Round 2 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide: SA Leading the Way




by Daryl Schramm



Like most, I really haven’t given too much care or interest in this 2020 AFL season.  Then on last Wednesday I received an email from the Adelaide Oval Football Membership team.


Dear Member,
We are delighted that the State Government have approved a small crowd for Showdown 48 at Adelaide Oval on Saturday evening.
A total of 2000 fans will be seated in the stands, which includes a select number of Adelaide Oval Football Members.
To enter the ballot for a chance to secure a ticket, please click the button below and complete your registration (one registration per membership).
Ballot closes 1.00pm Thursday, 11th June (ACST).
Please only enter the ballot if you, or others who use your membership, are certain you can and will attend the game on Saturday night.
Those members randomly selected will be issued a single ticket, so will be required to attend on their own. This ticket will be in the form of a unique mobile ticket which will be sent to the mobile phone entered during ballot registration.


Will I or won’t I?  Weather wasn’t promising.  Oh why not give it a burl.  It’s a good opportunity created by our handling of the current circumstances.

The following day I received this:


Congratulations.  You are one of the lucky Adelaide Oval Football Members selected at random to attend Showdown 48 on Saturday, 13 June.
Before we can issue your ticket for the game, the person attending must read and acknowledge that they understand the important event information below.
Event Details:
4:30pm – North car park opens
5:30pm – South and North gates open
7:10pm – Game starts
Gate Entry and Exit Details
Please take note of the designated entry gate on your mobile ticket once received and ensure you maintain appropriate social distancing as you enter/exit the ground through this gate.
To avoid unnecessary queuing and ensure everyone is in their seat for the first bounce do not leave your arrival to the last minute.
Seating Arrangements
You have been allocated a reserved seat in level 3 of the Western Stand and will be seated 1.5 metres (one patron every four seats) from all other patrons. Please remain in your allocated seat unless accessing the bathroom or food and beverage outlets. All food and beverages are to be consumed in your allocated seat and gathering outside kiosks will not be permitted.
Other important information
We encourage you to download the COVID-Safe app to your phone
Ideally please do not bring a bag. If a bag is required, please minimise the size to make it quicker for security to conduct bag checks.
Acknowledgement via the button below must be completed by 11am Friday, 12 June.
Mobile ticketing will be issued Friday afternoon to those who comply with the SA Health COVID-19 checklist criteria.


Operationally, things seem to go smoothly.  It was a bit of a weird feeling with all the comments from all supporters around clearly heard.  And no traffic problems to or from the ground.


Driving in to the oval, listening to the ABC commentary of the Blues v Dees, I admit to getting just a smidgen toey.  Football at last.  I’d forgotten what the expectation felt like.  Similar feelings of anticipation walking down the hill to the oval murmured through my senses.  Crowd noise was clearly audible during what I assumed to be the warm-up.  Seat found, picture posted on FB and before long the umpires and teams enter the ground.  The Power supporter with the loudest whistle two rows directly behind me suggested I was in for a long night.  The boos for the Crows and the cheers for the Power suggested there was 10K in, not 2K, and there was a lot of banter about me to make it interesting.


Things were looking good for us with the first two goals of the match.  It was all over 15 minutes into the second quarter with Butters’ volley to the northern end.  Our lack of discipline gave away two more gimmies.  The third was a procession.  Gray hit the post from just outside the goal square at the southern end and Adelaide rebounded for their first goal of the quarter at 24 min mark.  It was strangely quiet at ¾ time.  The fun had well and truly gone for those of us wanting a Crows win.  And the Power supporters were no longer getting bites.  Both teams were eager to finish they had lined up ready to commence the last before the one-minute siren sounded.  Everyone standing around like stale bottles.  Ridiculous.  This and the extra 15 seconds to what was already a long break between a goal and restart will keep people at home.  It’s a blight on the game.


Dixon’s fourth quarter goal (after one in the third) got the gathering around me going.  He was pilloried earlier and after his second goal the Crows supporter behind was copping heaps.  He stuck up for himself admirably.  Then 2 minutes to go and 13 goals down I hear a “c’mon Power, lets bury them”.  The burying was completed yonks before.


Motlop’s mark over Seedsman down in front of me had to be applauded.  Port virtually did as they wished and their younger players got some confidence.  I was thinking that Port might be overrated having played the two bottom teams in the first two rounds but the Gold coast result put paid to that theory.  75 points.  What a drubbing.  But on reflection, probably not a bad year to finish in the bottom 4.  The care factor is still negligible for the AFL.  Double headers for 2 weekends at the oval for the SANFL starting in 11 days might be interesting .  I wonder if the tickets will be balloted?



PORT ADELAIDE   4.2   8.4   14.7  17.8 (110)
ADELAIDE             2.1   3.2    4.3    5.5 (35)

Port Adelaide: Duursma 3, Dixon 3, Westhoff 3, Marshall 2, Motlop 2, Ebert, Boak, Butters, Rozee
Adelaide: Sloane, Fogarty, Smith, Crocker, B.Crouch


Port Adelaide: Rozee, Motlop, Boak, Duursma, Byrne-Jones, Butters
Adelaide: O’Brien, M. Crouch, B. Crouch, Talia


Port Adelaide Ryan Burton (knee)
Adelaide: Jake Kelly (concussion), Rory Sloane (corked thigh)


Umpires: Leigh Haussen, Mathew Nicholls, Craig Fleer, Eleni Glouftsis



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  1. Well done Daryl. Just heard tickets for the next Crows home game will be raffled. 1st prize = one ticket, 2nd prize = two tickets (sorry).

  2. It would appear that Crows fans are in for a long cold winter whereas Power supporters are cock -a -hoop. You have to wonder what Coach Nicks thinks he’s got himself into with basically nothing to work with. Most of the good players have left for greener pastures as the Crows rip themselves apart. ON the other hand I look forward to the Power coming up against Richmond, Collingwood and other top notch sides to see just how good they really are. – on paper they look the goods, time will tell.

  3. Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt says

    The Crows had a Keays and Crocker of a night.

    I’ve said it elsewhere, but that was the most gruesome thing shown at the Mainline Drive In since Zombie Flesh Eaters.

    Thanks for enduring it DS. It’s gonna be a long decade.

  4. Daryl Schramm says

    Thanks for the comments. An oldy but a goldy Mickey. Give it time Fisho. Things will change. Going to be interesting how the club come out of all issues at the moment. Sheesh Swish. A decade! I certainly hope not.

  5. You Crows blokes think you’re doing it tough. Harden up. I’m thinking I’ll change my Eagles membership option from “Payment in proportion to games attended” to “Entire season deferred”. If its good enough for the players to take the year off why not the fans?

  6. Rulebook says

    Darryl good on you for going,I admit have interest haven’t watched any afl yet hurry up Sanfl and community footy

  7. Daryl Schramm says

    PB and Ernest. I suspect some would not have entered the ballot. That was my dilemma. PB. Shouldn’t the media take the year off as well and give us all a break?

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