 2 of those three under serious pressure and they all started well as Ryan Burton ran some over lap from the back half for the first goal of the night.

Things settled over the next 30 minutes and while Port had two more on the board through Ebert and Howard the momentum was in Adelaide’s favour. 9 scoring shots to 4 and Adelaide would be rueing some wasted opportunities. More worrying for Port Adelaide, Scott Lycett looked to have copped a medial / PCL type blow to his knee and was off undergoing some treatment.

It was Adelaide on top to start the second quarter, Matt Crouch is up to double figures and goals, Greenwood goals, Adelaide are winning the clearances 9-2 and I50 4-0 for the quarter, a steadier from Sam Gray came at just the right time for Port, one more and 3 goal lead would have Adelaide well on top. Greenwood is lighting up the Oval, he’s on top inside and out and has Adelaide’s midfield controlling the contest.

Another injury concern as Talia limps off, this leaves Keath on Dixon who makes the most of this to mark, ruffle some feathers and goal. It should be noted here Talia had Dixon’s measure most of the night but the rest of Port’s forwards were chipping in, especially with pressure on the ball carrier and that resulted in an Ebert goal just before the main break, reward for his effort and a 3 point lead to Port. 6 scoring shots to Adelaide and 4 to Port for the quarter, at this point I wasn’t super confident of what lay ahead. Lycett has returned but looks hobbled and best, cooling down at half time might not be ideal.

That didn’t change early as Walker shrugged Clurey off for one of the only times on the night to goal inside 15 seconds of the third, no sooner has the ball gone back to the middle and it’s back in Walker’s hands for a set shot from just on 50, he hits a low wobbler and misses to the right. From there Adelaide don’t score again until the 17 minute mark of the last quarter with a poster to Wayne Milera. I quite enjoyed the next 45 minutes or so.

In that time Port has absolutely smashed the Adelaide side into submission. The third quarter was a demolition, Port kick 6 goals in 20 minutes. In that time Scott Lycett gives all earthmoving machinery some hope as he wheels around O’Brien (and Brown who was spectating, perhaps in awe) to goal and cancel out Walker’s early major, Matt Crouch whipped out his card (no cash at AO, please) and purchased some candy from Sam Gray, Connor Rozee waved to the scoreboard pocket faithful (twice) as they ponder why Betts wasn’t on the field (What’s that,he was? Well I’ll be ) as Westhoff and Howard chime in and Port are 35 points for the good at ¾ time. Excellent, with a 21st to go to I know now that I can enjoy my night out thanks in no small part to Robbie Gray who has taken control in the midfield. He’s a pleasure to watch, I hope all footy fans appreciate him as much as they should.

Third quarter numbers were staggering – Port +56 possessions, +45 uncontested, +9 contested, +6 tackles, +4 clearances, +13 I50’s and 11 scoring shots to two.

The game was, at this point, put to bed, it would have been nice if Duursma, Amon and Wines had all kicked truly to start the last instead of registering minor scores but nonetheless Adelaide didn’t look like scoring. Clurey closed Walker right out of the contest bar 30 seconds to start the third quarter, Jonas had no issues keeping Jenkins out of the game, he was doing that ever so well himself, Burton made Betts look old and slow and Bonner, Byrne-Jones and Hartlett were all creating over lap and run as they set up being the ball.

Port had the first 10 I50’s of the last quarter and at the 9 minute mark had 96% of the possession in our forward half. I’ll be honest, I opened another beer about now. Icing, or, Butters on the cake as young Zac leads Laird a merry dance and 3 bounces his way into an open goal to finish the Crows off. 3 goals 6 in the last quarter to 2 behinds, the 57 point margin could have been so much more. I’m greedy, I would have liked more.

Cudos to co-captain Wines who came in under some pressure, 34 touches at 76% answered the critics, the Pig racked up 36, Powell-Pepper made the most of his late call up with 24 but really set the standard for attack on the ball early with a game high 6 tackles, Westhoff’s 23 touches, game high 16 marks and a goal an outstanding return to form, Bonner’s run and overlap from half back was crucial yet there was really no other who deserved the Showdown Medal than Robbie Gray with 35 disposals, 10 clearances and his 5th Showdown Medal.


Dave’s best – R.Gray, Clurey, Bonner, Westhoff, Ebert, DBJ, Rockliff, Wines
 
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