AFL JLT Series Live Port Adelaide Power vs Adelaide Crows Streaming Free 2018 AFL Pre Seasons match will be kick off at Alberton Oval, Alberton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Saturday 10 March 2018 online, 15:35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
South Australia’s most important game on the footy calendar takes on extra significance for two of the premiership contenders. The 43rd edition of the Showdown promises to be a beauty, with the Crows and the Power coming off amazing results last weekend. The Crows showed tremendous fight to rally from 50 points down early in the third quarter to secure a draw against Collingwood at the MCG, while a bit of Patrick Ryder and Robbie Gray brilliance delivered the Power a thrilling two-point win over St Kilda. The top-of-the-table Crows will be slight favourites to win their fifth straight Showdown, but the fifth-placed Power need a victory to realistically keep their hopes of finishing in the top four alive. This is one of those genuine ‘flip a coin’ games that will more than likely go down to the wire.
ROBBIE Gray is set to provide the revamped Match Review system with its first major test after an incident involving the Port Adelaide star.
Gray collected West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern high with a glancing shoulder bump late in the first quarter of their teams’ JLT Community Series pre-season clash at Leederville Oval in Perth.
McGovern went to the bench after the incident and did not return to the game at the start of the second quarter. Boundary rider Matthew Pavlich later told Fox Footy viewers that McGovern was done for the day.
“It’s a tough situation for a player. You’re running in attempting to win the ball – there’s certainly no malice there from Robbie Gray,” St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy’s coverage.
“That’s what the AFL has been working to stamp out, that head-high contact. And as soon as you make the choice to bump you open yourself up to potentially being rubbed out.”
But Hawthorn champion Jason Dunstall argued Gray was not intending to bump.
“The difficulty there is I don’t regard that particular incident as choosing to bump. To me, he’s attacking and at the last minute, he’s bracing because he’s not going to get to the ball first,” Dunstall said.
Riewoldt agreed, saying Gray had “no alternative”.
“If he puts his arms out, he’s gonna cop it straight in the face. It’s not a bump per se but as soon as you tuck that arm in, it’s a bumping action.”
Port Adelaide faces Fremantle at home to begin the AFL season, followed by games against Sydney and Brisbane.
B: R.Bonner, T.Jonas, D.Houston
HB: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Clurey, H.Hartlett
C: D.Barry, O.Wines, J.Polec
HF: T.Boak, J.Watts, C.Wingard
F: J.Westhoff, C.Dixon, S.Motlop
FOLL: P.Ryder, B.Ebert, R.Gray
I/C: K.Amon, T.McKenzie, D.Howard, J.Atley, T.Marshall, J.Pittard, S.Gray, A.Johnson
EMER: J.Hombsch, J.Trengove, J.Neade, L.Thomas
IN: J.Polec, C.Wingard, T.Marshall, T McKenzie, S Gray, A Johnson
OUT: S.Powell-Pepper (Injured), P.Ladhams (Omitted), J Trengove, J Hombsch, L Thomas, J Neade
B: T.Doedee, D.Talia, R.Laird
HB: L.Brown, A.Keath, B.Gibbs
C: D.Mackay, M.Crouch, R.Atkins
HF: R.Douglas, M.McGovern, H.Greenwood
F: E.Betts, J.Jenkins, D.Fogarty
FOLL: S.Jacobs, R.Sloane, C.Hampton
I/C: J.Kelly, P.Seedsman, K.Hartigan, S.Gibson, T.Lynch, C.Ellis-Yolmen, H.Dear
EMER: L.Murphy, A.Otten, K.Cheney, M.Signorello, P.Hunter
IN: R.Douglas, H.Greenwood, E.Betts, R.Sloane, K.Hartigan, D Talia
OUT: A Otten, R O’Brien, M Poholke, M Signorello, K Cheney, P Hunter