Port Adelaide has finished off their pre-season preparations with a convincing 71 point win over the Adelaide Crows.
Often preseason is used to judge how each team is travelling heading into the season and if what we saw from Port today, then they are going to be a very dangerous side this year. Now yes it was against last year's wooden spooners who are rebuilding, but it was how the side barely missed a beat that was most pleasing.
Fantasia and Alir slotted in seamlessly
Recruits in Orazio Fantasia (11 disposals, 3.3) and defender Alir Alir (21 disposals, 11 intercept possessions) showed their value while Dan Houston (34 disposals) Robbie Gray, and Riley Bonner all enjoyed days out.
Alir Alir for me today was simply sensational across half-back, stopping numerous Adelaide attacks and launching Port forward at will. His presence in Port’s back six will no doubt free up Tom Jonas and Tom Clurey to go about their business as he was a brick wall today.
Orazio Fantasia could have had three or four goals in the first quarter if his kicking boots were on but again, it shows just how well the Power have recruited in the off-season. He was back to his lively best and if he can remain injury-free then Port will have a real player on their hands.
Aside from the recruits, it was the usual suspects for the Power, Ollie Wines, Conor Rozee, Zak Butters, Darcy Byrne-Jones all had solid afternoons but in truth, you could have picked out another seven of eight players and put them in the mix too.
Mitch Georgiades looks like a human highlight reel with his aerial ability and put forward his case for a Round 1 spot with two goals, Jackson Mead showed flashes, Miles Bergman looked at home on the half-back line with a composed 17 disposal effort.
All in all, it was the perfect way to cap off preparations for the new season and the fact it was over Adelaide makes it feel that little bit better, even if it is only preseason.
Heading into round 1 Ken Hinkley will have a huge selection headache as every player that took the field today could easily warrant a birth against North Melbourne.
It may only be a preseason match, so I am going to hold my collective enthusiasm for the season, but it is hard to envisage Port not making the top four, with finals the minimum requirement for Hinkley and his men.
Overall a quality display from a side that missed out on a Grand Final place by a solitary kick last year and has strengthened in the off-season. In 2021 Port Adelaide could loom large although given their history I say that somewhat cautiously.