Power produces miraculous late comeback to down Saints
IT was over.
With a minute-and-a-half to play, Port Adelaide fans were heading for the exits. Not figuratively, literally; the Fox Footy broadcast showed as much.
In tough, wet conditions at the Adelaide Oval, the Saints had just stormed back to lead by two goals. All of the momentum was with the visitors.
But sometimes momentum means nothing. And if you ever wanted a game that proved why you shouldn't leave early this was it.
Port Adelaide's two-point win kept them well in the race for the top four while sending the Saints to 9-9 - and likely out of contention for a finals spot.
Tim Membrey had booted his third goal of the game to put the margin out to 10 points when some fans decided enough was enough. They weren't thrilled with the umpiring - St Kilda ended up earning 28 free kicks to 19 - and the major seemed to tip them over the edge.
But in a minute befitting their name, Port Adelaide powered home.
A miracle snap from Aaron Young made it possible, as his kick spun enough to put the scores at 61-57, St Kilda's way.
So once again, in this incredibly close season, we found ourselves watching a centre clearance that would decide the contest. And surely if you're a coach in 2017, you have practised for this very moment.
But it's hard to practice against brilliance.
Paddy Ryder tapped it down and a quick Brad Ebert kick got the ball to Jared Polec on the wing. His kick went towards Charlie Dixon but Nathan Brown got a fist in to stop it; a vital moment that would soon be forgotten.
After a pile-on and a stoppage, St Kilda cleared via Jake Carlisle. It went out of bounds - and many times this season it would have been called deliberate. It wasn't, but with Ryder's form, the advantage was still with the Power.
The ensuing clearance was as pure as it gets. Ryder's tap went over the back and Robbie Gray roved it perfectly. After a handful of steps, he kicked truly from 50.
Cue pandemonium. And cue, we assume, a rush back towards the Adelaide Oval seats.