Written by AFL Online on 22nd Sep 2007
Port Adelaide have claimed their place in the Grand Final after handing the Kangaroos an 87 point thrashing. In a complete one sided game it was Port who got off to a good start yet they were matched with the Kangaroos for 20 minutes in the first quarter. It wasn’t long before Port Adelaide put there foot down and never looked back. Port were dominant all over the ground and were playing like a a premiership team.
The Kangaroos were struggling to convert from the limited opportunities they received finishing the game on 5. 16 (46). As they continued to turn over the ball the more damaging Port Adelaide became. The result itself was rather embarrassing on the Kangaroos behalf but today they say goodbye to a club champion and Shinboner of the Century, Glenn Archer. For someone who is widely known for his guts,determination and never say die attitude his team certainly didn’t show any of that today.
Daniel Motlop, Brett Ebert and Warren Tredrea all stood up for Port kicking 3 goals each. Getting caught up with the hype Tredrea even bowed to the crowd in celebration after a goal in the 3rd term. Mark Williams sent a message out at three quarter time to not get carried away and to focus on getting through the game injury free and preparing for the Grand Final.
Facing Geelong next week Port Adelaide will be without the veteran defender Michael Wilson who from early reports snapped his Achilles tendon which will rule him out of next week’s match and has also started speculation that he will now retire.
PORT ADELAIDE: 6.0, 9.3, 17.10, 20.13 (133)
KANGAROOS: 3.2, 3.7, 4.10, 5.16 (46)
GOALS: Port Adelaide: Motlop 3, Ebert 3, Tredrea 3, Rodan 2, Logan 2, Salopek 2, K. Cornes, Pearce, Boak, C. Cornes, Westhoff
Kangaroos: Grant 2, Edwards, Harris, Lower
BEST: Port Adelaide: Chaplin, C. Cornes, Logan, Lade, Surjan, Tredrea, Pearce, Motlop, Rodan
Kangaroos: Simpson, Harris, Sinclair, Harvey
INJURIES: Port Adelaide: Wilson (Achilles)
Kangaroos: To be confirmed
REPORTS: To be confirmed
CHANGES: Hansen (Roos) replaced by Green in selected side
UMPIRES: Vozzo, Kennedy, Rosebury
CROWD: 43,953 at AAMI Stadium