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Hocking pleads for fan support

Sportal August 19, 2012, 7:44 pm
Garry Hocking

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Port Adelaide caretaker coach Garry Hocking has urged Power supporters to vote with their feet next Saturday, following Port's 48-point loss to West Coast at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

The Eagles won in front of just 13,863 fans - the lowest-ever attendance for a Power home match and the smallest in any AFL game on South Australian soil.

Hocking is winless in his first two games at the helm, but believes the style he has implemented is entertaining and should attract the fans back for their Round 22 home clash with Brisbane.

"We just need you out there supporting the boys," Hocking called out to the wavering Port faithful.

"Although it was a low crowd today, you could still feel there was a fair amount of excitement.

"They liked the way we played and they liked what they were seeing.

"Next week's an opportunity against Brisbane, who had a really good win against the Crows, to come out and make sure they support the boys and get behind them.

"I think there's been some really good signs, the last couple of weeks.

"We want everybody coming to the game... there were a lot of positives that came out of last week for two quarters (against Hawthorn) and again today.

"Although we won one quarter, you could still see the boys are putting in a really strong effort.

"We're moving the ball a lot better; we just need to keep tidying up the skills."

There wasn't much good that came out of the Power's first half. Their midfield was tireless but extremely inefficient, and there was little system to their forward line.

The finals-bound Eagles led by a commanding 43 points at half-time before an energetic Power pegged the gap back to five goals at three quarter-time.

West Coast responded to the challenge in the fourth, but Port never surrendered, which pleased Hocking.

"(It was) a bit like when we went to Tassie (against the Hawks) we tried to set up and play a competitive style of footy and try to win the game," he said.

"West Coast had won two out of their previous five, so we thought we were a chance.

"On one hand that (loss) was disappointing, but the effort was certainly there and they never gave up.

"Although it ebbed and flowed throughout the game, there was still some stuff to like."

Paul Stewart was substituted out early in the second term after suffering blurred vision following an accidental knock from Eagle Daniel Kerr in the first quarter, while midfielder Andrew Moore hobbled off mid-way through the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.

Both will be tested during the week.

"Stewy gets a concussion a week," Hocking said.

"Unfortunately he got another whack today.

"It was an accident Kerr was bending over for the ball and there was a bit of a collision with his (Stewart's) head.

"We'll assess him during the week.

"Moorey at the moment, we need to assess him. It looks like a hamstring, but we'll get all the scans and assess it tomorrow.

"At this stage it doesn't look great, but things can improve during the week."

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  1. David01:11pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Small crowd yesterday for Power v Eagles. Next week against Lions expect an even smaller crowd or might as well have an empty stadium no wonder their fans have given up on the Power. You can only point the finger at the players but expect their fans to watch them play so poorly I don't blame the supporters for showing up to this rubbish.

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  2. JESUS is GOD01:00pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Why won't Dumbetriou allow KEVIN FOLEY to apply for PRESIDENT of the PORT ADELAIDE FOOTBALL CLUB?

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