The Courier-Mail

Port clears diluted Freo

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PORT Adelaide’s Matthew Broadbent has no problem with Fremantle bringing a half-baked side to town this weekend and says the only disappoint­ment he will feel will be watching finals from his couch.

With top spot secure, the Dockers plan on resting up to 11 first-choice players for their final minor-round game against the Power on Saturday.

“They’ve earnt that right,” Broadbent said. “They’re based around team defence and regardless of who they bring it’s going to be a big challenge.”

This time last year Port was preparing for a September campaign that took them all the way to a preliminar­y final.

“You can’t go away from playing tough footy, that’s Port Adelaide footy ... unfortunat­ely for whatever reason we’ve gone away from that at times this year,” Broadbent said.

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