Australian Football League (AFL) Live Port Adelaide vs Melbourne Demons match will be kick off at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide,Sunday 20 july 2014 online, 13:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Dees could welcome back speedsters Jay Kennedy-Harris and Sam Blease for his first game of the year in an effort to combat Port Adelaide’s noted outside run. Viv Michie and Mitch Clisby are also in contention whilst Max Gawn had a whopping 87 hit-outs in the twos and could be called upon to help Max Gawn. For the Power, Dom Cassisi will play his last ever game having announced his immediate retirement on Thursday. Robbie Gray will need to pass a concussion test in order to play but Alipate Carlile and Angus Monfries are unlikely to be risked.
Port Adelaide have the second best attack and fifth best defence in the league – as judged by points scored and conceded – this year. They are outside of the top-four for the first time since very early in the year having lost their past three games (including two of them at home). They’ve won one of their last five games. Port is 8-2 (6-4 against the line) vs bottom-ten sides in 2014. The Dees rank last in points per game with their inability to score being evident in the past fortnight with a combined score of 70 points. They’re 16th on the ladder at 4-12 having succumbed to consecutive 60+ point thrashings. The Demons are 1-6 (3-4 against the line) vs top-eight sides this year.
It was only six weeks ago that these two sides came together in Alice Springs with Port Adelaide prevailing by just 20-points. It was a scrappy affair with the Demons able to limit Port’s ability to effectively transition out of defence and into attack. The game opened up in the final quarter with Port kicking four goals to one. Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff and Jay Schulz all kicked multiple goals for Port whilst Nathan Jones and Dom Tyson had 30-touches each for Melbourne.
Melbourne and Port have played 27 times with the Power leading 16-11. Port have won five of their last six matches, and nine of the last twelve, against the Demons. Since 2010, Port is 5-2 (5-2 against the line) vs Melbourne. The Dees have won only once outside of Melbourne since round 21, 2012. Melbourne is 4-15 (5-14 against the line) when travelling outside of Victoria since 2011. However that win was against Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval in round 7 this year. Port Adelaide have won eight of their ten games (8-2 against the line) at the Adelaide Oval.
B Cam O’Shea, Jack Hombsch, Dom Cassisi.
HB Matthew Broadbent, Tom Jonas, Jasper Pittard.
C Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes.
HF Paul Stewart, Justin Westhoff, Matt White.
F Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard.
Fol Matthew Lobbe, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert.
I/C Hamish Hartlett, John Butcher, Jarman Impey, Benjamin Newton, Aaron Young, Thomas Logan, Sam Gray (Three to be omitted)
In Dom Cassisi, Paul Stewart, John Butcher, Benjamin Newton.
Out Kane Mitchell (Omitted).
B: Colin Garland, James Frawley, Lynden Dunn
HB Neville Jetta, Tom McDonald, Jeremy Howe
C Jack Grimes, Bernie Vince, Jordie McKenzie
HF Jack Viney, Cameron Pedersen, Jack Watts
F Rohan Bail, Chris Dawes, Aidan Riley
Fol Mark Jamar, Nathan Jones, Dom Tyson
I/C Dean Kent, Sam Blease, Viv Michie, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Luke Tapscott, Max Gawn, Dean Terlich (three to be omitted)
In Sam Blease, Viv Michie, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Max Gawn
Out Matt Jones (omitted)