Port Adelaide leapt up the ladder in stunning fashion in its first season under Ken Hinkley. Some brilliant young midfielders, and a couple of undervalued forwards can ensure the lofty standing is maintained.
Coach: Ken Hinkley
Captain: Travis Boak
Last five years: 10-10-16-14-5
Premierships: 1 (2004)
Key five: Chad Wingard, Travis Boak, Justin Westhoff, Hamish Hartlett, Robbie Gray.
One to watch: Jared Polec. A prized recruit, Port intend unlocking the potential which led to Brisbane drafting him with pick five in the 2010. The 21-year-old will get instant opportunities, with his speed on the outside of packs filling a midfield void.
Ins: Karl Amon (Sandringham U18), Darcy Byrne-Jones (Oakleigh U18), Mitch Harvey (North Adelaide SANFL), Jarman Impey (Murray U18), Jared Polec (Brisbane Lions), Matt White (Richmond).
Outs: Nathan Blee (delisted), Brett Ebert (retired), Nick Salter (delisted), Daniel Stewart (delisted), Matt Thomas (Richmond rookie list).
B: Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Tom Jonas
HB: Jasper Pittard, Cam O’Shea, Dom Cassisi
C: Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard
F: Angus Monfries, Jay Schulz, Jake Neade
R: Matthew Lobbe, Matthew Broadbent, Hamish Hartlett
I: Kane Cornes, Paul Stewart, Ollie Wines, Matt White
Predicted finish: 10th
To win the flag: $26
To make the top eight: $2.30
After shifting from the Eagles to Port Adelaide at the end of 2011, Ebert has played every game and maintained an average of 99. His consistency and durability is a real feature of his game, and he tends to fly under the radar at Port with players like Travis Boak and Chad Wingard taking centre stage. As a result he rarely has to worry about being tagged. Ebert's a great no-nonsense fantasy option who reliably produces high scores.
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