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Friday 1st

Current schedule for live Port Pre-Season Games
Feb 17 Port v Essendon - Ch 10
Feb 23 Port v Fremantle - Foxtel
Mar 2  Bulldogs v Port - Ch 10

Sunday 3rd

AFL pre-season a win-win for everyone
While it mightn't be the usual airline, brewery or soft drink emporium, somehow, the name Wizard seems a strangely appropriate corporate backdrop to the AFL's latest and perhaps last version of the pre-season competition, which starts on Friday week.

Monday 4th

Port Magpie News
Graham Johncock suffered a fractured cheekbone when he collided with a team mate in Friday's trial game for the Crows and will miss at least the next three weeks.

Tuesday 5th

Player update
There was one setback in yesterday's training session with new recruit Mark McKenzie rolling on an ankle, but the form of ruckman Brendon Lade was impressive.

Wednesday 6th

Your club - News on every club Real Footy

Thursday 7th

Radio coverage for local fans
With live TV coverage of some of the pre-season games for Port and Crows still in doubt, the AFL has cleared the way for supporters to be able to listen to the games live on local radio.

Radio 5AA has taken up the offer to air all six games live and the ABC is expected to follow.

The AFL is still dealing with its three new telecasters, Nine, Ten and Foxtel to have the six games shown live and free-to-air in Adelaide. Foxtel has exclusive rights to three of the games.

In other news 

Warren Tredrea has signed a new long-term contract with Port Adelaide and the new official Power website will be launched on February 13th.

Friday 8th

TV schedule for Power games:

Sunday 17th Feb
Power v Essendon at Footy Park
Live on 10

Saturday Feb 23rd
Power v Fremantle at Footy Park
Live on Foxtel, delay on 10

Saturday March 2nd
Bulldogs v Power at Colonial
Live on 10

Port man for life
All-Australian centre half-forward Warren Tredrea intends to be a Port Adelaide player for life. And his long-term commitment to the Power is likely to spark more major signings at Alberton. Tredrea, 23, yesterday revealed he had signed a long-term extension that could be his second-last contract at the Power.
See Tredrea inks new deal.

Saturday 9th

Encouraging start for Port pair
Damien Hardwick's form and Brendon Lade's fitness were among the encouraging features of Port Adelaide's intraclub game at Alberton Oval today. 

There is also a thread on the Port message board at with supporters thoughts on the game. Click HERE if you would like to have a read.

Wednesday 13th

Your club - News on every club Real Footy
Includes a Power injury update

Grand Final seats: A new deal
The AFL is seeking to end the annual furore over Grand Final tickets, with a plan to almost double the number of seats available to members of the competing clubs.

Thursday 14th

Port v Essendon at Football Pk - Rd 1 Wizard Cup
Final teams to be selected from squads of 28 below

Port Adelaide
1 - Matthew Primus
2 - Darryl Wakelin
3 - Brett Montgomery
4 - Gavin Wanganeen
5 - Brendon Lade
6 - Jarrad Schofield
7 - Peter Burgoyne
8 - Shaun Burgoyne
9 - Josh Carr
10 - Josh Francou
11 - Damian Hardwick
12 - Che Cockatoo-Collins
16 - Warren Tredrea
17 - Stuart Dew
18 - Kane Cornes
19 - Matthew Bishop
24 - Michael Stevens
25 - Domenic Cassisi
26 - Derek Murray
27 - Jared Poulton
28 - Toby Thurstans
29 - Adam Kingsley
31 - Barnaby French
33 - Darren Mead
34 - Brent Guerra
35 - Chad Cornes
36 - Nick Stevens
38 - Roger James
1 - Mark Johnson
2 - Mark Mercuri
3 - Aaron Henneman
5 - James Hird
6 - Sean Wellman
10 - Mark McVeigh
11 - Damien Peverill
12 - Daniel McAlister
14 - Jason Johnson
15 - Rob Forster-Knight
16 - Paul Barnard
18 - Matthew Lloyd
21 - Danny Jacobs
23 - Mark Bolton
24 - Joe Misiti
25 - Scott Lucas
30 - Sam Hunt
31 - Dustin Fletcher
32 - Justin Blumfield
33 - Blake Caracella
34 - David Hille
35 - James Davies
36 - Jordan Bannister
37 - Marc Bullen
38 - Shane Harvey
43 - Dean Rioli
44 - Marcus Kenny
47 - Ken Hall

Friday 15th

Hardwick to face the Dons
Damien Hardwick will make his first appearance for his new club Port Adelaide against his former club Essendon in Sunday night’s first round Wizard Home Loans Cup match at Football Park.

