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Monday 1st

Power in the SANFL RD 13 Official Power

Port must hit ground running: Schofield Sportswatch
Jarrad Schofield used just one word when asked what the top-placed Power needed to do to beat Fremantle at Subiaco on Saturday - "run".

Winning at Subi: Schofield tells Official Power
In-form Port Adelaide midfielder Jarrad Schofield believes confidence and run could be the keys to unlocking the Power’s next big challenge – beating Fremantle at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night.

Leather poisoning: Adrift in the future Official AFL

Few extras on injury list Official Power 

Early Openers: round 14 Official AFL
Preview of the weekend's games - Of Port's game Ashley Browne says "The last game in September might not necessarily determine which the best team in the AFL is. The first team to win in Perth probably deserves that mantle and the thinking here is that that will be Port. It is hard to see how Fremantle can turn around such a pitiful effort in Sydney to beat the ladder leaders, even on home turf." 

Williams to become AFL Life Member Official Power
Mark Williams will join the prestigious list of AFL Life Members on Saturday when he is involved in his 300th match at VFL/AFL level.
Also see Williams' AFL life membership Official Power

Dogs learn valuable lesson Herald Sun
To put the most positive of spins on it, at least coach Terry Wallace can now identify the cracks and buckles in the Bulldogs. It took a thumping from ladder leader Port Adelaide to expose areas the Dogs must shore up to remain competitive in the run to the finals.

Power the best, says Wallace Herald Sun
Things have never looked so good for Port Adelaide. By hammering the Western Bulldogs, who were riding a five-game winning streak, the Power cemented top position and won its sixth straight game. That equals its record for consecutive wins set last year.

Power sitting pretty on top Advertiser
This is how well Port Adelaide is travelling. By hammering the Western Bulldogs, who were riding a five-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Football Park, the Power not only cemented top position but won its sixth straight game to equal its record for consecutive games won, set from rounds 17 to 22 last year.....

Time ticks for Mead Advertiser
Port Adelaide centre half-back Darren Mead is no longer a first-choice defender at the Power and now seems to be in his last AFL season. This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn after the 31-year-old veteran has failed to force his way back into the Power defence in the past month.

AFL's cream continues to rise Yahoo AFL

Port has a day out against the Dogs Real Footy

Tuesday 2nd

Farmer says he's underperformed Official Fremantle

Dockers v Power Match Preview Sportal AFL

James a quiet achiever AFL Record
If there is one person who typifies the current Port Adelaide team more than any other it is the unheralded Roger James.

All-Australian - the early contenders Official AFL 
Selectors of the coveted All Australian side have released a list of the most likely players to be chosen in the annual football dream team at the midway mark of the season.
Port Adelaide: Peter Burgoyne, Josh Francou, Damien Hardwick, Adam Kingsley, Brett Montgomery, Matthew Primus, Warren Tredrea, Darryl Wakelin.
Also see Contenders named Sportal AFL

Burgoyne II grabs Rising Star nomination Official AFL
The sporting world has been tipped back on its axis and the natural order of things has been restored. Brazil has won the World Cup. An Aussie at Wimbledon has shot his mouth off again moaning about womens tennis. And Port Adelaide is on top of the ladder. It’s where this club belongs...
Also see Burgoyne the round 13 Rising Star Herald Sun

Fremantle v Port Match Preview Official AFL

Dockers must weather the early storm The Game
Fremantle's unbeaten record at home this season is under threat from ladder leader Port Adelaide this weekend if the club does not turn around its poor form in first quarters.

Super highway to the Power's goals Advertiser
This has been a testing year for Williams – defending the pre-season title, raking over the ashes of last year's disappointing finals and dealing with the wide criticism of the Power's tactics at the start of the season.

Task tougher as Power hit the road Advertiser
It has been dubbed the "House of Pain". No club outside of WA has won there this year. In simple terms, Subiaco Oval has become a fortress. Now it is Port Adelaide's turn to find out just how difficult it is to win in Perth. While the Power has swept all before it this season to be sitting pretty in top position, its next big challenge is to break the Subiaco hoodoo.

Your club - July 2nd Real Footy

Wednesday 3rd

Shaun won't have it so easy again AFL Record
Port Adelaide star Peter Burgoyne has thrown down the challenge to his younger brother and fellow Power forward, Shaun Burgoyne, ahead of Saturday night’s clash with Fremantle in Perth. Peter, who kicked six goals against the Western Bulldogs at Football Park last Saturday to shade his sibling’s effort of five majors in the same game, declared Shaun needed to back up the performance with “another good one” this week.

Powerhouse lives up to its name Official Power
There probably aren’t many places away from Alberton more fitting to host Power training than the Powerhouse. The appropriately named indoor basketball venue housed the Power’s main training session of the week today, which was moved to avoid the weather.

Francis's career looks over Herald Sun
Fabian Francis's AFL career appears to be over. The former Port Adelaide wingman's management will meet with Fremantle this weekend to discuss his future and other Dockers-related matters. It increasingly looks like the 28-year-old Francis will not be part of the Dockers' plans following the club's embarrassing bungle last December.

Port Magpie suspensions
Alf Steed was given a three match suspension at the SANFL tribunal last night. Steed, in his first game back from a long term knee injury, was reported and found guilty of head-butting Central District player Danny Stevens on Friday night. 

Phil McGuinness and Julian Wait were also found guilty of striking. McGuinness pleaded not guilty and was given a reprimand, while Wait was handed a one match ban for striking Rick MacGowan, who also copped a week for striking Wait.

The loss of Steed and McGuinness comes at a bad time, when the Magpies have been hit with an increased injury list and are struggling for a win.

Port's power drains Port Magpies AAP
Port Adelaide proudly sits atop the AFL ladder, but is the Power killing the goose that laid this golden egg?

Finals weekend of doom AFL Record
Plenty has been made of the conundrum facing the AFL in regard to its contract with the Melbourne Cricket Club if this year’s preliminary finals are due to be hosted by non-Victorian teams.

