Organisers joked that the Olympics and last weekend’s NFL spectacular had laid the groundwork for the pre-season match at the Kia Oval at a welcome function for the players at Australia House.

Both teams have youthful lists and new coaches keen to prove themselves early, meaning there’s plenty to play for come 3.30pm Saturday.

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Bulldogs acting skipper Shaun Higgins said he expected “both coaches to give players the freedom to enjoy the game”.

“It’s all about putting on a good spectacle,” his Port’s counterpart Hamish Hartlett said, adding it’s a perfect chance for players to impress the side’s new coach Ken Hinkley, who will be in charge of his first official game for the club.

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Players for Port Adelaide at the AFL Europe welcome, Australia House, London (TNT images)

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Hamish Hartlett and Shaun Higgins at Australia House (TNT images)