Our next lot of 2017 team previews are, Port Adelaide, Richmond, St Kilda, Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs.
We look at the Ins and the Outs, their Best Lineup for 2017 and key players who have an important role in 2017.
Port Adelaide Power
Nathan Krakouer (rookie upgrade), Todd Marshall (pick 16), Sam Powell-Pepper (18), Joe Atley (32), Willem Drew (33), Peter Ladhams (rookie), Jarrod Lienert (rookie), Brett Eddy (rookie), Emmanuel Irra (rookie)
John Butcher (delisted), Kane Mitchell (delisted), Sam Colquhoun (delisted), Alipate Carlile (retired), Jay Schulz (delisted), Cam O’Shea (delisted), Paul Stewart (delisted)
PORT ADELAIDE’S BEST 25 FOR 2017
B: Matthew Broadbent, Jack Hombsch, Darcy Byrne-Jones
HB: Jasper Pittard, Tom Jonas, Hamish Hartlett
C: Brad Ebert, Travis Boak, Justin Westhoff
HF: Nathan Krakouer, Jackson Trengove , Aaron Young
F: Jarman Impey, Charlie Dixon, Chad Wingard
FOLL: Paddy Ryder, Ollie Wines, Robbie Gray
I/C: Matt White, Angus Monfries, Sam Powell-Pepper, Jared Polec
EMG: Jake Neade, Sam Gray, Karl Amon
The Gun – Ollie Wines
Overall Ollie was a little disappointing last year but still managed to be one of Port Adelaide’s most consistent players. We expect to see his numbers increase this season as we predict him to take his game to the next level – A gun – and a possible Brownlow Medalist dark-horse (you heard it first)
Needs To Lift – Brad Ebert
The 27 year old is entering the prime of his career, but his form dropped off in 2016 – like a lot of other Port Players. Ebert is believed to have had a big pre-season and is expected to be back to his best and he needs to be if Port want to push deep into the final in 2017.
Comeback Player – Patrick Ryder
It will be interesting to see just what role Patty plays for the Power this year. If he spends the majority of time in the ruck then he has the potential of becoming one of the top rucks in the competition. However, coming back from a 12 month lay off, expect Ryder to play 50/50 ruck/forward role in 2017. Watch during the preseason to see what Kenny does with him.
Player to watch – Chad Wingard
Chad was a player that I was excited about seeing him transition in to the midfield in 2016. However due to some injuries and setbacks that never happened. However this year he has been injury free and is ready to take his game to the next level. Expect a big season from Wingard in 2017
Young Gun – Sam Powell-Pepper
The number 18 pick in the 12016 draft has really impressed the Power faithful with his attitude and skill level. He is a big bodied midfielder who will be able to stand up to the rigors of AFL football very early on. Expect him to play the inside role with Ollie.
2017 Crystal Ball – Ladder Prediction
13 Wins – 9 Losses
The Power will need to be big improvers if they want to keep Ken Hinkley as coach in 2018. They have a favourable draw and will find the confidence they need in the first half to have a crack at the finals. The list is still young but the excitement factor that drives will have the Power faithful back on board and ready for September action.