Showdown
2008 Showdown (AFL) rotated and cropped.jpg
Players Andrew McLeod (left) and Kane Cornes (right) about to engage in a marking contest at Football Park in 2008
LocationAdelaide, South Australia
TeamsAdelaide
Port Adelaide
First meeting20 April 1997
(Adelaide 72–83 Port Adelaide)
Latest meeting1 April 2022
(Adelaide 96-92 Port Adelaide)
Next meeting20 August 2022
StadiumsFootball Park (1997–2013)
Adelaide Oval (2014–present)
Trophy Variety Showdown Shield
Statistics
Meetings total51
All-time seriesPort Adelaide (26 wins)
Adelaide (25 wins)
Largest victoryAdelaide (84 points)
6 August 2017
Longest win streakPort Adelaide (7 wins)
6 August 2000 - 8 May 2004
Current win streakAdelaide (1 win)
1 April 2022 - present

The Showdown is an Australian rules football game played by the two Australian Football League (AFL) teams from South Australia, the Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs, with the first AFL premiership fixture between the two sides taking place in 1997.

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.[1]

The rivalry between Adelaide and Port Adelaide is often considered the best, and most bitter, 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."[2] The head-to-head count between the two clubs only include premiership matches.

"There is a deep presumption today that your football loyalties come from a historical association with Port Adelaide or from one of the other nine SANFL clubs...That rivalry from the SANFL – by being Port Adelaide or not Port Adelaide – is...entrenched with the State’s two clubs in the AFL.”

— John Olsen, former Premier of South Australia and current Chairman of the Adelaide Football Club.[3]

Background

See also: Norwood–Port Adelaide rivalry, Port Adelaide v South Australia (1914), and 1990 SANFL Grand Final

The Showdown's intense rivalry can be traced back to Port Adelaide's pre-existing rivalries within the SANFL, particularly Norwood.[1]

A SPLENDID GAME

Just as the more faithful
amongst the tribes of the East
feel it incumbent on them
to pay a periodical visit to Mecca,
so do lovers of the king of winter games
feel it almost an essential duty on their part
to journey to the Adelaide Oval
on the Queen's Accession Day,
in sunshine or rain,
to witness a trial of strength
between those great and old rivals
the Port Adelaide and Norwood clubs.

THE ADVERTISER, ADELAIDE, JUNE 21, 1893.[4]

The Showdown is often considered the cultural successor to the Norwood–Port Adelaide rivalry characterised by a geographic and socio-economic divide. The two clubs first played each other in 1878 and became bitter rivals after multiple controversies in 1882.[5] Pictured is the 1921 SAFL Grand Final taking place on Adelaide Oval.
The Showdown is often considered the cultural successor to the Norwood–Port Adelaide rivalry characterised by a geographic and socio-economic divide. The two clubs first played each other in 1878 and became bitter rivals after multiple controversies in 1882.[5] Pictured is the 1921 SAFL Grand Final taking place on Adelaide Oval.

The Norwood–Port Adelaide rivalry began in 1878 when the two clubs first played one another, however it was not until 1882 that the Norwood–Port Adelaide rivalry grew bitter. That year Port Adelaide's first win over Norwood, held at Adelaide Oval, was controversially overruled by the league, with a follow up game overshadowed by a misunderstanding at the gate which almost prevented Norwood players accessing the venue.[5]

"The feeling of rivalry between the two clubs is very keen, and it has unfortunately, it is to be feared, been intensified to the very verge of actual ill-feeling by the extraordinary conduct of the Norwood Club with reference to their last defeat by the Ports."

— Spectator writing for the Port Adelaide News, 18 July 1882[6]
After Federation the football scene in South Australia was characterised by a 'Port Adelaide vs The Rest' narrative.[3] Pictured is a cartoon from 1928.
After Federation the football scene in South Australia was characterised by a 'Port Adelaide vs The Rest' narrative.[3] Pictured is a cartoon from 1928.

After Federation, coinciding with the time that Port Adelaide was becoming the dominant force in the SANFL, the notion of 'Port Adelaide against The Rest' became a key theme for football in the state.[3] This notion was reinforced by a game between Port Adelaide and a composite state side at the end of 1914 after Port Adelaide had completed a perfect season winning both the state premiership and the Champions of Australia for the fourth time.

