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One-eyed: Port Adelaide v Geelong

Port Adelaide hosted top-of-the-table Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night and came away with a season-defining win.

Geelong Port Adelaide
PHOTO: James Elsby/AFL Photos

How in the hell did that happen? The Power have stunned the Cats – something I haven’t said since 2007, and we all know how that ended up.

I went into the game with not even a slight hint of optimism.

I had booked a ticket through the FiveAA Locker Room experience, which included a drinks package and a solid feed – something I expected to need going into a match against a side which had lost just one game.

The night started by reading some hostile comments from my Power brethren, who were quite frustrated at suggestion we could turf Paddy Ryder – what a terrific start.

It’s definitely not like Port fans to turn on their own supporters. God I love them.

Ryder can stay! Chill!

Fast forward to game time and Robbie Gray kicks the first, and I’m up and about.

Then I begin having flashbacks to last week, when Freo let us get off to the perfect start – and we blew it.

I say to my mate beside me, “this is going to hurt when we lose.”

Old mate ‘Elbows’ Gary Ablett pops up and boots one, and I need to join in the booing because I’m a full blown rebel.

Geelong fans when people boo Gary Ablett.

I don’t know why I’m doing it, but I am. It seemed to be a theme for the night.

Being ahead at half-time, I was surprisingly optimistic, and I went back downstairs into our locker room experience and was greeted with good old Balfours sausage rolls and meat pies.

However, they weren’t called that on the menu.

They were called ‘Assorted Balfours cocktail savoury pastries.’

I wasn’t mucking around.

That will be the first and only time that Balfours pies and sausage rolls will ever be seen as posh.

Third quarter starts and we’re going full Port Adelaide – which is buggering up the easy stuff and getting done on the counter attack.

Charlie Dixon gets done in by snicko of all things via a goal review – and of course, they didn’t show that at the ground, meaning everyone was ready to riot.

It’s very easy to annoy Port fans, and that was a perfect way to go about it.

God bless Connor Rozee, the kid has pace, composure and so much arrogance. It’s sensational to watch.

There’s two minutes left and we’re two goals up.

Now due to past trauma, I still wasn’t sold, until someone around me got Kayo up and sussed out there was only 30 seconds left.

Dreamland. Fans are screaming at the top of their lungs, sensational. What a night.

Riding this high wave of happiness, I’m sure to be let down when we host the Bulldogs this week.

Please don’t let me down, boys.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.