Port won't throw in the towel

RUCK THREAT: Jackson Trengove of Port Adelaide evades North Melbourne defenders.
RUCK THREAT: Jackson Trengove of Port Adelaide evades North Melbourne defenders. JULIAN SMITH

PORT Adelaide will arrive at the Gabba tomorrow night determined to keep its faint finals hopes alive for at least another week.

The 10th-placed Power (8-9) faces the task of having to win its five remaining games to have any chance of making the final eight.

The side once talked about as a flag fancy faces the Lions, then Sydney (away), Melbourne, Adelaide and Gold Coast (away).

Having shown what it was capable of in rolling North Melbourne two weeks ago, Port ruckman Jackson Trengove said the club hadn't thrown in the towel.

"We've got ourselves in this situation by not playing the best footy this year, just playing in patches,” he told ARM. "We've just got to try and get the wins. If we can get five, you never know what can happen. We're still hopeful but we know we've got to play our best footy.”

The Power isn't focussing on the fact it hasn't won in Brisbane since 2007, losing its past three.

"We were able to play really well against them at the Adelaide Oval earlier on the in year,” Trengove said of the win by 77 points.

"It's just about us going about the way we want to play our footy.”

While the absence of players such as Paddy Ryder and Angus Monfries (doping ban), defenders Alipate Carlile and Jack Hombsch and big man Matthew Lobbe (injury) has not helped, Trengove said it has been that lack of consistency that has cost them most.

"We had that really good year a couple of years ago (when the Power finished third in 2013) and people probably got a little bit ahead of where we were as a group,” he said.

"We're still pretty young as a football club. I'm not making excuses but we've still got a lot to learn.

"All the great teams over the years.... they're just so consistent.”

Trengove, who has been forced to become the Power's No.1 big man with Lobbe and Ryder sidelined, said he has enjoyed the freedom the role brings "instead of chasing someone down back all the time” as a key defender.

"It's been a challenge but I've really enjoyed the contest with some big men

"I thought I've battled hard in the ruck.”

While Giant Shane Mumford is an imposing figure to come up against, Trengove said the Hawks' pairing of Ben McEvoy and Jon Cegler have given him his "toughest night”.

"That was one game in which I thought I got convincingly beaten.

All the other ones I thought I held my own.”

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