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Friday 1st

Away game important for preparation
Power assistant coach, Phil Walsh, says the team is confident of playing good football against the Bulldogs tomorrow and is looking forward to a tough encounter in the their first game in Melbourne for 2002.

Get out your calculators
The prospect of four non-Victorian teams filling the semi-final berths in the Wizard Home Loans Cup is not an unreasonable expectation as the final weekend of round-robin action commences.

All of the squads for Rd 3

Saturday 2nd

Wallace frustrated by Grant doubts
Western Bulldogs coach Terry Wallace today admitted the Chris Grant insurance saga was beginning to affect his ability to properly prepare his team for the start of the AFL premiership season.

The Bulldogs today crashed out of the pre-season Wizard Cup competition after a 41 point loss to Port Adelaide as their champion skipper was an onlooker for the third consecutive week.

Williams pleased with steady progress
Port Adelaide is poised to re-live its 2001 preseason glory after it cruised to a Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-finals berth in a comfortable 41-point victory over the Western Bulldogs at Colonial Stadium today.

Port powers ahead into semis
Port Adelaide’s extraordinary record in the pre-season competition continues with the Power today qualifying for the semi-finals for the third time in four years.

Power blast Bulldogs
Port Adelaide has secured a place in the Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-finals with a thumping 41-point victory over Western Bulldogs at Colonial Stadium.

Sunday 3rd

Finals details remain unknown
The AFL will delay releasing the times and venues for next weekend’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-finals until tomorrow morning. While the line-up of the semi-finals is known following this weekend’s final preliminary matches with Port Adelaide to meet Sydney in one semi-final and Adelaide and Richmond to meet in the other, just when and where those matches will be played remains unknown tonight.

Port v South trial game results
Port Magpies 16.10 (106) d South 14.17 (101)

Matthew Lokan kicked six goals for the match, one in the dying seconds of the game, sealing a five point win. Lokan rated among Port's best along with Shane Ellen, James Wilson, Jared Poulton and Stephen Carter. 

Captain Darryl Poole, who was missing from the last trial game, was available to play on Saturday. Power listed Derek Murray kicked four goals for the Panthers and was among South's best. Power rookie Jaxon Crabb also performed well for South.

A truly national competition
If this year’s pre-season form turns out to be a reliable guide to the season ahead then it could be a long year for Victorian footy fans. After watching non-Victorian clubs win five of the past ten premierships, they could be in for even more heartache in 2002.

Port surges into semi-finals
Should the Western Bulldogs take some comfort from the fact that their faint hopes of a Wizard Cup semi-final ended yesterday, it should be that at least it was quick.

Wallace  slams Grant impasse
The prolonged nature of the Chris Grant insurance impasse has begun to further frustrate Terry Wallace, with the Western Bulldogs coach last night wondering how long he should wait before changing his plans for the season.

Monday 4th

We want to win Cup: Stevens
Port Adelaide strives to win every game it plays and the players’ attitude hasn’t changed for Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final against Sydney at Football Park. Power midfielder Nick Stevens stressed this today and added: “Trying to get confidence among the team is very important. We just go out there and play to the best of our ability

Players help launch ‘World’s Greatest Shave for a Cure’

Lockett set for life
Tony Lockett will automatically qualify for AFL life membership when he takes the field for Sydney in its Wizard Cup semi-final against Port Adelaide at Football Park this Saturday night. Plugger will also be celebrating his 36th birthday on the day.

Dons missing Hardwick toughness
Essendon’s football hierarchy is not exactly seeking grief counseling at this embryonic stage of the 2002 season but perhaps one reason for the Bombers’ poor start, for the second successive year, can be attributed to two words: Damien Hardwick.

Crows to back up in five days
Richmond will play Adelaide at Colonial Stadium on Friday night and Port Adelaide will host Sydney on Saturday night in the AFL's Wizard Cup semi-finals. The AFL announced the draw today after reaching agreement for the Crows to play on Friday night despite playing yesterday - a five-day break.

Port gets home semi-final
Port Adelaide has been given the home semi-final this weekend. The Power will play the Swans on Saturday night at 7.10pm at Football Park while the Crows will play Richmond in Melbourne on Friday night.

Adelaide may host both semis
Both Wizard Cup semi-finals could be played in Adelaide this weekend. The AFL will decide the times and venues this morning but may decide to stage Friday and Saturday night Football Park semis. A Friday night semi-final would leave one team with a five-day break. But unbeaten Adelaide, who played yesterday, have agreed to play with a shorter break, providing their semi against Richmond is staged at Football Park.

Tuesday 5th

Murphy ruled out for two matches
Western Bulldog midfielder Robert Murphy will miss two home-and-away matches after pleading guilty to striking Port Adelaide youngster Domenic Cassisi during a Wizard Home Loans Cup match last Saturday.

Lade, Cockatoo-Collins back for Port
Port Adelaide’s bid to become the first team in eight years to win successive pre-season cups has gained further momentum with big man Brendon Lade and goal sneak Che Cockatoo-Collins to return to the line-up for Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final against Sydney.

Swans at full strength
Sydney are likely to be close to full strength for Saturday night's AFL pre-season semi-final against Port Adelaide. The Swans will be hoping to earn the right to host the following week's grand final at the SCG.

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Wednesday 6th

Port's winning habit: Dew
Stuart Dew talked about “the winning habit” today as he looked forward to Port Adelaide’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final against Sydney at Football Park on Saturday night.

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Thursday 7th

Swans hitting their straps in time for Port
Ladey and Che back in for Swans clash
Swans: We're clean
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Friday 8th

Tigers in Wizard Cup grand final

Williams predicts tactical warfare
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams today forecast a hectic battle of tactical manoeuvres with his Sydney counterpart Rodney Eade in tomorrow night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final at Football Park.

Drug claims spur Swans
The Swans will use Dale Lewis's sensational drug allegations as motivation for tomorrow night's do-or-die Wizard Cup semi-final against Port Adelaide. Swans coach Rodney Eade said yesterday the claims would unite his men and give them added incentive to succeed at hostile Football Park in Adelaide.

Official Match Previews 
Port v Sydney
Sydney v Port

Saturday 9th

Gallant Swans pipped by Port
Port Adelaide has the chance to secure back to back pre-season titles after overcoming a determined Sydney Swans outfit at Football Park tonight.

Port into Wizard final
Port Adelaide's tall forward set-up has proven too hard to handle for a Sydney side missing key defenders Andrew Dunkley and Andrew Schauble as the Power won their AFL Wizard Cup semi-final by 14 points.

Port downs Sydney
Port Adelaide have earned the right to play Richmond in the final of the Wizard Cup after downing Sydney Swans by 14 points.

Port plans to go-back-to-back
Port Adelaide has the chance to secure back to back pre-season titles after overcoming a determined Sydney Swans outfit at Football Park tonight.

Schwass ready to fly for Sydney
While he is likely to play only a half of the Swans' pre-season competition semi-final against Port Adelaide tonight, Wayne Schwass' enthusiasm about the match is unusual for a 33-year-old veteran.

Swans players distracted by drug comments, says coach
Sydney coach Rodney Eade said yesterday that Dale Lewis's controversial drug comments had distracted his players in their lead-up to tonight's Wizard Cup semi-final against Port Adelaide at Football Park.

Sunday 10th

Tigers, Power have plenty to play for
It might only be the grand final of the pre-season competition but there is much at stake for Richmond and Port Adelaide in Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup decider at Colonial Stadium.

Port anger at grand final venue (ignore the title)
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams cannot believe his team has not been handed the all-important home ground advantage for next Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final against Richmond despite dominating this year’s competition.

Williams praises special forwards
Brendon Lade quickly deflected the credit to his Port Adelaide teammates for his five-goal haul against Sydney in the Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final at Football Park last night, saying: “The team was fantastic – and full credit to the midfielders who really looked after me."

Tigers set to play at Colonial
The AFL is believed to have granted Richmond's wish to play the Wizard Cup grand final against Port Adelaide in Melbourne. The AFL is scheduled to make its decision today, but Colonial Stadium management has been told to prepare for a Saturday night final.

