Port stick with winning AFL plan for China

Port Adelaide are hoping for more success in China by following a similar travel plan to last year.Port Adelaide are sending 26 players to China as they follow the same successful blueprint as last year for the AFL club’s Shanghai game.

The Power play Gold Coast on Saturday with Port’s squad to depart Adelaide later on Monday.

The fixture is the second in China between the clubs, after Port won the inaugural game in Shanghai last season.

“We did a pretty good job last year in terms of the preparation for it,” Port’s general manager of football Chris Davies told reporters on Monday.

“We are pretty keen to get over there and follow the method we went through last year.”

Port’s squad will include the 22 players who downed arch rivals Adelaide by five-points with a last-minute goal on Saturday.

“They have all pulled up pretty well,” Davies said of Saturday’s line-up.

“We will go across with the 22 that played and four other guys as well, so no injury concerns from the weekend which is a good outcome considering how contested the actual game.”

Port pipped the Crows with a Steven Motlop goal in the last 30 seconds delivering a fifth win from eight starts this season.

“The flight will be better than what the alternative could have been (if we lost),” Davies said.

“We had a good game on the weekend but the reality is that we haven’t been all that consistent so far this year.

“So our challenge is to make suere that we front up again in China and play a Gold Coast team who I am sure will be smarting from their loss on the weekend.”

A sell-out crowd of around 11,500 is expected at the Jiangwan Stadium, rebagded as Adelaide Arena for the fixture.

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