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Showdown
McLeodMarkcrop.jpg
Players Andrew McLeod (left) and Kane Cornes (right) about to engage in a marking contest at Football Park in 2008
LocaleAdelaide, South Australia
First meeting20 April 1997
(Adelaide 72–83 Port Adelaide)
Latest meeting4 August 2018
(Adelaide 96–93 Port Adelaide)
Next meeting11 May 2019
StadiumsFootball Park (1997–2013)
Adelaide Oval (2014–present)
Statistics
Meetings total45
All-time seriesAdelaide (23 wins)
Port Adelaide (22 wins)

The Showdown is an Australian rules football local derby game played by the two Australian Football League teams from South Australia, the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs. The head to head count between the two clubs only include premiership matches.

The South Australian Brewing Company, makers of West End beers, were the first sponsors of the game and decided that the "Showdown" would be an appropriate name as a promotional opportunity for games between these two clubs, since it was the first time two South Australian teams had played against each other in the AFL.

The rivalry between Adelaide and Port Adelaide is often considered the best in the Australian Football League with Malcolm Blight, Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend, stating in 2009 that "there is no doubt it is the greatest rivalry in football."[1]

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Background[edit]

Australian rules football has been played by designated clubs in South Australia since 1860 along with recorded instances of Gaelic football as early as 1843.[3] In 1876 South Australian clubs agreed to universally adopt the rules of the 'Old Adelaide club' which were the closest to those in use in Victoria at the time.[4] In 1877 eight local clubs came together, of which only Port Adelaide and South Adelaide remain, and formed the first Australian rules football administration by establishing the South Australian Football Association (later renamed as the SANFL).[5] During the late 1970s and early 1980s the Victorian Football League began to assert its economic dominance. This assertion came in the form of expanding into other states, initially with the Sydney Swans in New South Wales in 1982, and through recruitment of significant numbers of players from other states.

The Showdown's intense rivalry can be traced back to the initial attempts of SANFL clubs trying to enter the expanding VFL and the latter competition for licences for the subsequent AFL.

First South Australian AFL licence[edit]

In 1982 the SANFL approached the VFL in regards to entering two sides, Port Adelaide and longtime major rival Norwood, in the Victorian league.[6] This action was also taken by WAFL club East Perth in 1980.[7] All approaches were ignored by the VFL at the time with the reason given by Jack Hamilton being that the VFL clubs thought that one or two SANFL teams would end up being too strong later admitting that they also wanted to continue to poach the states best players, which would soon include Craig Bradley and Stephen Kernahan in 1986.[8] 1982 also saw the first instance of the VFL expanding beyond Melbourne and Geelong with the South Melbourne Football Club being relocated to Sydney. The Port Adelaide Football Club's annual report from late 1982 showed that the failure of the attempts made by South Australian and West Australian clubs to enter the VFL significantly impacted the club's understanding of its future.[9] From this point Port Adelaide restructured the club in regards to economics, public relations and on-field performance for an attempt to enter the league in 1990. There was genuine feeling that failure to do this would result in the club ceasing to exist in the future.[10]

Michael Robinson in writing for the 1985 Football Times Yearbook suggested that Norwood and Port Adelaide would be better off in a National competition due to the gate sharing arrangements brought in by the SANFL that year[11]

In 1985 Port Adelaide registered itself as a national football club. Sentiment at this time amongst the direction of Australian rules football in South Australia was succinctly encapsulated by a Michael Robinson article in the 1985 Football Times Yearbook that previewed the SANFL's upcoming season. In that article Robinson wrote about the disappointment of the equal gate sharing of match takings enforced by the SANFL for the upcoming season with the stronger South Australian clubs propping up ailing clubs such as Woodville.[11]

The following year the SANFL registered the name "Adelaide Football Club" in 1986 but ended up deciding against entering a team into the VFL.[12] In 1986 Norwood Football Club made an independent approach to the VFL with entry into the league discussed in great detail but these discussions ultimately failed to materialise.[10] In 1987 the West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears were admitted to the Victorian Football League leaving South Australia as the only mainland state without representation in the VFL.

By 1989 seven out of ten SANFL clubs were recording losses and the combined income of the SANFL and WAFL had dropped to 40% of that of the VFL.[12] The 1989 Port Adelaide annual report and November newsletter contrasted with the outlook of other SANFL and WAFL clubs. After its demolition of North Adelaide in the 1989 SANFL Grand Final holding its opposition to a single goal, the club claimed a profit in the annual report and hinted at its intentions the following year in the club newsletter by saying Port Adelaide was "far better than their nearest rival in the SANFL".[14][15]

Left: On 9 August 1990 it was revealed Norwood had been in discussions with the AFL to join in 1991. However, after seeing the local media response to Port Adelaide's bid they sided with the SANFL. Norwood would again try to gain a licence during 1994 in a merger with Sturt[16]
Right: An injunction was won in the Supreme Court of South Australia preventing Port Adelaide from continuing its discussions with the AFL after 12 August 1990

During early 1990 the SANFL had decided to wait three years before making any further decision. Frustrated with lack of progress, Port Adelaide were having secret negotiations in the town of Quorn for entry in 1991.[17] A practice match organised by Port Adelaide and Geelong on the 25 February at Football Park attracted at over 30,000 spectators and illustrated the potential of a South Australian side in the newly renamed national competition.[18] Around the same time AFL was also seeking Norwood to join the national competition in 1990. However Norwood would eventually side with the SANFL after seeing the media reaction to Port Adelaide's attempts.

When the knowledge of Port Adelaide Football Club's negotiations to gain an AFL licence were made public, the other SANFL clubs saw it as an act of treachery. Subsequently, the SANFL clubs, led by Glenelg, urged Justice Olssen to make an injunction against the bid, which he agreed to.[12] In total the SANFL spent $500,000 in legal fees to stop Port Adelaide's entry into the AFL, with the latter simply unable to compete in the court room. The SANFL promptly created a composite team to beat Port Adelaide's bid. The Adelaide Football Club gained what was very close to being Port Adelaide's licence to the AFL and began playing in 1991. The new Adelaide club would adopt the moniker of "Crows" after the states inhabitants often used the nickname "Crow-eaters". During this time the SANFL began suing people involved with Port Adelaide, including people volunteering in unpaid positions, with the AFL quickly stepping in to guarantee the protection of the club and associated people.[6] In 2014 during an interview with the Adelaide Advertiser, Ross Oakley revealed that "In desperation to force (the SANFL’s) hand...we began dealing directly with two powerhouse clubs of the SANFL, Norwood and Port Adelaide...we were changing the league’s name to AFL — and we could not go without a team from Adelaide.”[13]

1990 SANFL Grand Final
Last game without AFL in SA.
G B Total
Glenelg 13 15 93
Port Adelaide 16 12 108
Venue: Football Park Crowd: 50,589[20]