Footy fundamentals: who are the best Official AFL
Andrew McLeod has a look at the stand out performers of the AFL and Dew, Tredrea and Francou rate a mention.

Wizard still has tricks up his sleeve Real Footy
Fremantle star recruit Jeff Farmer says he has under-achieved in his first year at the club. Farmer gets his chance to fire this weekend against the top of the table Port Adelaide who he says is the best team in the competition at this stage of the season.

Your club - July 3rd Real Footy

Big names missing from All-Australian list Real Footy

Thursday 4th

Dockers looking to short-circuit Power Herald Sun
Fremantle's past AFL form indicates the 12th-placed Dockers are a shoo-in to topple ladder leaders Port Adelaide this weekend. But the Power are an enormous proposition, having won their last six matches in a row including denting Essendon's impressive record at Colonial Stadium in round 11 with a ten goal victory.

Port - Dockers toughest challenge Official Fremantle
In probably their toughest home ground test of the year, Fremantle go up against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

Winning begins at home Official AFL
One of the first goals new Fremantle coach Chris Connolly had when he took over the Dockers in 2002 was to work together with new Eagles’ coach John Worsfold to again make Subiaco Oval a hostile place for visiting teams.

Cassisi to make debut Official Power
Domenic Cassisi will make his AFL debut in his home state of Western Australia on Saturday night when the Power takes on Fremantle at Subiaco. The Power’s 19-year-old wingman has been called up to the side after many weeks hovering on the edge as an emergency.

Odyssey set for an even bigger send off Official Power 

It's like a bolt out of the blue Advertiser
Port Adelaide may not have a Wizard Cup to defend next year, but the club's most-successful jumper in AFL battles will be seen more often next season. The "Lightning Bolt" jumper, which has been worn exclusively in pre-season matches since 1997, will become the Power's away strip next year – ahead of a new, dramatically different away jumper in 2004.

Port on fast track Advertiser
Port Adelaide's road to the top has been cleared by six weeks of blazing starts. Since it was demolished by Brisbane at the Gabba in round seven, the Power has underpinned six consecutive wins by outscoring opposition teams by an average of 26 points per game in opening terms.

Port's turn to be tested Real Footy
It ended Brisbane's 20-match winning streak. Collingwood, Essendon and Adelaide have also been victims there. Now it's Port Adelaide's turn to put top spot and a club record-equalling six game winning streak on the line when it meets Fremantle at what has become known as the AFL's House of Pain - Subiaco Oval.

Your club - July 4th Real Footy

Dockers leave draft door open The Game

Friday 5th

Port coach to join AFL elite ABC

Port and Brisbane tough to split AFL Record
How even are the top two teams in the AFL coming into round 14? Very in some statistical areas, and not at all in others.

Dockers prepare for Power surge Yahoo AFL
The Fremantle Dockers are under no illusions of the enormity of the task facing them on Saturday night against Port Adelaide. Alternative link Herald Sun

Port hungry for success: Williams Official Power
Port Adelaide players are “hungry” for more success as they seek victory against Fremantle at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to a club-record seven in a row.

Port's test out west Advertiser
Are the walls about to come tumbling down? Fremantle's success at Subiaco Oval this season – coupled with West Coast's unbeaten home record – has turned back the clock to the days when Perth was a hell trip for most clubs.

Mattner, Cassisi named for debut Advertiser

SANFL Selection News Advertiser
Injury hit Port named three debutants Alwyn Davey (NT), Nathan Seal (juniors/reserves) and Matthew Smith (Crows) and former North defender Simon Peucker to make his first league appearance for the Magpies. Eugene Warrior is also back.

Fremantle axe falls on young stars The Game
Young Fremantle star Leigh Brown is one of four players axed for the match against ladder leader Port Adelaide at Subiaco Oval tomorrow night.

The travelling man who taught a club to stand tall 
Real Footy

When Dale Kickett farewells AFL football against Port Adelaide tomorrow night, with a lap around Subiaco Oval, there could be no better song playing than Tina Turner's Simply The Best. Kickett's former coaches at Fremantle all agree, he is the best player the club has ever had.

Rd 14 AFL teams & Predictions Real Footy
Rd 14 Expert Tips The Game

Saturday 6th

Power smash hoodoo and Dockers Herald Sun
Port Adelaide further stamped its mark on the AFL competition by ruthlessly snapping the Subiaco Oval hoodoo with an 84-point demolition of Fremantle tonight.

Port crushes Freo Sportal AFL
Port Adelaide has smashed the Subiaco Oval hoodoo with an 84-point demolition of the Fremantle Dockers.

Fortress Subi falls as Port pounds Freo Official AFL
Port Adelaide has smashed the “Subiaco hoodoo” in the most impressive way, recording an 84 point win over a hapless Fremantle on Saturday night.

Power gunning for lucky 13th WA trip Advertiser
Port Adelaide shouldn't be short of motivation but anything that can help keep the lads on the edge must be useful and Port coach Mark Williams has something for them to chase tonight at Subiaco Oval. "There are some carrots in front of us," Williams said. "The fact that no-one's won in Perth (from interstate) is a carrot for us . . . one we will definitely be chasing."

Football's great chase is on Advertiser
The chase for Fremantle gun Matthew Pavlich is now officially on. The two-week window of opportunity for every AFL club to position itself for the most-wanted player in Australian football opened yesterday. And Port Adelaide – which plays Fremantle at Subiaco tonight – will be in the race.

SANFL Match Previews Advertiser

Port primed for tough challenge The Game
Port Adelaide begins the biggest challenge to confront any club this season when it plays Fremantle at Subiaco Oval tonight.

Dockers face acid test The Game
Fremantle has claimed some pretty big scalps at Subiaco Oval this year. But assistant coach Chris Waterman says tonight's match against red-hot Port Adelaide will be easily the team's biggest test this season.

Fewster, Polak fortunes vary The Game
Brendon Fewster will come in from the cold when the Dockers play AFL ladder leader Port Adelaide at Subiaco Oval tonight.

