21st Jun 2012
Preview: Port Adelaide v Woodville-West Torrens
Port Adelaide will host Woodville-West Torrens this Saturday at Alberton Oval in a must-win game for the club.
While the Magpies will look to atone for last week’s narrow loss against Central Districts, a win against the Eagles will keep them within striking distance of the top five.
In the context of the season, senior coach Tony Bamford is under no illusion of the importance of each match and indicates there shouldn’t be a greater emphasis placed on this game when just under half of the season is still to be played.
“They’re [each match] all important,” he said.
“Last week’s was important as well, so we certainly won’t put any more emphasis on this match.”
Earlier this season, the Magpies handed the Eagles their first loss of the year. Port Adelaide played a free flowing style of football and was able to convincingly beat last year’s premiers to the tune of 55 points. The Magpies will need to repeat this effort in order to create a one-match buffer between them and the Eagles who sit at the foot of the SANFL ladder.
Bamford said the confidence gained from the previous encounter between the two clubs will help the Magpies maintain their winning record against the Eagles this weekend.
“[Last time we played] we controlled the midfield and that gave us a lot of inside-50s which obviously gave us a lot of opportunities to score,” he said.
“If we can gain some ascendancy in the midfield again - and we can - I’m confident we’ll win.”
Port Adelaide has made numerous changes to their line up throughout the season and has reshaped their back six with the inclusion of two young stars in Matt Scanlon and Aseri Rakiwasa. Bamford believes the inclusion of Scanlon and Rakiwasa coupled with the experience of Josh Thurgood in the back half will prove an unknown quantity for the Eagles.
“We’ve got three different players in our back six with Scanlon, Rakiwasa and Josh Thurgood,” he said.
“Thurgood played in the forward line the last time we played the Eagles and the other guys played in the reserves, so there is obviously some personnel change.”
Selection will prove to be difficult this week with a break in the NAB AFL Under 18 competition allowing talented young players Tim Broomhead and Luke Reynolds to be available. The Magpies will welcome back both players, but whether they line up in the league team remains to be seen.
Port Adelaide’s side for the Eagles clash will be announced on Thursday.
League action at Alberton Oval commences at 2.10pm following the reserves match at 11.25am.
Tickets cost just $14 for adults, $8 for concession and children under 18 years are free.
Match: SANFL ‘be active’ League Round 13
Opponent: Woodville-West Torrens
Parking: Streets around oval, time limits imposed in some areas.
Date: Saturday June 23rd at 2.10pm (Reserves at 11.25am)
Venue: Alberton Oval, Queen Street, Alberton
F: Gray, Wilson, Clayton
HF: Rose, Thurgood, Harder
C: Biacsi, Summerton, Johncock
HB: Dolling, Beard, Slattery
B: Heath, Raikiwasa, Scanlon
R: Meiklejohn, Young, Kirkwood
Int: Cockshell, Watt, Brain, McKenzie
In: Johncock, Heath
Ah Chee, Barnes, Carr, DePrinse, Grove, Haren, Heffernan, Hoskin, Keeley, Lees, Madden, Nyskohus, Sharrad, J. Solly, C. Solly, Watt, L. Wilson, A. Wilson, Robson, Stanley, Lemmens, Sawford, Reynolds.
Tiller, Halkias, Hawkins, Young, O'Neill, McLachlan, Williams, Davidson, Johnson, Lakin, Merrett, Hamilton, Hassouros, Miller, Baker, Reed, Rayner, Wright, McIntyre, Bach, Douglass, Kelly, Cooper, McCluskey, Barns.
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