Port avert AFL Showdown bubble in Shanghai

Michael Ramsey

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley reckons Shanghai is the perfect destination for his team after their emotional Showdown triumph.

The Power have arrived in China, determined to continue building momentum, when they face Gold Coast on Saturday at Jiangwan Stadium.

Last week's thrilling five-point victory over cross-town rivals Adelaide has lifted spirits after a patchy run of form and a series of off-field distractions.

The sight of Hinkley roaring in delight in the coach's box after the final siren was all the proof needed of how much the victory meant.

But Hinkley has dismissed concerns his side might be emotionally drained, saying the timing of the China game couldn't have been better.

"They'll move on," he told reporters on Thursday.

"They'll be okay. They'll get ready to play football.

"That's the good thing about coming here this week on the Tuesday. We get here and we're away from the Adelaide bubble a little bit.

"We understand the importance of a Showdown over there but, when we have to get on with next week, it's good to get into this environment. The team's all together for the whole week and that helps."

Port smashed the Suns in last year's inaugural China game at the same venue, winning by 72 points.

The Power have named an unchanged side from their Showdown victory and will start as firm favourites to consign Gold Coast to their fourth-straight defeat.

Port have often struggled immediately after Showdowns - the last time they backed up a victory over their Adelaide rivals was in April 2013.

But Hinkley doesn't expect the extra travel to affect his players, saying it had been a much-smoother experience the second time around.

"It's really easy for us, and even for the Suns, I'm sure," he said.

"You've done it once before - it feels really comfortable. We come to the same hotel we (stayed in) and it's a really easy place - the food, accommodation, getting to the ground.

"The surface of the ground was outstanding when we were on it yesterday.

"It couldn't get much easier. It's a bit longer travel, we all understand that, but we're here and we're acclimatised for a good period of time so it gives us a good chance."

Last year's China game was far from the close contest the AFL might have hoped for but Hinkley said the Suns were a much-improved outfit under new coach Stuart Dew.

"They're clearly playing a bit more of a defensive brand of football and they're working really hard to lock the ball in their front half," he said.

"I really admire what they've been able to do. They've started with some fundamental stuff that looks like it's paying dividends for them."