Adelaide v Fremantle Saturday 2:10pm AEST Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
The Crows are probably playing the best football in the competition, and Fremantle arguably the worst.
Selection Notes The in-form Adelaide make no changes, while Fremantle lose two of their best in Nat Fyfe and Michael Johnson. Dockers skipper David Mundy makes his return, while Connor Blakely plays his second ever game, and his first this season. Ross Lyon is having a look at his youth during the Freo crisis.
Form Adelaide may be 3-2 and sitting outside the eight, but they are arguably playing the best football in the competition, with their losses coming to the undefeated North by 10 points and the triple premiers Hawthorn by three points, both away from home.
Fremantle are in a special kind of purgatory, having gone from 2015 hero to 2016 zero before they’ve even known what’s hit them, and losing key players by the week too. They’re playing a punch-drunk style of football, because that’s indeed what they are.
PORT Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has reacted — and the big axing of ruckman Matthew Lobbe forces a rethink on Gold Coast recruit Charlie Dixon.
Hinkley tonight cast five changes — three forced — to the Power 22 while emphasising the need for change for tomorrow night’s must-win clash with Richmond at the MCG.
He has recalled one-game ruckman-forward Dougal Howard, switch-hitting defenders Jarman Impey and Nathan Krakouer and midfielders Jared Polec and Brendon AhChee.
Lobbe and inexperienced midfielder Karl Amon were dropped from the line-up that collapsed from quarter-time to lose by eight goals to Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
Hinkley had his hands tied by the need to replace key defender and part-time ruckman Jackson Trengove (suspension) and All-Australian duo Robbie Gray (hamstring) and Chad Wingard (concussion).
RICHMOND named key forward Jack Riewoldt despite concern with his ankle injury.
And Tigers coach Damien Hardwick insists key playmaker Brett Deledio will play his first AFL game this season after needing to clear a calf injury from the pre-season.
After Riewoldt trained today, Hardwick said: “I am very confident he will play.
“Jack is very diligent in his recovery. He has been at the club, icing (the ankle) and all those sort of things that are required from a professional athlete.
“Jack has given himself every chance to play.”
ADELAIDE is unchanged for its home clash with Fremantle tomorrow.