Sunday 7th

Power break Subiaco hoodoo Yahoo AFL
Fremantle coach Chris Connolly says Port Adelaide is the best team in the AFL after the Power sacked Fortress Subiaco on Saturday night. For the third week in a row the South Australian club's opposition coach has labelled the Power the top team in the land.

AFL Goal Scorers After Rd 14
42:
B Hall (Sydney) 1
39: K Kingsley (Geelong) 0
38: D Neitz (Melb) 7
35: W Tredrea (Port Ade) 5
34: A Lynch (Bris) 2
33: S Milne (St K) 4
32: D Bradshaw (Bris) 2
31: S Dew (Port Ade) 6
30: T Croad (Fre) 0, J Akermanis (Bris) 4
See the full list of Power goal scorers for the season.

Fortresses fall as away sides run riot Herald Sun
Fortresses Gabba, Subiaco and Football Park have been raided, with the victors grabbing more than just the AFL competition points. Port Adelaide, Melbourne and Collingwood cracked the three most significant away wins this season by ending a travelling teams hoodoo and establishing important moves on the ladder in the process.

Injuries... They all add up Official AFL
Paul Gough looks at how each team stands with just eight matches remaining before the finals.

Subi win outstanding: Williams Official Power
Port Adelaide must have munched on the ruthless pills at halftime in their Subiaco Oval clash with Fremantle on Saturday night, because they came out and hammered the miserable Dockers with 14 goals to just three after the break.

Shaun's toil bears fruit Sunday Herald Sun
Shaun Burgoyne's initiation into AFL football has been far from smooth. Port Adelaide had high expectations last season for its No. 1 draft pick from 2000, but osteitis pubis ended his year before he had a chance to build form in the SANFL.

Power smash hoodoo and Dockers Sunday Herald Sun
The travel bug last night crossed the West Australian border, set up base inside Subiaco Oval and sent Fremantle crashing to its first home defeat this season. Its name? Port Adelaide.

Bombers snatch draw, Port downs Dockers ABC

Our Warren simply the best Sunday Mail

Dockers' turn to feel pain Real Footy
The house of pain got a dose of its own medicine last night when top-of-the-ladder Port Adelaide thumped Fremantle by 84 points at Subiaco Oval.

Port defends Cornes gesture Real Footy
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams last night defended his forward Chad Cornes, who gesticulated incitingly to a section of the crowd after kicking a goal against Fremantle at Subiaco Oval last night.
Also see Williams defends Cornes antics Yahoo AFL

Monday 8th

Goo cleared but concussed Official Power
Young utility Brent Guerra will not have to front the SANFL tribunal but still may not be available for AFL selection this week after suffering concussion while playing for the South Adelaide reserves in the SANFL on Saturday at Noarlunga.

Likes and dislikes - round 14 AFL Record

Power new flag favourites Official Power
Port Adelaide’s continued run of excellent form has brought new expectations after being made the bookies’ favourite for the AFL flag after round 14. The Power sits four points clear at the top of the ladder and with that has come strong premiership expectations throughout the nation.

Barny to face tribunal Official Power

Sydney v Port Adelaide Match Preview Official AFL

Francou identifies two challenges for Port Official Power
Port Adelaide faces another two big, immediate challenges as it seeks to consolidate top position on the AFL ladder. Fresh from being the first of 13 interstate teams to win in Perth this season – by downing Fremantle by 84 points last Saturday night – the Power now plays Sydney at the SCG on Sunday and the Kangaroos at Optus Oval the following Saturday.

Early Openers: Round 15 Official AFL
Sydney v Port Adelaide, SCG, Sunday, 1.10pm EST
Having conquered the “House of Pain”, the SCG should pose few problems for the men from Alberton. Expect the Swans to run hard all afternoon but do they possess the key position personnel to stretch Port? We think not.

Power passes test with honours Herald Sun
Saturday night at Subiaco Oval was always going to be a test – for both Port Adelaide and Fremantle. 

Gesture has Cornes under gun Herald Sun
Port Adelaide forward Chad Cornes will come under scrutiny for his provocative gesture to the Subiaco crowd on Saturday night. The AFL will discuss Cornes' gesture at a football operations meeting today.

Fort Subiaco surrenders The Game
The Port Adelaide-Fremantle match at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night told us two things. The Power is a team with a Rolls Royce motor and the improving Dockers still have a long way to go.

Port rules top spot Advertiser
Port Adelaide is now the undisputed leader of the premiership race and the biggest winner of Round 14 in which the strongest fortresses in AFL football crashed from coast to coast.

Let's emulate Port, says Connolly Advertiser
Fremantle coach Chris Connolly had a close look on Saturday night at the future he wants for his club. Connolly, who this season has dragged the Dockers (6-8) away from the foot of the AFL premiership table, believes Port Adelaide is the competition's benchmark.

Dew takes his chance Advertiser
Something had to give. And it was Fremantle, defending a six-match winning streak against interstate clubs at Subiaco Oval, which on Saturday night surrendered to Port Adelaide, which had won six consecutive games across Australia.

South v Port: Ando's plea for players Advertiser

Tuesday 9th

Two matches for French Official AFL
Port Adelaide's Barnaby French has been suspended for two matches by the AFL tribunal after being found guilty of striking Fremantle's Trent Croad at Subiaco last Saturday night.
Also see Tribunal flings French for two Sportal AFL
French gets two matches Official AFL

Cornes issued 'please explain'
Radio station 5AA reports that Chad Cornes has been issued a 'please explain' by the AFL over the gesture that he allegedly made towards a section of the Fremantle crowd at Subiaco on Saturday night during the Fremantle v Port match.

Best will test young Swans Sydney Morning Herald
With the finals out of sight, the younger Sydney Swans have been called upon to prove themselves against the best. Swans coach Paul Roos said yesterday he will use the coming games against ladder leaders Port Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions to gauge the potential of his young footballers.