Power wins semi-final slog
Port Adelaide's fleet of classy midfielders and its potent forward line ground down Sydney by 14 points in a hard-slogging Wizard Cup semi-final at Football Park last night.

Other AFL news: Player drug scandal - A senior detective warned a West Coast Eagles official last year that two of the club's players had been identified by a criminal as regular drug users.

Monday 11th

Tigers chase history
Richmond coach Danny Frawley is hoping his players can turn around a poor recent record and claim the Wizard Cup this weekend.

Port's stronger now: Lade
Brendon Lade believes Port Adelaide has “improved in every area” since last season and will be a formidable foe for Richmond in Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final at Colonial Stadium.

Tigers can make history: Frawley
Richmond coach Danny Frawley is hoping victory in the Wizard Cup grand final against Port Adelaide on Saturday night will be the start of a new era of success for the Tigers.

Night finalists hoping for a daytime repeat
The pre-season competition has become a far more reliable form guide to the AFL season than it used to be, seven of the past eight night grand finalists having gone on to play in subsequent premiership season finals.

Final venue anger

Power too big an ask for undermanned Swans

Tuesday 12th

Port plans hit by flight mix up
Port Adelaide have been forced to hastily reschedule their preparation for the pre-season grand final against Richmond after they were unable to book seats on the three commercial flights out of Adelaide on Saturday morning. 

Frawley hopes for history
Coach Danny Frawley says Richmond's new-millennium group is sick of hearing all about great Tiger teams of the past. He believes today's Tigers want to make some history of their own - starting with victory in Saturday night's Wizard Cup final against Port Adelaide at Colonial Stadium.

Holland's return adds polish to cup tilt
The Richmond back line that survived last week's Wizard Cup semi-final without several of its stars will be strengthened with the return of Ben Holland for Saturday night's grand final against Port Adelaide.

This one's for Frawley too
It has been nine seasons since Richmond last played off for a pre-season premiership, but many more years since its coach prepared to play for a flag.

Wednesday 13th

It's more exciting this year - Adam Kingsley
It’s definitely a great to thing to be part of a pre-season grand final. It is our third one in four seasons so we’ve really done well in the pre-season competitions and we honestly can’t wait for Saturday night to come round.

Young Power like old Magpies: Mead
Darren Mead has been at Alberton Oval long enough to make some interesting comparisons, and he is excited by what he’s seeing.

He senses Port Adelaide is on the verge of producing “something special” over the next few years. Mead likens the Power’s playing group to that of the all-conquering Port Magpies in the SANFL in the late 1980s and well into the ’90s. 

Low key is the key: Schofield
While the excitement builds around Alberton in anticipation of Port Adelaide’s second consecutive pre-season grand final appearance, Power midfielder Jarrad Schofield says his side should keep things low key, to replicate last year’s successful pre-season campaign.

Wizard Cup Final preview from the AFL site

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Thursday 14th

Mutual respect between Tigers and Power
Richmond’s Ben Holland and Port Adelaide’s Nick Stevens, two of the AFL’s finest young players, traded compliments at Football Park today as they previewed Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final at Colonial Stadium.

Holland back for Tigers
Richmond today named key defender Ben Holland for Saturday night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final against Port Adelaide at Colonial Stadium.

Morgan joins grand final squad
Port Adelaide today made no change to the team that defeated Sydney in last week’s Wizard Home Loans Cup semi-final. However, the Power have added tall defender Adam Morgan to the initial squad for Saturday night’s Wizard Cup grand final against Richmond at Colonial Stadium. Fellow tall defender Toby Thurstans has been left out of the squad, due to being ill.

Campbell aims at low-key victory
Winning Saturday night's Wizard Cup grand final means more than a new trophy to Richmond skipper Wayne Campbell, it is also about gaining credibility and respect for the Tigers.

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Friday 15th

Rodan a lucky charm
Richmond youngster David Rodan will be hoping to preserve a remarkable record in grand finals in the Wizard Cup decider.

We deserve a full house: Williams
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams says his side won’t be fazed by a loud and parochial Richmond crowd at Saturday night’s Wizard Cup grand final, and called for supporters to fill Colonial Stadium because he believes his players deserve it.

