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Port Adelaide 2014 Season - Adelaide Oval

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by Abhi Jeyakkumar (subscribe)
I am an 18 year old athlete hoping to make the AFL draft or play for cricket Australia. Studying Bachelor of Media at Adelaide university, I wish to be a slightly controversial yet humorous media personality after an illustrious sporting career.
It's hard to miss Adelaide Oval on a Saturday night. The giant 'Portress' towers over the usually quiet city, basking light onto an oval playing field with a noise that can reach up to 110 decibels. I made the most of my Port Adelaide membership, catching free buses on my way to the city, before doing the official Port Adelaide march with a mate. There was a massive crowd, the sea of teal, black and white stretched past the eye can see while the drummers at the front orchestrated each chant with simple beats. Most of my voice was lost most during the chanting, breaking and crackling every time I screamed 'POOOWEERR'. As we walked through the tunnel, my cracked pre-pubescent voice echoed among others to create an almost deafening sound which magnified the amount of supporters participating in the march.

The Portress
Credit to Port Adelaide FC

The silhouette of the Adelaide Oval loomed over us. Looking at the crowd numbers, it seemed like the Adelaide Oval could not contain us. As we sat in our seats, the familiar faces of the other members had an extensive chat with us, talking about current affairs in our lives. Whilst conversing, the pregame events had started, with an average DJ playing music over a mumbling crowd. Dancers were moving to the beat in the middle, as an unusually short Port Adelaide mascot ran around the oval trying to inspire the crowd.

The music started to build up before the Sydney Swans song started to play. The Swans players ran onto the ground and were met with aggressive taunts (me included). As Port Adelaide later ran onto the ground, almost the entire crowd stood up and cheered to see their favourite heroes whilst these heroes sprinted in front of them. It was then tradition, as the INXS song- Never tear us apart played on the loudspeakers. The supporters raised their scarves and waved them to the beat, singing and screaming to the lyrics, as the big screen changed slides. It was when the last slide showed, the players and supporters knew it was time for the bounce.

It was an important game for both teams. Port Adelaide could make the top 4 if they beat Sydney by a considerable margin and if Fremantle lose to Geelong, whereas Sydney needed a win to cement top spot for the round. It was a tight contest in the first term, where the power surged early and the Swans fought back to have the quarter time scores read 15-14 Port Power's way.

The Power seemed like they had regained their running game which was absent in their last few week, turning out to be a tight contest, bar the last 10 minutes of the final quarter. But dubious frees towards the Swans and inaccuracy seemed to be the Power's downfall as they fell short by 26 points against the ladder leaders, much to the hostile crowd's disappointment; and this was evident by their constant boos and abuse as the Sydney Swans strutted off the ground. The rough mass of the Port Adelaide supporters is not for the faint hearted, but they, as well as the skill and run of the players, provide an excellent atmosphere for a Saturday night.
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Where: Adelaide Oval
Cost: Free for Port Adelaide members
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