Port unchanged for vital Hawks AFL clash

Port unchanged for vital Hawks AFL clash

Port Adelaide’s improving AFL fortunes were on display at the selection table this week, the Power naming an unchanged lineup for Thursday night’s do-or-die clash with Hawthorn.

Port have endured a disappointing campaign but have still managed to work their way into ninth spot on the AFL ladder, two games behind West Coast in eighth place.

The Power impressed in their 38-point defeat of Richmond last week and coach Ken Hinkley stuck with the same lineup despite some strong performances at SANFL level.

“We’ll reward a winning team, we’ll go in unchanged,” Hinkley said.

“Last week we had a significant result from stoppages with the boys we had out there – we’d expect that hopefully they can give us the same result this week.”

John Butcher, Paul Stewart and Sam Gray are the emergencies for the clash the Power must find a way to win to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

Ladder leaders Hawthorn were bolstered by the return of star forward Cyril Rioli for the Adelaide Oval clash.

The Hawks are coming off their bye but welcome back Rioli after he missed their round-14 win over Gold Coast to attend the funeral of his grandfather in the Northern Territory.

He replaces Daniel Howe who was dropped and is an emergency along with Brendan Whitecross and Angus Litherland.

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