Koch puts Power players on notice



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    Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has put his AFL club’s players on notice – play for premierships or play somewhere else.

    The Power chairman spoke of his blunt warning at a supporters’ function after the Power’s heartbreaking extra-time elimination final loss to West Coast at Adelaide Oval.

    Koch addressed the players immediately after Saturday night’s game and told them the club remained committed to ensuring they have the support they need to succeed.

    “But while we make that commitment they’ve got to make a commitment to us,” Koch said.

    “They’ve got to make a commitment to play to instructions, to play with composure.

    “And we don’t want players who are living their dream just by playing AFL footy.

    “We want players who want to win a premiership.

    “If they’re not prepared; if they’re just playing for us because they love to play AFL, they’re not players that we want.

    “If they’re not prepared to win a premiership for this club, we basically don’t want them. Let us know and we’ll trade them.

    “It’s not a one-off, it’s not a one-out and they’ve got to make the big moments count.”

    Koch told the audience the team was gutted by the outcome of the match that was decided after the siren by a goal to the Eagles’ Luke Shuey.

    But he added that coach Ken Hinkley had no sympathy for them and didn’t hold back in his assessment of the performance punctuated by squandered goal-scoring opportunities.

    After the match, Hinkley staunchly defended his decision to go with a youthful team at the expense of more-experienced campaigners – most notably veteran defender Jackson Trengove.

    But Koch wasn’t as emphatic in his support of the bold selection move.

    “We played a young side tonight; jury’s out whether we should have,” he said.

    “But let me tell you, they learnt a bloody lot from tonight.

    “Hopefully it counts for something because we are really hurting.”

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    • September 10th 2017 @ 7:18pm
      Adrian said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

      This is exactly the sort of thing that Koch shouldn’t say publicly. Never give people outside the club ammunition. By all means say it behind closed doors and make changes. But don’t get up in front of the media and do it. Kochie shouldn’t say a thing in public other than how great our sponsors are.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 9:26pm
      Knoxy said | September 10th 2017 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

      Koch is South Australia’s version of Eddie McGuire. Can’t help having his foot in his mouth.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 10:10pm
      Sammy said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

      You can see what koch is trying to do and time will tell if it helps motivate the players or fractures them. All clubs want their players to be there to win premierships but only 1 club every year wins the flag. What port have to do is look really hard at their list and make some tough calls if they want to progress. Some of their guys have some good currency and maybe trading them to secure high draft picks or extra defensive / midfield talent should be trongly looked at. Wingard is a guy that from outside seems to have been inconsistent to what he showed over the last few seasons. He would still be a guy in very high demand and could secure the club a couple of 1st round picks to go after a kelly type or to grab some good talent in the draft to keep on building. Trengove is a guy that could command a good 2nd round pick or be used in a player swap. They just need to be aggressive because they don’t quite have the team to really challenge but with the right moves, who knows

      • September 11th 2017 @ 9:22am
        Gecko said | September 11th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        Good point Sammy re Wingard. And I know Boak stuck by Port during their leanest years but he’d be another who hasn’t taken the next step up and might be another player who’s better off restarting at another club (he’d still be very tradeable), or considering a different position like a back pocket.

        Overall, they finished around where they should have, given the current list. Effort and coaching were fine so no need to be too harsh on anyone.

        • September 11th 2017 @ 4:12pm
          steve said | September 11th 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

          Boak is 30 next year and hasn’t played consistent top level footy for 2 years. All he is worth is the complimentary pick like eagles gave the hawks. Nobody will trade for him.

          • September 11th 2017 @ 5:42pm
            Col in paradise said | September 11th 2017 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

            Ryder played like crap compared to Boak and Windgard – always over rated !!

      • September 11th 2017 @ 1:26pm
        Pedro The Fisherman said | September 11th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        Wow. With a list full of value like that how doesn’tg Port finish higher?
        Not sure you could expect 2 First Round Picks for Wingard (a player you describe as being “inconsistent”) and certainly not enough to bid for Kelly. Trengove is a Free Agent currently playing in the 2nds so I suspect his compensation will be lower than 2nd Round as well.
        Port reportedly put 13 players on the trade table last year and failed to get any legitimate approaches which reflects the poor list management with some players such as Hartlett and Lobbe which have large and long contracts that mean it is nonsensical for them to move anywhere.
        It is time for change at Port but it is a rebuild that is needed not a gee up. The coach must be looked at soon as well (if not this year then next year). May be best to let him go to GC now and take on Stewie Dew or Nathan Basset?

