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Time for the Power to turn Adelaide Oval back into the Portress

  • Time for the Power to turn Adelaide Oval back into the Portress

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08: Spectators cheer during the round seven AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on May 8, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

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There was a lot for Port Adelaide fans to enjoy last Sunday as the Power comprehensively destroyed Fremantle by 89 points at Adelaide Oval. While some pundits may dismiss the result as only a win over the Dockers it was still an enjoyable win for the faithful as the Power ran out winners in front of a crowd of 38,388.

Fremantle only won four games in total for 2016 and one of those wins was over Port in round 13 which tell you a lot about the performance of Port Adelaide in 2016.

The loss to Fremantle last year as well as defeat to Carlton in the last two seasons and Brisbane in 2015 has led many Power fans to not take any win for granted. As a consequence of a difficult two year period you can understand some of the excitement and even relief around last Sunday’s performance.

Significantly the win was the biggest winning margin at Adelaide Oval for the Power since the 103 point thrashing of Carlton in 2014.

A massive Showdown beckons this Saturday night with cross-town rival Adelaide and while many Port supporters will not want to hear this, the Crows are team that will be in the 2017 Premiership mix. The early season top of the table clash represents a great challenge and an opportunity for Ken Hinkley to really get a gauge of where his team is at.

Many opposition clubs have previously commented on what a difficult task it was to play Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. Specifically in 2014 as the below figures confirm with Port having a winning percentage of 76.9%. But results since has seen the ground once dubbed ‘The Portress’ go from intimidating venue to relaxing holiday destination with a gift of premierships points for opposition clubs.

















So can we see a return of the Portress in 2017? One win for the year so far is already a quarter of the way to the 2016 home win tally. When the pre-game anthem of Never Tear Us Apart echoes around Adelaide Oval on Saturday night the Port Adelaide community will be standing together and united. Port fans are ready for this game and if the players give them something to cheer about on-field the Power army will give the players a Showdown atmosphere to savour.

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