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Thursday 1st

Paco makes comeback Official Power
Power vice-captain Stephen Paxman is back. On Friday it will be 11 months exactly since the number-one Power full-back was cursed with football’s most dreaded injury – a ruptured ACL – but on Saturday night at AAMI Stadium he will put it all behind him when he takes to the field for the Power against St Kilda.

Tredrea the driving force AFL Record
All indicators suggest Warren Tredrea is bound for greatness.

Paxman's biggest challenge almost over Official Power

Depleted Power calls on Panther dynamo Advertiser
He is tiny but tough, a natural ball-getter – and Port Adelaide on-baller Jaxon Crabb has a second shot at playing at the elite level after being elevated from the Power's rookie list yesterday.

Your club - 1st August Real Footy

Friday 2nd

No answer on Wanganeen Official Power
Gavin Wanganeen’s availability for Saturday night’s clash with St Kilda remains unclear after the champ didn’t take part in Port Adelaide training on Friday at AAMI Stadium.

Paxman ready to go Official Power
Port Adelaide defender Stephen Paxman says he feels “100 per cent mentally” for his long-awaited comeback, against St Kilda at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Get ready for Tredrea v Riewoldt AFL Record

Tredrea v Riewoldt Advertiser

Grand man of defence back Advertiser
Veteran Port Adelaide defender Stephen Paxman's dream of playing in a winning AFL finals team is alive again after the Power last night named its vice-captain for his first AFL game since September 2.

SANFL Selection News Advertiser

Rd 18 Teams & Predictions Real Footy

Saturday 3rd

Power down Saints Sportal AFL
Port Adelaide has kept its minor premiership hopes alive with a workmanlike 42-point win over St Kilda at Football Park.

Port holds Saints at bay Official AFL
Port Adelaide has stayed in the hunt for the minor premiership with a 42-point victory over St Kilda at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Don't bet on Wanganeen Advertiser
Former Port Adelaide captain Gavin Wanganeen is unlikely to play against St Kilda at AAMI Stadium tonight. His 100th AFL game with the Power is to be delayed, for the second consecutive week, by an ankle injury. The guessing game is over his replacement – either recently promoted rookie Jaxon Crabb or, more likely, two-game wingman Domenic Cassisi will be recalled.

I hope it' a reward, says Paxman Advertiser

Power search for zip to zap Saints Advertiser

SANFL Match Previews Advertiser

Sunday 4th

The finals race is down to four Official AFL

Burgoyne's stunning switch Official Power
Shaun Burgoyne, a five-goal hero in his sixth AFL match, became a seemingly unlikely defensive star in his 10th game to reinforce Port Adelaide’s versatility in the run to the finals.

Williams, Thomas laud Primus Official Power
Rival coaches Mark Williams and Grant Thomas hailed Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus as the AFL’s No. 1 ruckman after his best-afield performance against St Kilda at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Midfield duo fires as Port beats Saints Yahoo AFL
Port Adelaide's centre square combination of ruckman Matthew Primus and on-baller Josh Francou fired their team to a 16.9 (105) to 9.9 (63) AFL victory over St Kilda at AAMI Stadium.

Port blows Spider and cobwebs away Sunday Mail
Port Adelaide skipper Matthew Primus has lifted his side to its 14th win of the season, seeing off another quality ruckman as the Power smashed the young Saints by 42 points at AAMI Stadium last night.
Also see Port in prime form Herald Sun

Eagles end Magpies' final roll of the dice Sunday Mail
Woodville-West Torrens has confirmed its place in this year's finals and condemned Port Adelaide to miss its first finals series since 1985 following a hard-fought eight-point victory at Alberton Oval yesterday.

Power slams valiant Saints Real Footy
St Kilda started strongly but was eventually overrun and outclassed by a below-strength Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium last night.

Monday 5th

Carlton v Port Adelaide Match Preview Official AFL

Early Openers: Rd 19 Official AFL

Heavy workload to pay off: Francou Official Power
In-form Port Adelaide onballer Josh Francou, one of the AFL’s fittest players, admits to feeling “a bit fatigued” because of the Power’s heavy training program in the build-up to the finals.

Wanganeen in doubt again Official Power
Port Adelaide champ Gavin Wanganeen is in doubt for the weekend’s clash with Carlton.

Lions forwards on striking charges Official AFL
Reigning premiers Brisbane faces the prospect of losing its two key forwards for a significant part of the run-in to the finals after both Alastair Lynch and Jonathan Brown were cited on video charges by the AFL on Monday. 

