Port Adelaide have upset AFL ladder-leaders Geelong by 11 factors to proceed the Cats’ post-bye curse.
The Energy’s rugged 9.13 (67) to eight.eight (56) win on Saturday night time at Adelaide Oval is the eighth consecutive 12 months Geelong have misplaced after a bye.
The Cats’ second lack of the season was marred by the concussion of recruit Gary Rohan, who copped a head knock in an off-the-ball collision with Port’s Karl Amon.
The Energy’s good Robbie Grey was instrumental as Port rose to seventh on the ladder, leaving coach Ken Hinkley praising his gamers.
“Successful a detailed recreation in opposition to a top quality opponent … it was great for them to realize the success they deserve,” Hinkley mentioned.
“They performed an exquisite 4 quarters of soccer in opposition to an important facet.”
Grey and first-year ahead Connor Rozee kicked two objectives apiece and rising midfielder Dan Houston gathered 26 disposals within the Energy’s seventh victory of the 12 months.
Grey additionally collected 31 disposals, fellow veteran Travis Boak (30 touches) was invaluable and Scott Lycett dominated the rucks with 41 hitouts, 24 disposals and 9 clearances.
Port kicked the preliminary three objectives of the sport and managed key statistics – they gained the contested ball rely by 36 and clearances by 16.
“The largest drawback was that margin across the stoppages,” Geelong coach Chris Scott mentioned.
Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, after being a late arrival into Adelaide after the start of his second youngster, a daughter, on Friday morning, was influential with 28 disposals.
His midfield colleague Mitch Duncan (35 touches) was a standout and Zach Tuohy (28 disposals) and Tom Stewart (23 possessions) marshalled Geelong’s defence.
However the Cats struggled to discover a forward-line winner – Gary Ablett and Darcy Fort booted two objectives every – however Tom Hawkins was scoreless and blanketed by Port’s Tom Clurey.
Geelong, in defender Harry Taylor’s 250th AFL match, have been inside 11 factors at three quarter-time.
However objectives to Port’s elegant duo Rozee and Grey prolonged the house facet’s result in 23 factors early within the final – sufficient to carry off a belated problem from the Cats, who kicked the final two objectives.
Port’s opening trio of objectives featured a Charlie Dixon conversion in his first AFL recreation since breaking a leg greater than 10 months in the past.
The Energy led 21-1 after Dixon’s aim – for the remainder of the sport, the closest the Cats crept was inside seven factors early within the second stanza.