PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley's never shied away from a post-match celebration and now he's encouraging his players to do the same. 

The first-placed Power introduced a drum to their post-match circle as they belted out the club song after defeating North Melbourne by six goals at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night. 


Hamish Hartlett bashed away at it throughout the rendition, with Hinkley revealing it was development coach and Collingwood 2010 premiership player Tyson Goldsack's idea. 

"The game's so hard to play, and I'm sure everyone who supports us and looks at us … they enjoy when we have a victory and it's important the players enjoy victory," Hinkley said. 

"It's actually Tyson Goldsack's little play to bring a bit more excitement to the after-match and the song – and good on him. 

"You've got to create and you've got to connect and … you need to celebrate. 

"I reckon, as a footy club, we've been really strong to make sure we celebrate the right moments and I thought that was a moment tonight we should celebrate." 

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Asked if the drum would be a once-off, Hinkley said he hoped to get plenty of use out of it for the rest of the season. 

The lighthearted moment was a theme for the coach, who conceded his side looked like it was "fatigued" in the final term, but that there was no need to be "too critical". 

"We were a bit sloppy, but that's a good performance – we won by six goals," Hinkley said.

"Sometimes you get a bit too critical and I reckon we're going OK and we deserve where we are." 

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Hinkley hailed the performances of Travis Boak, Ollie Wines and Scott Lycett, who took the honours against Virgin Australia AFL All Australian ruck contender Todd Goldstein. 

Ryan Burton re-injured the quadriceps that sidelined him for an extended period, but Hinkley was confident it wasn't as bad this time. 

The Kangaroos have now suffered 12 losses in their past 13 matches, but coach Rhyce Shaw was far more pleased with his team's effort compared to Sunday night's defeat to Gold Coast. 

They won the second and fourth quarters, but Port Adelaide put them to the sword in separate goal bursts in the opening and third terms. 

Luke Davies-Uniacke (23 disposals, including 16 contested) was outstanding, while Ben McKay – who did an admirable job on Charlie Dixon (two goals) – Bailey Scott, debutant Flynn Perez and Nick Larkey also earned mentions. 

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"It was obviously a tough week (after the Suns result), but we put that behind us pretty quickly and we wanted to make sure we were really focused on Port as early as we possibly could," Shaw said.

"We were really clear on where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do tonight and I thought, for the most part, the boys had a real dip. 

"There was a period in the third quarter where they kicked four goals in six minutes or something, which blew us away a little bit, but the fight to come back (was pleasing) and … that last quarter, the response was great." 

Jy Simpkin left the game for good in the third quarter after copping a head knock from a Zak Butters glancing blow, and Shaw said he would be monitored closely.