Port Adelaide will unleash the son of a gun for his debut in another mini final against Fremantle as it looks to keep its slim finals hopes alive.
The Dockers (10-4, 122.6%) copped a serious reality check from Carlton last weekend but have an ideal opportunity to solidify their top-four chances as Michael Walters and the forgotten Nathan Wilson return to the side.
The Power (7-7, 105.1%), who’ve named Jase Burgoyne — the son of premiership player Peter Burgoyne — to make his debut, must keep winning to give themselves the best chance of sneaking into the top eight.
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This match gets underground at 5.10pm AEST from Optus Stadium.
Watch it live on Fox Footy Channel 504 from 5pm AEST.
QUARTER-BY-QUARTER MATCH REPORT
There were no late changes for Fremantle, with Bailey Banfield named the starting sub.
The Power initially made no late changes, but Xavier Duursma was withdrawn less than an hour before the first bounce with a quad issue and replaced by Miles Bergman. Steven Motlop was named starting medical sub.
Port got the ideal start, with Mitch Georgiades recovering from a heavy hit to mark and kick the first goal of the game. Then when Ryan Burton intercepted a Dockers kick and added a second goal, the Optus Stadium crowd was silenced.
The Power then launched a breathtaking coast-to-coast passage of play, moving the ball along the wing to set-up Georgiades, who nailed his second goal.
“Terrific ball movement by Port Adelaide. They are on fire early,” Fox Footy commentator Adam Papalia said.
Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich added: “Massive statement from Port Adelaide.”
The Dockers then won the next center clearance, which set up their first goal of the game through Matt Taberner.
James Aish was then thanking his lucky stars for the ARC, which overturned the on-field umpire’s call of a touched behind and awarded the Dockers their second goal.
And as the Power’s defensive pressure eased off, the Dockers’ ball movement improved, with Rory Lobb the beneficiary and kicking a goal to level the score.
“It’s back to the 1990s. It’s going to end-to-end with hardly anyone touching it,” Pavlich said.
“We talked about the heat Port Adelaide were bringing, well that has dissipated and it’s quick, fast ball movement.”
Port then broke the Dockers’ run of goals thanks to brilliant efforts from Sam Powell-Pepper and Todd Marshall, with the latter snapping a terrific major from the pocket.
But Lobb responded at the other end, taking a strong contested mark to boot his second and level the scores at quarter-time.
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