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Four of 2018’s first-round draft picks will get the chance to make their first appearance as AFL players today when the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power go head to head in the JLT Series. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 4:10pm AEDT.
Port Adelaide are set to unveil all three of the first-round selections they took in the 2018 draft: Connor Rozee at pick 5, Zak Butters at pick 12, and Xavier Duursma at pick 18.
Rozee and Duursma in particular have reportedly been extra impressive in the preseason so far, and have the chance to cement Round 1 AFL debuts today.
Butters is a bit of a lighter type and might need a little more development before he plays at AFL level – though he could potentially get gametime as a small forward.
Adelaide took two first round picks last year but only one of them will get to have a crack today, Tasmanian Chayce Jones who they took with pick No.9.
The Crows recruited a number of smaller players who could fill small forward roles for them this offseason, but Jones is going to get the first chance ahead of Ned McHenry, Tyson Stengle and Shane McAdam.
In terms of trade recruits, Port Adelaide will also use this match to give former Brisbane Lions player Sam Mayes a chance to prove himself also.
Perhaps the biggest new face in the mix though will be Ryan Burton, who joined the Power via the trade that sent Chad Wingard to Hawthorn.
Adelaide are missing two of their most central players in Bryce Gibbs and Daniel Talia, and have also left Hugh Greenwood out of the side.
Port are leaving Charlie Dixon, Ollie Wines, Hamish Hartlett and Matthew Broadbent on the pine. That’ll give new co-captain Tom Jonas the chance to skipper the side solo.
Join The Roar for live scores from the match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power in week one of the JLT Community Series at Memorial Oval in South Australia on Saturday afternoon, starting from 4:10pm AEDT.
Where: Memorial Oval
When: 4:10pm AEDT
TV: Fox Footy
B: Alex Keath 42, Andy Otten 22, Jake Kelly 8
HB: Paul Seedsman 11, Rory Laird 29, Wayne Milera 30,
C: Brodie Smith 33, Matt Crouch 5, Riley Knight 3
HF: Eddie Betts 18, Tom T Lynch 27, Richard Douglas 26
F: Darcy Fogarty 32, Josh Jenkins 4, Taylor Walker 13
Foll: Sam Jacobs 24, Rory Sloane 9, Cam Ellis-Yolmen 28
I/C: Kyle Hartigan 15, Tom Doedee 39, Rory Atkins 21, Reilly O’Brien 43, Myles Poholke 10, Brad Crouch 2, Lachlan Murphy 44, Chayce Jones 20
Port Adelaide Power
B: Dougal Howard 32, Tom Clurey 17, Dan Houston 43
HB: Ryan Burton 3, Tom Jonas 42, Darcy Byrne-Jones 33
C: Steven Motlop 6, Tom Rockliff 11, Justin Westhoff 39
HF: Travis Boak 10, Jack Watts 23, Brad Ebert 7
F: Robbie Gray 9, Paddy Ryder 4, Sam Gray 46
Foll: Scott Lycett 29, Sam Powell-Pepper 2, Willem Drew 28
I/C: Zac Butters 18, Xavier Duursma 21, Jarrod Lienert 40, Riley Bonner 26, Sam Mayes 34, Todd Marshall 13, Connor Rozee 20, K.Amon 15