The monkey was deftly removed from its back in 2004 and Port Adelaide swept the challengers aside to register that historic first AFL flag.
Minor premiers for three straight years under Mark Williams, the Power came to the MCG on the last Saturday in September and underlined the potential that every South Australian knew they had.
The superstars of Port Adelaide made it a year to remember. The All Australians Warren Tredrea and Chad Cornes...the brilliant Byron Pickett, the dangerous Brendon Lade, the superb Michael Wilson.
This was a team for the ages. This was a game for the Port faithful and how they lapped it up.
Grand Final day 2004, the day Port Adelaide rose to Power.