AFL finals 2023 LIVE updates: Legend Ron Barassi dies; Port Adelaide Power, GWS Giants face off for preliminary final spot

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  • Power v Giants: Will Port’s power surge or is GWS’ form irresistible?
  • Ron Barassi was the face of football and his legacy lives on
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Greene marks, goals for Giants

The Giants have hit back with a long kick into Toby Greene finding their skipper in space where he marked, close to the boundary line.

He then ran around the mark and snapped the goal.

Giants 6, Power 6 with 15 mins to go in Q1.

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Rioli kicks the opener

Willie Rioli has won a free kick and kicked the opening goal.

The home fans are screaming and Rioli is pumping his fists.

Power 6, Giants 0 with 17 mins to go in Q1.

Darcy Byrne-Jones of Port Adelaide and Zak Butters of Port Adelaide head out with their teammates.Credit: Getty Images

Horne-Francis takes poke in the eye

Power star Jason Horne-Francis was downed and in pain after taking an accidental finger to the eye from Stephen Coniglio in the opening moments.

He is blinking furiously but attempting to play on, hopefully he isn’t forced off the field.

Power 0, Giants 0 with 18 mins to go in Q1.

Ovation, pause for Barassi

Fans at Adelaide Oval broke into applause during mention of Ron Barassi’s many achievements during the pre-game ceremony before going silent for the moment of reflection.

The welcome to country and anthem are done – it’s game time at Adelaide Oval.

Giants, Power wearing black armbands

Both clubs are wearing black armbands in honour of Ron Barassi tonight.

Power, Giants run out

The Power are in their black jumper with white and teal V while the Giants are in their orange strip with white shorts.

This might be the best, more different pairing of jumpers in the AFL and I’m a huge fan of it.

Power v Giants: Will Port’s power surge or is GWS’ form irresistible?

Ken Hinkley’s Port Adelaide have been in the top four for most of the season, whereas the Giants started slowly but are surging with 10 wins from their past 12 games.

Will the natural order be reasserted on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval, or is GWS’ form too strong to resist?

GWS Giants smooth-mover Josh Kelly (right) looms as a likely target for Port Adelaide Power tagger Willem Drew.Credit: Getty

Last time they played

Round 22: Port Adelaide 21.10 (136) d GWS 13.10 (85) at Adelaide Oval.

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Ron Barassi was the face of football and his legacy lives on

Ron Barassi: February 27, 1936, to September 16, 2023.

It’s as simple as this. Ron Barassi, who died on Saturday aged 87 from complications after a fall, was the single biggest figure in post-war Australian rules football history.

Melbourne captain Ron Barassi holds up the 1964 VFL premiership cup as Collingwood captain Ray Gabelich looks on.Credit: The Age

Player, captain, coach, media performer, ambassador and prophet: there was no aspect of the game in which he did not excel. He was the linchpin of Melbourne’s prodigious run of mid-century premierships; no team has won more in a shorter span.

As coach, he conjured up impossible victory for Carlton in the 1970 grand final, arguably still the most famous of all. He guided North Melbourne to its first premiership, and another via a rare drawn grand final.

He is in the AFL’s team of the century, was the first legend inducted into the AFL’s Hall of Fame, is in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, has a statue in his honour at the MCG and an imaginary line in his name, coined by Professor Ian Turner in 1978 to describe where footy codes divide in Australia.

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