Australian Football League Live Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide Power Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 01 match will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Stadium in Western Australia, Sunday 05 April 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
One of the matches of the round sees the re-match of last year’s pulsating semi-final when Port Adelaide came from 24-points behind at half-time to run away 22-point winners. Both sides are poised to make big finals runs this season.
Cam O’Shea and Andrew Moore are the only two Port Adelaide players missing from their preliminary final side. Whilst Fremantle have named Hayden Ballantyne who was under an injury cloud whilst youngster Connor Blakely could debut but are missing key position players Matt Taberner and Zac Dawson.
The Dockers beat Melbourne and West Coast in their NAB Challenge games in between losing to Sydney. Port beat West Coast before losing to Richmond and Adelaide in their pre-season contests.
Robbie Gray v Clancee Pearce – With Ryan Crowley out, expect Pearce to take on the role as the number one tagger and he should go straight to Gray. The Port dynamo played a starring role in their preliminary final comeback kicking four goals amongst his 21 disposals. If Gray can be stopped, it will go a long way towards a Fremantle victory.
Port Adelaide and Fremantle have met 29 times with the Dockers leading 15-14.
Fremantle have won seven out of their last nine games against Port.
Port Adelaide and Fremantle played three entertaining games in 2014 with the Power winning twice.
Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 31-7 (23-15 against the line) at Patersons Stadium – 11-2 (8-5 against the line) in 2014.
Only seven Fremantle games finished over 180 total match points last season.
Port Adelaide is 3-5 (4-4 against the line) in Perth since the start of 2010.
Under Ken Hinkley, Port is 11-13 (13-11 against the line) away from Adelaide.
Port Adelaide are 4-1 (3-2 against the line) in their last five in Round 1 matches.
The Dockers have are 5-0 both head to head and against the line since 2010 in their opening games.
The Power look a great bet in this one. They have the wood of Fremantle having beating them twice last year and are fielding their best 22. Unlike the Dockers, Port bolstered their list with the recruitment of Paddy Ryder which should benefit their forward line and help Matthew Lobbe in the ruck. Port’s hard running and high risk game plan has stood up in big games before and that should be the case again this weekend.
B: Cameron Sutcliffe, Luke McPharlin, Lee Spurr
HB Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Clancee Pearce
C Stephen Hill, Nat Fyfe, Danyle Pearce,
HF Michael Walters, Chris Mayne, Nick Suban,
F Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Zac Clarke
Fol Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Lachie Neale
I/C Michael Barlow, Paul Duffield, Matt de Boer, Tommy Sheridan
EMG Connor Blakely, Tendai Mzungu, Hayden Crozier
Port Adelaide Power:
B: Jack Hombsch, Alipate Carlile, Jackson Trengove
HB Jasper Pittard, Tom Jonas, Matthew Broadbent
C Jared Polec, Brad Ebert, Matt White
HF Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Chad Wingard
F Matthew Lobbe, Jay Schulz, Jake Neade
Fol Patrick Ryder, Travis Boak, Ollie Wines
I/C Kane Cornes, Angus Monfries, Hamish Hartlett, Jarman Impey
EMG Kane Mitchell, Aaron Young, John Butcher