As we see in every commencement of an AFL season, we see an emergence of favourites to claim the flag at seasons end. This has become a formality for all footy experts and enthusiasts, not just an activity to keep the punters enthused. A club that is always thrown into the pool of possibility is South Australia’s own, Port Adelaide. Even though they have played a great brand of football and have an impressive list, they have always fallen short. Every new season puts past woes behind, and it is an immense opportunity for a footy club to make their mark in the competition. The Power have once again been hailed as a potential contender to bring the flag back to South Australia, will we see this happen when the seasons draws to a close in September.
In 2020’s COVID struck season, the Power finished strongly claiming the title of ‘Minor Premiers’ and it gave the Port Adelaide faithful a lot of optimism. It was for the Power to lose they the possibility of claiming their second AFL premiership in the palm of their hands, however; as we all know they suffered a gut-wrenching defeat to the hands of eventual premiers, Richmond at the Adelaide Oval in the preliminary final.
Even though the 2020 season came to a close of extreme disappointment for the Power, there is still a lot of optimism surrounding the club and their faithful. The Power are currently sitting in fifth position on the ladder after nine rounds and in what is looking like an extremely competitive top four, Port is within fingertip distance. With six victories and three defeats so far, the ladder position forecasts a fruitful season ahead for the men in teal.
However, the contents of their three defeats are extremely worrying for the Power and their large die-hard support base. Their defeats have been ay the hands at the Eagles in Perth, the Lions in Brisbane and most recently the Bulldogs at the Adelaide Oval which has been described as Port’s fortress in recent seasons.