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Facing the former side

PORT ADELAIDE has a number of mouth-watering clashes in 2018 - including those where Port's new recruits will face their former clubs.

Round 3
Port Adelaide v Brisbane
Adelaide Oval

Tom Rockliff will meet the Lions for the first time since he joined the Power as a free agent in the 2017 trade period. The two-time Brisbane club champion played 154 games and kicked 87 goals with the Lions. Last season Port had the better of the two sides in 2017, winning both clashes, while Chad Wingard was dominant in both games.

Round 5
Port Adelaide v Geelong
Adelaide Oval

A match-up against the Cats awaits for the Power and Steven Motlop at Adelaide Oval in Round 5 next season. Motlop kicked 175 from his 135 games at Geelong, and if selected in the Round 5 side, he'll surely be excited to put in a good performance against his former club.

Round 6
North Melbourne v Port Adelaide
Etihad Stadium

Lindsay Thomas will head to Melbourne to face the Kangaroos for the first time since he joined the Power as a rookie. Thomas played 205 games for North Melbourne in a career spanning 11 years at Arden St. The 29-year-old kicked 325 goals at North and was a two-time leading goalkicker.

Round 9
Gold Coast v Port Adelaide
Jiangwan Stadium

The China clash will be a big one for Trent McKenzie, as he faces his former club - the Suns - for the first time. McKenzie played 106 games for the Suns, and kicked 22 goals for the club off the half-back line. The 25-year-old will be hoping the Power can repeat last years 72-point victory, as he dons the Power colours in 2018.

Round 14
Port Adelaide v Melbourne
Adelaide Oval

Jack Watts and Jack Trengove will have some added motivation when they meet their former club Melbourne for the first time on the big stage of Friday night football in Round 14. Watts played 153 games for the Demons, while Trengove captained the club among 86 injury-riddled games. Both players will be keen to impress in the third of three consecutive prime-time games at Adelaide Oval in June.

The Power will begin their 2018 campaign at home against Fremantle on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

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