Port Adelaide report card

2011 has been a dismall year for Port Adelaide

2011 RECORD

Won 3, Draw 0, Lost 19: Finished 16th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

John Butcher, Jackson Trengove, Matthew Lobbe, Jasper Pittard, Hamish Hartlett

TRADE POTENTIAL

Danyle Pearce, Steven Salopek, Daniel Stewart, Cameron Hitchcock, Kane Cornes, Daniel Motlop

GOING, GOING

Jason Davenport, Danny Meyer, Nick Salter, Michael Pettigrew

GONE

Chad Cornes (retired), Dean Brogan (retired)

WHAT THEY NEED

A young, developing ruckman to support the up and coming Matthew Lobbe. The Power also need more depth in the midfield.

COOPS’ VERDICT

It’s been a horrendous season for all involved at Alberton this year, narrowly escaping a bottom placed finish following Round 24’s win against Melbourne at Adelaide Oval. Heavy losses, a team lacking in spirit and competitiveness best describes Port Adelaide’s season. The Power have secured their key talent for the next couple seasons at least which is promising. Their fitness looks to be a serious issue at the club as does their inability to be competitive when games are in the balance. Their level of resistance is worse than poor and others are continually looking to others to take charge and lead the footy club out of despair. This must be addressed immediately if they’re any chance for significant improvement in 2012. The club must also review the coaching situation. Matthew Primus is one year into a three year deal but if another year like this one repeats in 2012, the coach won’t see out his contract. Primus needs experienced assistants to help him develop this team into the future. Alot of work remains to be done but they have enough talent with the likes of Travis Boak, Hamish Hartlett, Robbie Gray, Jack Trengove, John Butcher,
Jayden Pittard and Matthew Lobbe to at least be competitive, but they need strong leadership and direction from their core leaders Dom Cassisi, Troy Chaplin, Alipate Carlile, Jacob Surjan and Jay Schulz.

TOMORROW: BRISBANE LIONS

 

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