June 15, 2021

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Sir Doug Nicholls Round – Port VS Freo

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Round 11, the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and contribution to Australian Football. At Adelaide Oval Port Adelaide took on Fremantle in the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Going into this match the Power made a change Friday afternoon for the Sunday twilight clash replacing Hamish Harlett, with Orazio Fantasia who missed last week’s game against the Magpies at the MCG because of some leg soreness. The fast paced forward, Fantasia, coming after proving his fitness during the weeks training. With Fremantle, flying out without Griffin Logue due to his minor calf strain. Logue did not prove to be fit during training, given every chance to prove his fitnesses it was a last minute decision that put him out of this weekend’s match. The Dockers opting for instead, defender Taylin Duman, midfielder Connor Blakely to replace their star player for the match.

The game opening with a tribute to indigenous peoples – a captivating dance and ongoing Aboriginal celebrations all game.

Port slotted 7 goals to Zero goals in the first quarter, with the first goal on the board by Mitch Georgiades. The Power’s second goal, in front of goals also, within the first few minutes of the game. Brilliant team work from the boys. Handballs and sharing in front of goals lead to consistent scoring. Port controlling the ball during the first quarter, had Fremantle failing to scoring a goal.

Orazio Fantasia after a spectacular tackle landing a spectacular goal in the second quarter had Port Fans confident despite The Dockers scraping in some goals in some competitive football in the second and third quarters. Clawing back from what seemed a sure win for the Power, Freo had hopes of an achievable winning outcome. After an almost double the score lead by Port whittled away into the last quarter. Under performing Riley Bonner for Port disappointing the crowd to what seemed to be no end. While Port played hard to try and hang onto their strong lead.

Fremantle sitting in 10th position on the ladder, The Power in 5th the final quarter showed why Port Adelaide were in the top half of the ladder and Fremantle held in the second half of competition. Hard at the ball the Dockers had no chance of getting back into the game mid way into the 4th. Ports score reaching over 100, after a medical bench change made no difference to their winning play. Port Adelaide was consistent with their attack at the ball all game. Ports usual stars shining Charlie, Ollie and Farrell. Young Karl Amon hard tackling and quick hands impressive.
Adelaide oval with a great capacity turn out despite the MCG coronavirus scare. The Power regained the double score lead on Freo’s short lived claw back by Full-time!

Adam Cerra (27 touches) with the Dockers veterans David Mundy (25 disposals) and Nat Fyfe (20) among the top performers for Fremantle. The scores finished at 115 vs 69.