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  • Goals 14
  • Behinds 11
  • Total 95

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Match Report

Crows pipped in thriller

By Lee Gaskin, AFL Media Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network May 12, 2018 7:41 PM

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In his first taste of South Australia's biggest sporting rivalry, Steven Motlop has become a Port Adelaide hero with a last-gasp goal to break Adelaide hearts in the 44th Showdown.

Motlop’s major, with 21 seconds remaining, handed the Power a 14.11 (95) to 14.6 (90) victory in a thrilling contest that snaps a five-game Adelaide winning streak and levels the all-time ledger at 22-all.

Down by 17 points late in the last quarter, the Crows looked to have stolen the premiership points after Mitch McGovern's 50m set shot gave them the lead with less than a minute on the clock.

But Motlop had other ideas, kicking on the run from 45m, the ball sailing through the posts and sparking rapturous applause from the 50,967-strong crowd.

Power star Robbie Gray claimed his third Showdown Medal as best on ground for his six-goal performance, including five in a dazzling third quarter.

Everything turned on its head in the pivotal third term, with the Power booting 7.5 to 2.2 to take a 12-point advantage into the last quarter.

It's a huge result for the Power, who are back inside the top eight at 5-3 ahead of next Saturday's trip to China to face Gold Coast.

The depleted Crows, with a huge injury list that includes Rory Sloane, Kyle Hartigan, Riley Knight and Brodie Smith, suffered their first loss after three straight wins to drop to 5-3.

Down by 27 points in the second quarter, the Power looked to have the game in the bag when they went ahead by 17 points late in the last term.

But the Crows found another gear – Betts kicking his third major, skipper Taylor Walker nailing a huge captain's goal from outside 50m and McGovern sensationally putting them back in front.

High-profile recruit Tom Rockliff showed why the Power signed the free agent to a four-year deal with a powerful midfield performance, finishing with a game-high 31 disposals, in his first game back after spending the past two weeks in the SANFL in his comeback from a calf injury.

Power defender Tom Jonas was absolutely superb and unlucky to have his direct opponent Betts finish with three goals.

Midfielder Sam Powell-Pepper was strong in his first game back after missing the past four due to a club suspension and related fallout for an off-field incident.

Winger Rory Atkins and midfielders Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Matt Crouch and Hugh Greenwood were the best for the Crows.

PORT ADELAIDE  1.3   4.6   11.11  14.11 (95)
ADELAIDE            4.2   8.3   10.5    14.6 (90)

GOALS
Port Adelaide: R.Gray 6, Wingard 2 Ryder 2, S.Gray, Boak, Powell-Pepper, Motlop

Adelaide: Betts 3, Ellis-Yolmen 2, McGovern 2, Walker 2, Atkins, Jenkins, Douglas, Seedsman, Lynch

BEST 
Port Adelaide: R.Gray , Jonas, Polec, Rockliff, Jonas, Neade, Ryder

Adelaide: Laird, Atkins, Crouch, Talia, Gibbs, Ellis-Yolmen

INJURIES 
Port Adelaide: -

Adelaide: - 

Reports: TBC

Umpires: Donlon, Haussen, Meredith

Official crowd: 50,967 at the Adelaide Oval

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Tom Rockliff
    Tom Rockliff
    31
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    29
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    27
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    27
  • Port Adelaide
    Ollie Wines
    26
Fantasy Leaders
  • Tom Rockliff
    Tom Rockliff
    127
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    122
  • Port Adelaide
    Justin Westhoff
    115
  • Adelaide Crows
    Hugh Greenwood
    105
  • Port Adelaide
    Robbie Gray
    104
Scoring Leaders
  • Robbie Gray
    Robbie Gray
    6.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Eddie Betts
    3.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Chad Wingard
    2.2
  • Adelaide Crows
    Cameron Ellis-Yolmen
    2.1
  • Port Adelaide
    Paddy Ryder
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 411 Disposals 336
  • 71.5 Disposal Eff 72.3
  • 157 Contested Pos 137
  • 101 Marks 102
  • 24 Free Kicks 14
  • 43 Clearances 36
  • 49 Inside 50s 50
  • 36 Rebound 50s 34
  • 81 Tackles 56
  • 48 Hit-outs 35
  • 88 Interchanges 87