Port Magpie Trial Games

Saturday Feb 23rd
West v Port at Richmond - league - 2.30pm, reserves 11.30am

Saturday March 2nd
Port v South at Alberton - league 2.20pm, reserves 11.30am

Friday March 8th
Port internal trial at Alberton from 5.15pm

Friday March 15th
Norwood v Port at The Parade - league 8.00pm, reserves 5.15pm

Thursday's Power/Crows reserves trial game results
The game had 11-a-side and was played over 2X15 minute halves on a shortened Alberton Oval.

Crows B 6.7 (43) d Power B 4.3 (27)

Crows B - Hentschel, Bock  
Power B - Morgan, Cassisi

Crows B - Hentschel, Smith 2.0; Bock, Finnin 1.0; Handby 0.3; Ladhams 0.2; Reilly, Shirley 0.1
Power B - Guerra 1.1; Ackland, Morgan, White 1.0; Cassisi 0.2

Sunday 17th

Ladey back for Bombers clash
Power big man Brendon Lade has been named to play at Football Park today for the first time since breaking his leg on the ground almost two years ago.

Port aims to experiment and win
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams expects today's AFL Wizard Cup match against Essendon to be a juggling affair. Unlike last pre-season when Port ferociously chased - and won - its first piece of AFL silverware, Williams wants to experiment more this year. But he also wants to beat Essendon.

Sunday 17th

Power blitz Bombers
Peter Burgoyne has led Port Adelaide to a 28-point win over last year's grand finalists, Essendon in their Wizard Home Loans Cup match at Football Park.

Port powers past Bombers
Port Adelaide continued its tradition of performing well in the pre-season competition with a comfortable win over Essendon at Football Park in the first round of the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Port Adelaide 3.1  6.3  11.8  13.8 (86)
Essendon 2.3.  4.4  5.5  8.10 (58)

Port: Burgoyne, Primus, Francou, Mead, French, Tredrea
Essendon: Peverill, Lucas, Rioli, Jacobs, Bannister, Hird, M Johnson

Port: Burgoyne 4, Tredrea 3, Primus 2, Wanganeen,
C. Cornes, Francou, Lade 1
Essendon: Lucas 2, Lloyd, Mercuri, Caracella, M. Johnson, J. Johnson, Davies 1

Monday 18th

Lade walks the walk in comeback game
Power big man Brendon Lade walked onto Football Park to play only his second game in two years yesterday afternoon, but it was the walk off the ground he was savouring this morning.

Williams rates Lade and Hardwick

Port duo succumb to injury again
Scott Bassett and Paul Koulouriotis will be out of football for four to six weeks because of injuries suffered at training last week. Bassett has a fractured wrist and Koulouriotis has a recurrence of a hamstring strain.

Port blitz sinks the lack lustre Bombers
Elusive forward Peter Burgoyne inspired Port Adelaide to a 28-point trouncing of a lacklustre Essendon in the AFL pre-season cup match at Football Park last night.

Throw out the form guide
Review of all 16 teams performance in Rd 1

Port could prove a handful
Port Adelaide proved it was not wallowing in self-pity from last year's disappearing act in the AFL finals by starting its defence of the Wizard Cup with an encouraging 28-point win against Essendon at Football Park last night.

