Port Adelaide have punctured Greater Western Sydney’s AFL finals aspirations with a plucky 21-point victory in a spiteful Saturday stoush.
With three games to play, the Giants could slip two wins outside the top eight after Port prevailed 16.15 (111) to 13.12 (90) at Adelaide Oval.
Port onballer Brendan Ah Chee produced a breakout three-goal game and Chad Wingard and Angus Monfries also kicked three as the Power came from behind at three-quarter time to triumph.
Giants forward Jeremy Cameron booted three goals and Rhys Palmer kicked five – and featured in an all-time blooper.
Eight minutes into the game, Palmer was running into an open goal with no Port player within 15 metres.
He bounced once, got to the edge of the goal square, then horribly fluffed another bounce attempt – the ball spilled, allowing Port’s Matthew White to gather ground and apply a score-saving tackle.
In a fiery affair, Port’s Jasper Pittard will be scrutinised for a block some 50 metres off the ball which felled Palmer in the second stanza.
And at the halftime siren, with Port leading by 10 points and Giant co-captain Phil Davis already substituted with a thigh injury, both teams engaged in a prolonged push and shove.
Port stretched out to 16 point advantage early in the third term only for the Giants to slot four of the next five goals to take a two-point lead at the last change.
But the Power, who will miss the finals, kicked five goals to one in the final term to notch a ninth win of the season.
The Giants (10 wins) have home games against Sydney and Carlton before an away match against Melbourne to come.