PORT ADELAIDE suffered a disappointing one-point loss to Greater Western Sydney on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval. Here are some talking points from Port’s clash with the Giants.

Slow starts hurting the Power in 2019:

Port Adelaide was held goalless in the opening quarter against the Giants on Saturday night, heading into the first change with a 14-point deficit.

The contest was tight throughout the rest of the game, and despite six scoring shots to two in the Power’s favour in the last term, Leon Cameron’s men were able to hold on for victory.

Port has only won six first quarters from its 18 games so far this season. 

Boak continues his fantastic season:

Travis Boak collected 40 disposals against GWS on Saturday night on Round 19 - the 13th time he has amassed 30+ disposals in a game so far this season.

Boak has been a shining light in the Power’s midfield in 2019, averaging more than 32 touches, three marks and five tackles a game.

It is the second time in Boak’s career he has registered 40+ possessions in a game - the former skipper had 41 touches against Brisbane at Adelaide Oval in Round 4, 2014.

Inefficiency inside forward 50 costly:

The Power were unable to make the most of its opportunity against GWS in the final quarter of Saturday night’s loss.

Inaccuracy in front of goal proved costly, as Port kicked 2.4 to 1.1 in the final term to reduce a 10-point three-quarter time margin to lose by a solitary point.

Ken Hinkley’s men had more disposals (422-376), contested disposals (141-140), clearances (39-33), inside 50s (53-45) and tackles (67-53) but couldn’t convert on the scoreboard.