AFL GRAND FINAL; GEELONG V PORT ADELAIDE; MATCH
PREVIEW PLUS TV / RADIO
By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE STEVEN KING HAS REPLACED MARK BLAKE in Geelong's side to face Port Adelaide in Saturday's AFL Grand Final at the MCG. Blake's mother revealed the change yesterday afternoon. For Port Adelaide, Brad Symes replaces injured Michael Wilson.
Blake has played twenty-two games this season, including both finals. Meanwhile former skipper King has played just five games, and around ten in the VFL including Sunday's Premiership. Popular opinion around Skilled Stadium this afternoon was that the decision was harsh, but the right one.
Emergencies for the Cats are Blake, Travis Varcoe and Brent Prismall.
2007 Rnd 21 - Port Adelaide 16.10 (106) d Geelong 15.11
(101) @ Skilled Stadium
Emergency Goal Umpire: Ante Perkovic
50 games - Damon White, Port Adelaide
Minimum 11, Top of 16
Morning showers then fine for the Grand Final
Geelong! A belting is due this year, after close ones the past two years. Cats by 43 points - seven goal to one third quarter to switch off the Power.
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AFL GRAND FINAL 2007
GEELONG V PORT ADELAIDE
14:30, SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2007
AFL TV COVERAGE (ALL LOCAL TIMES):
Melbourne CHANNEL TEN LIVE
REPLAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 AT 18:00 IN EACH STATE
Replays on Fox Sports; available on Foxtel, Optus and Austar
AFL RADIO COVERAGE:
Melbourne K-ROCK, 3AW, MMM, SEN,
ALL MEMBER TICKETS NOW ALLOCATED
The Geelong Football Club website (link below) lists successful receipt numbers. According to the Club, all members who have secured a Grand Final ticket via the ballot will be able to collect their tickets from any Ticketmaster outlets from 12.00 pm Monday 24 September using their receipt number and the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
MATCH DAY RUNNING SHEET
IN: Steven King
B: Harley Scarlett Hunt
IN: Brad Symes
B: Pettigrew Thurstans Surjan
PRELIMINARY FINAL WIN OVER COLLINGWOOD
REFER INJURY LIST FOR UPDATES (Updated on Tuesday nights)
As advised by the club, 18/9/2007
(The Cattery's comments in brackets)
Kane Tenace Hamstring Test (Was 'Test'
POWER INJURY LIST
PORT ADELAIDE SNATCH BACK WIN FROM GEELONG
PORT ADELAIDE won a thrilling encounter over Geelong between the AFL's top two sides in front of 24,331 fans at Skilled Stadium today, literally winning the game in the last second. Minutes earlier, the Cats overcame a twenty-five point deficit to amazingly edge ahead by just one behind, after a classy goal from Gary Ablett. But after Geelong moved their entire team into Port's half of the ground at the ball-up followed, Port eventually rebounded through Dominic Cassisi. That they were behind all day was no real consolation for the Geelong fans, who minutes earlier had rejoiced as Ablett, who limped from the field with an apparent knee injury in the first quarter, appeared to have won what looked like an unwinnable game.
PORT ADELAIDE 5.2 9.3 13.8 16.10 (106)
PORT ADELAIDE: S Burgoyne 3 B Ebert 3 D Motlop
3 W Tredrea 2 S Salopek 2 J Westhoff 2 D Cassisi
PORT ADELAIDE: S Burgoyne K Cornes B Lade C Cornes
S Salopek T Thurstans