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Round: 2   Venue: Adelaide Oval   Date: Sat, 02-04-2016 1:15 pm   Crowd: 51,585  
Adelaide 6.4.4013.5.8319.7.12122.12.144 C:  Don Pyke
Port Adelaide 1.2.84.8.327.12.5411.20.86 C:  Ken Hinkley
  ADEL by 32ADEL by 51ADEL by 67ADEL by 58  
Weather
min temp  15.9°C      max temp  23.7°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  49%    air pressure  1022.2mb
wind speed 19km/h      wind direction  SW
Brownlow Medal 3 Tom Lynch (ADEL)2 Eddie Betts (ADEL)1 Robbie Gray (PORT)

Match Report

The 40th Showdown offered plenty on the surface of it but delivered only for Adelaide supporters, as the Crows stunned Port Adelaide with a six-goal-to-one first-quarter blitz and went on to dominate the second and third quarters, too, before coasting to a big 58-point win.

After an unexpected dip last year, many footy analysts had predicted the Power to bounce back into the finals in 2016, with some even suggesting they would push for a flag. But, after an unconvincing performance last week, in which it took more than three quarters to shake off St Kilda and Saturday's insipid performance against the Crows, many are already revising down their expectations of Port Adelaide in 2016.

That's not to take anything away from Adelaide's effort, which was scintillating. With their multi-pronged forward line functioning beautifully, the Crows demonstrated that they will not have an unhealthy reliance on skipper Taylor Walker to kick goals. With Tom Lynch kicking six goals, Eddie Betts five and Josh Jenkins four, the Crows forward line showed a spread of goalkickers capable of kicking big scores on a regular basis. 

And while fans aren't exactly asking, "Patrick who?", the Adelaide midfield sent out a clear message that its post-Dangerfield is still one to be reckoned with, evergreen Scott Thompson and Rory Laird both racking up big numbers possession-wise as they rotated through the centre. 

While alarm bells will not be ringing yet at Alberton Oval, the ease with which the Crows brushed Port Adelaide aside will be a concern to coach Ken Hinkley. The Power could claim some mitigating circumstances, with Hamish Hartlett, one of the team's best in round one, and key forward Jay Schulz both late withdrawals prior to the match. Nevertheless, a far more competitive effort was expected on Saturday at the very least.

Port's best last year was as good as any side's, with the Power beating eventual premiers twice during the season, but its worst was bordering on awful and Saturday's effort against Adelaide was perhaps in that category. Hinkley will seek to narrow the gap between the two as quickly as possible, closing it at the upper end of the scale. Port can take the first step towards doing so when it takes on the undermanned Essendon on Friday night.

Adelaide, meanwhile, having given new coach Don Pyke his first win, will look to bring more of the same to table when the Crows take on Richmond at Docklands on Saturday afternoon. To the winner will go the spoils of a 2-1 record and a comfortably consolidated place in the to eight. To the loser will go the vulnerability of being 1-2 early in the season and the accompanying doubts. The difference between those two positions will make this game a very important one, even at this early stage of the season.

GOALS 
Adelaide: Lynch 6; Betts 5; Jenkins 4; Walker, McGovern 2; Laird, Brad Crouch, Milera 
Port Adelaide: Young 4; Wines, Boak 2; Howard, Wingard, Robbie Gray 

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Adelaide: Lynch, Laird, Talia, Lever, Betts, Mackay, Thompson
Port Adelaide: Robbie Gray, Young, Hombsch, Wines, Pittard 

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Adelaide:
Lynch, Laird, Jenkins, Thompson, Jacobs, M. Crouch
Port Adelaide: R. Gray, Wines, Young, S. Gray, Lobbe, Homsch

INJURIES
Adelaide: Nil 
Port Adelaide: Westhoff (dislocated finger), Wingard (hamstring) 

UMPIRES: Donlon, Chamberlain, Wallace

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Basil Zempilas, Hamish McLachlan, Tim Watson

