Live AFL finals scores, Port Adelaide Power vs Richmond Tigers, First Preliminary Final | Live stats, updates, video, stream, blog
Preliminary finals don’t get much bigger than this, with minor premiers Port Adelaide hosting reigning premiers Richmond in a rematch of the game of the year to decide one spot in the Grand Final.
The Power (finished first, won qualifying final v Geelong) have won six consecutive matches leading into their first home prelim since 2007. Earlier this year they beat Richmond by 20 points at this venue.
The Tigers (finished third, lost qualifying final v Brisbane then won semi final v St Kilda) are in their fourth consecutive preliminary final, and trying to win their third premiership in four seasons.
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The winner tonight will face the winner of Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats in the 2020 AFL Grand Final. The loser will be eliminated.
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Both the Power and the Tigers named unchanged sides at selection, with Damien Hardwick opting not to bring in ruck/forward Mabior Chol.
There were no late changes for either side.
In what could be a crucial factor, rain started to fall in Adelaide after 3PM, with the Bureau of Meteorology radar showing more on the way across the evening.
The Tigers are the best wet weather team in footy, losing just one game in the rain across the 2017-19 seasons and recording on average 7 per cent more inside 50s.
However the Power aren’t exactly slouches in the wet either, being the second-best team in those conditions across that same period, and a very strong contested ball side.
Fox Footy’s Mark Ricciuto reported just 20 minutes before the bounce that rain was picking up in Adelaide.
Meanwhile hundreds of fans were stuck outside the ground when the game started due to issues with the Adelaide Oval ticket provider.
Todd Marshall recorded the opening score of the game after spraying a running shot on goal.
It was a game of territory and intercepts from the get go, with no goals kicked from the first 10 minutes despite 12 inside 50s being recorded.
Finally 12 minutes into the match it took something special from Dustin Martin to record the opening goal.
The Tigers extended their lead after Jack Riewoldt was caught high by Tom Jonas in a marking contest, with the former Coleman medallist converting the set shot.
Port Adelaide finally hit back through Connor Rozee, who just got his boot to ball before the goalline to follow up on Brad Ebert’s work.
Peter Ladhams was reported for punching Noah Balta in the lower abdomen.
The Power kept on surging forward and hit the front after Xavier Duursma found space inside 50 and kicked truly from the set shot. He let Tom Lynch know about it afterwards.
Port led 2.3 (15) to 2.1 (13) at quarter-time. It was the first time Richmond had trailed at quarter-time since their Round 11 loss to the Power at this venue.
Connor Rozee extended the hosts’ lead with a brilliant finish, on the run from a tight angle, to open the second quarter.
A strong contested mark – which both sides were struggling to take when going forward – from Dustin Martin then allowed him to level the scores at 21-21.
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All AFL matches this season are being played with shortened quarters of 16 minutes (plus time on), down from 20 minutes (plus time on).
This game got underway at 7:50pm EST from Adelaide Oval.
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