The Power is back on at Port Adelaide after a clinical display of football at the MCG on Sunday.
Under their new coach, the Geelong legend Ken Hinkley, Port smashed the Demons, notching up a 99-point win in their opening round clash.
From the beginning of the first quarter, Port claimed possession of the ball and, almost too easily, dominated the game, kicking goal after goal. Nine of Port’s players kicked goals, five of them scored more than once. Former Richmond player Jay Schulz was in devastating form, kicking five goals.
Melbourne had a brief respite in the second quarter when their defence held, but that was short-lived and Port again dominated possession. Not even the return of the famous Viney name to the Demons’ ranks – young Jack is the son of Melbourne legend Todd Viney – could break Port’s spell.
Despite Melbourne’s best efforts the Power claimed a crushing victory to mar David “Kochie” Koch’s first game as Melbourne’s new president.
In Round 2, Port face Greater Western Sydney. The Giants started full of confidence in the first round but failed to deliver, with a defeat by 30 points at the hands of Sydney. Port Adelaide will be hoping to deliver more of the same to keep the Giants in their place. – Story and photos by Jackson Miller