Thought the same at the ground today, the black shorts looked a little weird with the white guernsey, but the North kit combination made it worse.
I get the whole ‘preseason jumper’ thing but I can’t imagine many people are rushing out to buy the white preseason jumper when it was our away kit for a few seasons, it isn’t like it’s a novelty... For simplicity we should’ve just worn black today and let North wear the lighter kit IMO, or wear all white and let North wear the predominantly blue if we were desperate to wear the white preseason jumper
I can't say I was that unhappy with the result. 21 points to a fairly strong Port side at Alberton is tolerable. Most of the players showed something, and the two appalling downfield free kick goals actually flattered the result.
Still, you can't take this stuff too seriously, as both sides left plenty in reserve.
My major concern from a North perspective was tactics:
1) The way Ports "sit off" North players by 5 metres to rope in a pressured handball tactic continued to suck us in to exactly doing just that, resulting in turnovers.
2) Our inability to break down Port's constant chip, chip, chip kick and mark set up coming out of defence.
Basically the two things that decided the result in our match last season.
I was very happy with our clearance and run & gun output, considering our side. The clearance stuff in particular considering Campbell was completely dominated by Ryder & Lycett. I don't think our two sides will finish that far apart this season.