Team 1 is into the Grand Final – Melbourne’s well tuned Demons await. Now to see who they will meet. The Western Bulldogs versus the Power from Port Adelaide, a match that unusually for 2021 is being played at the home ground of one of the teams. Adelaide Oval will be heaving – up to its covid limit of 26,500 people.
The Doggies have had a Demons kind of a year: looked red-hot for half the season, had a dip for a while in the middle, and now have rebounded to their best form. They also had an absolute stunner of a semi-final against Brisbane to win at the Gabba by 1 point, becoming one of the rare teams to win through into a preliminary final from outside the top four. Of course, that’s what they did in their flag campaign of 2016. And beating one home favourite on interstate turf will have them believe they can do it again.
Port, meanwhile, have been building towards this moment. They finished top of the ladder last year and lost at preliminary final stage. They’ve had some good fortune this year with South Australia staying largely virus-free, meaning less disruption than some. And they dusted the Cats comfortably in the first week of finals.
These two teams had a very close one earlier in the season, too. We could be on for a repeat tonight.