PORT Adelaide can add another notch to its belt.

POWER v BULLDOGS Full match coverage and stats

In more proof of the top-of-the-ladder Power's mettle, Ken Hinkley's men overcame a slow start and half-time deficit to beat the Western Bulldogs by 13 points on Monday night.


The come-from-behind 8.7 (55) to 5.12 (42) win at Adelaide Oval was different to some of Port Adelaide's high-scoring, free-flowing and exhilarating victories of this season. 

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Duursma all courage in three-way collision

Port Adelaide young star Xavier Duursma takes a strong mark in defence

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But after the Bulldogs' wasteful start the Power got control of the contest, with a four-goal third term seeing Port take the lead and assert their ascendancy.

It was second-year Power midfielder Zak Butters who helped turn the tide, with his brilliant third term crucial in giving his side the advantage. Butters finished with a career-high 24 disposals and had three clearances to continue his brilliant season. 

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Veteran Tom Rockliff was important, as was Ollie Wines, while emerging ruckman Peter Ladhams won his battle with Bulldog counterpart Tim English.

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Sheer desperation from Butters deserves a goal

Zak Butters throws himself at the ball and the tap is on a platter for Kane Farrell

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As well as having more starring roles, Port had structure on its side, too. As the Bulldogs battled in the air, the Power controlled that battle, taking 21 contested marks to the Bulldogs' six.

Tom Liberatore was excellent for the Dogs with 25 disposals (20 contested), while Jack Macrae (28) and Bailey Smith (20) were also busy. But five days after their loss to Richmond highlighted their troubles in attack, they were again exposed by the Power, who are meeting all comers. 

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Wines' misguided aggression gifts Weightman the opener

Ollie Wines releases his frustrations on Cody Weightman and it costs a 50m pen and goal

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Dixon stands tall again
As the Bulldogs struggled for a marking target inside 50 at one end, Port proved the power of a key forward at the other as Charlie Dixon put on a third-term masterclass. Dixon, who is enjoying one of his best AFL seasons, booted two goals as the Power made their surge, including one brilliant contested grab that he juggled in, amongst and through a number of Dogs defenders. Dixon's two goals lifted his season tally to 19 and keeps him in the race for the Coleman Medal.  

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Charlie the monster outmuscles for a one-hander

Port Adelaide beast Charlie Dixon uses his strength and pulls down a great mark

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Debutant denied goal
First-gamer Boyd Woodcock came into the Power side to add some more energy in attack, and he started off with a goal in the first quarter. Or so he thought. Woodcock trickled a goal through and started celebrating in the first term, with his arms aloft in the air and teammates joining in the fun. That was until the DrinkWise score review in the AFL's Review Centre, which showed the ball had nicked the goalpost on the way through and should be a point. The technology showed a clear spike on 'Edge', which meant Woodcock's first goal quickly became his first point.  

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From elation to anguish as Power debutant's goal ruled out

On debut, you have to feel for Boyd Woodcock here

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MRO trouble for Mayes?
Port Adelaide's Sam Mayes will come under scrutiny for a high hit on Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley in the first term. Dunkley was floored after being collected by Mayes' shoulder on his jaw. The Bulldogs star, who returned for his first game since round three after an ankle injury and collected 19 disposals, dusted himself off and played out the game, but the high knock is certain to be looked at by the AFL's Match Review Officer. 

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Is Mayes in trouble for hard hit on Dunkley?

Sam Mayes could face MRO scrutiny for this hit against Josh Dunkley

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PORT ADELAIDE              1.2       3.2      7.5       8.7 (55)
WESTERN BULLDOGS    2.5       3.5       3.6       5.12 (42)

Port Adelaide: Dixon 2, Gray 2, Farrell, Ladhams, Powell-Pepper, Wines
Western Bulldogs: Lloyd 2, McLean 2, Weightman 

Port Adelaide: Butters, Wines, Ladhams, Rockliff, Gray, Amon
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Macrae, Smith, Dunkley, Lloyd 

Port Adelaide: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil