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Q3: 1 min remaining: Port Adelaide 4-4 (28) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Oh dear. Rozee and Gray show their class to get the ball deep inside-50 for Port but Burton does absolutely zilch with his shot on goal. Nada. Inefficiency continues to dog the Power.

Updated at 6.32am EDT

Q3: 3 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 4-4 (28) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Port work their way forward methodically – that hasn’t happened too often tonight by either team – and Rozee is influential but Boak butchers his set shot from right in front. Misses the lot. Will they come to rue these missed opportunities?

Q3: 4 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 4-4 (28) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Jonas brings down Lynch with a ripping tackle, but Richmond rebound and Castagna almost holds the mark directly in front but it somehow slips through his fingers. Big let-off for Port – that would surely have been a goal.

Q3: 5 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 4-4 (28) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) The crowd again lets its displeasure known as Gray gives away an obstruction free to Houli. Burton is back on the ground, deep forward, so obviously not badly injured.

Q3: 7 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 4-4 (28) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Port go forward again and a speculative snap from Butters looks good off the boot but just fades across the face. One point in it.

Q3: 8 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 4-3 (27) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Goal! Port (finally) get a free kick and Motlop finds Lycett inside-50. The big man goes back and launches from just inside the arc, making no mistake to register a huge goal for Port. Good response to a period of dominance from the Tigers.

Q3: 11 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Ripping tackle by Baker on Houston. Burton off the ground for Port. Lineball decision goes against Port. The crowd is up in arms. Big five minutes coming up for the Power. Richmond have upped the ante.

Q3: 13 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 4-5 (29) Another entry inside-50 for Richmond and although Lynch fluffs this one, they are already looking far more dangerous. Only eight points in it but Port need to lift. This is the biggest premiership quarter of the season. Well, almost.

Q3: 14 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 4-4 (28) Goal! Lynch makes his first meaningful contribution, taking a strong pack mark and kicking truly. Just the start to the second half Richmond wanted. Nice contested mark. That’s why he’s there.

Q3: 15 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-4 (22) We’re back. An early chance for Bolton but his shot around the body misses to the right. And that behind gives the Tigers the lead.

Yup. Geelong and Brisbane will be looking on and, erm, hoping they win tomorrow. Obviously.

Updated at 6.03am EDT

It really is tough going out there. Port lead the inside-50 count 32-22 but their efficiency inside-50 is a woeful 18.8% (season average = 48.1%). And Richmond’s isn’t great at 36.4%. The Power didn’t make the most of their chances in the first half. Richmond can play much better and were doing so as the first half neared its end.

HT: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-3 (21)

Scoring was very hard to come by in the second term – almost 14 minutes elapsed with no addition after Dustin Martin’s goal in the initial stages of the quarter. Pressure is intense at Adelaide Oval. Chances are rare, both teams are adding a number in defence and the wet conditions are also a factor. Martin (two goals) and Robbie Gray are the standout players, while Rozee also has two majors. Port were on on top in general play for much of the first half but Richmond started to get their hands on the ball more as the second quarter progressed.

Dustin Martin (right) Richmond’s Dustin Martin was influential in the first half of the AFL preliminary final against Port Adelaide. Photograph: James Elsby/AFL Photos/Getty Images

Updated at 6.03am EDT

Q2: 1 min remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-3 (21) Duursma takes a chest mark at centre half-forward – that will be a relief for him – but Port can’t make it count. Motlop then makes a ridiculously unrealistic attempt to mark and it’s a free for Richmond. Prestia has a pop under pressure after some good work from Castagna but it’s out of bounds on the full.

Q2: 2 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-3 (21) Lynch is having a dirty night and he gives away a free to Ladhams. Dixon then gets worked under the ball – perilously close to a push in the back, that – as the ball slingshots back. Dixon also finding it hard work. The key forwards are being closely kept and delivery forward is hardly silver service on this wet night. Tough going for the big men.

Q2: 4 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-3 (21) Rozee again with time and space. He could shoot from a tough angle but instead centres to Duursma. It looks the right option until Duursma fluffs a very straightforward chest mark. Go easy on him – he’s young, it’s a preliminary final and it’s wet.

Q2: 8 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 3-3 (21) Goal! Speaking of unfair fights, Martin on Byrne-Jones in a 1-v-1 is nobody’s idea of a contest and Martin wins hands down – marking virtually uncontested and drilling the set shot. That’s two for Dusty. He’s carrying the Tigers tonight. All square.

Q2: 10 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 2-3 (15) Port get pinged for “insufficient intent” but McIntosh’s shot from the boundary is a shocker. Another long ball to Lynch fails again to work. Three on one is a tough ask in anyone’s book. Port defending stoutly on their last line.

Q2: 11 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 2-3 (15) Bolton’s tough, but kickable, shot on goal misses to the right. Richmond will need to be as efficient as they possibly can be on current evidence. Port remain on top in general play.

Q2: 13 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 3-3 (21) vs Richmond 2-2 (14) Goal! Port work their way through the Richmond maze and they gain territory through sheer force of will, leaving Rozse to finish the job with a glorious snap from the right pocket. Team effort capped by individual brilliance.

Q2: 15 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 2-3 (15) vs Richmond 2-2 (14) And we’re back. Amn early thrust forward for Port but Richmond insist their way forward. It’s not pretty but it’s effective and it almost works until Lynch’s shot on goal is rushed through for a behind.

QT: Port Adelaide 2-3 (15) vs Richmond 2-1 (13)

A couple of early goals to Richmond but Port Adelaide asserted towards the end of the quarter and finally took the chances their territorial advantage deserved. Martin is a clear standout for the Tigers but more Power players are putting their best feet forward: Gray is having a blinder, while Powell-Pepper, Duursma and Boak are also amongst it. An inside count of 19-12 in Port’s favour tells the story, but it’s early days.

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October 16, 2020

Updated at 5.23am EDT

Q1: 1 min remaining: Port Adelaide 2-3 (15) vs Richmond 2-1 (13) Goal! Dixon tries to impose himself but can’t shrug off close attention. The ball spits out to Gray, who finds Duursma on the chest and the youngster finishes the job with a clean finish. Duursma has a few words to say to Lynch, and there is no shortage of teammates to join him. Port up and about now.

Q1: 2 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 1-3 (9) vs Richmond 2-1 (13) Ladhams is reported for a tummy punch on Balta as the latter tried to shepherd a path for Grimes. Looked a little low, too. Ladhams has nothing to fear. The MRO takes a week off at this time of year.

Q1: 3 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 1-2 (8) vs Richmond 2-1 (13) Goal! Gray loves a big stage and his handball inboard to Ebert was superb. Ebert’s dribble kick to goal is smothered but the ball maintains its path to goal and Rozee does the rest, soccering the ball through for Port’s first major.

Q1: 4 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-2 (2) vs Richmond 2-1 (13) Goal! And Jack makes no mistake, piercing the big sticks with a glorious drop punt from an angle about 35 metres from home. Richmond are really taking their chances here, Port not so.

Q1: 5 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-2 (2) vs Richmond 1-1 (7) Gray has a clear shot on goal but misses. At the other end, Jonas chops Riewoldt’s arms in a marking contest which sets up another shot on goal…

Q1: 7 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-1 (1) vs Richmond 1-1 (7) Goal! Cometh the hour, cometh the man. And that man – Dustin Martin – has been very good so far. Riewoldt does well to bring a high ball to the ground and Dusty does the rest, crumbing from the pack and snapping around his body for the first goal of the game.

Q1: 8 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-1 (1) vs Richmond 0-1 (1) Rozee bombs one inside-50 but the ball is intercepted by Richmond. The ball is pinging back and forth to this point, but if any team is on top it’s Port. But only just. McKenzie then gets his picket pocked but Lambert’s shot from about 325 metres dribbles just to the right.

Q1: 10 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-1 (1) vs Richmond 0-0 (0) Dusty goes inside to Edwards, who goes to Lynch, who goes to Riewoldt deep inside-50 and this is Richmond’s best attacking foray … but Jumpin’ Jack can’t hang onto the chance. Half-chances everywhere here.

Q1: 14 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-1 (1) vs Richmond 0-0 (0) Ebert finds himself with space down the right flank and the ball winds up with Marshall, who has an unopposed shot on goal but misses to the right. You can cut the atmosphere with a knife.

Q1: 15 mins remaining: Port Adelaide 0-0 (0) vs Richmond 0-0 (0) And we’re away. An early clearance for Cotchin and a few early touches for Richmond, who have an inside-50 and a stoppage near the left behind post. Port work their way out.

