The Northern Territory news Mon 4 May 2015
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MONDAY MAY 4 2015 SPORT 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Crows in fight but Port just powers on PORT Adelaide took the lead in the head-to-head battles at Adelaide Oval 2-1 with a 24point success against their arch rival yesterday. The Power made the most of their opportunities inside the forward zone to win 18.7 (115) to 13.13 (91). A Scott Thompson left foot snap gave the Crows added confidence at the start of the last quarter, but a contentious free to Justin Westhoff led to two quick goals from Kane Mitchell, which stopped any momentum Adelaide had. Westhoffs bicycle kick from the goal square sealed bragging rights in the City of Churches, and when Chad Wingard goaled in time-on, the Power chant was sung loud and proud. Adelaide could not buy a goal from a running set shot in the opening quarter and a half, missing all four shots from around 50m. Josh Jenkins brought Adelaide back into the contest at the nine-minute mark of the final stanza as midfielder Rory Sloane limped off with a calf injury. Thompson again snapped truly from the same pocket to give Adelaide a sniff after Paddy Ryders strong mark and goal from 25m. The Power made the most of the early stages of the second and third quarters, booting majors in the opening minute of both stanzas. But the early major seem ingly gave the Crows the momentum, who strung three quick goals from Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch and Josh Jenkins to reduce the Power lead to under a straight kick. The Power responded but a timely goal from Taylor Walker set up a pulsating finish. Robbie Gray returned to the Power line-up with instant impact, but it was Brad Ebert who stole the show with 23 opening half possessions. Forward pocket dynamo Betts starred again on the Showdown stage. He kicked two in the first six minutes. He also kicked goal of the day from his beloved pocket. Adelaide looked a different side to the one that succumbed easily to the Western Bulldogs seven days prior. But Port showed more class and polish and have now won three games on the trot leading into next weeks clash against West Coast at Adelaide Oval. Demons too good for West FEDERAL produced a brilliant third term to overcome a disappointing West outfit to win an uninspiring contest at Traeger Park yesterday. The Demons sprung a surprise last start over last seasons grand finalists Pioneer and continued that form into round four of the Central Australian Football League season in the 14.11 95 - 6.10 46 win. The Demons were without regulars Ryan Armes, Chris Atkinson, Jayden Prior and Liam Quin but enjoyed an even spread of contributors and goal kickers, 10 in total in the victory. Joe Roberts, Tim Torzsok and Cedric Dann were the Demons only multiple goal kickers while Craig Doolan, Bradley Turner, Wayde Shadforth, Ishmael Palmer, Warren Kunoth, Nathan Mutch, and Jason Wilmot all hit the scoreboard. The Demons turned it on in the third term as Jarrod Tregenza was moved in to the ruck, Mutch found more of the footy and Dann played some tricks inside 50 as they kicked seven goals to two to kill the game off. On Saturday the FosterWebb Shield returned to its home for the majority of its existence, back to Pioneer after a scintillating display from their abundance of runners. The Roos won the Shield for the first time last season but the Eagles ran the defending premiers off their feet in the 15.11 101- 10.14 74 victory. In a reply of last seasons CAFL grand final, the lightning quick Eagles outfit spread hard from stoppages and played on at every opportunity, kicking six goals to just one point in the third stanza to blow the game wide open. Eagle Albert Bailey was awarded the medal for best afield in the 27-point win. Hodge, Lewis apologise to Hawks but still hard to swallow LUKE Hodge apologised to his teammates after his selfconfessed brain-fade against Andrew Swallow but could still be referred straight to the tribunal. Hawks captain Hodge and vice-captain Jordan Lewis will both miss games, with the Lewis roundhouse hit on North Melbournes Todd Goldstein late and clumsy. In the space of a week the clubs coach and two leaders have been involved in physical incidents. Hawthorns former captain Sam Mitchell said the pair had let their teammates down with their actions, with Lewis yesterday saying he was willing to cop his penalty. But Alastair Clarkson says there was no intent to target rivals, just make a spirited start to the game. Hodge will be sweating on the level of force, hoping a medium-level assessment with an intentional grading would hand him a three-week ban. That would allow him to accept a two-week suspension, missing only games against Greater Western Sydney and Melbourne. If the match-review panel graded the incident as intentional and high impact he would be referred straight to tomorrow nights tribunal. Carltons Chris Yarran accepted a three-match ban after being given that grading for a strike on Essendons Paul Chapman. Chapman was cut open while Swallow played on despite being shaken yet the judiciary looks very dimly on forceful elbows to the head. A three-week ban for Hodge would see him also miss the rematch of the Grand Final against Sydney in Round 8. The pairs teammates yesterday said the pair had let themselves down. Teammate Jack Gunston said yesterday the pair apologised to teammates at quarter time for crossing the line. It was two disappointing acts from two leaders of our footy club and they promised us at quarter-time it wouldnt happen again, and to their credit they bounced back and both had pretty good games, he said. JON RALPH Crows big man Tom Lynch flies for a mark over Port livewire and Showdown medallist Robbie Gray at Adelaide Oval Picture: GETTY IMAGES CAN'T SEE IT IN THE PAPER? Check out for all the latest news, scores and highlights ADELAIDE V PORT ADELAIDE 91CROWS2.3 4.8 9.11 13.13 115POWER5.1 8.1 12.6 18.7 BEST Crows: S Thompson, E Betts, C EllisYolmen, P Dangerfield, B Smith Power: R Gray (Showdown Medal), B Ebert, J Schulz, A Carlile, P Ryder GOALS Crows: E Betts 5, T Walker 2, J Jenkins 2, T Lynch 2, S Thompson 2 Power: J Schulz 5, P Ryder 3, C Wingard 2, K Mitchell 2, H Hartlett 2, J Westhoff 2, R Gray, T Boak UMPIRES Fisher, Dalgleish, Stevic CROWD 49,735 at Adelaide Oval JORDAN GERRANS CAFL ROUND 4 Federal 14.11 (95) d West 6.10 (46) Pioneer 15.11 (101) d South 10.14 (74)
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