Fallout from 25-year worst hits lost Power; Dees issue another
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Fallout From 25 Year Worst Hits Loses Dees
The Melbourne Power are the victims of a Fallout
from their worst-hit 25-year run. The five-goal haul from Todd Marshall is a testament to the power they can generate‚ but there are also some key positives to take from this game. Peter Wright shines in the first half for the Bombers and Todd Marshall's five goals are the highlight of a tough game. Port Adelaide's tall defender curse also has another victim in the form of Michael Fritsch.
Melbourne Power's performance in Fallout from 25 year worst hits
In the Fallout
from last year's disastrous 5-0 start‚ the Melbourne Power have improved their defensive performances to a high standard. Goalscorer Todd Marshall kicked five goals and dominated the forward half‚ and goalkeeper Dane Swan made several key saves. The side's backline has been more balanced‚ and players such as Rory Laird and Matty Parker are beginning to show their potential. Port Adelaide's forward line took 80 seconds to score the game's opening goal‚ but the Crows fought back after the goal. After conceding three goals from free kicks and two 50-metre penalties‚ the Crows had to settle for three penalties‚ including one for a slid by Brayden Cook. The game's final score was 22-26 in favour of Port Adelaide‚ but the power's forwards struggled to convert on their free kick opportunities.
Todd Marshall's five-goal haul
After Todd Marshall's five-goal haul against the Power in the Showdown‚ it was no surprise that the crowd was less than enthused. The young forward had been under pressure heading into the match and came out of the game with a big performance. While many questioned whether he was worth his spot in the Power's AFL side‚ Charlie Dixon was out and Jeremy Finlayson was dropped to the SANFL side. Port Adelaide were stunned‚ as the forward had managed just eight touches in the first two games. Despite his mediocre start‚ he responded to that tumultuous start with a five-goal performance that will go down in the history of AFL. Marshall finished with 11 disposals‚ four inside 50s and seven score involvements. He also managed to kick five goals in a row‚ extending his career-high to seven. Port Adelaide's rotating engine room accounted for a 63-28 advantage in uncontested possession and a 19-point quarter-time lead. But Adelaide rallied and closed the gap to 10 points by halftime‚ with Josh Marshall kicking his third major on the cusp of halftime. After the halftime siren‚ Port Adelaide couldn't recover. Marshall kicked the final three goals to seal a resounding victory.
Peter Wright's shining light for the Bombers
Although the Bombers haven't been spectacular‚ Wright has been a ray of hope. He kicked four goals in Friday's loss to the Demons. He was a constant threat inside 50 despite not getting many opportunities. In fact‚ the Dees dominated the inside 50 count‚ 66-39. Wright's stock has risen for two consecutive weeks. He may finally be starting to build some consistency. In addition to his outstanding performances in the team‚ Wright is a pillar of the community. His enthusiasm for the Bombers' team is contagious and he has a positive impact on the community. His wife Joanne Wright‚ an artist and a former teacher‚ also supports him in his sports career. Joanne Wright is his lifelong friend. The two share a daughter‚ Sadie. As a former AFL player‚ Andrew Lovett has admitted to abusing his ex-partner. The Bombers have two vacancies on their 2022 list. The pre-season series will be called the AAMI Community Series. Meanwhile‚ ex-West Adelaide midfielder Josh Smithson is trying to ignite his SANFL career with a new club. The Bombers have a list of 15 Development Squad players for 2022. After retiring from competitive darts in 2007‚ Wright had spent the next five years on the dole. He did all sorts of thankless deadend jobs in supermarkets. At one point‚ he even worked all night shifts. The Bombers held the lead for the final quarter. The Bombers deserved to win. Hopefully‚ Wright can prove the critics wrong and win the AFL premiership.
Port Adelaide's tall defender curse
Port Adelaide is 0-4 after a crushing defeat to Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night. The Power went down 10.8 (68) to 4.12 (36) and were unable to score for the first time in 25 years. Port Adelaide's poor first half saw them go goalless‚ but they recovered to score a late goal from Dan Houston. It was a masterclass from the dees at the back. Despite a slow start‚ Ben Silvagni has performed admirably and has been a key defender in the back half of the defence. Rookie Flynn Appleby has made nine AFL appearances this season and was on the cusp of senior selection early. And at a time when Lynden Dunn has had two knee reconstructions and has yet to feature in an AFL match‚ he will have to wait his turn. Despite this‚ Port Adelaide's back line is still missing three key players. Aaron Nietschke‚ a draftee‚ ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and has yet to play a game this season. Joel Smith‚ meanwhile‚ pulled up with a groin issue after the JLT Community Series. His lack of playing time this season is a concern and it is not clear how he'll recover. In a game of high-quality football‚ Port Adelaide's tall defenders aren't shy about showcasing their skills. Corey Parker's 22 touches at 83%‚ three inside 50's and four rebounds‚ are all indicative of a great workrate on the ground. He was also named best on ground‚ but his team needed a big night from the back-row.
Melbourne Dees performance
In the first game since the loss of power‚ Melbourne Dees' performance has been nothing short of remarkable. The Dees went on a scoring frenzy in the first term‚ kicking six goals‚ despite the loss of power. They were able to keep their scoreboard in check in the second term‚ with a 66-39 inside 50-metre advantage. They were able to score on a number of turnovers‚ and their goalkicking was excellent. In 1988 and 1989‚ Melbourne had a positive win-loss record and won four games. During this period‚ the team won back-to-back Wooden Spoons. In 1991‚ Jim Stynes was awarded the Brownlow‚ but the team's performance dipped. Eventually‚ the team finished 11th. This year‚ however‚ the club had a new coach. Neil Balme was appointed‚ replacing Northey. In 1994‚ he led the team to the top eight‚ and in 1996 they reached the grand final. In 1971‚ Melbourne started the season strongly. It was at the top of the ladder by round one. However‚ the team lost their last game to Collingwood in round six. They began the second half of the season in second position‚ but fell to fifth place just five weeks later. However‚ they finished the season with two wins and one draw. They were back on track to make the finals the following year. The Dees' first decade of the 20th century were hardly the same. The team struggled on the field‚ but still managed to win the Wooden Spoon in 1905 and 1906. Despite their disappointing start to the 20th century‚ the Dees fought back to make the grand final only once. However‚ despite the poor start‚ the Dees' finals performance in 2007 was the best in the club's history.