Port Adelaide Power 2019 AFL Season Preview & Analysis
Port Adelaide were a top four team for the majority of 2018 yet still managed to miss the finals. What does 2019 hold in store for the Power?
Port Adelaide Power
Finished in 2018: 10th (12 wins, 10 losses)
Key ins: Ryan Burton (Hawthorn) Scott Lycett (West Coast) Sam Mayes (Brisbane)
Draft Picks: Connor Rozee (#5) Zak Butters (#12) Xavier Duursma (#18) Riley grundy (#76) Boyd Woodcock (#76)
Key outs: Chad Wingard (Hawthorn) Jared Polec (North Melbourne) Jasper Pittard (North Melbourne) Jack Hombsch (Gold Coast) Jimmy Toumpas (delisted) Jake Neade (delisted) Dom Barry (delisted) Lindsay Thomas (retired)
Coach: Ken Hinkley
Captain(s): Ollie Wines & Tom Jonas
Playing AFLX: Travis Boak (Flyers) Tom Rockliff (Bolts) Sam Powell-Pepper (Deadly)
Summary: After pushing Hawthorn to within a goal in the 2014 preliminary final, the Power looked ready to explode and be a force for years to come. Since then, they have made the finals only once which was an elimination final exit in 2017.
The Power was eyeing off a top-four spot last season before losing six of their final seven games to finish 10th with plenty of questions asked during the off-season at Alberton. Travis Boak has stepped down as skipper and they’ve lost dynamic All Australian Chad Wingard, however, they’ve reloaded with youth having had three top 20 picks in the draft as well as adding premiership ruckman Scott Lycett. The Power look hard to read but we don’t see an improvement in the W/L column in 2019 which means they will be fighting out a 7-10 spot once again.
Key stat: Port Adelaide had the equal worst record against the line (8-14) in 2018, only covering 36% of the time. Their defence ranked #4 for scores against in 2018.
Round 1: Melbourne v Port Adelaide
Saturday, 23 March, 12:45 PM – MCG
Best Brownlow Hope: Robbie Gray
Prediction: Under 12.5 wins @ $1.70* with Sportsbet
*Prices correct at time of publishing