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Geelong match a challenge: Nicks

Lee Gaskin // AFL Media  May 16, 2017 12:21 PM

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PORT Adelaide has conquered China, but the ultimate test will be breaking a decade-long drought in Geelong.

Power skipper Travis Boak, vice-captain Ollie Wines and Chad Wingard were among 11 players who returned to Adelaide on Tuesday morning.

The remainder of the squad have taken a different route, with some staying on in Hong Kong, several visiting the Great Wall of China and others that will spend time in Melbourne.

Brad Ebert flew out of Shanghai immediately after the Power's historic victory against Gold Coast to be back with his wife Rebecca and newborn son Leo.

The players will return to training on Friday.

They will then turn their attention to preparing for a massive round 10 clash with the Cats at Simonds Stadium next Thursday night, a venue where they have won at two of their 13 attempts.

"It's a tough road trip no matter what - they're a fantastic football side," Power senior assistant coach Matthew Nicks said.

"The travel's not going to be hard at all, we'll shoot down there and it will feel like it's gone in a flash.

"To win down there is a really tough road trip, there's no hiding from that.

"Most of our players are back in the country, there are a few that are having a look for a couple of days because we've got a 10 or 11-day break.

"We're playing some really good footy, our players are confident and we'll have a nice freshen up."

Other players to return to Adelaide on Tuesday morning included Tom Jonas, Aaron Young, Sam Powell-Pepper, Brendon Ah Chee, Sam Gray, Jack Hombsch, Tom Clurey and Aidyn Johnson.

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