The Magpies have kept their finals window ajar with a big win over North Adelaide, but will need to win their two remaining games and have other results fall their way to secure a finals berth. Their next challenge is at Gliderol Stadium against Glenelg, with Chad Cornes imploring his side to finish the season strong.
WHERE AND WHEN: Gliderol Stadium, Saturday 13 August. First Bounce: 1:40pm. Academy: 10.55am
TICKETS: Tickets available at gate: Adult $14, Concession $8, Children U18 Free.
TV AND RADIO: SANFL Radio/TV
LAST FIVE TIMES:
2016, Round 10: Glenelg 19.13 (127) def Port Adelaide 17.6 (108) at Alberton Oval.
2015, Round 17: Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) def Glenelg 14.10 (94) at Glenelg Oval.
2015, Round 8: Port Adelaide 13.5 (83) def Glenelg 11.9 (75) at Alberton Oval.
2014, Round 18: Glenelg 13.14 (92) def Port Adelaide 8.12 (60) at Glenelg Oval.
2014, Round 2: Port Adelaide 29.15 (189) def Glenelg 5.7 (37) at Alberton Oval.
THE SIX POINTS
1. The Magpies were dominant against North Adelaide last weekend, heading into the long break with a 60-15 lead and maintaining the pressure in the second half. The defence was at its best with the Roosters only managing to kick multiple goals in the third quarter.
2. Once again Kane Mitchell brought his own footy to the game, amassing 44 disposals and 12 clearances. Skipper Steven Summerton was amongst it again with 30 touches while Luke Reynolds added three goals to his season tally of 38.
3. Chad Cornes praised Matthew Lobbe’s return to form against North Adelaide, who shouldered the entirety of the ruck work. He may have some help this week if Billy Frampton can overcome a groin complaint.
4. Glenelg comes into this game on the back of a 40-point loss to Central District, and didn't come out of it unscathed with injuries to Jack Kenny and Lachie Hosie to be assessed this week. Former Magpie Ben Sawford will also face a fitness test, returning from a hamstring injury.
5. Glenelg’s Joshua Scott has been an ominous target for the Bays and one for the Magpies defence to keep an eye on, the forward kicking 13 goals in the last four games.
6. Once again the Magpies need to win to maintain any hope of a finals berth. Port Adelaide sits sixth on the ladder, two games behind fifth placed Central District who play Woodville West Torrens this weekend.
There are two more games left to play to show they are capable of stringing together consistent performances and finish the season on a high.