The Crows’ hellish return to soccer was compounded when defender Jake Kelly exited with concussion within the first quarter after his head collided with Brad Ebert’s hip in an tried deal with and captain Rory Sloane sat out a lot of the second half with a corked proper thigh.
Sloane was up for the competition early when he slotted the opening purpose then arrange Darcy Fogarty for Adelaide’s second, the Crows with eight of the primary 9 inside-50s.
They didn’t land one other punch.
Connor Rozee’s snap contained in the final 4 minutes of the opening time period – on the again of successive Ebert tackles on Paul Seedsman – gave the Energy their first lead, which they by no means regarded remotely like relinquishing.
Port’s 13-point benefit grew to 32 at half-time after Ebert and Travis Boak goaled late courtesy of free kicks and 50-metre penalties for dissent in opposition to Brad Crouch and Wayne Milera.
Any prospect of a second-half Adelaide revival was emphatically brushed apart after Xavier Duursma’s six-pointer within the first minute of the third stanza.
Steven Motlop additionally started working riot, goaling twice – the primary one after hovering for a spectacular mark over Seedsman, and the second after dancing round hapless Tom Doedee, taking part in his first AFL sport since final March.
When Motlop then arrange Justin Westhoff’s second purpose en path to a 64-point, three-quarter-time margin, all eyes have been on the file books – which confirmed Port’s earlier greatest profitable margin in a Showdown, 65 factors in 2001 – set to be obliterated.
POWER OF YOUTH
There had been a lot speak about how younger the Crows grew to become over the low season, however they’ve some method to catch as much as Port’s youth brigade, spearheaded by Rozee, 20, Duursma and Zak Butters (each 19).
Rozee gave the Energy their first lead, arrange Todd Marshall for one more main moments later and his clearance work and play-making have been of the very best class. His intelligent shark of Charlie Dixon’s faucet and lengthy handball arrange Duursma’s first purpose.
Moments later Butters removed Rory Atkins and produced a marvellous, instinctive soccer kick that went straight by the center and cemented Port’s robust benefit.
STAY HOME FOG
Darcy Fogarty performed components of his junior profession at Glenelg as a big-bodied, inside midfielder, was briefly trialled within the Crows’ SANFL backline final 12 months and is now considered the way forward for Adelaide’s ahead line.
However his ruck craft wants some work.
After slotting the Crows’ second purpose, Fogarty headed straight to the center to go in opposition to Justin Westhoff for the centre bounce.
Westhoff (644 profession hit-outs) simply gained the duel in opposition to Fogarty (one profession hit-out), the following Energy clearance ending in a Marshall purpose to kickstart Port’s revival.
PORT ADELAIDE four.2 eight.four 14.7 17.eight (110)
ADELAIDE 2.1 three.2 four.three 5.5 (35)
Port Adelaide: Duursma three, Dixon three, Westhoff three, Marshall 2, Motlop 2, Ebert, Boak, Butters, Rozee
Adelaide: Sloane, Fogarty, Smith, Crocker, B.Crouch
Port Adelaide: Butters, Duursma, Motlop, Clurey, Byrne-Jones, Boak
Adelaide: O’Brien, M. Crouch, B. Crouch, Laird, Lynch.