The Hawks were the last team to defeat the Borough in the 2010 finals series and have played out several classic matches since; not excluding last year’s performance when they almost ended Port’s dream run.
“We had a couple of good games against them last year too,” Hawks coach Damian Carroll said.
“I think we got beaten by two or three goals near the end at the end of the year but we certainly acquitted ourselves pretty well that day. Port were just getting over us in that quarter and we were running out of a few men and they ended up being the better side,” he said.
The Hawks are fielding one of the best teams of the season tomorrow and have named Hawthorn premiership defender Stephen Gilham, who returns from a knee injury.
Carroll believes Port Melbourne is still the team to beat in the competition, despite its long list of departures over the pre-season.
“But they’re (Port Melbourne) in good form and I’ve been impressed with their younger players; guys who have stepped up from development and a couple of new guys that they’ve added. Certainly it is a challenge and we’re looking forward to testing ourselves against the best opposition and obviously they’ve been that in the last year and a half,” Carroll said.
In the VFL today, Geelong host Frankston, North Ballarat take on Williamstown and our match of the day sees the Northern Blues play Collingwood at Preston City Oval. We will be bringing you this match live through our live blog from 2pm today.
Also today, the Werribee Tigers make their Foxtel Cup debut against Burnie in the curtain-raiser to the Western Bulldogs-St Kilda clash at Etihad Stadium.
By Brent Diamond
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