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Port overpower Crows in third quarter to take Showdown


The Adelaide Crows will rue a wasteful first half, as Port Adelaide dominated the third quarter and sent the Crows on their way in the second Showdown of 2019.

Tom Rockliff was the accumulator, collecting 36 disposals and bobbing up everywhere.

But it was Robbie Gray's class combined with his ability to find the ball that netted him the Showdown Medal - the silky mid amassed 35 touches along with 10 clearances and 6 inside 50s.

The Crows just couldn't stand up the the Power's onslaught in the Premiership quarter, conceding the six goals and looking slow and listless for the remainder of the match.

The Talking Point: Port leapfrog Crows into the eight

They remain one of the more unpredictable teams in the AFL, but Port Adelaide are now sitting seventh on the ladder (pending the remainder of this round's matches), with the hopes of making finals.

Ken Hinkley has brushed aside concerns about his position as coach, guiding his charges to an emphatic victory over another finals hopeful in Adelaide.

Second half heroes

Port won the game in the second half, turning an even-keeled game into a lop-sided affair. They kicked the last nine goals of the match, and gathered 113 more disposals than the Crows overall.

What’s next?

Adelaide face the Suns at Metricon, with the hopes of bouncing back - but the Suns just suffered an embarassing defeat at the hands of Richmond and will be fired up at home.

Port take on the Lions in the last match of Round 17, in what could well be the most exciting clash of the weekend.

Full Score

Adelaide: 2.7, 4.11, 5.12, 5.14. (44)
Richmond: 3.1, 6.2, 12.5, 15.11. (101)


Adelaide: M.Crouch, Smith, Laird, Milera, Kelly
Port Adelaide: R.Gray, Rockliff, S.Gray, Wines, Lycett, Westhoff

Robbie GRAY

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