Port win sets standard for season

Port win sets standard for season

IT�S amazing how much more enjoyable a flight home to Perth can be after a win.

Obviously, some victories are more satisfying than others, particularly when the quality of the opposition is taken into account.

For the last couple of seasons, Port Adelaide has been one of the best teams in the competition and was just one kick away from a spot in last year�s grand final.

We respect what they have achieved in that time, so it was satisfying to withstand the pressure of a big game at Adelaide Oval in front of a hostile crowd and leave with four valuable premiership points.

We might have surprised a few people with that performance, but we didn�t surprise ourselves.

We went in with genuine belief in our ability to win the game.

We showed a week earlier against GWS that when we apply our pressure and intensity, we can play at a very high level and we are aiming to take that into every game.

Against Port, we had every player contributing in their various roles.

When playing in games of that nature � tight, hard, physical contests � there are always big moments in the game and we were probably a little better in those match-defining moments.

Our backline continues to stand tall despite the absence of Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown, and they were outstanding.

Again, our young guys stood up, but in the midfield, Mark LeCras, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey and Chris Masten were great.

We�ve been building the last couple weeks and will continue to aim for that level on a consistent basis for the rest of the year.