WHERE AND WHEN: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, March 24, 4.05pm ACST
LAST FIVE TIMES
R2, 2017, Port Adelaide 22.13 (145) d Fremantle 8.8 (56) at Adelaide Oval
R13, 2016, Fremantle 12.14 (86) d Port Adelaide 9.15 (69) at Subiaco Oval
R23, 2015, Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) d Fremantle 8.5 (53) at Adelaide Oval
R1, 2015, Fremantle 11.9 (75) d Port Adelaide 10.8 (68) at Subiaco Oval
1SF, 2014, Port Adelaide 15.15 (105) d Fremantle 11.17 (83) at Subiaco Oval
This is the first chance to see if the Power’s off-season recruiting spree will pay dividends. Former Melbourne utility Jack Watts is coming off a six-goal haul against Adelaide in the JLT Community Series, ex-Geelong speedster Steven Motlop added pace to the midfield while Tom Rockliff will boost the Power’s on-ball brigade. After returning to the finals last year, the expectations on the Power are to be a genuine premiership contender, providing their recruits can take them to the next level. Being without the suspended Robbie Gray is a major blow to their attack. For the Dockers, they couldn’t have asked for a much tougher start to their season. Captain Nat Fyfe looks primed for a big year and many have tipped him to recapture his Brownlow Medal form of 2015. After finishing 16th and 14th in the past two seasons, it’s essential for the Dockers to start the season strongly if they’re to return to September action.
Schwarz Suggests: Port by 23 pts
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