By Katrina Gill 7:20 PM
Sun 25 July, 2010
PORT Adelaide has survived a final-quarter scare to record an upset 19-point Showdown win over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Sunday night.
The Power led by five goals midway through the third quarter, before the Crows came alive in the final term.
Goals to Taylor Walker and David Mackay saw Adelaide close within 14 points late in the game, but a clever goal from David Rodan stemmed the tide and gave caretaker coach Matthew Primus his first win at the helm, 13.10 (88) to 9.15 (69).
Skipper Dom Cassisi (28 possessions, 12 tackles and five clearances) won the Showdown Medal for best on ground in his good mate Josh Carr’s AFL swansong.
Forward Justin Westhoff kicked four goals in his most influential game of the season, while Brett Ebert chimed in with three crucial majors.
Kane Cornes kept Bernie Vince to just 18 possessions, while Kurt Tippett was held goalless by Alipate Carlile.
Troy Chaplin was influential as the loose man in defence and Travis Boak and Danyle Pearce both won their positions in the midfield.
The Crows struggled to find a target inside attacking 50 and were wasteful when they did, with key forwards Kurt Tippett, Taylor Walker (two goals) and Ricky Henderson managing just two goals combined.
Scott Thompson (25 possessions and two goals) tried hard for Adelaide, while Graham Johncock and Jason Porplyzia were solid in defence.
The resurgent Crows went into the game raging favourites, but failed to make the most of their early opportunities.
Adelaide had more scoring shots than its cross-town rival in the first half, but could only manage a return of 2.9.
The Power displayed the intensity that had been missing for the past two months, winning the contested possession and the tackle count to set up the spirited win.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for Port Adelaide and after the game caretaker coach Matthew Primus said the Showdown had come at a good time for his side.
“The club was in a pretty big hole there for nine weeks. That is a long losing streak and it was burning in everyone’s stomach, not only the people at the club but the people that sponsor us and support us,” Primus said.
“It was another motivating factor that we could use because after nine [losses] it’s hard to get yourself out of a rut and you’ve got to find something to spark you. We were able to find this, but it doesn’t matter too much if you let the season meander along and you don’t produce that again.”
In winning, Port Adelaide also delivered the knockout blow in Adelaide’s last-gasp attempt at snatching a finals birth.
Coach Neil Craig said the Crows had no one but themselves to blame for the club’s current predicament.
“We’re two games out [of the top eight] with five to play…that’s a lot of ground to make up,” Craig said.
“Our intensity wasn’t poor tonight, but it certainly wasn’t at the level of Port’s. We weren’t at the level we’ve been at for probably the last month.”
The Power will now prepare to take on Hawthorn at AAMI Stadium next weekend, while the Crows will head to the MCG to take on Richmond.
Port Adelaide 2.3 5.5 10.7 13.10 (88)
Adelaide 1.5 2.9 5.10 9.15 (69)
Westhoff 4, Ebert 3, Banner 2, Schulz 2, Rodan 2Adelaide:
Walker 2, Sloane 2, Thompson 2, Dangerfield, Vince, MackayBEST
Cassisi, Pearce, Chaplin, Brogan, K Cornes, Westhoff, Boak, Ebert, CarlileAdelaide:
Thompson, Henderson, Johncock, PorplyziaINJURIES
Logan (concussion), Gray (cut chin)Adelaide:
Margetts, McLaren, HayOfficial crowd:
36,788 at AAMI StadiumThe views in this story are those of the author and not necessarily those of the clubs of the AFL.
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