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Port Melbourne wins 16.18.114 to Coburg 10.8.68. Port Melbourne were a long way from their best today but still managed to come away with 46-point win. Their midfield was brilliant, as they have been for 20 months. Sam Dwyer, Stephen Brewer, Toby Pinwill, John Baird were all very good. They need to straighten out their goalkicking, but otherwise, a solid win.
Coburg weren’t disgraced. The final margin proved to be a blow-out. The Tigers were brilliant in the second half of the first quarter and were the better side in the third quarter. When they took the game on, broke the lines and took risks they really troubled the Borough with their run. However they made some crucial schoolboy errors and it cost them in the end.
3:45 – As the siren sounds, Pitt kicks a goal after getting a handball from Brewer, following some brilliant work from Dwyer.
3:40 – Sting has gone out of this game now. Groves gives away a 50m penalty and the Borough get another one in the goalsquare. 108-68
3:37 – Dwyer takes two marks in the goalsquare and is paid neither. Galea is held but gets a handpass to Pinwill who kicks a goal. 102-68
3:36 – Uysal gets one back for Coburg. 96-68
3:33 – Bonaddio boots it inside 50 to Galea, not a great kick, but Galea hasn’t been beaten once today and outbodies the defender. Kicks a behind. 4.4 for him today. 96-62
3:29 – Baird marks inside 50 then improves the position by kicking to Dwyer, who kicks truly. Biggest lead of the game now. 95-62
3:24 – Webberley drops a mark as Coburg tries to clear, the Borough steal it and Galea kicks his fourth. 87-62
3:23 – Pinwill is tackled, turns it over, and Coburg go inside 50. Murphy misses a snap. 81-62
3:20 – Browne presenting well inside 50. He takes a contested mark and kicks a goal. 81-61
3:18 – Poor decision making letting down Coburg. Venditti kicked it to a two on one when he had Clifton open. Port Melbourne end up with it, go forward and Galea kicks another one. 81-55
3:16 – Maric and Graham do the 1-2 and it ends up with McGuane, who marks inside 50 but misses. 75-55
3:15 – Valenti hits up Hinkley early in the last quarter who marks. And goals. Hard to see Coburg getting up now. 75-54
3:05 – Brandt kicks it to Browne who marks inside 50, 35m out. The siren sounds as he runs in, he kicks it into the man on the mark, and it goes through for a behind. Missed chance. 69-54
3:03 – Shocking kick out though, Galea kicks to an unmanned Pitt who goals from 35m. 68-53
3:02 – Cartelli snaps but kicks it out on the full. Port Melbourne clear, Cain streams into the forward 50 and kicks a behind, despite Galea being all on his own.
3:01 – Murphy has a shot from 45m out but gets nowhere near it. 62-53
3:00 – A missed opportunity for the Tigers as they go back inside 50 and there’s a rushed behind. 62-52
2:59 – Maric streams down the wing but turns it over going inside 50.
2:57 – The inaccuracy continues for Port Melbourne. 8.14 now. 62-51
2:53 – An unmanned Clayton Hinkley drifts across the back of a pack, marks and kicks truly. 61-51
2:48 – Coburg were almost away through Derickx and Clifton but Clifton is wrapped up in a tackle and turns it over. They get it back but Webberley tries to clear the defence and gives it straight to Baird, who misses the lot.
2:47 – McGuane cuts the margin back to four points with a goal! Game on at North Port Oval! 55-51
2:45 – Liam Brandt gets crunched in a contest, wins a free, goes back and kicks a goal in his first VFL game. 55-45
2:42 – Derickx drops a sitter and Pinwill pounces and kicks a goal. 55-39
2:40 – Better from the Borough. Bonaddio wins the ruck, Johnston marks a kick, delivers to Galea who misses again. 49-39
2:37 – Wowee a great start from Coburg! Graham wins a free, plays on it and gives it to Post who goals and it’s back to nine points! 48-39
2:35 – Andrew Browne kicks an early goal for Coburg after a hot start by the Tigers in the first minute of the third term. Tigers need to play with abandon to win. 48-33.
2:15 – Quarter ends after just 26 minutes. Port Melb 6.12.48 to Cobrug 4.3.27. Big dust-up in the middle of the ground. Phil Cleary gets in there to sort things out and eventually it dissipates. Despite being beaten comprehensively in that quarter the Tigers are still in the contest, down by only 21 points thanks to poor kicking for goal by the Borough. If they kick straight in the second half it will be a blowout.
