Live AFL scores 2024, Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power in Showdown LV, Round 8 updates, stats, blog, start time, teams, how to stream, news

Live AFL scores 2024, Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power in Showdown LV, Round 8 updates, stats, blog, start time, teams, how to stream, news
Live AFL scores 2024, Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Power in Showdown LV, Round 8 updates, stats, blog, start time, teams, how to stream, news
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The 55th edition of arguably the AFL’s most intense rivalry takes the national stage as Adelaide and Port Adelaide square off in Showdown LV.

The Crows (2-5, 96.6%) have had a much improved last month after their poor start to the season, but to truly re-enter the finals picture need to win a third Showdown in a row.

The Power (5-2, 120.3%) have lost just once at home this year, a thriller against Melbourne. But even when they made the top four last year, they lost both Showdowns, proving how form matters little when these sides meet.

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Heading into the game questions remained about the health of Port Adelaide captain Connor Rozee, who injured his hamstring six days ago but was named to play on Thursday night.

“For those people sitting there with the doomsayers saying ‘you’re taking a big risk’, we’re not,” Power coach Ken Hinkley said.

“We’re taking a normal risk with an injury like this.

“When you see him run like he was running yesterday, it’s hard not to pick him.”

The game gets underway at 7:30pm AEST from Adelaide Oval.

Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 504), streaming on Kayo and via Hubbl from 6:30pm AEST.

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The substitutes for tonight’s Showdown clash are Brodie Smith (Adelaide) and Jackson Mead (Port Adelaide).

Before the first bounce, players, coaches and umpires stood together arm-in-arm to pay silent tribute to the women who have lost their lives in gender-based violence.

Crows key forward Darcy Fogarty started the game on fire, booting the first two goals of the game before teammate Taylor Walker kicked a beautiful goal on the run from the 50 meter arc.

Charlie Dixon responded shortly after for the Power but the Crows then went end to end as Ned McHenry got out the back.

It was a story of efficiency early, with the Crows having scored four goals from five inside 50s compared to the Power scoring one major from seven entries.

“This is absolutely shut the gate stuff,” Channel 7 commentator Alistair Nicholson said.

The Power sent Lachie Jones to Fogarty in the early stages of the contest, which Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall said “didn’t work”.

“(Esava) Ratugolea went to (Elliott) Himmelberg, which left Lachie Jones on (Darcy) Fogarty,” Jason Dunstall explained.

“They didn’t go with (Ryan) Burton or (Dylan) Williams, who have a bit more height. They went with maybe thinking Lachie Jones could be a bit more aggressive in the contest — it didn’t work.

“Fogarty got on top and kicked a couple of goals. Few issues… it’s their set-up behind the ball that’s causing all sorts of headaches for Port Adelaide.”

Adelaide led 5.0 (30) to 3.4 (22) at quarter time.

“It was a really entertaining first quarter,” Dunstall said.

“Adelaide looked like kicking a goal every single time they went forward, they were so dangerous.

Remarkably, Port were +11 for inside 50s but were unable to translate that dominance into scoreboard impact.

“They’ve got to be a little bit less predictable,” Dunstall said of Port Adelaide.

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