Port Adelaide v South Australia (1914) G B Total
South Australia 5 10 40
Port Adelaide 14 14 98
Venue: Jubilee Oval

In the match between Port Adelaide and the composite state side some of South Australia's best players took part including Magarey Medallists Tom Leahy (North Adelaide), Frank Barry (South Adelaide) and Dave Low (West Torrens). Whilst South Australia started the game well and entered the quarter time break with the lead, Port Adelaide's system and fitness overwhelmed South Australia kicking 6 goals 5 behinds to nothing in the last quarter to win the game by 58 points.[7]

The Showdown rivalry also significantly draws upon the bitter, winner take all, competition for the two South Australian licences to join the AFL in the 1980s and early 1990s.

First South Australian AFL licence

In 1982 the SANFL approached the VFL in regards to entering two sides, Port Adelaide and longtime major rival Norwood, in the Victorian league.[8] This action was also taken by WAFL club East Perth in 1980.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

"What would be left of the SA league without the great clubs such as Norwood and Port Adelaide? It would drop to a miserable fourth-class contest. No one could blame Norwood and Port Adelaide for wanting to get out of the SA league into national ranks if they are further threatened by the dragging down process.

— Michael Robinson in regards to impacts of gate revenue sharing adopted by the SANFL for the 1985 season on Norwood and Port Adelaide, [13]

The following year the SANFL registered the name "Adelaide Football Club" in 1986 but ended up deciding against entering a team into the VFL.[14] 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.[12] 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.

"In 1988 a deputation from Norwood Football Club had announced it was interested in joining the VFL 'at any time in the future' and ... a private consortium headed by Ken Eustice was interested in grabbing a licence".

— Ross Oakley, [15]

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.[14] 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".[16][17]

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.[18]
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.[19] A practice match organised by Port Adelaide and Geelong on 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.[20] 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.

"They [the SANFL clubs] are not going to make that decision until they are at the lowest possible ebb. They'd be voting themselves into obscurity [opting for a composite team] in their state."

— Ross Oakley in regards to the other SANFL clubs opposing Port Adelaide's entry[21]

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 and Norwood, urged Justice Olssen to make an injunction against the bid, which he agreed to.[14] 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.[8] 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."[15]

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[22]

"These twenty blokes, everyone who has helped us, are sensational people and all the views that you have read in the press the one thing that really matters is that there will always be a Port Adelaide Football Club."

— George Fiacchi upon accepting the 1990 Jack Oatey Medal for best on ground at the 1990 SANFL Grand Final[23]

"I want to tell you that you want to enjoy this moment for what it is because the good times are well and truly gone. Apart from Jack (John Cahill) and the players there are a couple of individuals out there who are responsible for that and make sure you enjoy tonight because the good times will not happen again."

— Glenelg coach and inaugural Adelaide coach Graham Cornes's address to the Port Adelaide change-rooms post the 1990 SANFL Grand Final[24]

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 Adelaide 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.[25] Chris McDermott, captain of Glenelg in the 1990 SANFL Grand Final, was designated as the Crows inaugural captain.[25] Despite Port Adelaide being SANFL premiers in 1990, only 5 players from the team became part of the Adelaide 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.[25][26]

In 1992 Port Adelaide played a young Adelaide side in a pre-season match at Football Park on February 1 in what was the first meeting between the two clubs.

Second South Australian AFL licence

The admission of Adelaide to the AFL had a devastating impact on the leagues attendances with the SANFL recording a 45% drop between 1990 and 1993.[27] Port Adelaide defied this trend of falling SANFL attendances recording an increase of 13% from 1990 to 1993.[28]

"I only hope petty jealousies and fears within the S.A.N.F.L. don't short circuit a Port Adelaide proposal which clearly seems better than any other"

— Tony Greenberg, Inside Football, June 1994, [29]

In 1994 the AFL announced that South Australia would receive a licence for a second team based in the state.[10] 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.