Players in the SANFL Official Power

Francou looks to break new ground Advertiser
Port Adelaide has climbed to the top of the AFL ladder but the Power remains motivated to prove itself. And the next fortnight – when Port stays on the road to play Sydney and the Kangaroos – was long ago identified by the Power players as their most testing challenge in the second half of the season.

SANFL: Hollands to leave SA Advertiser
Former Port Adelaide rookie Ben Hollands will not play for the Bloods next season. Hollands will return to Albury-Wodonga with his family to accept a work promotion at the end of this month.

SANFL: Make move - or fold Advertiser
Woodville-West Torrens – a hybrid of two of the SANFL's oldest clubs – will fold within five years if it does not shift its poker machines to Port Rd, directors told members last week.

Wednesday 10th

Swans v Power Match Preview Sportal AFL

Power wary of Swans' new tactics Official Power
Port Adelaide champ Gavin Wanganeen will be expecting the unexpected from Sydney at the SCG this Sunday after the Swans had a closed training session on Wednesday. Wanganeen said the Power would have to be ready to combat some different tactics as it goes about trying to win its eighth consecutive match and first in Sydney for three years.

Swans prepare for 'ultimate test' Official Sydney
Resilient Sydney defender Leo Barry resolved to "keep a tight lip" after a rare but costly outburst as the Swans' young guns prepared to face what coach Paul Roos today described as the "ultimate test".

Primus fixes free kick count Official Power
Matthew Primus has added a new dimension to his game in 2002 by dramatically reversing his tendency to give away free kicks. After being the worst culprit in the AFL last year, Primus is now receiving more frees than he gives away.

Power gets $200k for Community Youth Program Official Power
The Power’s very successful Community Youth Program has received a significant boost in funding and an additional focus, through the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation. The Foundation has injected $200,000 over the next four years into the Community Youth Program, which is the Power’s own unique youth education program.

Croad blow costs French two games The Game
Port Adelaide's clear road to the AFL finals hit a pothole last night when ruckman Barnaby French was suspended for two weeks by the AFL Tribunal.

Cornes queried over gesture Real Footy
The AFL has issued an official "please explain" letter to Port Adelaide's Chad Cornes after the forward appeared to gesture angrily towards the Fremantle crowd last Saturday night.

Your club - July 10th Real Footy
Port Adelaide - Tall defender Toby Thurstans seems certain to be considered for his AFL debut this week in the wake of Barnaby French's two-match suspension. Thurstans, 22 next month, has been close to being promoted for some time because of consistent performances with SANFL club Sturt. Chad Cornes has received a "please-explain" letter from the AFL for his gesture to the crowd last week and faces a possible $5000 fine.

Thursday 11th

Swans add trio to squad for Port clash Official Sydney
Selection news.

Morgan and Thurstans named in squad Official AFL
One of Port Adelaide's two untried defenders in Adam Morgan and Toby Thurstans could be on the brink of his AFL debut after being named in the Power’s 25-man squad to take on Sydney on Sunday at the SCG.

Why fourth is better than third Official AFL
Paul Gough looks at a possible scenario for the finals.

Power tightens to take flag Advertiser
Port Adelaide's blistering form has brought the Power into outright premiership favouritism for the first time in its brief history.

Running scared Advertiser
Sydney threw out a veil of secrecy with a highly-unusual closed training session yesterday as it prepares to tackle pacesetter Port Adelaide in Sydney on Sunday. Fledgling coach Paul Roos nominated the red-hot Power as the youngSwans "ultimate test" as he drew the curtain on the mystery game plan he hopes will stop the league leader.

Your club - July 11th Real Footy
Port Adelaide - The challenges keep coming for Port, which is on a club-record seven-match winning streak. Next up is trying to improve its poor record against Sydney: two wins from seven games, including a 1-3 record at the SCG. And the Power also lost to the Kangaroos there in 2000. Port has averaged only 12 goals a match in its five appearances at the SCG, so Sunday's clash with the Swans will be another timely test for the Power's scoring machine, which has churned out an impressive 70.42 to 37.26 in its past three matches.

Friday 12th

Four years on, Morgan gets his go Official Power
Adam Morgan will make his AFL debut on Sunday when the Power takes on Sydney at the SCG, four years after being drafted.

Port congratulates SANFL on AAMI deal Official Power

Port stays proactive: Williams Official Power
Mark Williams says Port Adelaide will continue to be proactive as it confronts its next challenge – trying to beat Sydney on the comparatively small confines of the SCG on Sunday to extend its club-record winning streak to eight.

Football Park now AAMI Stadium Official AFL
Football Park, home of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) since 1974, has become AAMI Stadium under a multi-million dollar five-year sponsorship deal announced on Friday.
Also see Welcome to AAMI Stadium Official Power
Footy Park's new name Sportal AFL

Dew the fans' choice for Rd 14 Official Power

Roos says youth will get a jolt of experience when Power come to town Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Swans' unofficial youth policy faces its most significant test over the next two weeks as coach Paul Roos tries to balance the desire to give young players more game time with the need to field competitive teams against pacesetters Port Adelaide and Brisbane.

SANFL: Selection News Advertiser
Stephen Paxman has switched from Central District to North Adelaide.
Also see Paxman to play league at North Official Power

Port faces 'squeeze' Advertiser
Shaun Rehn once noted all AFL football grounds were the same – oval shaped, grass in the middle and goal posts at each end. Not so the circular-shaped SCG, where this weekend league leader Port Adelaide faces its hoodoo with a ground and an opponent.

So what's the verdict Wayne Advertiser
Rucci looks at the finals fiasco that Port or Brisbane could be facing.

The flooding has subsided Real Footy
The top four scoring teams at present are Port Adelaide, Brisbane, Western Bulldogs and Adelaide. It's no coincidence that all four play with a structured forward set-up where at least three or four players remain in the attacking half 90 per cent of the time.

AFL Team Lists & Predictions Real Footy

Saturday 13th

First quarter the key against Power: Roos Yahoo AFL
Port Adelaide's dominant recent first quarter exploits looms as Sydney's biggest challenge in their AFL clash on Sunday, Swans coach Paul Roos said.

