Port Adelaide skipper Tom Jonas backs embattled coach Ken Hinkley to lead Power revival

Ken Hinkley

Port Adelaide captain Tom Jonas has backed under-fire coach Ken Hinkley, saying he doesn’t want to play under anyone else.

Key points:

  • Port Adelaide are in crisis after their humiliating loss to Melbourne on Friday night
  • Coach Ken Hinkley has come under immense pressure following Port’s slow start
  • But Power skipper Tom Jonas has backed the embattled coach to lead the club back to success

The Power has crashed to a 0-4 start to the AFL season after a 32-point thrashing at the hands of reigning premier Melbourne at Adelaide Oval last night.

“Obviously it was very disappointing to go down again,” Jonas told ABC Sport.

“One thing I can say about the group is it’s not fractured — we’re really sticking together and there’s no lack of effort.”

Port was held to its first-ever goalless half in the AFL, and only registered its first major 22 minutes into the third term.

“We wanted to defend with the ball in hand, make the ground big, and then go forward – but we probably didn’t get it quite right,” Jonas said.

“When you can’t get that scoreboard pressure it sometimes does have a bit of an impact – you want to be kicking goals and want to be playing fun, high-scoring footy and that wasn’t happening.”

Hinkley has now lost five games in a row for the first time as Power coach, and the club has lost four-straight home games for the first time in four years.

Ken Hinkley
Hinkley has coached Port Adelaide since 2013. (AAP: David Mariuz)

But Jonas says players remain firmly behind their coach.

“You’re not going to hear anything different from me — I love Kenny and we’ve got a great relationship, as he does with a lot of the boys, ” he said

“We’ve got full trust in him and the rest of the coaching group.

“We all would have loved to win a premiership, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve played some pretty good footy the last couple of years. Of course we’ve fallen short and we’re struggling at the moment, but I don’t want to see it through with anyone else but Kenny.”

After the match, Hinkley was adamant his side could still make the finals.

Author: Ivan Robinson