AFL Semi Final Round 2014 Live Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide match will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Perth,Saturday 13 September 2014 online, Time 19:45 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
This should be a beauty of a game! Fremantle tried hard but were eventually outclassed against Sydney whilst Port absolutely dominated an over-awed Richmond outfit. The winner will face Hawthorn next week to play off in a grand final.
The Dockers will likely be without small forward Hayden Ballantyne with a broken jaw whilst Zac Clarke’s spot in the side is also in doubt after a poor game. Fringe players Matt de Boer and Nick Suban are in the mix as is Luke McPharlin if he can recover from injury. Don’t expect any changes to Port Adelaide, especially if Matt White can overcome a jaw injury. Aaron Young, Kane Mitchell and Ben Newton would be in line to replace the speedster if he couldn’t come up in time.
Despite going down to the Swans, The Dockers have won 12 of their past 15 games and four of their past seven. They have had a strong test in the past month, just losing to Geelong (in Geelong) before beating the Hawks and Port Adelaide at home. The Dockers are 5-6 (6-5) against the line vs top-eight sides this year. Port Adelaide ranks second in points per game this year and fourth in both disposals and tackles. They have won three of their past four, with their only loss to Fremantle two weeks ago. They are 4-6 (6-4 against the line) vs top-eight teams this year.
These two teams only met two weeks ago, in round 23 with Fremantle withstanding a late Power surge to win by eight points. It was a very even first half before the Dockers kicked six goals to two in the third term to get the decisive break. Port finished by kicking five goals to three in the last quarter to just lose. Lachie Neale starred for the Dockers, who were without Nat Fyfe, with 34 touches. Hayden Ballantyne kicked four goals with Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich, Chris Mayne and Matthew Taberner all contributing with multiple goals. For the Power, Robbie Gray had 33 touches and two goals whilst key forward Jay Schulz kicked six majors.
Jay Schulz v Zac Dawson – The Port Adelaide spearhead has a moderate record against Freo kicking only eight goals in his past three games; which includes six majors two weeks ago. Port had 11 different goal kickers last weekend but expect Ross Lyon to shut down their free running ability and endeavour to make this a one-on-one type game which should put more pressure on Schulz.
Ryan Crowley v Travis Boak – The best tagger in the game will have to be on his game to counter the Port skipper this weekend. Crowley held Boak to just 22 disposals in round 23 before Boak ran rampage against the Tigers, helping himself to 33 touches including 16 contest possessions. Boak is Port’s true leader and if Crowley can negate him it will go a long way towards a victory.
Port Adelaide and Fremantle have met 28 times with the Dockers leading 15-13. Fremantle have won seven out of their last eight games against Port. Port Adelaide has beaten Fremantle only once since round 11, 2009 (which was round 8 this year). Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 31-6 (23-14 against the line) at Patersons Stadium – 11-1 (8-4 against the line) this year. Only six Fremantle games have gone over 180 total match points this season. Fremantle is 5-1 (4-2 against the line) following a loss this year. Port Adelaide is 2-5 (3-4 against the line) in Perth since the start of 2010. Under Ken Hinkley, Port is 10-12 (11-11 against the line) away from Adelaide. Fremantle is 4-4 both head-to-head and against the line in finals since 2010. Since 2007, Port is 3-2 in the finals – they have covered the line in all three of their finals games under Ken Hinkley. Only five finals in the last three years have been decided by over 39-points.
FB: L.Spurr Z.Dawson P.Duffield
H: G.Ibbotson A.Silvagni T.Mzungu
C: C.Sutcliffe R.Crowley S.Hill
HF: M.Taberner C.Mayne M.Barlow
F: M.Walters M.Pavlich Z.Clarke
Foll: A.Sandilands D.Mundy N.Fyfe
Int: L.Neale H.Crozier D.Pearce N.Suban
Emer: M.de Boer J.Griffin C.Pearce
OUT: Ballantyne (Jaw)
FB: Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Tom Jonas
HB: Matthew Broadbent, Jack Hombsch, Jasper Pittard
C: Kane Cornes, Ollie Wines, Hamish Hartlett
HF: Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Angus Monfries
FF: Jake Neade, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
Foll: Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
Interchange: Cam O’Shea, Matt White, Jared Polec, Andrew Moore
Emergencies: Jarman Impey, Kane Mitchell, Aaron Young