Shattered captain Tom Jonas says a second successive AFL preliminary closing failure will function motivation for Port Adelaide as they try to come back again “larger and higher” in 2022.
The Energy had been comprehensively outplayed on their dwelling deck in a brutal 71-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs on Saturday evening, ending their premiership hopes.
The “bitter disappointment” adopted an analogous letdown for Ken Hinkley’s males final 12 months, once they fell six factors wanting eventual premiers Richmond on the identical stage of the season.
“We did not play our model of footy, did not uphold the Port Adelaide id,” Jonas mentioned after the Bulldogs mauling.
“It is a privilege to put on this guernsey and we simply received nicely and really outplayed.
“Two years in a row we have fallen wanting the place we wish to be.
“We exist to win premierships, that is the measuring stick.”
Jonas is pleased with the enjoying group because it continues to develop beneath Hinkley, with a band of energetic children, skilled campaigners and proficient current recruits seemingly able to maintaining the Energy in premiership rivalry subsequent 12 months.
However whereas he believes within the gamers, coaches and excessive efficiency employees at Alberton, the third-year skipper concedes they are going to be ranging from scratch once more subsequent season.
“We have all received a collective aim, we’re entering into the identical path and we have got a want to work exhausting and study from our errors,” Jonas mentioned.
“We’ll stick collectively by way of the nice occasions and dangerous, and I do know we’ll be again larger and higher in 2022.
“We’ll use (the Bulldogs defeat) as motivation to reload and go once more. We have the group to do it.”
Port Adelaide’s newest defeat left them with a 0-3 report in preliminary finals since Hinkley took over as coach in 2013.