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.


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)

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