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Power Young Guns Hold Their Own

  • Power Young Guns Hold Their Own

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Alipate Carlile of the Power punches the ball during the 2016 NAB Challenge AFL match between the Sydney Swans and Port Adelaide Power at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide fans got their first look at the squad in a competitive game for 2016, when the boys from Alberton took on the Swans on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the Power rested a host of massive names for their first NAB Challenge match including the likes of Boak, Gray, Schulz, Lobbe, Hartlett, Wingard and Westhoff - it was a chance for some fresh faces to prove their worth.

In the end, the young Port Adelaide side went down by 21 points in horrendous conditions, but there were plenty of positives to take out of the match against one of the premiership contenders who had a very strong squad playing.

New recruit Jimmy Toumpas suited up for the first time in a Port Adelaide jersey, and looked good with 14 possessions.

Gun left-footer Jared Polec also showed some good signs after a horrid 2015 season which was ruined by a persistent foot injury. Although he only saw the ball a handful of times, he kicked a great goal and made it through the game unscathed.

Sam Gray continued where he left off at the end of last season, gathering a team high 21 disposals.

The Power will also be happy with the efforts of young players Byrne-Jones, Howard and Palmer, who all did some nice things throughout the match.

Port Adelaide now turns it's focus to the upcoming clash this weekend with the Demons, where they will surely start to integrate some of their gun players back into the side in preparation for season 2016.
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