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  • Behinds 18
  • Total 96

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Match Report

Match Report: Round 20

August 4, 2018 7:15 PM

Highlights: R20 v Port

See all the highlights from our round 20 clash with the Power

Showdown 45 will go down in history as one of the best with Adelaide keeping its season alive thanks to a controversial three-point victory over Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Crows forward Josh Jenkins capped a superb individual performance, kicking the match-winning goal with less than three minutes on the clock, though the ball appeared to graze the post on the way through.

In an on-ground interview after the game, Jenkins admitted he thought his shot had hit the woodwork.

"My grandma raised me not to tell fibs. I think it hit the post but I'm pretty happy that they didn't think so," he told Fox Footy.

The Crows (10-9) are still within touch of the top eight, while the Power (12-7) have slipped to fifth and missed a major opportunity to consolidate their spot in a congested ladder.

The Power looked like they were home when Chad Wingard booted his fourth goal to give his side a 10-point lead at the 18-minute mark of the last term.

Goalless to that point, Crows forward Eddie Betts, usually a prolific goal-kicker in Showdowns, kicked his first goal of the game before Jenkins gave the Crows the lead with a snap that was reviewed, but given the all-clear that it didn't hit the post, much to the delight of the 50,377-strong crowd.

Power star Robbie Gray claimed a record fourth Showdown Medal after booting four goals, having 20 disposals and 12 contested possessions.

It's the fifth Showdown that has been decided by a goal or less, and the equal-lowest winning margin alongside the Crows' three-point win in round 16, 2015.

The Crows have retaken the lead in the overall ledger 23-22 and have won six of the past seven against the Power.

Matt Crouch was brilliant with his inside contested work, finishing with a game-high 35 disposals, while Bryce Gibbs turned in a strong performance in his 250th game, finding plenty of the ball, with 29 disposals, and using it well.

Jenkins was the dominant player on the ground in the first half with 14 disposals, seven marks and two goals.

He had just four touches, one mark and a goal after the break, but kicked the goal that counted.

All Australian defender Rory Laird was averaging 32.9 disposals per game heading into the Showdown, but Darcy Byrne-Jones restricted the Crows star to just 18 touches in a superb tagging role.

Jared Polec's outside run was important, Dan Houston was lively off half-back and second-gamer Kane Farrell kicked three first-quarter goals.

The Crows kicked the first three goals of the game before the Power responded to take a nine-point advantage – 9.5 (59) to 7.8 (50) – into half-time.

ADELAIDE                               5.3  7.8   9.14   13.18 (96)                  
PORT ADELAIDE                   5.3  9.5   10.9   14.9   (93)  

GOALS
Adelaide: Jenkins 3, Sloane 2, Walker, Murphy, Greenwood, Gallucci, Lynch, Doedee, M.Crouch, Betts
Port Adelaide: Gray 4, Wingard 4, Farrell 3, Boak 2, Byrne-Jones

BEST 
Adelaide: M.Crouch, Gibbs, Jenkins, Sloane, Atkins, Doedee
Port Adelaide: Gray, Polec, Wingard, Ryder, Byrne-Jones, Boak

INJURIES 
Adelaide: Talia (right calf)
Port Adelaide: TBC

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Nicholls, Mitchell

Official crowd: 50,377 at the Adelaide Oval

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Matt Crouch
    Matt Crouch
    35
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    29
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    29
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    26
  • Port Adelaide
    Jared Polec
    24
Fantasy Leaders
  • Matt Crouch
    Matt Crouch
    134
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    133
  • Adelaide Crows
    Josh Jenkins
    124
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    106
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    101
Scoring Leaders
  • Chad Wingard
    Chad Wingard
    4.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Robbie Gray
    4.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Josh Jenkins
    3.0
  • Port Adelaide
    Kane Farrell
    3.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 390 Disposals 327
  • 72.3 Disposal Eff 69.4
  • 166 Contested Pos 149
  • 95 Marks 81
  • 12 Free Kicks 13
  • 44 Clearances 34
  • 69 Inside 50s 47
  • 32 Rebound 50s 53
  • 70 Tackles 52
  • 34 Hit-outs 52
  • 87 Interchanges 81