The passion behind Power Sydney Morning Herald
Coach Mark Williams has moulded Port Adelaide into a team that has the look of a genuine flag contender.

Graduation day arrives Advertiser
Tall defender Adam Morgan last night won his personal race with fellow draftee Toby Thurstans to graduate from the Alberton academy to play AFL football with Port Adelaide.

SANFL Match Previews Advertiser

Huge test to see if Port is fit to rule Advertiser
Assistant coach Phil Walsh, who has designed the most productive attack in the AFL, has had to adjust the Power's game plan to adapt to the shape of the SCG and the anticipated dour tactics of the Swans.

AFL plans to grovel for preliminary final Advertiser
The AFL is prepared to buy Port or Brisbane the chance to play a preliminary final at their home grounds rather than the MCG this year. And if the Melbourne Cricket Club, ground managers of the MCG, will not release the AFL from a contractual commitment to play at least one of the two preliminary finals at the MCG, the football league may play its own game of hard-ball over contracts.

SANFL lucky they're with AAMI Advertiser
After repeatedly rejecting calls to name any part of the home of South Australian football after the game's legends, the SANFL yesterday sold the name of Football Park to an insurance company.

Expert tips Rd 15 The Game

Sunday 14th

Poulton dedicates win to lost friend Official AFL
Jared Poulton handed Port Adelaide a pulsating two-point victory over the Sydney Swans just three days after he buried a long-time friend who died in a car accident last weekend.

Another narrow loss for Sydney Official AFL

Early Openers: round 16 Official AFL

The run to the finals Official AFL
A table showing every teams run home.

Poulton saves the day for Port Real Footy
A goal after the siren from Jared Poulton secured a thrilling two point win for Port Adelaide over Sydney at the SCG today. Poulton made his set shot from 50m directly in front of goal with his side trailing by four points to hand the Power victory 14.10 (94) to 13.14 (92).

Poulton pinches points Sportal AFL
A goal to Jared Poulton after the siren has given Port Adelaide a two-point win over Sydney at the SCG. The match was a see-sawing battle all day, with the lead changing hands several times, but after pulling 15 points ahead with just over five minutes remaining, the Power looked to have done enough.

Port sink Swans with last-gasp goal ABC
Port Adelaide's Jared Poulton has kicked a goal after the siren to give his side a thrilling two-point victory over the Sydney Swans in the AFL match played at the SCG. The competition leaders came from 13 points down at half-time to run out 14.10 (94) winners over the Swans 13.14 (92).

Port clinch win after siren Official AFL
A heart-stopping Jared Poulton goal after the siren ensured a thrilling 13.14 (94) to 14.10 (92) victory for Port Adelaide over the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground which he dedicated to a childhood friend who died last weekend.

Francou, Port's powerhouse Real Footy
Port Adelaide and Josh Francou began in the AFL together, and six years later they remain inseparable. Francou was the first Port player to reach 50 games, has played more games for the club than anyone and all but seven of its games in the competition.

Swans wary of torrid opening Sunday Mail
Ladder-leading Port Adelaide is primed for a ferocious opening from Sydney, with new coach Paul Roos putting the Swans on notice that the first quarter at the SCG today is pivotal to their chances of winning.

Monday 15th

No worries for Kingsley Official Power
Adam Kingsley left the ground seemingly with an injury with just a minute to go in Sunday’s heart-stopping win over Sydney at the SCG. His replacement? Jared Poulton, who came on to kick the winning goal after the siren. And there’s more good news – Kingsley is fine to play this week against the Kangaroos at Optus Oval.

Kangaroos v Port Match Preview Official AFL

Junior Burger answers charge Tuesday Official Power

Primus makes a Power ton Official Power
Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus will play his 100th AFL premiership season match for the Power on Saturday against the Kangaroos at Optus Oval.

Cornes fined $3000 for gesture Official AFL
Port Adelaide forward Chad Cornes has been fined $3000 by the AFL for an insulting gesture to the crowd during the round 14 match against Fremantle at Subiaco Oval.
Also see Cornes fined for gesture Sportal AFL

Zapped of power, says Williams Advertiser
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams last night questioned whether his "tired and jaded" AFL leaders would have the strength to finally break their hoodoo with the Kangaroos at Optus Oval on Saturday.
Also see Williams: Back the Kangas Herald Sun

Power smash 'n' grab finish Herald Sun
Sydney coach Paul Roos thought he had the game in the bag after Barry Hall drilled a running shot from 40m to put the Swans in front with 27 seconds left on the clock.

Poulton: I kicked goal for my mate Herald Sun
Jared Poulton's winning goal after the siren at the SCG yesterday was dedicated to a close friend lost in a car accident eight days earlier.

Broken hearts as Swans lose on last kick SMH
Poulton's moment in the sun ends a bleak week SMH

Power's never-give-in win Advertiser
Port Adelaide answered a critical question yesterday. It can win the tough ones, the games in which its opponent does everything to deny the Power the chance to play its own game.

Winning goal in memory of a mate Advertiser
For Port Adelaide, it was the final seconds goal which secured a sweet victory against Sydney but for goal kicker Jared Poulton it meant much, much more.

We can't drop our heads, says Tigers boss Advertiser
Glenelg coach Brenton Honor has challenged his side to find the self-belief to translate competitive efforts into victories after falling to Port Adelaide by 18 points at Alberton Oval on Saturday.

Poulton's big day Real Footy
It was the ultimate Boy's Own ending. Player takes mark and has monster kick after the siren to win the game. However for Port Adelaide's Jared Poulton, who stole the game from Sydney's clutches by kicking the winning goal yesterday, there was more to the story.

Swans find disastrous new way to lose Real Footy
In a season in which Sydney never stops finding new and exciting ways to lose, the Swans suffered perhaps the most painful blow of all at the SCG yesterday.

