Another Power team loses, this time to the Superdogs


by Nick Kossatch

The Power lost another match; however it was in the form of Portland Power, this time to the Riverland Superdogs at Rosewater Oval on Sunday by eight points. The visitors welcomed new players Dean Romeo, Barry Gavranich and ex-Superdog and Central Districts and Hawthorn player Robert ‘Chopper’ Handley into the fold. Reigning ‘Dog Tag’ winner Paul ‘Weeds’ Matthews also played his first game for the year after rib and knee soreness.

All acquitted themselves well as the Doggies were off to a flier with two quick goals to Sam Ingerson. The defence were superbly led by Anton ‘Wow’ Coates at fullback who plays the game in a 1980’s way – a la Rod Carter at the Sydney Swans. The Power worked their way into the game but the Superdogs persisted through player coach Darren ‘Titty Blankets’ Tieste, who got rid of last week’s blankets. Romeo was tremendous off half back in a defence that had to be revamped after Nick ‘Kossy’ Kossatch suffered a rib injury early in the second quarter. It was not the only ribbing he usually gets either. That was on the bus trip home. A painful bus trip too.

Portland were in front at three-quarter-time but the Riverlander’s held firm and Andrew Giles snapped a goal that put his side back in front. It was a tense final and Peter ‘Hoffy’ Hoffmann, who rucked tirelessly all day, suffered a hamstring injury and was put to full forward. The ‘Big Hoff’ slotted another through with clever use of his ample body to give breathing space for Riverland.

Other better players were Brett ‘Greeny’ Greenslade, Shane ‘Rowdy’ Healy and Handley who played prominent roles in the final quarter fightback.


Superdogs 7.13 (55) d Portland 7.5 (57)

GOALS: S. Ingerson; R. Handley 2, P. Hoffmann; S. Uren; A. Giles

BEST: A. Coates, S. Healy, D. Romeo, B. Greenslade, D. Tieste, R. Handley

About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,

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