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Sarah Black // AFL Media  May 14, 2017 8:56 PM

Hinkley and Ebert post-match, Rd 8, 2017 v Suns - PTV Coach and BOG talk about the Power's historic win.

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JIANGWAN Sports Stadium, Shanghai, is a far cry from Adelaide Oval, but could it be the next 'Portress'? 

Coach Ken Hinkley said the club was eager to return to the new happy hunting ground after a comprehensive 72-point thumping of Gold Coast.

"We can't wait to defend the title. We're undefeated here in Shanghai, why wouldn't we want to play here?" Hinkley said.

"It's great for the club, and I think the club wants to do this again.

"It is not just taking it as a 'Mickey Mouse' game once-off, this is what we want to do as a football club."

Brad Ebert was awarded the best-on-ground medal after a 31-disposal effort, including 19 in the first half, and said there was very little difference in playing conditions.

"[The ground] was in fantastic shape. I don't know if they did it deliberately, but it felt very much Adelaide Oval-like," Ebert said.

"The heat was probably something. In Adelaide it's starting to cool down a little bit as you probably can tell, so that side of it was a little bit different, but it was nothing that we felt, 'oh, we can’t handle this, it's too hot,' it was fine out there."

Hinkley said he was pleased with how consistent Port Adelaide has been this season, after a lacklustre couple of years outside the top eight.

"One of our conversations early in the pre-season was, 'We're going to do this, we're going to stick to it whether we win or lose.'"

"We've been really consistent this season … even in our losses we have played a certain way every week. We've been able to put on some big scores and win some big margins and we've also lost a couple of close ones.

"Bar the GWS last quarter (where Port conceded 5.6), I would have thought we played some really, really consistent, honest football every quarter this year. That's what allows you to become a better team."

It was a comprehensive performance from the Power, who have a full list to choose from with no injuries.

Hinkley said the added depth is only benefiting Port's performances.

"That's one of the reasons we're starting to get better as a football club, we've got people pushing up from underneath, and that makes the boys own their spot as best they possibly can."

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