AFL 2020: Port Adelaide – Midseason Report Card

In the first of our Midseason Report Cards, Bozza runs his eye over the ladder leading Power. What grade will they receive?

After a number of disappointing seasons, Port Adelaide have had almost the perfect start to 2020. Having navigate hub-life better than anybody, they now sit atop the AFL ladder as we enter the second half of the season. How has Bozza seen the Power Surge so far this year?


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What’s gone right

With a 7-2 record after nine rounds, close to everything has gone right for the Power to in 2020. Whether is be thriving in hublife or handing bitter rivals the Crows a Showdown hiding, they have been impressive in the way they have gone about their business.

Led by skipper Tom Jonas, the Port Adelaide backline has functioned unbelievably well this season. While their attack, spearheaded by the imposing Charlie Dixon, has received most of the plaudits, the Power defence has conceded the least amount of points of any team.

While current skipper Jonas has marshalled the defence, a former skipper has turned back the clock in the middle of the ground. Travis Boak sits second in the AFLCA Player of the Year voting and it is easy to understand why. Leading the Power in disposals, clearances, and goal assists, he is one of the driving forces behind their steep rise this year.


What’s gone wrong

Having taken almost all before them this year, there really isn’t that much to fault. That said, there performances when genuinely challenged would concern Ken Hinkley. Sensational at putting sides away early, they have struggled to respond when the opposition isn’t easily quelled.

When they win, they normally have the game in hand at half-time. A fact illustrated by their performances either side of their average half-time lead of 15 points. Not once have they been defeated when they have enjoyed a lead of this size but have only the after the siren win over Carlton to show for when they don’t.


Standout player

Charlie Dixon

As good as Travis Boak has been in 2020, we are suckers for key forwards and there haven’t been many better than Charlie Dixon this year. Leading the competition in contested marks, and top five in goals and marks inside 50, Dixon has provided the big hulking target the Power has needed this year.


Run home

Rd 10BulldogsAdelaide Oval
Rd 11RichmondAdelaide Oval
Rd 12GeelongMetricon Stadium
TBCCollingwoodTBC
TBCEssendonTBC
TBCHawthornTBC
TBCNorth MelbourneTBC
TBCSydneyTBC

Arguably the easiest draw in the competition, given they only play teams below them on the ladder (Boom. Tish). While they do have a tricky trio of games against the unpredictable Bulldogs, the resurgent Tigers and consistent Cats they would start considerable favourites in all bar one of the games to follow. With seven wins already in the bank, it would be harder to miss the finals than make them from here, it really should be a question of where in the top four will they land?


Final Grade

A+

While there are question marks if you want to look for them, they are unquestionably top of the class to this point of the season.


Can’t get enough footy? Check out more of our Pinch Hitters Mid Season Report Cards here.

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