Tuesday 16th

Burgoyne gets one match for charging Official AFL
Port Adelaide forward Shaun Burgoyne has been suspended for one match by the AFL tribunal after being found guilty of charging.

We're not favourites: Pagan Official Kangaroos

Poults finds form without sleeves Official Power
Jared Poulton was the last player chosen for the Power’s 40-man squad in 2002 after what he calls a “disappointing” 2001 season. But improved fitness, a better kick, and a change of luck by discarding the trademark long-sleeved guernsey, has hopefully sent his career rocketing towards its first AFL final, with a pretty special highlight along the way.

Big night for AFL tribunal Official Power

Williams starts mind games early Yahoo AFL
Just moments after his side's heart-stopping win over Sydney, Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams started the mind games ahead of the Power's next AFL challenge.

Tigers, Chad cops fine Herald Sun

Super Saturday beckons AFL Record

The clash where no team wants to be favourite Advertiser
Will the true favourite for Saturday's game between Port Adelaide and the Kangaroos at Optus Oval please step forward? It is the tag no-one wants as both clubs stress their case as the underdog.

Cornes fined $3000 for insulting gesture Real Footy
Port Adelaide forward Chad Cornes was fined $3,000 by the AFL yesterday for making an insulting gesture to the crowd during the July 6 match at Subiaco.

$3000 fine for Cornes' 'vulgar' gesture Advertiser
Port Adelaide forward Chad Cornes has lost $3000 – at least one match payment – for making a gesture he still does not understand to the crowd at Subiaco Oval a fortnight ago. Port rookie Shaun Burgoyne will front the tribunal tonight to answer a report of allegedly charging Sydney forward Stephen Doyle on Sunday and Swans forward Barry Hall must answer a serious face gouging allegation. The charge against Hall is that he made unnecessary and unreasonable contact to the face of Port captain Matthew Primus.

Your club - July 16th Real Footy

Wednesday 17th

Roos untroubled by Optus home game Official AFL
The Kangaroos are confident they have done everything possible to maximise the crowd at their fifth ‘home’ venue - Optus Oval - this Saturday.

Roos a great test for Port: Hardwick Official Power
The Kangaroos always match-up well against Port Adelaide so the teams’ positions on the AFL ladder – Port on top (12-3) and the Roos ninth (8-7) – are irrelevant, according to experienced Power defender Damien Hardwick.

Swans spearhead suspended Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Swans' season continued to plumb new depths last night when star recruit Barry Hall was suspended for five matches after being found guilty of clawing the face of Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Primus during Sunday's heartbreaking loss at the SCG.

Time for a Power nap against Roos Herald Sun

Mental Power strong as ever Herald Sun
Port Adelaide appears jaded physically, but mentally the determination to finish off its best AFL season - and remove the scars from last year - is as strong as ever.

Pagan scoffs at Port ruse Herald Sun

Bad boy Barry out for five Herald Sun

Website shock for Primus Herald Sun
AFL footballers are the latest victims of rogue internet operators, with fake nude pictures posted on a gay AFL fan website. The website displays semi-naked photos of a player it claims to be Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus, plus a full frontal nude shot that the footballer said was not him.

Akermanis, Burgoyne suspended Real Footy

Your club - July 17th Real Footy

Thursday 18th

Primus a credit to old Fitzroy AFL Record

Colbert's amazing recovery Official Kangaroos
Kangaroos defender Leigh Colbert, so often criticised for his vulnerability to injuries, has made a miracle recovery from a shoulder injury ahead of Saturday’s big game against Port Adelaide at Optus Oval.

Power switch youngsters Official Power
Young guns Brent Guerra and Michael Stevens have been recalled to the Power side for Saturday’s clash with the Kangaroos at Optus Oval.

Kangaroos v Port Match Preview Sportal AFL

Your club - July 18th Real Footy

Friday 19th

Port faces mental test: Bailey Official Power
Port Adelaide players’ mental strength will be tested against the Kangaroos at Optus Oval on Saturday, according to Power assistant coach (defence) Dean Bailey.

Pagan praise for Optus Official AFL
Optus Oval might be currently on the nose with AFL fans but not with Kangaroos’ coach Denis Pagan as his side prepares to play its one and only “home” game at Optus, against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Mates have lots to Crow about Herald Sun

Rd 16 Tips The Game

Roos brave stand Herald Sun
Kangaroos miracle man Leigh Colbert will go into battle against Port Adelaide tomorrow knowing one heavy clash could dislocate his right shoulder again.

Roos turn unloved oval into Princes Park for a day Real Footy

Colbert's stunning recovery Real Footy
Kangaroos centre half-back Leigh Colbert, whose season was feared finished at the start of the week, completed a Lazarus-like comeback last night when he was cleared to play against league leader Port Adelaide at Optus Oval tomorrow.

Rd 16 Teams and Predictions Real Footy

Saturday 20th

Port downed by Roos Official Power
Port Adelaide has dropped its fourth match of the year, a 29-point loss to the Kangaroos at Optus Oval.

Defeat a minor hiccup: Williams Official AFL
Port Adelaide might have lost its first game for more than two months – against the Kangaroos at Optus Oval – but coach Mark Williams is hoping the 29-point loss will only be a minor pothole in the road as Port looks towards September.

Roos power home Official AFL
The Kangaroos have overcome the loss of their best player this season – Brent Harvey – to not only end the eight match winning streak of AFL leaders Port Adelaide but maintain their incredible unbeaten record against the Power.

Roos have no issues with Optus Oval, says Pagan Real Footy
Unlike the vast majority of AFL clubs press-ganged into playing at Optus Oval, Kangaroos coach Denis Pagan has no complaints.

Sunday 21st

Tough Roos turn on power Sunday Herald Sun
Underdogs with bookmakers, the Kangaroos had the psychological advantage over Port Adelaide, having won every one of their eight previous encounters.

Blow for Roo star Sunday Herald Sun

Wanganeen, Hardwick in doubt Official AFL
Port Adelaide stars Gavin Wanganeen and Damien Hardwick are in doubt for Saturday night’s match against Melbourne at AAMI Stadium.

