Port Adelaide fail to overpower Carlton in weekend clash
ANOTHER slow start proved costly for Port Adelaide yesterday, going down by 18 points against Carlton at Etihad Stadium, 16.13 (109) to 14.7 (91).
Port has won just two of nine first quarters for the season, and was again behind the eight ball early against the Blues who scored the first three goals through Mitch Robinson, Marc Murphy and Josh Bootsma.
The margin was 15 points in favour of Carlton at quarter-time, and while it threatened to blow out at various times, Port never really looked like making that back up.
After opening the season with five straight victories, Port has now dropped its last three and could be without star midfielder Hamish Hartlett after an incident involving Murphy in the third quarter.
The Blues skipper seemed unconcerned, finishing with 23 possessions and three goals in his 150th game after playing mostly as a forward.
Veteran Heath Scotland (250) and utility Andrew Walker (150) also enjoyed their milestones, Scotland drifting forward to boot two goals.
Solidly-built youngster Andrew Moore showed promise for Port, collecting 13 disposals and three goals in just his third game.