And just to add to what is certain to be a drama packed night at the AFL tribunal, Port’s champion midfielder Nick Stevens will face a charge of striking St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt while his young teammate Michael Stevens will also face a striking charge as will Essendon’s Chris Heffernan.
Also see Both Stevens reported Official Power

Power in front to snare Pavlich Advertiser
Port Adelaide leading the race for Fremantle vice-captain Matthew Pavlich's signature.

Injuries force Williams into juggling act Advertiser
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams wants – with just four home-and-away games to play – to be finding the best 22 for next month's AFL finals. But the Power's injury list – which has ripped out Port's mid-size, running defenders Adam Kingsley (hamstring), Damien Hardwick (knee) and Gavin Wanganeen (ankle) – is hindering Williams' planning.

We have to salvage something from the wreck Advertiser
Adelaide is using a word that has not been spoken at Alberton since the mid 1980s – rebuilding. With an eight-point loss to Woodville-West Torrens on Saturday, after leading for much of the contest, the Magpies fell two wins and percentage behind fifth-placed West Adelaide.

Ugly Power does job Herald Sun
No Damian Hardwick, no Adam Kingsley, no Jarrad Schofield, no Gavin Wanganeen and no Roger James. No problem. Despite missing 30 per cent of its best 18, the Port Adelaide juggernaut rolls on

Port happy just to win Real Footy
Given their lowly positions on the AFL ladder, St Kilda (14th) and Carlton (16th) were touted as virtually percentage-boosting free hits for Port Adelaide in its bid to wrest top spot from Brisbane. Port coach Mark Williams was having none of it, of course, and, with an injury-depleted team, was relieved to take a seven-goal win against the Saints in a scrappy struggle at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Tuesday 6th

Port duo suspended for two matches Official AFL
Port Adelaide has received a double setback from the AFL tribunal, after key midfielder Nick Stevens was given a two-match suspension for striking St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt, and Michael Stevens was dealt the same penalty for striking Stewart Loewe.

Thomas doubts Power has the power Herald Sun
Port Adelaide lacks the physical presence to trouble Brisbane if the two powerhouse teams were to play off in the Grand Final, St Kilda coach Grant Thomas said yesterday. Thomas also said it was looking likely that Port would play off against Brisbane.

Port eases training in a bid to power into finals Advertiser
Port Adelaide's mid-winter training slog is over. After seven weeks of flogging the players on the track, the Power has taken the foot off the throttle in order to freshen its men up for the finals series.
Alternative link Port takes it easy Herald Sun

Stevens and Stevens on striking charges Advertiser
Injury-hit Port Adelaide's player list could be further depleted this week with midfielders Nick Stevens and Michael Stevens to face the AFL tribunal tonight on striking charges.

Rush on for the hottest tickets in town Advertiser
Tickets to Showdown XII – the Power-Crows derby which will shape the top four on the AFL ladder – go on sale today. The derby, at AAMI Stadium on Sunday week, is a Port Adelaide home game which assures entry to all Power season ticketholders and SANFL Category 1 and 3 members.

Young put on finals pressure at Port Real Footy
Port Adelaide's large group of injured senior players are not all assured of spots in the club's AFL finals campaign, given the form of their replacements, midfielder Josh Francou said yesterday.

Eight left in fight for four finals spots Real Footy

Your club Real Footy

Wednesday 7th

Key duo sign on at Port Adelaide Official Power
Gun midfielders Josh Carr and Peter Burgoyne have committed themselves to the Port Adelaide Football Club well beyond 2002. The club announced on Wednesday that both had recently re-signed with the Power.

Frustrated Power cops suspensions Official Power
Port Adelaide will not appeal the two suspensions handed down to Nick and Michael Stevens on Tuesday night, but admitted to being ‘frustrated’ by the AFL tribunal.

Knock-out pre-season is back Official AFL
The AFL has scrapped its round-robin format for the pre-season competition and will revert back to the knock-out format used in both the night and summer versions of the competition between 1977 and 1999.

Tribunal rocks Power Advertiser
Port Adelaide midfielder Nick Stevens last night left the AFL tribunal bemused by its inconsistency after being suspended for two matches for a striking report similar to the one the judiciary dismissed against Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford a fortnight ago.
Also see Lions, Bombers, Port all hit hard at tribunal ABC

Carlton v Port Match Preview Sportal AFL

Your club Real Footy

Thursday 8th

Power bloods another youngster Official Power
Allan Murray will make his AFL debut on Saturday against Carlton at Optus Oval.

Port appeals for consistency Advertiser
Port Adelaide chief executive Brian Cunningham has challenged the consistency of the AFL tribunal process.

Power feels player pinch Advertiser
Port Adelaide's push for the AFL minor premiership is threatened by its greatest test of manpower since the 2000 season. 