"The sub-licence should be granted to an amalgamation of two SANFL clubs"

— SANFL, Report on the Future Direction of Football in South Australia, 15 June 1994, [30]

On 16 June it was reported in The Age by Stephen Linnell that "the League's preference was for a single, established club to join the league".[31] The final tenders were submitted to the SANFL on 14 September 1994 including Port Adelaide's second application, Norwood–Sturt's merged club bid with the remaining application coming from Woodville–West Torrens.[32]

"In my opinion coming second [not getting the second South Australian AFL licence] means you die"

— Michael Aish, Norwood champion, August 1994, [33]

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 license agreement.[34] In 1995 after an SANFL game at Football Park the Adelaide Crows began carrying out a training session which was interrupted by a large horde of Port Adelaide supporters chanting "We're coming to get you".[35] Adelaide coach Robert Shaw was the only Adelaide official to confront the horde.[35] In 1996 Port Adelaide was left to wait again as a vacancy was required in the league.

It was announced on 27 October 1995 that Port Adelaide would be participating in the 1997 AFL season, one season later than initially planned and seven years after the clubs first failed bid in 1990.[36]

Other contributing factors

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

Lingering resentment

Labor politician and Norwood / Crows supporter Gordon Bilney said he would barrack for the Liberals before barracking for Port Adelaide.[37]
Labor politician and Norwood / Crows supporter Gordon Bilney said he would barrack for the Liberals before barracking for Port Adelaide.[37]

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.

"I cannot even begin to imagine the joy of seeing Norwood players run on to the MCG in an AFL final – or even a home and away game...We would never again see some of the country’s best players slip on our club’s jumper while in their prime."

— David Washington, InDaily, 2014[38]

"Victorians say they hate Collingwood in the way that people say they hate snails getting into their garden and eating their lettuces. Let's call a spade a spade. If Port Adelaide were the last team on earth and they were playing a scratch outfit made up of child molesters, axe murderers, failed entrepreneurs and Liberal politicians, I'd barrack for the Liberals...Norwood people especially loathe Port Adelaide with a passion. Can I speak too badly of them? No, I can't."

— Gordon Bilney, The Age, 2002[39]

Additionally there is some resentment among Port Adelaide supporters that their initial bid to join the AFL was thwarted with the belief that their club was better suited to joining the AFL rather than a composite side.[40] The mismanagement of Scott Hodges during his time at Adelaide is also a point of resentment for Port Adelaide in regards to the first AFL licence. One such example of this mismanagement is the incident when Graham Cornes pulled Scott Hodges off the ground during the 1993 Preliminary Final, an decision that Tony Modra lamented stating that "We had a double-pronged attack down there with Scott Hodges but Scotty came off for some reason and as soon as he came off they double teamed me. It turned in Essendon's favour and it all fell apart from there."[41]

"The moment that Port Adelaide was denied the right to be the first team in Adelaide, you know, these sort of things don't sit well with me and it doesn't sit well with Port Adelaide."

— Mark Williams, 2020[40]

Player recruitment

Steven Motlop (left) and Jordan Dawson (right) were the subject of bidding wars between Adelaide and Port Adelaide.[42] Both kicked match winning goals in their first Showdown appearances.[42]

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. Two notable examples of this characteristic were the bidding wars between the two clubs for Steven Motlop and Jordan Dawson.[42] Both players in their first Showdown appearances, Motlop for Port Adelaide after leaving Geelong and Dawson for Adelaide after leaving Sydney, kicked match winning goals for their new clubs.[42]

Litigation

Off-field the rivalry has been characterised by a litigious streak partly stemming from the SANFL's hierarchy in the late 1980s and early 1990s being predominantly made up of a small circle of Adelaide lawyers. The injunction to prevent Port Adelaide finalising talks with the AFL to join in 1990 being the most famous example. Additionally 1990 was also litigiously characterised by SANFL lawyers suing Port Adelaide administrators and volunteers, requiring the AFL to step in to seek guarantees of protection.[8] A more recent example featuring 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 Adelaide, the latter player publicly threatened the former with legal action.[43]

Guernsey issues

In 2005 for the AFL's Heritage Round, Adelaide decided to wear an iteration of the South Australian state guernsey, with the 'AFC' monogram instead of the 'SA' monogram, which was originally worn in 1930.[44] During the same match Port Adelaide were blocked by the AFL from wearing the club's Prison Bar guernsey.

"The Adelaide football team and the SA state side are two separate identities – and they should not be confused."