Breakdown

  • 1.3 (9)
    4.2 (26)
  • 4.6 (30)
    8.3 (51)
  • 11.11 (77)
    10.5 (65)
  • 14.11 (95)
    14.6 (90)

Player Stats

Port Adelaide

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tom Rockliff 14 17 31 4 0 3 0 9 0 0 127
2Justin Westhoff 16 10 26 6 2 2 0 6 0 1 115
3Robbie Gray 11 9 20 5 0 2 0 0 6 0 104
4Darcy Byrne-Jones 17 6 23 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 104
5Paddy Ryder 6 5 11 3 39 0 2 5 2 0 102
6Ollie Wines 12 14 26 2 0 1 0 7 0 1 100
7Brad Ebert 10 14 24 5 0 2 0 6 0 1 100
8Tom Jonas 14 7 21 10 0 3 2 3 0 0 95
9Jared Polec 14 9 23 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 91
10Steven Motlop 14 6 20 4 0 0 0 4 1 2 90
11Sam Powell-Pepper 8 13 21 4 0 0 2 6 1 1 87
12Travis Boak 9 15 24 2 0 1 2 5 1 0 84
13Dan Houston 14 6 20 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 83
14Sam Gray 12 9 21 3 0 2 0 1 1 2 77
15Chad Wingard 10 9 19 1 0 3 1 2 2 2 73
16Charlie Dixon 8 3 11 6 7 0 0 3 0 0 67
17Riley Bonner 10 7 17 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 66
18Jake Neade 5 6 11 1 0 3 0 7 0 1 62
19Jack Watts 8 5 13 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 55
20Jack Hombsch 6 3 9 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 48
21Dougal Howard 8 4 12 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 48
22Tom Clurey 7 1 8 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 29

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Rory Atkins 20 9 29 11 0 0 1 2 1 0 122
2Hugh Greenwood 12 4 16 5 0 1 1 12 0 0 105
3Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 11 9 20 3 0 1 0 7 2 1 102
4Matt Crouch 17 10 27 6 0 0 4 5 0 0 97
5Tom Lynch 11 9 20 10 0 1 0 1 1 0 92
6Rory Laird 15 12 27 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 83
7Luke Brown 14 1 15 6 0 2 2 5 0 0 78
8Paul Seedsman 11 5 16 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 75
9Bryce Gibbs 11 13 24 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 74
10Richard Douglas 13 2 15 3 0 0 1 4 1 0 71
11Eddie Betts 13 3 16 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 70
12Jake Kelly 11 3 14 7 0 1 2 3 0 0 67
13Josh Jenkins 10 1 11 6 3 1 0 1 1 1 65
14Andy Otten 10 7 17 9 0 0 3 0 0 0 62
15Mitch McGovern 6 2 8 5 0 1 0 1 2 0 54
16Tom Doedee 7 8 15 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 53
17Sam Jacobs 4 4 8 0 32 1 0 0 0 0 53
18David Mackay 7 4 11 5 0 1 3 3 0 1 49
19Taylor Walker 4 2 6 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 34
20Daniel Talia 5 3 8 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 33
21Myles Poholke 5 2 7 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 28
22Jordan Gallucci 4 2 6 0 0 2 3 3 0 0 21

Team Lineups

Port Adelaide

B

  • Riley Bonner,
  • Tom Jonas,
  • Dougal Howard

HB

  • Darcy Byrne-Jones,
  • Jack Hombsch,
  • Tom Clurey

C

  • Travis Boak,
  • Ollie Wines,
  • Jared Polec

HF

  • Sam Gray,
  • Jake Neade,
  • Chad Wingard

F

  • Justin Westhoff,
  • Charlie Dixon,
  • Robbie Gray

Fol

  • Paddy Ryder,
  • Sam Powell-Pepper,
  • Brad Ebert

I/C

  • Steven Motlop,
  • Tom Rockliff,
  • Jack Watts,
  • Dan Houston

No Late Change

In

  • Tom Clurey,
  • Chad Wingard,
  • Sam Powell-Pepper,
  • Tom Rockliff

Out

  • Dom Barry (Omitted),
  • Karl Amon (Omitted),
  • Aidyn Johnson (Injured),
  • Jasper Pittard (Omitted)

Last updated: 7:54PM Saturday, May 12, 2018