Campbell looking for better night fortunes
Richmond skipper Wayne Campbell is just one of the club’s two surviving players from the 1993 night grand final – Matthew Knights being the other – that will again feature in this year’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final.

Tigers a bit jumpy: Williams
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams gave Richmond a verbal jab today by saying the Tigers would be “a little bit jumpy” in tomorrow night’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final at Colonial Stadium.

Tigers in cup timewarp
The winner of the Wizard Home Loans Cup Grand Final will pocket $125,000; for the runners-up $95,000 will be their reward.

Let the game begin: Frawley
In what Richmond coach Danny Frawley referred to as “Oprah Winfrey week”, he has been pleased to have the spotlight off his club attempting to win its first preseason grand final in forty years against Port Adelaide on Saturday evening.

Port's chance to heal scars
Port Adelaide has significant scars to heal as it approaches another "first" in Melbourne tomorrow night in the Wizard Cup grand final.

Finalists aim to conjure more respect
Richmond and Port Adelaide want more respect, and they will be striving to earn it in the Wizard Cup grand final at Colonial Stadium tomorrow night.

Saturday 16th

Power's winning feeling again

Williams remembers the fans
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams admitted to mixed feelings as he celebrated back-to-back pre-season premierships tonight following the Power’s thrilling victory over Richmond at Colonial Stadium.

Port does it again
Port Adelaide has completed back-to-back pre-season premierships with a nine-point victory over Richmond at Colonial Stadium.

Port go back to back
Port Adelaide has become the first team since Essendon in 1993-94 to win back-to-back pre-season premierships when it defeated Richmond by nine points to win the Wizard Home Loans Cup at Colonial Stadium.

Port on track for back to back
Port Adelaide held a 25-point lead over Richmond at half-time of the Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final at Colonial Stadium tonight.

Port favourites for pre-season repeat
Port Adelaide vice-captian Warren Tredrea says the players are not feeling any pressure going into tonight's AFL pre-season cup final against Richmond at Docklands Stadium, despite being the defending champions.

Norwood v Port trial game results

Port 19.4 (118) d Norwood 11.13 (79)

Port: Lockwood, Carter, Fiegert, Poulton, Lokan, Ackland
Norwood: Morton, McEntee, Yerbury, Direen, McLean

Port: Lokan 6; Poulton, Ackland 3; Harwood 2; Kluver, Tessman, Clayton, Brown, Warrior 1
Norwood: McEntee 6; Morton 3; Cotton, Gallagher 1

Tigers still crave a bit of respect
Miffed that critics continue to underrate Richmond, coach Danny Frawley has his side primed for an all-out attack on the Wizard Cup tonight.

Hardwick settled and ready at Port
Port Adelaide recruit Damien Hardwick tonight will be playing in his second grand final in just six months - and he is relishing the prospect. The 29-year-old defender said the move to Port had rejuvenated his football desire and he hoped the Wizard Cup pre-season grand final against Richmond would have a vastly different outcome to last September, when Brisbane beat his old club, Essendon, by 26 points

Lucky charm for Tigers
In a week when the extraordinary and the explosive have commanded much attention, Richmond coach Danny Frawley yesterday considered the unusually quiet focus ahead of tonight's Wizard Cup grand final something of an opportunity.

Sunday 17th

Port can go all the way
Port Adelaide deserve to go into the 2002 home and away season as favourites to win their first premiership after successfully defending their title as pre-season champions.

Williams urges: Get on board
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams says it is time for the club’s supporters to repay the players for their superb effort in winning back-to-back pre-season championships by getting behind the club.

Port power over Tigers to win pre-season cup

Williams plays down win
Port Adelaide may have won its second straight pre-season cup, but coach Mark Williams refuses to make any big calls about his team’s chances this season.

The Power and the glory Real Footy

Monday 18th

Victoria's worst nightmare
They might sarcastically refer to the Wizard Cup as the Who Cares Cup but the semi-final line-ups in the AFL's pre-season competition this year are enough to make Victorians nervous.

The West Australian predictions for 2002

Wanganeen predicts big year for Port
Veteran Gavin Wanganeen says Port Adelaide is now ready to take the next step and win its first Premiership following its victory in the Wizard Cup on Saturday.

