Port Adelaide torched a poor Essendon side by 54 points behind a Zak Butter’s masterclass and four goals to Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades at Adelaide Oval.
It was probably as dominant a win the Power have had in some time. Ken Hinkley’s men raced out of the blocks, kicking the first five goals of the game as Port was simply far too slick for a poor Essendon side that many have tipped to be bottom four come seasons end.
At times it was a training drill for Hinkley’s men as they did as they pleased. Zak Butters announced himself as a genuine star of the competition if he has not already with a career-high 36 disposals and a goal while Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades both booted four goals while Orazio Fantasia kicked two against his old side.
Ollie Wines did his thing and tallied 38 touches, 17 of which were contested. Port won the clearances, smashed the Bombers in contested and uncontested possession’s and were a class above Ben Rutten’s side.
Port’s transition from their back half to their forward 50 was blistering and with Dan Houston’s delivery a particular standout for me. He is perhaps the best deliverer of the football inside 50 in the competition and possibly the best kick in Port’s side.
The Power for the second week in a row did not have any passengers as they took Essendon apart and their firepower is a sight to behold. Opposition sides simply cannot allow the ball to fall to the ground as Port possess the best small forwards in the competition with the likes of Steven Motlop (2 goals), Orazio Fantasia (2 goals), Zak Butters (1 goal) providing to be a headache for any defence. Not to mention Conor Rozee who is set to return on Saturday as Port take on the Eagles at Optus Stadium.
When looking at Port’s forward line, in their opening two games they have kicked 17 and 18 goals which just points to how potent they are. The rule changes perhaps attribute to that but looking at the options Port has, my word it is frightening.
Last season Port was perhaps too reliant on Charlie Dixon as their main target with Todd Marshall being inconsistent. If Dixon did not fire then the Power struggled so fast forward 12 months and now there is an embarrassment of riches.
Enter Mitch Georgiades, who was a late replacement for Todd Marshall. My word he was simply superb yesterday with four goals and 13 touches for Port’s highflyer and for me, he has to be in the 22 before Marshall as he has more X factor about him and is better working up the ground but for Hinkley, it is a good problem to have.
So in the end it was like a training drill for Port as they romped to their second win of the season and sit top of the ladder. In truth, Port was expected to win their first two games however the next fortnight will tell us a lot more about Port’s credentials as a premiership challenger as they travel to face West Coast before welcoming Richmond to Adelaide Oval.
It was a perfect afternoon for the Port faithful, back at the Portress, Never Tear Us Apart blaring before the game and thousand of fans witnessing another Port Adelaide clinic.