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Staggering botched goal sums up Port's dreadful night

  Staggering botched goal sums up Port's dreadful night Port Adelaide was awful in a loss to Melbourne on Thursday night – and one bizarre moment summed up its night perfectly. Hinkley defended Georgiades in his post-match press conference."... he's a learning player, he's quite an exciting player, but he's a player that still has much to learn," Hinkley said."He's a young player who hasn't played much football at AFL level."I'm optimistic around Mitch Georgiades."If he's our biggest problem I think we're heading in the right direction."He gets opportunities every week to score. I think that's a really, really significant point...

Under-fire coach Ken Hinkley believes Port Adelaide can still salvage their AFL season despite a fifth straight defeat consigned them to their worst-ever start to a campaign.

Port Adelaide have come up just short against Carlton, after having trailed by as many as 50 points. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Port Adelaide have come up just short against Carlton, after having trailed by as many as 50 points.

"I'm going to continue to believe that and I'm going to continue to work towards that," a steadfast Hinkley said after the Power's heartbreaking three-point loss to Carlton on Sunday.

"It's enormously challenging, there's no doubt about that, but I'm not going to give up and the team won't give up.

"We'll keep to task and we'll keep going and you never know, we might get on a (winning) run just as big."

Hinkley asserts Port can still make finals

  Hinkley asserts Port can still make finals Port Adelaide have got to defy the odds after a 0-4 start to the season if they're to make it to the AFL finals but coach Ken Hinkley believes they still can.Only one team has made the top eight from an 0-4 start since 2000, and if Port Adelaide want to make the finals for a third successive year, they'll have to become the second.

Hinkley pointed to 2013, his first year in charge, as an example of how dramatically the wheel can turn.

Port won their first five games of that season and lost their next five before recovering to play finals.

"Does it matter when you lose your five in a row if you can win enough? I don't know," Hinkley said.

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"But my history tells me that you can lose five in a row and still make finals."

Port were smashed by Carlton in the first half and trailed by 50 points before twice getting themselves back within a kick during the final quarter.

Karl Amon's last-minute shot at goal from outside 50 metres could have sealed a thrilling comeback but drifted agonisingly wide and was rushed through for a behind.

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While vowing not to dismiss the first-half lessons, Hinkley saw enough positives in the second-half performance to work with heading into a round-six battle with West Coast at home.

He liked the efforts of Connor Rozee, Zak Butters, debutant ruckman Sam Hayes and Amon, as well as veteran "soldier" Travis Boak.

Ollie Wines missed the Carlton game after doctors discovered a heart irregularity but Port are optimistic the Brownlow medallist will return against West Coast.

"One thing we've got to be really cautious of is Ollie's health and we've got to make sure that's right," Hinkley said.

"But as I sit here now we expect him to play next week."

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Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has slammed the AFL for introducing a 'floating fixture', insisting the league should put the interest of fans and club ahead of its TV rights. Outgoing AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan first introduced the concept when he was still Andrew Demetriou's No2, adopting a floating final round of fixtures to ensure teams finishing in the top eight would be given a sufficient break going into the finals.The floating round became a necessity over the past two years, when the coronavirus pandemic meant it was impossible for the AFL to carry out its traditional 23-game home-and-away season.

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