2:13 – Brewer has a shot but it drops shot as is punched over. 48-27
2:11 – Port Melbourne’s midfield has been absolutely untouchable in this quarter but aren’t posting it on the scoreboard. Galea marks inside 50 but misses. 46-27
2:07 – Wooffindin streaks forward and misses. Coburg rebound and push forward but shocking kicking is costing them dearly. Chris Cain ends up with it and kicks his second. 44-27
2:04 – Brewer kicking with great precision. He finds Bonaddio in the goalsquare who kicks the easiest goal of all time. 38-27
2:03 – Galea hangs on the defender for too long and Coburg clear out of defence. 10 inside 50s to one in favour of Port this quarter.
2:01 – Shocking turnover from Coburg and O’Sullivan ends up with it on the boundary outside 50, grandstand side. It’s punched through. 32-27
1:58 – Addam Maric bursts through the middle of the ground and goes forward but Sandilands easily outpoints the defence to mark and clear.
1:57 – Brilliant play from the Borough. Brewer finds O’Sullivan who finds Skipper in the forward pocket on his own. He misses. 31-27
1:55 – Pleming launches a beauty from 55m out but it’s offline. 30-27
1:54 – Shane Valenti pushed out of a contest by Ben Clifton, wins a free and Port Melbourne work forward piece by piece.
1:50 – Coburg pinged for deliberate out of bounds, Port go forward and Galea kicks one from the back of the pack. 27-27
1:49 – Second quarter begins. There’s some emotion out there today, a few spouts of niggling across the ground.
1:41 – Siren sounds for quarter time and Coburg have taken the lead! 4.3.27 to 3.3.21. Tigers started shakily, making numerous mistakes trying to come out of defence, but worked into the contest, took a few more risks and played with more intent, forcing uncharacteristic mistakes and frustrated reactions from the Borough.
1:39 – Carnell playing well for the Tigers, wins a free after tackling Sam Pleming and sends it forward to Angus Graham who converts from the goalsquare after a 50m penalty. 21-27
1:36 – Handballing from the Borough is a sight to behold. Dwyer has a shot from the grandstand side but misses. 21-21
1:33 – Dylan Murphy gets one back for the Tigers. 20-21
1:30 – Dean Galea kicks a super goal from outside 50 on a 45-degree angle to put Port in front. Toby Pinwill set up the play and is dominating early. 20-14
1:29 – Some questionable umpiring early. Shot on goal from Dwyer hits the post. 14-14
1:26 – Another great handball from Baird to set up the play and Cain boots the ball through for a goal. 13-14
1:23 – Tigers playing much better the last five minutes. A rushed behind. 7-14
1:22 – Jayden Post marks controversially in the pocket and despite the Port Melbourne defenders’ protests he kicks the goal. Interesting decision. 7-13
1:20 – Jeromey Webberley spots up Graham on the lead but Graham’s shot on goal is awful and misses to the right. 7-7
1:19 – Hugh Sandilands comes in late with a bump on Angus Graham, who marked. Is rewarded a 50m penalty and kicks truly from the goalsquare. 7-6
1:17 – All going Port Melbourne’s way early. Coburg defenders are lost. Wayde Skipper has a shot from the boundary but it’s rushed over the line. 7-0.
1:14 – John Baird breaks a scuffle, handballs to Josh Scipione who goals on the run from 45m. Port Melbourne lead 6-0.
1:12 – Coburg struggling to bring it out of defence and Myles Pitt intercepts and sends a long one down the wing. Dean Galea marks inside 50 and kicks to the top of the square but Coburg clear out of defence.
1:10 – Port Melbourne kicking to the Williamstown Rd end and press forward early.
Welcome to Football Nation’s live blog of today’s match between Port Melbourne and Coburg. Play is due to start in about 10 minutes.
The previously invincible Port Melbourne have lost two games this year in surprising results. Today, back at North Port Oval, they play Coburg, who sit 10th with three wins and six losses, and the Borough should consolidate their top spot on the ladder.
Here are the teams for today’s game:
B: Sandilands, Noonan, Brewer
HB: Woods, Pleming, M. Johnston
C: Dwyer, Baird, Dillon
HF: Burstin, Pitt, Wooffindin
F: Hinkley, Galea, Cain
R: Skipper, Valenti, Pinwill
Int: Scipione, Langford, Bonaddio, Heath*, Dermott, Williams, C. Johnston, Francis
B: Webberley, McGuane, White
HB: Cartelli, Post, Thomas
C: Darrou, A. Maric, Groves
HF: Rayson, Astbury, Carnell
F: Derickx, Browne, Masters
R: Graham, Verrier, Venditti
Int: Brandt*, Elton, Murphy, Turner, Moore, Wheeler, Fahey, Uysal, Clifton