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Both the Port Adelaide Power and the Western Bulldogs will be keen to finish their pre-season on a high as they head to the coastal South Australian town of Whyalla for their Marsh Community Series match. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:10pm (AEDT).
The Power are just about at full strength for this match, with only vice-captain Ollie Wines and former Demon Jack Watts absent through injury, in a positive sign for Round 1.
Number one ruckman Scott Lycett returns after missing their first pre-season match against Melbourne, while star forward Robbie Gray also comes in for his first official match of 2020, after missing both the Power’s clash with the Demons and withdrawing from the AFL’s State of Origin match.
The Bulldogs are likewise at near full strength, with forward Josh Bruce to play his first game in red, white and blue, after crossing from St Kilda during the 2019 trade period.
Captain Marcus Bontempelli was simply too good in the Dogs’ first Marsh Community Series match against North Melbourne two weeks ago. Finishing with 37 touches and 2 goals, ‘the Bont’ will be keen to keep his outstanding form going heading into Round 1 of the season proper.
First bounce: 4:10pm (AEDT)
Venue: Bennett Oval, Whyalla
TV: Fox Footy
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Odds: Power $1.84, Bulldogs $1.96
Port Adelaide Power line-up
B: 3 Ryan Burton, 1 Tom Jonas (c), 26 Riley Bonner
HB: 8 Hamish Hartlett, 12 Trent McKenzie, 33 Darcy Byrne-Jones
C: 21 Xavier Duursma, 11 Tom Rockliff, 15 Karl Amon
HF: 2 Sam Powell-Pepper, 19 Mitchell Georgiades, 20 Connor Rozee
F: 18 Zak Butters, 22 Charlie Dixon, 9 Robbie Gray
R: 29 Scott Lycett, 5 Dan Houston, 10 Travis Boak
I/C: 4 Todd Marshall, 6 Steven Motlop, 7 Brad Ebert, 17 Tom Clurey, 24 Kane Farrell, 28 Willem Drew, 39 Justin Westhoff, 40 Jarrod Lienert
Western Bulldogs line-up
B: 42 Alex Keath, 12 Zaine Cordy, 34 Bailey Williams
HB: 9 Hayden Crozier, 39 Jason Johannisen, 35 Caleb Daniel
C: 32 Will Hayes, 4 Marcus Bontempelli (c), 7 Lachie Hunter
HF: 27 Patrick Lipinski, 13 Josh Schache, 17 Josh Bruce
F: 3 Mitch Wallis, 31 Bailey Dale, 22 Sam Lloyd
R: 44 Tim English, 5 Josh Dunkley, 11 Jack Macrae
I/C: 1 Matt Suckling, 2 Lewis Young, 6 Bailey Smith, 10 Easton Wood, 16 Toby McLean, 37 Roarke Smith, 41 Jordon Sweet, 43 Ryan Gardner