Port Adelaide forward Charlie Dixon has admitted his own “selfishness” was behind a heated exchange with coach Ken Hinkley on Saturday night. 

Port escaped with a three-point win over a gallant Fremantle side, with Dixon playing a key role in a late turnaround with a final quarter goal that enabled his side to complete the heist.

Following the game, Dixon lifted the lid on his fiery back-and-forth with Hinkley during the quarter-time break.

“He just wanted me to do a little bit better I guess,” Dixon told Fox Footy.

“I wasn’t too happy, I wanted a bit more of a chance. That was sort of my selfishness where I thought I could have a little bit more of a crack where he needed me to do more of the team stuff.

“That’s what we went to work with (for the rest of the game).”

Elsewhere on Saturday, the Suns ran out 53-point winners over the Hawks, while Adelaide opened its 2024 account with a two-point win over Carlton

Earlier, the GWS Giants also maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling one-point win over St Kilda

Look back at all the action in our live blog below and check out all the latest stats in our ScoreCentre.

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Saturday’s AFL scores

That’s all folks!

Thank you once again for joining us on what was an absolutely incredible Super Saturday of AFL action.

Please join us tomorrow afternoon as we bring you the final two matches of the round in our live blog.

Action will kick off when Geelong hosts North Melbourne at Kardinia Park at 1pm, before West Coast looks to get off the mark at home against Richmond at 4pm.

See you then!

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Gold Coast 16. 13 (109) def. Hawthorn 8. 8 (56)

Sam Clohesy has repaid Damien Hardwick’s faith with another eye-catching display in Gold Coast’s suffocating 53-point AFL defeat of Hawthorn.

The Werribee VFL pick-up (18 touches) kicked two second-quarter goals and showed touch, class and confidence on the wing for the Suns in a comfortable 16.13 (109) to 8.8 (56) win at Carrara on Saturday night.

It followed an impressive 22-touch debut against GWS for the 21-year-old, former Richmond coach Hardwick rewarded for the selection that saw 250-gamer and his former Tigers premiership star Brandon Ellis relegated to reserve grade.

Victory was the Suns’ third from three games at home this season and snapped a two-game losing run.

Hawthorn, who pushed premiers Collingwood last week, remain winless from five games.

Gold Coast boasted seven of the top eight disposal-getters, Noah Anderson (36 touches, one goal, eight tackles) the most prolific while Karl Amon (26 disposals) was the only Hawk with more than 19 disposals.

Key forward Ben King overcame some wobbly early kicking to finish with four goals and four behinds, while Sam Collins played a terrific lock-down job on former Sun Mabior Chol.

Ben Ainsworth was busy for the hosts while Will Graham (14 tackles) and Ethan Read (two goals) stood up in their second AFL games.

Bailey Humphrey started strongly as the Suns’ midfield seized control in the first half, hogging the ball in such a manner that only two Hawthorn players had reached double-figures in disposals by the main break.

Read kicked a goal directly from the opening bounce and two more quickly followed.

Hawthorn stayed within touch though, Finn Maginness adding a second and Dylan Moore another major from a turnover to make it a 22-point halftime margin.

Jack Ginnivan (three goals) snapped one for the Hawks but King, beginning the quarter with 1.4, maintained his dominance of the forward 50 in the third term.

He kicked two goals in quick time and three in the quarter as the lead swelled beyond 40.

Maginness’s third offered brief hope before Tom Berry came from nowhere to win a loose ball in the goal square, a soccering Read thumping through his second goal approaching the final break.

The Suns lost small forward Malcolm Rosas Jnr to a hamstring injury in the third term, substitute David Swallow kicking three final-quarter goals.


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Port Adelaide 9. 12 (66) def. Fremantle 9. 9 (63)

Port Adelaide has continued its fast start to the season, surviving a major scare from Fremantle to record its fourth win in five starts.

In a match which was a genuine arm-wrestle from siren to siren, late goals to Charlie Dixon and Jason Horne-Francis helped the Power overrun Fremantle in the final two minutes at the Adelaide Oval.

It was another bitter pill to swallow for a gallant Fremantle side, which was beaten in similar heartbreaking circumstances by Carlton last weekend.

The Dockers looked like they were home when an Andrew Brayshaw goal inside the final 10 minutes gave them a nine-point lead before the game turned once again.

Dixon, who was well-held by Fremantle skipper Alex Pearce, plucked a contested mark and converted deep inside Port’s forward 50 to give the home side a sniff before Horne-Francis kicked the sealer just minutes later.

Zak Butters celebrates a goal in the fourth quarter against Fremantle(AAP)

All-Australian midfielder Zak Butters was once again among Port Adelaide’s best, finishing with 24 disposals, nine tackles, four clearances while also slotting a crucial fourth-quarter goal.

However, Port faces a nervous wait after Butters collected Fremantle’s Bailey Banfield with a head-high bump late in the final quarter, with the incident sure to be scrutinised by the AFL.

Fremantle’s efforts were led by the tireless Caleb Serong, who notched 29 disposals to go along with nine clearances, while Josh Treacy was damaging up forward with three goals.

The win leaves Port Adelaide in second position overnight, but they will likely be overtaken by Geelong, which faces the struggling Kangaroos on Sunday.

Fremantle remains in seventh position with three wins from its first five matches.

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FT: Suns wrap up massive win over Hawks

Impressive stuff from the Suns as they run out 53-point winners over the Hawks.

