Port crush Crows by record margin in AFL

Port Adelaide’s young guns have fired their AFL club to a record 75-point win against a hapless Adelaide on Saturday night.

Xavier Duursma (three goals), Zak Butters and Connor Rozee were instrumental in the Power’s 17.8 (110) to 5.5 (35) victory at Adelaide Oval.

The winning margin is Port’s highest against their arch foe and they restricted the Crows to their lowest total in 48 clashes of the South Australian rivals.

Adelaide’s grim night was compounded by captain Rory Sloane suffering a corked thigh and defender Jake Kelly being concussed in the first quarter.

Port’s Rozee collected 17 disposals and was the spark with a dozen touches and a goal in the opening half.

His fellow youngsters Duursma, Butters (21 touches, one goal) and Todd Marshall (two goals) were also prominent as the Power banked consecutive victories to open the stop-start season.

Port’s seasoned campaigners Travis Boak (24 possessions), Justin Westhoff (three goals), Charlie Dixon (three goals) and Steven Motlop (24 disposals, two goals) were also dominant.

Motlop launched himself onto the shoulders of Crow Paul Seedsman for an early mark of the year contender, and goaled from his following kick in the third term.

And the Power’s defensive mainstays – captain Tom Jonas, Tom Clurey and Darcy Byrne-Jones (25 possessions) – were in command of a misfiring Adelaide.

The Crows had no clear winners but started strongly, with Sloane and key forward Darcy Fogarty scoring goals inside nine minutes.

But Adelaide managed just three more majors in the match as they folded meekly under Port’s relentless pressure.

The Power led by 13 points at quarter-time and broke the game open in the second stanza with four unanswered goals – two coming from 50m penalties as Adelaide’s discipline waned.

Port held a 32-point break at halftime and then creamed the Crows with six goals to one to take a 62-point advantage into three quarter-time.

The crowd of 2240 people, the first club members allowed into an AFL game this season, was pro-Port.

As their home game, they had 1475 members while the Crows had 475 members attending, with the rest in corporate boxes.

And the Power faithful had much to cheer about – Port’s previous biggest win over the Crows was 65 points in 2001, while Adelaide’s previous low score against their home-town rival was 5.14 (44) last year.

The bitter SA rivals now travel to a Gold Coast hub where they will both be housed at the same golf resort for at least the next three rounds.

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