Nathan Buckley can take a sigh of relief… For now.
The Pies officially booked their tickets for September in what was a complete dismantling of Port Adelaide at the MCG this afternoon.
After leading by 17 points at the main break Buckley’s men put the foot down, kicking eight goals to three in the second half.
They now sit on 56 points with a healthy percentage of 120.7, meaning the possibility of a top-four finish is very much in reach.
It will mark the first finals appearance since the Pies were bounced out by Port in the 2013 elimination final.