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Rocky delivers

  • Rocky delivers

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Tom Doedee of the Adelaide Crows attempts to smother Tom Rockliff of Port Adelaide during the round eight AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval on May 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

Tom Rockliff played his best game in Power colours in the thrilling Showdown victory over Adelaide on Saturday night gathering 31 disposals, six clearances and laying nine tackles.

It was a vintage display from the former Lion who looked right at home in a more permanent midfield role and Rockliff certainly made the most of his chance after spending a fortnight in the SANFL.

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The performance from the 28 year-old was duly recognised by the coaches in the AFLCA as he was voted third best in the Showdown and Ken Hinkley singled out his new recruit for special praise after the game.

“Rockliff was outstanding, he was enormous, that was why we brought him to the club.It allows you to put scoring threats in the scoring space and that’s what we were able to do ­tonight because ‘Rocky’ got the job done”

Time to settle

The midfielder had an interrupted start to the season due to injury and after a slow-start in the first month of the season already had some in the media questioning his recruitment.

While output was down statistically on the numbers used to from the ball magnet the new Power player certainly had support from some in the media such as Nick Dal Santo who stressed the need for patience.

“It does take a little bit of time for some players to adapt to a new club. From my experience changing clubs, I felt it took a 10-odd weeks to really get to know my teammates in game situations. It can take a little while, so I think we give 'Rocky' the benefit of the doubt at the moment”

Moving forward

Last week I was certainly critical of Port Adelaide’s flaky form over a long period and they certainly responded appropriately with a long overdue win over Adelaide. Showdown

Now the test for Ken Hinkley and his men is to ensure the second-half performance against the Crows is the Power we see on a more regular basis. A fit and firing Tom Rockliff will certainly help the cause.

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