Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard’s AFL season may be over after injuring his hamstring in the Power’s 40-point loss to Melbourne.
Wingard limped from the ground early in the second quarter on Saturday night and went straight to the rooms.
He played no further part in the game as the Demons ran out to a 13.16 (94) to 8.6 (54) win at Adelaide Oval.
Port never really looked to be in the contest and came off second-best for both pressure and skills throughout the game.
The home side kicked the first goal through Wingard but Melbourne booted the next eight to take a 37-point lead at halftime.
Port threatened a comeback in the third term, booting the first three goals through Nathan Krakouer, Aaron Young and Jared Polec.
Polec had 11 of his 24 touches during the period as the home side pared back the margin to 22 points at three-quarter time.
But the resurgence was short-lived, Melbourne sealing the win with goals to Jack Watts and Jeff Garlett.
It was a performance that showed what a force the young Demons have the potential to become over the next few years.
Speedsters Jayden Hunt and Garlett drove Melbourne forward time and again while powerful onballers Christian Petracca, Dom Tyson and Clayton Oliver were too strong out of the middle.
In contrast, the Power appeared to be severely lacking in confidence, turning the ball over almost as often as they did anything constructive with it to the dismay of the 33,426 crowd.
Matthew Lobbe returned from injury to help out Jackson Trengove in the ruck but they couldn’t do much to stop Max Gawn, who continued his All-Australian form with 46 hitouts.
Demons star Jack Viney was again kept quiet by tagger Brad Ebert, while spearhead Jesse Hogan finished with 0.2 to his name.
Port’s injury woes were punctuated before the game with Matt White’s comeback from a torn pectoral muscle derailed when he fractured his cheekbone in the SANFL.