The front runners for the coaching job at the newly created club were both involved in the last SANFL game played in South Australia before the advent of a local AFL team, the 1990 SANFL Grand Final. In that game Port Adelaide, coached by John Cahill defeated Glenelg, coached by Graham Cornes, by 15 points. Graham Cornes ended up being selected to coach the Adelaide Crows for the 1991 AFL season. Cornes compiled a club list of the best players from South Australia, with few originating from other states, in what was almost a state side in the first year.[23] Chris McDermott, captain of Glenelg in the 1990 SANFL Grand Final, was designated as the Crows inaugural captain.[23] Despite Port Adelaide being SANFL premiers in 1990, only 5 players from the team became part of the Adelaide Crows squad of 52. Those players being Bruce Abernethy, Simon Tregenza, David Brown, Darren Smith and Scott Hodges, with the last three joining Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL squad in 1997.[23][24]

Second South Australian AFL licence[edit]

The Adelaide Crows admission to the AFL had a devastating impact on the leagues attendances with the SANFL recording a 45% drop between 1990 and 1993.[25] Port Adelaide defied this trend of falling SANFL attendances recording an increase of 13% from 1990 to 1993.[26]

In 1994 the AFL announced that South Australia would receive a licence for a second team based in the state.[8] The major bids competing with Port Adelaide this time around were from merger club proposals in Norwood-Sturt, and Glenelg-South. On 15 June the SANFL handed down a report recommending the second license go to a team formed from the amalgamation of two clubs.[6]

On 2 October Port Adelaide won the 1994 SANFL Grand Final, its fifth in seven years. On 13 December Port Adelaide won the tender for the second SA license over its various state rivals, however it was prevented from entering the competition before 1996 as stipulated in the Adelaide Crows license agreement.[29] In 1995 after an SANFL game at Football Park the Adelaide Crows began carrying out a training session which was interrupted by a large hoard of Port Adelaide supporters chanting "We're coming to get you".[30] Adelaide Crows coach Robert Shaw was the only Adelaide Crows official to confront the hoard.[30] In 1996 Port Adelaide was left to wait again as a vacancy was required in the league.

When the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged at the end of the 1996 AFL season, a vacancy had been created, and Port Adelaide were confirmed as participants in the 1997 AFL season.

Other contributing factors[edit]

Along with the circumstances of the two clubs entries into the national competition are numerous other factors that fuel the rivalry.

Player recruitment[edit]

Due to the inherent nature of being the only two South Australian clubs in the competition, when a player seeks to move to the state both clubs often vigorously compete for the players signature. This also applies during the AFL Draft when both clubs will jostle for position to gain local talent.

Local media[edit]

Whilst housing numerous television and radio stations with their own local personalities, South Australia simultaneous lacks the presence of either a Rugby League or Rugby Union franchise. This results in the focusing being almost entirely on Australian rules football and media personalities almost exclusively following one of the two local AFL teams. As a result of this intense media focus on Australian rules football in the Adelaide media by supporters exclusively from the two local clubs, the air time of interstate clubs and their happenings are reduced. Additionally it is almost impossible for executive editors and directors of media in Adelaide to not have some sort of club allegiance. An example is Andy Kay, the general manager of Channel 7 Adelaide since 2017, who is an avid Adelaide Crows fan and was the inaugural host of a program called "The Crows Show". Some presenters in radio and television are either ambassadors of the two clubs for which the individuals, in exchange for positive publicity of their club, receive invitations to club events. Additionally some media personalities and editors are simultaneously employees of one of the clubs themselves. This has led countless conflicts of interest with some using their positions in the media to discredit or slander the rival clubs. In the lead up to Port Adelaide's 2018 match against St Kilda at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Crows member and local tabloid journalist, Mike Smithson on radio and news reports suggested that Port Adelaide fans take their poncho's and preferably stay at home due to the weather. However the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in the lead up said there was a 0% chance of rain for the duration of the match. Also in 2018 it was alleged that the Adelaide Crows had approached the Adelaide Advertiser to seek the dismissal of long time chief football writer Michelangelo Rucci who grew up as a Port Adelaide fan.[31] Port Adelaide fans pointed to articles from 2011 and 2012 when Rucci regularly pilloried their club as proof that he is sufficiently impartial, especially considering the strong presence of pro-Adelaide Crows voices in South Australian media.

Litigation[edit]

Apart from the initial instances of litigation when Port Adelaide administrators and volunteers were sued in 1990, there have been numerous more recent examples of the practice.[6] When Scott Hodges, a player for both clubs at different stages but primarily Port Adelaide, released his book describing an encounter with his teammate Andrew Jarman during his time at the Adelaide Crows, the latter player publicly threatened the former with legal action.

State guernsey[edit]

In 2005 for the AFL's Heritage Round, the Adelaide Crows decided to wear the 1930 South Australian state guernsey. During the same match Port Adelaide were blocked by the AFL from wearing the club's Prison Bar guernsey.

In February 2014, the Adelaide Crows announced that they would wear the South Australian state guernsey in the first Showdown at Adelaide Oval. This left Port Adelaide fans particularly aggrieved as many of their greats had worn the South Australia guernsey in the past. Port Adelaide released a statement at the time saying that the state guernsey was "a symbol of South Australian football unification, not division".[32] Others commented that it would be misappropriation to use a State guernsey for a club based competition with players who came from interstate being forced to wear a symbol of South Australia.

Lingering resentment[edit]

Many supporters of traditionally strong South Australian clubs other than Port Adelaide, such as Norwood, Sturt, Glenelg and North Adelaide, were left frustrated that Port Adelaide were the only SANFL club to make the transition to the AFL.

Differences in preferred football structure[edit]

Adelaide and Port Adelaide fans, and administrators, especially in the 1990s, differed on what they considered the preferable model for South Australian football going forward.

The SANFL, and thus the early Adelaide administrators, saw the Crows as being the top of a South Australian football pyramid. The intention being that both players and administrators would work their way up through the SANFL ranks to eventually become involved with the Crows.

Alternatively, Port Adelaide fans and administrators believed that the strongest SANFL clubs, especially itself and rival Norwood as per an earlier joint bid in 1982, were the equal, at least historically, of VFL clubs. Thus from this perspective the ideal model for South Australian football going forward would be to gain entry itself alongside other strong South Australian clubs into an eventual national competition, with reserves playing in the SANFL.

To this day there are supporters of both clubs who believe the other club should not be in the Australian Football League.