Breakdown

  • 5.3 (33)
    5.3 (33)
  • 7.8 (50)
    9.5 (59)
  • 9.14 (68)
    10.9 (69)
  • 13.18 (96)
    14.9 (93)

Player Stats

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Matt Crouch 16 19 35 3 0 1 0 8 1 0 134
2Rory Atkins 23 6 29 11 0 1 1 5 0 1 133
3Josh Jenkins 14 4 18 8 6 1 1 7 3 0 124
4Rory Sloane 14 12 26 6 0 0 1 3 2 1 106
5Bryce Gibbs 22 7 29 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 101
6Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 11 8 19 5 0 0 0 7 0 2 94
7Tom Doedee 10 11 21 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 93
8Hugh Greenwood 11 6 17 4 0 3 0 6 1 0 90
9Wayne Milera 14 8 22 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 83
10Luke Brown 13 6 19 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 73
11Tom Lynch 9 10 19 3 0 1 1 3 1 0 72
12Rory Laird 10 8 18 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 67
13Sam Jacobs 6 5 11 2 28 0 2 2 0 0 64
14Taylor Walker 8 2 10 7 0 1 1 2 1 1 62
15Alex Keath 6 12 18 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 60
16Eddie Betts 8 4 12 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 56
17David Mackay 11 5 16 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 54
18Brodie Smith 5 9 14 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 54
19Riley Knight 8 7 15 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 53
20Jordan Gallucci 6 4 10 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 47
21Lachlan Murphy 4 3 7 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 31
22Daniel Talia 2 3 5 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 20

Port Adelaide

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Justin Westhoff 13 5 18 6 6 3 0 4 0 1 93
2Robbie Gray 13 7 20 5 0 0 1 0 4 0 89
3Dan Houston 11 10 21 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 89
4Chad Wingard 11 5 16 3 0 1 1 3 4 0 86
5Jared Polec 20 4 24 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 79
6Travis Boak 8 12 20 3 0 1 0 2 2 0 78
7Jarrod Lienert 13 5 18 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 78
8Jasper Pittard 12 3 15 4 0 0 0 5 0 0 74
9Kane Farrell 11 2 13 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 73
10Brad Ebert 5 15 20 3 0 1 0 4 0 1 72
11Tom Rockliff 14 6 20 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 69
12Paddy Ryder 4 3 7 3 40 0 1 1 0 0 68
13Tom Clurey 11 1 12 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 66
14Ollie Wines 11 6 17 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 65
15Steven Motlop 8 6 14 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 56
16Sam Powell-Pepper 7 4 11 3 0 1 2 4 0 2 51
17Charlie Dixon 6 4 10 4 5 1 0 1 0 1 49
18Riley Bonner 10 5 15 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 48
19Tom Jonas 7 4 11 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 48
20Darcy Byrne-Jones 5 2 7 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 38
21Jack Hombsch 5 3 8 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 34
22Jack Watts 3 7 10 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 29

Team Lineups

Port Adelaide

B

  • Jack Hombsch,
  • Tom Clurey,
  • Dan Houston

HB

  • Jasper Pittard,
  • Tom Jonas,
  • Jarrod Lienert

C

  • Steven Motlop,
  • Ollie Wines,
  • Darcy Byrne-Jones

HF

  • Travis Boak,
  • Justin Westhoff,
  • Chad Wingard

F

  • Jack Watts,
  • Charlie Dixon,
  • Robbie Gray

Fol

  • Paddy Ryder,
  • Sam Powell-Pepper,
  • Jared Polec

I/C

  • Brad Ebert,
  • Tom Rockliff,
  • Kane Farrell,
  • Riley Bonner

No Late Change

In

  • No Change

Last updated: 7:07PM Saturday, August 4, 2018