Roos inflict pain on Power Sunday Mail
Adelaide's record-breaking run of eight consecutive wins yesterday slammed into a brick wall.

Stevens the spirit of the side Real Footy

Port stays powerless against the rampant Roos Real Footy
The talk before yesterday's Kangaroos v Port Adelaide match was all about who didn't want to win it. Power coach Mark Williams graciously awarded favouritism to the Roos, before Denis Pagan very generously handed it back.

Monday 22nd

Power gets tough work out Official Power
Port Adelaide was put through a tough training session at Alberton Oval on Monday in preparation for its clash with Melbourne on Saturday night at AAMI Stadium.

Power players in the SANFL Official Power

Power and Vodafone to work for science centre Official Power

Early Openers: round 17 Official AFL

Power switched on: Kingsley Official Power
Port Adelaide players have retained their confidence and positive attitude in the wake of their club-record winning streak ending at eight with the loss to the Kangaroos.

The run home Official AFL
Here is the run home now for the 11 teams still in finals contention and a look at how the ladder might shape up after round 22 following this weekend’s results.

No-frills Roos get the job done Herald Sun

Injured Harvey set to miss two matches Real Footy
The Kangaroos' Brownlow Medal favourite Brent Harvey will miss at least two matches, after injuring his shoulder during his team's sensational 29-point win over Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Tuesday 23rd

Port v Melbourne Match Preview Official AFL

We're not scared of Roos: Kingsley Advertiser
Port Adelaide does not fear the possibility of confronting its nemesis the Kangaroos in the finals. Defender Adam Kingsley said the club's poor record against Denis Pagan's side – extended to nine losses at Optus Oval on Saturday – would not matter in September.

Man for man, the Kangaroos take some beating Real Footy
The courageous Kangaroos leapt into the eight with their gutsy win over league leader Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Your club - July 23rd Real Footy

Wednesday 24th

Port's raring to go: Dew Official Power
Retaining top position … not losing to the same team twice in the one season … not losing two successive matches again this season.

Board member resigns Official Power
George Fiacchi has resigned as a Director of the Port Adelaide Football Club. Fiacchi cited personal reasons for his decision, including that there was a conflict of interest.

Chat with Michael Stevens tonight 7.00pm
See the transcript of the chat here

Worse news on Hardwick Official Power
Power defender Damien Hardwick will miss up to three matches after it was revealed this morning he had slightly damaged his right knee.
Also see Hardwick knee setback Official AFL

Port v Melbourne Match Preview Sportal AFL

Bulldogs' trade punt backfires badly Real Footy
Three years ago, the Western Bulldogs were involved in a three-way deal to get Port Adelaide's Nathan Eagleton and it's fair to say this punt backfired.

Your club - July 24th Real Footy

Thursday 25th

The burning questions AFL Record 

Wanganeen named to battle Demons Official Power
Only Friday’s 40-minute training session stands between Gavin Wanganeen taking his place in the Power line-up on Saturday night for the clash with Melbourne.

Containing danger man a Neitz trick Advertiser
David Neitz is the player Port Adelaide must stop if it is to beat Melbourne at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night. The Coleman Medal favourite, who with 49 goals heads the AFL goalkicking list with Geelong's Kent Kingsley, is the barometer by which the Demons' form can be measured this season.

Knee injury may sideline Hardwick for three weeks Real Footy
The loss of Port Adelaide defender Damien Hardwick for up to three weeks with a knee injury would leave a big hole in the team's defence, teammate Stuart Dew said yesterday.

Your club - July 25th Real Footy

Still more up Port's sleeve Advertiser

Friday 26th

The making of Brett Montgomery AFL Record

Schofield suffers a fractured foot Official Power
Port Adelaide midfielder Jarrad Schofield has a fractured foot and will miss four to six matches. Schofield was hurt at training at AAMI Stadium on Friday and X-rays later confirmed the fracture.

Wanganeen gets all clear Official Power
Gavin Wanganeen will play his 100th AFL match with the Port Adelaide Football Club on Saturday night after getting through Friday’s training session at AAMI Stadium.

The battle of Bowen Official Power
Five years since making his AFL debut, Bowen Lockwood continues to battle the physical elements that have had a debilitating effect on his career over the past four seasons. Lockwood will not play in the SANFL this weekend. After recently spending a month in Melbourne searching for medical answers, Bowen will undergo further testing over the next few weeks as he continues to fight to end his chronic injury troubles.

Port must improve: Williams Official Power
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams has challenged his players to lift their performances in the next six matches before the finals. 

Midfield on a mission Advertiser
Port Adelaide's highly-rated midfield is out to make a statement against Melbourne at AAMI Stadium tomorrow night. Embarrassed with their poor showing in the loss to the Kangaroos last week, the Power on-ballers have vowed to hit back hard to confirm their status as one of the premier midfield brigades in the competition.

Armstrong earns recall The Game
Australian Steven Armstrong has won back his spot in the Melbourne side for tomorrow night's important clash against league leader Port Adelaide at Football Park.

SANFL selection news Advertiser

Rd 17 teams & predictions Real Footy
Rd 17 tips The Game

Saturday 27th

Port survives Demons scare news.com.au
Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus deservedly kicked the winning goal as his side narrowly withstood a huge comeback by Melbourne to win at AAMI Stadium.

Port wins thriller Sportal AFL
Port Adelaide has returned to the winners’ list with a thrilling four-point win over Melbourne at Football Park.

Port foils Demons charge Official AFL
Port Adelaide hung on to record a tense four-point victory over a tenacious Melbourne side at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

No more time for hiccups Advertiser
Mark Williams is taking little notice of last week's loss to the Kangaroos. "We were very disappointed with the result but it was difficult to analyse that game because it was our third (consecutive) game on the road and there were a few other factors which went against us," the Port Adelaide coach claimed.

