Both sides had a disrupted build-up to Sunday night’s hastily rescheduled contest, with the Giants making a mad dash to Melbourne on Saturday from their temporary base in Queensland after the snap lockdown was announced.
The Power surged out to a 27-point lead in the second term before riding out a wave of GWS momentum and pulling clear again to prevail, 15.10 (100) to 11.7 (73).
“It was a really strong performance by the boys, I liked the way we were challenged again and GWS are a really good side with plenty to play for,” Power coach Ken Hinkley said.
Power midfielder Ollie Wines was a thorn in the Giants’ side, tallying 28 disposals and four clearances in another strong display alongside on-ball partner Travis Boak (24 and seven).
Tall forwards Dixon, Peter Ladhams (three goals) and Mitch Georgiades (two) all posed problems for the Giants’ defence.
Port Adelaide dominated early and while GWS hit the front during the third term, goals to Dixon and Orazio Fantasia gave the Power breathing space early in the final quarter.
Lloyd kicked three goals for GWS and Toby Greene booted 2.4 on return after two games out of the side in isolation, while Josh Kelly (32 disposals) and Hopper (28) battled hard in the midfield.
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