spirit just sensational, says Pagan
The AFL tribunal has cleared Port Adelaide’s Josh Francou of a
striking charge arising from Saturday’s loss to the Kangaroos
marathon has begun
The sobering news for exultant Saints and Demons fans is that opening round
triumphs don't always translate into busy Septembers. And with three of the last
four premiers having been beaten in the opening round, fans of Hawthorn and Port
Adelaide still have much to look forward to.
free to face Demons
Port Adelaide midfielder Josh Francou will play against Melbourne this weekend
after the AFL Tribunal judged his vigorous shove of Kangaroo Adam Simpson was
not a strike.
wary of Demons
Port Adelaide defender Matthew Bishop admits his side will face a tough task in
trying to record its first win of the season against a vastly improved Melbourne
at the MCG on Sunday.
networks told to lift their game on AFL
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Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams struggles to remember the times his side has
played at the MCG. So it’s little wonder that the Power are treating
Sunday’s game against Melbourne at the MCG as a bit of a novelty. It will only
be Power’s third match at the ground in three years.
Also see Port
looks forward to rare MCG appearance.
wants to boost MCG record
The most obvious challenge facing Port Adelaide on Sunday – statistically at
least – is to improve its poor record at the MCG by beating Melbourne there
for the first time.
change big man set-up
Port Adelaide has changed its three-ruckman system for Sunday’s match against
Melbourne at the MCG, opting to leave Barnaby French out of the side, in favour
of centre half back Darren Mead.
Eight more Magpies added to elite list
Tin Ginever hosted the Magpies Hall of Fame Dinner last night and announced
seven new inductees. Scott Hodges, Tim Evans, Greg Phillips, Brian Cunningham,
Craig Bradley, former team manager 'Brick' Hoffman and doctor Henry Kneebone
were added to the elite list. The best kept secret leading up to the night was
that Tim Ginever himself was also to be inducted. More than four hundred
supporters turned out for the event at the Hilton International.
to hit us hard
Melbourne AFL coach Neale Daniher expects round two opponents Port Adelaide to
come out firing on Sunday at the MCG as the Demons chase their best season start
in eight years.
lose to resurgent Dees
Port Adelaide fell to a resurgent Melbourne by 27 points at the MCG today after
the Demons controlled the first half before the Power rallied in the third term
only to be overrun in the final term.
not pushing the panic buttons
After a magnificent pre-season that saw Port Adelaide claim the Wizard Home
Loans Cup, the Power has surprisingly lost it opening two matches - to the
Kangaroos at home and Melbourne at the MCG.
off to flyer
Melbourne has completed its best start to an AFL season in eight years,
defeating Port Adelaide by 27 points at the MCG.
Melbourne saved its best for last to defeat Port Adelaide by 27 points at the
MCG today, completing its best start to an AFL season in eight years.
power over Port, Dockers down Saints
Melbourne has upset pre-season Cup winners Port Adelaide by 27 points at the
MCG, while Fremantle scored a narrow three point victory of St Kilda at Subiaco
follow a winning pattern
For a second consecutive week Melbourne was in control of a game, seemingly lost
it and then regained the ascendancy in the final term with the Demons defeating
Port Adelaide by 27 points at the MCG today.
Wizard Cup premier Port Adelaide has crashed to its second defeat in a row
to start the season, losing by 27 points to the rejuvenated Melbourne.
to cheer about
Power full back Stephen Paxman is expecting to be back playing football this
week. On Friday night at Adelaide Oval, Paxman expects to line up for SANFL club
Central District when it takes on North Adelaide.
problem with Port
start a 'wake-up call': Primus
Port Adelaide’s shock 0-2 opening to the premiership season, after a rousing
5-0 march through the Wizard Home Loans Cup campaign, was “a great wake-up
call”, according to Matthew Primus, the Power’s captain.
flood, off-field famine
Port Adelaide failed to turn up in anything except name. It started poorly,
ground its way into the lead, then gave it up with scarcely a squawk.
Demons not just a number game
Those inclined towards the superstitious will tell you there is a simple reason
that Melbourne is on the up in 2002: it's an even numbered year, like 1998 and
2000, and they had a shocker of a season last year, as they did in '97 and '99.
day in the sun
says Port not as good as made out to be
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams yesterday conceded his team was not as good as
it thought it was as the Power continued its winless start to the season with a
27-point loss to Melbourne at the MCG.
special moment in a week of tears
After four year old Caitlin Todd's Hillcrest home was destroyed by fire earlier
this week, her biggest concern was the loss of her cherished Power gear and
items of her hero, Gavin Wanganeen. So when Gavin himself made a personal visit,
armed with a bag full of Power gear, she could hardly believe her eyes.
woes for Saints
St Kilda’s injury woes have continued with news that Fraser Gehrig is
suffering from the dreaded osteitis pubis and skipper Robert Harvey is unlikely
to play against Port this week due to a calf injury.
Also see Harvey
50-50 chance to play.
Kilda v Port match preview
forces short-circuiting the Power
Running into the finals last year, Port Adelaide won six games on the trot,
averaging more than 18 goals a game.
needs to lift work rate
Port Adelaide must execute its game plan better and lift its work rate,
according to star duo Josh Francou and Stuart Dew.
and Dew settled and confident
Port Adelaide has not altered its game plan, according to Josh Francou and
Stuart Dew, who signed new, extended contracts with the club today.
got to work harder: Francou
Port Adelaide midfielder Josh Francou has admitted his team's poor start to the
AFL season might be a result of taking it too easy after its Wizard Cup win.
likely to play against Port
St Kilda’s injury problems have softened slightly with the news that ruckman
Matthew Capuano is a chance to resume in the seniors this week.
an even chance to play
Dual Brownlow medallist Robert Harvey has given himself a 50-50 chance to
play this Sunday against Port Adelaide at Colonial Stadium.
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made for Saints clash
Port Adelaide will make at least two unforced changes this week as it goes about
finding the right combination to get it back on track after opening the season
with consecutive losses.
socks hung out to dry
The Power has hung out its infamous all-teal socks for the last time. On Sunday
at Colonial Stadium, the Power will wear a new pair of alternate socks – black
with a band of white and teal.
deals for Port duo
Port Adelaide duo Josh Francou and Stuart Dew have signed new playing contracts with the club.
Port’s Football Operations manager, Rob Snowdon, said the club was delighted to have signed two of its brightest stars to new contracts.
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Burgoyne to make debut
Port Adelaide has injected fresh, young talent into its side in the hope of
giving it an extra boost from the interchange bench by naming 19-year-old Shaun
Burgoyne for his AFL debut this Sunday at Colonial Stadium against St Kilda.
to ride out storm - Williams
must gel to breakthrough: Williams
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams today described his players’ mood as
“good” but they had to “pick it up as a team” to score a breakthrough
win against St Kilda at Colonial Stadium on Sunday.
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'haves' and 'have nots'
Paul Gough assesses all 16 teams after round 3
takes first win
Adelaide has belatedly got its first win of the new AFL season with an 83-point
belting of a St Kilda side already sliding into a familiar pattern of dishonest
performances compounded by critical injuries.
outclassed by Port
A disappointing St. Kilda struck Port Adelaide on the day the Wizard Cup winners
finally rediscovered their pre-season form – with the Saints outclassed to the
tune of 83 points at Colonial Stadium.
four a confidence booster
Last week, Port Adelaide’s 2000 best and fairest Brett Montgomery made a bold
prediction - that Brendon Lade would bag five goals in a match-winning effort
against the Saints.
pumps Saints at Colonial
Port Adelaide rediscovered its pre-season form to outclass the Saints and post
its first victory of season 2002 – an 83-point obliteration - at Colonial
Port Adelaide has shrugged off its sluggish start to the season with a powerful
83-point win over a hapless St Kilda at Colonial Stadium.
back in the wars
St Kilda veteran Nathan Burke suffered an injury to his left knee just before
quarter time during today’s clash with Port Adelaide at Colonial Stadium.
found wanting: Thomas
St Kilda coach Grant Thomas said his team’s 83-point thrashing at the hands of
Port Adelaide today portrayed St Kilda at its lowest.
we're ready for Carlton: Wakelin
Port Adelaide’s four-quarter effort to skittle St Kilda by 83 points was just
the spark the Power needed to confront Carlton at Football Park this Sunday -
from 12.40pm local time.
Power Rd 3
Just thought I'd add this thread from the BigFooty message board to the site. It
lists how all of the Power players did in the SANFL on the weekend.
Also see No
shortage of Power performers: Round 3 from the official Port Adelaide site.
return delayed two months
Stephen Paxman’s imminent return to football has been put on hold for as long
as eight weeks due to a stress fracture.
