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The final game of the AFL season has arrived, and there could still be finals implications as the Port Adelaide Power go face to face with the Fremantle Dockers at the Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4:40pm (AEST).
After a big 38-point win for the Hawthorn Hawks on the road over the West Coast Eagles, they cling onto eighth spot.
The Western Bulldogs, should they beat the Crows this afternoon in Ballarat, will make this game meaningless. If the Crows beat the Bulldogs though, this game becomes something.
Of course, it’s a fairly faint hope. Port would need to win by at least 95 points to jump the Hawks for eighth place, and have the Crows win by a smaller margin, so it’s going to be a tough old gig to try and make that happen.
However, the Power have been up and down, inconsistent all year wrong, and there is a chance that if everything goes right for them, both in their own game, and in others around the grounds today, then they could jump into the eight.
Basically, you have to wonder whether the good Port, or the bad Port are going to show up. If they have a chance to make the finals, then you’d expect the good Port to show up, and they could put the cleaners through the Dockers.
A nearly 100-point loss to the North Melbourne Kangaroos last week was an absolute killer for the club, but in recent weeks, they have beaten Essendon by 59, Sydney by 47 and Adelaide by 57.
They can win big, and the Dockers don’t exactly have a heap to play for, having sacked coach Ross Lyon during the week and being out of finals contention.
The Dockers have won just two of their last eight, and if they can’t find a way to control the home side through the midfield, this could get ugly.
The Power should win, but then, it probably comes down to what they have to play for, which they will know by the bounce.
They probably aren’t going to win by the 95 points needed though.
Power by 32.
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First bounce: 4:40pm (AEST)
Venue: Adelaide Oval, South Australia
TV: Live, Fox Footy 504, Channel 7 (SA, WA only)
Online: Live, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports, AFL Digital Pass, Plus7 (SA, WA only)
Betting: Power $1.32, Dockers $3.50
Overall record: Played 36, Dockers 19, Power 17
Last meeting: Round 13, 2019 – Dockers 15.10 (100) defeat Power 12.7 (79) at Optus Stadium
Last five: Dockers 3, Power 2
Record at venue: Played 4, Power 4, Dockers 0
Umpires: Matt Stevic, Andrew Stephens, Sam Hay
Port Adelaide Power
B Dan Houston, Tom Jonas, Riley Bonner
HB Hamish Hartlett, Justin Westhoff, Darcy Byrne-Jones
C Xavier Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Karl Amon
HF Robbie Gray, Charlie Dixon, Sam Gray
F Todd Marshall, Paddy Ryder, Connor Rozee
FOL Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Travis Boak
I/C Matthew Broadbent, Ryan Burton, Trent McKenzie, Willem Drew
EMG Cam Sutcliffe, Billy Frampton, Sam Mayes, Sam Powell-Pepper
B Taylin Duman, Joel Hamling, Connor Blakely
HB Darcy Tucker, Griffin Logue, Ethan Hughes
C Bradley Hill, Reece Conca, Ed Langdon
HF Andrew Brayshaw, Michael Walters, Adam Cerra
F Hugh Dixon, Cam McCarthy, Sam Switkowski
FOL Scott Jones, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy
I/C Mitchell Crowden, Ryan Nyhuis, Bailey Banfield, Brandon Matera
EMG Travis Colyer, Brett Bewley, Lachie Schultz, Jason Carter