Josh Kennedy, the late arrival waiting on a late arrival, kicked seven goals as West Coast buried some road demons with an eight-point AFL win against Port Adelaide on Saturday.
Kennedy, whose wife is overdue with the couple’s first child, arrived late in Adelaide to join his teammates before helping them sink Port 14.10 (94) to 13.8 (86).
The star forward lobbed in Adelaide late on Friday night and then dominated the twilight Saturday clash, kicking five and setting up another of the Eagles’ initial nine goals.
West Coast’s first away win in seven road trips was punctuated by Andrew Gaff being crudely knocked out by Port’s Tom Jonas – and a report of Power star Robbie Gray.
Gaff went back with the flight of the ball and marked before a late-coming Jonas hit him with a right forearm to the back of the head in a third-term act certain to result in suspension.
And Port’s brilliant Gray was reported for tripping Mark LeCras in the final quarter.
The incidents marred a dominant display from the Eagles, who led by 37 points late in the third quarter before holding off a fast-finishing Power.
West Coast’s sixth win of the season was created by their utter dominance in ruck: Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett (two goals) monstered Port’s makeshift ruckman Jackson Trengove as the visitors recorded 70 hitouts to the Power’s 15.
Onballer Matt Priddis revelled in the supply, gathering 28 disposals, while defender Sharrod Wellingham (24 touches) was influential.
Port forward Aaron Young kicked four goals and Chad Wingard booted three as the Power slipped to a fifth loss this year.