Competitiveness[edit]

The Showdown has a history of upsets with ladder ranking and betting markets being a poor indicator of the final result. As of Showdown 44, over a third of meetings have gone the way of the lower ranked team. In addition to this the overall head-to-head lead has been held by both teams at different stages, has never gone beyond a differential of 6 and, as of Showdown 44, is equal with both teams on 22 wins each. This contrasts with the Western Derby where West Coast have never relinquished the lead of the head-to-head ledger and have at some stages held a 12 win differential over Fremantle and the Sydney Derby where the Sydney Swans have also never relinquished the lead of the head-to-head ledger and held a 8 win differential over the GWS Giants after 9 meetings.

Notable Showdowns[edit]

1997 Round 4: The Inaugural Showdown[edit]

In the inaugural Showdown, Port Adelaide beat the Adelaide Crows by 11 points. Having won their first match in the AFL against Geelong the week before, a pumped up Port jumped the Crows in the first half and managed to hold on in the final quarter as the Crows mounted a comeback.[36] The game notably also featured a fight between Port's Scott Cummings and Adelaide's Rod Jameson.

Dennis Cometti, commentator for the inaugural Showdown, later elaborated on his chameleon comment saying that when the Adelaide Crows entered the AFL some Port Adelaide supporters began to follow the new team as it was the only South Australian club competing on the national stage, but six years after their original club attempted to do the same, they reverted to supporting Port Adelaide after they won the first showdown.[37]


Showdown I
Sunday, 20 April (3:10 pm) Adelaide def. by Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 47,256)
1.1 (7)
3.4 (22)
5.5 (35)
 11.6 (72)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.6 (12)
5.10 (40)
9.14 (68)
 11.17 (83)
Showdown Medal: Not Awarded
Brownlow Votes:
3 Mead, 2 Breuer, 1 Lade
Television broadcast: Seven Network
7: Modra
2: Rintoul
1: Standfield, Vardy
Goals 4: Cummings
2: Breuer, Downsborough
1: Burgoyne, Francou, Wilson
Modra, Ricciuto Best Mead, Breuer, Lade, Wilson
Jameson Reports Cummings

2002 Round 5: The Ramsgate Showdown[edit]

The Ramsgate Hotel was the location of an altercation between the two sides in 2002

The round 5, 2002 Showdown was the second time in a row Port Adelaide had won by 8 points. After the game players from both sides coincidentally came across each other at the Ramsgate Hotel in Henley Beach. During the match Josh Carr had been tagging Mark Ricciuto holding him to only 6 kicks (for comparison Ricciuto averaged 13 over his career).[38] After the game when the groups of players met at the Ramsgate Hotel the two started an argument, and with the assistance of alcohol, a brawl between the two groups broke out. No one was badly injured. The publicity of this incident resulted in the only consecutive Showdown crowds of 50,000 at Football Park.[39]

Showdown XI
Saturday, 27 April
(7:10pm)
Adelaide def. by Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 49,513)
6.1 (37)
9.4 (58)
11.8 (74)
 12.10 (82)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
3.0 (18)
6.0 (36)
10.3 (63)
 14.6 (90)
Showdown Medal: Jarrad Schofield
Brownlow Votes:
3 Schofield, 2 French, 1 Doughty
Television broadcast: Nine Network
2: Stevens, Welsh, Burton, Johncock
1: Bickley, Bode, Goodwin, Stenglein
Goals 3: C. Cornes
2: Burgoyne, Wanganeen
1: Cockatoo-Collins, Guerra, James, Kingsley, Lade, Poulton, Tredrea

2004 Round 7: The Upset[edit]

Showdown XV is memorable for the magnitude of the upset that the Adelaide Crows pulled off and the fact that it ended Port Adelaide's 7 game winning streak in Showdowns. At the start of the game Port Adelaide had won 5 of its first 6 games whilst Adelaide had only managed one. The gambling markets had Adelaide at $5 to win the match, the longest odds offered in any Showdown.[40] Port Adelaide entered the first break with a 6-point lead but the Adelaide Crows coach of the time Gary Ayres gave his side a spray and subsequently ran away with the game to cause arguably the biggest upset in Showdown history.


Showdown XV
Saturday, 8 May (7:10 pm) Port Adelaide def. by Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 44,733)
5.2 (32)
7.3 (45)
9.7 (61)
 13.9 (87)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
4.2 (26)
11.6 (72)
14.14 (98)
 17.17 (119)
Showdown Medal: Mark Ricciuto
Brownlow Votes:
3 Stenglein, 2 Ricciuto, 1 Clarke
Television broadcast: Network Ten
7: Tredrea
2: Ebert
1: Burgoyne, Cassisi, Cornes, Brogan
Goals 4: Johncock
3: Carey, McGregor
2: Jericho
1: Edwards, Welsh, Bock, Massie, Stenglein

2005 Semi Final: The "Ultimate" Showdown[edit]

In the 2005 AFL Finals Series, Adelaide and Port Adelaide met in a semi-final, the first time, and thus far only time in their history they had played against each other in a finals game. The stakes of a showdown had never been higher and South Australia experienced an unprecedented high anticipation to the game in the week leading up to the match. The match was known in the buildup as "The Ultimate Showdown".[41] The first half of the game was an intense, defensive contest with the Crows leading 4.7 (31) to 3.6 (24) at the main break. Tempers almost boiled over in the second quarter after Adelaide ruckman Rhett Biglands was stretchered from the ground after a Byron Pickett shirtfront. However Biglands would return in the second half and the incident would eventually be deemed legal.[42] After half time, Adelaide thrashed Port Adelaide outscoring them by 76 points cruising home for an 83-point win, ending Port Adelaide's season. This remains as the only final played between the two sides and the only final the two would ever play at Football Park. 2005 was also the only time one of the clubs had defeated the other side in 3 Showdowns in the same AFL season.


Showdown XIX
Saturday, 10 September (7:00 pm) Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 50,521)
3.4 (22)
4.7 (31)
12.9 (81)
 18.15 (123)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.1 (13)
3.6 (24)
4.6 (30)
 5.10 (40)
Umpires: Michael Vozzo, Brett Allen, Scott McLaren
Showdown Medal: Not Awarded
Television broadcast: Network Ten
4: Welsh
3: Goodwin, Perrie
2: McGregor
1: Hentschel, Edwards, McLeod, Ricciuto, Rutten, Shirley
Goals 1: Mahoney, S.Burgoyne, Pearce, Pettigrew, Wanganeen
Edwards, Goodwin, Ricciuto, Clarke, Rutten, Bassett, Burton, McLeod Best C.Cornes, K.Cornes, Montgomery, Wakelin
Johncock (calf), Biglands, Shirley (head knock) Injuries Wilson (hamstring)
Nil Reports Nil

2008 Round 3: The Brutal Showdown[edit]

Showdown 24 is often cited as the most physical meeting of the two clubs. Early in the match Dean Brogan fractured Luke Jericho’s sternum. The game was memorable in the Adelaide Crows ability to just hold and limp to the siren for a win despite having four injured players on the bench against a Port Adelaide side with all the momentum kicking the last three goals of the match, with Daniel Motlop bringing the margin to 6 points with two minutes remaining. The 6 point margin was at the time the smallest in Showdown history and the result evened the ledger for the first time since 2000.


