Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has praised teenagers Chad Wingard and Ollie Wines as special after they played key roles in Port's AFL elimination final triumph.

Last year's 14th-placed side came from behind to claim victory 12.15 (87) to 9.9 (63) at the MCG on Saturday night to hand Collingwood their first elimination-final exit since 2006.

The Magpies led by three points at the 15-minute mark of the final term after a missed shot on goal by Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom. However Port over-ran the home side with goals to captain Travis Boak, Wines, Wingard and Jay Schulz.

Wingard, who set up Schulz's third goal, booted three of his own and had 19 disposals while 18-year-old Wines had 18 touches and five clearances in a performance that had his first-year coach beaming with pride.

"That's special. That's what they're like," Hinkley told his post-match media conference.

"The young boys in the team, they really did play some good, strong footy.

"Ollie has had a great year in his first year (and) Chad has just had an unbelievable second year.

"It's a bit frightening, to be honest.

"We know good players play well in finals."

In the past week, Wingard has been named in the initial 40-man All-Australian squad and Wines has placed third in the AFL's Rising Star Award.

Hinkley says his side trained well leading into the elimination final and didn't appear over-awed 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."

Collingwood led the inside-50 count 58-43 but kicked only nine goals.

"I thought our back six were incredible," Hinkley said.

"I do belt them a bit, that group, because I expect them to be the strength and hold us together as a team, and tonight they were sensational. 'Bobby' (Alipate) Carlile was first-class."

Ex-skipper Dom Cassisi's tagging role on Scott Pendlebury was also crucial to Port's success.

"He's done an enormous job for us tonight," Hinkley said.

"This club was on its knees, and that group of young people that we've got, all 45 of them, they do everything they can to improve the club, and they've done it really well."

Hinkley admits it is a fairytale result for Port.

"Yeah, it probably is. I can't hide from the fact that I probably didn't expect to be here," he said.