AFL 2022 round eight LIVE updates: Dogs take on resurgent Power, North face high-flying Freo

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  • Team changes
  • Subs confirmed
  • Late change for Power
  • Mundy the marvel
  • Dunkley heads into battle in hot form
  • Tonight’s milestones
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Bulldogs out on the park

The Doggies checking out the Adelaide Oval surface ahead of tonight’s crunch clash.

Team changes

PORT ADELAIDE
In: Lachie Jones
Out: Kane Farrell (COVID protocol)

WESTERN BULLDOGS
In: Anthony Scott, Buku Khamis, Hayden Crozier
Out: Marcus Bontempelli (managed), Mitch Wallis (foot), Josh Schache

Marcus Bontempelli.Credit:Getty Images

Subs confirmed

The medical substitutes at Adelaide Oval are Lachie Jones (Port Adelaide) and Hayden Crozier (Bulldogs).

Hayden Crozier.Credit:Getty Images

Dogs jet off to SA

The Bulldogs made their way to Adelaide earlier today for the big Friday night clash.

Late change for Power

Port Adelaide were forced to make a late change earlier on Friday with Kane Farrell entering COVID protocols. His omission means Xavier Duursma gets a reprieve to play his 50th AFL game.

Xavier DuursmaCredit:Getty Images

Mundy the marvel

Dunkley heads into battle in hot form

Tonight’s milestones

Sam Powell-Pepper (PA) -100 games
Xavier Duursma (PA) – 50 games

Sam Powell-Pepper.Credit:Getty Images

Freo have the wood over North

Fremantle are flying high and confirmed themselves as the genuine article last week by conquering the AFL’s version of ‘Mission: Impossible’ with a magnificent three-point win over Geelong down at Kardinia Park.

Having made their best start to a season since 2015, and having won five games in a row for the first time since that same year, the Dockers are sitting pretty in third position on the ladder with a 6-1 record to catapult themselves into the premiership conversation.

While they head into this game on the back of their first serious COVID crisis for the season, with Griffin Logue, Blake Acres, Travis Colyer, Rory Lobb, Lloyd Meek and Michael Frederick all entering protocols, they do welcome back Sean Darcy, Hayden Young, Heath Chapman and Liam Henry.

The Dockers also have the wood over North Melbourne with five wins from their last six encounters, including the last three by an average of 66 points. Freo have also won their last three games at Perth Stadium by an average of 41 points.

Meanwhile, season 2022 is tracking to be even worse for North than their wooden spoon year last year. With just one win to their name against a decimated West Coast outfit, the Kangaroos are languishing in second-last spot, having lost their last five games by an average of 59 points.

Dogs enjoy superior recent Adelaide Oval record

What a difference a couple of weeks can make. When the Power started the year 0-5, they were widely ruled out of finals contention and coach Ken Hinkley’s papers had basically been stamped.

Now, both of those things might still ultimately happen, but at least the team is going down swinging, with impressive wins in their last two games against lowly West Coast and 2022 surprise packets St Kilda.

The Bulldogs have also made a scratchy start to the year, winning only three of their seven games so far, but they head into this clash on the back of a comprehensive win over Essendon last week.

Interestingly, the Dogs have decided to rest superstar captain Marcus Bontempelli for this clash. Will the Power interpret that as a slight? It’s hard to see Hinkley not using that as some kind of motivation in the lead-up.

Speaking of motivation, the Power return to the scene of the ghastly crime that was committed against them by the Western Bulldogs in last year’s preliminary final. In one of the biggest chokes in recent history, the Power were absolutely smashed by 71 points on that occasion, and they will no doubt want to exact a degree of revenge for that performance.

The Power’s record at their home ground has been quite terrible of late, however, with just one win from their last five games there. Conversely, the Dogs, who are chasing back-to-back wins for the first time this year, have won four of their last five games at Adelaide Oval, including their last three, by an average of 38 points.

Nothing has separated these two sides recently, with their last six meetings split down the middle 3-3.

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