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Final-quarter surge sees Port defeat Tigers

Richmond was up for the fight against Port Adelaide on Sunday at Adelaide Oval, but was overrun in the final term, going down by 31 points.

By AAP with Sophie Welsh
27 August 2023

PORT ADELAIDE     4.3    6.7       8.13    13.16 (94)
RICHMOND             3.4    5.11     7.13     8.15 (63)

Port Adelaide: Evans 3, Lord 2, Powell-Pepper 2, W. Rioli 2, Houston, Byrne-Jones, Duursma, Rozee
Richmond: Bolton 2, Graham, Bauer, Soldo, D.Rioli, Banks, Martin

Port Adelaide: Rozee, Butters, Duursma, Houston
Richmond: Martin, Short, Nankervis, Soldo

Port Adelaide:
Richmond: M. Rioli jnr (hamstring), Bolton (TBC)

Port Adelaide: Dylan Williams replaced Sam Hayes in the third quarter
Richmond: Rhyan Mansell replaced Maurice Rioli jnr in the third quarter

Crowd: 39,860 at the Adelaide Oval


Richmond was up for the fight against Port Adelaide on Sunday at Adelaide Oval but was overrun in the last quarter, going down by 31 points.

The two sides traded goals in the first three quarters before the Power surged in the final term, piling on five goals to finish 13.16 (94) to the Tigers' 8.15 (63).

The Power's victory over the Tigers sees them finish behind the second-placed Lions on percentage, and while the time and date of the 2v3 battle is yet to be determined, Brisbane will host.

The other qualifying final is also now locked in, with ladder leaders Collingwood to host fourth-placed Melbourne.

Richmond, led by the mercurial Dustin Martin, produced a spirited performance but will finish 13th.

Martin's equal game-high 33 disposals included seven inside 50s and a goal.

Teammate Shai Bolton scored two majors before leaving the field with a lower leg injury in the fourth quarter, while Thomson Dow (27 touches) and Jayden Short (26) were also prominent.

Port's young dynamic trio of Connor Rozee (33 disposals, one goal), Zak Butters (30) and Xavier Duursma (22 and one) were key in the Power winning the midfield battle

Dan Houston (27 disposals, nine marks and a goal) was influential off half-back, while Sam Powell-Pepper, Willie Rioli and Ollie Lord each chipped in with two goals.

Port led by 6.7 to 5.11 at half time with the Tigers' goalkicking inaccuracy preventing the visitors from cashing in on their territorial advantage; they registered 34 to 21 inside 50s for the half.

Those roles reversed in the third term as Port scored a wayward 2.6 from 18 inside 50s and the Tigers added 2.2 from seven entries.

Neither team could score a goal in the final term until Port's Powell-Pepper struck in the 15th minute, rapidly followed by Evans' mid-air soccer for his third which effectively sealed victory.

The kids are alright

Following the retirement of club stalwarts Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin last week, the Tigers took the opportunity to blood two youngsters against the Power. James Trezise, who was picked up by the club in the 2023 mid-season rookie draft, and Tom Brown, 2017 pick No.17 and son of former Geelong player Paul, made an impact in their first senior game. Brown had 16 touches and took six marks, while Trezise had 17 disposals, five tackles and six intercepts. Sixth-gamer Sam Banks also kicked his debut goal, in a strong sign of things to come for Richmond.

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Port Adelaide ramp up the power to sink Tigers (Age)
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Port Adelaide ramp up the power to sink Tigers and turn sights to finals

By Steve Barrett
The Age
August 27, 2023 ó 3.56pm

Finals-bound Port Adelaide produced a late flourish on Sunday to turn a protracted arm wrestle into a comfortable 31-point victory over Richmond.

The Power booted five of the last six goals to hit the finals with sound momentum and apply the last rites on the Tigersí 2023 campaign.

Richmond superstar Shai Boltonís season ended with a nasty ankle injury and Maurice Rioli suffered another hamstring injury, adding to the Tigersí tale of woe.

Bolton limped off favouring his right ankle after being brought down by Connor Rozee late in the match, after Maurice Rioli pulled up lame in the third quarter after hurting his right hamstring while pursuing a loose ball against Travis Boak.

The new-look Tigers, without retired legends Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt, looked slick in patches but not for long enough, before the match got away from them late. It was a microcosm of their season.

The Power, meanwhile, have bigger fish to fry, beginning with a qualifying final date with Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in a fortnightís time.

They were understandably a touch off the boil early and can be excused for drifting their focus towards their upcoming September assault on the flag instead of the job at hand.

Dynamic duo Zak Butters and Rozee will enter the finals in a rich vein of form, combining for 63 disposals and 13 clearances, offsetting the ruck dominance of Toby Nankervis.

Dustin Martin finished the season full of spring, winding back the clock with another masterclass and Thomson Dow, who started in the middle, conjured the best game of his career, but not enough Tigers went with them.

Martinís majesty and Richmondís superiority at the contest and in the battle for territory went unrewarded in the first half as the visitors let the Power off the hook constantly by spraying set shots.

Noah Balta followed two strong marks with two easy misses, Tim Taranto hit the post and Boltonís radar was hit-and-miss.

The normally reliable Martin swallowed Xavier Duursmaís turnover before missing from 60 metres in the closing seconds of the first half, at the end of which Richmond trailed by two points, their 34-21 inside-50s advantage sabotaged by missing 11 of 16 shots.

The trend continued after the interval, Nankervis miscuing a gettable free kick into the upright.

It also became contagious as the Power, getting on top in general play, took their turn in racking up the behinds.

Their best effort, ironically, came just too late when Jason Horne-Francis was awarded a free kick in the dying seconds before playing on to Kane Farrell who blazed nicely from range just after the three-quarter-time siren had sounded.

The two sides traded four behinds to start the fourth before Sam Powell-Pepper ended the rot.

Martinís pick-up and snap kept the Tigers in the hunt, but it would prove their last hurrah as the home side ran riot down the stretch.


Hemmed in their back half constantly early, the Power were handed a reprieve as the Tigers were hit with a rare 100-metre penalty. Shai Bolton conceded a free kick to Ryan Burton before being hit with a 50m penalty for pointing to the replay screen as he argued his case.

Daniel Rioli then added another 50m penalty for not moving out of the protected area as Burton made his way up the ground. Richmond were made to pay as Ollie Lord plucked a mark against Nick Vlastuin and goaled from close range to gnaw into the Tigersí initial lead.


Daniel Rioli looked in strife early in the second stanza, hobbling while clutching his right hip after being crushed in the aftermath of a marking contest between Noah Balta and Aliir Aliir. Rioli moved gingerly for some time but in the second half he appeared to have made a full recovery, goaling on the run early in the third to close Portís lead to one point. Maurice Rioli wasnít so fortunate.

PORT ADELAIDE 4.3   6.7   8.13   13.16 (94)
RICHMOND        3.4  5.11  7.13     8.15 (63)

Port Adelaide: Evans 3, Rioli 2, Powell-Pepper 2, Lord 2, Houston, Duursma, Byrne-Jones, Rozee.
Richmond: Bolton 2, Bauer, Martin, Banks, Rioli, Graham, Soldo.

Port Adelaide: Rozee, Butters, Drew, Houston, Aliir, Farrell, Burton.
Richmond: Martin, Nankervis, Dow, Graham, Short.

UMPIRES Haussen, Howorth, Rebeschini, Tee.
VENUE Adelaide Oval
CROWD 39,860