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FRIDAY AUGUST 21 2015 SPORT 31 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA FORMER NT Thunder and dual Federal premiership player Jayden Prior (pictured) believes the Demons have better depth in their playing squad this season than in the clubs 2011 and 2013 premiership victories. Federal and Prior face a crucial qualifying final tomorrow afternoon at Traeger Park against Pioneer, with the winner going straight through to the Central Australian Football League decider. The versatile key defender, who can go forward when required, played in both of those Demons flags and is eager to make it three this season. Federal have surprised many this year, only losing one game way back in April and lucky to escape with a five-goal loss to an inaccurate Eastside in what was a disappointing result for Paul Amarants side. The Bulldogs need more out of the brilliant Davin Hall, Jamahl Ponto and Cedric Robertson if they are to get over the Camels. Better news is the likely return of hard nut midfielder Guy Orsto from Thunder duties and young gun Sylvester Wurramara looks set for a long career at the top level. Third-placed Eastside will continue their resurgence by LAUREN WOOD TOMORROWS tw i l i gh t meeting between the top two sides highlights Round 15 matches in the Big Rivers Football League. Ladder leaders the Katherine Camels host Ngukurr at the Katherine Showgrounds in what many pundits are calling a grand final preview. Ngukurr come into the 4pm game on the back of a loss following their 30-point defeat to Eastside last week, while the Camels had little trouble accounting for Kalano on the same day. The Camels got 10 goals from the Gleeson brothers, with playing coach Tom booting four and younger brother Kane kicking six. Ngukurr were probably HAWTHORN will need to have its foot on the accelerator against Port Adelaide tonight, with coach Alastair Clarkson warning his men that the Powers ability far outweighs their ladder position. The Hawks sit third on the ladder with Port Adelaide 12th, and with finals virtually off the table, Clarkson is wary of the Power getting off the chain. Theyve played some good footy over the last few weeks in particular, he said. Theyve won three of those games and theyve probably freed themselves up a bit without the burden and expectation that they had earlier in the year. Theyre a fast and at tacking side and were playing on a pretty fast deck at Etihad Stadium, so theyd fancy their chances on that basis. Weve got to be really wary of that too, because the last two times weve played them, theyve started games really well and built momentum and its been really difficult to halt that. One game we managed to get back into the game and win in the prelim final (last season) and the other game we got back into the game but couldnt catch up to them. So we know that if we allow them to get off to a really fast start, that will allow them to build their game and make it really tough for us. Theyve got some weaknesses in their side that if you can exploit them it will give you a chance to win the game, but actually executing that and saying it are two different things. Their best is up among the best five or six sides in the competition. Power forward Jay Schulz is set to return from a back injury, while ruckman Matthew Lobbe is on the outer after being dropped last week. Hawthorns injury list, on the other hand, is virtually non-existent, but Clarkson knows better than to count his chickens before they hatch. Weve had to cope with a fair amount of adversity over the last little while, and to have guys available towards the end of the year is really handy for us, Clarkson said. But weve still got three games to go and as weve seen with a lot of clubs throughout the course of the year you can go from being in a good position injury-wise to having a medical room full of injured players, too. Clarkson also said the club has wrapped its arms around assistant coach Brett Ratten after the passing of his teenage son Cooper in a car accident last weekend. Who knows how to deal in that situation?, he said. All we can do is really put our support behind Ratts and Jo and the family and immediate close friends of the Ratten family and weve been doing that as best we can throughout the course of the week. Prior takes comfort in Demons depth currently on a 10game winning sequence. The club captain said the Demons had an even spread of contributors every week. It is hard to say if 2015 is a better side than in 2011 and 2013, but we do have some good depth this year, Prior said. It is not all about one certain player we all play as a team. Every week 22 blokes put their hand up, which makes life easier for everybody. In 2011 and 2013 we had great teams, but if we stick to our guns this year we should come away with the win. Federal breezed through the majority of the season, but were well and truly tested in the final three rounds, having to work hard to overcome Pioneer, West and Rovers in rounds 13, 14 and 15. Eagles veteran Ryan Mallard expects the intensity tomorrow to be at a season-high, with both clubs focused on booking their spot for the grand final. Pioneer are in the awkward position of not playing since August 2 after they had a bye in the final round of the season, as well as having a week off in the first week of the finals. Mallard described the playing group as fresh and keen to get back on the field together. Every game from here just gets bigger and bigger, with the level of the intensity, and the pressure goes up and up, he said. Both clubs are really going to want to win this week. JORDAN GERRANS Heavyweights face off in Katherine beating bottom side Jilkminggan in tomorrows late game at Nimiluk Oval. The Blues had Jyron Dobson in sensational form across half back last week and Marcus Hamilton is back to the form around the ball that drew interest from AFL clubs last year. The Arnhem Crows should beat Kalano in tonights game at the Showgrounds. The Crows need to win to stay in touch with the top three and start to claw back the percentage they lost in last months 82-point loss to Ngukurr. And Beswick, who lost a bizarre encounter against Lajamanu last week when they lost their entire score for fielding 19 men in the third quarter only to come back and nearly snatch the points, meet the struggling Tindal Magpies. GREY MORRIS The NT News Sport @NTNewsSport Hawks wary of Ports pace Travis Boak addressing his Port Adelaide teammates during an indoor training session at Alberton Oval yesterday Picture: SARAH REED ADVERTISER.COM.AU FRIDAY AUGUST 21 2015 GAME ON 67 V1 - ADVE01Z01MA HAWTHORN V PORT ADELAIDE 7.20 TONIGHT AT ETIHAD STADIUM P HAWTHORN WIN $1.07 PORT ADELAIDE I WIN $8.50 INTERCHANGE P.Puopolo 28 B.Hartung 40 R.Schoenmakers 25 M.Suckling 4 EMERGENCIES T.Duryea 8 A.Litherland 31 D.Howe 41 IN: HAWKS: Schoenmakers. POWER: Schulz. OUT: HAWKS: Howe. POWER: Trengove (shoulder). INTERCHANGE K.Mitchell 2 J.Butcher 11 J.Impey 24 B.Ah Chee 41 EMERGENCIES T.Clurey 17 M.Lobbe 23 A.Young 40 B.Lake 17 J.Schulz 28 B.Stratton 24 M.White 19 J.Gibson 6 A.Monfries 6 G.Birchall 14 J.Neade 3 J.Frawley 12 J.Westhoff 39 S.Mitchell 5 C.Wingard 20 B.McEvoy 7 P.Ryder 4 L.Hodge 15 T.Boak 1 B.Hill 10 H.Hartlett 8 I.Smith 16 B.Ebert 7 J.Lewis 3 S.Gray 46 S.Burgoyne 9 R.Gray 9 C.Rioli 33 N.Krakouer 48 J.Gunston 19 T.Jonas 42 L.Shiels 26 M.Broadbent 5 D.Hale 20 C.O'Shea 13 L.Breust 22 J.Pittard 29 J.Roughead 2 J.Hombsch 36 TV Channel 7, Fox Footy. RADIO FIVEaa, TripleM, ABC891. LAST TIME Port Adelaide 15.9 (99) d Hawthorn 13.13 (91) at Adelaide Oval. AFL PREMIERSHIP ROUND 21 back to The Future FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and John Butcher, train indoors at Alberton yesterday ahead of tonights game against Hawthorn. 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