Challenging Month for Port

Challenging month for Port

A solid win against the struggling Western Bulldogs has the Port Adelaide Football Club sitting fourth on the ladder and in a position to compete for the ultimate prize in September. The game was played in such bitterly cold conditions in Ballarat that microwave ovens were used to warm up heating pads for the players’ hands. Sam Powell Pepper spent his time on the bench clad in a jacket and beanie.

Charlie Dixon

Despite the difficult conditions Port’s imposing forward Charlie Dixon marked virtually everything that came his way and was untroubled by the wind in converting his six set shots into five goals. Clearly the most valuable player on the ground, he also slammed a snap into the post, assisted in a crucial goal and made the most of his physical presence. Debutant Kane Farrell showed promise in kicking a late goal.

Truly challenging

The next month is truly challenging. Port play two of the teams above them on the ladder – West Coast and Collingwood. Next week they have the Showdown against cross-town rivals the Adelaide Crows. Their season concludes with a match against Essendon, a team Port have found difficult to handle and who are likely to be competing for a finals spot.

Opportunities

Port relish the challenge and are prepared to give opportunities to younger players to prove themselves in games that really count. Stars Chad Wingard, Paddy Ryder and Ollie Wines will have to perform at their best, but watch out for unheralded players such as Riley Bonner. All players will have to be on their game if Port are to stay in the top four.

Challenging Month for Port

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