Why has Port Adelaide dropped off the pace?
It was a disgusting Sunday night for the Port Adelaide Team when they lost to the surging Brisbane Lions. The hard reality now is to accept such a bitter defeat that sends them crashing out for the 2015 premiership. Now who’s to blame? Their coach Ken Hinkley can only surmise that it’s because of the […]
It was a disgusting Sunday night for the Port Adelaide Team when they lost to the surging Brisbane Lions. The hard reality now is to accept such a bitter defeat that sends them crashing out for the 2015 premiership.
Now who’s to blame? Their coach Ken Hinkley can only surmise that it’s because of the poor work rate and the inability to act as a cohesive unit. He admitted that they were playing sub standard performance this season.
With a depleted lineup, they should be capable enough to do well. The absence of Ollie Wines due to injury and that Kane Cornes has only a single game left, were no excuses as the team is laden with talents. They were expected to fare better than to what they showed the last couple of games.
There were many speculations. An opposition scout, the AFL.com.aucontacted have singled out, that moving Paddy Ryder to the forward line can be the reason for this.
The hardworking trio of Port Adelaide namely Jay Schulz, Justin Westhoff and Matthew Lobbe have hard times adjusting in the company of Ryder. It causes a little stir that keeps the three out of concentration in settling on their respective roles.
It will take some time for this formidable combinations to click. When it happens, the benefits are surely greater than expected.
The team’s statistics all went down drastically. They have now dropped from 2nd to the 12th place in terms of scoring. They used to lead in the forward- half differential, now they are in the lowly 13th place.
In the stoppages area, the Powers have an average of 37 which puts them at 6th rank, while in 2014, they were first with 40.2 stoppages.
In the marks department, they were ranked 2nd last season with around 50 but now they dropped at 11th this season.
Some other statistics have also gone down, cementing the Power’s downhill drive in the league.
Many players of Port were struggling with their game, notably Jasper Pittard and Matthew Broadbent.
The Port’s concentration has been suspect throughout the season. They never cared to run hard enough to secure positions to stop errors and convert it into scores. They don’t create openings when they feel like going for attacks.
Coach Hinkley admitted that his team is just not up to it. They failed to give their best effort in every game.
The Powers need to continue playing with the zest and energy that they are known for under their embattled coach.
Parting words from coach Hinkley summarizes it all. The Powers are not doing the main thing needed in winning a game and that is playing speedily as a team.