The AFL preseason starts with a big day with four scratch games, all of them rivalries, less than a month until the home and away seasons start

Three of the four games will be broadcast live on club websites while the Gold Coast v Brisbane clash will not be shown due to a clash with the AFLW All games will be played behind closed doors

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First, the Giants, once again facing a plague of injuries, battled the Swans as both teams attempt to return to the 2021 final

Meanwhile, a scratch match showdown was taking place in South Australia, where the 2020 little prime minister, Port Adelaide, clashed with the 2020 wooden spoonbills, Adelaide

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The third game of the day comes from the west, where the Eagles and Dockers are closer to being the same than we’ve seen in years

Eventually the Suns and Lions collide, and both young groups hope to continue their respective ascents through 2021

In the SANFL test match between Power and Crows, the latter chooses No. 2 Riley Thilthorpe gave an insight into his enormous abilities

During a five-minute passage in the second half, Thilthorpe scored a few goals, kicked two of his own (he had four to three quarters) and scored some strong hits within 50

The wet conditions in Sydney created fierce competition between GWS and Sydney Tom Papley loomed large around the gate again, only a willful kick prevented him from having a dominant first half

Josh Kelly’s commitment to the Giants was impressive as always, while high profile conscript Tanner Bruhn wanted to add an extra dose of speed to the midfield mix for Leon Cameron

The match appeared to end in a 1-point win for the Swans before it became clear that the troubled scoreboard had one final trick up its sleeve The match ended with 54 points apiece

In South Australia, the Adelaide Crows started well against Port Adelaide before Ken Hinkley’s men’s class worked their way up towards the end of the first half

In a gruesome setback, young Crows defender Wayne Milera, who had trained with midfield the previous season, left the floor with a serious knee injury in the second season

Milera suffered a stress fracture on his foot in the middle of last season and looked great in the preseason 2021

For power, great man Todd Marshall was dismissed from the game for the second half after a collision with Rory Sloane late in his second term, although it was due not to being diagnosed with a concussion but to one Precaution

In the west, Fremantle and West Coast competed against each other, and Nat Fyfe seemed to be spending far less time in Striker 50 than he usually did during the 2020 season
That all changed in the second term, however, when the Brownlow medalist started deep forward and quickly exerted his influence on the scoreboard as the Dockers scored three goals in two minutes

After an excellent passage of the game in the second season, Fyfe suppressed an opponent’s kick on the central square, received a handball from a teammate after running further forward, and then drilled a kick on the barrel from 45 meters away

Nic Naitanui didn’t play for either the Eagles or Bailey Williams – responsibility for the jolt was put on 20-year-old Harry Edwards

Docker’s best and fairest winner, Luke Ryan, was put on hold just before half-time after beating a knee to his lower back

Fyfe also ended the halftime for management reasons and continued on another oval with Luke Shuey, Jeremy McGovern and Jack Petruccelle

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Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows – Alberton Oval, 1130 p.m. AEDT / 1112:00 AM local (live streaming on club websites)

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle – Mineral Resources Park, Jan.00 a.m. AEDT / 1012:00 am local (live streaming on club websites until 3:20 pm / 12:20 am due to a conflict with AFLW)

Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions – Metricon Stadium, Sept.00 a.m. AEDT / 1500:00 local time (no live stream due to a conflict with AFLW)

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