22nd Apr 2012
Dogs Dampen Magpies
By Roscoe Whalan
Port Adelaide went down by 29-points in a wet and sloppy contest against Central District on Saturday afternoon.
The Magpies were slow out of the gate managing just one major in the first quarter on the back of a free kick to Adam Cockshell just moments before the quarter time siren.
Callum Wilson kicked the first goal of the second term for Port Adelaide in the opening minutes but after that Central took over.
The Bulldogs piled on six unanswered goals before Steven Summerton kicked Port Adelaide’s next some 28 minutes later.
Summerton was one of the few shining lights for Port Adelaide with 27 disposals and a team-high three goals for the afternoon.
Eleven minutes into the third quarter Port Adelaide was down by 44 points before rallying on the back of three straight goals.
Matty Rose kicked the first, followed by Jeremy Clayton’s three minutes later and then Daniel Kulikowski.
The Dogs bounced back kicking three of their own and the margin was still 38 points at three quarter time.
Port Adelaide kicked the first to keep things interesting, but a Luke Habel goal for the Dogs at the 12-minute mark sealed the deal.
A pair of consolation goals in the last 5 minutes brought the final margin within 30 points but Coach Tony Bamford wasn’t impressed.
“We have too many guys out of form,” he said.
But with a huge challenge against South Adelaide next week a few players from the reserves may get their chance after they recorded another win today.
“We will make changes,” Bamford said ahead of next week’s contest.
Nicholas Madden was solid in defence throughout the contest but James Boyd was destructive for Centrals out of the middle.
Port Adelaide takes on South Adelaide in Noarlunga next Saturday.
Port Adelaide 11. 9 (75)
Central District 16. 8 (104)
Port Adelaide: Summerton 3, Kulikowski, Rose 2, Clayton, Cockshell, McKenzie, Wilson
Port Adelaide: Summerton, Gray, Dolling, Rose, Madden