Inaccurate goal kicking is one of the most spoken about deaths in football, and Charlie Dixon experienced that first hand in Port Adelaide’s devastating elimination final loss to West Coast in 2017.
Since crossing over from the Gold Coast, the spearhead forward has given the Power some power and strength in their forward line, and kicking goals has been a real highlight. However, for someone who was kicking 2.1 goals a game in 2017, and to be top-10 by season’s end with 49, he was a massive influence on most Power games.
Yet, he still has ‘nightmares’ when he looks back on that loss to the Eagles, where his conversion rate was extremely poor, kicking 3.6 from nine scoring shots.
“I still have nightmares about that game,” Dixon told afl.com.au.
“I kicked three goals, six. I kick one or two more goals, we win the game, it’s as simple as that.
While being blunt, he was correct, yet has turned that agony and frustration of a season ago to motivation for the season ahead.
Dixon missed the intra-club match with a minor back complaint, however assures everyone he is on track for the beginning of round one.
“I’ve done a full pre-season… I’m tracking fairly well and will play both JLT games.”
Dixon’s season last year was his best to date, with the forward finishing runner up to All-Australian, Paddy Ryder, in Port Adelaide’s best-and-fairest.