Power more mature: Wanganeen
Gavin Wanganeen says the Port Adelaide players have matured, physically and mentally, and have given themselves every chance to have a successful season.

Wanganeen a preseason wonder
Gavin Wanganeen created history last Saturday night by playing in his fourth pre-season premiership side. The former Port Adelaide captain became the first player to take part in four successful night grand finals since the competition has been staged entirely before the home-and-away season.

Backing up when the real stuff starts
Is Port Adelaide’s pre-season momentum going to continue into the premiership season? This question gets posed every year of the side which has just won the February/March competition, and given only four of 14 pre-season champions have failed to make the September finals, it suggests early-season form stacks up over the entire campaign.

Power finds right switch
Rotation might be a dirty word in cricket at the moment but it is a buzz word in AFL football and Port Adelaide looks set to make it even more fashionable this season.

Port, Lions sides to beat
Port coach Mark Williams yesterday packed away the Wizard Cup, declaring his pre-season champion team was like any other AFL side on the eve of the 2002 premiership season – starting from zero. But the Power, who completed an unbeaten defence of the pre-season cup beating Richmond by nine points, 10.11 (71) to 9.8 (62), at Colonial Stadium on Saturday night, are without doubt the new measuring stick in the premiership race starting on Thursday week.

Port good but hardly vintage 
Mike Sheehan article for The Herald Sun

Tigers at night want to be Lions by day
Richmond is hoping its loss in the Wizard Cup grand final on Saturday night will set it on the same path that Brisbane trod last year, when the Lions went from night runners-up to day premiers.

Tuesday 19th

Port can do the double
If there was ever any doubt, then Saturday’s Wizard Home Loans Cup grand final has universally confirmed Port Adelaide as one of the leading contenders for this year’s flag. They’ve got the cattle, the culture, and the chemistry – and their timing is just right, considering they’ve played in two of the last three finals series.

Hardwick rubbed out
Port Adelaide recruit Damien Hardwick has been found guilty of tripping and suspended for one match by the AFL tribunal.

Hardwick gets one match
Port Adelaide will be without key defender Damien Hardwick for the opening round of the AFL season after he was suspended for one match at the AFL tribunal tonight after being found guilty of tripping.
Also see Hardwick out for one.

Pre-season competition on the outer
If there is one bloke we should listen to in regard to the relative merits of the pre-season competition it is Mark Williams. The Port Adelaide coach has overseen an unprecedented 11-match winning streak by the Power stretching back to 2000, with the past two March premierships the rewards for their early-season excellence.

Port's 30 game call
Despite winning the last two trophies, Port Adelaide says the AFL should delay the pre-season competition in favour of a longer premiership season.
Also see Scrap cup, says Port coach.

Scrap pre-season: Williams
Port Adelaide Coach Mark Williams is apparently prepared to pass up the opportunity to claim a hat-trick of pre-season trophies by calling for the scrapping of the competition altogether.

Lynton's Wizard Cup GF Match Report

Scrap cup, says Port coach
Mark Williams, coach of Wizard Cup winner Port Adelaide, has joined the call for the AFL to drop the pre-season competition in favour of an extended home-and-away series.

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Wednesday 20th

Power stars join SANFL for round 1
The SANFL is set for a bumper start to the season with 14 Power players joining in the opening round this weekend.

Pre-season cup likely to stay

Invita Vic to Football Park
Football Park's reputation as the most foreboding venue in AFL football is to change with the SANFL, backed by the Crows and Power, inviting Victorians to the stadium.
Also see Football Park rolls out the welcome mat.

Hardwick debut put on hold by tribunal
Former Bomber Damien Hardwick will have to wait until round two of the AFL season to make his debut for Port Adelaide after receiving a week's suspension from the tribunal last night.

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Thursday 21st

Harvey cleared of striking
Kangaroos rover Brent Harvey is free to play in the Roos’ opening game of the season against Port Adelaide at Football Park after he was cleared at the AFL tribunal tonight of a charge of striking.

