The Port Adelaide director of football criticized his team’s performance in the preliminary final, calling it an “abomination”.
Port Adelaide football general manager Chris Davies was silent in describing his team’s performance in the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs, calling it an “abomination.”
The South Australian team never had a chance after a slow first quarter that left them 37 points behind the Bulldogs.
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The gap was extended to 58 points at halftime, and with the gap widening, Port’s hopes of a grand final were extinguished.
Davies was unequivocal when it came to his team’s performance, regretting another missed opportunity to end a 13-year absence from the grand final.
“In the cold, harsh light of day, there are some obvious parts of the game that we didn’t get right,” Davies said.
“Our work around the ball was lousy and our competition work around the ground was not at the level it should be.
“We were beaten by a very good Western Bulldogs team, but we didn’t give an account of ourselves that we’re too proud of.”
With the preliminary final on their own home turf at the Adelaide Oval, expectations were high for Power.
Despite Davies’ admission that “you can’t hide the fact that we were a long way off our best,” he believes the club’s roster is strong enough to raise the flag again next season.
“I’d be sitting here more concerned if we had a roster that we don’t think will improve,” Davies said.
“We still think that the list has improved somewhat, which I think is really important at this point.
“Saturday night was an abomination; I get it, and we’re not going to hide from it.
“But we think we have a group that will improve.”
Davies made no secret of a player who would undoubtedly improve their roster in an area they seek to strengthen.
Sydney Swans star Jordan Dawson has requested a club trade so he can get closer to his roots in South Australia, leaving the Power and the Adelaide Crows as the two likely destinations for the 24-year-old.
For Davies, Dawson is the player profile the club would love to have in their ranks.
“He’s certainly a player we have a lot of interest in,” Davies said.
“Any player from South Australia who is looking to return home, we have a responsibility to do our due diligence.
“But I think he’s the type of player who has obviously had a fantastic year. We had a real interest in him in his draft year. It would certainly complement an area of the field that we believe we must continue to work on. “
It will be a long offseason for Port after the disappointing loss, but securing Dawson would certainly be a way to soften the blow.