Power’s new be­lief is key to fi­nals push

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

JUSTIN Westhoff has no­ticed a re­newed con­fi­dence in the Port Ade­laide play­ing group this sea­son that he hasn’t seen for sev­eral years.

Speak­ing at Ade­laide air­port be­fore the fi­nal group of Power play­ers and of­fi­cials de­parted to Shang­hai for their clash with Gold Coast on Sun­day, Westhoff said he had no­ticed some pos­i­tive signs since the team’s up­set open­inground win over Syd­ney.

“There seems to be a quiet con­fi­dence in the group that I haven’t re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced for the past few years,” he said.

“We seem to be play­ing re­ally well to­gether.

“We took a lot of con­fi­dence out of Round 1 when we beat Syd­ney over there, which we hadn’t done for 10 years.

“We did a lot of good things (against West Coast).

“We missed a few op­por­tu­ni­ties and we’ve learnt from that.

“We’ve got a pretty good list but we still need to chip away and there’s no more im­por­tant game than this week lead­ing into the bye.”

Westhoff said the idea of play­ing for pre­mier­ship points in Shang­hai had ini­tially been met with some wari­ness, but the play­ers were now ea­ger to em­brace the op­por­tu­nity.

“A half-dozen guys went over early in the year as part of a pro­mo­tional trip ... and they were all re­ally im­pressed – they loved it,” he said.

“The guys went over there pretty scep­ti­cal about the whole sit­u­a­tion but they came back rav­ing about it. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be part of some­thing that’s never hap­pened in the AFL be­fore.”

Justin Westhoff of the Power.

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