Round 23 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide: Power smash Crows for Robbie

Port Adelaide Power edged two wins clear in the overall Showdown 52 tally to 27-25 wins in club great Robbie Gray’s final game.

 

After a tight first half, Port pulled away to clinically dismantle Adelaide Crows 16.15 (111) to 7.13 (55).

 

The perfect Gray replacement Connor Rozee was awarded with the Showdown Medal for best afield in midfield while Todd Marshall finished off his breakout season in style with four goals.

 

Adelaide led the charge early but slowly and surely the packed out Adelaide Oval, in Port’s ‘home game’, we’re not going to be denied like it was in the earlier Showdown this year.

 

Ollie Wines backed up what he said in a spicy pre-game press conference.

 

He amassed 33 touches as did Rozee while Aliir Aliir dominated the Crows’ Taylor Walker.

 

Zak Butters hardly wasted a possession and Karl Amon gave drive off a wing.

 

Port Adelaide will miss finals for the first time since 2019 but at least it ended the season with momentum and confidence to return, and cash in, in the finals race next season.

 

PORT ADELAIDE            2.4   5.7   9.13   16.15 (111)

ADELAIDE                         2.3   4.6   5.9   7.13 (55)

 

GOALS

?Port Adelaide: Marshall 4, Gray 2, Duursma 2, McEntee 2, Amon, Georgiades, Butters, Rozee, Powell-Pepper, Wines

Adelaide: Fogarty 3, Laird, Berry, Walker, O’Brien

 

BEST?

Port Adelaide: Rozee, Wines, Marshall, Butters, Amon, Aliir, Boak

Adelaide: O’Brien, Fogarty, Laird, Dawson, Berry, Schoenberg

 

INJURIES

?Port Adelaide: Dixon (corked leg), Georgiades (ankle), Finlayson (knee)

Adelaide: Hinge (calf)

 

SUBSTITUTES

 ?Port Adelaide: Riley Bonner (replaced Mitch Georgiades in the fourth quarter)

Adelaide: Ben Davis (replaced Mitch Hinge in the fourth quarter)

 

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About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,

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