Western Bulldogs beat Port Adelaide by 19 points, Richmond defeats GWS by four, after wins for Sydney, Nth Melbourne and Brisbane


The Western Bulldogs have clinched a big win on the road, beating Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, while defending premiers Richmond have downed GWS in a thriller at Docklands to cap a big day in AFL.

The Bulldogs and Power swapped six goal quarters in the first half, then the visitors extended their lead in the third term before holding on to win by 19 points.

The Tigers were on the back foot for much of the night against the Giants, with Jesse Hogan booting four goals for GWS.

But Dustin Martin returned to his best, kicking four of his own as his side edged out the Giants by four points.

Earlier, the Swans beat Collingwood by 30 points, North Melbourne got off the mark with a seven-point win over Hawthorn, and Brisbane thrashed Gold Coast by 73 points at Carrara.           

More to come.

Port Adelaide vs

Another Marcus Bontempelli masterclass has inspired the Western Bulldogs to a spirited 19-point victory against fellow flag fancies Port Adelaide.

Bontempelli’s 26 disposals featured two goals and seven inside-50s in his side’s 15.6 (96) to 12.5 (77) triumph in Saturday night’s high-class affair at Adelaide Oval.

The skipper’s tenacious teammate Tom Liberatore was also superb, with 27 touches and a dozen clearances as the Bulldogs took top spot on the ladder.

Melbourne can regain top-billing with a win over Carlton on Sunday while Port slip from third to fifth after their third loss of the season.

The Power, apart from a purple patch in the second quarter, were overwhelmed by the slick Dogs who bank an eighth win from nine starts.

The Doggies’ renowned midfield was in top form: Bontempelli, Liberatore, Jack Macrae (32 disposals), Adam Treloar (26), Bailey Dale (23), and Bailey Smith (25) were prolific ball-winners.

Forward Aaron Naughton booted four goals and took a trademark hanger of a mark, the lively Cody Weightman scored three, and Jason Johannisen and Josh Bruce kicked two apiece.

Port on-ballers Ollie Wines (32 disposals) and Travis Boak (30 possessions), and defender Darcy Byrne-Jones (24 touches) were gallant, while Mitch Georgiades, Charlie Dixon and Orazio Fantasia kicked two majors each.

The Dogs blitzed Port early, booting five consecutive goals in a stunning 16-minute burst in the first term orchestrated by the brilliance of Bontempelli and Liberatore’s grunt around the packs.

The visitors led 6.2 to 2.1 at quarter-time despite losing defender Easton Wood to a left leg injury.

But the tide turned Port’s way in remarkable fashion in the second stanza as the home side scored five unanswered goals from five inside-50s in a tick over nine explosive minutes.

The sudden surge gave Port the lead and was only halted when Bontempelli scored his second major from a dubious in-the-back free kick.

Port defender Tom Clurey was substituted out with a jaw injury following an accidental clash of heads as the Bulldogs took a one-point halftime lead courtesy of a late Johannisen goal.

The Dogs then gained a vital edge in the third term, booting four goals to one with Bontempelli and Liberatore again prominent.

Two of the visitor’s goals came from Naughton: one after his head was driven into the ground by a Tom Jonas tackle; the other after he climbed onto Jonas’ shoulders for a spectacular high mark.

The Bulldogs held a 21-point buffer at three-quarter time but, in the last term, Port rallied to twice sneak within eight points.

But the Bulldogs’ Weightman sealed the win: with less than four minutes remaining, he crumbed a pack in the goal-square and snapped over his head, with his teammate Naughton soon adding another.

Richmond vs GWS

Dustin Martin led Richmond to a thrilling win over GWS, kicking four goals at Docklands. (

AAP: Rob Prezioso

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Dustin Martin has produced his best performance of the season to inspire Richmond to a thrilling four-point win over Greater Western Sydney.

The Tigers trailed by 28 points midway through the third quarter but stormed home to register an important 13.9 (87) to 12.11 (83) victory on Saturday night.

Only 18,798 fans were on hand at Docklands after Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale vented his frustration about the club being forced to play a home game away from the MCG.

But the faithful who turned up were rewarded with a classic encounter as Martin was awarded a controversial late goal on review and Daniel Rioli kicked what proved to be the winning goal a week after he was involved in a nightclub scuffle.

Rioli had just four kicks for the night but pounced on a loose ball and snapped truly in the dying stages.

Minutes earlier, Martin was judged to have got his toe to the ball on the goal line and cannoned into the goal umpire, who had to be replaced because of a sore shoulder.

Tim Taranto had the chance to snatch a dramatic victory for the Giants but his dribble kick from close range was blocked by a diving Dylan Grimes on the goal line.

Martin finished with four goals from 28 disposals as a host of unheralded teammates stepped up in the midfield.

Liam Baker, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Jack Graham were important contributors as regular defender Nick Vlastuin helped plug a hole in an injury-hit midfield and Toby Nankervis led the way in the ruck.

GWS recruit Jesse Hogan kicked four goals— all of them in the second quarter — as Jacob Hopper, Josh Kelly, Callan Ward and Tom Green helped the Giants get on top in the middle early.

Inexperienced Giants defenders Sam Taylor and Jack Buckley kept Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt quiet for most of the night.

Hogan kicked three goals in a five-minute burst early in the second term to fire the Giants to a 27-point lead before half-time and was involved in a scuffle with Nathan Broad behind play that earned him the ire of Tigers fans.

