Ollie Wines played an influential role as Port Adelaide defeated the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. Image by David Mariuz/AAP PHOTOS

Australian rules football

Port Adelaide down Western Bulldogs in AFL

2020-08-03 22:27:11

Ladder-leaders Port Adelaide produced a stunning surge to overwhelm the Western Bulldogs by 13 points in Monday night’s AFL game.

Port’s ruthless four-goal third quarter laid the platform for the 8.7 (55) to 5.12 (42) win at Adelaide Oval.

The victory leaves the Power a win clear atop the table from Brisbane, who meet reigning premiers Richmond on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs remain eighth and in a mid-ladder jam – they’re equal on premiership points with three other clubs.

Port’s triumph was created by a brutal 16-minute purple patch in the third term which reaped four unanswered goals after they had trailed the entire first half.

“We made some adjustments, some corrections and it got us back where we wanted to be,” Port coach Ken Hinkley said.

“And good on the boys for being able to make that in-game adjustment which was pretty critical in that third quarter – we went 17-3 (inside 50) entries and won the game, clearly, in the third quarter.”

Port’s Charlie Dixon and Robbie Gray slotted two goals each and Zak Butters was their prime ball-winner with 24 disposals.

Ruckman Peter Ladhams was influential with 18 disposals and 32 hitouts while Tom Rockliff provided midfield grunt with 23 disposals and 14 tackles.

The Dogs’ Sam Lloyd and Toby McLean kicked two goals apiece – McLean’s were the visitors’ only majors from midway through the second quarter until midway through the last.

Bulldogs Jack Macrae (28 disposals), Marcus Bontempelli (22 touches, eight clearances) and Bailey Smith (20 touches) battled hard but couldn’t prevent their club’s fifth loss of the season.

Port utility Sam Mayes faces a likely sanction for a shoulder bump which struck the head of Josh Dunkley in the opening term.

Fortunately for Mayes, Dunkley was only momentarily stunned and continued playing as the Bulldogs took an early ascendancy without returns on the scoreboard.

The Dogs held a three-point halftime lead, 3.5 to 3.2, despite recording 25 to 12 inside 50s for the half.

“We had our opportunities tonight but we let one slip,” Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said.

The visitors paid for their attacking impotency when the tide turned to Port in the third quarter.

The Power booted four goals in a 16-minute blitz, recording 17 to three inside 50s for the term to create a 23-point lead at the last break.

The damage was done for the Dogs, who meet Brisbane at the Gabba next Saturday night while Port meet Richmond at home next Saturday.