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Port Adelaide have what might be the best chance anyone does in the second half of the year to knock off the Geelong Cats when the two sides meet at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog, starting from 7:40pm AEST.
The Cats have looked nearly impervious all year long. Their only loss has been to GWS by less than a goal, and the only other team that’s gotten seriously close to beating them was Collingwood in Round 1.
However one thing that’s been noticeable about them over the past few years is that they really seem to struggle when coming off a bye – so having not had a match in Round 13, this might be the best chance anyone’s got of taking them down.
And while Port Adelaide aren’t necesarilly one of 2019’s absolute top tier sides, they’ve shown they are good enough to beat anyone on their day. With the home ground advantage on his side, Ken Hinkley’s got to be asking himself – “Do I feel lucky?”
After a disappointing result last week against a Fremantle side that’s around the same level, Hinkley has swung the axe hard, dropping three of his most established players: Paddy Ryder, Justin Westhoff and Sam Powell-Pepper, as well as Jarrod Lienert.
The inclusions: Charlie Dixon (for his first game of the year), Ollie Wines and Brad Ebert are all big names, while Joel Garner will get a second crack at AFL footy.
Geelong have only one change, brining in Darcy Fort to replace an injured Esava Ratugolea.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog, starting from 7:40pm AEST.
Where: Adelaide Oval
When: 7:40pm AEST
TV: Seven, live, Fox Footy, live
Betting: Port Adelaide Power $2.55, Geelong Cats $1.50
Port Adelaide Power
B Ryan Burton, Tom Clurey, Dan Houston
HB Hamish Hartlett, Tom Jonas, Darcy Byrne-Jones
C Xavier Duursma, Robbie Gray, Karl Amon
HF Brad Ebert, Dougal Howard, Kane Farrell
F Sam Gray, Charlie Dixon, Connor Rozee
FOL Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Travis Boak
I/C Riley Bonner, Joel Garner, Steven Motlop, Zak Butters
B Jack Henry, Jake Kolodjashnij, Mark O’Connor
HB Mark Blicavs, Harry Taylor, Tom Stewart
C Patrick Dangerfield, Tim Kelly, Mitch Duncan
HF Luke Dahlhaus, Darcy Fort, Tom Hawkins
F Gary Ablett, Gary Rohan, Gryan Miers
FOL Rhys Stanley, Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood
I/C Zach Tuohy, Tom Atkins, Jordan Clark, Brandan Parfitt