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SANFL Preview: Port Adelaide v Norwood at Alberton Oval

Adrienne Davies  August 16, 2016 2:55 PM

SUMMARY
The Magpies return to Alberton for their final game of the regular season and face traditional rival Norwood for a chance to keep their finals hopes alive. Port kept up their side of the bargain last weekend and remain in sixth position on the ladder after defeating Glenelg, while Central District lost and sit ahead in fifth.

WHERE AND WHEN: Alberton Oval, Sunday 21 August. First Bounce: 1:40pm.

TICKETS: Tickets available at gate: Adult $14, Concession $8, Children U18 Free.

BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE Game-access Magpies members can bring a friend to the game for free and non-game access Magpies members can get their own free ticket to Sunday's game as part of SANFL Member Appreciation Round. 

TV AND RADIO: Life FM 107.9

LAST FIVE TIMES

2016, Round 1: Norwood 15.10 (100) def Port Adelaide 12.3 (75) at Coopers Stadium
2015, Round 13: Norwood 6.10 (46) def Port Adelaide 6.9 (45) at Coopers Stadium
2015, Round 4: Norwood 7.14 (56) def Port Adelaide 5.5 (35) at Adelaide Oval
2014, Grand Final: Norwood 12.10 (82) def Port Adelaide 11.12 (78) at Adelaide Oval
2014, Semi-Final: Norwood 13.14 (92) def Port Adelaide 12.7 (79) at Adelaide Oval

THE SIX POINTS

1.  The last time these sides met was back in Round 1, where Port Adelaide faded in the middle quarters to lose by 25 points. Jesse Palmer, Paul Stewart, Aaron Young and Darcy Byrne-Jones were named in the best.

2.  The injury list has grown with a few more Port Adelaide players scratched for the rest of the season. The Magpies will lose a couple of players to fill the space left by Matt White and Chad Wingard, but have otherwise come out of their last game in the clear.

3.  Skipper Steve Summerton was back to his best last weekend, taking charge at stoppages and rebounding out of defence to pick up a game high 33 disposals. As he has been all year, Kane Mitchell also had plenty of the ball with 31 disposals, eight inside-50s and a goal. 

4.  Norwood’s last outing was against Adelaide, the Crows far too dominant and winning by 42. Missing a few players with injury, the Redlegs could welcome back reliable players in Jake Pitman and Ed Smart

5.  Central District is currently in fifth position on the ladder, and have a bye this round. For Magpies to make the finals they must win this weekend, and put the pressure back on the Bulldogs to win their last game and seal a finals position.

6.  Chad Cornes is pushing his boys to “get up and play tough, hard, footy at Alberton Oval and give the supporters what they deserve for the last game of the year”. 

FINAL WORD

Once again it’s do or die. Win this game and all eyes turn to Central's Round 22 game, lose and its curtains on 2016.