Port Adelaide lost to NEAFL club Morningside by 16 points in clear conditions at AAMI Stadium on Saturday - ending their Foxtel Cup campaign for 2012.
The Magpies were stunned by the Queensland outfit kicking the first two goals of the game.
Port quickly steadied with two goals of its own, but after a scrappy first ten minutes Morningside rallied and seemed the cleaner team.
In the second half the Panthers capitalised on their momentum, taking advantage of an undermanned Magpies side which struggled to get into a consistent rhythm.
Port Adelaide's players were left to rue their seeming inability to find a clean possession - missing targets, fumbling the ball and missing chances.
Despite operating poorly, the Magpies managed to keep within 11 points of the Panthers going into the main break and came out of half time to reassert itself through the middle - eventually taking the lead 10 minutes in to the third term and holding a two point lead at the final change.
Although they came out firing in the last quarter - kicking the first three goals and looking like breaking the game open - Port was unable to withstand a late Morningside surge as the Queenslanders kicked the final six goals of the game to run out 16 point winners.
Steven Salopek made his debut in the prison bars and was lively throughout the game - involving himself in the play and providing some spark in the middle of the ground.
Port Adelaide's elimination comes one stage earlier than last year’s exit to Claremont.
With senior players such as Jeremy Clayton and Captain James Meiklejohn expected back in the squad next week, the Magpies will regroup ahead of their SANFL resumption against South Adelaide.
The game starts at 2:10pm next Saturday afternoon at Alberton Oval.