Port Adelaide forwards on song against the Blues

Charlie Dixion pre game. Photo: @PAFC on Twitter

Port Adelaide’s forward trio of Charlie Dixon, Todd Marshall and Mitch Georgiades played their best game as a unit all season on Saturday night. 

The trio haven’t played much footy together yet, all three being in and out of the team for various reasons, but they’ve started to understand and learn how each other operates. 

With six goals between them, they proved that when on they are on, the Power forward line can be more dangerous than anyone else in the competition.

Speaking post match, coach Ken Hinkley showed plenty of pride in his tall squadron.

“When they’ve had chances already they looked capable, but we’ve got some young pieces around that,” he said.

“When you talk about some of the players and what they do and some of the challenges they’ve had, both Todd and Mitch have had really significant challenges over their journey for different reasons.

“Charlie has gotten himself in great shape as a footballer, they are getting some rewards. But they like playing together too and they’re starting to understand each other’s games. 

“That’s when it clicks for you, they start to know who’s going where and what each player should expect from each other.”

In addition to the already firing tall brigade, throw in the small forwards with the likes of Robbie Gray and Orazio Fantasia who kicked three and two respectively. 

It just proves that if the tall forwards don’t get it, the smalls will. The connection between the talls and the smalls made the Carlton backline work all night.

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Looking to the other end of the ground, Port Adelaide recruit Aliir Aliir played a crucial role, especially in the third term when the Blues where pushing hard.

In Aliir’s short time at the club, he’s already made a massive impact to the Power over five games.

“We really enjoy what he does, he’s such an aggressive footballer and we like that, we like the way he plays we like the way he attacks the ball and attacks the game,” Hinkley said.

“He’s willing to help out any teammate in the air or on the ground, they’re starting to learn a lot about Aliir as teammates.

“He’s certainly been a positive pick up for us as has Orazio.”

Port Adelaide’s next task comes at home, up against the Saints at Adelaide Oval on Sunday evening.

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