Adelaide's haven for visiting fans could turn into target
The SANFL has mentioned the war. In setting aside a pocket of Football Park exclusively for visiting supporters this season, it has at best shone a spotlight on to a negligible problem, and at worst created one that did not previously exist.
Also see Peace offer from SA.

Pre-season cup to stay says AFL
The AFL will persist into the forseeable future with a pre-season competition despite the sluggish television audience figures, small crowds and muted interest that greeted this year's competition.
Also see Wizard here to stay

Friday 22nd

Centrebet SANFL Odds before Rd 1
Norwood 2.60
Central Districts 4.50
Port Adelaide 5.00
Sturt 5.00
Woodville-West Torrens 6.00
West Adelaide 13.00
South Adelaide 15.00
North Adelaide 34.00
Glenelg 41.00

AFL in Darwin likely
The future of AFL games in Darwin seems assured with an announcement of a $1.2 million overhaul of Football Park. The AFL cancelled a Wizard Cup match between Port Adelaide and Fremantle plus an Aboriginal All-Star demonstration game against Carlton due to the condition of the playing surface during the tropical monsoonal season.

Sun shines on Power at Adelaide Oval
The Power squad took in the magnificent surroundings of the Adelaide Oval today, including the accompaniment of a practicing brass band, at its last major training session of the week.

Lyle and Wilson to host Fox Footy's 'The Power House'
The Power has its very own club TV show and it is coming soon to the Fox Footy Channel. Best of all, two of the Power’s most dedicated club men will be at the helm of the weekly program, injured defender Michael Wilson and the inaugural winner of our best club man award, Brayden Lyle.

North paid $15,000 to woman over 1995 party incident
North Melbourne Football Club negotiated a confidential $15,000 settlement with a woman more than six years ago following an incident at a party involving former teammates Anthony Rock and Wayne Carey. The woman happens to be none other than Port captain Matthew Primus' partner Melissa Tucker. 
Also see Kangaroos harrassment pay-out: report

Roos' Harvey in clear for opener

Saturday 23rd

SANFL Results
Port 10.12 (72) d Woodville-West Torrens 6.9 (45)
Norwood v Sturt
Sturt 14.17 (101) d Norwood 6.10 (46)
Central 25.9 (159) d West 8.17 (65)
South 18.8 (126) d Glenelg 8.1 (49)
North: bye

Voss the best, but Port stocks ageing nicely
Robert Walls top 50 players

Coverage of today's game
Rd 1 SANFL - Port v Eagles
ABC TV 2.30pm - 5pm
5AA (1395 AM) & 5DN (1323 AM) 2.20pm

F: Lokan, Harwood, Poole
HF: Poulton, O'Connor, Warrior
C: Wilson, Brown, Carr
HB: Fiegert, Lockwood, Clayton
B: G Johncock, AhChee, S Burgoyne
1R: Ackland, Ellen, Lyle
Int: Ashley, Bamford, Kluver
New: Lokan (juniors), Kluver (Brisbane Lions Cubs), 
Ellen (South) 

Robertson, Wade, Eichner, D Maynard, A Maynard, J Johncock, M Smith, Ebert, Finnin, Green, Illett, Seal, Holmes, Peuckur, Christofus, Crook, Lohde, Tessman, Paech, Burdett, Sinkunas

Sunday 24th

Time to bounce the ball
The AFL's Paul Gough has written an article giving his top eight predictions for 2002. He has put Port at the top of his list. 

Lynton's Rd 1 SANFL - Port v Eagles Match Report
Its amazing to think the Footy world can still go on without Carey!!! I for one am sick of it. Anyway, on to more important matters - The Maggies met a grand finalist and a premiership team at Alberton (the Eagles ressies were of course the premiers) and in spite of the doom and gloom in the press and not "measuring up" against the glamour of Norwood, Sturt, Glenelg etc. (Norwood and Glenelg both got belted by the way)

Both Ressies and Seniors played some good footy. The Ressies came from 14 points down at the last to win by 9 (they didn't score in the 3rd). Wadey - what a real battler - worked hard to get the side up and there were good signs from a few e.g Holmes, Tessa, Brett Ebert etc. 

The seniors lined up without a few - Waite, Carter, McGuinness, Steed, Sam P come to mind - but jumped the Eagles right from the start and should have been much more than 8 points in front at the first. Most pleasing to me was the much improved effort by the forwards to keep the ball in the area. The 2nd was even better kicking 5.2 to 3 points but then for the last 2 we managed 2.5 only and fiddled around with short passes across ground etc. etc. 

Anyway a win is a win and there is room for improvement. Loved Brades and Poults games (if only Poults would put the ball to advantage more often). Still 23 kicks and 10 marks says something as does Brades 19 and 7. Rhino provided the usual and Fiegs, Tommy Carr and Browny were others to do well. Locky did alright and will be of real value if he stays fit and I'm sure we got the best of the Ormond-Allen/Ellen swap as his steadiness under pressure will be invaluable. Euge had a great game particularly in the first half, not only kicking goals (3), but his tackling and chasing were 1st class and set the standard for many around him. P.S. The Eagles did not seem to like this sort of attention. The one 'real new' recruit, Hayden Kluver, showed enough to suggest he will be a very good player - very smooth and balanced.

Regards Lynton

Monday 25th

Primus unconcerned
The umpires may be keeping an eye on him, but Port skipper Matthew Primus says he won’t be changing his style.

Port confronts Kangaroos hoodoo
Trying to beat the Kangaroos for the first time is among the many challenges confronting Port Adelaide at Football Park on Saturday night in round one of the AFL’s new premiership season.

“We’ve never beaten them so we see that as a big driving force,” Port’s co-vice-captain Warren Tredrea said today at a news conference to announce the Power’s two new shorts sponsors, Aquila (for home games) and Quest Apartments (for away games).

Power names new shorts sponsors
Port Adelaide has revealed a unique marketing move today that will see it have two new shorts sponsors in 2002.

Wakelin named pre-season best
A special presentation took place at the Power’s Season Launch Festival on Friday night to the player voted by the coaching staff as our best through the successful pre-season campaign. And it was key defender Darryl Wakelin who was rewarded for his strong, consistent performances through the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Allan Scott named club patron
The Port Adelaide Football Club has recognised the unparalleled support of Allan Scott, the Chairman and Managing Director of Scott’s Transport Industries, by naming him joint-patron of the club.

1500 people help launch Power season
More than 1500 people attended the Port Adelaide Football Club’s biggest ever event on Friday night at the Adelaide Convention Centre. It was the night to officially welcome football to 2002 - the Season Launch Festival!

Young guns ready to stand tall
In today's Australian, Chip Le Grand picks the up and coming players to watch from each team.

Judgement day for Crows
Ashley Porter says "Now the heat is about to intensify. After five years and a pre-season campaign, Port Adelaide can rightfully claim to have been the No.1 team in South Australia longer than the Crows".

Matthews tips Bombers as Lions' chief danger
Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews rates last year's grand finalists Essendon as the team to beat for this year's flag. Matthews says while the Bombers have had a poor preseason he still rates them ahead of Port Adelaide as the competition's toughest opponents.

From the Advertiser
Port Adelaide has a wealth of players to choose from for its opening game against the Kangaroos at Football Park on Saturday night with six of the 12 players who ran around in the SANFL among their side's best.

Rover Derek Murray, watched by Power coach Mark Williams at Noarlunga, did his chances of first-up selection no harm with an inspirational performance against Glenelg while Kane Cornes (25 possessions), Jared Poulton, Brent Guerra, Barnaby French and Bowen Lockwood performed well.

Lockwood's effort at centre half-back for the Magpies delighted Power officials who hope a new position can bring the best out of the 50-game player who has been a major disappointment. Wingman Michael Stevens should play his first AFL game since 2000

Tuesday 26th

Port v Kangaroos Match Preview

A season of surprises
Steven Silvagni picks Port for the premiership.

Primus says he'll play his own game in the ruck
Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus vowed yesterday to continue the same bullocking ruck style that has earnt the ire of AFL officials. Primus was confident he would not be targeted by umpires when Port's season kicks off Saturday night against the Kangaroos at Football Park.

Stevens makes bid to play
New Kangaroos captain Anthony Stevens will visit surgeon Peter Wilson this morning in a bid to play in this weekend's opening round of the season against Port Adelaide.