— John Halbert, The Advertiser, 2005
Bob Quinn's 1947 South Australian state football team guernsey is on display at Alberton Oval. The state guernsey was a point of controversy in 2014.
Bob Quinn's 1947 South Australian state football team guernsey is on display at Alberton Oval. The state guernsey was a point of controversy in 2014.

In February 2014, Adelaide 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".[45] 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.

My father wore that state jumper to represent SA. So did I. So did many others. That jumper is sacred in my books...I spoke to Eddie McGuire today and suggested Carlton might wear the Big V in a heritage game. You can imagine the reaction. Clubs don't get to wear state jumpers...[46]

— Stephen Kernahan comments on the South Australian state guernsey[47]

Shortly after unveiling the guernsey, Adelaide were denied permission to wear it by the SANFL.[48] Port Adelaide meanwhile were granted permission by the AFL to wear their traditional "Prison Bar" guernsey for the only Showdown in 2020, as part of the club's 150th anniversary celebrations.[49] The club has also requested it wear the guernsey in all future matches between the teams.[50]

Competitiveness

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 51 has Port Adelaide leading by only a single win. 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 7 win differential over the GWS Giants after 9 meetings.

Intrastate AFL Derby comparisons (men)
Showdown Western Derby Sydney Derby Q–Clash
Ledger Port Adelaide
lead by 1 against
Adelaide
West Coast
lead by 10 against
Fremantle
Sydney Swans
lead by 5 against
GWS Giants
Brisbane Lions
leads by 9 against
Gold Coast
Lead Defended by both sides Never relinquished by West Coast Never relinquished by Sydney Held by both sides

Notable matches

Round 4, 1997

The build up to the inaugural Showdown was described by Malcolm Blight as being akin to a Grand Final.[40] 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. Port Adelaide eventually defeated Adelaide by 11 points.[51] The game notably also featured a fight between Port's Scott Cummings and Adelaide's Rod Jameson.

The battle of Adelaide has been fought and won. They brought with them a mountain of tradition, there's no denying that. A bonafide club, as distinct from the other. A club forged over many years. What an impact. There are a few chameleons in the crowd. I think a few changed during the course of the game. They found their roots.

— Dennis Cometti immediately after the siren had sounded signifying the end of the game[52]

Dennis Cometti, commentator for the inaugural Showdown, later elaborated on his chameleon comment saying that when Adelaide 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.[52]


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

Round 5, 2002

The Ramsgate Hotel was the location of an altercation between the two sides in 2002.
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 about six players from both sides coincidentally came across each other at the Ramsgate Hotel in Henley Beach.[53] During the match Josh Carr had been tagging Mark Ricciuto holding him to only 6 kicks (for comparison Ricciuto averaged 13 over his career).[54] When the groups of players met at the Ramsgate Hotel, the two aforementioned players 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 consecutive Showdown crowds in excess of 50,000 at Football Park.[55] John Reid, former head of Adelaide Football Operations, was required (like his Port Adelaide counterpart) by the AFL to provide his players with a formal lecture regarding how the incident was unacceptable which upon completion he famously quipped "And I hope you won the fight!”.[56]

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

Round 7, 2004

Showdown XV is memorable for the magnitude of the upset that Adelaide 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 at the time.[57] Port Adelaide entered the first break with a 6-point lead but Adelaide coach 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

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".[58] 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.[59] 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

Round 3, 2008

Showdown 24 is often cited as the most physical meeting of the two clubs. Prior to Showdown 24 Port Adelaide had lost their two opening games of the 2008 AFL season and, coupled with their disastrous 2007 AFL Grand Final, Mark Williams demanded thought the week at training leading up to the game that his players bring tough and physical brand of football to their next match.[60] Early in the game, and a sign of things to come, Matt Thomas knocked out Nathan Bassett.[60] Not long after Luke Jericho was bruised after a heavy collision with Port Adelaide ruckman Dean Brogan.[61] In the last quarter Adelaide had four injured players on the bench resulting in Port Adelaide gaining all the momentum, kicking the last three goals of the match, with Daniel Motlop bringing the margin to 6 points with two minutes remaining. Despite this Adelaide managed to just hold on, despite losing a significant number of players, and limp to the siren for a win. The final 6-point margin was, at the time, the smallest in Showdown history and the result evened the ledger for the first time since 2000.

