Port recruits shine in win over Crows

Port recruits shine in win over Crows

PORT Adelaide recruits Aliir Aliir and Orazio Fantasia have dominated in a 71-point belting of a lacklustre Adelaide in Sunday’s AFL pre-season game.

Aliir was arguably best-afield while Fantasia booted 3.3 in Port’s comprehensive 17.14 (116) to 6.9 (45) win at Noarlunga Oval in Adelaide’s south.

Ex-Essendon goalsneak Fantasia only played the opening half before being rested but has slotted seamlessly into Port’s attack.

And ex-Sydney utility Aliir shone throughout the entire game, taking 14 marks and collecting 21 disposals.

The Power, beaten by eventual premiers Richmond in a preliminary final last season, was superbly served by Dan Houston (34 disposals) and Zak Butters (24 touches, two goals).

Their teammates Robbie Gray (26 disposals), Connor Rozee and Peter Ladhams capped influential games with two goals apiece while Mitch Georgiades also slotted two majors after coming on for the last half.

Some 18 Power players had a dozen or more disposals to overwhelm the Crows, who unveiled their highest-ever draft pick Riley Thilthorpe.

The 18-year-old, the No.2 selection at last year’s draft, appeared for the first time some 13 minutes into the third quarter but he managed just three disposals.

Adelaide stalwarts Taylor Walker (three goals), Brodie Smith (24 possessions) and Rory Laird (25 disposals, 10 tackles) battled gamely and Shane McAdam booted two last-term consolation goals.

But last year’s wooden-spooners were barely competitive against the slick Power, who kicked two goals in a tick over two minutes to start the game and set an ominous tone.

Fantasia then took the spotlight, booting his first major and having three other shots at goal which missed as Port led 3.6 to 0.1 at quarter-time.

Just 35 seconds into the second term, Fantasia goaled on the run and 10 minutes later he potted another – his 3.3 return eclipsed Adelaide’s entire score of 1.2 to halftime.

Port added six more goals to two in the third term, despite resting Fantasia and frontliners Charlie Dixon, Travis Boak and Tom Clurey, before a tame last quarter of a game that featured no injuries.

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PORT ADELAIDE 3.6 6.10 12.12 17.14 (116)

ADELAIDE 0.1 1.2 3.5 6.9 (45)

Goals: Port Adelaide: O Fantasia 3 C Rozee 2 M Georgiades 2 O Wines 2 P Ladhams 2 R Gray 2 D Houston J Mead K Farrell Z Butters. Adelaide: T Walker 3 S McAdam 2 L Sholl.

Umpires: Leigh Fisher, Brent Wallace, John Howorth.

Official Crowd: 3,028 at Hickinbotham Oval.