Martin took it upon himself to drag Richmond back into it and kicked the next two goals before Hogan took another strong mark and booted his fourth major from the goal square after a 50m penalty against Nankervis.

Again it was Martin who sparked a fightback late in the third quarter as he kicked the first of four quick goals that cut the margin back to three points at the final change.

In the end it was the Tigers’ famed pressure and surge game that got them over the line in a frantic finish.

Richmond face another tough task when they take on Brisbane at the Gabba on Friday night, while GWS host West Coast on Sunday.

Lions roar in Q-Clash rout of Suns

A Brisbane Lions forward accepts congratulations from teammates after a goal.
The Brisbane Lions dominated the Q-Clash, thumping the Gold Coast Suns at Carrara by 73 points. (

AAP: Dave Hunt

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Brisbane Lions have destroyed Queensland rivals Gold Coast to keep their top-four charge on track after a 73-point win over the Suns.

The Lions extended their winning run to five matches in a one-sided match at Carrara, charging to a 19.10 (124) to 7.9 (51) victory.

Big forward Daniel McStay kicked a career-best equalling four goals for the visitors, with Charlie Cameron picking up three majors.

McStay had a day out as the Suns’ defence went to water, claiming eight marks in a dominant tall forward display.

Lincoln McCarthy, playing his 50th match for the Lions, kicked two goals and took several big marks while Eric Hipwood, Joe Daniher and Zac Bailey also booted two majors in the rout.

While the forwards hit the scoreboard there were plenty of stars for the Lions across the park with captain Dayne Zorko (34 disposals, one goal, nine marks), ex-Sun Jarryd Lyons (38 disposals, nine clearances, nine tackles) and Hugh McCluggage (23 disposals, eight marks) bossing the midfield.

Lyons’ display was enough for him to be awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best on ground.

The game was blown apart in an eight goals-to-none third-quarter as the Lions kicked 14 unanswered between the Suns’ third and fourth goals of the match by which time Brisbane had opened up a 91-point lead.

Four late goals added some gloss to the scoreboard for the Suns but the truth was they were comprehensively outplayed.

Gold Coast missed the hard work of suspended Touk Miller but there was no excuse for the Suns’ lack of contest, especially in a dismal third quarter.

The defeat is the Suns’ fifth-straight loss to their local rivals and leaves them 13th on the ladder with just three wins from nine matches.

Brisbane didn’t leave Carrara unscathed however with milestone man Ryan Lester subbed out in the first quarter of his 150th AFL match with a hamstring injury while Darcy Gardiner’s night ended with a dislocated right shoulder late in the third term.

Defender Jack Bowes was also subbed out with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter for the Suns, who next face a daunting trip to Geelong to play the Cats next Saturday.

The Lions are at home next Friday against defending premiers Richmond.

Kangaroos beat Hawks for first win of 2021 

A group of North Melbourne players gather and wrap their arms around each other after a win.
The Kangaroos have won an AFL game for the first time since round nine, 2020, beating Hawthorn in Launceston.(

AAP: James Ross

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North Melbourne have broken through for their first win of the AFL season with a stirring comeback over fellow cellar dwellers Hawthorn in Launceston.

The last-placed Kangaroos came from 32 points down on Saturday afternoon to snap a losing streak stretching back to round nine last season.

Cameron Zurhaar was inspirational in the 13.9 (87) to 12.8 (80) victory, slotting four goals including crucial majors either side of three-quarter time.

Hawthorn’s Luke Breust set up a thrilling finish when he reduced the margin to six points with a running goal inside the final two minutes.

But the Kangaroos held on to give David Noble his maiden win as an AFL coach on his 54th birthday.

Jy Simpkin topped the possession count for the match with 33, while North Melbourne teammate Ben Cunnington was next best with 29.

After scoring the opening point of the match, it took until the beginning of the fourth quarter for North Melbourne to regain the lead.

The lead changed hands twice during the final term, with Tasmanian Tarryn Thomas notching a crucial major for the Kangaroos to open up an 11-point lead with seven minutes to play.

It was a remarkable turnaround after a red hot start by Hawthorn which was spearheaded by Chad Wingard, who kicked two majors from tight angles and had two goal assists in the opening quarter.

Hawthorn opened up a 33-7 point lead at quarter time and were ahead 54-32 at the main break.

The Kangaroos, who found themselves behind by 32 early in the second quarter, mounted a third-term surge, booting four goals to one.

They entered the final term just a point behind after a Zurhaar snap moments before the break.

Taylor Garner was another shining light for the Kangaroos, picking up three goals.

Swans too strong for Magpies at SCG

A Sydney Swans AFL forward pumps his fist and calls out in celebration after kicking a goal.
Isaac Heeney made a welcome return for the Sydney Swans, kicking three goals in their win over Collingwood.(

AAP: Brendon Thorne

)

Sydney Swans have overcome a sluggish start to bank a 30-point AFL win over Collingwood at the SCG, where returning young gun Isaac Heeney kicked three goals.

Both sides struggled to find free space and move the ball freely, with a swirling breeze and lots of pressure ensuring the turnover-riddled game was not much of a spectacle.

Jordan De Goey helped the Magpies shoot out to an 18-point lead early in the first quarter, but the visitors failed to boot a single goal in the second or third terms.