Your club Real Footy

Friday 9th

Lockwood forced into early retirement Herald Sun
Port Adelaide's Bowen Lockwood today retired from the AFL after failing to overcome chronic back injuries that have troubled him for the past four years.

Lockwood sucuumbs to injury Sportal AFL

Williams blasts AFL over ground access Herald Sun
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams today blasted the AFL on two fronts - the lack of opportunities for interstate clubs to train at Melbourne's AFL venues and the inconsistencies of the tribunal.

Williams slams ground access Official AFL
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams is annoyed his club is not allowed to train at Melbourne’s major football grounds – the MCG, Colonial Stadium and Optus Oval.

Disc bulge outs Lockwood at 24 Official AFL
Port Adelaide forward Bowen Lockwood has been forced into a premature retirement from football because of a chronic back problem.

Lockwood gives sad farewell Official Power
Bowen Lockwood has given away his AFL dream, finally succumbing to the back problems that have plagued his last four years of football and life.

A champion in our midst Official Power
One of English soccer’s greats was at Alberton on Wednesday, much to the delight of coach Mark Williams and his players.

Power forced to dig deep Advertiser
Depleted Port Adelaide gave up its ruse of naming injured Brownlow Medallist Gavin Wanganeen and last night dug into its reserves to hand Allan Murray his first AFL duty against an even more depleted Carlton at Optus Oval tomorrow.

No walk in the park Advertiser
Second versus 16th. On paper the task looks easy for Port Adelaide. But injuries, suspensions and Carlton's fierce determination to atone for last week's record-breaking defeat to arch-rival Collingwood make tomorrow's clash at Optus Oval anything but a walk in the park.

SANFL Selection News Advertiser

Rd 19 Teams & Previews Real Footy

Tips for Rd 19 The Game

Saturday 10th

Power gets shock from Blues Real Footy
In a match relegated to the undercard by the real backroom battles at Carlton, the Blues almost caused one of the biggest boilovers of the AFL season against Port Adelaide today.

Port gets fright but also gets points Yahoo AFL
Port Adelaide survived a fright to keep its AFL minor premiership ambitions on track with a nine-point win over Carlton at Optus Oval.

Blues scare Power Sportal AFL

Port pushed hard by Blue spooners Official AFL
Port Adelaide survived a mighty scare in their round 19 clash with Carlton at Optus Oval, prevailing by just nine points in fine but blustery conditions.

Emotional win for James Official Power
Port Adelaide midfielder Roger James played one of the best games of his career at the end of an emotional week following the death of his grandfather as the Power survived a scare from lowly Carlton at Optus Oval.

Brave Blues push Port Official AFL
Carlton has officially claimed the first wooden in its history despite giving second-placed Port Adelaide a mighty scare in their round 19 clash at Optus Oval.

One league, two rules Advertiser
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams yesterday launched a barrage at the inconsistencies of the AFL – saying its tribunal looked after "golden boys" and its ground managers had a bias toward Victorian clubs.

What if everything went right for Catlton Advertiser
Port Adelaide is looking over its shoulder. Once the hunter chasing any scalp to prove its worth in the AFL, the Power today feels hunted by a bottom-ranked and confidence-bereft Carlton at Optus Oval. In a revealing insight to his coaching, Mark Williams yesterday said he always asks this question before a game: "What if everything went right for the opposition?"

Give-it-all ruckman with huge heart Herald Sun
Matthew Primus had been voted the best captain by the Herald Sun.

Tribunal golden boys anger Choco Herald Sun
Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams has hit out at the AFL Tribunal, suggesting it treats its "golden boys" differently from other players.

Preliminary stays in Melbourne Herald Sun 

Sunday 11th

Tired Power keeps chase for top alive Sunday Mail
An undermanned and visibly tired Port Adelaide yesterday overcame a spirited Carlton to win its fifth close game of the season and consolidate its top-two standing.

New wooden-spooners dish it up to Power Real Footy
On a day when a proud club officially claimed its first wooden spoon, you wouldn't think there would be too much to be happy about at Carlton. But a gallant comeback, a vintage performance from a veteran and spirited efforts from some kids had the loyal supporters, who dared to show at Optus Oval yesterday, cheering.

We can build on this, says Brittain Real Footy
Carlton coach Wayne Brittain hailed the Blues' spirited effort yesterday in its nine-point loss to Port Adelaide as a performance to grow from.

Contenders get the wobbles Real Footy
It's not often a team walks from the ground with a furrowed brow having won a hard-fought battle and, at that very moment, sitting atop the AFL ladder. But Port Adelaide looks to be getting the staggers just three weeks from September.


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