HALL of Fame premiership winner Michael Malthouse once came up with the novel concept of playing pre-season games without a scoreboard.
The theme - as embraced by Port Adelaide captain Tom Jonas - is to emphasise the "process" that leads to the match result. Enjoy the journey rather than focus on the destination, as some would say.
Port Adelaide and Geelong resume their chase for the 2021 AFL premiership - after a timely mid-season break - with a Thursday Night Football blockbuster at Adelaide Oval loaded with special agendas.
And so much will be made of the result when just as much should be noted about how two talented line-ups deliver in a highly anticipated contest. The question marks are well known -
HOW does Geelong perform after a break? With a 1-8 win-loss record after the bye since 2012 - with the lone win last season - there is an inevitable fascination with Geelong's result on the restart.
"We haven’t spoken about it (the league's worst record after the bye)," says Geelong captain Joel Selwood, "but we understand we’re playing one of the sides that are going to be there at the end of the year.
"And that’s got us excited enough to get over there and really challenge ourselves against what we think is a side that’s going to be right up there when the whips are cracking.
"We need to get our balance right in playing well and just keep our concentration levels up, too, to make sure we get the result we want.”