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Schulz bags eight, Port boosts percentage

Written By malwan milad on Minggu, 22 Juni 2014 | 14.57

Jay Schulz kicks eight goals as Port storms away from Western Bulldogs | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 22, 2014

PORT Adelaide will enter a late-season Showdown on top of the AFL ladder for the first time since its premiership year in 2004 after smashing an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs.

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Crows fall short in a thriller

Umpires will again be a hot topic in the AFL after Ben Howlett's controversial goal for Essendon

THE roller-coaster ride continues for the Adelaide Football Club.

Brenton Sanderson's outfit last night blew a golden opportunity to win consecutive games for the first time since rounds four to six, crashing to a nine-point defeat to under siege Essendon at Etihad Stadium.

The loss means the frustratingly inconsistently Crows have followed a win with a loss for the past seven matches, leaving their finals hopes hanging by a thread.

This one hurts the most.

The upset result sees Adelaide again falling behind in the win-loss ledger, at 6-7. It has not been in front in the win column all season.

If North Melbourne beats Melbourne tonight, the Crows will be two games out of the top eight, leaving them with a mountain to climb to force their way into playing in September.

Adelaide last night didn't come to play and paid a heavy price. In an inexcusable start, the Crows conceded six of the first seven goals to quickly fall 33 points behind.

They never completely recovered.

Crow Tex Walker provided a spark up forward. Picture: Michael Klein

Adelaide fought back strongly in the second half and drew within nine points early in the final term but it could never gets its noses in front.

The Crows had their chances in the dying stages but Taylor Walker dropped a simple mark, Daniel Talia missed a kick and Patrick Dangerfield turned over a handball, blowing any chance they had of a famous comeback win.

Adelaide — playing Essendon in Melbourne for the first time in five years — came with a plan to shut down the Bombers' uncontested style of game.

At the start of the round, the Dons were ranked No. 1 in the competition in uncontested possessions, uncontested marks and short kicks.

The Crows stationed Brodie Martin and Matthew Wright as forward line taggers on Essendon defensive playmakers Michael Hibberd and Courtenay Dempsey while the Bombers tried to nullify Adelaide running backman Brodie Smith.

The task of stopping him fell to Heath Hocking.

Adelaide super stopper Sam Kerridge lined up in the middle on Essendon ball magnet Dyson Heppell.

Patrick Dangerfield looked to be struggling with a thigh problem. Picture: Michael Klein

But any plans the Crows had early were blown out of the water by their lethargic attitude.

They clearly did not come to play and were chasing their tails as soon as Brendon Goddard won the first clearance and sent a long bomb inside 50 which was marked by Hocking.

Hocking goaled and Essendon had a second on the board — through a Paddy Ryder snap after an errant handball from Scott Thompson — while Adelaide had managed just two disposals.

Far from building slowly from the backline, the Dons were playing fast, direct footy and the visitors had no answer, falling three goals behind after five minutes when Brent Stanton was inexplicably left free 50m from goal and he kicked truly on the run.

Former Bomber Josh Jenkins booted the Crows' first goal after nine minutes but he couldn't steady the ship.

Essendon — dominating the clearances — continued to run hard and kick straight.

A week after booting a woeful 10.17 in a one-point defeat to Melbourne, it kicked seven goals without a miss in the opening term to break to a 33-point lead after just 22 minutes.

Crows star Eddie Betts reacts to the loss. Picture: Michael Klein

Adelaide huffed and puffed late in the term and drew to within 18 points early in the second.

But its inside 50 entries were scrappy, it missed goals and continued to turn the ball over at half-forward.

This allowed Essendon the chance to set up its run-and-gun breaks from the back half and hurt the Crows on the scoreboard at the other end. Adelaide found some momentum late in the third quarter after a brilliant goal from Jenkins when he took the ball from the centre bounce, tucked the ball under his arm and kicked a long bomb from 65m.

The Crows booted four goals in succession before the final change to reduce the deficit from 36 points to 15 points but ultimately they left their run too late.

Adelaide forward James Podsiadly leads the Crows from Etihad Stadium. Picture: Getty


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Video umpire asleep at the wheel?

Watch as Gary Ablett has his Brownlow Medal winning hands stomped on during the Gold Coast's clash with the Cats

CRAFTY Essendon forward Jason Winderlich could come under scrutiny from the match review panel for an off-the-ball jab to Crow Luke Brown's guts.

The incident occurred shortly after 'that' Ben Howlett — see video below — goal in the last quarter.

