Apologies for the late writeup, we went out for tea after the game.
Today was a hard slog but Casey's class and pressure won them the day. We were definitely lucky with Ports poor accuracy in front of goal, but that can be attributed to Casey's pressure not allowing them easy shots on goal. The 3 talls in defence in Keilty, Frost and Petty were fantastic and in a game with many momentum swings and the boys were able to hang on and get the win.
Tyson - Started poorly with many turnovers and wasted possessions but improved as the game went on too finish well and have a big impact on the game
Garlett - Quiet game, kicked a great goal but otherwise didn't do a lot
Keilty - His best game for the year. Found the ball plenty and mostly used it well. Had some great defensive marks and when thrown forward in the last quarter was able to be the key link up man for Casey. He's goal was reminiscent of the TMac out the back of the pack, where he just read it best and was able to get it off hands and turn around for an easy kick.
Frost - Some great marks and was solid all day. Had some nice run too.
Petty - Keeps improving each game, strong in the air and hardly beaten one on one.
Baker - Very strong second half, found plenty of the ball running from half back and had some impressive line breaking runs through the middle.
Stretch - Bounced back from a quiet game last week to be Caseys best midfielder for the day.
Balic - Was lively up forward and kicked 2 very nice goals, continues to improve each week.
Bugg - Quiet but I thought he did his role well, needed to find more of the pill.
JKH - About the same as his previous few games, nothing special
Smith - Had some really good one on one wins and was a good user.
King - First game back from injury, needs to build back into playing footy at this level
Filipovic- Did well in the ruck and got his hands to a lot of contests, just needs to hold some more marks.
Wagner - Had a solid game through the midfield and half back
Johnstone - Started to show better signs today, had some important defensive efforts today
Some bad news, Mitch White copped a heavy knock and seems to have done some damage to his AC ligament in his shoulder, might be done for the season.
Overall it wasn't pretty and Port played some hard, strong football but in the end the class of a few key players stood up and allowed Casey to win the day.