Ebert retires as Port season ends
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says Brad Ebert has played his last game of AFL as the Power missed out on a chance to make the grand final.
Port lost by six points to the Richmond Tigers, who are looking to win their third premiership in four years, but they gave it their best shot and fought to the death.
That spirit was typified by Ebert who suffered a concussion during the final quarter, and did not come back on to the pitch until after the final siren.
An emotional Ebert led the rest of his team-mates off the field, and Hinkley revealed afterwards he would not be adding to his 260 AFL games.
"It's pretty clear if you watched coming off the ground tonight, Brad's done as an AFL player. He's got to put himself, his health, and his family first," he said.
"He gives everything to our footy club. He'll walk away from the club knowing he did everything he possibly could. I've had a lot of conversations with Brad this year and the courage of that man is amazing. He just kept at it right until the end.
"He's been pretty certain this was probably be the end because he wasn't prepared to risk any further injury to his head."
Meanwhile, Hinkley may have been hugely disappointed with his side's failure to get past the Tigers, but truly believes they have what it takes to be the next dominant force once the Tigers eventually step aside.
"Someone's going to go past Richmond at some point, we're going to be trying bloody hard to be that team that goes past them. Tonight, we weren't ready to go past Richmond, " he added.
"I'm optimistic about our football club. It hurts a bit tonight but there's some optimism in us."
The Tigers are priced at 77/100 to win the grand final.
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