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Port's senior core to help youngsters

By Steve Larkin 19/04/2010 01:28:07 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide's senior core will rally around their young teammates to ensure morale isn't flattened by Geelong's 95-point thumping.

Ruckman Dean Brogan says the Power must keep Sunday's heavy loss in Geelong in context.

"They are one of the best teams ever probably," Brogan said on Monday of the Cats, who kicked 15 goals to Port's three after halftime.

"They're going to be hard to beat this year and I think you will find they will do what they did to us to a lot of teams this season."

Port coach Mark Williams said post-match Geelong made his side look like "little kids" and Brogan hoped younger Power players go to school on the loss.

"We are not going to hide from it, we are going to learn from it, we are a young group and for where we need to go, it's important that we take something out of it," Brogan said.

"It will teach everyone, not just our young guys but myself included, just how they can come out and change their mindset and play the way they did.

"By watching yesterday, we are a long way off of being where they are.

"And I think most teams are a long way off where Geelong is at the moment.

"But we're a work in progress, we're 2-2 (wins-losses) ... we are not going to dismiss what happened yesterday, we are not going to hold our heads between our legs, we are going to get on with it."

Brogan noted Port had only four players with more than 150 games experience against the Cats, and said club leaders would ensure their younger colleagues didn't suffer a massive hit to their confidence.

"Whenever you lose by as much as we did, you lose a little bit of confidence, that is just natural," he said.

"But it's up to us older guys to get the group going.

"We have been smashed before and come back and won so I don't see it as a major problem."

Port host St Kilda, the team Geelong beat in last year's grand final, on Saturday night.

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