Dixon stars in Port AFL trial with Lions

Charlie Dixon (L) has kicked four goals in Port Adelaide's AFL pre-season win over Brisbane.
Charlie Dixon (L) has kicked four goals in Port Adelaide's AFL pre-season win over Brisbane.

Port Adelaide tall forward Charlie Dixon has made a great start to 2020, booting four goals for the Power who have claimed a 21-point AFL pre-season win over Brisbane.

The 29-year-old, aiming for a big season after successfully returning from a broken leg and dislocated ankle late in the 2019 campaign, looked fit and in form as the visitors secured an encouraging 14.14 (98) to 12.5 (77) victory at Moreton Bay, north of Brisbane.

Power coach Ken Hinkley was delighted, saying Dixon was a key part of his plans for the 2020 campaign as Port aimed to end a two-season finals drought.

"He's missed 18 months with a really bad injury," Hinkley said.

"Give the man credit. That takes a lot to come back from and we've said all season he's had a great summer.

"The challenge for Charlie, it's like us as a team, he's started really well; he's prepared really well; he's got to do it again and again and again.

"Couldn't be more pleased that he's got some reward for everything he's done."

Steven Motlop had three second-half goals and 22 touches.

Both teams fielded strong squads for Sunday's match, with draftee Mitch Georgiades and Tobin Cox debuting for Port.

Cox barely made an impact with two touches, while Georgiades played three quarters before sitting out the final term after suffering groin tightness.

Brisbane played recruits Grant Birchall, Callum Ah Chee and Cam Ellis-Yolmen.

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

Port star Travis Boak had the next-best numbers with 33 touches. Sam Powell-Pepper had 23 disposals for the Power and 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 Lions' new faces, four-time premiership winning ex-Hawk Grant Birchall had 13 touches in a quiet performance and Ellis-Yolmen also struggled to make much impact.

"We feel like we've put enough games in place now with our own internal games to put ourselves in a good place," Lions assistant Jed Adcock said.

"Would we have preferred to win the game? Of course ... but I think you still learn as much whether you win or lose."

Ah Chee might 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.

Brisbane will assess the fitness of Marcus Adams and Alex Witherden before their next trial on March 8 against Carlton in Melbourne. Both players failed to finish the match due to head knocks.

The Power wrap up their pre-season campaign on March 7 in Whyalla against the Western Bulldogs.

Australian Associated Press