AFL 2021 LIVE updates Round 2: Heppell a late out as Power take big lead over Bombers
In other AFL News, Geelong forward Gary Rohan has been offered a two-match suspension if he takes an early plea for striking Brisbane’s Lachie Neale last night.
It was classified as a two-match suspension despite it being his first offence and remains two matches with an early plea.
The Power are threatening to really push out this margin heading into the last term with a lead just under 10 goals.
The cameras have just caught Bombers ruckman Sam Draper leaving the ground limping.
It’s not clear what he has injured but it’s someone on his legs, the big man has had a tough day with his jumper ribbed to shreds in the opening moments and the Power’s midfield so dominant.
The Bombers will have to fight to stop the Power running all over them in the last term now they could be a player down.
Fox Footy has shown Bombers midfielder Jye Caldwell looking very glum on the bench with a big pack of ice on his hamstring.
It looks like Caldwell won’t return and medical sub Tom Cutler has come into the game.
Port Adelaide leads 99-44 with four minutes until 3QT.
That was a super goal from the Power who had Dixon come up the ground, find the ball and then pass to Ollie Wines who booted the ball to the square where Georgiades ran into an open goal.
That’s four goals for the late replacement and he is showing there is some serious depth in the Power’s forward line while 12 possessions is his best at AFL level.
Power lead 98-44 with five minutes to go in Q3.
Charlie Dixon is a mountain for the Power in attack when he is getting this level of passing and ball movement.
The Power are just feeding him right on the hands although this last mark he had to leap up and bring it down with his own two hands.
The mark was commanding, so was his shot for goal. Dixon has four goals and the Power continues to impress.
Power leads 92-44 with seven minutes until 3QT.
That was the Bombers best passage of the game as they bolted forward from defence and sent the ball deep into the forward line where McDonald-Tipungwuti ran onto the ball, held steady despite a bump from his defender and snapped the goal.
Essendon has plenty to play for here, they need to build some confidence and form after such a horror start.
Power leads 86-44 with nine minutes until 3QT.
Cale Hooker has pulled in a mark close to goal and then sprinted in to boot his third major from close range.
Hooker continues to fight manfully despite the shortage of supply from further up the ground.
Power lead 85-38 with 11 minutes left in Q3.
A bit has been made about former Bombers forward Orazio Fantasia facing his old club for the first time today.
The Power forward wanted to come home to South Australia despite starring with the Bombers and he has just come up with a holding the ball decision and then gone back and kicked the goal.
Adelaide Oval gave him a big roar, he is already a very popular figure.
Power lead 85-32 with 12 minutes left in Q3.
Mitch Georgiades is giving his all to hold a place in the Power’s forward line coming up with a mark and kicking his third goal.
“That’s a beautiful set shot,” said AFL great and commentator Jason Dunstall.
Georgiades came in as a late replacement for Todd Marshall who had a back complaint and he is giving coach Ken Hinkley every reason to keep him in the side.
Power up 79-32 with 13 minutes left in Q3.
Bombers coach Ben Rutten has demanded his side ‘get their hands on the footy’ and start winning some contests after the Power have dominated those areas in the first half.
Rutten told Fox Footy that was his half time message but so far the Power are continuing on in this third term, just as they did in the first half.
The Power lead 73-31 with 16 minutes left in Q3.