The second week of finals.
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has copped heat for providing Port Adelaide with motivational ammunition for its upset elimination final victory.
McGuire expressed fury that his side might only have a six-day break between the elimination final and a semi-final, but Port Adelaide ended that debate by ending Collingwood's season.
''It was a pretty big kick in the guts, them thinking onwards to next week,'' said Port's three-goal forward Chad Wingard after Port's 12.15 (87) to 9.9 (63) win.
Cheers: Angus Monfries (left) and Ollie Wines. Photo: Getty Images
Essendon great Matthew Lloyd, a Channel Nine commentator, said on Sunday: ''Eddie would be really embarrassed after those comments looking two weeks ahead.''
Onballer Hamish Hartlett made no secret of Port's willingness to seize on the doubts of the outside world to motivate them.
''That has pretty much been our mentality all year because ever since round one no one has really rated us,'' Hartlett said on Saturday night.
''All year we've been about earning the respect of the competition back.
''Even in the lead-up to this game again no one really gave us a chance even though we did beat them earlier on in the year.
''We love going out there and being the underdog and proving people wrong and we did it again, so it's been great.''
Hartlett, who had 21 disposals, said 19-year-old Wingard was given a rocket at half-time and told to lift.
The hero of Port's four-point win over Adelaide in round 19, Wingard added to his highlight reel for 2013 with a crucial goal and set up another in the final term.
''He has been incredible for us all year. He just loves the high-pressure situations. He thrives on that sort of stuff,'' Hartlett said.
Port will be the underdog again on Friday night in its knockout semi-final against Geelong at the MCG.
''It's going to be another incredible experience,'' said Hartlett, a 67-game veteran recruited from West Adelaide.
''We haven't played Friday night footy at all this year so it's a good time to do it.''
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has praised teenagers Wingard and Ollie Wines as special after they played key roles in the win.
''The young boys in the team, they really did play some good, strong footy,'' he said.
''Ollie has had a great year in his first year [and] Chad has just had an unbelievable second year.''
In the past week, Wingard has been named in the initial 40-man All-Australian squad and Wines was third in the AFL's Rising Star Award.
Hinkley says his side trained well leading into the elimination final and was not overawed by the occasion.
''I had an enormous amount of belief in the group. I knew they would come and give their best,'' he said.
''They weren't worried about the fact it was an elimination final. That wasn't in their minds, I don't reckon. It was more about an opportunity. I've become very comfortable with them and know they give their all.''