AFL 1 year ago

No Structure, No Game Plan, No Heart

  • No Structure, No Game Plan, No Heart

    ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: Power players look on during the round two AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on April 2, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Where to start with this one?

First of all, it was probably the worst performance since Ken Hinkley has been at the club. And for it to happen in a Showdown in a season when the Power was meant to re-assert itself as a premiership contender doesn't help matters.

Port were smashed all over the park right from the first bounce. The Crows looked hungrier, cleaner, and much more structured and drilled in the execution of their game-plan.

Even though the Power stormed home over the Saints last week, there were many areas which needed improvement. There areas were not addressed and the Crows took full advantage.

Port continue to try and play the high press, leaving us exposed when the ball gets out the back and into our defensive 50.

The Saints kicked half-a-dozen goals from this last week, and the issue was clearly not fixed during the week. Adelaide had free players everywhere inside Port's defensive 50, and many of them will not have an easier day than that for the entire 2016 season.

For Lynch, Betts and Jenkins to combine for 15 goals between them says it all. Not good enough.

Port just looked lost for ideas from the very first minute of the game. There is not much that big Charlie can do when the ball is being pumped down to him with three Crows players marking him every single time.

Although it's harsh to name names, there were a few individual performances that were not up to AFL standard yesterday.

For Jared Polec to have 5 possessions in an entire game of footy is almost unheard of. If he is still injured and feeling the effects of the foot injury that ruined his 2015 season, then don't play him. If he is fit and that's what he dished up, then it's not acceptable.

Alipate Carlile is too slow for the high press game-plan that Port are trying to play. Against both the Saints and the Crows, he was 10 metres behind his opponent nearly all the time. His dropped chest-mark which led to Walker's goal was shambolic.

Jimmy Toumpas looked scared every time he got his hands on the ball. He only kicked it 4 times, with another 13 disposals coming from handballs. One of these being terribly misplaced, leading to another turnover and yet another Crows goal.

Usually consistent players like Broadbent, Ebert , Impey, Trengove and Jonas were under-par, and the Power needs a massive lift out of them.

Boak, Westhoff and Wingard picked up injuries which can excuse them to an extent for their performances yesterday.

Lobbe was again not good enough in the ruck. Although he only had 3 less hit-outs than Jacobs, his influence around the ground was next to nothing. Dougal Howard looked more dangerous for the short time that he spent in the ruck.

If we can take any positives from yesterday, then it was the performances of Robbie Gray, Wines, and particularly Aaron Young.

Youngy probably had his best ever game for Port, finishing with 21 possessions and 4 goals. He deserves his spot in the side for another few weeks at least.

In preparing for the Essendon game this week, Port have a list of issues to address. Given that the Bombers beat the Demons yesterday in a season when most people thought that they wouldn't win a game, the Power wouldn't want to mess this one up on a Friday night in front of the Adelaide Oval crowd.
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