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Port Adelaide claim AFL minor premiership

An outstanding Tom Rockliff performance has helped Port Adelaide sew up the AFL minor premiership in the final match of the home-and-away season with a 16-point win over Collingwood.

Rockliff's 30-disposal, 10-clearance display was a highlight of the Power's 9.7 (61) to 7.3 (45) victory at the Gabba on Monday night.

The result sealed Port's first minor premiership since 2004 - the same year they went on to win their first flag in the national competition.

They are also just the third team in the AFL era to sit on top of the ladder the entire way through the home-and-away season, following West Coast in 1991 and Essendon in 2000.

"It's a time in the football season where we should sit back and enjoy that tonight," Power coach Ken Hinkley said.

"We should be able to acknowledge the work that we've done to get there, any team would.

"Then it's a matter of moving on pretty quickly."

Port will now host Geelong at Adelaide Oval in a qualifying final, while Collingwood's loss means they face the daunting task of a trip to Perth to take on West Coast in an elimination final.

Rockliff fought longest and hardest in the midfield as the Power prevailed in a grinding contest that was largely controlled by the competition's best two defences.

Dan Houston (24 disposals, 12 marks) was superb for as Ollie Wines and Travis Boak got to work at the contest.

Robbie Gray (25 disposals, seven clearances) showed flashes of brilliance and the defence led by Tom Jonas and Trent Mackenzie held firm.

Steven Motlop and Brad Ebert finished with two goals each in a game where the big forwards struggled to assert themselves.

There were six lead changes during the second and third quarters before goals to Rockliff, Motlop and Sam Powell-Pepper broke it open.

Port dominated centre clearances after half-time and although Collingwood controlled field position in the final term, with the Power happy to defend their lead, the Magpies couldn't close the gap on the scoreboard.

"I loved our ruthlessness from the start to the end," Hinkley said.

"It was a game against a quality team that had a lot to play for."

Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury starred in his club record-breaking 314th appearance, gathering 23 disposals and seven clearances, while Taylor Adams and Adam Treloar also won plenty of the ball.

Brody Mihocek (two) was Collingwood's only multiple goal kicker.

"It was disappointing not to get the job done, but I don't think it was a lack of effort or want," Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said.

"We just didn't do the basics well enough and we went away from being predictable to one another more often than we would've liked.

"They're two really clear areas for us.

"If we want to play our best footy we've got to accept that it's not going to be perfect but we've got to come back to doing the basics well."