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Dixon fires Power to victory

PORT Adelaide tall forward Charlie Dixon has made a great start to 2020, booting four goals with the Power claiming a 21-point AFL pre-season win over Brisbane.

The 28-year-old, who only managed nine games last year, looked fit and in-form as the visitors secured an encouraging 14.14 (98) to 12.5 (77) victory in windy conditions at Burpengary’s Moreton Bay Sports Complex, north of Brisbane.

As well as Dixon, the Power were fired to the win by Steven Motlop, who had three second-half goals and 22 touches.

Both teams fielded strong squads for Sunday’s match, with draftee Mitch Georgiades and Tobin Cox running out for the first time for Port.

Georgiades came through three quarters unscathed before being rested while Cox got just two disposals.

Brisbane handed first appearances to recruits Grant Birchall, Callum Ah Chee and Cam Ellis-Yolmen.

It was a familiar face who dominated for the Lions with Lachie Neale picking up 46 touches, 12 clearances and a goal in a typically all-action midfield display.

Neale’s haul was well ahead of Port star Travis Boak, who had the next highest number of displays in the game with 33 touches.

Sam Powell-Pepper had 23 disposals for the Power while Xavier Duursma claimed 21 touches and two goals.

Eric Hipwood kicked three goals for the Lions while Hugh McCluggage and Oscar McInerney had a pair of majors each.

Of the new faces for the Lions, four-time premiership-winning ex-Hawk Birchall had 13 touches in a quiet performance while Ellis-Yolmen also struggled to make much impact.

Ah Chee may find himself under scrutiny by the match review officer for a third quarter tackle on Justin Westhoff.

The Lion drove Westhoff into the turf hard over the boundary line with the Power player’s left arm pinned to the side of his body.

Neither team came through the game unscathed with Alex Witherden going off after a head clash with Connor Rozee. The Port youngster returned after passing a concussion test.

Brisbane’s next pre-season game is against Carlton in Melbourne on March 8 while Port host the Western Bulldogs in Whyalla.

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PORT ADELAIDE 2.2 4.5 9.10 14.14 (98)

BRISBANE LIONS 2.3 3.5 6.5 12.5 (77)

Goals: Port Adelaide: C Dixon 4 S Motlop 3 C Rozee 2 X Duursma 2 B Ebert H Hartlett Z Butters. Brisbane Lions: E Hipwood 3 H McCluggage 3 O McInerney 2 C Rayner D Rich D Zorko L Neale.

Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Mathew Nicholls, Robert O’Gorman, Andre Gianfagna.

Official Crowd: 2,027 at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex.