Season 2023 - Port Adelaide

Their membership line actually crashed today due to the influx of calls abusing the club :rofl:


All set up for Josh Carr to take over.

What’s the general beef with Kenny from the fans this year?

Team has been playing well and they in the top 4 with 2 rounds to go

Don’t think should happen until after finals?

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Most want him sacked.
Does well in minor rounds but choke on finals and many think they will do so again this year.
10 years as coach without a GF appearance and hasn’t won a knockout final for 8 years.


Makes sense

Will be sweating on Dixon returning. Crucial to them

I reckon they look better without him at times. They go to him far too much when he is playing and tend to just bomb it on his head at all costs. When he isn’t there they tend to lower their eyes and try to hit targets


a bit like us with Wright then.

Except they have plenty of other options to kick goals if things are going wrong :rofl:

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from The Age … numbers indicate JHF is having a pretty good start to his career.

The numbers that prove JHF will rival the greats

Kane Cornes

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Port Adelaide will not say it publicly, but they know they have a special one.

The club is acutely aware that Jason Horne-Francis is no ordinary footballer.

So far, as JHF works through his second AFL season at his second club, Port Adelaide have stayed true to a long-standing trend in Australian football.

They have publicly downplayed the aura and brightness of a rising star. Still, internally there is this undeniable and unshakable belief that Port Adelaide hold a more than a once-in-a-generation talent.

The smokescreen has its purpose. It allows a young man taking his first steps in elite football to find his way while easing the immense pressure of high expectations and being a polarising figure. He can mature in his time.

On Sunday night, while Port Adelaide savoured a third top-four finish in four years, the club’s football staff were more than enthused by the work of one player in their 51-point win against Greater Western Sydney at Adelaide Oval.

For the previous two hours, they had watched Horne-Francis, the 2021 No.1 draftee to North Melbourne, play his best game of his 37 so far.

In a midfield that left opposition coach Adam Kingsley enthusiastically labelling it as ‘‘dynamic’’, JHF partnered Zak Butters and Connor Rozee to leave the Giants appearing flat-footed with his explosive speed from stoppages and his power in the contest.

Now 20, Horne-Francis had career-high figures of 27 disposals, five clearances, seven score involvements and three goals, all from the top shelf.

One coaching staff member declared privately what he would never say publicly: ‘‘He’ll win a Brownlow Medal one day.’’

In noting Horne-Francis had a delayed start to his second preseason while recovering from surgery to the back of his knees to relieve pressure on his veins, another from Port Adelaide’s inner sanctum said: ‘‘Imagine what he’ll be capable of after he completes a pre-season.’’

Before Port Adelaide could put up the smokescreen, Horne-Francis was putting up his expectations by declaring his lofty ambitions in his first media appearance at Alberton.

‘‘I hope that one day I could be the best player in the competition,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s probably my goal, and with a great support network of people around me, hopefully I can do that.’’

He’s on his way. And the journey could be – should be – one that defines Horne-Francis in the same way we speak of the game’s recent greats, such as Chris Judd, Nat Fyfe and Luke Hodge.

There is no doubt Horne-Francis is made of the right stuff. His clean hands, athleticism, competitiveness and determination arm him with the tools to achieve his lofty ambitions.

Unlike many of the game’s best midfielders, Horne-Francis has a beautiful field kick, putting him among the AFL’s best. He is a genuine aerial threat, making him a dangerous forward option when taken out of the midfield rotations for a spell.

But his real weapon is his courage and determination – an insatiable hunger – to win the contested ball. Once he has the ball, Horne-Francis will burn opponents with speed and power.

Horne-Francis draws comparisons to a young Nathan Buckley. Yet, even Buckley himself concedes that he was not at the same level as Horne-Francis in winning the contested ball at 20. In Buckley’s reflections, he recalls being more of an outside player for at least the first half of his career.

So, how does Horne-Francis stack up with his contemporaries as elite playmakers?

His numbers from his first 37 AFL games sit well in comparison with eight-time All-Australian Patrick Dangerfield, Norm Smith medallist Christian Petracca and Western Bulldogs captain and Brownlow contender Marcus Bontempelli.

Horne-Francis averages 4.3 clearances, surpassing the figures of Dangerfield, Petracca and Bontempelli at the same stage. Strikingly, his performance aligns with all three midfield stars in the other crucial metrics – disposals, contested possessions, goals and score involvements.

North Melbourne could have kept Horne-Francis, who was contracted to the Kangaroos for this season. When quizzed on the decision to trade with Port Adelaide to allow Horne-Francis to return home, North Melbourne list boss Brady Rawlings said: ‘‘The thing that people don’t realise is we have all the information at hand, and many people don’t, and our decision to facilitate the trade for Jason to go home was based on all the information we’ve got at hand.’’

It is a costly mistake that the club is bound to lament. The Power only gave up their No.8 pick in last year’s draft along with their first-round call this year (currently at 16) as part of the four-club mega trade to secure him.

In contrast, Richmond have coughed up pick No.6 (as it currently stands) and pick No.31 for GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper, who is 26 and prone to injury.

A year earlier, North Melbourne turned down Adelaide’s substantial offer of call No.4 and two more firstround selections for the No.1 pick assigned to Horne-Francis.

Port Adelaide list manager Jason Cripps must find himself in disbelief when he reflects on the bargain deal he orchestrated for a generational player still at least five seasons away from his prime.

Horne-Francis’ audacious declaration in aspiring to be the best in the game certainly raised eyebrows. It triggered criticism, notably among a wounded North Melbourne supporter base who still feel betrayed.

Yet, the once-vocal critics have now fallen silent, and within the walls at Alberton, there is a growing conviction that they possess an exceptional talent – a very special one.

JHF has also played 37 games pretty quick too. Petracca was older by the time he’d done the same and Danger had been in the industry longer too.


Good on him for doing well despite the rubbish thrown at him by non-North Melbourne supporters at games. That was as stupid as all stupid can get - what the frigg it had to do with them that he left North.


I wonder if JHF would cop so muck flack if Cornes kept his mouth shut?


Get 3 players to pick your club with no draft capital to use is it a ploy or will they find a way to pay up for the players

Are they tanking bringing Charlie back for the final? Poor Jezza 2.0

Clubs nearly always find a way. At the end of the day they aren’t trying to get 3 stars through the door so the price won’t be high.
They have future picks and players to trade out that will fetch them something

Pretty average second half of the year.


Never tear up our tarps. Suck it Port.


They flirted with form by dropping those players before their match vs the scum, and weren’t the same since.

They deserved everything that happened to them this season.

If you feel sympathy for Port, remind yourself they were the only club who leveraged the saga against us to pry away one of our better players.

Fark Port