Adelaide thrash Port in AFL showdown

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Adelaide thrash Port in AFL showdown

Adelaide’s Eddie Betts and Tom Lynch have shared the spoils in a 58-point AFL belting of arch rivals Port Adelaide.

Lynch kicked six goals, Betts slotted five and key forward Josh Jenkins booted four in Adelaide’s commanding 22.12 (144) to 11.20 (86) victory on Saturday.

The Crows mauled Port from the start – Betts set the tone with the initial two goals, and Adelaide led by 10 goals midway in the second term of Don Pyke’s first win as an AFL head coach.

Lynch, Betts and Jenkins feasted on a supply of scoring chances generated by midfielders Scott Thompson (29 disposals) and Matt Crouch (24 touches) while utility Rory Laird (33 possessions) was outstanding.

Backmen Brodie Smith and Luke Brown were also prominent while fullback Daniel Talia kept Port’s prized recruit Charlie Dixon goal-less before 51,585 spectators.

Laird was stunned in a third-term incident likely to land Port’s Tom Jonas in trouble – the Power backman laid a high shepherd on the unsuspecting Crow, who was helped from the field but later returned.

A misfiring Port were off the pace from the beginning – after Adelaide’s early onslaught, the closest they got was 48 points midway in the third quarter.

The Power were overly reliant on Robbie Gray (37 disposals, one goal) and Ollie Wines (two goals, 27 touches) and Aaron Young made the most of his recall with four goals – though all were belated, coming after the fizz was out of a lopsided contest.

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