The Swans worked their way into the scrappy contest, seized control in a dominant third quarter and eventually triumphed 10.12 (72) to 5.12 (42).

Lance Franklin was restricted to two goals as Magpies Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore and Chris Mayne combined to ensure the four-time Coleman medallist was rarely a go-to option.

Heeney and small forward Tom Papley combined for five goals in the low-scoring tussle, while Franklin’s understudy Hayden McLean grabbed a game-high five contested marks.

Heeney, who missed the club’s tight loss to Melbourne at the MCG last weekend because of an ankle injury, also had 22 possessions and six marks in a productive comeback.

Sydney ruckman Tom Hickey finished with a game-high eight clearances, while Callum Mills, Justin McInerney and Jake Lloyd were also influential for the hosts.

Heeney’s third goal, coming in the 17th minute of the final quarter, proved the sealer as Sydney made it a 6-3 start to a season in which they were widely tipped to finish outside the top eight again.

In a match with limited fodder for the end-of-round highlight reel, Papley’s second goal stood out as due reward for a spectacular piece of hard work.

The 24-year-old took possession of an in-dispute ball on the half-back flank, danced past a would-be tackler, fended off Steele Sidebottom then had a bounce as he sprinted through the middle of the ground.

The Sherrin passed to Sam Wicks and McLean before returning to a hard-running Papley, who nailed his set shot after holding a mark in the forward line.

The Swans next face Fremantle, Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn as they seek to clamber into the top four, while Collingwood’s finals hopes are fading fast as they prepare to host Port Adelaide at the MCG.

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Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Tips, Odds and Teams – AFL 2021


Adelaide Oval will play host to Saturday”s
Round 9 AFL game between Port Adelaide Power and
Western Bulldogs. The game kicks off at 7:40 pm with Port Adelaide Power heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Port Adelaide Power vs.
Western Bulldogs
game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Saturday May 15, 2021 at 7:40 pm

Where: Adelaide Oval

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Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Odds

Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Preview

Saturday night footy is going deliver one of the most anticipated games of the season when Port Adelaide host the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.

Port Adelaide are a bloody good team and rarely lose at home, the Bulldogs are flying though and flexed their muscles late against Carlton last week.

I’m not game to back against Port Adelaide at home here, this is a must watch game though.

First Goal Scorer

First Goal Scorer:

Charlie Dixon at $10.

Port Adelaide Power vs Western Bulldogs Teams

POWER

B: R.Burton, T.Clurey, A.Aliir

HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones

C: W.Drew, O.Wines, K.Amon

HF: O.Fantasia, T.Marshall, S.Motlop

F: C.Rozee, C.Dixon, R.Gray

FOLL: P.Ladhams, T.Boak, S.Powell-Pepper

I/C: M.Bergman, R.Bonner, K.Farrell, M.Georgiades

EMG: M.Frederick, S.Hayes, T.McKenzie, S.Mayes

IN: P.Ladhams, R.Bonner

OUT: D.Houston (injured), S.Lycett (suspended), M.Frederick (omitted)

BULLDOGS

B: B.Smith, A.Keath, B.Williams

HB: J.Johannisen, A.Naughton, P.Lipinski

C: C.Weightman, B.Dale, R.Smith

HF: M.Hannan, E.Wood, L.McNeil

F: A.Scott, J.Bruce, J.Sweet

FOLL: Z.Cordy, C.Daniel, T.Duryea

I/C: A.Treloar, M.Bontempelli, J.Macrae, T.Liberatore

EMG: Le.Young, R.West, L.Butler, H.Crozier

IN: B.Williams, C.Weightman, R.Smith

OUT: B.Khamis (omitted), L.Hunter (injured), H.Crozier (managed), R.West (managed)



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Port Fairy volunteers help Jim Pevitt forget his MS with morning ocean swims


At Port Fairy’s East Beach, even in the bitterly cold months of winter, it’s a normal sight to see a group of people in nothing but bathing suits, submerging a man right into the ocean in a wheelchair. 

The scene is generally accompanied by peels of laughter and the unchecked roar that only the cold whack of the ocean can extract from a person. 

The man in the chair is Jim Pevitt and he is being helped into the ocean for his daily ritual. It’s a ritual known to all inhabitants of beach towns around Australia — the early morning ocean dip.

Jim is a surfer. He admits that, as a young man, he was consumed by it.

It’s in his heart, his blood, his head. Just not in his body anymore.

But years of popping up on his board means that these days, he still has enough strength in his shoulders to push up out of the Southern Ocean onto his walking frame, after his morning dip.

When in the water, Jim is flanked by mates on each side. His legs are no good, multiple sclerosis won that round.

Ask him what else MS has taken and Jim grimaces. He’s ever cautious not to fall into the depressive trap of dwelling on the negatives. 

“If you think about it too much, it’ll get ya,” he says.

“I used to be on a walking frame, I’m now in a wheelchair, so it’s taken …” he looks off into the distance and falls silent mid-sentence. 

The hard truth is that MS has taken a lot, and it keeps taking.  

Jim Pevitt has progressive multiple sclerosis. Scars on his brain interfere with his neurological function, resulting in accumulative disability. 

He doesn’t talk about those negatives much, only when asked, and even then he’s quick to turn the conversation around.

It’s a lesson learned from surfing huge sets — not to think too much.

