Domenic Cassisi returns for Port after recovering from a knee injury. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au, Photo: Michael Klein
Adelaide v Port Adelaide
Sunday June 29 – 3:40 PM (AEST)
Adelaide City will be flooded with footy fans on Sunday afternoon with the Crows and Power clashing at the Adelaide Oval.
The Crows will be out to gain some payback against their city rivals on Sunday after the Power thrashed them back in round two by 54 points. Adelaide will feel they could have done better in that match, and the same can be said in last week’s nine-point loss to the Bombers. Saturday night’s defeat was uncharacteristic from the Crows, who were losing by as much as 37 points at one stage. Sanderson has made a number of changes to the squad, with some key players marking their return from injury. Tom Lynch shone in his first SANFL game back from a broken jaw last week and slots straight into his favoured half forward role. Daniel Talia will have to be at his defensive best this weekend, as it will be his job to contain the in-form Jay Schulz.
Port head into this match having won nine of their past ten matches in the competition, the latest a 72-point thumping of the Bulldogs. The Power put in one of their best defensive displays in that match, proving they can shut out teams while also notching up a big score. Hamish Hartlett missed that match after he rolled his ankle, but he his fit and will line-up against the Crows. Jarman Impey and Dom Cassisi were also absent with injuries last week, but they’ve also proved their ripe and ready to go. You have to feel for the youngsters like Ben Newton and Jake Neade who are having stellar seasons in the SANFL this year, but with all the Power players performing so strong and consistent, they just can’t get a break.
Port have been the dominant force in the AFL this year and you have to go back to round seven to see another side on top of the table. Their recent head to head record between their cross-town rivals is also one to be desired, with Ken Hinkley’s side winning the past three encounters. This Sunday they are poised to stretch that figure to four, but Adelaide aren’t a side you can put away easily. Port will have to be up for the challenge, and if they are then they should ease to victory.