Gold Coast kicked the first three goals of the match and were never seriously challenged tonight.

Hawthorn did well to stay in it in the first half, but eventually the Suns’ dominance shone through.

Noah Anderson with a superb game, finishing with 36 disposals, eight marks, eight tackles, six clearances and a goal, while Ben King led all comers with four goals.

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Dixon dishes on heated exchange with Hinkley

Charlie Dixon says “selfishness” was behind his heated back-and-forth with Port coach Ken Hinkley at quarter-time.

“He just wanted me to do a little bit better I guess,” he tells Fox Footy.

“I wasn’t too happy, I wanted a bit more of a chance. That was sort of my selfishness where I thought I could have a little bit more of a crack where he needed me to do more of the team stuff.

“That’s what we went to work with (for the rest of the game).”

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FT: Port Adelaide outlasts Fremantle in thriller

Listen to this inside Adelaide Oval! The crowd goes absolutely bonkers as the siren sounds to hand Port Adelaide a three-point win over Fremantle. 

They did just about everything to throw that one away in the final minute, but the Dockers weren’t able to capitalise.

“We were lucky to get away with that in the end,” says Port forward Charlie Dixon.

Two heartbreaks in Adelaide in two weeks for Fremantle, who were very, very brave tonight.

“A win to blow your mind,” says Dwyane Russell on Fox Footy’s coverage.

What. A. Game.

Massive Rioli tackle saves the day

Willie Rioli on the halfback flank with the brilliant defensive act.

The small forward runs down James Aish. There’s a minute left in this one.

Can the Power hold on?

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Serong behind, Port leading by three

A scrambled shot at goal from Caleb Serong misses to the right.

Port leading by three points with 1.26 left on the clock.

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Massive blunder hands ball back to Dockers

Just under two minutes to go, and Port Adelaide has given the ball back to Fremantle after a kick out on the full.

Anyone’s game still.

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Horne-Francis puts Port ahead!


Port’s big guns standing up when it matters most.

They got the ball going their way after another centre clearance from Zak Butters, before Jason Horne-Francis takes a contested mark deep inside Port’s forward 50.

He goes back and snaps truly. Port leading with three minutes left.

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Massive Dixon grab and goal keeps Port alive

Charlie Dixon with the massive contested mark and goal and Port is back in it!

“They’ve been looking for that all night,” says Leigh Montagna on commentary.

Fremantle clinging onto a two-point lead with 3.56 left on the clock.

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Brayshaw extends Dockers lead amid boos

Andrew Brayshaw with the scrappy goal as he snaps up a loose ball deep inside 50 and the Dockers are out to a nine-point lead with six and a half minutes left.

The Adelaide Oval crowd SEETHING after a pair of questionable calls went Fremantle’s game.

As the Crows showed earlier today, there’s still plenty of time for the Power.

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Banfield blows major opportunities

Oh no, Bailey Banfield what have you done!

The Dockers forward has two shots on goal and kicks both of them out on the full as we edge into the final 10 minutes.

Teammate Michael Walters absolutely filthy at the first attempt after he was wide open at the top of the goalsquare but was ignored by Banfield.

Fatigue becoming a factor now. Dockers clinging onto a three-point lead.

Swallow the super sub!

Suns veteran David Swallow has absolutely lit up this game after coming on for Malcolm Rosas.

The veteran midfielder has turned into a forward line weapon and already has three goals.

It’s getting ugly now for the Hawks, with the Suns out to a 58-point lead with just over 11 minutes left.

Both subs activated

Justin Longmuir has activated his tactical sub with Jaeger O’Meara coming off. He’s being replaced by Neil Erasmus.

Port Adelaide also activating its sub, with Jackson Mead on for Jed McEntee.

Meanwhile, Brandon Zerk-Thatcher getting some extra love on that right shoulder following that massive clash with Amiss a few minutes ago.

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Port, Freo exchange goals to start fourth

A terrific transition play from Fremantle ends with Josh Treacy finding Jye Amiss inside 50.

Amiss was made to earn it by Port defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and was on all fours for a few seconds after a terrific contested mark.

The left-footer shows nerves of steel as he goes back and slots the set shot from directly in front.

However, the Dockers’ 10-point lead is short-lived as Port hits straight back through a Zak Butters goal.

What a game this has been!

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3QT: Freo takes slim lead into final change

It’s been the day of thrillers so far and it looks like we’ve got one more to send you off into the night.

Fremantle has been brilliant tonight and each time the Power looked like they were ready to swing this game their way, the Dockers have hit back.

Fremantle holding a four-point lead at the final change, but it’s absolutely anyone’s game.

Port skipper Connor Rozee leading the way for his side with 22 touches through three quarters.

Former West Coast defender Will Schofield likes what he’s seeing from the Dockers tonight.

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3QT: Suns in firm control over Hawks

The Gold Coast Suns with a terrific third quarter and they head into the final change with a 40-point lead.

Damien Hardwick’s side has been by far the dominant team tonight and they’re finally getting the results to show for it!

Anderson is up to 25 touches and has a goal and six tackles as well. He’s also racked up 531 metres so far, just an absolute monster game.

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Port rocked by latest Docker onslaught

After working so hard to get their first goal of the third, Port has been pegged back once again!

Make no mistake folks, this Freo side is not going anywhere.

Quick goals to Tom Emmett and Matt Taberner have the Dockers out to a handy 10-point lead in what is a low-scoring contest.

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