“When the waves are big and you are outside of your comfort zone, [I learned] not to give in to the situation and think too much. Otherwise panic will set in,” he says.

James Pevitt is ‘Jim’ to most in Port Fairy, and he is well-known because you can’t keep the man inside.

He’s always escaping for coffees down the street, outings that bring him to old friends and free him temporarily from the nursing home he currently lives in, where he is decades younger than his neighbours.

“I don’t think it’s right that young people have to live in nursing homes,” Jim says.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. It goes against my grain, big time.

“You say: ‘What happened to so-and-so?’… ‘Well, she died’.”

The other place that Jim escapes to is his old friend, the sea.

These days, It takes a lot of effort to help Jim into the ocean — volunteers, a special wheelchair, a special bus, and it takes hours out of each day.

But when he was initially diagnosed and for years afterwards, he was self-reliant. 

He lived in his own home around the corner from East Beach. He’d travel to the beach towing a walking stick and walking frame on his electric scooter, then he’d hobble into the water using a combination of the walker and cane, kneel on all fours and wait for the waves to dunk over his head.

Each year, his short trip to the water became progressively more difficult and the early risers in Port Fairy have been witness to that.

Surf Life Saving Club competitor Paul Buchanan is one observer who could no longer stand by and do nothing. 

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Georgian national rescued off Port Phillip Bay after ‘jumping’ from oil tanker


Victorian police have rescued a man in Port Phillip Bay, after he was believed to have jumped from an international oil tanker.

Police said the 31-year-old Georgian national was found by the air wing clinging to a navigational marker about five kilometres from where the ship had docked in Melbourne.

The man was pulled from the water about 7:50pm on Sunday and medically assessed at Williamstown.

“The man was taken to hospital accompanied by Australian Border Force officials who were assisting the [department of health],” a police spokeswoman said.

“It is expected the man will be transferred to mandatory quarantine once released from hospital.”

Officers who came into contact with the man have been sent into self-isolation as a precaution, police said.

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Port Adelaide ruckman slapped with big ban for sling tackle


Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett has been slapped with a four-game ban for his dangerous tackle on Adelaide youngster Ned McHenry.

Match Review Officer Michael Christian judged the tackle in Saturday night’s Showdown to be careless conduct, severe impact and high contact, opting to send the incident directly to the Tribunal.

McHenry immediately left the field after the incident, with the Crows confirming on Tuesday that he sustained concussion and will miss their upcoming game against West Coast as a result of the competition’s new protocols around head knocks.

As a result of the suspension, Lycett will now miss games against Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Fremantle and Geelong.





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Port Pirie mayor hits back at viral ‘sh*t town’ ranking


The mayor of what’s just been dubbed the “sh*ttest town of South Australia” has hit back at the popular Facebook page that publishes the rankings.

The “Sh*t Towns of Australia” Facebook page today published the results of its South Australia poll.

Port Pirie, three hours north of Adelaide, ranked first, with 38 per cent of the vote.

Speaking to the ABC, Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens said the joke was getting old.

“I might be showing my age or whatever but I think this is getting pretty tired,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a dad joke that’s continually going on and I think that it’s time that we changed it up a little bit.”

Mr Stephens also had his own dig at one of the founders of “Sh*t Towns of Australia”, Geoff Rissole, and said the town’s top ranking was “probably about as impressive as a name called Geoff Rissole”.

“I do really want Mr Rissole to make himself known next time he comes to Port Pirie, so that we can actually show him some of the good side of things, and maybe we might drop down to fifth or ninth on the list,” he said.

RELATED: 2020’s worst towns in Australia revealed

Mr Rissole and Rick Furphy are the masterminds behind the Facebook phenomenon Sh*t Towns of Australia, where close to a quarter of a million people espouse their love – or declare their hatred – for locations around the country.

Last year the pair declared Logan, Queensland, as “the cr*phole voted Sh*t Town of the Year for second year running”.

“Congratulations to LOGAN on being voted Sh*t Town of the Year for the second year running! Bogan City managed to out-sh*t the putrid poo pit of Port Pirie in the final, winning back-to-back brown crowns and being named the sh*ttiest town in this sh*ttiest of years. Gives yourselves a pat on the backside, Logan!” the pair wrote.

Also on the unflattering list of 2020’s worst towns were Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hervey Bay in Queensland, Nimbin and Nowra in NSW, and Port Pirie.

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Salmon giant Tassal silent on mass death of fish near Port Arthur


Tasmanian aquaculture giant Tassal has reported a sizeable salmon mortality event affecting its Long Bay lease near Port Arthur in the state’s south but is refusing to detail the scale or cause of the deaths.

Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority has confirmed Tassal notified it of increased mortality at Long Bay across five individual cages earlier this month.

Mass salmon mortality events must be reported if deaths are more than 0.25 per cent of salmon contained in a single cage per day for three consecutive days.

Tassal responded to the ABC by stating it values “transparency and facts,” but did not answer specific questions on the cause of the salmon deaths, the amount of salmon lost in the event, or the dates it occurred.

Tassal also did not provide details on how it was addressing the problem, or whether it had since been resolved.

“Fish losses are reported to our regulators as required in our licence conditions,” the company’s statement said.

Fish deaths have been reported in five pens.(

Supplied

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EPA director Wes Ford was notified of the incident by Tassal last Sunday, but said the salmon producer was not required to report the number of fish involved in the mortality event.

