HOW WILL Port Adelaide look when it runs onto the field for its first home-and-away game of the season in Round 1?
Pretty strong, if Power fans have their say.
Last week PORTADELAIDEFC.COM.AU asked its readers to vote on their choices for all positions, assuming a playing list in peak health.
Now, we have the best 22. Check it out.
Fans' Best 22
Across the forward line sits an impressive combo. Port’s most prolific goal kicker since Warren Tredrea joins with two impressive smalls. Jay Schulz is the people’s pick to lead the charge deep in attack again, while Matt White and Jake Neade provide a bit of excitement at ground level.
Pure class oozes from this versatile half-forward line. Charlie Dixon starts as half-forward as a likely pinch-hitting ruckman, flanked by excitement machine Chad Wingard and arguable the Power’s most flexible player in big Justin Westhoff.
The class doesn’t stop there – with three of the Power’s most important midfielders stapled through the centreline. Robbie Gray sits in the middle of the ground having reaped plenty of votes as a dual mid-forward, while the wings are controlled by running talents in Jared Polec and Hamish Hartlett.
Few could argue with the ability of these three. Matthew Broadbent, Jack Hombsch and Jasper Pittard provide run out of defence with their quality disposal and ability to play a variety of posts.
Port’s blue-collar defence is exemplified through Alipate Carlile cemented in full back alongside Jackson Trengove and Tom Jonas. Between them, these three will have the job of shutting down the opposition’s key forwards.
Matthew Lobbe holds down primary ruck duties with support set to come from Westhoff, Trengove and Dixon around the ground, while star inside midfielders Travis Boak and Ollie Wines will be winning the ball as permanent mids.
It’s a bench designed to give options around the ground: Four running players who can cover multiple needs. Brad Ebert will come on to play through the middle, while Brendon Ah Chee can supply another big body around stoppages. Jarman Impey and Sam Gray are flexible enough to play roles as respective defensive and attacking smalls as well as track the ball around the ground.
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