Sunday Territorian 12 Jun 2016
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58 SPORT SUNDAY JUNE 12 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 WEST COAST V ADELAIDE 105CATS4.4 5.9 12.11 15.15 74KANGAROOS4.0 8.1 11.2 12.2 GOALS Cats: D Menzel 4 S Kersten 3 J Bartel 2 P Dangerfield 2 D Lang J Caddy M Duncan S Motlop Kangaroos: B Harvey 4 D Petrie 2 J Ziebell 2 M Wood 2 L McDonald L Thomas BEST Cats: P Dangerfield, C Enright, J Selwood, T Menzel, H Taylor, J Bartel Kangaroos: D Wells, J Ziebell, R Tarrant, B Harvey, S Gibson CROWD 44,045 at Etihad Stadium flashy and brilliant, kicking four goals including a set shot snap from the boundary and a classy running shot from 40m. You wouldnt have known Shane Kersten was out there in the first term. He wore the No.30 for the opening quarter after his jumper was left behind in Geelong. It was hand-delivered to him in time for the second quarter, but the jumper change didnt have an impact until the start of the first term when he kicked three goals in the opening 11 minutes. The Cats smashed the Kangaroos in the midfield to get the break, which sounds obvious with those Dangerfield numbers. There was heat in this battle and the players will be feeling it in well into Round 13. A heavy tackle late in the first quarter ended Kangaroos captain Andrew Swallows night and his teammates were also hurting. Marcus Bontempelli celebrates after kicking a goal during the Western Bulldogs vctory over Port Adelaide yesterday Picture: MORNE DE KLERK POWER Forward Jack Redpath kicked four goals as the Western Bulldogs pipped Port Adelaide by three points in an AFL thriller. The Dogs came from nine points down at three quartertime to triumph 15.10 (100) to 14.13 (97) at Adelaide Oval yesterday. Redpaths teammate Jake Stringer was instrumental in the revival, booting two of his three goals in a gripping final quarter. The Bulldogs, now with nine wins and three losses this season, were well served by on-ballers Marcus Bontempelli (30 disposals), Tom Liberatore (24 touches) and Mitch Wallis (27 disposals), while veteran Matthew Boyd (28 possessions) was superb in defence. Port, gallant but yet to beat a top-eight side this year, fell short despite the brilliance of Robbie Gray, who recorded a game-high 32 disposals, and influential backman Jasper Pittard (26 touches). Chad Wingard, Aaron Young and Jake Neade kicked two goals each. The Bulldogs opened strongly, kicking four of the initial five goals of the game in a free-flowing first term and held a 10-point lead at quartertime. But Port reduced the deficit to just two points at halftime after a bruising second quarter, which featured just three goals. The Power sparked in the third stanza with five goals to three for a nine-point buffer at three quarter-time. But Stringer then inspired the visitors with two goals in five minutes as the Dogs hit the front. And thats where they stayed, despite a late scare when Ports Aaron Young kicked a goal with 17 seconds left to reduce the margin to three points. Redpath leads the way as Dogs snatch victory 76EAGLES5.6 9.6 11.10 11.10 105CROWS3.1 6.5 9.10 15.15 GOALS Eagles: Kennedy 3, Darling 2, Yeo 2, Hill, Hutchings, Gaff, Duggan Crows: Betts 5, Jenkins 3, Walker 2, Lynch, Douglas, M McGovern, Cameron, Atkins BEST Eagles: Priddis, Yeo, Gaff, McGovern, Hill, Shuey Crows: Sloane, Betts, Thompson, Laird, M. Crouch, Talia, Jenkins, Lynch CROWD 37,591 at Domain Stadium Courageous Crows shock tired Eagles EXACTLY 11 months after walking off Subiaco Oval in tears after the most emotional game in the clubs history, Adelaide players last night returned defiant and recorded what could be a season-defining win over West Coast. Phil Walsh will never be forgotten at West Lakes but together the Crows have healed in the past 12 months and under new coach Don Pyke are maintaining their pursuit of a third AFL premiership. Last nights spirited win over the Eagles in Perth announced the Crows as the real deal. If you can beat the Eagles at home you can win a big-time final. And they did it the hard way by clawing their way back from 26 points down in the third quarter to run all over the home side with six goals to no score in a frenetic final term. There were so many spirited moments in that final quarter. Tom Lynch was enormous at half-forward, Kyle Hartigan stood tall when outnumbered in a crucial three-on-one in and Josh Jenkins matchwinning goal was the result of a huge tackle by Jarryd Lyons in the middle of the ground. Such is the closeness of the competition it was a typical eight-point game and the result of which sends Adelaide into the mid-season bye safely inside the top eight with an 8-4 record. The game produced contrasting halves and Mitch McGoverns performance was a perfect example. Twice he fumbled badly in the first half but redeemed himself with a goal in the third quarter, a big tackle on Matt Priddis and sure hands in the air in the last. Adelaide had enough of the ball early on but looked rushed and the forwardline never really got going as Jeremy McGovern patrolled half-back with ease. But in the second half they just seemed to click. As the pressure went up, Adelaide players stood tall. The weeks rest did Scott Thompson good with the veteran on-baller having 24 disposals, Rory Sloane did his usual inspiring stuff and there was the brilliance weve come to expect from Eddie Betts who kicked five goals. His sidekick Charlie Cameron was just as good with his game featuring breathtaking pace, desperate tackling, one hanger in the third quarter and a big goal. REECE HOMFRAY GEELONG V NORTH MELBOURNE Danger dazzles as Cats conquer ITS hard to imagine Patrick Dangerfield having more influence on a game than he did at Etihad Stadium last night. In simple terms, the bloke had 71 SuperCoach points at quarter time. Seventy-one! He dominated the midfield, where Geelong won the battle and the match against North Melbourne, and finished with a record 48 touches. A first quarter contested mark where Dangerfield split Brad McKenzie and Robbie Tarrant before shooting the ball to Darcy Lang was an early sign Danger was on. And he continued to take telling marks and win clutch balls for the remainder of the evening. His one-two work with Joel Selwood delivered the Cats numerous scoring opportunities as Selwood also stood tall. But it wasnt just the performance of Dangerfield that would have impressed coach Chris Scott. The way his side scored without Tom Hawkins would have been just as pleasing. Scott admitted it was a bit of a wait-and-see thing without Hawkins: Were excited at the prospect of what we might get, he had said. He wouldnt have been disappointed. Daniel Menzel caused both shock and awe. He sent a scare through the stadium when he smashed into the fence after juggling a mark over the boundary line, hobbling to the bench clearly limping on the leg thats had four knee reconstructions. But he returned and was ELIZA SEWELL PORT ADELAIDE V W BULLDOGS 97POWER4.3 6.7 11.9 14.13 100BULLDOGS6.1 7.3 10.6 15.10 GOALS Port Adelaide: A Young 2 C Dixon 2 C Wingard 2 J Neade 2 B Ebert D Howard J Impey O Wines R Gray T Boak W Bulldogs: J Redpath 4 J Stringer 3 M Bontempelli 2 T Dickson 2 L Dahlhaus M Honeychurch S Biggs T Liberatore BEST Port Adelaide: R.Gray, O Wines, J Pittard, J Polec, J Neade, A Young W Bulldogs: M Bontempelli, M Honeychurch, C Daniel, J Macrae, M Boyd, M Morris CROWD 40,096 at Adelaide Oval