Round 6: The Wash-UpPosted: April 28, 2014
PORT Adelaide’s premiership credentials are genuine and now a threat to the rest of the competition.
Two years ago this club was labelled a basket case and many held the view, including myself, that it would take several years for the Power to return to the top of the ladder.
They deserve much admiration and respect, having turned around their fortunes since the struggling years of 2010 and 2011 under former coach and club great Matthew Primus.
Last night they dismantled Geelong by 40 points in front of their home crowd at Adelaide Oval, which one suspects could well be a venue that holds a distinct advantage over any opposition.
What a story this club has become.
Ken Hinkley replaced Primus as coach and had an immediate impact in year one, and despite expectation to reproduce in 2014, this club has embraced success and keep on performing.
They are relentless in pressure, tackle hard, gut run and play for each other. All key characteristics of a premiership side in the making.
This Power outfit are tough, fit and fast. They run hard and move the ball with such precision, running games out superbly. They’re solid in the back half and boast an attack capable of big scores through Jay Schulz and Justin Westhoff. Add Chad Wingard and Robbie Gray at their fit, and they’re a handful for any defence.
Matthew Lobbe is an underrated ruckman, while they are led superbly by Travis Boak. Brad Ebert, Kane Cornes, Matthew Broadbent, Ollie Wines and Dom Cassisi form the nucleus of a well-balanced midfield group. Add to that off-season recruits Matt White (Richmond) and Jared Polec (Brisbane Lions), the Power are more than just a formidable unit.
They’re playing with such spark, its hard to see them halting here. The Power are finals bound and a top four finish is well and truly achievable.
Anzac Day Football is great!
There’s something to be said about Anzac Day footy – its just great.
Collingwood and Essendon always produce every year at the MCG and while the Pies got up in clash number 19, the Brisbane Lions pipped St Kilda by 3 points in Wellington.
The occasion of Anzac Day makes our game feel insignificant compared to the real meaning of the sacrifice our soldiers took and continue to take, but the fighting spirit always ensures a great spectacle.
How much pressure are the Tigers under?
Plenty. It wasn’t a great day for the Tigers on Sunday, and with the Cats up next it won’t get any easier. The absence of Alex Rance, Brett Deledio and Ivan Maric is significant, three players they need back very quickly. Tyrone Vickery also needs bust his guts at VFL level and push his way back in the line up, because at his best, he’s a very handy player in attack.
The run and dare of 2013 is missing right now, something they desperately need. Along with getting the ball into their best ball users as much as possible.
Jack Riewoldt is their best key forward and needs to be played in the goal square, where he’s most dangerous as well.
They need to find form and quickly the Tigers, because more losses only mount the pressure as the season rolls on.
What’s wrong with the Bombers?
Too much left to too few. No Brendon Goddard, Heath Hocking, Tom Bellchambers and players devout of confidence isn’t helping either.
The Bombers had a great start on Anzac Day, but their dysfunctional forward line is an issue. Joe Daniher is still young and raw with much to learn, while Jake Carlisle plays best as a defender and looks lost as a key forward.
Getting Goddard, Hocking and Bellchambers back will give them a boost but its time Bomber Thompson re-jigged his attack.