A fractured finger will put Stuart Dew on the sidelines for two or possibly
finally has a win
Port Adelaide belatedly got its first win of the new AFL season with an 83-point
belting of a St Kilda side already sliding into a familiar pattern of dishonest
performances compounded by critical injuries.
smash Saints to end dismal run
Port Adelaide has registered its first win of the season with an emphatic
83-point annihilation of St Kilda at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne. The Power
led all day to take the match 20.19 (139) to 8.8 (56).
turns it on to break ice
preparing next lot of defenders
Veteran Port Adelaide defender Darren Mead has turned his focus to developing
the Power's next generation of defenders as he nears the end of his AFL career.
more focused: Mead
Port Adelaide’s 4-3 win-loss record against Carlton includes 3-2 at Football
Park, but it’s the 34-point loss to the Blues there in round 12 last season
that probably still irks Darren Mead the most.
to stay down back
Carlton star Lance Whitnall is likely to again line-up in defence this Sunday
against Port Adelaide at Football Park, after his solid performance at centre
half-back in last Friday night’s victory over Collingwood.
club - April 17 (Real Footy)
v Carlton Preview
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Park set for 50,000
Football Park is almost certain to host its first 50,000-plus crowd for an AFL
match on Saturday night of next week when Adelaide and Port Adelaide clash in
Showdown XI. The match is already a sell-out. The last of the available 5500
daily tickets were sold by noon today.
makes quick fifty
Brett Montgomery will rack up his 50th AFL game (110th overall) with the Power
this weekend against Carlton and it couldn’t have come any sooner. Monty has
not missed an AFL match since he joined the Power for the 2000 season.
out of Power clash
Carlton has received a blow heading into Sunday’s game against Port Adelaide
at Football Park, with defender Glenn Manton ruled out of the game with a jarred
on for Dew's spot
Stuart Dew’s broken finger has left a spot in the side to play Carlton on
Sunday up for grabs and the battle is on before the final Power team is named
beats a forward drum over Whitnall position
Where Lance Whitnall will play depends on whether Carlton forward coach Stephen
Kernahan has won or lost his argument to have the forward in front of goal.
club - April 18
will flood and tag: Williams
Port Adelaide expects Carlton to use flooding and tagging tactics at Football Park on Sunday, just as the Blues did when they beat the Power by 34 points at Football Park in round 12 last season.
Stevens gets a re-call
Pacey wingman Michael Stevens has been given the nod to come back into the team
this weekend, to replace the injured Stuart Dew. It’s a quick re-call for
‘Stevo’ who was dropped last week after playing in rounds one and two.
to pay tribute to ANZACS
With ANZAC Day on Thursday 25 April, the Port Adelaide Football Club will pay
tribute to those Australians who served in conflicts and those who lost their
lives, this Sunday at Football Park.
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ready to combat Carlton flood
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams yesterday labelled Carlton as "about the
biggest flooding side in the AFL" and left no doubt the Power expected the
Blues to use flooding and tagging tactics tomorrow.
look ahead to round 5
sight on TV
prowl as Power
Port Adelaide has cruised to a comfortable 53-point win over Carlton in their
AFL match at Football Park,
looks to future after another defeat
Carlton coach Wayne Brittain was focusing on the long term after his team had
16 goals booted against it after half-time in a 23.10(148) to 14.11(95) defeat
by Port Adelaide at Football Park today.
Port Adelaide key forward Warren Tredrea returned to form with six goals to set
up a 23.10 (148) to 14.11 (95) AFL win over Carlton at Football Park.
Port Adelaide has won its second game of the season with a runaway 53-point
victory over Carlton at Football Park.
strangle the Blues
After a slow start to the season, the Power has continued its return to form
with a hard-fought win over Carlton at Football Park today. After scores were
level at half-time, an unanswered seven-goal burst at the start of the third
quarter gave the Power a lead that they never surrendered, eventually winning by
53 points, 23.10 (148) to 14.11 (95).
boss hopes flooding won't cause Power failure
to face Crows
The AFL tribunal will not stop Gavin Wanganeen from facing the Crows in West End
Showdown X1 on Sunday despite media speculation about a video report.
rules out Brownlow for McLeod
Champion Adelaide midfielder Andrew McLeod will have to wait at least another
year to win the Brownlow Medal that has just eluded him in recent years after
tonight being suspended by the AFL tribunal.
suspends McLeod for charging
suspended for Showdown
cops a week
quarter efforts a must
Port Adelaide must start producing more four-quarter efforts, according to Adam
Kingsley and Jarrad Schofield, two of the Power’s best players in the 53-point
win against Carlton at Football Park yesterday.
wait on Primus
Port Adelaide is hopeful Matthew Primus will play in West End Showdown X1 this
Saturday night despite copping a corked knee in yesterday’s win over Carlton
at Football Park.
looks on the bright side
Carlton coach Wayne Brittain was focusing on the long term after his team had 16
goals booted against it after half-time in a 23.10 (148) to 14.11 (95) drubbing
by Port Adelaide at Football Park yesterday.
feel brunt of Port's Power
Carlton players came off a poor second-best against themselves as well as Port
Adelaide in a match of two distinct halves at Football Park yesterday.
you've almost got it
Details of yesterday's Power coaching clinic.
