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Port thrash the Cats

05/03/2011 12:59:28 AM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide's winless AFL pre-season has come to an end, belting a short-handed Geelong by 84 points in their practice match at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

Port Adelaide cruised home 19.21 (135) to 7.9 (51).

Daniel Stewart was the top scorer for Port with three goals while midfielder Steven Salopek kicked two.

Tom Hawkins was the main threat up front for Geelong with two goals.

The undermanned Cats were without a dozen first-choice players, including premiership heroes Paul Chapman, Corey Enright, Jimmy Bartel, Cameron Ling, Steve Johnson and Joel Selwood.

Port's David Rodan made a solid comeback after a LARS knee reconstruction in late November last year, the second time in two years the midfielder opted for the radical surgery rather than the traditional knee reconstruction.

The key onballer played in all four quarters against the Cats, showing no signs of favouring the knee while he was busy around the stoppages.

The Cats held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Power turned that into a convincing 39-point lead in the second quarter and were never headed.

Port coach Matthew Primus said everyone was pretty fresh and the match had provided valuable game time for a lot of the players.

"They slowly worked it out ... the conditions were a little more difficult going into the wind, there were some good targets I thought, not only in the air but sometimes on the ground too, it is one of our strengths and we play towards it," he said.

"It has given us a chance to practice up this week and next week too.

Primus said Jarrad Irons was going "leaps and bounds" and the club would have to think about whether to put him on the senior list in the next few weeks.

Geelong didn't send anyone to talk to the media.

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