"Brogan has put Jericho down!...Gee that is a big hip-and-shoulder. Jericho has not moved."

— Dwayne Russell's call of the incident between Dean Brogan and Luke Jericho.[60]
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

Round 19, 2013

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
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.[62] Port Adelaide winning this match meant the club had won the first, last and most Showdowns played at Football Park.

"Monfries has kicked a goal, unbelievable! That makes up for Robbie Gray in the first quarter...It's gone at right angles, right angles Tim! I haven't seen anything like that, if Pythagoras is watching, explain that!"

— Dennis Cometti's reaction to Angus Monfries' goal


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

Round 2, 2014

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.[63]

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

Round 16, 2015

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.[64] 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.[65]

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

Round 8, 2018

Steven Motlop kicked a goal with 21 seconds left to win Showdown 44 for Port Adelaide.
Steven Motlop kicked a goal with 21 seconds left to win Showdown 44 for Port Adelaide.

The round 8, 2018 Showdown held on 12 May 2018 was played at Adelaide Oval in front of a Port Adelaide home-crowd of 50,967. Despite Adelaide leading by 21 points at half-time, Port Adelaide managed to 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.[66] 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, but that was not the case. 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.[66] One last turn would see off-season Port Adelaide recruit Steven Motlop kick the winning goal with 21 seconds left. The celebration of Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley at the conclusion of the game, where he referenced the end of the Adelaide's five Showdown win streak, garnered significant media attention.[67] Robbie Gray claimed a third Showdown Medal for his best on ground display.[66] He managed 6 goals (5 of which in the third quarter).

"Flashpoint! Stevie Motlop, what a time!...He is floating on air now!"

— Anthony Hudson's call as Steven Motlop kicked the game winning goal.
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:
3 R. Gray, 2 Atkins, 1 Rockliff
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

Round 20, 2018

Josh Jenkins kicked the winning goal of Showdown 45 but his assessment was that it hit the post.[68]
Josh Jenkins kicked the winning goal of Showdown 45 but his assessment was that it hit the post.[68]

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. After the match Port Adelaide challenged the AFL Score Review system questioning the short amount of time taken for the review (23 seconds) and the lack of camera angles available to the umpires.[69] The AFL affirmed the decision that it was a goal.[69]

"My grandma raised me not to tell fibs. I think it hit the post...but I'm pretty happy they didn't think so."

— Josh Jenkins during a post-game interview[68]


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:
3 Gray, 2 Bonner, 1 Rockliff
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

Round 3, 2022

Showdown 51 was the first edition of the fixture to be played on Friday night, the AFL's marquee time-slot, although this match partially overlapped with a match between Melbourne and Essendon that was played simultaneously that night and was not broadcast free-to-air nationally. Entering the match both Adelaide and Port Adelaide were winless having lost their first two games. In the lead up to the game Adelaide director Mark Ricciuto publicly noted, regarding his players, that "They can't kick, they can't handball, they can't kick a goal, they've given away free kicks, they really can't do anything worse.”[70] Also during the lead up to the game Kane Cornes called for Todd Marshall to be dropped from Port Adelaide's AFL side.[71] Marshall would go on to kick a career best five goals during the match.[72] Two minutes before the game ended Travis Boak had the opportunity to push the margin to 7 points but missed his shot, registering a behind and leaving the margin at two points. In the last minute of the game a late high contact free kick was paid to Lachlan Murphy against Port Adelaide's Sam Mayes approximately 45m out from goal. Murphy was unable to take the kick and the set shot was given to Jordan Dawson meaning that a kick after the siren would be required for Adelaide to win the game. The kick looked like it was heading straight for a behind until it swung left very late, going through for a goal. Dawson's goal gave the Crows their first win after the siren since Rod Jameson kicked the winner in 1991 against Fitzroy after the siren to win the game. This was also the first time that a Showdown had been decided after the siren.[72]

"...It's coming back!"

