PORT ADELAIDE SANFL coach Matthew Lokan was delighted with the performance of his side as it defeated Woodville-West Torrens by 10 goals on Sunday.
The Magpies won every quarter comfortably, particularly the second where they blew out to a 47-point lead at the half-time break.
“I'm super proud of the boys today,” Lokan said.
“The ability to execute a plan for four quarters has been something we've been working on for the last couple of weeks.
“We fell short the last two weeks. But to be able to play four quarters against the reigning premiers is a huge achievement.
“We've always thought that we're at the level of the best teams in the competition, we haven't been able to do it for long enough.
“For us, it was about doing it consistently.
“Our pressure around the contest set it up and our ball movement was spot on today.
“I think we were able to go fast when we needed to.
“The second quarter stands out, but we were able to do it for four quarters.”
After the dominant second term, Lokan said the Magpies were prepared for the reigning premiers to respond.
“We knew they were going to come out and change their game style a bit in the third quarter,” he said.
“We outscored them two goals to one in the third quarter.
“I'm super proud of our young boys, I thought our contracted guys really stood up and we were led well by our experienced players.
“I thought Cam Sutcliffe led well, Trent McKenzie has been reliable all year in the backline.”
SANFL contracted players Sean Samblich and Simon Wong returned to football after year-long absence and both contributed on the scoreboard.
Samblich slotted two while Wong kicked one and Lokan was pleased with their contribution.
“Sean Samblich came off a knee and played his first game for the club,” he said.
“Simon Wong came in for his first game for 12 months. They both came in and played their role.”
Port Adelaide will next take on Adelaide as a curtain raiser to the AFL Showdown on Saturday.