Showdown XXIV
Sunday, 6 April (4:10 pm) Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 45,524)
2.3 (15)
4.8 (32)
8.11 (59)
 12.13 (85)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.3 (15)
4.7 (31)
7.12 (54)
 11.13 (79)
Showdown Medal: Bernie Vince
Brownlow Votes:
3 Vince, 2 Thompson, 1 Rodan
Television broadcast: Nine Network
3: Douglas
2: Vince, Goodwin
1: Edwards, McLeod, Burton, Griffin
Goals 4: S. Burgoyne
2: C. Cornes
1: Motlop, Rodan, Boak, Brogan
Vince, Johncock, Edwards, Rutten, Goodwin, Douglas, Thompson Best P. Burgoyne, Brogan, C. Cornes, Surjan, Cassisi, S. Burgoyne
Bassett (concussion), Jericho (back), Porplyzia (shoulder), Massie (hamstring) Injuries Nil
Nil Reports Thomas

2013 Round 19: Football Park farewell[edit]

Diagram of Angus Monfries' goal kicked on the 50 metre line that bounced before the left behind line, significantly changed direction right, and crossed the goal line to bring Port Adelaide within 2 points of Adelaide with 87 seconds remaining

In 2013 Port Adelaide beat Adelaide in the final Showdown to be played at Football Park. The game was also memorable for Port Adelaide's late final quarter charge, coming back from 20 points in the last 6 minutes of the game. This included a goal by Angus Monfries from outside 50 that landed just in front of the Port Adelaide's point line, bounced at right angles and went through for a goal. Chad Wingard kicked his fifth goal in the last 28 seconds to hand Port Adelaide the lead and win.[43] Port Adelaide winning this match meant the club had won the first, last and most Showdowns played at Football Park.


Showdown XXXV
Sunday, 4 August (2:50 pm) Adelaide def. by Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 43,368) Report
3.2 (20)
5.6 (36)
12.10 (82)
 15.13 (103)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.1 (13)
9.3 (57)
11.4 (70)
 17.5 (107)
Umpires: Stewart, Ryan, Jeffery
Showdown Medal: Chad Wingard
Brownlow Votes:
3 Wingard, 2 Crouch, 1 Dangerfield
Television broadcast: Seven Network, Fox Footy (simulcast)
4: Johnston, Dangerfield
2: Petrenko, Wright
1: Grigg, Henderson, Brown
Goals 5: Wingard
3: Gray, Hartlett
2: Schulz, Monfries
1: Butcher, Colquhoun
Crouch, Dangerfield, Johnston, Mackay, Grigg, Vince Best Wingard, Hartlett, Gray, Boak, Cornes, Schulz
Nil Injuries Stewart (broken wrist)
Nil Reports Nil

2014 Round 2: Football returns to Adelaide Oval[edit]

The round 2, 2014 Showdown on 29 March 2014 saw the first Showdown played at Adelaide Oval along with the first game of Australian rules football at the venue since its extensive redevelopment. Port Adelaide led from the start, with Matthew Lobbe kicking the first goal in an Adelaide Oval Showdown but Adelaide mounted a comeback and claimed the lead briefly in the third. After the halfway mark of the third quarter, Port Adelaide ran away with the game winning by 55 points.[44]


Showdown XXXVI
Saturday, 29 March (4:15 pm) Port Adelaide def. Adelaide Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,397) Report
5.4 (34)
7.8 (50)
12.11 (83)
 19.14 (128)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
1.1 (7)
5.2 (32)
8.5 (53)
 11.7 (73)
Umpires: Fleer, Schmitt, Pannell
Showdown Medal: Hamish Hartlett
Brownlow Votes:
3: Cornes, 2: Wingard. 1: Ebert
Television broadcast: Fox Footy, Seven Network (simulcast)
National anthem: Hugh Sheridan
4: Wingard
3: Schulz
2: Gray, Wines, White
1: Ebert, Hartlett, Boak, Butcher, Lobbe, Westhoff
Goals 4: Betts
3: Grigg
1: Smith, Podsiadly, Douglas, Kerridge, Johnston
Hartlett, Ebert, Cornes, Wingard, Schulz, Polec Best Sloane, Douglas, Betts, Thompson, Smith, Grigg
Polec (cut head) Injuries Shaw (wrist), Crouch (lower leg)
Nil Reports Nil

2015 Round 16: Phil Walsh memorial match[edit]

The round 16, 2015 Showdown on 19 July 2015 had added significance due to the recent death of Crows senior coach Phil Walsh, who spent ten years as an assistant in two stints with Port Adelaide, including their 2004 premiership.[45] The game lived up to expectation, with the Crows holding on desperately in the last quarter to win by three points, the closest margin in a Showdown. The game was played in front of 53,518, the largest attendance at the venue since the 1973 SANFL Grand Final. Scott Thompson was awarded the one off Phillip Walsh Medal, presented by Walsh's daughter Quinn.[46]


Showdown XXXIX
Sunday, 19 July (2:50 pm) Port Adelaide def. by Adelaide Adelaide Oval (crowd: 53,518) [1]
3.4 (22)
8.4 (52)
13.6 (84)
 17.11 (113)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
6.1 (37)
11.3 (69)
18.6 (114)
 18.8 (116)
Umpires: Deboy, Schmitt, Ryan
Phil Walsh Medal: Scott Thompson
Brownlow Votes:
3 Thompson, 2 Boak, 1 Jacobs
Television broadcast: Seven Network, Fox Footy (simulcast)
3: Ryder, Wingard, Gray, Schulz
2: Lobbe, Boak
1: Monfries
Goals 3: Jenkins, Walker
2: Cameron, Lynch
1: Crouch, Laird, Henderson, Martin, Douglas, Knight, Betts, Wright, Thompson
Boak, Wingard, Ryder, Gray, Broadbent, Hartlett Best Jacobs, Thompson, Douglas, Walker, Dangerfield, Crouch, Laird, Henderson
Nil Injuries Talia (concussion)
Nil Reports Nil

2018 Round 8: Flashpoint Motlop[edit]

The round 8, 2018 Showdown held on 12 May 2018 is heralded as one of, if not, the greatest showdown of all time. the match was played at Adelaide Oval in front of a Port Adelaide home-crowd of 50,967. The game may not be remembered for its relatively dull first half which saw the Adelaide Crows race out to 21-point lead moments before half-time. However, it will be remembered for its high octane second-half which saw Port Adelaide cut Adelaide's margin back to single figures with 5 minutes left in the third quarter. Robbie Gray kicked 2 goals late (his fourth and fifth of the quarter) to give Port Adelaide the lead at three-quarter time.[47] The final quarter was largely played in Adelaide's forward half but they could not trouble the scoreboard. With less than three minutes to go, the game looked all-but over with the Power almost certain of a win. But it wasn't over yet. Adelaide managed three goals in little over 2 minutes to regain the lead with 42 seconds on the clock through a Mitch McGovern set shot.[47] One last turn would see off-season Port Adelaide recruit Steven Motlop kick the winning goal with 21 seconds left, sending the Power fans into a frenzy. Robbie Gray claimed the showdown medal for his best on ground display.[47] He managed 6 goals (5 of which in the third quarter). The win ended Adelaide's 5-game winning streak over Port Adelaide.


Showdown XLIV
Saturday, 12 May (4:40 pm) Port Adelaide def. Adelaide Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,967) [2]
1.3 (9)
4.6 (30)
11.11 (77)
 14.11 (95)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
4.2 (26)
8.3 (51)
10.5 (65)
 14.6 (90)
Umpires: Donlon, Haussen, Meredith
Showdown Medal: Robbie Gray
Brownlow Votes:
N/A
Television broadcast: Fox Footy, Seven Network (simulcast)
6: R.Gray
2: Wingard, Ryder
1: S.Gray, Motlop, Boak, Powell-Pepper
Goals 3: Betts
2: Walker, Ellis-Yolmen, McGovern
1: Atkins, Jenkins, Douglas, Seedsman, Lynch
Gray, Jonas, Ryder, Rockliff, Powell-Pepper, Polec Best Laird, Atkins, Crouch, Talia, Gibbs, Ellis-Yolmen
Nil Injuries Walker (glute), Jacobs (back spasms), McGovern (ankle)
Powell-Pepper (2) Reports Crouch

2018 Round 20: Controversial final goal[edit]

Showdown 45 was a tight contest for the entire game apart from the opening where the Crows kicked the first three goals of the match. Second gamer Kane Farrell kicked three goals to close out the first interval with the quarter time scores level and the margin thereafter never again reaching three goals. Late in the final quarter Ollie Wines had the opportunity to seal the game with a set shot from a tight angle but his banana kick was ineffective. Minutes after Wines shot, Josh Jenkins snapped and his score was referred to the goal review umpire to clarify whether it hit the post. The score was quickly ruled a goal by the goal review umpire despite Josh Jenkins calling his teammates to set up for a kick out. He later stated his doubt in a post game interview. Robbie Gray was awarded a record fourth Showdown Medal becoming just the third player, after Graham Johncock and Shaun Burgoyne, to win the honour coming from the losing side.


Showdown XLV
Saturday, 4 August (4:05 pm) Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval (crowd: 50,377)
5.3 (33)
7.8 (50)
9.14 (68)
 13.18 (96)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
5.3 (33)
9.5 (59)
10.9 (69)
 14.9 (93)
Umpires: Rosebury, Nicholls, Mitchell
Showdown Medal: Robbie Gray
Brownlow Votes:
N/A
Television broadcast: Fox Footy, Seven Network (simulcast)
3: Jenkins
2: Sloane
1: Walker, Betts, Murphy, Gallucci, Greenwood, Lynch, Doedee, Crouch
Goals 4: Gray, Wingard
3: Farrell
2: Boak
1: Byrne-Jones
Crouch, Gibbs, Jenkins, Sloane, Atkins, Doedee Best Gray, Polec, Wingard, Ryder, Byrne-Jones, Boak
Talia (right calf) Injuries Nil

Results[edit]

The two clubs sometimes meet in preseason fixtures, however these are not official Showdowns and do not contribute to the official statistics of the fixture. While the AFL draw is not a complete double round robin it is designed each year to include two Showdowns in recognition of its significance and gate drawing power.

