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Lokan: consistent effort has made us a better team

Port Adelaide sunk Woodville-West Torrens by 63 points in the SANFL at Alberton Oval on Sunday in an extremely consistent, all round quality team performance.  

While there were some outstanding personal achievements, including Steve Motlop’s five goals, Scott Lycett’s 33 hitouts, and Willem Drew’s 38 disposals, coach Matthew Lokan was pleased by the consistent performance of his team across the board.

“That consistency has been the thing that has made us a better team,” he said. 

“We went through today and probably had 15 guys that could have gone in our best five or six players - that is what you want as a coach, that really consistent effort.”

“(Boyd) Woodcock, Motlop and (Kane) Farrell all hit the scoreboard, and Billy (Frampton) and Dougal (Howard) were pretty important, they have us an option to kick to down the line - the conditions were not great for them but we played some really predictable footy today.

“Our forward line was great, our mids got on top after halving the battle in the first quarter and our backs are always pretty consistent, Joel Garner and Trent McKenzie are rock solid down there.”

While it was a 10-goal triumph, set up by a dominant nine-goal-to-two first half, Lokan said it was a vital win against a quality opposition, which has ultimately locked in a finals berth. 

“It was a pleasing result, they are a good side and have been for a number of years now,” he said.

“It was a big result in the context of our season to try and get into the top three, and for them a finals spot so I was really pleased with our consistency, we had some good players but the whole team played well, we played the way we wanted to play and it was a good result.”

Lokan was thrilled with returning ruckman Lycett’s output and the way he carried himself playing his first Port Magpies game in nine years. 

“Scotty was great, his numbers were fantastic he had 30 disposals, 33 hit outs 10 ground balls and seven clearances, but he is a quality player and a premiership ruckman so lets not undersell that,” he said.

“He is a very good player, he is not in the AFL side at the moment but he came back here with a really good attitude and was great for us today.

“The guys that have played good SANFL footy have gone on and played good AFL footy and vice versa, we have some guys that have come back down and played some good SANFL footy - we are in a good spot but we have to continue the good work.

“We have two games to go heading into finals and we are in very good form, we have won six of the last seven now and if we want to play good finals footy we have to continue this good form.”

Port will play Sturt at Peter Motley Oval next Sunday in pursuit of a top three finish.