Richmond aren’t a big clearance team. We know that. The ball will spend time in Port’s forward half. We know that. If Richmond can intercept and pressurise, if they can turn the ball over, work their way through and find Lynch, Riewoldt et al, then Port will have issues. If the Power can lock the ball in their forward 50 and keep the ball out of Richmond’s hands, then the Tigers will have issues.

And then it comes down to personnel. Will Port need Dixon to kick a bag to win? How closely will Richmond monitor Robbie Gray? Will Richmond need Lynch to kick a few? More to the point, will Lynch keep him emotions in check?! With Richmond almost back to full strength, how much time will Dustin Martin spend in the forward line? Will Trent Cotchin spend more time in the middle? Questions galore. We’re about to get some answers.

He’s not to everyone’s tastes, but they sure do love Cotch in Tigerland. Happy 250th, skip.

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Congratulations, Skipper 💛

💬 Some messages for @tcotchin9 ahead of his 250th milestone. pic.twitter.com/S77PTgoqKZ

October 16, 2020

G’day JfP. Best of luck. I’ve got a mate – a mad Port fan, so as a Crows supporters I’m amazed we’re friends – who treated his family to a private box for the Power’s win over Geelong. Best day of his life, I reckon.

How good is it that fans in numbers are allowed back to the footy.

Updated at 4.46am EDT

No late changes to either team. A bit of weather around in Adelaide. They’ve had a few millimetres and Adelaide Oval looks a bit greasy. It’s coming down as I type.

Before we move on from Ken Hinkley, this is gold.

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Ahead of coaching @PAFC in tonight’s Preliminary Final, relive Ken Hinkley’s famous address during the 2003 Geelong Football League Grand Final while in charge of @bellparkdragons

The stuff of legend!

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October 16, 2020

I could go on and on about the two men at the head of affairs tonight – Ken Hinkley and Damien Hardwick – and how they are at the vanguard of the modern-day-coach movement.

But I’ve already done that. *

* Not shameless self-promotion but an editorial requirement to promote related content.

Both teams will look to bring pressure tonight, and lots of it, but which team is under the most pressure?

You’d have to say Port. Ken Hinkley has talked up his troops since the start of the season and they’re yet to let him down. But this is uncharted territory for the Power and there is no way anyone at Alberton would accept their season finishing a week early, at home as minor premiers. This is their chance to win over the footy community. Will they take it?

The Tigers have been there, done that, having contested prelims in 2017, 2018 and 2019. They know how to handle this pressure. The only variable for them is the locale – they are used to the comforts of home at this stage of the season, not the environs of the other team.

Speaking of minor premiers, not one has gone on to win the flag since Hawthorn in 2013. Take it away, Freddie.

Updated at 4.31am EDT

Preamble

Good evening and welcome, fans and fanatics of this most excellent sport. There’s something uniquely exhilarating about the preliminary final stage of the season, something even grand final week can’t match. And it’s hard to quantify what makes it so special. It might be because the journey can be better than the destination, it might be the sensory overload of anticipation, delight and total fear merging into one inexplicable emotion.

Whatever it is, falling at the prelim hurdle can be the cruellest of tumbles. Get to the grand final, and nobody can say you didn’t have a good year. Lose in the last four, however, and it will always be a case of what might have been. You were close, but at the same time so very far away. Winning fans awaken the following day with a glow only a spot in the grannie can bring; losing fans would rather the sun didn’t rise. The stakes are so high.

The penultimate weekend of the season should bring together the best of the best and this year it has done just that. Starting proceedings tonight is a contest that has classic written all over it. It should really be a great game. Port Adelaide have been the standard bearer all season, even if some pockets of doubt exist within the AFL community. We will find out tonight if they are pretenders or if they are building up to something special. Get over a white-hot Richmond, the competition’s best team for the past four seasons, and the Power’s bona-fides will be beyond question. That might be easier said than done, however. Richmond have barely put a foot wrong for months, their loss to Brisbane in week one of the finals their only defeat in eight matches. Port have already beaten Richmond this season but the Tigers will look a different team to the one that went under in round 11. This Power outfit are new to the preliminary final caper; this is Richmond’s fourth in four years.

Can’t wait. To have your say, contact me by email or tweet @scott_heinrich

Updated at 4.17am EDT

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