Port Adelaide will be unleashing the son of a gun for his debut in another mini-final against Fremantle as it looks set to keep its small hopes of the final alive.
The Dockers (10-4, 122.6%) passed a serious reality check from Carlton last weekend but have an ideal chance to solidify their top four chances as Michael Walters and the forgotten Nathan Wilson return to the side.
The Power (7-7, 105.1%), who has named Jase Burgoyne – the son of premiership player Peter Burgoyne – to make his debut, must keep winning to give himself the best chance of sneaking into the top eight.
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This match kicks off at 5:10 PM AEST from Optus Stadium.
Watch it live on Fox Footy Channel 504 from 5pm AEST.
QUARTERLY AGREEMENT REPORT
There were no late changes for Fremantle, with Bailey Banfield as the starting sub.
The Power initially made no late changes, but Xavier Duursma was pulled out with a quad issue less than an hour before the first bounce and replaced by Miles Bergman. Steven Motlop was named starting medical sub.
Port got off to the ideal start, with Mitch Georgiades recovering from a heavy hit to mark and kick the first goal of the game. When Ryan Burton intercepted a Dockers kick and added a second goal, the crowd at Optus Stadium was silenced.
The Power then launched a breathtaking passage from coast to coast, moving the ball down the wing to set up Georgiades, who scored his second goal.
“Great ball movement through Port Adelaide. They’re on fire early on,” said Fox Footy commentator Adam Papalia.
Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich added: “Massive statement from Port Adelaide.”
The Dockers then went on to win the next clearance, which, via Matt Taberner, netted their first goal of the game.
James Aish then thanked his lucky stars for the ARC, who quashed the on-field referee’s call from a touched behind and awarded the Dockers their second goal.
And as the Power’s defensive pressure eased, the Dockers’ ball movement improved, with Rory Lobb taking the favor and kicking a goal to tie the score.
“It’s back to the 1990s. It goes from start to finish and hardly anyone touches it,” Pavlich said.
“We were talking about the heat that Port Adelaide brought with it, well that’s gone and it’s a quick, fast ball movement.”
Port then broke the Dockers’ streak of goals thanks to brilliant efforts from Sam Powell-Pepper and Todd Marshall, the latter shooting a great major out of the bag.
But Lobb reacted on the other side, picking up a highly contentious point to start his second and tie the scores in the quarter.
Cue a Docker blitz at the start of the second term.
Will Brodie, Andy Brayshaw, Caleb Serong and Sean Darcy began to dominate around the ball – especially from the center of the ball – to kick off four unanswered goals, including one for Brayshaw and another for Nat Fyfe.
“I’ve loved the way they’ve cleaned up their game, Fremantle,” Brad Johnson, Western Bulldogs game record holder, told Fox Footy.
“The first 10 minutes of the first quarter they were fumbling and letting Port Adelaide put the pressure on and didn’t get the ball first. But since then, they’ve just taken the competitive dominance of this game.”
The Power then responded with the next two goals via Powell-Pepper and Kane Farrell to continue the turbulent nature of the match.
But Hayden Young shot up to take a point from the round contender before Aish continued his great afternoon to score his second goal.
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