Dockers In Hunt For Home Final

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The Dockers need an in-form Matthew Pavlich heading in to the finals. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Getty Images
Last Five Matches

Round 18, 2012 – Fremantle 75 d Port Adelaide 48 at AAMI Stadium
Round 7, 2012 – Fremantle 87 d Port Adelaide 47 at Patersons Stadium
Round 9, 2011 – Fremantle 142 d Port Adelaide 90 at AAMI Stadium
Round 14, 2010 – Fremantle 115 d Port Adelaide 58 at Patersons Stadium
Round 19, 2009 – Fremantle 116 d Port Adelaide 74 at Patersons Stadium


Form

     Rd 17       Rd 18       Rd 19       Rd 20       Rd 21   
Fremantle    L  W  W  W  W
Port Adelaide    W  W  W  L  W

Port Adelaide almost made sure of a spot in September when it ran home over the top of the Gold Coast Suns to win by 17 points on Saturday. Power got out to a fast start kicking seven goals in the opening term, but there were some worrying signs for coach Ken Hinkley in the middle terms. Even with the Suns a man down with Seb Tape concussed early, it took some Chad Wingard magic to get Port on top in the final quarter. It was the club’s fourth win in five starts.


The bump that caused Tape to see stars will see Hamish Hartlett miss the next two weeks after pleading guilty to rough conduct. Slippery forward Jake Neade comes in to the side, as do Kane Mitchell and Sam Colquhoun.

Fremantle had the easiest win of any team in round 21 dismissing the Demons in Melbourne by 95 points . The Dockers thrashed GWS by 113 the week before, so they’ve had the rails run coming in to the finals. The victory over the Dees was their sixth in seven starts. A fractured cheekbone sees Aaron Sandilands on the sidelines again, with Jack Hannath coming in for him.



Key Men

(Dockers) Matthew Pavlich – A four-goal haul against Melbourne is nothing to get too excited about, but in a season wrecked by injury, it is a good sign for Matthew Pavlich . The 31-year-old plays a vital role in Freo’s forward setup, and with just seven games under his belt in season 2013, he could do with a couple of confidence-boosting performances heading in to the finals.

(Power) Angus Monfries – Chad Wingard has received most of the plaudits amongst Port forwards this season, and deservedly so, but the recruitment of Angus Monfries was a shrewd move by the Power. The former Bomber kicked 24 goals in his previous nine games, prior to going goalless against the Suns. That tally included a stunning seven-goal performance against Geelong, but even when he wasn’t getting on the scoresheet last week, he was still one of Port’s best picking up 24 touches and nine marks.


Prediction

Fremantle has dominated this match-up of late, winning the last five contests between the teams as Port has languished near the bottom of the table. Four of those wins were by 40-plus, and even last season the low-scoring Dockers managed to eke out a 27-point victory at AAMI Stadium. Power has won four of nine matches away from Adelaide this year, but those victories came up teams well outside the top eight in the form of Melbourne, Gold Coast, GWS and St Kilda. A five-goal loss to Essendon is the worst of their defeats on the road, but heading across to Perth to take on a team that has won its last nine matches at Patersons Stadium is another challenge all together. Fremantle by 22 points .

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