Highlights: Port Adelaide v Collingwood
The Power and Pies clash in round 14
Jay Schulz finished with three goals in a famous Port Adelaide win over Collingwood
AROUND Adelaide sit huge billboards displaying an ominous Port Adelaide message: "Beware the sleeping giant".
After announcing itself as a genuine finals contender on Saturday with a stunning 35-point win over Collingwood, perhaps the time has come for opposition sides to heed the club's warning.
It was the Power's first win over the Magpies since round four, 2007 and its first at AAMI Stadium since round six of its 2004 premiership year.
"They were both satisfying - Sydney, Collingwood, back to back, it's been a pretty nice fortnight," Hinkley said.
"I'm just proud of the boys the way they play tough, hard footy.
"We've said it before and we'll say it again, we defend hard first and then we play brave off that."
Matthew Broadbent played his best game for the season with a career-high 34 possessions, but was well supported by every one of his teammates, particularly Brad Ebert (30 disposals, one goal).
After a slow start, the apparently impossible angle was no match for Jay Schulz's accuracy and Justin Westhoff used the outside of his boot to convert before Brad Ebert made it four first-term goals in a row for the Power.
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Momentum has just started to swing Collingwood's way in the second when Jamie Elliott rose above three Power opponents and held onto a mark of the year contender. He duly converted from point blank range.
But, as they managed to do for the entire game, the Power hit back, this time through Westhoff and Chad Wingard again.
Magpie Paul Seedsman (34 disposals, 15 marks) was on top of his game, but when Elliot was caught holding the ball after running into a brick wall that was Jackson Trengove, the difference in desire was on full display.
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Pressure from both clubs reached crushing levels in the third; an 11-minute scoreless period broken only by two Power behinds.
The stalemate continued into the final stanza until young gun Oliver Wines stood strong under incredible stress to deliver a decisive blow.
The dam had broken, and Schulz (three goals), Travis Boak and Westhoff with his third major ensured another famous victory.
"We were beaten in most areas really, by a side that's up and playing some really good footy," Buckley said.
"They backed up their performance from last week… they were definitely cleaner than us.
"We didn’t help ourselves, we weren't clean with the ball, we didn't utilise the spare player when we had the spare player. We had our chances and we didn't take advantage on the scoreboard."
The only sourer for Port was another hamstring injury to veteran Dom Cassisi.
The former skipper was subbed out in the second quarter after re-injuring his left hamstring which is expected to sideline him for several weeks.
Jamie Elliott leaps over Jackson Trengove in the Magpies' loss to the Power. Picture: AFL Media
PORT ADELAIDE 4.2 7.3 8.6 13.8 (86)
COLLINGWOOD 2.3 4.5 5.6 7.9 (51)
Port Adelaide: Westhoff 3, Schulz 3, Monfries 2, Wingard 2, Brad Ebert, Wines, Boak
Collingwood: Cloke 2, Dwyer 2, Maxwell, Elliott, Kennedy
Port Adelaide: Ebert, Broadbent, Westhoff, Wingard, Boak, Schulz
Collingwood: Seedsman, Pendlebury, Ball, Dwyer, Hudson
Port Adelaide: Cassisi (hamstring), Logan (Calf), Boak (Ankle)
Port Adelaide: Ollie Wines replaced Dom Cassisi (hamstring) in the second quarter
Collingwood: Ben Kennedy replaced Kyle Martin in the third quarter
Umpires: Donlon, Bannister, Stevic
Official crowd: 31,121 at AAMI Stadium
Harry Thring is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Harry.