Port Adelaide hauls 600kgs to China for home ground edge
PORT Adelaide has vowed to stick to its normal routine as it has shifted its operations to China ahead of its match against Gold Coast in Shanghai on Saturday.
The Power have jetted out of Adelaide with a truckload of baggage to replicate the conditions - including part of the diet - the players have become accustomed to at Alberton.
Among the items in the 600kg freight packed for the second game the club plays in China were:
68kg of guernseys, training jumpers and shorts
69kg of football boots
37kg of footballs
30kg of protein, caffeine and beetroot
30kg of cherry juice and mueslli bars
22kg of bandages, tape and medical supplies
18kg of towels, and
15kg of ruck bags.
Vice-captain Ollie Wines said it was all part of creating a home-ground advantage at the Jiangwan Stadium.
It is the third time in Shanghai for Wines, who first went to the stadium on a recconnaisance mission ahead of last year's first AFL match for premiership points in China.
"All the boys arrived really well and we've got a really big team over here," Wines said.
"I think just being here early, it's good to acclimatise to the surroundings and have an opportunity to train in the conditions.
"It's the third time I've come over, we are very familiar and hopefully that can help on game day.
"But the main thing is to perform on Saturday."
Wines said it would be important to keep as much of the club's normal routine despite being on foreign soil.
"We'll just run a pretty normal week (like) at Alberton," Wines told Port Adelaide's Facebook site. "The only difference is that we're in Shanghai, China.
"We'll have our main training, our weight sessions, our massage sessions, recovery all throughout the day as if it's a normal day at Alberton.
"That will lead us into the game on Saturday."