AFL 2014 Live Fremantle Dockers vs Port Adelaide Power match will be kick off at Patersons Stadium, Perth,Saturday 30 August 2014 online, Time 15:10 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Arguably the match of the round as the battle to finish fourth comes down to this. The team that wins will get a double chance whilst the loser will host an elimination final next weekend.
The Dockers will not be hopeful that captain Matthew Pavlich can return from a quad injury. Michael Barlow will likely miss another week with a broken thumb. Fringe players Clancee Pearce, Anthony Morabito and Max Duffy continue to put their hand up in the reserves. Don’t expect too many changes to Port Adelaide’s side after they dismantled the Blues last Friday.
The Dockers are currently fourth on the ladder having won 11 of their past 13 games and three of their past five. They have had a strong test in the past month, just losing to Geelong (in Geelong) before beating the Hawks at home and spanking the Lions in Brisbane. The Dockers are 4-5 (5-4) against the line vs top-eight sides this year. Whilst the Power are 3-5 (4-4 against the line) vs top-eight teams this year. Port Adelaide has failed to covered the line just once in their past eight games and sit in fifth spot having regained their touch with a gritty win in the wet over Gold Coast before spanking Carlton.
These two met in a pulsating contest in round eight this year whilst Port Adelaide prevailing by three goals. Robbie Gray had 30 touches that afternoon whilst enigmatic small forward Chad Wingard had 17 possessions and kicked five goals. For the Dockers, Nat Fyfe did his utmost with 34 disposals and two goals while Zac Clarke and Nic Suban also kicked multiple goals. The game was in the balance at three quarter-time before Port kicked five goals to two in the last term to run away with victory.
Port Adelaide and Fremantle have met 27 times with with the Dockers leading 14-13. Fremantle had won six in a row against Port before their round 8 loss. Port Adelaide has beaten Fremantle only once since round 11, 2009. Under Ross Lyon, the Dockers are 30-6 (22-12 against the line) at Patersons Stadium. Only six Fremantle games have gone over 180 total match points this season. Port Adelaide is 2-4 (3-3 against the line) in Perth since the start of 2010. Under Ken Hinkley, Port is 10-11 both head-to-head and against the line away from Adelaide.
B Lee Spurr, Zac Dawson, Paul Duffield
HB Danyle Pearce, Alex Silvagni, Michael Johnson
C Cameron Sutcliffe, Ryan Crowley, Stephen Hill
HF Matt Taberner, Chris Mayne, Hayden Ballantyne.
F Michael Walters, Matthew Pavlich, Zac Clarke
Fol Aaron Sandilands, David Mundy, Michael Barlow.
I/C Nick Suban, Lachie Neale, Tendai Mzungu, Hayden Crozier.
Emg Jack Hannath, Matt de Boer, Garrick Ibbotson
In Matthew Pavlich, Michael Barlow.
Out Matt de Boer (omitted), Garrick Ibbotson (omitted).
B 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
F Jake Neade, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
Fol Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Brad Ebert
I/C Jared Polec, Andrew Moore, Matt White, Jarman Impey
Emg Cam O’Shea, Kane Mitchell, Benjamin Newton
In Jarman Impey
Out Cam O’Shea (omitted)