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Is Ken Hinkley’s time up?

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has done massive work in helping the club get back on its feet during his tenure – but is it time he moved on?


Port Adelaide was a total mess when Ken Hinkley was given the job as coach back at the end of 2012 following Matthew Primus’ departure.

The club was in a mountain of debt, it hadn’t played finals since the 2007 grand final loss to Geelong and it was only attracting between 10,000-20,000 people to its home games at Football Park.

Only 12 months later, the Power said goodbye to Football Park, had won both Showdowns and most importantly, were playing finals.

It was a huge turn around from a club that was on the verge of closing its doors to playing at the MCG in a cut-throat final against Collingwood.

Again, only 12 months later, the Power would just lose to Hawthorn in a preliminary final.

By progression, you’d think Port would’ve played in a grand final by then?

No, the Power have featured in the finals just once, and that ended in a extra-time home loss to West Coast in 2017.


To put it frankly, Port has stagnated, or gone stale.

The Power have become a consistent, mid-table side that frustrates its fans.

There were 2170 days between the 2007 grand final and the Power’s next final win in 2013.

By the time September 1, 2020 rolls around, it will have been 2180 days since the Power won a final, barring if they win won this year.

The question must be asked, is Ken Hinkley’s time up? Do the Power need change at the top?

If so, who takes charge?

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.