Power upset the coming out party for Sydney’s latest star recruit Kurt Tippet.
A five-goal final term from the Port Adelaide Power saw them surge to the upset of the AFL season as they defeated the reigning premiers by 18 points at AAMI Stadium.
In what was the coming out party for Swans’ new recruit Kurt Tippet, it was Port’s Chad Wingard who stole the headlines, as he inspired his side to the 10.12 (72) to 8.6 (54) victory.
In wet and windy conditions, the home side restricted the Swans to just two major in the crucial final period, the same number as Tippet’s first game in the red and white.
Wingard finished with three majors for the game, including two in the final quarter while Port’s acting captain Brad Ebert, Matthew Broadbent and veteran hard-nuts Dom Cassisi and Tom Logan revelled in the heavy going.
Josh Kennedy, Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Malceski were outstanding in a beaten side, but the win for Port saw them climb back into the top eight after suffering a recent slide in form.
The loss was compounded for the Swans with the loss of Brownlow Medalist Adam Goodes in the third term, as he was subbed off with a right knee injury.
Port Adelaide will need all of the positive momentum they can gather as they face another tough challenge next weekend, when they take on Collingwood at the MCG.
Sydney and Tippet will be looking to rebound in round 14 when they host the Carlton Blues, in what should be one of the games of the round.