Port Adelaide are taking plenty of positives out of the sides Round One defeat of Sydney on Saturday.

After a 2016 season that saw the club without star recruit Paddy Ryder for the entire season after the Essendon doping scandal, Ryder played his first match in over a year as the club jumped last years beaten Grand finalists to win at the SCG for the first time in 11 years.

Coach Ken Hinkley (pictured) says having a genuine star like Noongar Yamatji 29 year old Ryder  coming back into the team has given the club a real boost for 2017.