Angry Hinkley digs into Port’s form
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has vowed to launch an "investigation'' into his side's shockingly inconsistent form.
Angry and frustrated after the Power continued its rollercoaster season by crashing to an eight-goal home defeat to the red-hot Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on Sunday - a result that saw Port follow a win with a loss for two months - Hinkley his club would leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of the issue which threatens to derail its finals aspirations.
"It's an investigation,'' Hinkley said.
"We've got to sit back and look at it and go 'okay, well let's not ignore what's been going on'.
"And we've been doing that, we've been exploring a number of opportunities, the way we train, how we train and when we train.
"They are some of the things that we already have thrown up, how we prepare for games, there's been lots of things already thrown into that mix.
"But you've got to be careful sometimes that you don't try to throw too much in there and you try to read too much into it because then it fills in on itself a little bit, so you've got to be a little bit careful as coaches and players.''
Hinkley struggled to hide his frustration after Port's stunning Showdown 47 win against hometown rival Adelaide was followed by a horror 22 opening minutes against the Lions when it conceded the first seven goals to quickly fall 41 points behind.
"It's incredibly frustrating for everyone at the footy club and all the supporters,'' he said.
"There's no doubt about that, it's really frustrating and we're trying to challenge that every time.
"But the only way we can is to keep going back to that spot and give ourselves an opportunity to break through.
"As a group we can be much better than we are every second week at the moment but we keep delivering that result.
"Until we change that we are going to have to keep answering that question.''
With an 8-8 win-loss record., Port has slipped out of the top eight and faces another crunch game against Richmond at the MCG on Saturday.
"That's the bonus for us, a short six-day turnaround against a side that is really starting to regain their position in the competition,'' he said.
"It will be a real challenge for us but we go to the MCG, as we should, confident that our best football can challenge any team in the comp.''