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Atkins, Rory 8 4 5 13 0 0 0 1 1 0 21y 265d 10 4
18 Betts, Eddie 12 6 5 17 5 1 0 1 1 0 29y 128d 231 410
16 Brown, Luke 20 7 6 26 0 0 0 6 0 1 23y 193d 71 3
25 Cheney, Kyle 10 5 3 13 0 0 0 3 1 1 26y 221d 55 2
2 Crouch, Brad 14 0 9 23 1 0 0 3 1 0 22y 79d 27 10
44 Crouch, Matt 11 1 13 24 0 0 0 5 2 1 20y 347d 27 6
26 Douglas, Richard 6 2 8 14 0 1 0 2 1 0 29y 56d 173 115
15 Hartigan, Kyle 5 5 8 13 0 0 0 5 1 1 24y 147d 29 0
24 Jacobs, Sam 5 2 10 15 0 0 41 1 1 2 27y 358d 129 29
4 Jenkins, Josh 10 7 3 13 4 2 5 2 1 0 27y 54d 71 130
29 Laird, Rory 15 12 18 33 1 0 0 3 1 0 22y 95d 59 6
6 Lever, Jake 13 10 6 19 0 0 0 0 1 1 20y 28d 14 0
27 Lynch, Tom 15 8 6 21 6 1 0 4 1 1 25y 200d 62 90
14 Mackay, David 15 4 10 25 0 0 0 2 1 0 27y 252d 146 45
41 McGovern, Mitch 6 5 6 12 2 2 0 1 0 0 21y 174d 2 2
30 Milera, Wayne 10 9 10 20 1 0 0 1 1 0 18y 201d 2 1
11 Seedsman, Paul 8 6 11 19 0 0 0 5 2 0 24y 71d 51 18
9 Sloane, Rory 8 4 13 21 0 0 2 3 0 3 26y 16d 120 73
33 Smith, Brodie 17 3 4 21 0 0 0 3 1 1 24y 79d 99 28
12 Talia, Daniel 7 3 3 10 0 0 0 2 2 0 24y 183d 100 5
5 Thompson, Scott 12 3 17 29 0 0 1 10 2 1 33y 19d 287 158
13 Walker, Taylor 7 3 4 11 2 2 0 1 0 2 25y 343d 109 260
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 234 109 178 412 22 12 49 64 22 15 24y 308d 1874 1395
Port Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
41 Ah Chee, Brendon 5 1 10 15 0 1 3 9 1 2 22y 103d 13 7
1 Boak, Travis 14 2 9 23 2 3 0 4 1 3 27y 245d 179 109
5 Broadbent, Matthew 8 1 4 12 0 1 0 4 0 1 25y 245d 127 42
27 Carlile, Alipate 5 1 7 12 0 1 0 2 0 0 28y 338d 167 5
22 Dixon, Charlie 2 3 6 8 0 1 0 1 0 2 25y 192d 67 97
7 Ebert, Brad 12 3 5 17 0 0 3 5 1 0 26y 0d 171 89
9 Gray, Robbie 20 4 17 37 1 3 0 5 4 4 28y 3d 138 191
46 Gray, Sam 13 1 7 20 0 1 0 3 1 0 24y 61d 19 10
36 Hombsch, Jack 4 2 5 9 0 0 0 4 1 0 23y 26d 63 0
32 Howard, Dougal 4 0 5 9 1 1 4 4 0 1 20y 8d 1 1
24 Impey, Jarman 3 4 6 9 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 268d 37 4
42 Jonas, Tom 6 2 5 11 0 1 0 3 0 2 25y 84d 75 1
23 Lobbe, Matthew 6 1 2 8 0 1 38 2 1 2 27y 50d 86 21
3 Neade, Jake 5 0 11 16 0 1 0 2 0 0 21y 309d 36 30
29 Pittard, Jasper 14 4 6 20 0 0 0 2 1 0 25y 1d 78 10
21 Polec, Jared 4 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 23y 173d 47 28
18 Toumpas, Jimmy 4 2 13 17 0 0 0 4 1 0 22y 91d 28 6
12 Trengove, Jackson 4 3 5 9 0 1 0 2 0 1 25y 152d 115 8
39 Westhoff, Justin 5 5 4 9 0 1 0 3 0 1 29y 184d 183 231
16 Wines, Ollie 19 3 8 27 2 0 4 7 1 1 21y 178d 64 29
20 Wingard, Chad 6 0 4 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 22y 248d 91 152
40 Young, Aaron 12 2 9 21 4 2 2 2 2 1 23y 118d 43 18
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 175 44 149 324 11 20 54 70 15 22 24y 189d 1828 1089

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.