        • September 11th 2017 @ 2:40pm
          sammy said | September 11th 2017 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

          I think wingard in the right team could offer a huge amount. Imagine him in the Carlton midfield or the collingwood midfield. Heck, if there was not the animosity between the crows and port, he would be a great fit in the crows midfield. The point is that guys like him do have good currency, but to do the reboot that the club needs to help it make the step from mid range team that struggles against the better teams and one that challenges the better teams it may need them to selectively trade out one or two guys like that to secure the extra draft picks or to trade in players that could really help them. Look as a crows supporter, I hope nothing changes and they stay middling, but in reality they can improve but need to be bold in doing so

          • September 11th 2017 @ 3:34pm
            Pedro The Fisherman said | September 11th 2017 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

            Wingard may have some currency but not at Adelaide (they have plenty of midfielders that can flash in to assist Crouch, Crouch and Sloan and a pretty reasonable forward line) and, to re-emphasise the point I was making, not for 2 first round picks at any club. Port would be better placed to cut some of the spuds and rebuild (IMHO).

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      September 11th 2017 @ 7:54am
      sheek said | September 11th 2017 @ 7:54am | ! Report

      I lost a lot of respect for David Koch following those comments. I thought it incredibly crass & unfair to the players.

      Look at the circumstances of the loss – the winning goal was kicked after the siren for a contentious although fair call, high tackle.

      Port came from behind to level in normal time, then went ahead in extra-time. They pushed their opponents to the very end.

      Koch’s comments are in poor taste & an example of the chairman thinking himself more important than the players.

      • September 11th 2017 @ 10:35am
        Mickyo said | September 11th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        Yes and no, they gave there all but he is essentially saying we will not accept second best in the true PA tradition, a tradition formed in the SANFL where they won untold premierships.

        I agree with his comments to an extent, an attitude to win at all costs is in one sense admirable but in another not, it’s not the way to make friends etc but what are they really there for.

        • Roar Guru

          September 11th 2017 @ 10:39am
          Paul D said | September 11th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

          I remember reading Port sacked one of its coaches on the spot when he said during an end of season meeting with the board “we can’t win the premiership every year” – I think perhaps it may have been Primus, or it might have been from the earlier SANFL days

          • September 11th 2017 @ 11:58am
            Mickyo said | September 11th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

            It certainly creates an air of do or die ruthlessness but also maybe a bit of sniping and paranoia one would expect.

            Wonder how long Buckley would have lasted as Port coach ?.

            They certainly have a fantastic record Port at SANFL level and it is good to see what is a non Melbourne suburban club do well, FWIW I have always felt that a few WAFL clubs could have done the same thing, East Freo and West Perth could and probably in hindsight should be in the national comp.

            • Roar Guru

              September 11th 2017 @ 7:28pm
              sheek said | September 11th 2017 @ 7:28pm | ! Report


              Reading your responses re the Port attitude, perhaps they need to get into the real world.

              When a coach is sacked for saying “you can’t win every year”, assuming this is true, then it says a lot about the un-reality around the club.

              It’s a bit like saying a stayer ought to be able to sprint a 3200m Melbourne Cup from go to whoa & win. Won’t ever happen.

              Yeah sure, we should be striving to win every year. But we all know it isn’t going to happen. You strike when you have the cattle. Teams wax & wane over time.

              it’s called life.

              Anyway, Koch’s comments might have been warranted had Port been thrashed by 10 goals. But that’s not how it happened. The Power were glorious in defeat.

    • Roar Guru

      September 11th 2017 @ 9:04am
      Penster said | September 11th 2017 @ 9:04am | ! Report

      Sounds a bit “us” and “them”, best kept behind closed doors Kochie.

    • September 11th 2017 @ 9:57am
      PhillK said | September 11th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

      Didn’t he make similar threats or statements last year as well? You do have to question the motives behind this sort of thing. It’s clear that the buck has certainly stopped well before the boss. Port supporters hopefully are proud of their team and have lost respect for the boss.

      The team fought back and lost after the siren. Looks to me like they had a lot of commitment.

      • September 11th 2017 @ 10:24am
        Mattyb said | September 11th 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        Yeah,I’m pretty sure he has said this before,sounds like a poor loser who’s talking out of line. The players seemed to play ok and lost,mainly due to poor goal kicking. It’s up to the coaches and list managers to make calls on players,and if Koch isn’t happy he needs to make calls on these departments. Pretty poor form really.