- 3 1st rounders
- our best is better than I envisaged
- Boaks season
- Seeing Houston in midfield
- pathetic Richmond loss
- horrible GWS loss
- deplorable Roos loss
- 1st quarter Collingwood game
- 1st quarter 2nd Brisbane game
- Ollie Wines from pre season through entire year. Set the tone
- our leaders on field continue to fail at consistency
- co captains
- KT's emails
When we're good we're very very good, but when we're bad we're horrible.
We had many awful losses this year but for me the real negative was the ****show against North. I'd really love to know what that was all about. Win that, and we'd be playing next week. Polec and Pittard 63 between them. Yeah, right.
We all know the well documented negatives. For therapy reasons I'll just mention a positive. We have seen exciting development in some of our 2,3/4 year players. Darcy and Huston have been exciting. Ladhams has come from nowhere. Drew looks like he has a solid future. Amon's rise has been amazing. And we may have finally developed a KPF in big Billy.
For my own sanity I am to focus on the positives, not the coach staying on, decreasing crowds and under performing old guys.
Our young crop are getting there.
Houston, DBJ, Cluery, Amon even Ollie need to be our drivers.
Howard, Marshall, Frampton, Rozee, Amon, Drew, ve given me hope. Dan is our next super star IMO, he should be our marquee player very soon.
The youth is there to propel us, we need to back them in properly, given them extended opportunities to learn at the highest level. With some good father son projects coming through with mead, Schofield and Tex also.
Negative: Too much bloody ******* spin all season long;
- from the best win of my career,
- to we are playing the kids and developing, BS despite the fact we pick Sutcliffe, Broadie, Hoff, Ryder etc at every chance post the first 4 weeks, (injuries between weeks 7-13 we had no choice but pick kids)
- to let's look forward to the Magpies winning a flag, we still have a lot of the footy season to go.
Frustratingly for Power fans, quite a lot. Port ticked a lot of the ‘premiership profile’ boxes, ranking among the top AFL teams for points from turnovers and post-stoppages contested possessions. So the foundations of a sustainable brand are there. They also produced some of the more impressive and powerful wins of the season, particularly their shock dismantling of West Coast in Perth on Good Friday and their upset Round 14 win over first-placed Geelong. And their bold list/draft approach 12 months ago paid dividends, with first-round selections Connor Rozee, Xavier Duursma and Zak Butters all having excellent debut AFL seasons. Rozee, in particular, showed glimpses that he could be a star of the AFL and a genuine match-winner. Travis Boak and Tom Rockliff also returned to their best form, while Darcy Byrne-Jones genuinely emerged.
What went wrong
The chasm between the Power’s best and worst form was stark, highlighted by some of their disastrously costly losses. In their defeats at the hands of Hawthorn (by 31 points), Western Bulldogs (25), Brisbane (48) and North Melbourne (86), Port only managed 60 or less points for the game - and all those performances came after registering convincing wins the round before. Such erratic form made them a genuine tipster’s nightmare. There was also instability at the deflection table. Big-name receipt Scott Lycett - who actually had an excellent 2019 campaign numerically - was sensationally dropped late in the year, while Charlie Dixon, Paddy Ryder, Steven Motlop and even co-captain Ollie Wines faced the same fate. Speaking of Wines, he had his worst and frustrating season of his career - a season that begun in the worst possible fashion when he dislocated his shoulder while water skiing in January in an accident that had the whole footy world talking.
What they need
While the list is healthy, there does seem to be an abundance of big-bodied, inside midfielders — which is probably why Sam Powell-Pepper is likely to be on the trade table come October. If the Power can bring in some outside class, especially some speed on the wing, that could help them go to the next level. A player like Isaac Smith — a three-time premiership player with pace, outside class and a penetrating kick that’s still in good form — would be perfect. Elsewhere across the field, the Power seem well stocked.
What time is it on the premiership clock
10 o’clock — This mightn’t be a popular time for many, considering how 2019 finished. But let’s take a step back and acknowledge Port’s list is in a great position and coach Ken Hinkley has got his team playing a sustainable brand that can challenge the league’s best teams. Hinkley will enter 2019 under the pump, especially after it was reported he has a clause in his contract that says he must make finals in 2020 to trigger an extension into 2021. But the nucleus is there for Port. Add some polish and this club could surprise next season.
dan houston has elevated himself to our best mid
Travis boak season was much better, still his disposal is poor
Lycett has shown we have a genuine lead ruckman again
DBJ had a good year
improvement in ladhams
The greatseason of the 3 draftees, especially duursma and rozee
The flashes of brilliance that a number of young players showed.
Our terrible skills under pressure
Our terrible skills under no pressure
Our terrible skills even in the warm up
Our coaches stubbornness
Our inability to show anything when in important games
Our ability to overstate a win despite it being against ordinary or rubbish or injury riddled opposition
The fact our games results are normally known within the first 2 minutes
our coaches inability to inspire our team in the first quarter
Our coaches insipid press conferences when we lose
our coaches smugness when we win
Positives ; Rozee , a Duursma and Butters all look long term prospects.
* Clurey was good
* Houston was good
* Byrne Jones was good
* Burton looks a long term player
* Amon was good
* Lycett was good
* Drew is promising
* Ladhams is promising
* Billy is promising
* Boak was good.
* Byrne Jones and particularly Houston going into the midfield
* Magpies looking strong .
* we finished higher than the Crows .
* Cox looks an interesting prospect
* Farrell kicking for goal
* Lookind strong in the ruck
Negatives ; Both half’s of the captain had sub par years .
*Dixon never really got going
*Robbie Gray had his worse year for a while , I think he started the year a bit underdone and his legs were struggling a bit , hopefully he has a good rest now and gets himself better for next year.
* Westhoff had a poor year
* Ebert getting badly concussed and then a knee injury
* Marshall taking longer than we’d hoped , still see him as a long term player though.
* Ryder having a poor year .
* Thinking he’d matured but seeing Hartlett making lazy errors late in the year
* Dismal efforts Collingwood, Western Bulldogs , Brisbane ( 2nd game ) , Kangaroos
*Losing GWS game and the first Brisbane game when we should’ve been able to win .
* Looking past it before he gets to 30 ditto Rockliff
* some selection clangers
* SPP being on the outer
* Negative supporters
I think some people need to take a step back and see the forest for the trees. Sure, Hinkley is crap, but he’s turned our whole list over in his time and is actually building a pretty solid, well rounded list at the moment. We aren’t in a dire position like our cross town rivals. Next year is a massive year for our footy club, and you can either throw the baby out with the bath water or you can stick fat and who knows what might happen. Either way at the end of next year Hinkley is gone or we finally play some bloody finals