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Aussie Rules: Hinkley defiant as Port lose Showdown

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says his side are capable of playing finals despite losing their opening three games of the 2022 AFL campaign.

Port are out to win the grand final but that looks a long way from reality right now follow their third defeat on the spin against the Adelaide Crows in the derby on Friday night.

Dramatic loss

Adelaide snatched the win at the death when Jordan Dawson booted the winning goal for the Crows after the siren to leave the Power stunned and devastated.

It leaves Port 0-3 for the season and facing an uphill battle to get back on track but Hinkley told reporters after the game it can still be done.

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"Absolutely you believe in that, but we understand it gets challenging," he said. "We just don't look too far. That's a long way to look isn't it? 

"We've just got to stay here and look right now how we get to win number one, don't worry about win number two, three or four or however many it might take, let's get to win number one as quick as we possibly can."

Hard worked needed

Hinkley insists his players also have to believe and is backing them to turn things around.

"It's too early for the players not to believe and it's too early for them to not own their position," Hinkley added. "Their position is to turn up and work really hard. You just keep working and that's all you can do, you stay in the now, you don't get too distracted, you work really hard."

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