Brown was helped from the field but returned a short time later.

The bad news for Winderlich is the broadcaster's down-the-ground camera angle caught the incident.

Umpires will again be a hot topic in the AFL after Ben Howlett's controversial goal for Essendon

SUPERCOACH HEADACHES

AS if the prospect of losing Patrick Dangerfield wasn't enough, Essendon coach Mark Thompson was far from confident about Michael Hibberd's status.

Thompson said Hibberd was "doubtful" for next week after playing on despite rolling his ankle during the second half.

Meanwhile, Dangerfield looked far from comfortable during the nine-point loss to Essendon hampered by what appeared to be a thigh problem.

The explosive midfielder had heavy strapping on left thigh and spent several minutes at a time on the bench during the contest.

Danger signs all around for SuperCoaches!

Patrick Dangerfield battled hard for his 21 disposals. Picture: Michael Klein Source: News Corp Australia

SKINNED ALIVE

AFL footballers have been known to reward themselves with a splash purchase after playing a good game.

Brad Sewell was one of Hawthorn's best in the 29-point win over Collingwood, but at the top of his shopping list will be a new pair of compression shorts.

During the third quarter Sewell was tackled and his prized — if not already tattered — compression shorts were ripped to shreds, leaving them hanging, rather comically, from the bottom of his footy shorts.

Ripped shorts aside, it was another outstanding performance from Sewell, who racked up 26 touches and kick a goal.

Now you see them, now you don't ... Source: Supplied

HUNGRY JAY

When you're hot, you're hot and Jay Schulz wasn't going waste an opportunity to hit the scoreboard as he kicked eight goals to snatch the Coleman medal lead against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

Schulz slotted three in the last 10 minutes of the match and his thirst for a goal did not escape injured midfielder Hamish Hartlett.

With 10 minutes on the clock Schulz was running into an open goal to kick his sixth major, however a Western Bulldogs tackler was hot on his tail.

Schulz was forced to give a handball to teammate Angus Monfries, but he ensured it had enough elevation to allow sufficient time to run into space and receive it again.

Well played, Jay.

'COME BACK, JAY'

If any Richmond fans hadn't mastered the art of putting their head in their hands — it would be the minority — then Schulz gave them the perfect opportunity to practice on Saturday.

Schulz was traded by the Tigers to Port Adelaide for Mitch Farmer and pick No. 71 (Ben Nason).

Farmer played 28 games for the Tigers, but was delisted after the 2011 season. Nason played 23 games, but was delisted at the same time as Farmer.

Since crossing over to Port Adelaide, Schulz has booted 198 goals from 84 games.

And Tigers coach Damien Hardwick says his side is one tall forward short.

Oh dear.

Isn't hindsight the most gorgeous thing?

BENNELL ARRIVES

Mark Saturday 21 June, 2014 down in your diary, folks.

It's the day Harley Bennell genuinely arrived as an AFL player.

The star Gold Coast midfielder blew Geelong — and its coach Chriss Scott — away, booting 6.3 from 27 touches and 11 marks.

Whatever Bennell touched turned to gold.

He moved across Metricon Stadium like a gazelle, yet was like a hungry hyena when around the goals.

Rarely has Gary Ablett collected over 30 disposals and not been the star of the show.

Gold Coast's Harley Bennell booted a career-high six goals against Geelong. Source: Getty Images

LIONS SINK TO NEW LOW

Yes they're young. Yes they're developing. Yes it was wet. Yes they were on the road. Yes they were up against a potential Grand Finalist.

But this was a horrendous effort by the Lions, who were smashed by Fremantle in all facets of the game.

The Lions were restricted to just 17 inside 50s for the match for their paltry three goals — the lowest tally ever recorded by Champion Data.

Brisbane fans will certainly not be rushing to buy the DVD of the game anytime soon.

Perhaps Justin Leppitsch and his coaching panel will throw the tape away and not even watch it.

Daniel Merrett's Lions will not be proud of their efforts against Fremantle. Picture: Daniel Wilkins Source: News Corp Australia

ANOTHER BALLA BAG

IT was an ugly game with an ugly result played in ugly weather.

But in such a terrible, Hayden Ballantyne still found a way to liven things up.

For the second consecutive week, the star Fremantle forward led his team up forward, finishing with five goals.

That's 11 goals in two games.

Not a bad effort for a small forward playing footy in this day and age.

Knock him all you want, it will only invigorate and motivate Ballantyne to lift his output.

If he finds his niche come finals time, he could be the x-factor that gives the Dockers an important edge.

Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne booted five goals against the Brisbane Lions. Source: Getty Images


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LIVE: Eagles extend lead, Roos on top

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Last updated: June 22, 2014

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Crows unlikely to kick off on Good Friday

Written By malwan milad on Sabtu, 21 Juni 2014 | 14.57

Silver lining — Crows set for Maundy Thursday opener to 25th-year in AFL rather than Good Friday | The Advertiser

Last updated: June 21, 2014

ADELAIDE'S hope of opening next year's AFL premiership season - to coincide with the Crows' 25th season in the national league - is more likely to unfold on Maundy Thursday than Good Friday.

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Swans work hard to better Tigers

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Hinkley focuses on Power’s defence

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is putting the focus on defence in the match against the Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Picture: Morne de Klerk. Source: Getty Images

PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has dismissed talk of an honourable loss against Sydney last week and will bring a voracious defence into Saturday's match against Western Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval.

In such a winning, winning season, Hinkley said the loss had stung the side into closely monitor the way it defends opposition sides.

The bottom line is this: let the other team reach 100 points first and you are in serious trouble.

Port has been lauded by several commentators after its first half of the season but Hinkley would not buy into the sentiments of Port having put up a great effort against Sydney.

It is a sign of raised ambitions at Alberton and a return to not accepting being second best no matter how well the Swans are travelling.

"We lost,'' Hinkley said.

"That's not a great effort. A great effort is when you win.

"You don't accept great effort, I don't think, and we're not going to be a football club that does that.

"We respect the Sydney football club and how good they were going and are going but we went up there to win and we're not happy.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley addresses the media after his side's close loss to the Swans at the SCG.

"I think we know we need to defend better. That's the simple message. We conceded 98 points last week and if you concede 98 points most weeks you're going to get beat.

"It's almost an old saying: first to 100 wins. If you're going to let them get to 98 it's pretty close. So we need to defend better.

"The top sides, and I can only go on recent history ... the top sides are in the top four defensive sides of the competition. Sides that are able to defend the hardest and the longest.''

It has been the theme of the week: in training, meetings and attitude.

Hinkley believes the key to maintaining the top of the ladder position is to be the best defender in the game, as much as he loves the attacking and brave ways he brought with him from his time at Geelong.

"I just want us to play good, strong, defensive football and hopefully we'll be able to kick a score after that,'' Hinkley said.

"If we defend really hard, we'll be okay.''

Several players will require close attention at the Oval on Saturday. Hinkley's main threats are from the senior brigade, which was instrumental in upsetting Collingwood last week.

"(Ryan) Griffen's been a great player for them, and (Will) Minson in the ruck,'' Hinkley said. "They've got some great experience and they've got (Matthew) Boyd back into the team.

"They've got some real top-end talent experience players and they've brought in some really exciting young players. They're players that we really need to keep an eye on.''


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Down the middle is the way to go, says Sanderson

Adelaide will show no mercy when they clash with Essendon on Saturday, as both teams try to re-ignite their finals hopes.

CROWS coach Brenton Sanderson says he will continue to encourage his defence to attack through the corridor despite statistics showing Adelaide has been more successful this season when it plays safe.

There's a clear trend emerging in the Crows' inconsistent year — in their wins they move the ball around the boundary more often but when they gamble and take the ball through the corridor they lose.

Sanderson wants his team to keep choosing the "high risk, high reward" option of carrying the ball through the middle of the ground because it's what the AFL's elite do.

Five of the teams who use the corridor the most - Geelong, Fremantle, Collingwood, Port and Sydney - sit inside the top six on the ladder.

The Crows are ranked third in centre corridor use but enter Saturday night's game against Essendon at Etihad Stadium in 10th spot because they've been badly punished by opposition sides when they turn the ball over in this part of the ground.

"We've turned the ball over in our defensive half almost more than any other side this year," Sanderson said.

"When we've played poorly and lost the opposition has turned the ball over in our defensive half ...

"(And) it's a short distance to go back to the opposition's goal to score."

So as Adelaide prepares for what could be a season-defining clash against the Bombers, Sanderson faces a classic "development v results" coaching decision.

Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson believes in the "high-risk, high-reward" approach. Picture: Sarah Reed.

Does he cop the short-term turnover pain to fast track his team's development into a genuine top four threat?

Young defenders like Luke Brown and Rory Laird aren't going to develop into reliable long kicks if they never try them on game day.

Or does the desire to return to the top eight after a disappointing 2013 season take precedence and result in a more risk-averse game style?

