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Showdown_(AFL)

Showdown (AFL)

The Showdown is a term used to refer to the derby match between local rivals the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide in the sport of Australian rules football in the Australian Football League.

Background

The Adelaide Crows joined the AFL in 1991, and Port Adelaide joined in 1997. The South Australian Brewing Company, makers of West End beers, 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.

West End no longer holds naming rights to the Showdown as the Adelaide Crows changed their beer sponsor to the Victorian based Carlton and United Beverages brands in 2005. The game is now sponsored by Balfours.

Port beat the Crows in the inaugural Showdown in 1997. 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. The game also featured a fight between Port's Scott Cummings and Adelaide's Rod Jameson.

In the 2005 AFL Finals Series, Adelaide and Port Adelaide met in a semi-final, the first time in their history they had played against each other in a finals game. What was billed as a tight contest turned out to be a fizzer, with Adelaide thrashing Port Adelaide by 83 points.

Showdowns are referred to by their number, eg. Showdown X for the tenth game between the clubs. Only matches during the Premiership Season or Finals Series are given this distinction. Pre-season matches are often referred to as Showdowns, but are not officially given the title. There have been 25 games played between the clubs, with Port Adelaide leading the Crows 13-12 on match wins at the end of the 2008 season.

History of the series

Adelaide had won the last 4 showdowns, before Port Adelaide's win in R21 2006 which is currently their longest winning streak in the Showdown. The longest winning streak belongs to Port who beat the Crows 7 times, the first win was recorded in round 22 of 2000 (Showdown VIII) while the last of the 7 wins was recorded in round 22 of 2003 (Showdown XIV).

Year by Year & Overall Standings

Year Played Adelaide Wins Port Wins Draws
1997 2 1 1

1998 2 1 1

1999 2 1 1

2000 2 1 1

2001 2 0 2

2002 2 0 2

2003 2 0 2

2004 2 1 1

2005 3 3 0

2006 2 1 1

2007 2 2 0

2008 2 1 1

Overall 25 12 13

Results

Showdown I - X

Date Round Home Team Score G.B (T) Away Team Score G.B (T) Ground Crowd Winner
Showdown I Apr 20, 1997 Rnd 4 Adelaide 11.6 (72) Port Adelaide 11.17 (83) AAMI Stadium 47,256 Port by 11
Showdown II Aug 10, 1997 Rnd 19 Port Adelaide 9.4 (58) Adelaide 9.11 (65) AAMI Stadium 45,498 Adelaide by 7
Showdown III Apr 19, 1998 Rnd 4 Port Adelaide 11.7 (73) Adelaide 8.16 (64) AAMI Stadium 41,476 Port by 9
Showdown IV Aug 9, 1998 Rnd 19 Adelaide 22.12 (144) Port Adelaide 10.10 (70) AAMI Stadium 46,405 Adelaide by 74
Showdown V May 2, 1999 Rnd 6 Adelaide 18.7 (115) Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) AAMI Stadium 45,585 Adelaide by 28
Showdown VI Aug 22, 1999 Rnd 21 Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) Adelaide 9.14 (68) AAMI Stadium 42,669 Port by 24
Showdown VII Apr 23, 2000 Rnd 7 Port Adelaide 13.13 (91) Adelaide 14.14 (98) AAMI Stadium 41,173 Adelaide by 7
Showdown VIII Aug 6, 2000 Rnd 22 Adelaide 14.8 (92) Port Adelaide 20.19 (139) AAMI Stadium 42,659 Port by 47
Showdown IX Apr 15, 2001 Rnd 3 Adelaide 13.10 (88) Port Adelaide 23.15 (153) AAMI Stadium 40,296 Port by 65
Showdown X Aug 5, 2001 Rnd 18 Port Adelaide 16.11 (107) Adelaide 15.9 (99) AAMI Stadium 49,846 Port by 8