The EPA said Tassal had provided it with information about the likely cause of the increased mortality, but also declined to provide that information to the ABC.

Factors that could cause mass salmon deaths include disease or environmental conditions, such as problems with oxygen or temperature.

Locals call for more transparency

Local resident Trish Baily, who is a member of Tasman Peninsula Marine Protection, said she wanted more transparency from both Tassal and the EPA when it comes to mass mortality.

Ms Baily said activity at the lease site increased significantly in the week before the report was made to the EPA.

“My concerns are, first of all, that we have to hear on the grapevine, and that’s often coming from people concerned within the community,” she said.

Salmon in a fish farm enclosure, seen from underwater
The company says fish deaths are reported, as required, to the EPA.(

Supplied: Tassal

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In January 2018, Tassal played down a mass fish death at its Okehampton Bay lease further north along Tasmania’s east coast, that had occurred the previous month.

About 30,000 salmon died in that event, 3 per cent of its juvenile stock.

In 2017, salmon giant Tassal reintroduced fish pens to the 15-hectare Long Bay lease after it had gone unused for about a decade.

Two years later, Port Arthur locals and scientist Christine Coughanowr raised concerns about an influx of slimy, slippery, odorous algae blanketing Long Bay, in the belief it was being caused by Tassal’s Long Bay operations.

Scientists from the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) have been surveying the condition of rocky reef and seagrass habitat near Long Bay over the past couple of months, after being asked to investigate by government authorities.

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Melbourne beats Sydney by nine points, Port Adelaide wins Showdown, Magpies beat Kangaroos by 18, GWS and St Kilda win


The Melbourne Demons remain the only unbeaten team in the AFL after a tough win over the Sydney Swans at the MCG.

In the Showdown at Adelaide Oval, Port Adelaide were convincing winners over cross-town rivals Adelaide by 49 points.

Earlier, Collingwood comfortably defeated North Melbourne at Docklands, and GWS and St Kilda earned narrow wins over Essendon and Gold Coast respectively.

It was not pretty but Melbourne have kept their unbeaten start to the AFL season alive, grinding their way past a determined Sydney at the MCG.

Demons on-baller Clayton Oliver won a game-high 35 disposals and 10 clearances in the dour slugfest, as new key forward pairing Ben Brown (three) and Tom McDonald (four) combined for seven goals.

The 10.7 (67) to 8.10 (58) win on Saturday night ensured the Dees moved to an 8-0 record for the first time in 56 years and maintained top spot on the ladder.

Christian Petracca (28 disposals), Christian Salem (27) and James Harmes (30) were all important contributors for Simon Goodwin’s side.

Sydney veteran Lance Franklin returned earlier than initially expected from a knee injury and set foot on the MCG for the first time in almost three years, but did not look his usual self.

The star forward lacked his trademark explosive power and was held goalless by All-Australian candidate Steven May from six just disposals after an early set shot from 52m fell short.

May led a resolute Demons defence but will be scrutinised for a bump on Franklin in the first term, when his elbow hit the Swan’s shoulder and slid up to make high contact.

Franklin hit the turf but did not appear seriously troubled by the glancing blow.

Sydney’s interrupted preparation due to coronavirus issues in their home city did not seem to have much of an effect as they kicked the opening two goals of the match.

They got the first through Justin McInerney inside a minute, but lacked a reliable key target close to goal with Franklin blanketed by May.

Both sides were guilty of slow ball movement as Oliver’s 18 disposals and five clearances helped Melbourne head to the main break with an 11-point lead.

Three times Sydney got within a goal during a second half of swinging momentum before McDonald’s huge pack mark and fourth goal in the final term gave the Demons breathing space once and for all.

Callum Mills (33 disposals) was one of the Swans’ best in his 100th game with Luke Parker (32) and Jake Lloyd (28) also busy.

Melbourne can extend their winning streak to nine matches against Carlton at the MCG next week, while Sydney host Collingwood at the SCG.

Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows

Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett faces suspension for a sling tackle in his AFL side’s 49-point trouncing of an injury-hit Adelaide.

Forward Todd Marshall booted three goals in Port’s 12.15 (87) to 5.8 (38) win in Saturday night’s grudge match at Adelaide Oval.

Two AFL teammates embrace after a goal
Todd Marshall (left) kicked three in Port Adelaide’s comprehensive Showdown win over the Crows at Adelaide Oval.(

AAP: Matt Turner

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But Lycett is in tribunal trouble for a dangerous sling tackle which concussed Adelaide’s Ned McHenry in the first quarter.

The Crows lost McHenry and fellow small forward Lachlan Murphy (ankle) inside 22 minutes of the game.

And Port’s prolific ball-winner Dan Houston was subbed out with a shoulder injury in the third term.

Premiership fancies Port were largely untroubled by last year’s wooden-spooners, with Marshall’s scoring supported by two goals each to Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades.

Celebrated Port trio Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines and winger Karl Amon were all influential in slippery conditions.

Boak gathered 28 disposals and six clearances while Gray (26 touches), Wines (24) and Amon (27) found plenty of the ball.

Port’s defence ruled supreme with recruit Aliir Aliir (nine marks) and Todd Clurey blanketing a goal-less Taylor Walker for the Crows, whose only multiple goal-scorer was third-gamer Riley Thilthorpe (two goals).

Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman (29 disposals, nine inside 50s) and Rory Laird (36 touches) battled against the tide after Adelaide’s two early injuries.

McHenry wobbled off in the 12th minute after being slung by Lycett and just 10 minutes later Murphy’s right ankle horribly twisted in a marking contest.

Four minutes on, Crows captain Rory Sloane, making his comeback from a four-game absence following surgery to fix a detached retina in his left eye, departed the field with a nasty cut above the same eye – but he returned to action.

Port led 2.4 to 1.0 at quarter-time and created a 21-point lead midway through the second stanza before Adelaide rallied, only to be cruelled by missing three late goal chances.

The Power were 20 points up at half-time with the Crows scoring just one goal – from a first-term free kick to Jimmy Rowe – in the half.

Adelaide showed some pluck to sneak within 13 points some 10 minutes into the third term but it was the closest they got thereafter.

Port overcame Houston’s injury to score four of the last five goals for the term to hold a defining 35-point lead at three-quarter-time.

The Power then booted three goals to one in the last term while restricting the Crows to their second-lowest score against Port, just surpassing their 5.5 (35) when beaten by 75 points last year.

Win over North a relief for Magpies

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Jordan De Goey answered the critics with a six-goal haul to help his Collingwood team beat North Melbourne.(

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Collingwood has snapped a five-game AFL losing streak, downing winless North Melbourne by 18 points to take some heat off under-pressure coach Nathan Buckley.

Only a victory at Docklands on Saturday was going to suffice, and despite a productive burst from North early in the third quarter, the Magpies never looked in danger of losing.

Talismanic forward Jordan De Goey recaptured his best form, setting the tone for the Magpies’ second win of the season with four first-half goals to finish with a career-best 6.3.

Collingwood’s four-goal run late in the second quarter, which set-up a 30-point half-time lead, was the difference as the Magpies did enough to win 14.10 (94) to 11.10 (76).

North won the inside-50 count 55-52, even dominating possession in the final quarter, but let the Magpies off the hook with numerous wasted opportunities in front of goal.

After three games up forward, Darcy Moore was thrown back and the All-Australian defender had a field day bringing down a career-high 19 marks and gathering 28 disposals.

Darcy Cameron (three goals) and Brody Mihocek (two), as well as a two-goal cameo from captain Scott Pendlebury, ensured the Magpies still had enough forward threats to win the game.

Former Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson kicked 2.2 in his first game against his old club but also produced a diabolical turnover that resulted in a crucial Magpies goal in the third term.

North coach David Noble was upstaged by his son — Magpies defender John — with the pair becoming only the third father-son duo in VFL/AFL history to compete against each other.

Both sides experienced injury concerns, with Kangaroos defender Aiden Bonar subbed out in the third quarter with an ankle injury, while Magpies full-back Jordan Roughead was assessed for concussion.

North captain Jack Ziebell headed down to the rooms in the last quarter with a suspected shoulder injury.

The Kangaroos have now lost 16 games in a row, dating back to round 10 last year — their worst winless streak since 1971-72.

The result sees Collingwood jump ahead of Hawthorn on the ladder into 16th, while North sit in 18th, two games and significant percentage behind the Hawks.

Giants keep climbing with narrow Dons win

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Josh Kelly kicked a goal for GWS in the final term, then the Giants held on grimly to beat the Bombers in Sydney.(

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GWS has pipped Essendon by two points at Giants Stadium, where Kyle Langford threatened to snatch victory after kicking two goals in the final two minutes of a dramatic AFL clash.

The Giants started strongly, steadied after a second-quarter slump then held on during a frantic goal-laden finish to triumph 16.11 (107) to 16.9 (105), making it four wins in five weeks for Leon Cameron’s side.

Essendon led briefly after Peter Wright booted an opening-minute goal then conceded six consecutive majors as they struggled to deal with the home side’s rapid ball movement.

The Bombers, having woken up at dawn to ensure they could fly in and out of Sydney on the same day because of the city’s recent COVID-19 cases, responded with multiple epic comebacks.

The visitors, who were forced to substitute star Jake Stringer in the third quarter because of a leg injury, finished strongly and kicked four of the game’s final five goals.

But they ran out of time, with Langford’s third of the game coming with just four seconds remaining in the match.

A contentious umpiring call to not award key forward Cale Hooker a free kick in the final stages is already being hotly debated among pundits.

Langford also trimmed GWS’s buffer to two points with two minutes remaining, only for GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper to nail a snapped goal that effectively secured the four competition points.

Jeremy Finlayson proved sinner and saviour for the home side.

He supplied two steadying goals in a dominant third term, stepping up alongside Toby Greene.

Finalyson’s composed third quarter was in sharp contrast to his undisciplined elbow in the first quarter.

The key forward was reported for felling Zach Merrett after the midfielder kicked the ball, meaning he is at risk of missing the Giants’ round-nine clash with Richmond at Docklands.

“One week for dumbness,” Gerard Healy quipped in the Fox Sports commentary box.

Stand-in skipper Greene had a hand or foot in the majority of his side’s most impressive moments, teeing up a couple of goals and kicking two himself.

Veteran Callan Ward also starred on the day he became GWS’s all-time games record holder, while defender Sam Taylor’s game-high 12 intercepts were also decisive.

GWS midfielders Ward, Tim Taranto, Josh Kelly and Tom Green tallied a combined 110 disposals, while Essendon on-ballers Merrett and Darcy Parish were also dominant.

