Swans order tough training after Port loss

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    Sydney coach John Longmire has ordered tough training for his reigning AFL premiers after suffering a five-goal loss on Saturday to lowly Port Adelaide.

    Port’s 15.12 (102) to 10.12 (72) victory in an AAMI Stadium trial match didn’t overly faze Longmire, but he conceded the Swans were well shy of producing their renowned competitiveness.

    “We need another two weeks of strong training to make sure we are competitive,” Longmire said.

    “We know we need to sharpen our focus for round one.

    “We got some more game time into some players that really needed it for round one. It was more about getting those blokes into the swing of things than the younger blokes.”

    The Swans were well served by prime mover Josh Kennedy (34 disposals), Nick Malceski (25 possessions) and Jarrad McVeigh (23 touches) but Lewis Roberts-Thompson was benched when complaining of a tight calf muscle.

    Sydney couldn’t counter a Port side powered by new captain Travis Boak, who was best afield with 29 disposals, including 14 contested possessions. He also kicked three goals and laid six tackles.

    Boak’s midfield colleague Brad Ebert (25 possessions) and utility Justin Westhoff (23 touches, nine marks) were also influential.

    Port led by seven points at three-quarter time and booted four goals to one in the last quarter to log another win, a week after downing another of last year’s finalists, West Coast.

    But coach Ken Hinkley was uncertain what could be gleaned from his first pre-season in charge of the Power.

    “NAB Cup form is hard to know,” Hinkley said.

    “All we can take out of it is to know that we have had a real solid pre-season and we look forward to round one.

    “We have a good healthy list that seems to be in reasonably good form.

    “I was really proud of the boys the way they played against a really strong, seasoned side that is known for its tackling.”

    Port Adelaide forward John Butcher suffered a suspected broken bone in a hand in his first AFL outing this pre-season.

    Scans will determine whether the injury keeps Butcher out of their March 31 premiership season opener against Melbourne.

    The Swans begin their premiership defence on March 30 against Greater Western Sydney.

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    • March 17th 2013 @ 9:28am
      Brendon said | March 17th 2013 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Robert Walls and some uneducated roar writer tipped Port to finish last, seriously if you are going to make predictions at least pay a small amount of attention to the team’s you are making a prediction on.

      HInkley has bought some steel to Port this year, they don’t leak easy goals, and whilst it’s only NAB cup, it’s easy to see the team is coming with a different mindset, they are also a lot fitter than they have been thanks to Darren Burgess.

      Sydney are clearly still one of the favourites for the flag and one can’t help but think had this been round 1 that they would have fought it out until the siren, but that didn’t happen and I wonder if a little complacency has set in, only time will tell.

      For now, we Port supporters have some hope, which is something that has lacked, a good coach, a fit playing list with some players that look like they have the capacity to make it into top 50 lists at the start of next season in Boak, Hartlett, Ebert & Wingard we’ve also finally got some ruckmen that are big and fit as well as having recruited well in Wines, Monfries, Heath, Neade, Stevenson and Calhoun.

      Can’t resist saying it, but it’s nice not having Pearce and Chaplin on inflated salaries giving the ball back to the opposition at every opportunity and Pearce chucking the sooks every second week. These two will not be missed and have freed up some important salary cap room so when young stars like Wingard and WInes come up for recontract we will have the money in the kitty to pay them.

      Write the power off at your peril, can’t wait until round 1 at the G.

    • March 17th 2013 @ 12:47pm
      Anthony said | March 17th 2013 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Well said, Brendon. And as well as hope, Port Adelaide have 142 years of history – which counts for a lot & is a lot more than many of the clubs in any code

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      March 17th 2013 @ 3:49pm
      Redb said | March 17th 2013 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

      practice match practice match practice match 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      March 18th 2013 @ 4:39pm
      TomC said | March 18th 2013 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

      I don’t get what good two weeks of intense training will do at this point.

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