1997 Chronology

Saturday 8th
The scheduled practice match between Port Adelaide and Richmond at Alberton Oval is cancelled when The Tigers are stranded for seven-hours at Tullamarine. Two separate electrical faults grounded their Ansett Airlines flight.

Sunday 9th
Port Power 14.6-90 def Tigers 6.1-37 in the practice game, that had been cancelled from the day before. It is played at 11am.