Minggu, 07 September 2014

Port Adelaide eliminates Richmond from finals with 57-point thrashing at Adelaide Oval; will play Fremantle in sudden-death final (ABC)

Port Adelaide destroyed Richmond's play-offs campaign with a 57-point hammering in the second elimination final at Adelaide Oval.

The Power kicked 14 goals to three in the first half and were never threatened, coasting to a 20.12 (132) to 11.9 (75) win on Sunday afternoon.

Richmond had come into the finals in top form, having beaten Sydney in round 23 for the club's ninth straight win to qualify for the top eight.

In contrast Port Adelaide had returned from a tough loss to Fremantle at Subiaco Oval last weekend before gearing up for the first final played at Adelaide Oval.

But the Power kicked 7.1 without reply in the opening 18 minutes to all but end the game as a contest, before Richmond finally got on the board with a goal from Reece Conca in time on.

The home side led by 42 points at quarter-time, and the mismatch continued in the second term, as Richmond struggled to create chances while Port Adelaide refused to let its control of the game slip.

The Power kicked six goals to two to lead by 69 points at the main break, and then booted five goals to three in the third quarter to extend the lead to 82 points at the final change.

Richmond had nothing but pride left to fight for, and the Tigers managed to win the final quarter, kicking five goals to one to avert the possibility of a 100-point hiding.

Jake Neade kicked three goals and seven others kicked two goals each for the Power - Jack Riewoldt led the way with three goals for the Tigers.

Port Adelaide will now return to Perth for a rematch against the Dockers at Subiaco Oval next Saturday evening, with the winners playing Hawthorn in the preliminary final.

The home side were left with a couple of injury problems, as former Richmond player Matt White suffered a suspected fractured jaw, while Hamish Hartlett picked up a hamstring injury.

More to follow.


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