Brownlow hopes dashed
Andrew McLeod was denied last year's Brownlow Medal when he did not receive the
votes most observers believed he deserved in the last game of the last round. It
was the last call of the count. This year McLeod is out of contention after only
four rounds after being found guilty of charging Essendon full-forward Matthew
Lloyd by the AFL Tribunal last night and suspended for one match.
spar for Showdown XI
Rival coaches Gary Ayres (Adelaide) and Mark Williams (Port Adelaide) traded
compliments today in a friendly verbal spar as part of the build-up to Saturday
night’s Showdown XI at Football Park.
Port Power captain Matthew Primus has given himself a 50 percent chance of
playing in this weekend's crucial clash against fierce cross-town rivals the
in doubt for Adelaide derby
Injured Port Power captain Matthew Primus remains a 50-50 bet ahead of the
club's AFL match against the Adelaide Crows this weekend.
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v Port Adelaide match preview 2
battling knee injury
Port Adelaide skipper Matthew Primus is only a 50-50 chance to play against
Adelaide in Showdown X1 at Football Park this Saturday night.
Power coach Mark Williams has declared skipper Matthew Primus no better than a
50-50 chance to take on the Crows on Saturday night in West End Showdown X1.
three o'clock and the lights are on at Alberton
Port Adelaide went through its major training session of the week today at a wet
and dark Alberton Oval. The lights were switched on with little effect but the
players still managed a solid work out in the trying conditions.
Andrew McLeod article
club - April 24th
Blues beaten but certainly not broken
on live telecast tomorrow
in but no answer on Primus
impossible to replace: coach
Covering the loss of suspended star Andrew McLeod for Saturday's AFL showdown
with Port Adelaide is close to mission impossible, according to Crows coach Gary
at a loss
Adelaide coach Gary Ayres admits that he is struggling to replace Andrew McLeod
for Saturday's match with Port Adelaide.
Bob Quinn to be honoured
Bob Quinn, dual Magarey Medallist (1938, 1945) with the Port Adelaide Magpies,
will be honoured in today's Anzac Day clash between last season's grand
finalists, Central District and the Eagles. A medal has been struck in his name
and will be presented to the best afield in the match. Read more here
from the SANFL site.
club - April 25th
Port Adelaide wants a good start, a strong attack on the ball and four
consistent quarters against Adelaide in Showdown XI at Football Park tomorrow
must improve: Ayres
Adelaide coach Gary Ayres says the Crows must improve their tackling skills in
tomorrow night’s Showdown XI against Port Adelaide at Football Park.
he or won't he? We still don't know
Twenty-four of Port Adelaide’s 25-man squad have just walked off Football Park
after finishing their final training session in preparation for tomorrow’s
West End Showdown XI. The one notable absence from the group was Matthew Primus.
live in Adelaide
West End Showdown XI will be shown live into Adelaide on Channel 10 from 7:00pm
on Saturday night.
names Primus for SA derby
AFL selection news
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proud of a wonderful effort
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams heaped deserved praise on his players after
their heroic second-half fightback produced a thrilling eight-point win against
Adelaide in a memorable Showdown XI at Football Park last night.
team medal: Schofield
Jarrad Schofield savoured his West End Medal for being adjudged best afield in
Showdown XI and said: “I’ve never won anything like this before. If I can do
my job for the coach and the team, that’s all I’m worried about.
goals rescue Port
come from behind to win battle of the south
Port Adelaide has come out on top in the South Australian 'derby' clash with the
Adelaide Crows, coming from behind to win by just eight points. It was a
magnificent fightback by the Power who trailed at the long break by 22 points.
Port Adelaide has staged a stunning comeback to overrun cross-city rival
Adelaide by 8-points at Football Park. The Power had trailed for the entire
night until Peter Burgoyne kicked two late goals and propelled his side to
another win over the Crows, 14.6 (90) to 12.10 (82).
storms home to win Showdown XI
Port Adelaide has secured bragging rights in Adelaide this week with a
thrilling, come-from-behind eight–point win over Adelaide in one of the most
absorbing local derbies to date. The Power finished full of running to record a
14.6 (82) to 12.10 (90) victory.
to power on despite injury
Adelaide expects ruckman Matthew Primus to play in tonight's showdown between
South Australia's two AFL clubs despite the Port Adelaide captain failing to
train with his team this week.
win delights Power
Port Adelaide was so delighted with its morale-boosting comeback win over
hometown rival Adelaide, the players celebrated by reliving the tense final
stages on video minutes after the win.
