Port Adelaide Power have held the top spot on the ladder throughout an unusual Toyota 2020 AFL Premiership competition.
This is a remarkable turnaround for the club.
They finished 10th last season, so while the move up is not quite as dramatic as the Brisbane Lions’ leap from 15th in 2018 to 2nd last season, it has to feel good to the players and management to enjoy a season of success, rather than feel the need to start looking to the next year.
Port Adelaide membership has likely benefitted from the success and having Travis Boak dueling with Brisbane’s Lachie Neale for the Brownlow Medal assuredly adds some spice to the recipe.
Port Power news has been positive in a manner not seen since the 2004 Grand Final win over Brisbane.
Port Adelaide premierships are not common and this would have to be considered the club’s best chance in many years.
There is a potential roadblock looming that would have to be considered as highly significant.
The 2020 AFL Grand Final will be played in Brisbane. The Lions are in finals.
It is impossible to say how many fans will be permitted to attend the Grand Final, although Queensland has done well at checking Covid-19, but to this stage of the season, the Gabba has not seen many spectators, save for a couple of games featuring Brisbane.
The Port Adelaide shop has seen interest in guernseys and other Port branded merchandise increase.
Port has shown some weakness when the competition elevates to the top clubs and a Round 5 loss to Brisbane by 37 points bodes ominous, but they did handle West Coast Eagles and Richmond without too much bother.
Port’s next opponent is Essendon. Port supporters would express hopes that the Port Adelaide players 2020 list does not dismiss Essendon to quickly, while avoiding looking to the final home-and-away game with Geelong Cats.
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