Geelong meet Port Adelaide for one of the AFL’s rare Thursday night matches. And it should be a ripper of a game. Geelong are undefeated since they revamped their stadium – sure, that’s only one game but, psychologically, that still means something. One other psychological advantage is that Port Adelaide has not defeated Geelong at Kardinia Park since 2007 – they won the battle that day, but lost the war several weeks later – belted by 119 points in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. It’s a scar that still lingers for Port Adelaide and, a decade later, they are still recovering from this humiliation.
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There is nothing better than watching Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield roaming the field, kicking goals with either foot, and from all sorts of bizarre angles, or targeting his teammates with pin-point accuracy. He’s a star of the game, and Port Adelaide will need to negate the ‘Dangerwood’ factor – Dangerfield and his offsider, Joel Selwood – in the same way that Collingwood, Gold Coast and Essendon managed to do before Geelong righted the ship against the Western Bulldogs last weekend. Stop Dangerfield and Selwood, and you stop Geelong. That’s the key.
Port Adelaide have defeated the riff-raff of the competition quite easily this year – and that’s why they’ve got such a large percentage – 150.7% – but they haven’t defeated any of the top teams yet, losing to Greater Western Sydney, Adelaide and West Coast. They’ve been tested in these games, but they haven’t passed, so we can’t accurately assess how Port are really travelling this year – thrash the teams that should be thrashed, but struggle to defeat the teams that matter.
Tonight is another test for Port Adelaide, but we think they’ll struggle again. Geelong to win.
- Eddy Jay – Geelong, 16 points.
- Lintang Enam – Geelong, 12 points