Showdown XI - XX

Date Round Home Team Score G.B (T) Away Team Score G.B (T) Ground Crowd Winner
Showdown XI Apr 27, 2002 Rnd 5 Adelaide 12.10 (82) Port Adelaide 14.6 (90) AAMI Stadium 49,513 Port by 8
Showdown XII Aug 18, 2002 Rnd 20 Port Adelaide 12.12 (84) Adelaide 11.10 (76) AAMI Stadium 50,275 Port by 8
Showdown XIII Apr 26, 2003 Rnd 5 Adelaide 9.12 (66) Port Adelaide 12.6 (78) AAMI Stadium 51,140 Port by 12
Showdown XIV Aug 31, 2003 Rnd 22 Port Adelaide 14.10 (94) Adelaide 12.6 (78) AAMI Stadium 48,131 Port by 16
Showdown XV May 8, 2004 Rnd 7 Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) Adelaide 17.17 (119) AAMI Stadium 44,733 Adelaide by 32
Showdown XVI Aug 29, 2004 Rnd 22 Adelaide 9.6 (60) Port Adelaide 12.13 (85) AAMI Stadium 45,473 Port by 25
Showdown XVII Apr 10, 2005 Rnd 3 Adelaide 18.16 (124) Port Adelaide 8.8 (56) AAMI Stadium 44,807 Adelaide by 68
Showdown XVIII Aug 13, 2005 Rnd 20 Port Adelaide 12.9 (81) Adelaide 13.10 (88) AAMI Stadium 45,199 Adelaide by 7
Showdown XIX Sep 10, 2005 S.Final Adelaide 18.15 (123) Port Adelaide 5.10 (40) AAMI Stadium 50,521 Adelaide by 83
Showdown XX May 6, 2006 Rnd 6 Adelaide 15.13 (103) Port Adelaide 8.5 (53) AAMI Stadium 42,723 Adelaide by 50

Showdown XXI - XXV

Date Round Home Team Score G.B (T) Away Team Score G.B (T) Ground Crowd Winner
Showdown XXI Aug 27, 2006 Rnd 21 Port Adelaide 14.11 (95) Adelaide 11.15 (81) AAMI Stadium 41,549 Port by 14
Showdown XXII Apr 14, 2007 Rnd 3 Port Adelaide 8.15 (63) Adelaide 13.9 (87) AAMI Stadium 36,959 Adelaide by 24
Showdown XXIII Aug 4, 2007 Rnd 18 Adelaide 9.19 (73) Port Adelaide 10.5 (65) AAMI Stadium 42,335 Adelaide by 8
Showdown XXIV April 6, 2008 Rnd 3 Adelaide 12.13 (85) Port Adelaide 11.13 (79) AAMI Stadium 45,524 Adelaide by 6
Showdown XXV Jul 20, 2008 Rnd 16 Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) Adelaide 11.14 (80) AAMI Stadium 31,662 Port by 12

Statistics

Scoring

  • As of Round 16, 2008, overall scores sit at 323.292 (2230) for Adelaide and 304.271 (2095) for Port.
  • In their 12 wins to date, Adelaide has an average winning margin of 32.83 points, while Port averages 19.92 for its 13 wins. The average winning margin of all Showdowns to date is 27.21 points.
  • The highest score in a Showdown is 23.15 (153) by Port in Showdown IX. The lowest score is 5.10 (40), also by Port in Showdown XIX (2005 Semi Final). The Crows' highest score is 22.12 (144) in Showdown IV, and their lowest score is 9.6 (60) in Showdown XVI.
  • The highest winning margin by Adelaide is 83 points in Showdown XIX, 18.15 (123) to 5.10 (40). The highest winning margin by Port is 65 points in Showdown IX, 23.15 (153) to 13.10 (88).
  • The lowest winning margin by Adelaide is 6 points in Showdown XIV, 12.13 (85) to 11.13 (79). The lowest winning margin by Port is 8 points, on three consecutive occasions - Showdown X, 16.11 (107) to 15.9 (99); Showdown XI, 14.6 (90) to 12.10 (82); and Showdown XII, 12.12 (84) to 11.10 (76)



  • The longest winning streak by Adelaide is 4 (Showdowns XVII - XX). The longest winning streak by Port is 7 (Showdowns VIII - XIV).
  • Adelaide currently kicks with a 52.52% accuracy at goal, and Port 52.87%.

Attendances

  • In the 25 Showdowns, 1,113,407 people have so far attended matches, with crowds between 31,662 (Showdown XV) and 51,140 (Showdown XIII) and averaging 44,536.28 people.
  • The Crows' attendances range from 40,296 (Showdown IX) to 51,140 (Showdown XIII) and average 45,710.54. So far 594,237 people have attended Crows home matches.
  • Port's attendances range from 31,662 (Showdown XV) to 50,275 (Showdown XII) and average 23,264.17. So far 519,170 people have attended Port home matches.

References and notes

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