Saints late run eclipses Suns at Carrara 

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St Kilda trailed for most of the day, but the Saints were the ones celebrating at the end on the Gold Coast.(

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St Kilda have extended their dominance over Gold Coast Suns with a gutsy nine-point AFL win at Carrara, launching a final term comeback after a half-time melee.

The Saints sealed back-to -back wins with the 8.15 (63) to 7.12 (54) result, registering their fifth straight victory over the Suns to maintain a winning run that stretches back to 2016.

The visitors outlasted the Suns, reeling in a 15-point final-term deficit to keep themselves in touch with the top eight with a 4-4 record.

After holding a three-point lead in the third term, the Saints did not get in front again until Paddy Ryder kicked truly midway through the final quarter to give the visitors a 57-53 advantage and set the stage for a thrilling finish.

In the end the Saints held on after launching a final-term resurgence with goals by Jack Billings, Jack Higgins, Ryder and Brad Crouch.

It was a memorable end to a game marred by a fracas after the half-time siren.

As the dust settled on a scrappy first half, frustrations appeared to boil over when Saints ruckman Ryder floored Sam Collins.

It escalated quickly after Gold Coast’s 100-game milestone man Sean Lemmens crash tackled Dan Butler, with every player except Saint Jack Higgins at one stage involved in the resulting fracas.

Both teams face a nervous wait to see whether they will cop fines for the drama, in which Collins and Saints’ Zac Jones featured heavily.

It was yet another nail-biter between the two sides with St Kilda notching their fifth successive victory by nine points or fewer against the Queensland club.

St Kilda would have been backing themselves to extend their dominance over the Suns after making just one change to the line-up that thrashed Hawthorn last round, with Mason Wood coming in for Seb Ross who was a late withdrawal after his wife gave birth to twins on Friday.

However they appeared on the back foot from the outset in a scrappy first term in which Ben King kicked the only major to give the hosts a 10-3 buffer at the opening interval.

The game was locked up at 3.7 (25) to 3.7 (25) at the main break before the visitors grabbed the lead early in the third 35-32.

However, Gold Coast hit back with goals by Josh Corbett, Nick Holman and Lachie Weller to grab a 7.9 (51) to 4.12 (36) buffer at the final interval.

For St Kilda, Crouch and Jones had 30 touches each while Billings kicked two goals and had 25 disposals.

For Gold Coast (3-5 record), King won the family battle with his twin — Saints forward Max — scoring three goals to his brother’s one in only his second game against his sibling.

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St Kilda Saints v Gold Coast Suns; GWS Giants v Essendon Bombers; North Melbourne Kangaroos v Collingwood Magpies; Melbourne Demons v Sydney Swans; Port Adelaide Power v Adelaide Crows; round eight; results, new, fixtures, odds, tipping, teams, draw; Nathan Buckley, Jordan De Goey


G.Coast 1.4, 3.7, 7.9 (51)
St Kilda 0.3, 3.7, 4.12 (36)

GOALS
G.Coast: King 3, Rankine, Corbett, Holman, Weller
St Kilda: Steele 2, Billings, King

DISPOSALS
G.Coast: Miller 27, Swallow 24, Ellis 18
St Kilda: Jones 24, Billings 20, Crouch 20, Steele 19, Wilkie 19, Hill 18

The Saints have had more disposals 296-292, clearances 27-24, tackles 45-44, contested possessions 102-93, free kicks 16-11 and hitouts 42-10, yet find themselves down by 15 points.

It’s been an extremely frustrtaing and wasteful afternoon for the Saints who are playing a very safe brand of footy. The need to take the game on more in the final term.

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Port Adelaide Football Club picks a fight in Alberton back streets


The Port Adelaide Football Club and local council are pushing to expand the Power’s suburban base. Collette Snowden explains why some local residents are pushing back.

Once upon a time, Port Adelaide Football Club’s demand to take over the public reserve adjacent to Alberton Oval might have raised a ripple of complaint in the nearby suburbs. But times change.

Just as the Adelaide Football Club found its desire to relocate to the city parklands thwarted, PAFC’s plan for expansion to meet its commercial needs will not simply be accepted in silence, or without opposition.

Photo: Peter Thurmer

Gentrification and demographic changes, growing concern about the impact of urban infill and the lack of public green space, distrust of political processes, and increasing discontent with the corporatisation of sport, converge to make the proposal’s acceptance more complex.

Perhaps surprisingly, many local residents do not want to be told what is good for them by a football club.

Weak appeals to heritage by both the club and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council ignore the changing demographic characteristics of the residents, who are more inclined to care about the value of their own properties and their own quality of life than the wellbeing of a corporate sports team.

Port Adelaide Football Club HQ. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

And let’s not forget that PAFC already was gifted a third of the reserve for its administration building, gym, and player car park. Local residents begrudgingly accepted that development, but for many that’s more than enough.

The expectation that PAFC can build a full soccer pitch, a four-storey basketball stadium, and car parking for over 100 cars on the existing reserve without local opposition is based on a false assumption about local support for the club, and so is the claim that it is fully committed to community engagement.

I live close enough to the club to be concerned about the plan for the reserve, so I admit to more than a passing interest. Unfortunately, from my experience over 25 years, ‘community outreach’ by PAFC to the local community who are not club members, or local councillors, has been non-existent.

