Adelaide’s small forward recruits impressed in Saturday’s trial match, with Shane McAdam (three) and Tyson Stengle (four) booting seven goals between them.
After trailing by 11 points at quarter-time, the Crows booted nine of the next 11 goals to open up a 34-point lead at the 11-minute mark of the third quarter.
However, Port Adelaide responded with nine of the last 10 majors to run out 11-point winners, 15.8 (98) to 13.9 (87).
Brad Crouch was strong in his first competitive football match in 511 days, providing plenty of clearances through Adelaide’s engine room.
Lachlan Murphy opened Adelaide’s account at the seven-minute mark before McAdam added his first less than two minutes later.
A classy snap from first-round draft pick Ned McHenry resulted in a third consecutive goal for the Crows.
Port Adelaide responded with their first goal of the game via a booming kick from Jake Patmore, kicking off a five-goal run.
A goal on the siren from Power defender Dougal Howard saw Adelaide trail by 11 at quarter-time.
The Crows took control in the second, kicking six goals to the Power’s one.
McAdam continued to impress with two more majors to take his tally to three by half-time, while Tyson Stengle added two of his own to Adelaide’s score.
A high ball into the forward 50 saw ruckman Reilly O’Brien take a strong grab above the pack and slot through his first before Matthew Wright added another moments later.
Trailing by 21 points at the main break, the Power drew first blood in the second half with an early goal through Zak Butters before Darcy Fogarty sent the Sherrin soaring through the posts from 50 out.
Crouch collected a tap from O’Brien and powered out of the centre to send the footy towards to goal square and a free kick to Paul Hunter saw him kick his first minutes later.
Stengle again showed he was dangerous up forward, kicking his third to open up a game-high lead for the Crows.
The next four went the way of Port Adelaide allowing them to close the cap to 10 points at three-quarter time.
With one quarter to go, Adelaide held a ten-point lead.
To open the final term, Jordan Gallucci surged into forward 50 and found Stengle directly in front for his fourth goal of the game.
However, the Power would quickly respond, kicking the last four goals of the game to win by 11 points.
ADELAIDE 3.2 9.5 12.7 13.9 (87)
PORT ADELAIDE 5.1 6.2 11.3 15.8 (98)
GOALS: Stengle 4, McAdam 3, Murphy, McHenry, O'Brien, Wright, Fogarty, Hunter