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Aussie Rules: Port slump to worst start ever

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says he will not give up with the chase to play finals despite the Power losing the opening five games of the 2022 AFL season.

Port were one of the hot fancies going in to the season but following a horror 0-5 start they are now priced at 33/1 to win the grand final.

Hinkley remains defiant

Their latest setback came on Sunday when they suffered a heartbreaking three-point defeat against Carlton.

The defeat has cosigned Port to their worst ever start in a campaign but Hinkley still has his eyes on the eight and a place in finals.

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"I'm going to continue to believe that and I'm going to continue to work towards that," a steadfast Hinkley told reporters after the game.

"It's enormously challenging, there's no doubt about that, but I'm not going to give up and the team won't give up.

"We'll keep to task and we'll keep going and you never know, we might get on a (winning) run just as big."

Hinkley recalls 2013

Hinkley also looked back to 2013 which was his first year in charge of the club. They won their opening five games before losing the next five.

They still went on to play finals and Hinkley says they will take heart from that.

"Does it matter when you lose your five in a row if you can win enough? I don't know," Hinkley added. "But my history tells me that you can lose five in a row and still make finals."

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