Is everybody familiar with the old chestnut: A year is a long time in football?
Flash back to late 2014 when the draw is announced and footy fans cried “foul” that Port will play the Hawks at Etihad in Round 21. “It’s the Grand Final preview,” they all cried, “it should be at the MCG!”
Twelve months later the silence is deafening. Port won’t even feature in the top 8 and are making a valiant attempt to finish the year strongly while Hawthorn are storming home with 10 wins from their last 11 games. The media and wider football community has little interest in this game and it will be immediately forgotten unless Port manages to upset Hawthorn.
So can Port bounce out of the blocks as they did when last the teams met in Round 4 and serve up some Port Power football circa 2014 or will the 2015 version show up and allow the Hawks a comfortable victory?
Thommo’s tip: Hawthorn by 30 points.
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