A masterful midfield display by Ollie Wines inspired Port Adelaide to a runaway 38-point AFL victory against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.
The Power led by just 10 points at three quarter-time but stormed home to win 16.4 (100) to 9.8 (62) at Adelaide Oval.
Port forward Chad Wingard booted three goals, and Jay Schulz and Matthew White two each, in a triumph highlighted by Wines’ dominance.
Wines collected a game-high 33 disposals and kicked a goal, while his teammates Wingard, Robbie Gray (20 touches), Brad Ebert (21 possessions, 12 tackles) and versatile Justin Westhoff were prominent.
The Bulldogs, now also with five wins and losses, were superbly served by Jack Macrae (31 touches), Koby Stevens (22 possessions) and Luke Dalhaus (20 disposals) while Jake Stringer and Jordan Roughead slotted two goals each.
But after leading midway through the second stanza, the Dogs were held at bay by a Port side which squared its win-loss record at five apiece.
The Bulldogs dominated the opening 10 minutes and registered the initial four scoring shots – but all were points.
Port then kicked four of the next five goals, including White’s brace, before the Bulldogs struck back to be only two points down at quarter-time.
The visitors led midway through the second term when Stringer goaled but the Power responded with three majors in a row for a 9.3 to 6.5 halftime advantage.
Scoring dried up in a tight third term – the Bulldogs scored two goals to one to reduce their deficit to 10 points at the last change.
But Port overwhelmed their visitors with a commanding last quarter, unleashing a scoring burst of six unanswered goals to delight their parochial 41,813-strong crowd.