Lockwood on verge of retiring Advertiser
Lockwood's Port Adelaide, and possibly his AFL, career appears over. The player once touted as at least the equal of the Power's All-Australian centre half-forward Warren Tredrea has again been struck down by back problems. And this time they could be career-ending.

Schofield injury blow for Port Real Footy
Port Adelaide yesterday received a severe setback in its run to the AFL finals when star midfielder Jarrad Schofield fractured a foot. He will miss the next four to six matches.

Power won't pull plug on Carey Real Footy
Port Adelaide could still consider approaching Wayne Carey for next season, despite the club's football operations manager, Rob Snowdon, saying this week that the former Roo was "not on our agenda whatsoever".

Sunday 28th

Finals headache looming Official AFL
The AFL’s worst nightmare – its finals series being compromised by its agreement with the Melbourne Cricket Club – is about to become a reality with Brisbane and Port Adelaide now virtually certain to finish in the top two positions at the end of the home and away season.

Kingsley to miss at least two Official Power
Port Adelaide defender Adam Kingsley will miss the next two or three matches with a strained hamstring.

Power survives surge Sunday Herald Sun
Port Adelaide has returned to the winners' list in its first game at home for a month - but lost top spot on the AFL ladder to Brisbane.

Power holds off Dees Sunday Mail

Port's win may prove costly Real Footy
Port Adelaide has surrendered top spot on the AFL ladder despite being willed across the line last night by captain Matthew Primus.

Demons falter in a thriller Real Footy
Port Adelaide snatched a four-point win from Melbourne in a desperate finish to a magnificent battle in drizzling rain and difficult, slippery conditions at AAMI Stadium in Adelaide last night.

Monday 29th

Injuries wearing away at Port AFL Record
Until last week the only column that has grown rapidly for Port Adelaide in 2002 has been the ‘win’ list — 13 victories from 17 starts sees it second on the ladder with a break of two games and 21.1 per cent over third-placed Collingwood. Of concern to coach Mark Williams would be the sudden expansion of the list that makes or breaks many teams’ campaigns — the injury column.

MCC standing firm on MCG finals Official AFL

Early Openers: round 18 Official AFL

Port v St Kilda Match Preview Official Power

Primus wary of Saints Official Power
Matthew Primus says Port Adelaide expects to win every match it plays but he warns Power fans against expecting “big victories” against St Kilda (14th) and Carlton (16th) in the next two weeks.

Test ahead for Gavin and Che Official Power
Power injury update

Power considering Brett Ebert Official Power
Port Adelaide used the AFL’s father-son rule for the first time on Monday, when exciting youngster Brett Ebert joined Power training at Alberton Oval.

Williams pays tribute to Power Yahoo AFL
Port Adelaide AFL coach Mark Williams paid tribute to his players' character after the Power survived a swag of injuries and a massive scare from Melbourne to win by four points at AAMI Stadium last night.

Brisbane, Port clear at top of ladder Yahoo AFL
Brisbane and Port Adelaide sit two games clear atop the AFL ladder after round 17 - but that's where the clarity ends. The Lions and Power are clearly the best two sides - and set for an epic round 22 showdown at AAMI Stadium to decide the minor premiership - but predicting their major contenders for a grand final berth is fraught with danger.

Williams lauds Port's passion Advertiser
Mark Williams hailed Saturday night's win against Melbourne at AAMI Stadium as one of Port Adelaide's finest, despite the Power letting a 43-point lead slip from its grasp.

Powerful fortnight ahead Advertiser
Port Adelaide needs to make the most of the next two weeks to reclaim pole position in its race with Brisbane for the minor premiership – and the guarantee of hosting a preliminary final at AAMI Stadium.

Skipper Primus proves his worth Advertiser
Matthew Primus is the heart and soul of the Port Adelaide Football Club. Time and again when leadership is needed and the game is on the line he is the Power player who stands tall.

Tuesday 30th

Ellis gets two for striking Official AFL
Key Melbourne defender Craig Ellis has received his fifth suspension for striking in five seasons, and will miss two matches after being found guilty of striking Port Adelaide’s Barnaby French.

Russell Ebert's boy eyes a spot on Power's list Advertiser
Four-time Magarey Medallist Russell Ebert claims watching his son Brett play football is "worse than going out and playing myself". He had better get used to it. Eighteen-year-old Brett yesterday trained in front of his legendary father at Port Adelaide for the first time, taking a major step in being the first player taken by a South Australian AFL club under the father-son rule.

Finals fight even hotter Real Footy
Most AFL seasons, there's a logjam of teams clambering over each other for the last couple of spots in the final eight. There's a bank-up of contenders again this year, too, the difference now being that there's three races going on, not just one. The main event on the card is the battle for top spot, now effectively a race in two between Brisbane and Port Adelaide, both at least two games ahead of the rest of the competition.

Your club Real Footy

Wednesday 31st

Cocky looks the goods Official Power
Creative Power forward Che Cockatoo-Collins sent a clear message to the coaching staff at training at AAMI Stadium on Wednesday – he is ready to take on St Kilda on Saturday night.

Ton up for Tredrea Official Power
Warren Tredrea plays his 100th AFL match for Port Adelaide this week, still remembering – and thankful for – the confidence and self-belief he gained from THAT match against Carlton at Optus Oval in round seven of 1998.

Race for top spot to inspire Power against Saints Herald Sun
The tight race for top spot and an inequity in the AFL finals system will inspire Port Adelaide to chase a percentage boost in Saturday night's AAMI Stadium clash with St Kilda.

Power elevates rookie Crabb Official Power
Port Adelaide made 22-year-old midfielder Jaxon Crabb available for AFL selection today by promoting him from its rookie list for the rest of the 2002 season. The former West Coast Eagles player takes the spot of defender Michael Wilson, who is on the long-term injured list.

Power v Saints Match Preview Sportal AFL

Port poised to pick up son of a legend Real Footy
Brett Ebert, son of Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert, could be picked up by the Power this year under the AFL's father-son rule.

Your club - 31st July Real Footy

 

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