Top 10: Port Adelaide players in the AFL era
Wanganeen. Tredrea. Cornes. Burgoyne. Boak.
Many great names have graced the field in Port Adelaide colours in the national competition and Jack Hudson has picked out his top 10.
10. Michael Wilson
‘Wilbur’ was a player who truly defined Port Adelaide. Courageous, ferocious, brave and terrifically skilled.
The marks he took going back with the flight of the ball in the 2004 Preliminary Final showcase that.
The winner of the 1997 Rising Star award had a lot of his career snatched away by injury – including a grand final appearance in 2007 – but is still adored by Power fans to this day.
9. Shaun Burgoyne
This entry stings as ‘Silk’ has definitely played his best football at his second club, Hawthorn.
Shaun and his brother Peter were a delight to watch when they worked in tandem, and I still remember watching the duo tear the Western Bulldogs apart in a game in 2003.
Is definitely in the top five Indigenous players to ever play the game, and would’ve been higher on this list had he remained at the Power.
I’m sure he’d rather the three flags, though.
Possibly one of the unluckiest players to ever play the game, and one of the best ruckmen ever.
Primus was criminally underrated due to his knee injuries which prematurely ended his career at 29 and then his unsuccessful venture into coaching with the Power.
A humble leader, and every definition of the word ‘captain’.
7. Peter Burgoyne
One of the most exciting players to play the game, the senior Burgoyne had the X-factor most players crave.
A vital part of the 2004 premiership side who definitely had a case for the Norm Smith Medal that day, which was eventually won by Byron Pickett.
Power fans may very well see Peter’s young lad running around in the AFL side in the next couple of years.
6. Kane Cornes
The Power’s game record holder at 300 matches had a miraculous career.
The younger Cornes brother was a clever user and one of the most reliable taggers in the game.
Multiple best and fairest awards, a premiership medal and he received the proper send off that previous Power heroes, such as his brother, deserved.
5. Robbie Gray
Robbie is one of the all-time draft steals, and has been the Power’s best player since Ken Hinkley took charge.
After recovering from a nasty knee reconstruction and testicular cancer, it’s a wonder how he’s as remarkable as he is.
It will be unjust if Robbie ends his career without having played in a grand final.
4. Travis Boak
Inspirational, talented, and an all-round terrific bloke.
Travis Boak was the natural transition into captain once Ken Hinkley took charge as coach, and he grabbed it with both hands and became one of the best midfielders in the competition.
The former Power skipper has returned to his electric best this year, and is seriously a Brownlow Medal contender.
3. Chad Cornes
A player you either loved or hated, the latter if you’re an Adelaide Crows supporter.
Chad Cornes was as tough and passionate as they came, and was adored by Power fans, and even now, they still demand he pulls on a guernsey.
The end to his Power career was a disgrace, and he should’ve retired a one-club player.
2. Gavin Wanganeen
It’s probably controversial Gav is second on the list given the amount of memories he’s given the Power fans.
The first ever captain, the winning goal in the 2004 Preliminary Final and a conquering performance on the big stage in that same year.
He was the first ever indigenous player to reach 300 AFL games, and he’ll always be a hero in the hearts of the Port fans.
1. Warren Tredrea
The all-time leading goal-kicker, the premiership captain, it’s hard to go past Warren Tredrea as the Power’s best ever player.
Danyle Pearce summed it up perfectly when he said Tredrea would’ve been more appreciated had he played in Victoria, but fortunately for Power fans, he was a Port boy through and through.
From his bag of eight against Carlton all through to his game-winning display against Richmond at AAMI Stadium in 2009, Tredrea was something special.