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Last loss to Cats ‘doesn’t matter,’ says Hinkley

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is proud of his team’s achievement in finishing minor premiers and does not think the Power’s 60-point loss to Geelong five weeks ago is relevant to their upcoming finals meeting.

“We’ve got our opportunity to reset, go again and it doesn’t matter what happened five weeks ago, eight weeks ago or 30 weeks ago, it matters what happens from here on,” said Hinkley after Monday night’s impressive 16-point victory over Collingwood at the Gabba.

Port secured the minor premiership by beating Collingwood on Monday night.

Port secured the minor premiership by beating Collingwood on Monday night.Credit:Getty Images

Hinkley said he was “proud of the boys and the way they played”. The win secured Power the minor premiership, set up a qualifying final against the Cats and consigned Collingwood to the unwelcome task of playing West Coast in Perth.

“It’s really significant. The boys deserve it. It’s a 30-week season. We’ve played for a long time and managed to protect it all the way through the year.”

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