Venue: GABBA at 4:35pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R19, 2016, Port Adelaide 25.23 (173) d Brisbane Lions 11.13 (79) at the Gabba
R7, 2016, Port Adelaide 21.10 (136) d Brisbane Lions 7.17 (59) at Adelaide Oval
R7, 2015, Brisbane Lions 15.12 (102) d Port Adelaide 8.17 (65) at the Gabba
R4, 2014, Port Adelaide 24.15 (159) d Brisbane Lions 7.4 (46) at Adelaide Oval
R18, 2013, Port Adelaide 9.17 (71) d Brisbane Lions 9.8 (62) at AAMI Stadium
Game notes: Port Adelaide has quietly put together an impressive start to the season, but leaving the Gabba with the four premiership points will be no easy task. Although the Brisbane Lions have a 1-4 win-loss record, they’ve shown a heap of improvement on 2016, most recently pushing the premier Western Bulldogs to the brink before fading in the final 10 minutes. A fit Dayne Beams and rejuvenated Tom Rockliff are leading a hungry midfield, while Harris Andrews and NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Eric Hipwood have made big strides in the key position posts. But the Power will rightfully start favourites and have also made a big leap from last season. Their midfield is deep and the run from defensive 50 is hard to counter. Ken Hinkley’s men are 3-2, and even without injured skipper Travis Boak, should solidify their spot in the eight with a tight win over the Lions.
Thommo’s Tip: Port by 60 points.
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