Round 14 – Gold Coast v Port Adelaide: The Power return to winning ways and Yeppoon Swans just keep winning


“The perfect set-up…by the time BITS Saints and Yeppoon Swans start, the game between the Power and Suns would be finished…hopefully Port’s way,” I said to myself as I waited for Dicko, aka Matt Dickensen, the solid veteran defender to pick me up.


Fast-track a few hours and Port Adelaide’s lead grew and grew against the hapless Gold Coast Suns at sunny Metricon Stadium.


I checked the scores as the Saints coach Rick Bean bellowed instructions and motivational comments to his players.


“Mark down June 19, 2021…a win against this mob (Yeppoon Swans) could be the best day of your football lives,” he yelled.


I felt like putting on a pair of boots to run out with the A-grade side.


Port beat the Suns by 50 points. While it was ‘only’ Gold Coast, the Power had to respond after a winnable position was eroded by Tommy Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron some nine days prior.


BITS Saints had to respond as well against the might of the Swannies.


Just like the Suns, after early resistance and perhaps the chance to have an early lead, big Jamie Garner, the man his team-mates call D9, booted nine goals.


He’s the best ruckman in the AFL Capricornia competition and it’s just ridiculous that Yeppoon can rest him as a key forward.


Perhaps Port could learn a thing or two from the Swans and that is to be ruthless and win by 80 or 90 points and not 50.


Still, it was a solid win for the Power and most of the Swans’ faithful were also content with a 151-2 scoreline against BITS Saints.


Ollie Wines continued his elite form with 43 touches and young gun Connor Rozee backed up last week’s five-goal haul with three first-half majors and 19 possessions.


Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, much like BITS Saints’ mentor Bean, both have strong beliefs in their teams.


“We’re a good team but we want to be a great team,” Hinkley said.


Bean believes his BITS Saints can do some damage come finals time, but there’s games that need to be won to qualify for a finals position.


The Power are in a great position to firstly seal a finals spot and then win enough games to lock in a place for a double-chance swing at a preliminary final place.


However, Port’s assault on a top-four berth will be made the more difficult after a knee injury to 250-gamer Robbie Gray


“It is probably a medial, but we will wait and see until we get the scans back,” Hinkley told The Age on Saturday.


Added Gray post-match: “Hopefully it’s not too bad and I can play some footy at the end of the season.”


Sydney Swans recruit Aliir Aliir was sensational for Port with countless intercept possessions and ex-Sun Trent McKenzie repelled Gold Coast forward forays.


“It was a really strong performance,” Hinkley said.


“We were playing against a team who are probably struggling, to be fair, but we were able to come up and perform the way we wanted to perform.”


Others to shine against the soft Suns were Steven Motlop who ran hard and found space at will, fellow winger Karl Amon, half-back-cum-midfielder Dan Houston and the evergreen Travis Boak.


One thing’s for sure, the seasoned Sydney Swans and its crop of talented youngsters will be the eager visitors this Saturday night in what promises to be a cracking contest at Adelaide Oval and will be nothing to what the Gold Coast outfit dished up.



SUNS: 1.0. 2.1. 2.4 4.7 (31)

POWER: 3.3. 7.5 11.8. 12.9 (81)



SUNS: King 2, Sexton, Bowes

POWER: Rozee 3, Motlop 2, Dixon 2, Georgiades 2, Lienert, Amon, Lycett



SUNS: Miller, Anderson, Greenwood, Powell

POWER: Wines, Aliir, Rozee, Motlop, Boak, Houston, Amon, Georgiades



SUNS: Swallow (concussion)

POWER: Gray (knee), Jones (hamstring)


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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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