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Katrina Gill  August 7, 2017 2:37 PM

AFL 2017 Round 20 - Adelaide v Port Adelaide

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Taylor Walker of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Adelaide Oval on August 06, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

Adelaide’s 84-point win was the biggest in Showdown history, edging out the Club’s 83-point victory over Port Adelaide in the 2005 Semi-Final.

Sunday’s victory put the Crows ahead on the overall Showdown ledger (22 – 21) for the first time since Round Seven, 2000, when Adelaide led 4 – 3.

It was Adelaide’s fifth-straight Showdown win – the Club’s longest-ever winning streak against the Power. The comprehensive result also maintained coach Don Pyke’s perfect Showdown record (4 – 0).

For the sixth time, Eddie Betts (4.4) kicked at least four goals in a Showdown. No other player has achieved the feat, with the next-best record being four (or more) goals on three different occasions.

Crows captain Taylor Walker, who kicked three goals on Sunday, holds the record for most Showdown goals with 36 from 13 games. Betts is second with 31 goals from only eight Showdowns.

Midfielder Hugh Greenwood, who laid 12 tackles in the first half, equalled former Power skipper Dom Cassisi’s record for most tackles in a Showdown with 13.

Greenwood has now applied more tackles in his first 10 games (74) than any other player in AFL history.

The promoted rookie had 28 pressure acts on Sunday level with Richard Douglas as the most for Adelaide. He also won seven hard-ball gets – the second most of any AFL player over the weekend.

Ruckman Sam Jacobs claimed his third Showdown Medal, joining Crows champion Mark Ricciuto and former Power star Josh Francou as a three-time winner of the award.

Matt Crouch was the leading possession winner on the ground with 34. He also won eight clearances, laid eight tackles and assisted in three goals.

Crouch has averaged 29.40 disposals in his five games against Port Adelaide – the highest possession average of any player in Showdown history.

Vice-captain Rory Sloane generated a round and game-high 10 inside 50ms from his 30 disposals.

Sloane also won an equal-game high nine clearances and a team-high 17 contested possessions to go with seven tackles, two goal assists and a goal.

Of Sloane’s clearances, five were in the centre square – ranked equal-second for the round.

Brad Crouch, who also won nine clearances, gathered 29 possessions at 86 per cent efficiency. He also laid eight tackles and kicked a goal from inside the centre square.

Defenders Jake Kelly (100 per cent), Alex Keath (91 per cent) and Luke Brown (90 per cent) also recorded elite disposal efficiencies.

After being thrashed in contested ball by Collingwood (-50) last week, Adelaide responded to win the contested possession count 181 – 135 on Sunday – a turnaround of 96.

The contested possession differential of +46 on Sunday was Adelaide’s biggest in a game since Champion Data started recording statistics (1999). The Club’s previous best was +44 against the Brisbane Lions in the corresponding round last season.

The Crows held Port Adelaide to 1.3 (9) in the first half – the Power’s lowest half-time score this season and equal-second lowest in history.

The disposal (+93), contested ball (+32), contested mark (+8) and intercept possession (+13) differentials at half-time were the biggest-ever recorded by Champion Data for Adelaide in a half.

Walker, Rory Laird and Jake Lever each took eight marks. Five of Walker’s marks were contested – an equal-Round 20 high.

Lever took a game-high five marks from opposition kicks and effected nine spoils – more than any other Crow. He won more intercept possessions (12) than any other player in Round 20.

Walker also collected 23 disposals and kicked three goals to finish second to Jacobs in the Showdown Medal voting.

The Crows took 17 marks inside forward 50m to Port Adelaide’s three. Adelaide has averaged five more marks inside 50 than its opposition against top eight teams this season – ranked No.1 and three more than any other team.

The second-ranked ruckman for the round behind Melbourne’s Max Gawn, Jacobs won 42 hit-outs, laid six tackles and kicked two goals.

Jacobs, Walker (three), Eddie Betts (four) and Josh Jenkins (four) all kicked multiple goals, as Adelaide recorded its second-biggest win of the season.

Match statistics
Disposals
Adelaide – 407
Port Adelaide – 307

Disposal efficiency
Adelaide – 71%
Port Adelaide – 66%

Kicks
Adelaide – 250
Port Adelaide – 164

Handballs
Adelaide – 157
Port Adelaide – 143

Clearances
Adelaide – 55
Port Adelaide – 35

Inside 50ms
Adelaide – 81
Port Adelaide – 31

Contested possessions
Adelaide – 181
Port Adelaide – 135

Uncontested possessions
Adelaide – 233
Port Adelaide – 167

Tackles
Adelaide – 83
Port Adelaide – 81

Hit-outs
Adelaide – 44
Port Adelaide – 49