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Team Builder: The big men

Matthew Agius  January 21, 2016 3:35 PM

AFL 2015 Media - Port Adelaide Rd 04 Pre-match

Matthew Lobbe stretches in the Port Adelaide change rooms prior to the 2015 AFL Round 04 match against Hawthorn at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 25, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

FOOTY season is nearly here, and you can build your 2016 first 22 as counts down the days to the start of the Power's next campaign.

So put your selector's hat on as we go through all the important positions to work out just who would feature in our readers' Round 1 starting line-up.

Small/Medium/Hybrid Defenders

There are plenty of forward options throughout Port Adelaide's list. The loss of Angus Monfries sees the Power lose 200-odd games of experience, but will create a competitive environment for its younger attack dogs to push for a spot. 

Matthew Lobbe

Assumes the primary ruck burden with Paddy Ryder's suspension halving Port's experienced ruck stocks to one. Lobbe would admit not meeting his best footy in 2015, but has worked hard on the track to recapture the elite form he exhibited in 2014.

Billy Frampton

In his first year at Port Adelaide, Frampton played half the SANFL season as an aggressive ruckman. There's still a long road to go in his development, but he might be called on to provide support if required.

Justin Westhoff

The swingman can play a variety of roles and rucking is one of them. Can provide support up forward or take the ruck outright. 

Jackson Trengove

Like Westhoff, Trengove can provide support as a pinch-hitter down back, but also around the ground. 

Charlie Dixon

Dixon comes into the Power as its tallest player and capable of taking the main ruck contests. Will serve an important role as a primary forward who can shoulder the ruck up forward. 


Choose yours

Start building our opening round best 22 below. 

Just remember to assume all of our players are fit, firing and ready to play when making your picks!



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