Year Date Timeslot Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Crowd Winner M HRT H2H
1 1997 20/4 Sun 3:10 4 Adelaide 11.6 (72) Port Adelaide 11.17 (83) Football Park 47,256  Port Adelaide  11 L  +1 
2 10/8 Sun 3:10 19 Port Adelaide 9.4 (58) Adelaide 9.11 (65) 45,498  Adelaide  7 W
3 1998 19/4 Sun 2:10 4 Port Adelaide 11.7 (73) Adelaide 8.16 (64) 41,476  Port Adelaide  9 L  +1 
4 9/8 Sun 3:20 19 Adelaide 22.12 (144) Port Adelaide 10.10 (70) 46,405  Adelaide  74 W
5 1999 2/5 Sun 2:10 6 Adelaide 18.7 (115) Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) 45,585  Adelaide  28 W  +1 
6 22/8 Sun 2:10 21 Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) Adelaide 9.14 (68) 42,669  Port Adelaide  24 W
7 2000 23/4 Sun 1:40 7 Port Adelaide 13.13 (91) Adelaide 14.14 (98) 41,173  Adelaide  7 W  +1 
8 6/8 Sun 2:10 22 Adelaide 14.8 (92) Port Adelaide 20.19 (139) 42,659  Port Adelaide  47 L
9 2001 15/4 Sun 1:40 3 Adelaide 13.10 (88) Port Adelaide 23.15 (153) 40,296  Port Adelaide  65 W  +1 
10 5/8 Sun 1:40 18 Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) Adelaide 15.9 (99) 49,846  Port Adelaide  8 W  +2 
11 2002 27/4 Sat 7:10 5 Adelaide 12.10 (82) Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) 49,513  Port Adelaide  8 L  +3 
12 18/8 Sun 2:10 20 Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) Adelaide 11.10 (76) 50,275  Port Adelaide  8 W  +4 
13 2003 26/4 Sat 7:10 5 Adelaide 9.12 (66) Port Adelaide 12.6 (78) 51,140  Port Adelaide  12 L  +5 
14 31/8 Sun 1:10 22 Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) Adelaide 12.6 (78) 48,131  Port Adelaide  16 W  +6 
15 2004 8/5 Sat 7:10 7 Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Adelaide 17.17 (119) 44,733  Adelaide  32 L  +5 
16 29/8 Sun 12:40 22 Adelaide 9.6 (60) Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) 45,473  Port Adelaide  25 W  +6 
17 2005 10/4 Sun 12:40 3 Adelaide 18.16 (124) Port Adelaide 8.8 (56) 44,807  Adelaide  68 W  +5 
18 13/8 Sat 7:10 20 Port Adelaide 12.9 (81) Adelaide 13.10 (88) 45,199  Adelaide  7 W  +4 
19 10/9 Sat 7:00 SF Adelaide 18.15 (123) Port Adelaide 5.10 (40) 50,521  Adelaide  83 W  +3 
20 2006 6/5 Sat 7:10 6 Adelaide 15.13 (103) Port Adelaide 8.5 (53) 42,723  Adelaide  50 W  +2 
21 27/8 Sun 12:40 21 Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Adelaide 11.15 (81) 41,549  Port Adelaide  14 L  +3 
22 2007 14/4 Sat 2:40 3 Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) Adelaide 13.9 (87) 36,959  Adelaide  24 L  +2 
23 4/8 Sat 7:10 18 Adelaide 9.19 (73) Port Adelaide 10.5 (65) 42,335  Adelaide  8 L  +1 
24 2008 6/4 Sun 4:10 3 Adelaide 12.13 (85) Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) 45,524  Adelaide  6 W
25 20/7 Sun 2:40 16 Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) Adelaide 11.14 (80) 31,662  Port Adelaide  12 L  +1 
26 2009 2/5 Sat 7:10 6 Port Adelaide 15.15 (105) Adelaide 12.7 (79) 41,558  Port Adelaide  26 W  +2 
27 26/7 Sun 4:10 17 Adelaide 19.18 (132) Port Adelaide 9.8 (62) 46,859  Adelaide  70 W  +1 
28 2010 1/5 Sat 2:40 6 Adelaide 10.14 (74) Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) 40,371  Port Adelaide  23 W  +2 
29 25/7 Sun 4:10 17 Port Adelaide 13.10 (88) Adelaide 9.15 (69) 36,788  Port Adelaide  19 L  +3 
30 2011 16/4 Sat 7:10 4 Port Adelaide 14.14 (98) Adelaide 9.12 (66) 33,143  Port Adelaide  32 L  +4 
31 31/7 Sun 4:10 19 Adelaide 16.15 (111) Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) 40,586  Adelaide  32 W  +3 
32 2012 29/4 Sun 4:10 5 Adelaide 16.14 (110) Port Adelaide 14.7 (91) 41,649  Adelaide  19 W  +2 
33 7/7 Sat 7:10 15 Port Adelaide 8.10 (58) Adelaide 17.14 (116) 34,829  Adelaide  58 W  +1 
34 2013 14/4 Sun 4:10 3 Port Adelaide 17.16 (118) Adelaide 16.13 (109) 40,707  Port Adelaide  9 W  +2 
35 4/8 Sun 2:50 19 Adelaide 15.13 (103) Port Adelaide 17.5 (107) 43,368  Port Adelaide  4 W  +3 
36 2014 29/3 Sat 4:15 2 Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) Adelaide 11.7 (73) Adelaide Oval 50,397  Port Adelaide  54 W  +4 
37 29/6 Sun 3:40 15 Adelaide 14.15 (99) Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) 50,552  Adelaide  23 L  +3 
38 2015 3/5 Sun 4:10 5 Adelaide 13.13 (91) Port Adelaide 18.7 (115) 49,735  Port Adelaide  24 L  +4 
39 19/7 Sun 2:50 16 Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Adelaide 18.8 (116) 53,518  Adelaide  3 W  +3 
40 2016 2/4 Sat 1:15 2 Adelaide 22.12 (144) Port Adelaide 11.20 (86) 50,555  Adelaide  58 L  +2 
41 20/8 Sat 7:10 22 Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) Adelaide 15.19 (109) 49,541  Adelaide  15 W  +1 
42 2017 8/4 Sat 7:10 3 Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) Adelaide 15.10 (100) 53,698  Adelaide  17 L
43 6/8 Sun 4:10 20 Adelaide 18.22 (130) Port Adelaide 7.4 (46) 45,028  Adelaide  84 W  +1 
44 2018 12/5 Sat 4:40 8 Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Adelaide 14.6 (90) 50,967  Port Adelaide  5 L
45 4/8 Sat 4:05 20 Adelaide 13.18 (96) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) 50,377  Adelaide  3 L  +1 
46 2019 11/5 Sat 7:10 8 Port Adelaide Adelaide
47 6/7 Sat 4:05 16 Adelaide Port Adelaide

The Showdown Medal[edit]

The Showdown Medal is awarded to the player adjudged best on ground in the Showdown match.[50]

The Showdown Medal was first presented in Showdown VII (round 7, 2000).[51]

For Showdown XXXIX only, The Phil Walsh Medal was presented in place of the Showdown Medal. Phil Walsh was a Port Adelaide assistant coach from 1999 to 2008 and 2014 and was Adelaide's head coach in 2015 before he died on 3 July the same year.[52]

Winners[edit]

Showdown medal[edit]

Showdown Medal
Year Round Winner Club
2000 Round 7 Mark Ricciuto  Adelaide 
Round 22 Nick Stevens  Port Adelaide 
2001 Round 3 Josh Francou  Port Adelaide 
Round 18 Josh Francou (2)  Port Adelaide 
2002 Round 5 Jarrad Schofield  Port Adelaide 
Round 20 Josh Francou (3)  Port Adelaide 
2003 Round 5 Graham Johncock  Adelaide 
Round 22 Peter Burgoyne  Port Adelaide 
2004 Round 7 Mark Ricciuto (2)  Adelaide 
Round 22 Warren Tredrea  Port Adelaide 
2005 Round 3 Mark Ricciuto (3)  Adelaide 
Round 20 Simon Goodwin  Adelaide 
Shaun Burgoyne  Port Adelaide 
2006 Round 6 Tyson Edwards  Adelaide 
Round 21 Chad Cornes  Port Adelaide 
2007 Round 3 Andrew McLeod  Adelaide 
Round 18 Simon Goodwin (2)  Adelaide 
2008 Round 3 Bernie Vince  Adelaide 
Round 16 Danyle Pearce  Port Adelaide 
2009 Round 6 Dean Brogan  Port Adelaide 
Round 17 Nathan Bock  Adelaide 
2010 Round 6 Robbie Gray  Port Adelaide 
Round 17 Domenic Cassisi  Port Adelaide 
2011 Round 4 Justin Westhoff  Port Adelaide 
Round 19 Nathan van Berlo  Adelaide 
2012 Round 5 Patrick Dangerfield  Adelaide 
Round 15 Sam Jacobs  Adelaide 
2013 Round 3 Travis Boak  Port Adelaide 
Round 19 Chad Wingard  Port Adelaide 
2014 Round 2 Hamish Hartlett  Port Adelaide 
Round 15 Sam Jacobs (2)  Adelaide 
2015 Round 5 Robbie Gray (2)  Port Adelaide 
Round 16 Scott Thompson  Adelaide 
2016 Round 2 Tom Lynch  Adelaide 
Round 22 Matt Crouch  Adelaide 
2017 Round 3 Rory Sloane  Adelaide 
Round 20 Sam Jacobs (3)  Adelaide 
2018 Round 8 Robbie Gray (3)  Port Adelaide 
Round 20 Robbie Gray (4)  Port Adelaide 

NOTE: No medal was awarded in Showdown XIX.

