Round 14: Port Adelaide v Sydney: Pressure-packed Power sizzle Swans

 

Port Adelaide v Sydney

2:15pm, Saturday June 18, 2022

Adelaide Oval

 

 

 

‘Port produce best and most powerful win of season’

 

 

It’s amazing that when teams take the game on, they often win.

 

 

Port Adelaide Power did exactly that as it disposed of an in-form Sydney Swans at a sun-drenched Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

 

 

After a tight first half, the Todd Marshall-led Power busted the game open with a withering third quarter en-route to a 12.10 (82) to 8.11 (59) win.

 

 

Marshall booted four goals while Ollie Wines and Connor Rozee were brilliant in the midfield.

 

 

The win was even more meritorious because Port lost Travis Boak due to Covid-19 protocols and Zak Butters injured his knee early in the game after a strong start.

 

 

Debutant Brynn Teakle impressed in the ruck before his day ended with a broken collar bone.

 

 

The Power applied manic pressure to a Swans side that was forced into turnovers.

 

 

Port Adelaide cashed in as Charlie Dixon booted a brace of goals in the third term.

 

 

Riley Bonner starred off half-back and he even flushed a long goal during the third.

 

 

Key position defenders Tom Clurey, captain Tom Jonas and Aliir Aliir did the job on key Swans forwards Lance Franklin, Logan McDonald and Sam Reid.

 

 

It’s the sort of form that pleased Power coach Ken Hinkley in a game in which Port did not have star small forward Robbie Gray (knee injury).

 

 

‘It’s good to see that the boys can hold up their end when those two champions (Gray and Boak) of our footy club weren’t able to be there for us,’ Hinkley said after the game.

 

 

“They’re still great players for us and we still love them in the team when they’re playing well.”

 

 

Port Adelaide host Gold Coast Suns on Sunday; the Suns are another team pushing for a spot in the eight and have form on their side as well.

 

 

PORT ADELAIDE       4.3       6.6       12.8        12.10 (82)
SYDNEY                      3.1       5.8       6.10         8.11 (59)

 

GOALS 
Port Adelaide: Marshall 4, Dixon 2, Butters, Rozee, Houston, Powell-Pepper, Burton, Bonner
Sydney: Heeney 4, Franklin, Mills, Hayward, Ladhams

 

BEST 
Port Adelaide: Wines, Bonner, Marshall, Rozee, Amon, Burton
Sydney: Heeney, Parker, Mills, McInerney

 

 

 

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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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