Port Adelaide’s social media team delivered the perfect response to a snarky tweet from former Collingwood star Dane Swan on Sunday evening.
The Power started their Round 10 clash against Collingwood in awful fashion, registering just one point in the opening term at the MCG.
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The Magpies extended their lead to 26 points in the second quarter, seemingly on track for a much-needed victory.
Swan couldn’t resist an opportunity to poke fun at Port Adelaide, posting to Twitter at quarter-time: “Is one point good in a qtr of footy? Asking for a lot of friends of mine from SA.”
But Collingwood’s forwards repeatedly wasted opportunities inside forward 50, allowing the visitors to stay in the contest.
Port kicked four consecutive majors in the final quarter to complete the comeback, ultimately clinching a thrilling 8.11 (59) to 8.10 (58) victory.
And not long after the final siren roared in Melbourne, the official Port Adelaide FC Twitter account responded to Swan: “Handy point.”
Handy point ??♂️ https://t.co/DVcn0kMYF9
Swan could see the lighter side of things, replying to Port’s tweet: “To whomever runs this account — no need to thank me for helping you get your biggest engagement you’ve ever had on here. The amount of charity work I do on here is phenomenal and I don’t ask to be rewarded (Ps. Don’t wait til 4 hours after the game to reply, be better).”
The Power weren’t the only ones to lay the boot in as Swan’s tweet backfired. It attracted more than 300 comments — mostly from people keen to remind the Pies great just how important that single point turned out to be.
Swan fired off a series of sarcastic tweets after Collingwood’s one-point defeat.
“Very disappointing today, they played with no passion, energy and not for each other. Collingwood on the other hand were terrific, great spirit and fight shown,” he wrote.
“I hope Port sing the song in the prison bars. I would really respect that level of pettiness.
“To all the Port fans/Collingwood haters please reply to this tweet all your witty retorts and whatever else you feel like telling me about the game today and I’ll laugh at em at a later date. Watching a movie now.”
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Jordan De Goey of the Magpies reacts to the shattering one-point loss.Source:Getty Images
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley praised his side’s “enthusiasm” and an ever-reliable Robbie Gray after the final-quarter comeback.
“Clearly we needed to kick a score,” Hinkley said.
“That was the message – ‘let’s just go after this a bit, let’s take some risks’.
“It wasn’t a great game, there was a clear style that Collingwood wanted to hold onto the ball on us and keep the ball off us.
“We stuck at it and we won, and that’s going to make up our season.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to put a season together and there will be some poor performances, not very often you get a poor performance and you get a win out of it.”
Port Adelaide is fifth on the AFL ladder having registered seven wins in the opening 10 rounds.
The Power will next face the Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon, with the first bounce scheduled for 4.40pm AEST.
With Jack Paynter, NCA NewsWire
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