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Top 10: Port Adelaide Showdown wins

It’s the most stressful time of the year for Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows fans – the Showdown.


10. Showdown III

Port Adelaide 11.7 (73) d Adelaide 8.16 (64)

Fresh off their maiden flag in 1997, many would’ve expected the Crows to walk over the Power in just the third meeting between the two clubs.

Despite trailing by seven points at quarter-time, Port fired back in the second term, before finally gaining the ascendancy in the final quarter.

Adam Kingsley had 26 touches, Brayden Lyle had 25 and both Donald Dickie and Gavin Wanganeen had 24.

9. Showdown XXVI

Port Adelaide 15.15 (105) d Adelaide 12.7 (79)

The Power were fresh from copping a 66-point hiding from St Kilda, while the Crows had taken out a 17-point win at the MCG over Melbourne.

However, it was the Power who would take the chocolates in this meeting, with a dominant Dean Brogan snatching the Showdown Medal.

Kane Cornes picked up a lazy 37 touches, Steven Salopek had 33 while Showdown specialist Chad Cornes had 27 and booted two goals.

Warren Tredrea also continued his early solid form with three majors.

8. Showdown XVI

Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) d Adelaide 9.6 (60)

Aside from beating your greatest rival in a grand final, sealing a minor premiership at its expense is also solid.

The Power sealed the 2004 minor premiership with the win in Showdown XVI.

Brownlow Medal fancy Warren Tredrea booted four goals, had 21 touches – 11 of those contested as he secured the Showdown Medal.

Josh Carr would rack up 26 touches, Peter Burgoyne had 25 and Chad Cornes had 26 as the Power dominated the underdog Crows.

7. Showdown XI

Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) d Adelaide 12.10 (82)

The ‘Ramsgate’ Showdown.

The Crows had led by 22 points after half-time, before the Power booted eight goals to three in the second half to snatch the win.

Josh Carr had tagged Mark Ricciuto for the game and held him to just 14 touches, which blew up at the Ramsgate afterwards.

Jarrad Schofield had a lazy 29 touches, Adam Kingsley had 24, while Chad Cornes booted three goals.

6. Showdown XXXIV

Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) d Adelaide 16.13 (109)

The Ken Hinkley era at Port Adelaide had begun with two sensational wins over Melbourne and GWS Giants in rounds two and three, but the Showdown presented the biggest challenge for the Power so far.

The Crows had made the preliminary final only months earlier, and were still riding that high.

New captain Travis Boak was massive with 30 touches and three goals, while Justin Westhoff had 24 touches and four goals.

Would be All-Australian Chad Wingard had 25 touches and three goals, while Ollie Wines also had 25 and two goals.

5. Showdown XXI

Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) d Adelaide 11.15 (81)

One of the biggest upsets in Showdown history.

Port Adelaide entered the game with its then club-record six-game losing streak, while the Crows were flying, bound for another top four finish.

The Crows led by three goals at quarter-time, and nine at half-time, and looked comfortable.

However, the Power rallied to kick eight goals to five in the second half to blow the Crows out the water.

Club icon Chad Cornes had 28 touches, and was immortalised in Showdown folklore forever, with an image captured of him celebrating emphatically in front of Crows fans.

Brett Ebert booted three, while Shaun Burgoyne, Dom Cassisi, Brendon Lade and Josh Mahoney kicked two each.


4. Showdown XLIV

Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) d Adelaide 14.6 (90)

The Crows had held a comfortable ledger over the Power, having won six of the last seven Showdowns.

The Crows looked as if they’d win another, as they sat comfortably in front by 21 points at half-time.

Enter Robbie Gray.

The Power superstar booted six goals to help the Power take an unlikely two-goal lead into three-quarter-time.

Port had opened up a 17-point lead, but goals from Eddie Betts, Tex Walker and finally Mitch McGovern had put the Crows back in front with seconds remaining.

Following a massive clearance from Dougal Howard, Steven Motlop stepped up and composed himself before sending home the sealer.


3. Showdown I

Port Adelaide 11.17 (83) d Adelaide 11.6 (72)

The experienced heads came up against the new kids on the block, and got shocked.

The Power, in only their fourth game in the AFL, had sealed only their second win by beating the heavily favoured Crows.

Despite Tony Modra booting seven and Gavin Wanganeen going down with an injury early, the Power kicked away to a 33-point lead at three-quarter-time.

Only two games are more historic in comparison to this.

2. Showdown XVI

Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) d Adelaide 11.7 (73)

The first Showdown at Adelaide Oval.

Aside from the Crows hitting the front briefly for the start of the third quarter, the Power were barely threatened.

Chad Wingard booted four, Jay Schulz was terrific with three and Kane Cornes got 33 touches.

Matt White immortalised himself in Port Adelaide folklore by kicking two late goals and celebrating by pointing to the Power logo.

Hamish Hartlett took home the Showdown Medal with 29 touches and a goal.

1. Showdown XXXV

Port Adelaide 17.5 (107) d Adelaide 15.13 (103)

“It’s gone at right angles, Tim!”

A game that had it all.

Showdown XXXV was an all-time classic, and arguably the greatest Showdown of all time.

The Power trailed by three goals with roughly four minutes left.

Robbie Gray popped up to score the first, followed by a remarkable goal from Angus Monfries, which bounced at right angles in front of the behinds and went through for a goal.

This was followed by a selfless centring kick, which landed in the hands of Chad Wingard, who booted his fifth goal to not only seal the game and the Showdown Medal, but arguably his spot in the All-Australian side.

Will Showdown XLVII feature on this list after Saturday? Let’s hope so.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.