Last week, we mentioned the rare event of a AFL Thursday night match. Just seven days later, here we go again, another match on Thursday night. Isn’t this AFL culture a rare thing? It’s Port Adelaide against Hawthorn, in what should be another rip-roaring match. Who will win? We’ll get onto that soon but, in the meantime, listen in The AFL Protected Zone podcast: Ramadan And The Golden Crescent Of AFL.
AFL culture: Preview Game 1 – Port Adelaide v Hawthorn
Both teams played impressively in Round 10, although Port Adelaide lost their game against Geelong by two points. Hawthorn defeated Sydney by six points, in what was their best performance of the season so far. Both teams have named unchanged teams, which means that both coaches, Ken Hinkley and Alistair Clarkson, have great confidence in their team structures.
Speaking of AFL culture, much has been said about Ty Vickery’s new hairstyle. Short and smart, radically different to his previous scruffy long-hair style, which would have added some resistance moving through the air. At least he no longer looks like he’s waiting to catch a wave down at Bells Beach.
If Hawthorn win this match, they will draw level with Port Adelaide on the AFL Ladder. They’ll also be in an excellent position to march towards a finals berth that looked so unlikely after Round 4, when they were holding up the ladder with a percentage of 56.0. Port Adelaide seem to be playing well, but they’ve had losses to Adelaide, Geelong, West Coast, Greater Western Sydney. A great team should have a better record against these top teams, so it’s still unclear where Port Adelaide are positioned this year.
Although Hawthorn has improved recently, we think Port Adelaide should be favoured, because of the home ground advantage. Port to win, but not by much. #AFLPortHawks
- Eddy Jay – Port Adelaide, 18 points.
- Lintang Enam – Port Adelaide, 28 points