I think a few players have already met with the club to try and work out outs for 2015.
Don't rule out Pinwill staying on. I'm expecting 6 to 8 regular senior players to either retire or move away to local footy.
Ayres is a wonderful coach, and I'm sure planning for 2015 is well under way. The link with Oakleigh has improved and improved over the past 5 or so years and I think quite a few handy types will be lining up for Port if overlooked in the draft.
Players such as Sinclair and Waddell showed that there are quality footballers at the Chargers who could make a big impact at VFL level even at a junior age.
Players with a proven ability to be consistent performers at VFL level are bound to be keenly sought after by many clubs.
Players like Pinwill, Valenti, Schipione & even my old mate Caino will be hard to retain. All would make very good coaches & players do move on, even from Port.
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After every season players like Valenti, Pinwill, Cain etc get huge offers to head to local footy so theres no point speculating until they actually make that decision and sign for a club.
What's made Port so successful during the Ayres era is that players have stayed around and taken ownership of our club. The retention rate at the Borough has been nothing short of outstanding. How many Port players have played 50,100,150 games for the club? Guys at other clubs boot off and give up if there not playing seniors every single week.
I watched yesterday's grand final and considered our list. Unlike in previous years where I felt we woulstruggle to be a premiership threat, I came away from that game thinking we will again be very competitive in 2015.
Early days of course, but I believe we have enough pace and senior bodies to defeat clubs like Footscray. We badly missed Josh Scipione and never saw Eddy on the Park. Ayres is a very good assessor of outer lists deficiencies and we don't need to do anything drastic.
For sure. Both games were there to be won.
Led for the majority of both of our finals losses - didn't lead when it mattered the most though so it wasn't all doom and gloom during the finals. I bumped into Toty Pinwall as he was working yesterday and asked him if he is going to carry on - without hesitation he said he would play another season.
I agree with NorthPort's comment if the list stays as is however as we know their will be holes to fill so only time will tell how many holes we have to fill and how well we fill them. Going by past history Port does well in recruiting where theirs a deficiency so i'm optimistic about season 2015.
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Yes your right about Port always recruiting well & will continue to be very competitive for many seasons to come, however if you think that this years Port side would have beaten either of those sides yesterday on that ground I'm afraid that your getting a little carried away.
What's done is done & when you think that The Roosters beat both the grand final sides & they are a million miles off that premiership level.
Not saying they would saying that they definitely could. Can't be certain but definitely had the ability to do it. If they were in that position I would think they would of had a good chance. Of course whats done is done - do you suggest we just talk about the future and never talk about the past on this forum ?
I thought our best could have matched it with Footscray, as it did for a fair chunk of the prelim. I'm not saying we would have won, but I certainly think on our day we would have been competitive.
The B&F isn't far away and that will give us a little more insight as to who is staying on. Good news re: Pinwill.
Not suggesting for one moment that we only talk about the future but I was thinking that all the Port posts are about who's missing & who's not.
Highly unlikely that the side that won the flag in 2011 will ever be equalized.
From now on it's going to be harder & harder to win the flag over the AFL clubs whose teams consist of 18 to 20 AFL listed players most of whom have played AFL footy. Most VFL teams especially the stand alone clubs don't have any.
With young legs & on the wide open spaces of Turd dome the task is becoming more & more difficult every year.
Fact is if Port had kicked straight and seized its moments in the prelim it could have won... It's true that everything has to go right for the standalone club to win... But it could have happened. And if it had Port would have been facing a Box Hill side which... Let's face it, was more interested in preparing players for Hawthorn than winning the match...
No point dwelling on the past but if there's no hope for Port or Willy (or even North Ballarat which didn't get much help from North Melbourne in round 20) then why would they even show up for round one next year?
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