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...
The Newcastle Knights may have suffered a fourth consecutive loss on Sunday afternoon, but the focus post-match was again on the uncertain future of star fullback Kalyn Ponga. © Provided by Sporting News
In a report released on the same day by the Daily Telegraph, it was claimed that the Knights had pulled an extension offer for the 24-year-old, opening space instead to sign Melbourne Storm player Cameron Munster.
This is the latest twist in an ongoing saga, with Ponga previously spotted having lunch with Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett, leading to a barrage of questions in last week's press conference regarding a potential move to Redcliffe in 2023.
Ponga walks out of press conference after grilling on Dolphins meeting
Newcastle star Kalyn Ponga fronted the media following his side's 30-6 loss to Manly where he was grilled about his meeting with Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett before storming out.Following Newcastle's third consecutive loss, Ponga fronted the media to face a barrage of questions about his future and his reported meeting last Saturday with Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett.
Knights coach Adam O'Brien was immediately asked for his thoughts on the reported contract withdrawal following his side's 21-16 loss to the Dragons.
"Ridiculous. I had breakfast this morning and we were signing Munster [according to the media]," O'Brien said.
"I can't keep up with you guys, fair dinkum.
"I think [Ponga] showed tonight why he is worth the wait.
"I think his performance tonight showed how committed he is to this team, and we are committed to him too.
"[Both parties] are still going through their processes ... things are tracking along.
"Certainly the way [Ponga] played tonight shows his focus has been on the team."
Ponga gave similarly rigid responses, emphasising that he wants to go about any negotiations privately.
"I know what I'm sort of feeling, but that's between me and my management," Ponga said.
"I know you guys want to know what I'm doing.
"But like I respect you, I hope you guys respect that I want to make this decision on my terms ... so that's what I'm going to do."
NRL to let Anthony Milford play for Newcastle Knights, if he completes rehabilitation and development programs .
Former Brisbane Broncos and Queensland State of Origin star Anthony Milford is given the green light by the NRL to play for the Newcastle Knights, if he completes a series of rehabilitation and development programs. The 27-year-old faced criminal charges over offences that caused a woman to fall and hit her head in September 2021, which sparked the NRL to block him from joining a new club.On Monday, three charges of assault were withdrawn, and Milford plead guilty to one count of public nuisance and one count of wilful damage.