Power outlasts Giants

Power outlasts Giants

CHARLIE Dixon booted four goals as Port Adelaide gave their top-four hopes a massive boost by outlasting GWS to win a hard-fought contest by 27 points at Marvel Stadium.

Both sides had a disrupted build-up to the crucial contest, with the Giants making a mad dash to Melbourne on Saturday from Queensland after the state’s snap lockdown was announced.

The Power charged out to a 27-point lead in the second term before riding a strong challenge and pulling clear again to prevail, 15.10 (100) to 11.7 (73), on Sunday night.

GWS lost key defender Phil Davis to an apparent neck injury and saw Jacob Hopper taken from the field on a medi-cab after he was accidentally kicked in the head while attempting a smother.

It compounded a difficult night for the Giants, who missed the chance to climb back into the top-eight.

Power midfielder Ollie Wines was a thorn in their side, tallying 28 disposals and four clearances in another strong display alongside on-ball partner Travis Boak (24 and seven).

Tall forwards Charlie Dixon (four goals), Peter Ladhams (three) and Mitch Georgiades (two) all posed problems for the Giants’ defence.

Port dominated early as Ladhams kicked his three majors in a high-scoring first half, including two in freakish fashion.

The first came from a bounce that went almost at a right-angle and another from a clever quick snap when he tapped the ball down onto his boot.

The latter came as the two teams combined for 11 goals in an entertaining second term, with the Giants trimming the margin to eight points.

They hit the front briefly during the third quarter but trailed again by seven points when Harry Himmelberg coughed up a huge goal-scoring chance in the shadows of three-quarter time, accidentally letting the shot clock expire and being tackled by the quick-thinking Wines.

Goals to Dixon and Orazio Fantasia gave the Power breathing space early in the final quarter.

Daniel Lloyd kicked three goals for GWS and Toby Greene booted 2.4 on return after a week in isolation, while Josh Kelly (32 disposals) and Hopper (28) battled hard in the midfield.

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PORT ADELAIDE 3.4 8.4 11.6 15.10 (100)

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 1.1 7.2 10.5 11.7 (73)

Goals: Port Adelaide: C Dixon 4 P Ladhams 3 M Georgiades 2 K Amon O Fantasia T Boak T Marshall X Duursma Z Butters. Greater Western Sydney: D Lloyd 3 J Hogan 2 T Greene 2 C Ward H Himmelberg S Mumford T Taranto.

Umpires: Jacob Mollison, Nicholas Foot, Jamie Broadbent.

Venue: Marvel Stadium.