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West Coast Eagles
West Coast Eagles
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The reigning premiers West Coast Eagles look to extend their winning streak on a Good Friday night Football match at Optus Stadium, as they take on a Port Adelaide Power side who have suddenly lost two in a row. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 8:10pm AEST.
Both teams will be looking to make a lasting impression on the national stage, in this blockbuster time spot.
Since their thrilling finals series game of 2017, a rivalry of sorts has developed between these two teams.
In that memorable game at Adelaide Oval, both teams were equal on score at the end of the fourth quarter, causing extra time to be invoked.
Port Adelaide appeared to be home and hosed, before the Eagles fought back late, with Luke Shuey marking and kicking a winning goal after the siren in the second period of extra time.
Following that loss, the Eagles won comfortably at home in Round 7 of last year, but in the return Round 21 fixture at Adelaide Oval the Power sought revenge.
With just one-minute left Port Adelaide had an eight-point lead, but the Eagles scored two in the final minute, including another after the final siren goal (by McGovern), yet again breaking the hearts of the Port faithful and steal a four-point win.
History and form suggest that the Eagles will have little trouble on their home deck and only a fool would bet against the reigning premiers, but Port Adelaide have a growing list of grievances they will take with them to Perth.
The Eagles have been, if not imperious, then certainly impressive, while Port have collapsed at the finish line two weeks in a row but have otherwise battled well.
Should the game be tight at the death, watch for who stands strong and who crumbles.
Lewis Jetta is a potentially lethal inclusion for the Eagles, as the pace merchant replaces the talented youngster Josh Rotham who will rightfully feel hard done by.
Meanwhile, Steven Motlop has been the lightning rod for last weeks loss, though more deservedly so, while young and mercurial Todd Marshall is back into the Port side after kicking 4.2 in the SANFL.
Two out of the last three games between these teams have been decided by less then a goal, but instructively both those close games were at Adelaide Oval.
In addition, there is the small matter of the Eagles becoming a premiership team since the two teams last met.
Therefore if the Eagles team of last September show up, I expect a decent win by them, with Port battling hard but lacking the polish and poise to ultimately claim the victory.
Eagles by 30 points.
Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match between the West Coast Eagles and the Port Adelaide Power in Round 5 of the 2019 AFL season at Optus Oval on Good Friday night, starting from 8:10pm AEST.
Where: Optus Oval
When: 8:10pm AEST
TV: Seven, Fox Footy
B Shannon Hurn, Tom Barrass, Brad Sheppard
HB Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Tom Cole
C Chris Masten, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed
HF Jack Redden, Jack Darling, Mark Hutchings
F Liam Ryan, Josh J. Kennedy, Jamie Cripps
FOL Nathan Vardy, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey
I/C Oscar Allen, Liam Duggan, Tom Hickey, Jack Petruccelle
Emergencies Will Schofield, Josh Rotham, Brendon Ah Chee, Josh Smith
B Riley Bonner, Tom Clurey, Dan Houston
HB Ryan Burton, Tom Jonas, Darcy Byrne-Jones
C Xavier Duursma, Tom Rockliff, Justin Westhoff
HF Travis Boak, Brad Ebert, Zak Butters
F Robbie Gray, Paddy Ryder, Connor Rozee
FOL Scott Lycett, Ollie Wines, Willem Drew
I/C Dougal Howard, Todd Marshall, Sam Powell-Pepper, Sam Gray
Emergencies Sam Mayes, Aidyn Johnson, Jarrod Lienert, Peter Ladhams