— Jason Dunstall's live call of the flight of Jordan Dawson's game winning set shot.
Showdown LI
Friday, 1 April (7:50 pm) Adelaide def. Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval (crowd: 39,190)
2.1 (13)
7.3 (45)
10.5 (65)
 15.6 (96)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
5.2 (32)
9.7 (61)
11.12 (78)
 13.14 (92)
Showdown Medal: Jordan Dawson
Brownlow Votes:
TBA
Television broadcast: Fox Footy, Seven Network (simulcast)
Himmelberg, Gollant – 4
Dawson – 2
Schoenberg, Sholl, Rachele, McHenry, Cook – 1
Goals 5 – Marshall
2 – Mayes, Georgiades
1 – Motlop, Drew, Lycett, Frederick
Dawson, Schoenberg, O'Brien, Himmelberg Best Boak, Burton, Wines, Amon
Murphy (neck) Injuries Skinner (ankle)

Results

The two clubs sometimes meet in preseason fixtures, such as the first meeting between the two clubs in 1992, 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. For the 2020 season only, there was only one Showdown due to the premiership season being shortened to 17 rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[73]

Year Date Timeslot .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}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 .mw-parser-output .legend{page-break-inside:avoid;break-inside:avoid-column}.mw-parser-output .legend-color{display:inline-block;min-width:1.25em;height:1.25em;line-height:1.25;margin:1px 0;text-align:center;border:1px solid black;background-color:transparent;color:black}.mw-parser-output .legend-text{} 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  55 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 9.14 (68) Adelaide 13.10 (88) 49,675  Adelaide  20 W  +2  47 6/7 Sat 4:05 16 Adelaide 5.14 (44) Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) 50,544  Port Adelaide  57 L  +1  48 2020 13/6 Sat 7:10 2 Port Adelaide 17.8 (110) Adelaide 5.5 (35) 2,240  Port Adelaide  75 W 49 2021 8/5 Sat 7:10 8 Port Adelaide 12.15 (87) Adelaide 5.8 (38) 43,069  Port Adelaide  49 W  +1  50 7/8 Sat 7:10 21 Adelaide 7.9 (51) Port Adelaide 7.13 (55) 14,376  Port Adelaide  4 W  +2  51 2022 1/4 Fri 7:50 3 Adelaide 15.6 (96) Port Adelaide 13.14 (92) 39,190  Adelaide  4 W  +1  52 TBC TBC 23 Port Adelaide Adelaide

Retrospective Showdown Medals

As the Showdown Medal was only introduced in 2000, six Showdowns were played without a medal being awarded. In 2019 Michelangelo Rucci, football writer for The Advertiser, advocated for a combination of Brownlow Medal, Club Champion voting and Media votes to determine the selection for retroactively awarded Showdown Medals.[74] This potential for retrospective Showdown Medal's being awarded was enhanced by the Western Derby allocating retrospective medals in 2018.[75] Another Showdown where a medal was not awarded to the player adjudged best afield was the 2005 Semi Final. The official Adelaide website, afc.com.au, lists Simon Goodwin as their best player in the 2005 Showdown Final with 3 goals and 22 disposals at 91% disposal efficiency to his name.[76][77] At the end of 2019 Rob Chapman, the Chairman of the Adelaide Crows confirmed that his club and Port Adelaide agreed to the awarding of retrospective Showdown Medals and would determine the best way to present them during the 2020 AFL season.[78] As of Showdown 51 retrospective medals have not been awarded.