Pre Showdown medal best on grounds[edit]

As the Showdown medal was only introduced in 2000, six Showdowns were played without a medal being awarded. Those players who were deemed by the umpires in the Brownlow Medal voting to be best on ground are listed below. Michelangelo Rucci, the chief football writer for The Advertiser, has suggested that these players be retroactively awarded Showdown Medals.[53]

Best on ground before Showdown Medal introduction
Year Round Winner Club
1997 Round 4 Darren Mead  Port Adelaide 
Round 19 Gavin Wanganeen  Port Adelaide 
1998 Round 4 Nathan Bassett  Adelaide 
Round 19 Mark Ricciuto  Adelaide 
1999 Round 6 Kane Johnson  Adelaide 
Round 19 Brendon Lade  Port Adelaide 

Shared history[edit]

Shared players[edit]

Below is a list of players who have played a senior game of football representing both the Adelaide Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club. Two players, Matthew Bode and Brett Chalmers, have appeared in Showdowns for both clubs.

# Player Adelaide
AFL: 1991–present
Port Adelaide
AFL: 1997–present
SANFL: pre 1997
1 David Brown 1991–1996 1987–1990, 1991–1996*, 1997–1998
Bruce Abernethy 1991–1992 1979–1981, 1987–1990, 1991–1992*
Darren Smith 1991–1992 1984–1990, 1991–1992*, 1993–1996
Scott Hodges 1991–1993 1987–1990, 1991–1993*, 1996–1997
Danny Hughes 1991 1981–1983, 1991*, 1992–1993
Simon Tregenza 1991–1998 1988–1990, 1991–1996*
7 Greg Anderson 1993–1996 1983–1987, 1995 –1996
8 Brett Chalmers 1994–1997 1991–1992, 1994–1997, 1998–1999
9 Andrew McLeod 1995–2010 1994, 1995–1996
10 Ian Downsborough 1998–1999 1997
11 Bryan Beinke 1999–2002 1993–1996
12 Matthew Bode 2001–2007 1998–2000
13 Brad Symes 2008–2012 2004–2007
*Years underlined indicate periods where players were on Adelaide's AFL list but played for Port Adelaide between 1991–1996 when the club's senior team was still in the SANFL.

AFL trades[edit]

Below is a list of AFL sanctioned trades between the two clubs. Only three trades have ever been orchestrated between the two clubs.[54]

# Year Player Traded from Traded to
1 1997 Ian Downsborough Port Adelaide Adelaide
Brett Chalmers Adelaide Port Adelaide
2 2000 Matthew Bode Port Adelaide Adelaide
Pick No. 12 (Shaun Burgoyne) Adelaide Port Adelaide
3 2007 Brad Symes Port Adelaide Adelaide
Pick No. 28 (Marlon Motlop) Adelaide Port Adelaide

Attendances & Timeslots[edit]

The Showdown has the highest average attendances of all intrastate derby matches.

In the 45 Showdowns to 2018, a total of 2,017,918 people have attended the matches: an average attendance per match of 44,893.

The record attendance in a Showdown was 53,698 in Showdown XLII (round 3, 2017, a Port Adelaide home match). The lowest attendance was 31,662 in Showdown XXV (round 16, 2008, a Port Adelaide home match).

A total of 1,053,674 people have attended Adelaide's 23 home Showdowns (including the 2005 Semi Final), an average of 45,812. Their attendances have ranged from 40,296 (Showdown IX) to 51,140 (Showdown XIII).

A total of 964,244 people have attended Port Adelaide's 22 home Showdowns, an average of 43,829. Their attendances range from 31,662 (Showdown XXV) to 53,698 (Showdown XLII).

Top 10 Showdown attendances[edit]

Crowd Year Date Rd Home Team Score Away Team Score Ground Winner M
42 53,698 2017 8/4 3 Port Adelaide 12.11 (83) Adelaide 15.10 (100) Adelaide Oval  Adelaide  17
39 53,518 2015 19/7 16 Port Adelaide 17.11 (113) Adelaide 18.8 (116) Adelaide Oval  Adelaide  3
13 51,140 2003 26/4 5 Adelaide 9.12 (66) Port Adelaide 12.6 (78) Football Park  Port Adelaide  12
44 50,967 2018 12/5 8 Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Adelaide 14.6 (90) Adelaide Oval  Port Adelaide  5
40 50,555 2016 2/4 2 Adelaide 22.12 (144) Port Adelaide 11.20 (86) Adelaide Oval  Adelaide  58
37 50,552 2014 29/6 15 Adelaide 14.15 (99) Port Adelaide 10.16 (76) Adelaide Oval  Adelaide  23
19 50,521 2005 10/9 SF Adelaide 18.15 (123) Port Adelaide 5.10 (40) Football Park  Adelaide  83
36 50,397 2014 29/3 2 Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) Adelaide 11.7 (73) Adelaide Oval  Port Adelaide  54
45 50,377 2018 4/8 20 Adelaide 13.18 (96) Port Adelaide 14.9 (93) Adelaide Oval  Adelaide  3
12 50,275 2002 18/8 20 Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) Adelaide 11.10 (76) Football Park  Port Adelaide  8

Attendances by timeslot[edit]

Due to the ever-strong demand for tickets to the Showdown, the AFL have traditionally fixtured the game in undesirable time slots with the knowledge that a good crowd will show up regardless. The Showdown has never been scheduled by the VFL on a Friday night, universally held to be the premier time-slot for fixtures.

Showdown attendances by time slot[55]
Timeslot Games Average attendance
Overall Adelaide Oval Football Park
Thursday night
Friday night
Saturday afternoon (2:10pm or earlier) 1 51,585 51,585 (1)
Saturday twilight (2:40pm to 4:40pm) 5 45,806 50,567 (3) 38,665 (2)
Saturday night (7:00pm onwards) 12 44,911 51,620 (2) 43,570 (10)
Sunday afternoon (2:10pm or earlier) 12 44,491 44,491 (12)
Sunday twilight (2:40pm to 4:40pm) 15 44,364 49,679 (4) 42,432 (11)

Club records[edit]

Highest score[edit]

Highest score in a Showdown.

# Club Year Round Goals Behinds Total
1 Port Adelaide 2001 Round 3 23 15 153
2 Adelaide 1998, 2016 Rounds 19, 2 22 12 144

Lowest score[edit]

Lowest score for each club in all Showdowns.

# Club Year Round Goals Behinds Total
1 Adelaide 2004 Round 22 9 6 60
2 Port Adelaide 2005 Semi Final 5 10 40

Greatest winning margins[edit]

Greatest winning margin for each club in the Showdown.

# Club Year Round Winning Score Losing Score Margin
1 Adelaide 2017 Round 20 18.22 (130) 7.4 (46) 84
2 Port Adelaide 2001 Round 3 23.15 (153) 13.10 (88) 65

Smallest winning margins[edit]

Smallest winning margin for each club in the Showdown.