Primus Sunday Mail article
Matthew Primus writes a column in the Sunday Mail every week so I thought I'd
give those of you who live interstate and overseas a run down on what he had to
say about last night's win.
Matty said "What a great win! One of our
best we've ever had. We were in big trouble in the third quarter and the boys
dug deep and recorded one of our best ever wins."
He was impressed with the efforts of Barny,
Kingsley and Schofield in the second half. He also wrote about the team lifting
and that there were some superb individual efforts, especially in the final ten
minutes, not so much with the ball, but through hardness and tackling.
Matty was disappointed to miss the game, but it
was his call and after a light run in the morning he felt the knee was a bit too
sore and that it would be wrong to play with the risk of causing further damage.
He stewed about the decision all afternoon but decided to do what's best for the
He sat in the coaches box for the match and he
said the heat was really on in there. He said he was on the edge of his seat the
The focus is now on West Coast who will be
stiff opposition after their win against Brisbane yesterday. Matty said "If
we could be 4-2 after six rounds it would be a satisfactory start to the season,
especially after dropping our first two games. After the week's rest I fully
expect to play."
triumphs with late surge
Port Adelaide unleashed a stirring second-half revival to steal an eight-point
win from Adelaide in a magnificent Showdown XI in front of a near-record
Football Park crowd of 49,513 last night.
four points....but four to savour
Last week, one in three Power supporters told us via a website poll that the
result in Saturday night’s West End Showdown XI was to them almost a matter of
life and death. After watching the Power’s desperation on the field in the
final quarter, it seemed as though our players would have voted the same way.
White suffers broken leg
statement on hotel incident
AFL officials condemn pub brawl
Port Adelaide is almost certain Matthew Primus will return to captain his side
on Sunday at Football Park against West Coast. Also see Primus
and Dew almost there - an updated version of the above story, with info on
Stuart Dew added.
clubs in hotel brawl
Adelaide and Port Adelaide confirmed today players from both clubs had been
involved in a verbal and physical altercation at a suburban hotel near Football
Park on Sunday night.
clash in pub brawl
The fierce rivalry between AFL clubs Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows
spilled off-field on Sunday night, with players from the two clubs clashing in a
brawl at an Adelaide hotel.
Six players each from Port Adelaide and Adelaide were involved in a brawl at a
South Australian hotel on Saturday night. The 12 were at the Ramsgate Hotel at
Henley Beach when verbal barbs between both sides developed into a scuffle less
than 24 hours after the Power had come from behind in the closing stages to win
the 11th Showdown clash between the two teams.
openers: a look at round six
comeback rekindles Magpie memories
This was the type of late, audacious robbery that Port Adelaide - as the old
Magpies, not the new Power - used to perform on all of its SANFL opponents,
particularly in the big games and, of course, finals and grand finals.
consider Pavlich fall-back
Fremantle is reported to be shoring up its options in case crack young
key-position player Matthew Pavlich wants to return home to South Australia to
continue his AFL career with Adelaide or Port Adelaide next season.
Speculation persists that Port midfielder Josh Carr, 22, a former East Fremantle
player, could be part of an end-of-season trade for Pavlich, 20.
primed for Port ruck challenge
Michael Gardiner yesterday described West Coast's win
against Brisbane last Saturday as one of the best in which he had been involved.
But the in-form ruckman also admitted he faces his biggest personal challenge of
the season on Sunday when he confronts Port Adelaide skipper Matthew Primus at
for the tough Eagles: Hardwick
Damien Hardwick believes a football team generally starts a match the way it has
finished the previous one – and he’s hoping his theory will apply to Port
Adelaide against West Coast at Football Park on Sunday.
concern over television 'clash' (official AFL)
Port Adelaide is concerned about its home game against West Coast at Football
Park on Sunday clashing with a live telecast of the Richmond-Adelaide match at
of biffo as rivals show they're 'human'
fly as Adelaide rivals continue the showdown
Within 24 hours of a passionate, emotional Showdown XI at Football Park on
Saturday night, Adelaide and Port Adelaide players were at it again in an
unauthorised version of Punch-up I.