Adelaide star Eddie Betts booted five goals in his 250th AFL game as the Crows claimed a 15-point win over a brave Port Adelaide in Saturday’s Showdown.
The Crows withstood a late surge from Port at Adelaide Oval to claim a 15.19 (109) to 14.10 (94) win and climb to second on the ladder as they continued their march towards the finals.
The game had all the feeling of a Showdown as the two sides matched physical intensity, the margin just a point in favour of the Power at quarter-time.
Led by powerful onballer Ollie Wines, who had six tackles for the term, Port had the better of the contest in the early going.
The Crows found another gear, recording 22 inside-50s to the Power’s six, and would have led by more than 13 points at halftime if not for some inaccurate goalkicking, with captain Taylor Walker among the worst culprits.
Port fought their way back into the game with brilliant onballer Robbie Gray kicking one of the goals of the round, fending off Adelaide’s Luke Brown and snapping truly from deep in the pocket to delight the 49,541 crowd.
Late goals to Jake Neade and captain Travis Boak (26 touches) brought the margin back to a point at three-quarter time.
But Adelaide’s potent forward line proved the difference in the final term, goals to Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern and Walker ensuring the Crows claimed hometown bragging rights.
McGovern booted three majors while Betts matched the five he kicked last time the two sides met in April.
Crows midfielder Matt Crouch finished with 33 touches and five clearances to claim the Showdown Medal.
Defender Brodie Smith left the game with a concussion early in the second term after copping an accidental foot to the head from Port’s Aaron Young.
Star midfielder Rory Sloane could face scrutiny from the match review panel for a late hit to Brad Ebert.
Ebert was cut open under his eye after Sloane caught him with a clenched fist while attempting to spoil his mark.