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Lade's 200th a chance to kickstart Port

By Daniel Brettig 16/04/2008 06:04:30 PM Comments (0)

History shows that in 2007 Port Adelaide broke a four-match losing streak and set up their season with a 31-point beating of Essendon in Warren Tredrea's 200th AFL game.

Power ruckman Brendon Lade said he would like to think his teammates will respond similarly to his own 200th milestone as Port seek to arrest an 0-4 start before it becomes terminal by getting the better of West Coast in Perth on Sunday.

"We won six out of our first seven and then lost four in a row last year, so we've been in these waters before," Lade said.

"Milestone games are pretty highly regarded at this club, there is a lot of emphasis on achieving such a great milestone and all the guys really go out of their way to perform.

"It's something we can hopefully build on if we get a win this week and really build our season from next week on.

"Everyone is not far off it - I think the coaches can see it and all us players can see it."

Reflecting on a career that struck a significant road block at the turn of the century when he broke his leg not once but twice, Lade said he owed much to the club for keeping him close during those dark days.

At the time he seriously considered retiring early and heading back to his Kangaroo Island home.

"After the second broken leg I was in hospital in Melbourne and I thought that was it," Lade said.

"I thought I'd pack up the bags and head back to KI, but then I got a message from every teammate on the list and a few even came in and saw me, and people from other clubs came in as well.

"Just the amount of support I got from everyone made me think that I love all these blokes, especially this football club, and I thought I'd give it one more crack to see what happens.

"Here I am now playing 200 games ... I'm very proud to do it, but I wouldn't have got here without a lot of support."

Port have played at least one desperately poor quarter in each of their losses so far this season, and Lade said it was just a matter of concentrating on the task at hand.

"It's just concentration, just a weird thing in football - when you're confident your concentration seems to be great, but if we concentrated for four quarters in each of our games this year, we would've had a much better result and record," Lade said.

"It's something we've been working on for the last two or three weeks and to play football for the full quarter every quarter."

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