"We still promote corridor. That for us is where we can create some better attacking play," Sanderson said.

"We would love a lot better ball use out of our D50.

"Smith, Reilly, Jaensch are good kicks, Laird and Brown are neat kicks (and) Otten, Talia - we're still working with those guys to ensure we're getting good ball use out of D50.

"It's an area we have to keep improving on for sure but we'll always still promote corridor ball use."

Staying aggressive when the pressure is on is a theme Sanderson - and his players - have promoted all season.

Essendon star Paul Chapman has decided to skip this weekend's crucial match with Adelaide in favour of a showdown with his former club Geelong a week later.

The Crows coach repeated the message yesterday, saying it was even more important this week against Bombers side which restricts forward entries better than any other team.

"When we're not going well we can't afford to go back into our shells," Sanderson said.

"We have to keep taking the game on, be bold, be brave, that's when we're playing our best footy ...

"Essendon's pressure is very good. They're the number one side in preventing inside 50s in the competition - they only give up 42 a week.

"We're going to have to be really on top of our game if we're going to beat this side."

PLAYING SAFE

Adelaide's use of the corridor from defence this season

Wins - 19.9%

Losses - 28.4%

R13 v Kangaroos - 17.2%

CORRIDOR KINGS

The AFL sides who play through the middle the most

Geelong - 38.5%

Fremantle - 35.7%

Adelaide - 33.1%

Collingwood - 32.9%

Port Adelaide - 31.5%

Sydney - 31.1%


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Hinkley wary of barking Dogs

Written By malwan milad on Jumat, 20 Juni 2014 | 14.57

Power coach Ken Hinkley says he's wary of the Western Bulldogs. Picture: Morne de Klerk Source: Getty Images

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley addresses the media after his side's close loss to the Swans at the SCG.

PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has called the Western Bulldogs a significant challenge and believes they are better than the reviews they received before they beat Collingwood last week.

Hinkley also dismissed suggestions he is resting Jarman Impey and played it safe by holding back Hamish Hartlett against the Western Bulldogs because it is a low-ranked side.

He said he has the highest respect for the Bulldogs, coached by fellow former Geelong assistant coach Brendan McCartney.

The selection calls had not been about keeping an eye on the following week. "No, not at all," Hinkley said. "That's not something I'll ever do. I'm interested in picking the best team this week and that's all I'll ever be interested in."

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Hinkley was also mindful of the Power's record against the Bulldogs as he prepared for training at Adelaide Oval on Friday morning.

Port has lost the past seven matches against the Footscray-based club and has not beaten them since 2006.

"Last week was a great reminder for us what they're capable of and knowing 'Macca' well I know he'll have them ready to play," Hinkley said.

"It will be a significant challenge.

"Their recent history against us is really strong. So we need to make sure we can turn that around."

The calls on Impey, Hartlett and former captain Dom Cassisi were in line with the club's no-risk policy.

Impey was in need of a spell because he is a younger player, Hartlett had rolled his ankle and Cassisi had a knee injury.

"We've said all year that we're not going to take risks and if we have players in risk categories — and that's where Jarman, Dom and Hamish fall — so if they fall in that bracket we're not going to take that risk," Hinkley said.


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No mercy for Bombers: Sando

Adelaide Crows coach Brenton Sanderson addresses his team at Adelaide Oval. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: News Corp Australia

Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson fronts the media after his side's win over North Melbourne.

CROWS coach Brenton Sanderson has urged his players to show their Essendon opponents no mercy this weekend, despite empathising with the Bombers players as they continue to deal with the drugs saga.

"Certainly you have to empathise with what the players are going through. I know it's a messy situation," Sanderson said.

"But it's difficult for us on the outside to comment because we don't really know what's happening.

"There won't be any mercy this week, for sure. This is our opponent and we need to win so we're going to go over there and do our very best to do that."

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The Saturday-night clash at Etihad is huge for both side's finals chances, with the winner a chance to move into the eight if Geelong defeats Gold Coast earlier in the day.

"It's a big opportunity for us, particularly when you play a side who is exactly where you are on the ladder too," Sanderson said.

"There's a few of us on the outside looking in — and we need a few results to go our way for the rest of the season as well — but all we can do is win games of footy and that's our objective."

Adelaide hasn't won consecutive games since Round 6 but Sanderson believes his team can back up last week's win against North Melbourne.

"We said it after the (Kangaroos) game, this has to end — the win, loss, win, loss," he said. "We'll give everything we've got."


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