Top 10: Adelaide Showdown wins
It’s the most stressful time of the year for Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows fans – the Showdown.
10. Showdown XXXI
Adelaide 16.15 (111) d Port Adelaide 11.13 (79)
2011 was a dark time for South Australian football – the Power were looking down the barrel at a potential first wooden spoon, while the Crows had just replaced Neil Craig as coach.
12 months earlier, Matthew Primus was victorious in his first ever Showdown in the Power coaches’ box, this time, it was Mark Bickley in charge of the Crows.
Bicks’ first crack the Power was a successful one, as they led the game from start to finish.
Tex Walker kicked four, while Matty Wright, Rory Sloane and Jack Gunston snagged two each.
Chris Knights would have 31 touches and Bernie Vince and Nathan van Berlo had 30 each.
9. Showdown XLII
Adelaide 15.10 (100) d Port Adelaide 12.11 (83)
For the first time ever, these two sides entered a Showdown as first and second on the AFL table – and they didn’t disappoint.
Despite the Power leading at quarter-time, the Crows kicked 4.6 to 2.0 in the second stanza and maintained control from there.
Showdown specialists Eddie Betts (three) and Tex Walker (four) booted seven goals between them, while Rory Sloane took home the Showdown Medal.
The Crows would go onto be arguably the most dominant side in the competition that year, until grand final day.
8. Showdown XVII
Adelaide 18.16 (124) d Port Adelaide 8.8 (56)
It was the game that would shift the Showdowns heavily towards the Crows.
Port Adelaide had won eight of the last nine Showdowns before this meet, and led the ledger by six games.
Now, the Crows hold it by two
Adelaide slaughtered Port from start to finish, led by Scott Welsh who snagged four goals.
Simon Goodwin, Andrew McLeod, Brent Reilly and Robert Shirley all kicked two majors each, as the Crows thrashed the Power.
Mark Ricciuto would take home the Showdown Medal.
7. Showdown II
Adelaide 9.11 (65) d Port Adelaide 9.4 (58)
After astonishingly losing the first Showdown to the Power, the Crows were keen on redemption on their arch nemesis.
It looked early as if the Power would once again snatch the Showdown, especially as they led by 23 points at the final break.
However, a 30-0 final quarter pushed the Crows over the line.
Troy Bond, Darren Jarman and Peter Vardy kicked two goals each, while Brett James and skipper Mark Bickley had 25 touches apiece.
6. Showdown XV
Adelaide 17.17 (119) d Port Adelaide 13.9 (87)
The ultimate underdog victory.
The Power had dominated Showdowns across 2001-2003, and going into the first of the year in 2004, they were again heavy favourites.
Port had gone into the match with confidence, and looked destined for another top four finish, while the Crows were in trouble at the bottom end.
After trailing at the first break, then-coach Gary Ayres gave his players a spray, and they responded to kick 13 goals to eight after quarter-time to snatch one of the greatest upset Showdowns ever.
Graham Johncock kicked four, while Wayne Carey and Ken McGregor had three.
Then-reigning Brownlow Medallist Mark Ricciuto won the Showdown Medal with 36 disposals.
5. Showdown XLV
Adelaide 13.18 (96) d Port Adelaide 14.9 (93)
Showdowns in the modern era are thrilling matches, and this one had that and controversy.
The cries of ‘it hit the post’ can still be heard from Alberton, but the Crows got the chocolates.
Ollie Wines had the opportunity to ice the game, but decided to snap at goal from a slight angle and miss badly.
Matt Crouch had a lazy 35 touches, while Rory Atkins and Bryce Gibbs had 29 each.
However, Port’s Robbie Gray would walk away with the Showdown Medal.
4. Showdown XXIV
Adelaide 12.13 (85) d Port Adelaide 11.13 (79)
A game which defined Showdowns.
The Crows won the game despite having four players injured on the bench – Nathan Bassett, Luke Jericho, Jason Porplzia and Kris Massie.
Richard Douglas was huge with three goals, while Bernie Vince walked away with the Showdown Medal after his 24-disposal and two-goal game.
3. Showdown XLIII
Adelaide 18.22 (130) d Port Adelaide 7.4 (46)
South Australia had been thrashed by rain across the weekend, which led to the lowest Showdown crowd at Adelaide Oval ever.
However, the conditions clearly suited the Crows, as, despite kicking inaccurately, they towelled the Power up.
Eddie Betts and Josh Jenkins booted four each, while Tex Walker had his three.
Matt Crouch had 34 touches and Rory Sloane notched up 30.
2. Showdown XIX
Adelaide 18.15 (123) d Port Adelaide 5.10 (40)
It was called the ‘Ultimate Showdown’.
After the Crows had lost to St Kilda in their Qualifying Final and the Power smashed North Melbourne in the Elimination Final, the two were destined to meet in the semis.
Port champion Chad Cornes now infamously spoke of his excitement about the match, but it soon disappeared.
Byron Pickett cleaned up Rhett Biglands in a fair contest, and the Crows went to another level.
They booted 14 goals to two after the half-time break, and went through to the prelims.
Scott Welsh slotted four while Simon Goodwin and Ian Perrie enjoyed three each.
The two sides haven’t met in the finals since.
1. Showdown XXXIX
Adelaide 18.8 (116) d Port Adelaide 17.11 (113)
Considered to the be the greatest Showdown of all time.
This match was played shortly after the death of Crows coach Phil Walsh, who had also spent time at Port Adelaide.
It was a surreal feeling around Adelaide Oval, as neither club ran out to their respective songs, and shared a banner.
The Crows led by five goals at three-quarter-time, and withstood a late Power fightback, with the noise at the ground ear piercing.
Tex Walker and Josh Jenkins kicked three goals each, while Tom Lynch and Charlie Cameron had two apiece.
Scott Thompson would also walk away with the one-off Phil Walsh Medal.