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Power confirms status as AFL's top side

By Sam Lienert 19/07/2003 10:29:19 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide confirmed its status as the AFL's top side with a 64-point demolition of second-placed West Coast at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Forward Warren Tredrea kicked six goals in a dominant performance, but the Power had winners all over the ground, as it won 17.12 (114) to 7.8 (50).

Port kicked the first five goals of the match in a blistering start and was never challenged, winning every quarter.

The game had a fiery opening, with Port keen to assert its physical presence early with some hard hits on Eagles players.

West Coast skipper Ben Cousins received a free kick before the opening bounce, when he was hit high by tough Port midfielder Josh Carr in an incident that is likely to attract scrutiny in the AFL's video review.

Power skipper Matthew Primus was reported 21 minutes into the opening quarter for a late bump on Eagles midfielder Chris Judd.

Tredrea kicked three goals in the opening term, proving far too strong in marking contests for starting opponent Darren Glass.

Port's tall forward line, with Primus playing as a permanent forward alongside Tredrea and Chad Cornes, was too much for West Coast to handle.

The Power also had the better of the midfield battles, with Carr doing well to restrict Cousins' influence and Domenic Cassisi keeping Judd from having an impact, while fellow Port midfielders Peter Burgoyne, Jarrad Schofield and Nick Stevens won plenty of the ball.

Port was also on top in its defence, with Gavin Wanganeen completely shutting out dangerous Eagles' goalsneak Phil Matera, as well as providing drive from the backline and running forward in the last term to kick a goal himself in a superb game.

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