Rd 1 Details
Wizard Cup Ladder after Rd 1

Tuesday 19th

Lockwood leaves Central District
Bowen Lockwood has parted company with his SANFL club Central District. Port Adelaide wants to use Lockwood in defence and had asked the Bulldogs to use him in defence as well but they refused. It was decided that it would be in the best interests of Lockwood and his SANFL club to release him from his contract. It is believed that Lockwood will line up for the Port Magpies if the SANFL clears the move.
See press release - Lockwood switches SANFL clubs

Chad has bold ambitions
Injury list for all clubs
Your club - News on every club

Wednesday 20th

Schwab: Francis saga over
Update on former Port player Fabian Francis

Change for Lockwood
Special meals on wheels delivery to Port legend

Thursday 21st

Port the pre-season benchmark, says Connolly
Approaching Saturday night’s game with Port Adelaide, Fremantle coach Chris Connolly said today the Power was the benchmark team for the Preseason competition. “I think they’re the best preseason team.’’

Squads named
Che Cockatoo-Collins will miss this weekend's Wizard Cup match against Fremantle because he is sufferin from knee soreness. Dean Brogan, Shaun Burgoyne, Brent Guerra, Derek Murray and Jared Poulton have been named in the squad of 28 which will be trimmed to 24. Read more in this article from the official site. Che out of battle for top spot.

Power reserves have a win
The Power reserves took on the Crows reserves this afternoon in the second of two practice matches at Alberton Oval.

All Power positions under threat
Competition for spots at Port Adelaide is so hot even the club's top-tier players are feeling the heat. Last year's club champion runner-up Josh Carr yesterday revealed such was the Power's depth this year neither he nor any team mate felt he had a stranglehold on a position in the club's best 22.

Your club - News on every club Real Footy
Stuart Dew pulled up sore from Sunday's game and could be rested this weekend.

Friday 22nd

Home calls for Pavlich
Matthew Pavlich, Fremantle’s exciting young forward, is up for auction – and at least three clubs have been asked to submit bids for his services, according to his management company Flying Start. A report on Adelaide’s Channel 7 news tonight said Pavlich was “on the verge” of returning to South Australia to play with Adelaide or Port Adelaide next season.

Freo will be special says Williams
Power coach Mark Williams has a message for the football public – Fremantle, last year’s wooden spooners, will be a ‘special team’ in 2002. It is the same message he has given his players on the eve of their Wizard Cup clash against the Dockers at Football Park on Saturday night.

Freo will improve
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams is expecting big things from the Fremantle Dockers in 2002 after their off-season recruiting spree.

Francis to play role for Dockers in cup
Fabian Francis will not be wearing a Fremantle jumper this year. But his allegiance is already with the club barred from picking him up in the AFL pre-season draft because of salary cap breaches.

Saturday 23rd

Farmer reported in Freo loss
Fremantle star recruit Jeff Farmer was reported for striking as Port Adelaide put themselves into prime position for an AFL Wizard Cup semi-final berth with a 17.14 (116) to 7.8 (50) thrashing of the Dockers at Football Park.

Port continues to impress
Port Adelaide has maintained its excellent pre-season form with a comfortable 66-point victory over a young Fremantle outfit in the Wizard Home Loans Cup at Football Park.

Port spanks Freo
Port Adelaide has thrashed Fremantle by 66 points at Football Park to move a step closer to the Wizard Cup semi-finals.

The defending champions in what was 12 months ago the Ansett Cup, the Power dominated for the entire match and eventually ran out comfortable winners, 17.14.116 to 7.8.50 to claim their second victory from as many starts.

Dockers to be a force this year: Williams
The AFL's perennial cellar-dweller, Fremantle, would become something special this year, Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams said yesterday.

Sunday 24th

Back to earth with a thud
A run down on the weekend's Wizard Cup matches and the likely outcomes heading into Rd 3 and the finals. Port Adelaide is rated as favourite to take out the pre-season comp back to back.
Also see the updated ladder after Rd 2 and all the results. Alternative link - Real Footy Rd 2 Results

We're better says Williams
Mark Williams is convinced Port Adelaide is a better side than at this stage last year when it won the pre-season competition. “The reason we’re better is that players have the belief,” Williams said after Port’s emphatic 66-point defeat of Fremantle in a Wizard Home Loans Cup round-two match at Football Park last night.