# Club Year Round Winning Score Losing Score Margin
1 Adelaide 2018 Round 20 13.18 (96) 14.9 (93) 3
2015 Round 16 18.8 (116) 17.11 (113)
2 Port Adelaide 2013 Round 19 17.5 (107) 15.13 (103) 4

Winning streak[edit]

# Club Winning Streak Showdowns
1 Port Adelaide 7 8–14
2 Adelaide 5 39–43

Clean sweeps[edit]

Years where one club has won all Showdown fixtures.

# Club Clean Sweeps Total
1 Port Adelaide 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2013 5
Adelaide 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2017

Player records[edit]

Games played[edit]

Andrew McLeod (left) and Kane Cornes (right) have both played in an equal record 27 Showdowns
# Player Club Showdowns
1 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 27
Andrew McLeod Adelaide
3 Scott Thompson Adelaide 25
4 Chad Cornes Port Adelaide 24
Tyson Edwards Adelaide
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Goalkickers[edit]

Most goals kicked in one Showdown[edit]

Warren Tredrea has kicked an equal record number of goals in a Showdown (7)
# Player Club Year Round Goals
1 Peter Vardy Adelaide 1998 Rd 19 7
Tony Modra Adelaide 1997 Rd 4
Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide 2004 Rd 7
4 Gavin Wanganeen Port Adelaide 2001 Rd 3 6
Ricky Henderson Adelaide 2012 Rd 15
Taylor Walker Adelaide 2012 Rd 5
Tom Lynch Adelaide 2016 Rd 2
Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 2018 Rd 8
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Most career Showdown goals[edit]

Taylor Walker has kicked the most career Showdown goals (39)

# Player Club Goals Games Goals/Game
1 Taylor Walker Adelaide 39 15 2.60
2 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 38 17 2.24
3 Eddie Betts Adelaide 35 10 3.50
4 Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide 30 23 1.30
5 Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide 28 22 1.27
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Career Brownlow votes[edit]

# Player Club Votes Games Votes/Game
1 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 14 15 0.93
2 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 11 18 0.61
3 Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 10 13 0.77
Sam Jacobs Adelaide
5 Gavin Wanganeen Port Adelaide 10 17 0.59
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Hitouts[edit]

Sam Jacobs has had the most career Showdown hitouts (536) and most in a Showdown (61)

Most career Showdown hitouts[edit]

# Player Club Hitouts Average Games
1 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 536 35.7 15
2 Brendon Lade Port Adelaide 347 15.8 22
3 Matthew Lobbe Port Adelaide 288 26.2 11
4 Dean Brogan Port Adelaide 253 15.8 16
5 Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide 202 33.7 6
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Most Hitouts in one Showdown[edit]

# Player Club Year Round Hitouts
1 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 2012 15 61
2 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 2015 16 51
3 Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide 2017 3 48
4 Matthew Lobbe Port Adelaide 2014 15 43
5 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 2017 3 42
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Clearances[edit]

Scott Thompson (middle) had the most career Showdown clearances (124)

Most career Showdown clearances[edit]

# Player Club Clearances Games Average
1 Scott Thompson Adelaide 124 25 4.96
2 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 96 22 4.36
3 Simon Goodwin Adelaide 87 23 3.78
4 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 82 17 4.82
5 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 81 15 5.40
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Most clearances in a Showdown[edit]

# Player Club Year Round Clearances
1 Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2015 5 14
2 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 1999 21 13
Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2015 16
Scott Thompson Adelaide 2015 16
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Contested possessions[edit]

Robbie Gray holds the record for the highest contested possession average (10.94) in Showdowns and the equal second highest for a single game (22)

Most career Showdown contested possessions[edit]

# Player Club Contested
possessions
Games Average
1 Scott Thompson Adelaide 267 25 10.68
2 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 226 22 10.23
3 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 186 17 10.94
3 Andrew McLeod Adelaide 184 27 6.81
4 Chad Cornes Port Adelaide 183 24 7.63
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Most contested possessions in one Showdown[edit]

# Player Club Year Round Contested
possessions
1 Rory Sloane Adelaide 2017 3 24
2 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 2016 2 22
Scott Thompson Adelaide 2015 16
Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2014 15
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Tackles[edit]

Domenic Cassisi holds the equal record for the most tackles in a Showdown (13) and the second most in total (109)

Most career Showdown tackles[edit]

# Player Club Tackles Games Average
1 Scott Thompson Adelaide 141 25 5.64
2 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 109 20 5.45
3 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 97 23 4.22
4 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 92 27 3.41
5 Tyson Edwards Adelaide 80 24 3.33
Brad Ebert Port Adelaide 14 5.71
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Most tackles in one Showdown[edit]

# Player Club Year Round Tackles
1 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 2008 16 13
Hugh Greenwood Adelaide 2017 20
2 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 2010 17 12
Hugh Greenwood Adelaide 2018 8
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Player winning record[edit]

Showdown players ranked by win percentage (minimum 10 Showdowns played).

# Player Club Win Loss Games Win %
1 Josh Carr Port Adelaide 10 0 10 100
2 Jarrad Schofield Port Adelaide 8 2 10 80.0
3 Brodie Smith Adelaide 10 4 14 71.4
4 Nick Stevens Port Adelaide 7 3 10 70.0
Eddie Betts Adelaide
Tom Lynch Adelaide
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Player suspensions[edit]

# Player Club Suspension Showdown
1 Byron Pickett Port Adelaide 6 weeks (rough play) 2005, preseason
2 Mark Bickley Adelaide 5 weeks (striking) 2002, round 12
3 Rod Jameson Adelaide 3 weeks (attempted striking) 1997, round 4
4 Rory Sloane Adelaide 1 week (high contact) 2016, round 22
Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide 1 week (rough conduct) 2017, round 3

Coaching records[edit]

Current Adelaide and Port Adelaide coaches Don Pyke (left) and Ken Hinkley (right)

All time coaching record[edit]

Showdown coaches ranked by total wins followed by win percentage.

# Coach Club Win Loss Games Win % Diff
1 Mark Williams Port Adelaide 13 11 24 54.2 +2
2 Neil Craig Adelaide 8 7 15 53.3 +1
3 Don Pyke Adelaide 5 1 6 83.3 +4
4 Ken Hinkley Port Adelaide 5 7 12 41.7 -2
5 Malcolm Blight Adelaide 3 3 6 50.0 0
Brenton Sanderson Adelaide 0
7 John Cahill Port Adelaide 2 2 4 50.0 0
8 Matthew Primus Port Adelaide 2 3 5 40.0 -1
9 Gary Ayres Adelaide 2 7 9 22.2 -5
10 Scott Camporeale Adelaide 1 0 1 100 +1
Mark Bickley Adelaide +1
Phil Walsh Adelaide 0 1 1 0 -1
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