Port Adelaide have leapt into the top four after a series of mistakes from St Kilda late in the last quarter as they tried to exit their defence cost them any chance of victory. Click here to read the full match report.
Ugle-Hagan gets off the mark with his first career goal courtesy of a beautiful set shot from 48m out on the boundary.
Meanwhile, Holman now has three first-quarter goals to put the Suns up by 11 points late in the first term, 4.0.24 to 2.1.13.
Ellis has been subbed out very early due to a left hamstring injury and he has been replaced in the Suns’ line-up by Atkins.
Meanwhile up on the Gold Coast, the Suns are off to an absolute flyer with the first three goals to lead the Western Bulldogs by 17 points, 3.0.18 to 0.1.1.
Their transition footy is causing the Dogs’ defence some worries early.
Here’s some of the reaction to Port Adelaide’s gutsy win…
After the Western Bulldogs kicked the first 11 goals of the match against the Suns, their fans settled in to enjoy a relaxing afternoon revelling in the joy Marcus Bontempelli had brought to the club as he celebrated his 150th game.
The Bont had kick-started the domination with two goals and 10 disposals before the match had even reached the 20-minute mark and the poor Suns appeared unable to do anything to subdue the party.
It wasn’t until the final minute of the first half that Gold Coast utility Jack Lukosius marked and kicked a goal to reduce the half-time margin to just above 10 goals but the Bulldogs were on course to open their season with five straight wins for the first time since 1946.
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Gold Coast has taken a mark from 17 per cent of its inside 50s this season – ranked 16th in the league. Western Bulldogs have marked 21.3 per cent of their inside 50s – ranked second. The Bulldogs have scored from 45.2 per cent of Marcus Bontempelli’s kicks into the forward 50 – ranked sixth of the top-50 kicks in the AFL.
St Kilda 2.4, 3.5, 6.9, 8.13 (61)
Pt.Adel 1.0, 4.6, 7.11, 10.14 (74)
St Kilda: Marshall 2, Steele, Butler, Ryder, Webster, King, Hill
Pt.Adel: Georgiades 4, Amon 2, Woodcock, Wines, Mayes, Dixon
St Kilda: Steele 37, Crouch 36, Dunstan 29, Hill 29
Pt.Adel: Wines 36, Amon 26, Burton 25, Boak 24, Bonner 24
St Kilda: Sinclair 7, Steele 7, Webster 7
Pt.Adel: McKenzie 9, Aliir 8, Burton 7
What a cracking contest that was.
The Power fell 14 points behind in the second quarter, before shooting out to a 20-point lead late in the third term.
The Saints then dug deep to lead by one point in the final stanza, but Port Adelaide responded with the final two goals to clinch a gutsy win.
In the end, Ken Hinkley’s men dominated the tackle count 74-57 and won the clearances 37-32, contested possessions 136-128, free kicks 17-16 and scoring shots 24-21.
The Saints will be left to rue one that got away. They ended up with 10 more inside 50s (53-43) and won the disposals 387-360, marks 91-84 and hitouts 45-34 but couldn’t come away with the four points.