Round 8 – Port Adelaide v Adelaide: A double showdown day

 

 

Football brings out optimism and hope, and this was brought to the fore on this sunny Showdown Saturday.

 

As team manager of the besieged A-grade version of the Boyne-Tannum Saints, there would have been no better way than disposing of bitter cross-town rivals – the Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone Suns (formerly Mudcrabs!).

 

“It is going to be a pretty good day,” I said to myself as I gathered all the day’s team necessities into the boot of my car on the way to the Mudcrabs’, oops Suns’ Clinton Oval home base.

 

It was the perfect start as the U13, U15s and U17s won and then the Saints’ women’s team notched its first for the season. Now it was up to the A-grade.

 

A couple of ‘late scratchings’ meant I adjusted the team sheet on the Game Day app on the computer accordingly. The Suns used energy from the large and raucous home crowd to brilliant effect and led all game save for a late goal which tied the scores.

 

Gladstone then booted the final two goals of the game to win by 12 points and beat the Saints for the first time since 2017. Nought out of one. Bugger, but better things were on its way.

 

Later in the night for the ‘second showdown’, the Port Adelaide Power had little trouble and hardly got out of second gear in a 49-point win against a plucky Adelaide Crowd in Showdown 49. Travis Boak was awarded his third Showdown Medal in a best-on-ground effort as the Power won 12.15 (87) to 5.8 (38). Port is likely to be without star ruckman Scott Lycett for some weeks after his sling tackle knocked out Ned McHenry.

 

That aside, Lycett could have easily won the Showdown Medal along with Miles Bergman, who was composed and classy off halfback alongside the likely recruit of the year in intercept defender Aliir Aliir. The latter may well have another AA acronym alongside his name.

 

Port’s other two key defender Toms – Clurey and captain Jonas, were magnificent, and in-form Crows’ forward Taylor Walker was thrashed by Clurey. That is All Australian.

 

Port Adelaide’s sixth win of the season came off the back of the aforementioned names and key forwards Todd Marshall (three goals), Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades (two goals each). And pleasing for the Power fans was to see Kane Farrell win some footy and kick a superb goal from his intercept mark. He did enough to keep his spot for this Saturday’s blockbuster against Western Bulldogs, also at the Adelaide Oval.

 

Ollie Wines, Karl Amon and Robbie Gray also kept the Power engine room purring in greasy conditions. Power coach Ken Hinkley said team defence was what stood out on a dewy Saturday night.

 

“I thought they were outstanding,” the Port coach said in his post-match press conference on the portadelaidefc.com.au site.

 

“I thought Trav got the medal but Tom Clurey was equally as good a player out there.

 

“We probably had three or four that could have but I thought Tom’s performance on an in-form player in Tex (Walker), he really did own that contest.”

 

He also lauded Aliir, captain Jonas and former leader Boak.

 

“Trav’s a long way from done, I think he’s planning on playing his 400th, not just his 300th,” Hinkley smiled.

 

“I came here nearly nine years ago and made him captain and every time I’ve asked him to be the player he’s done it, and that’s all you can mark people by.

 

“When you need him, he’s there. He’s a fantastic person and he’s been equally a great player.”

 

Equally as great was the Port players singing the club song in the club’s traditional prison bar guernsey post game.

 

 

PORT ADELAIDE   2.4    4.6    9.10   12.15 (87)

ADELAIDE              1.0    1.4    4.5      5.8 (38)

 

GOALS

Port Adelaide: Marshall 3, Dixon 2, Georgiades 2, Rozee, Drew, Fantasia, Farrell, Motlop

Adelaide: Thilthorpe 2, Fogarty, Rowe, Sloane

 

BEST

Port Adelaide: Dixon, Lycett, Boak, Amon, Rozee, Farrell

Adelaide: Seedsman, Laird, Sloane, Keays, Schoenberg

 

INJURIES

Port Adelaide: Houston (arm)

Adelaide: McHenry (concussion), Murphy (ankle)

 

SUBSTITUTES

Port Adelaide: Martin Frederick (replaced Houston)

Adelaide: Andrew McPherson (replaced McHenry)

 

 

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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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