Fremantle falls to Port
Fremantle has suffered its first loss of the Wizard Home Loans Cup - going down by 66 points to an impressive Port Adelaide outfit at Football Park. A good even contest was on offer with both teams coming off a win in the first round of the pre-season competition and the game certainly delivered on that promise early.

Connolly puts defeat in perspective
Fremantle coach Chris Connolly described his team’s 66-point loss to Port Adelaide at Football Park last night as “a good learning curve for us against one of the top-quality teams in the competition”.

For a blow by blow description of the Rd 2 Wizard Cup game against Freo check out this thread at - Port vs Freo.

Monday 25th

Francou douses the hype 
Josh Francou, a realist more than a publicist, has tried to clamp the lid on the hype surrounding Port Adelaide’s rousing start to the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Farmer out for three matches
Jeff Farmer, Fremantle’s star recruit, was suspended for three matches at the AFL Tribunal tonight, effectively ruling him out for the opening two home-and-away rounds of 2002. Farmer pleaded guilty to the charge of rough play on Port Adelaide skipper Matthew Primus during the second quarter of last Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup match against the Power at Football Park.
Also see Wizard pays price.

Crows hold ace for home semi final
If Port and the Crows are competing in the semi finals, the Crows will most likely get the home semi final.

West v Port trial game results
It should be noted that Port lost Chris Robertson (groin), Bowen Lockwood and Cain Ackland who were withdrawn by the Power before the game, and rested key men Darryl Poole and Ryan O'Connor. Tony Brown was also missing.

Former Crows utility Shane Ellen, at half-back when Nigel Fiegert was pushed into attack, Mark Clayton and reliable Jared Poulton worked hard and Queensland recruit Haydn Kluver showed promise.

West Adelaide 15.13 (103)
Port Adelaide 10.5 (65)

Dabrowski, Norman, Lowther, Munn, Barratt, Taylor, Hollands
Fiegert, Ellen, Clayton, Poulton, Kluver

Holands 5, Munn, Barratt, Symes 2, A. Richardson, Howard, Thomas, Schuback 1
Kluver, Tessman, Lokan 2, Carter, E. Warrior, Fiegert, Vines 1

Port powers on for cup double
Amid all the experimenting and sparring, an AFL coach - Port Adelaide's Mark Williams - has actually admitted he wants to win the Wizard Cup.

Tuesday 26th

AFL faces scheduling problem
The AFL will be faced with a tough scheduling decision if, as favoured, Adelaide and Port Adelaide qualify for the semi-finals of the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Your club - News on every club
Che Cockatoo-Collins is expected to be rested again because of his knee strain. Brendon Lade and Adam Kingsley missed training yesterday because of soreness but the club says they are not in doubt for this week's trip to Melbourne.

Wednesday 27th

Monty on Port's triple bonus
Travelling to and from Melbourne, training at Optus Oval and playing at Colonial Stadium is a triple bonus for Port Adelaide this weekend, according to sturdy defender Brett Montgomery.

Dogs bring back big guns
The Western Bulldogs will roll out their big guns against Port Adelaide at Colonial Stadium on Saturday in a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the semi-finals of the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Tredrea to appear on Foxtel show
Port Adelaide vice captain Warren Tredrea will be making a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of The World's Funniest series on Fox 8. The show features bloopers from home videos, commercials and sports and news footage.

The show has two regular presenters plus a special AFL guest from the Fox Footy Channel each week. The show screens on Fridays at 7.00pm.

Your club - News on every club
Hawks and Port looking good
Power keen to maintain pre-season record

Thursday 28th

Lade rested for Bulldogs game
The Power Match Committee has made one change to the squad of 28 to take on the Western Bulldogs on Saturday at Colonial Stadium. Brendon Lade will be rested this week having pulled up sore after the weekend’s game. Replacing him in the squad is Cain Ackland, who is yet to play in a Wizard Cup game.

Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide - Preview

Dogs pick Grant again
The Western Bulldogs have again selected Chris Grant despite the skipper already having missing two Wizard Home Loans Cup matches because of an insurance wrangle. Includes Port & Bulldogs team lists.

Your club - News on every club Real Footy


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