A Decade Since Spiteful Grand Final

Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Simon Cross
A decade after their grand final clash, Port is a dominant favourite over Brisbane. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Simon Cross


Adelaide Oval, Saturday April 12, 2:10pm (AEST)

Why watch?

Both sides will be desperate to atone for poor results last weekend. The Power were given a lesson in fast-finishing – something they usually specialise in – by North. And, the Lions suffered a brutal QClash loss to the Suns who exposed them in all areas on the park.

Match notes

- Port Adelaide will be missing their deadly double after both Chad Wingard and Angus Monfries were injured during last week's seven-point loss to North. Wingard has pulled up well from an ankle injury but won't be risked while Monfries has reportedly come off lightly after tearing his hamstring. Amazingly, the club reckon he may be just three to four weeks away after recovering quickly from a similar injury early last year.
- The news wasn't so good for Brisbane who have lost Daniel Rich for the season with an ACL injury.
- The knives have been plunged into Brisbane skipper Jono Brown's back this week, with many commentators believing he is finished after picking up just our touches last week.
- Those same commentators failed to acknowledge an amazing solo effort by Brisbane's Tom Rockliff against the flow last week. Coming back from being stupidly suspended in Round 2, Rockliff atoned with 35 touches and three goals.

Say what?

@brisbanearmy life goes on, you grow up and inevitably move away from home.. Appreciate the tweet #mummiesboysarehomenow – Pearce Hanley's tweet last October may come back to haunt him as one of the five Lions that left the club last year, Jared Polec, takes on his old side. Port have used much of this week to say Polec will be targeted by his former team-mates, but is this a tactical ploy to get into the umpires' heads before the game? #freekickseekers!

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)

Port Adelaide
W 24 Collingwood
L 16 Geelong
W 33 Carlton
W 54 Adelaide
L 7 North Melbourne

W 7 Western Bulldogs
L 1 Geelong
L 48 Hawthorn
L 25 Geelong
L 53 Gold Coast

Fantasy factoid

Tom Rockliff by a mile. As already mentioned, 35 possessions and three goals made him a fantasy superstar last weekend.

Cold hard fact

It's been 10 years since these sides – the two dominant teams of the first half of the noughties – played off in the 2004 Grand Final. Since then, the Lions have lurched from one disaster to another as they've made the finals just once. Port are slightly better, having made the finals on three occasions, including last year when they were unlucky not to make the prelim.

Final Word

Port will be smarting from their loss to North but can they hit back as hard as expected without Wingard and Monfries? The Lions were far from disgraced in losses to finals contenders Hawthorn and Geelong even if they were shoddy against the Suns. This might be a lot tighter than everyone expects, but the Power by 20 points.

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