Glenelg v Port Adelaide (Alberton Oval) July 21, 2018
On one level, it’s all about kicking straight…23 shots each, but Glenelg hit more than missed and won by just under 6 goals. Ex-magpie Luke Reynolds was sensational, bagging 6 in a best-on-ground performance (4 of those coming in the last quarter, against the breeze), well supported by Josh Scott and Lachlan Hosie with 3 goals apiece. And down back, the old firm of Proud, Curran and Bradley smothered the more-fancied Port attacking unit. The Maggies are slipping: this has to be the first time in years Andrew Bradley has left Alberton Oval without a broken collarbone. Glenelg scrambled up a place on the ladder but whilst there’s no chance for finals, this might either be the usual show of confidence now the pressure is off…or perhaps coach Mark Stone’s message is, at last, cutting through.
Whilst strong both fore and aft, it was the Tiger midfield wot won it, with Nicholson, Scharenberg, Motlop and Koster providing drive, defensive pressure and working hard to find space, aided by new look ruck duo Slade and White and followers Sawford and Hawkins. In the end, Glenelg won because it set up its scoring opportunities better, made space and used the ball more effectively. Port were hard at it, but turned the ball over a lot and lost the initiative early by kicking 6 points in a row. Sorry about that, former Bay coach Matthew Lokan! I can already hear the Port faithful, offering their “full support”…
Glenelg 16.7 (103) Port Magpies 9.14 (68)