Coach – Ken Hinkley
Points For – 2nd
Points Against – 2nd
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Paddy Ryder
- Charlie Dixon
- Tom Jonas
- Robbie Gray
- Brad Ebert
2017 Rising Star Noms
Sam Powell-Pepper (Rnd 1)
Dan Houston (Rnd 21)
Ins – Jack Watts, Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop, Trent McKenzie, Jack Trengove, Sam Hayes, Kane Farrell, Jake Patmore, Joel Garner, Dom Barry, Lindsay Thomas
Outs – Jackson Trengove, Nathan Krakouer, Angus Monfries, Jesse Palmer, Matt White, Brett Eddy, Jarman Impey, Brendon Ad Chee, Aaron Young, Logan Austin, Matthew Lobbe
Port managed to look like a team destined to play finals football last year without ever looking like a genuine threat to the premiership. They have gone harder than anyone in the off season to improve their list and try to change that.
The backline is arguably not as strong as last year. Losing Trengove means they start to look like they lack some depth in the KP area. Hombsch gets the job done though Jonas despite being undersized seems to match up well. I think they are gettable though by a team with multiple tall options up forward.
The midfield is stronger again. Adding Rockliff to a midfield that was already pretty strong is only going to improve them. They also have Motlop who can give them run on the outside. They ahve plenty of big bodies with Wines and SPP giving them genuine drive from the middle. Polec looks to have found his form again and you have Grey playing through the middle in bursts. There aren’t too many holes in the midfield.
The forward line is stronger than last year. Considering they were the second highest scoring forward line means that they are going to take some stopping. Dixon finally looked at home and gave them a real quality target. Watts is a quality player and being third target is going to make him particularly dangerous. Motlop gives them more speed, then there is Gray who is an absolute freak and Wingard when not in the middle gives them another target. It is a seriously good forward line.
They have the most laconic and most talented ruck in the competition. If he is switched on again this year then they will be a top four team. If he is injured, they lack serious back up for him and it will mean trouble.
As much as it hurts. I think you have to rate Port as a top four team. I think 3rd or 4th is about the mark for them. They have a better list than last year and will take some serious beating at home.