Swans star Peter Ladhams hits former teammate Ollie Wines in one of the dirtiest plays of 2022

Swans star Peter Ladhams hits former team-mate Ollie Wines in one of the dirtiest plays of 2022 as Port Adelaide condemns Sydney to a shock defeat

  • Ladhams was benched after hitting Wines in the ribs while he was down
  • Todd Marshall scored four goals, Connor Rozee had 29 possessions
  • Port lost Zak Butters to a knee injury, while Brynn Teakle suffered a collarbone injury

Port Adelaide overcame the loss of two injured players to beat Sydney by 23 points and revive their AFL final hopes in a game marred by a shocking cerebral outburst from Peter Ladhams.

The Power triumphed 12.10 (82) to 8.11 (59) at Adelaide Oval on Saturday to slip within two wins of the top eight.

Carrying duo Zak Butters (knee) and starting player Brynn Teakle (collarbone) both suffered injuries within 10 minutes of the second quarter.

After leading by four points at half-time, the Power crushed Sydney with a flurry of six goals in a third term punctuated by two cerebral blackouts from Swans ruckman Peter Ladhams, playing against his former club for the first time.

Ladhams knocked Port’s Lachie Jones to the ground about 50 yards behind the play – the resulting free was called on the pitch and offered a goal for Sam Powell-Pepper.

Two minutes later, Ladhams tackled Power star Ollie Wines, then roughly punched Brownlow’s medalist in the ribs while he was on the ground.

Ladhams will take a bit of a vacation after hitting Wines in the ribs (top) while he was on the ground. It was his first match against his former teammate

The Swans tall hammer Wines just before he knocks him to the ground in one of the worst brain outbursts of the year so far

The Swans tall hammer Wines just before he knocks him to the ground in one of the worst brain outbursts of the year so far

This act also resulted in an open field which was converted into another port goal.

Ladhmans was dragged to the bench when resistance from Sydney broke: Port shot 6.2-nil under 17 minutes to create a decisive 42-point lead.

Power forward Todd Marshall led with four goals, fellow offensive player Charlie Dixon threw two and Wines was superb with his 33 takedowns including six inside the 50s and 11 clearances.

Port backmen Riley Bonner (27 touches) and Darcy Byrne-Jones (28 possessions) provided a dash while Connor Rozee (29 eliminations, eight inside 50s) was influential in midfield.

Todd Marshall was huge for the Power, scoring four goals

Todd Marshall was huge for the Power, scoring four goals

Charlie Dixon joined two majors as Port's Connor Rozee dominated the midfield action with 29 possessions

Charlie Dixon joined two majors as Port’s Connor Rozee dominated the midfield action with 29 possessions

The Power defense contained Sydney’s big forwards with Lance Franklin kicking a major and Sam Reid and Logan McDonald were left scoreless.

Isaac Heeney stood out for the Swans, scoring four goals, while Luke Parker (25 touches, 10 clearances) and Callum Mills (27 eliminations, one goal) worked valiantly.

But the third-term swoon would alarm coach John Longmire, particularly given his side’s bright start.

Buddy Franklin - seen here closing in on Aliir Aliir - has been well contained all day

Buddy Franklin – seen here closing in on Aliir Aliir – has been well contained all day

The seventh-placed Swans took a 19-2 first quarter lead with their three big guns – Franklin, Heeney and Mills – all scoring.

But Port scored 12 of the next 14 despite suffering double injuries in the second term.

Dynamic midfielder Butters was substituted out of the game with a left knee injury, sustained when clumsily twisted in a tackle from Harry Cunningham.

And just 10 minutes later, ruckman Teakle, who joined Port in the mid-season draft two and a half weeks ago, injured his left collarbone in a bump with Swan Justin McInerney.

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Shirley M. Pinder