THE 2021 SANFL Statewide Super League Fixture has landed and Port Adelaide will enjoy nine games at Alberton and a special late-season hit-out at Adelaide Oval.
The Round 17 fixture against the Crows will see the sides face off on the hallowed turf and get a taste of the venue that will host all games in the finals series including the Grand Final on Sunday 19 September.
It is expected to be a double-header with the AFL sides to meet at the same venue on the same weekend.
As revealed last night, Port Adelaide will visit the Parade for the opening game of the season against Norwood on Thursday 1 April with the rest of the opening round to be played the following day on Good Friday.
The club’s nine home games at Alberton include Sunday meetings with reigning Premier Woodville-West Torrens on 2 May, and Sturt on 20 June.
Its first home game comes against Central District on Saturday 10 April and it will finish the home and away season with a home game against South Adelaide.
There will be a nice stretch of four home games in a row against Woodville-West Torrens, Adelaide, North Adelaide and West Adelaide between rounds five and eight.
The SANFL has only completed the fixture up until Round 11 after each side has also had a bye, with the dates and times of the remaining rounds to be revealed later.
Port Adelaide’s bye comes in Round 9, three weeks after a scheduled pause in the SANFL season for the state game involving a SANFL select team hosting a similar team from the WAFL competition. That game will take place at a venue to be confirmed on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of May.
There is also a split round to be played in Round 17 with Port Adelaide to sit out the weekend starting the 31st of July.
Other highlights of the club’s fixture include an ANZAC Round match-up against Glenelg at the Bay on the evening of Saturday 24 April and an Indigenous Round meeting at Elizabeth against Central District.
Port Adelaide missed the entirety of the 2020 SANFL season due to the restrictions imposed on the club by the AFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
By the time of its Round 1 game, it will have been 558 days or just over 18 months since the club last played a SANFL match and it will be eager to atone for the loss on that occasion in the 2019 Grand Final to Glenelg.