Ronburger - congratulations mate - have you fun in the sun - bragging rights to you for the week. Always hard to see a Port loss but enjoy this day bud and in the back of yoUR head remember much alike Fredie Kruger WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!! YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE IN 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The beauty of winning the only game played against a side in one season is.....your bragging rights extend beyond one week and well into 2016!
Are we likely to shortly see .. " The President and Board have full confidence in the Coach" statements ?
Don't hold your breath Mega.
Yourself & NorthPort are the only Port faithful holding this site together.
Gone are the days when there would be twenty posts a day preaching the Port gospel.
Poor old Burra has had to get out of the country rather than face the embarrassment.
We might be from the bush. but we ain't green
Port for premiers in 2016!
I think that Ayres will be the one to make the decision on his coaching future, not the club. He has a huge amount of respect and is still contracted in 2016.
It has been a very challenging year to coach with such a huge loss in playing experience and the average age of the side coming down markedly.
The lack of an experienced and big body really showed this year. Both Gilmore and Prowse will be good players for Port and in particular Gilmore has been a solid contributor in the middle and around the ground. Another year of weights and maturity will be important.
The midfield has been where it has hurt Port most. Missing clever evasive players like Valenti that can set up our forwards and give us first use.. But so much of that was firstly through John Baird. I have said it over the past couple of weeks, that despite his lack of pace Baird always had great hands and his leadership and cool decision making really stood out in setting up players to move the ball cleanly out of the centre.
The same goes for the back line. Cook has been sensational in particular (he'll win the b&f) and Noonan again very solid, but we missed Pleming ability to drop into the hole and set up rebound footy.
Sandilands, Cain, Scipione, Lange and kids that I had hoped would make the next step like Gordon and Purcell have been sadly missing for much of the year.
Hugh has become a genuine forward transitioning from the back line to a strong leading forward. We've missed him, and his ability to play at both ends of the ground. Classy avenues to goal in Cain and Scipione have also been rarely sighted this year and as such Lisle and Haretuku have both taken turns at being just about the only avenue to goal. We have looked very one dimensional particularly in the last couple of months.
There are lots of positives though, we have blooded a lot of kids and they will be better for the experience.
If the club can pick up one or two mature bodies to create that balance and we get those big name players back on the ground then there is still a lot to look forward to in 2016 I'd say.
You have to love what Coburg have done in two years stand alone. On a shoestring they won five games last year and now look like upping that by at least two this season.
I'm sure I'm not the only person who feared them being another Bendigo given their lack of resources, but full credit to Craig Lees, Peter German, Nick Carnell and the whole team, they've not only won games but been highly competitive in many others.
They've set the bar for Frankston, Sandy and North Ballarat as stand alone clubs, let's hope they can continue to improve.
As for Port, a down year, but if they can keep most of this year's list together they'll be a very tough outfit next season with improved depth from the experience young players have gained. Don't forget they were 5-1 early on.
Players like Valenti & Baird are once in 10 year players & are very rare, you might not see the likes of them again.
If Cookie happens to win your best & fairest it will prove exactly where you are at. He couldn't get a kick at the Roosters or Casey & whilst Garrry has obviously got the best out of him & he is now showing the form that made him a high draft pick. Good to see him going so well, but B&F at Port ????
Is it finito for Caino ??
Hard to say Digs, he has struggled to get his body right after surgery last year. I am not ruling him out, certainly wed all like to see him go on, but that's something he will no doubt assess at the end of the season. He very nearly pulled the plug last year so we will ave to wait and see.
Coburg have been terrific over the last 2 weeks and can see a few more wins to finish the season full of running. Likely to attract even more talented young players to Coburg for 2016 season. If they could add maybe 2 or 3 experienced ex AFL players they would be more than a fair side next year.
At a guess considering the lack of game time he has played and the dissapointing season the club has had which won't make some players over enthused - I think he will retire / move on at seasons end.
As his player sponsor I'd like to be proven wrong.
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