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What we learned: JLT 2

JLT Highlights: Port Adelaide v North Melbourne - PTV The Power and Kangaroos clash in the JLT

Port’s attacking plan

The Power are determined to be bold and attack the game at every opportunity. Their ball movement is light years quicker than last year and they have no hesitation in kicking to 50-50 contests and giving their tall forwards the chance to out mark their opponents. Apart from a little bit of keep away at the end of the third quarter, the Power played with pace and aggression.

Lycett/Ryder can dominate

Power big men Scott Lycett and Paddy Ryder got the upper hand on Tom Campbell in the ruck, feeding Tom Rockliff, Travis Boak and Sam Powell-Pepper time and time again. The Power won the hit-outs 38 to 26 and with the new 6-6-6 starting positions at centre bounces in the AFL this season, dominance in the centre square could prove vital in getting results. Lycett’s arrival at Alberton as a free agent in the off-season could prove a masterstroke.

Rockliff is back

Tom Rockliff is the first to admit his 2018 season didn’t go as planned. Having come across from Brisbane at the end of 2017, he struggled for fitness after an interrupted pre-season as well as settling into his new environment at Port Adelaide. After another lot of shoulder surgery at the end of the last campaign, Rockliff looks lean, sharp and fit – and ready to fire. His game against the Kangaroos would make the AFL Fantasy coaches out there sit up and take notice. He had a game-high 41 disposals at 80.5% efficiency to go with 16 marks, nine clearances and two goals. His AFL Fantasy score would have been a whopping 178!

Big guernsey presentation in Round 1

The Power could have as many as four debutants in round one as well as a couple playing their first games for the club. Zak Butters was clever for the second week in a row, kicking three goals and showing his game smarts. Xavier Duursma's pace on the outside was a highlight while Connor Rozee and Willem Drew did some nice things to keep themselves right up there in selection calculations. Scott Lycett was dominant in the ruck with 18 hit-outs, two goals and 16 disposals while Ryan Burton was solid across half-back.

AFL at Alberton is awesome

It was a perfect sunny day, the turf looked fantastic and the fans came out in droves to see Port Adelaide playing at its spiritual home and training base. The 6271 who turned out on Saturday afternoon for the match against the Kangaroos surpassed the 6157 who came to Alberton Oval in last year’s JLT Community Series when the Power took on Adelaide. It was the perfect way to warm up for the 2019 AFL Premiership season which gets underway for Port at the MCG on Saturday 23 March against Preliminary finalist Melbourne.