AFL Time Capsule 2002
Age writers make their predictions for 2002.

The Ages Season Preview of Port Adelaide

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Wednesday 27th

Stevens brothers shape up for first encounter
Port Adelaide’s Michael Stevens and his elder brother Anthony look set to play against each other for the first time on Saturday night at Football Park. Both were named in their respective sides’ indicative 28-man squads announced this evening.

Midfield the key: Kingsley

Bulldogs bid for Francis
South Fremantle want former Port Adelaide player Fabian Francis to make a lightning trip to Perth to play with the Bulldogs against East Fremantle on Saturday.

Captain Kangaroo bounces back
Twenty minutes in a scratch practice match has convinced the Kangaroos that Anthony Stevens is ready to pick up the pieces of his busted knee and shattered life to lead his team against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

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Thursday 28th

Power sticks with winning formula
Port Adelaide has stuck with its Wizard Cup winning formula for its round one match against the Kangaroos. The 22 players who will take to the field on Saturday night were all part of the 24 who retained the pre-season cup two weeks ago.

742 days on and Ladey's ready to play again
Today, marks the 740th day that Brendon Lade has been waiting to play his 68th game of AFL football. When he reaches the 742nd day, his wait will be over. The loveable big fella will play against the Kangaroos at Football Park on Saturday night.

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Friday 29th

Power setting its own expectations
For the first time in six years, the football world can’t stop talking about the Power. After five years initiation the word is the Power can challenge for the flag in 2002. It's new territory for Port Adelaide in the AFL but coach Mark Williams is keeping a lid tightly over that simmering pot of expectation.

Roo's 200th and first of new era
Wayne Carey was side by side with Glenn Archer for the vast majority of the latter's 1990's AFL games and a good portion of his days in the under-19s. Tomorrow night, Archer and the rest of his teammates will close the Carey era and perhaps open one of their own.

Blakey out for first time since '97
Kangaroo veteran John Blakey, whose amazing sequence of games played in a row stretches back to 1997, will be missing from the Roos team that runs on to Football Park tomorrow night.

Saturday 30th

Port stumble into season opener
The Kangaroos remain the only side Port Adelaide has not beaten after the Power just failed in their brave attempt to reign in its bogey side in the dying minutes of their round one encounter tonight.

Archer kicks Roos to victory

Roos' Power shock
The Kangaroos have survived a big challenge in the final term to cause a huge upset with a gutsy ten-point victory over Port Adelaide at Football Park, winning 12.11.83 to 11.7.73.

Kangaroos down Port
The Kangaroos have overcome the distractions of their pre-season to record an morale-boosting win over Port Adelaide at Football Park. They were able to effectively negate the Power’s running game with a ferocious attack on the ball and tight midfield checking to record a 12.11 (83) to 11.7 (73) victory.

Port wary of power of Kangaroos' midfielders
The Kangaroos' goal-kicking midfielders hold the key to tonight's match against Port Adelaide at Football Park, says Power defender Adam Kingsley. Port has never beaten the Kangaroos in their seven premiership-season matches, with the Roos having big wins in most of them.

Sunday 31st

Lions make first impressions count
Paul Gough rates the 14 teams that have played so far this round. Port's report isn't too flash and I can't really disagree with his sentiments.

Pagan lauds Roos
Kangaroos coach Denis Pagan has hailed the leadership of his senior players after the team’s upset round one win over Port Adelaide at Football Park.

An article to lift our spirits
It’s time to take the gloom out of Power fans around the country by delving back into recent history to prove how little an opening round loss can mean to a team’s season. Here’s a fact: Only one of the past four premiership teams has won its opening round match.

Strong finish a positive in 10 point loss
Port Adelaide’s strong finish – 7.3 to 2.4 from about the 10-minute mark of the third quarter – was a redeeming feature of the disappointing 10-point loss to the Kangaroos at Football Park last night.

Roos rule with power display
The Kangaroos flung aside the Wayne Carey saga last night with a committed, passionate and emotional performance that overwhelmed Port Adelaide by 10 points at Football Park.

Roos record stirring victory

Sprited Roos hit back


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