It also explains why having reached an agreement with the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, there was no engagement with the residents of Cheltenham who live in the Charles Sturt council area. Cynically, even residents whose properties share a border with Alberton Oval but who are in the Charles Sturt zone were not informed about the development.

While the approach to the proposed expansion of PAFC is troubling enough, there are other broader, more important issues to consider in understanding the plan for Alberton Oval, and the Port Adelaide Enfield’s council approach.

Green Space in Our Suburbs

The recent report on SA’s future by Deloitte sets a population target of 2 million for the state by 2027, arguing that to do that we must increase population density. For developers that means cramming as many dwellings as possible onto each block, without space for trees and providing little more than 3sq metres of balcony or courtyard space.

At the same time urban planners argue that increased population density requires sufficient nearby open public space for recreation, and more tree planting to offset the increase in paved areas. Despite grand strategic ‘greening’ plans, local councils do not make provision for this increased density through land acquisition, and neither does the State government, nor do they require developers to set aside sufficient land for larger parks and playing fields.

A report from the Conservation Council on Adelaide’s vanishing tree cover warns, “there is not enough available space on public land to replace what we are losing from people’s backyards”.

Photo: Peter Thurmer

Play Australia even has a 1000 Play Streets program encouraging councils to close residential streets for people to play in. It sounds worthy enough, but why is a country as vast as Australia unable to provide recreational spaces for its urban population within its suburbs and regions?

Health experts including Flinders University’s Professor Fran Baum also argue that population health requires sufficient open and recreational space close to where people live.

Adelaide’s parkland delusion

A major problem is that Adelaide has a delusion that it has abundant green and leafy space and plenty of parks.

This delusion allows sporting clubs and councils to encroach on open spaces because there are other spaces available. If that’s true, they should use them and leave existing spaces intact.

Paradoxically, while Adelaide is one of the most widely distributed urban centres, it has fewer public parks and less green space than other cities in Australia, and similar cities internationally.

The reality is that Adelaide has the second lowest amount of green space per head of population, with only Sydney having less, but we don’t have that harbour. According to the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia, Australian cities are also falling behind international standards in both accessibility to, and availability of open space.

What counts as green space is often part of transport corridors or necessary for flood mitigation, intersected by main roads, or difficult to access.  Local councils perform an auditing sleight of hand by counting every sliver of public land as green space, and equating ‘pocket parks’ and playing fields with open space parks.

Many public school ovals and playing fields have been sold for housing development by successive state governments, with little planning to provide similar facilities for the increased population that new suburbs require. This leaves sporting clubs looking for places to build pitches, courts, and amenities, and why they argue that open, green space is ‘empty space’.

Adelaide Football Club’s failed attempt to occupy the North Adelaide parklands was defeated partly because the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Association is constantly vigilant and engages in never-ending battles to prevent further encroachment on the parklands. But it shouldn’t have to – they have a World Heritage listing, but apparently that’s not enough.

The fight over Alberton Oval is just the latest of a series of similar battles for space in Adelaide’s suburbs that often pit one set of community interests against another.

Photo: Peter Thurmer

Complaints about development are easily represented as ‘Not In My Back Yard’ protests, rather than a result of failure at state and local government level to provide public land for growth. So where exactly is that ‘growth mindset’ that the Deloitte report advocates?

Does it have to be this way?

Absolutely not.

The seizure of public open space is too often presented with the argument ‘there is no alternative’, and that juicy carrot of ‘local investment’ and ‘jobs’, not to mention ‘community development’ is dangled to sway public sentiment. Just say ‘jobs’ and ‘community’ a few times, and click your heels three times, and all opposition will magically disappear.

Seriously? Are South Australians so lacking in imagination and planning capability that we can’t find alternatives? Look at what happens elsewhere.

There are fewer sporting clubs with community roots as deep, and fan loyalty as fierce, as Liverpool Football Club, but it doesn’t have its training facilities and administration at Anfield – its ‘spiritual home’.  In November 2020, Liverpool FC opened new training and media facilities in a suburb a 15 minute drive away, replacing its existing training hub, a similar distance away.

While our local AFL teams seem incapable of operating in outer parts of the city, in North America, major league baseball teams have extensive training centres in other states, and even in other countries. The Toronto Blue Jays have trained in Dunedin, Florida for 40 years, and this year opened new facilities there.

Rather than thinking small, both Liverpool FC and the Toronto Blue Jays built facilities to meet their high-performance requirements and provide room for growth. Meanwhile, when presenting PAFC’s plan for Alberton to the Charles Sturt Council – in response to community pressure – it was clear that the current plan is inadequate for future needs even if it uses the reserve. And there never will be enough space unless they decide to raze half of Alberton.

When South Australia was founded it was with enormous optimism for its potential growth and development. Influenced by the Parks Movement that produced the great modern cities of Europe and North America, the plans for Adelaide included parks and gardens. Imagine London or Paris without their public parks, Berlin without Tiergarten Park, New York without Central Park.

The vision of cities for the future in the 19th century was open, positive and expansive. Are we now so bereft of imagination and understanding that we can’t manage to save a sliver of open space in one of our oldest suburbs, and also find space for footy training and a basketball court?

If we are not capable of doing that, we might as well give up on the grand plan to grow Adelaide now.

Dr Collette Snowden is a local resident

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