Adelaide has suffered a 71-point loss against an impressive Port Adelaide side at Noarlunga Oval on Sunday afternoon.

The Power held the Crows goalless during a dominant opening term and were able to rest a host of key players after half-time.

Former skipper Taylor Walker booted three goals and was lively up forward, while Rory Laird (25 disposals), Matt Crouch (24) and Brodie Smith (24) won plenty of the ball. 

Orazio Fantasia looked at home inside forward 50 as he helped himself to 3.3 during an impressive half of football, while Aliir did as he pleased across half back to finish with 21 disposals and 14 marks in a best-on-ground performance.

Port Adelaide opted to rest Travis Boak, Charlie Dixon, Tom Clurey and Fantasia after half-time, providing fringe players the opportunity to stake their claim for a round one berth against North Melbourne.

Billy Frampton and Chayce Jones were replaced by Riley Thilthorpe and Sam Berry after the half-time break for the Crows.

While the Crows were missing a host of key players on Sunday, they will be disappointed they weren't able to mix it with the Power for much of the one-sided clash.

Medical room

The Crows' backline is already short on personnel with Tom Doedee, Daniel Talia and Jake Kelly already missing through injury and they received another scare when Butts hobbled off with an ankle problem early in the third term against the Power. Butts returned to the field with his ankle heavily strapped, but was able to play out the contest in a rare piece of good news for Matthew Nicks' inexperienced side.


ADELAIDE               0.1       1.2       3.5         6.9 (45)

PORT ADELAIDE    3.6       6.10     12.12     17.14 (116)



Adelaide: Walker 3, McAdam 2, Sholl

Port Adelaide: Fantasia 3, Wines 2, Ladhams 2, Gray 2, Georgiades 2, Rozee 2, Butters, Farrell, Mead, Houston



Adelaide: Walker, Smith, Crouch, Butts, McPherson, Laird

Port Adelaide: Aliir, Houston, Gray, Fantasia, Bonner, Rozee



Adelaide: Butts (ankle)

Port Adelaide: Nil


Reports: Nil


Crowd: TBC at Flinders University Stadium