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Tredrea inspires Port against Hawks

By Adam Cooper 18/04/2009 07:31:26 PM Comments (0)

Warren Tredrea has enjoyed the best of both worlds in his time in the AFL with Port Adelaide.

Although Tredrea was not officially captain in 2004, he had the privilege of holding Port's breakthrough premiership cup aloft because then-skipper Matthew Primus was injured.

Tredrea led the club in his own right from 2006-08, but after passing on the leadership baton, he is now enjoying a career renaissance few would have predicted after he signed a one-year deal for 2009.

Having not scored more than four goals in a game since 2005, the 30-year-old has kicked six in each of his last two outings.

To prove last Sunday's haul against winless Melbourne was no fluke, the old warhorse matched the feat against reigning premiers Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday, where the Power won 17.13 (115) to 12.13 (85).

Port coach Mark Williams was delighted with his forward's game, and drew inspiration from watching Tredrea bounce back so often from knee troubles over the years.

Williams said Tredrea's passing the captaincy on to Domenic Cassisi had allowed him to focus more on his game, similar to the way Gavin Wanganeen shone in the years after he passed the captaincy to Primus.

"His will to win and his will to be great hasn't dwindled," Williams said of Tredrea.

"He gets excited by these games and the occasion and he wants to (succeed).

"He's been our captain for a few years now and relinquishing that gives him a little bit more space in his own head to do his own stuff and that's probably important for him."

It has also been handy for Port, as Cassisi can now grow into the role with a player of such experience and expertise in support.

"Tredders knows that his days are closer to the end than the start, so he's wanting to make the most of it," Williams said.

"But if you were in the room you would not know that he's not the captain.

"He still stands up when he needs to talk and he supports the captain and the others. He's no shrinking violent."

An in-form Tredrea also gives Port's forward line a new edge.

Daniel Motlop was down against the Hawks but was still dangerous with five behinds, Chad Cornes had a big impact in the final term, Brett Ebert did the same with two goals, while Justin Westhoff is still to return from a leg injury.

And Tom Logan's magnificent mark over Luke Hodge, where he mushroomed on to the back of the Hawks star, showed the Power still have some surprises in attack.

"The fans today wouldn't even know who Tom Logan was before the start of the game," Williams said.

"But if someone beats that as mark of the year you've got to be kidding.

"It would be a travesty of justice if it's based on votes from supporters, because we're always going to be struggling in that regard.

"That would be a mark that goes down in history as far as I can see, on the big stage and he just hung there for so long."

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