Venue: Simonds Stadium, Geelong at 7:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R5, 2016, Geelong 16.11 (107) d Port Adelaide 8.11 (59) at Adelaide Oval
R11, 2015, Geelong 14.8 (92) d Port Adelaide 11.3 (69) at Adelaide Oval
R6, 2014, Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) d Geelong 9.13 (67) at Adelaide Oval
2SF, 2013, Geelong 13.18 (96) d Port Adelaide 12.8 (80) at the MCG
R20, 2013, Geelong 20.9 (129) d Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) at Simonds Stadium
Game notes: Geelong responded emphatically to its dismal 14-tackle first half against Essendon by amassing a club record 134 tackles against the Western Bulldogs last round, withstanding a gritty second-half comeback in the process. It was a swift turnaround considering Geelong laid a total of just 40 tackles against the Bombers the week prior, with the upset loss representing the first time since 2006 they’d dropped three successive games. The third-placed Cats face a six-day break ahead of the second of three straight matches under lights at the redeveloped Simonds Stadium, and must replicate the explosive intensity they showed against the Bulldogs. Port Adelaide, meanwhile, will be feeling refreshed from its early mid-season bye coming off a historic win in China. However, there’s some uncertainty how the sixth-placed Power will perform straight after the break – at a venue where they have won only twice in 13 encounters, the most recent in 2007.
Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 18 points
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