The win-loss streak continues | Round 19 Match Report
By Zoe Greenhill, Borough Media on August 2, 2022
Port Melbourne have suffered a tough 69-point loss to Gold Coast on Sunday morning. The Borough traveled up to play at Metricon Stadium and fought hard, however, the Suns outplayed them on the day.
Eli Templeton had strong possession of the footy for the morning, walking away with 32 touches and 5 marks. Harvey Hooper and Nash Holmes again brought the pressure around the ball with 7 tackles a piece. Despite the significant loss, Anthony Anastasio and Matthew Signorello were both multiple goal scorers for the game with 2 goals respectively.
The first quarter was tough for the Borough from the first bounce. Gold Coast had majority of possession making it a difficult ball game for Port Melbourne to win. The Borough were able to concede a few minor scores before Jesse Cucinotta put a much needed goal through. Going into the quarter time break, Port Melbourne had some catching up to do, sitting 41-points down.
The first goal of the second term was scored by Port Melbourne and kicked off the boot of Fletcher Roberts. After some highly contested footy and a few points for each team, The Borough were able to score the next two goals and tighten the margin down to 26-points 20 minutes into the term.
Off the back half of the second quarter, and into the first half of the third, the contest was almost even with both teams working at a high level defensively and offensively to work the ball towards their goal. The margin sat around the 35-point mark before 3 straight Suns goals. This extended the Suns lead to 50-points just before 3 quarter time. Fortunately, Anastasio put another one on the board for Port Melbourne, bringing the margin back down to 44.
The final quarter saw only one goal for Port Melbourne as the defensive work from the Suns was strong, as it had been all morning. Unfortunately, the job was too hard to get done at the end of the day, seeing the Borough fall short.
Next week Port Melbourne take a break through a bye before facing Frankston on Saturday the 13th of August, home at ETU stadium, the first bounce at 2:05pm.
Gold Coast Suns 19.14 128 defeated Port Melbourne 8.11 59