Coach – Ken Hinkley
Points For – 7th
Points Against – 9th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Robbie Gray
- Ollie Wines
- Jasper Pittard
- Brad Ebert
- Travis Boak
2016 Rising Star Noms
Darcy Byrne-Jones (Rnd 10)
Ins – Todd Marshall, Sam Powell-Pepper, Joe Atley, Willem Drew, Peter Ladhams, Brett Addy, Jarrod Leinert
Outs – John Butcher, Kane Mitchell, Sam Colquhoun, Alipate Carlile, Jay Schulz, Cam O’Shea, Paul Stewart
They must have been disappointed last year. I think they have a list that should be capable of playing finals football. They appear able to win away from home and have Adelaide oval which should be a fortress although isnt.
The backline is average, they lack depth around the KP stocks but they do have some quality. Hombsch and Trengove are handy pair and Clurey shows a bit. They have plenty of distributors off half back and are trained to back themselves in with run. They have plenty who start back and can run through the midfield. They found one with Byrne-Jones but also have the likes of Impey, Krakouer and Hartlett who use it well.
The midfield is actually hard to get a read on. I feel like there is plenty of talent but then when you look at the individuals it starts to feel like so many arent playing or meeting their potential. Ollie Wines looked like he was going to tear the competition apart a few years ago, even Boak and Ebert seemed to have dropped off a little. Gray is a star and just incredibly reliable but he just needs more support.The likes of Toumpas and Polec need to lift in a big way. Hard to rate the midfield, on talent they are a top 8 team, on output they are a bottom 8 team.
Getting Ryder back will help their rucks. They have kept Lobbe who is another player who is living on his output of a couple of years ago. Needs to lift in a big way. Trengove shouldnt be playing in the ruck and I think ideally they would want Lobbe as first ruck and Ryder as forward/ruck although we all know Ryder plays better when he is the only ruck.
The forward line will be better this year. Dixon should be improved after probably not doing enough last year. I thought Young was good last year. Wingward was fantastic and is one player who certainly seems to get the most out of himself. I think they will enjoy see Ryder take some of the pressure off of Dixon as well. Westhoff has been steady previously but felt like his output last year was down.
Overall there is something decidedly average about the Port list and they could finish anywhere from 6th through to 12th. The pressure hasnt really kicked up on Hinkley. If he misses finals again this year, I think he will be gone. That being said, through gut feel more than anything else I dont think they will. I think they will sit somewhere between 6 and 8