The first game of Sunday AFL Round 17 matches is between Richmond Tigers and Port Adelaide Power. The game is set to commence at 1:10 PM local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. Away team Port Adelaide Power go into the match as the favourites in the market. View our preview and teams for the game between Richmond Tigers and Port Adelaide Power.
Round: Round 17 , July 13, 2014, 1:10 PM
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Weather: 13° Morning shower or two.
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THE STAKES are high for Port Adelaide after three losses in its past four games. After a barnstorming first half of the season, the Power have been bumped from first on the ladder to third in the past fortnight and need to regroup to keep a foothold in the race for a top-two spot. Finals are out of the question for Richmond, but pride is on the line. The Tigers need to regain some respect in their last seven games and they have shown in quarters and halves their best football is competitive. Attention will turn to list management at Punt Road and fringe players will be desperate to show their worth in the run home.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R7, 2013, Richmond 18.6 (114) d Port Adelaide 10.13 (73) at AAMI Stadium
R23, 2012, Richmond 16.10 (106) drew with Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) at the MCG
R6, 2012, Richmond 13.13 (91) d Port Adelaide 8.6 (54) at AAMI Stadium
R10, 2011, Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) d Richmond 10.14 (74) at TIO Stadium
R22, 2010, Port Adelaide 18.14 (122) d Richmond 16.16 (112) at Etihad Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. In-form Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin won three Brownlow Medal votes when these sides last met, finishing with 33 possessions and 13 marks. The match was effectively over at half-time after the Tigers kicked 11 goals to four.
2. Port Adelaide is ranked No.1 in 2014 for marks inside 50, averaging 14.1 a game. Port goalkicker Jay Schulz is ranked No.3 in the League, taking 54 grabs in attack.
3. Only the Western Bulldogs have laid more tackles than Port Adelaide in 2014, with the Power averaging 71.2 a game. Richmond is ranked equal 12th with 63.3 per game.
4. These teams have met just three times at Etihad Stadium, with Port Adelaide holding a 2-1 advantage and winning the most recent clash at the venue in round 22, 2010.
5. In the first 12 rounds this season Port Adelaide’s average scores for and against were 111 and 74 points. Since round 13 that has changed to 89 and 78 respectively.
6. Matt White’s move from Richmond to Port at the end of last season has helped his form significantly, with the midfielder sitting at a career-high 109th overall in the Official AFL Player Ratings, brought to you by Gatorade. He is ranked No.33 overall in the AFL for average points this season.
RICHMOND -THREE TO BE OMITTED
B Troy Chaplin, Jake Batchelor, Alex Rance
HB Bachar Houli, Chris Newman, Dylan Grimes
C Nathan Foley, Trent Cotchin, Anthony Miles
HF Dustin Martin, Ty Vickery, Brett Deledio
F Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Reece Conca
FOLL Ivan Maric, Brandon Ellis, Daniel Jackson
I/C Matt Thomas, Ricky Petterd, Sam Lloyd, Nick Vlastuin, Shaun Hampson, Steven Morris, Matt Dea
IN Matt Thomas, Sam Lloyd, Nick Vlastuin, Shaun Hampson, Steven Morris
OUT Brett O’Hanlon (Omitted), Matthew Arnot (Omitted)
PORT ADELAIDE -THREE TO BE OMITTED
B Cam O’Shea, Jack Hombsch, Thomas Logan
HB Matthew Broadbent, Tom Jonas, Jasper Pittard
C Jared Polec, Travis Boak, Kane Cornes
HF Sam Gray, Justin Westhoff, Matt White
F Robbie Gray, Jay Schulz, Chad Wingard
FOLL Matthew Lobbe, Ollie Wines, Brad Ebert
I/C Kane Mitchell, Dom Cassisi, Aaron Young,Jarman Impey, Hamish Hartlett, Jake Neade, Benjamin Newton
IN Thomas Logan, Sam Gray, Jake Neade, Benjamin Newton
OUT Angus Monfries (Hamstring)