Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is not overly fazed by his AFL membership’s status as gradual starters.
Forward of Friday evening’s opening of the finals collection when Port host Geelong, Hinkley’s Energy have not received a primary quarter for eight matches.
However the Energy coach has a fast retort: “We’ve received 17 video games for the yr so we now have been fairly good. The begins are what they’re.”
Of the final eight video games when trailing at quarter-time, Port have received seven.
And in six of these matches, they’ve received the final quarter.
“We follow the method,” Hinkley mentioned.
“If the scoreboard is the one place you are going to get some nourishment from, you are going to lose your means.
“For us, it is to know the sport type that we play, the outcomes usually are not at all times simply on the scoreboard.”
Hinkley has changed injured ahead Mitch Georgiades (hamstring) with Orazio Fantasia for the finals opener at Adelaide Oval earlier than a 15,000 sturdy crowd.
The Energy are the only membership having fun with a house floor benefit in week one of many finals – they completed the home-and-away season in second spot with the Cats third.
“We’ve earnt the chance to be at dwelling, we deserve the chance to be at dwelling,” Hinkley mentioned.
The Cats have been bolstered by the return of key midfielder Mitch Duncan for his first sport after 10 weeks out due to a knee damage.
“I am assured that I’ve carried out sufficient work,” Duncan mentioned.
“Coaching has been positive and it is clearly going to laborious at instances, I will be blowing and it will be on from the beginning.
“Any last goes to be a bit of bit completely different to the traditional mainstream home-and-away season (match).”
Geelong dropped Max Holmes and Shaun Higgins from the beginning 21, with one more likely to be the medical substitute.