Michelangelo Rucci's 'Best on Ground' before Showdown Medal[74]
Match Combined Winning club Brownlow Club B&F Merv Agars Medal
1997 1 Darren Mead Port Adelaide 3: Darren Mead
2: Shayne Breuer
1: Brendon Lade
3: Darren Mead
2: Stephen Paxman
1: Stephen Daniels
3: Shane Bond
2: Brayden Lyle
1: Darren Mead
2 Brett James Adelaide 3: Gavin Wanganeen
2: Brendon Lade
1: Matthew Connell
3: Brett James
2: Darren Jarman
1: Kym Koster
3: Brett James
2: Stephen Daniels
1: Darren Jarman
1998 3 Adam Kingsley Port Adelaide 3: Nathan Bassett
2: Josh Francou
1: Matthew Primus
3: Adam Kingsley
2: Matthew Primus
1: Fabian Francis
3: Adam Kingsley
2: Matthew Primus
1: Fabian Francis
4 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 3: Mark Ricciuto
2: Peter Vardy
1: Darren Jarman
3: Mark Ricciuto
2: Peter Vardy
1: Ben Hart
3: Mark Ricciuto
2: Peter Vardy
1: Ben Hart
1999 5 Mark Bickley Adelaide 3: Kane Johnson
2: Mark Bickley
1: David Gallagher
3: Matthew Robran
2: Mark Bickley
1: Ben Hart
3: Mark Bickley
2: Matthew Robran
1: Ben Hart
6 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 3: Brendon Lade
2: Josh Francou
1: Gavin Wanganeen
3: Josh Francou
3: Brendon Lade
3: Gavin Wanganeen
3: Josh Francou
2: Gavin Wanganeen
1: Brendon Lade
2005 Showdown Final
Match Combined Winning club Brownlow Club B&F Merv Agars Medla
2005 19 Simon Goodwin Adelaide N/A 3: Simon Goodwin
2: Mark Ricciuto
1: Scott Welsh
N/A

Shared history

Shared players

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. Only two players, Matthew Bode and Brett Chalmers, have appeared in Showdowns for both clubs.

Men

# Player Adelaide
AFL: 1991–present
Port Adelaide
AFL: 1997–present
SANFL: pre 1997
1 Darren Smith 1991R1–1992 1984–1990, 1991–1992*, 1993–1996
Simon Tregenza 1991R1–1998 1988–1990, 1991–1996*
3 Scott Hodges 1991R2–1993 1987–1990, 1991–1993*, 1996–1997
4 Bruce Abernethy 1991R3–1992 1979–1981, 1987–1990, 1991–1992*
Danny Hughes 1991R3 1981–1983, 1991*, 1992–1993
6 David Brown 1991R12–1996 1987–1990, 1991–1996*, 1997–1998
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 Troy Bond 1996–1999 1991–1993
11 Ian Downsborough 1998–1999 1997
12 Bryan Beinke 1999–2002 1993–1996
13 Matthew Bode 2001–2007 1998–2000
14 Brad Symes 2008–2012 2004–2007
15 Billy Frampton 2020–present 2018–2019
*Years underlined indicate periods where players were on Adelaide's AFL list but played for Port Adelaide between 1991 and 1996 when the club's senior team was still in the SANFL. Where names are bold the player participated in a Showdown for both clubs.

Women

# Player Adelaide
AFLW: 2017-present
Port Adelaide
AFLW: 2022-present
1 Erin Phillips 2017R1–2022 2022TBD
Angela Foley 2017R1–2022 2022TBD
Justine Mules 2017R1–2022 2022TBD

AFL trades

Below is a list of AFL sanctioned trades between the two clubs. Only four trades have ever been orchestrated between the two clubs.[79] There were no trades for ten years between 2008 and 2018.

# 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
4 2019 Billy Frampton Port Adelaide Adelaide
2020 4th Round Pick (Melbourne) Adelaide Port Adelaide

Attendances and timeslots

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 2,240 in Showdown XLVIII (round 2, 2020, 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 966,484 people have attended Port Adelaide's 23 home Showdowns, an average of 42,021. Their attendances range from XLVIII (Showdown XLVIII) to 53,698 (Showdown XLII).

Minor round fixturing

Due to the length of the AFL premiership season requiring five double up matches and the commercial strength of the Showdown there have always been two Showdown's fixtured for the minor round, with the exception of 2020 which saw only one Showdown scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally the gap between the two Showdown fixtures is maximised to preserve the games reverence.

Duration between fixtures
Within minor round Shortest turnaround 8 rounds 2019
Longest turnaround 20 rounds 2016, 2022
Between seasons Shortest turnaround 231 days 2016–2017
Longest turnaround 343 days 2019–2020

Highest Showdown attendances

# Crowd Year Date Rd Hosting club Ground 42 53,698 2017 8/4 3 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval 39 53,518 2015 19/7 16 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval 13 51,140 2003 26/4 5 Adelaide Football Park 44 50,967 2018 12/5 8 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval 40 50,555 2016 2/4 2 Adelaide Adelaide Oval 47 50,554 2019 6/7 16 Adelaide Adelaide Oval 37 50,552 2014 29/6 15 Adelaide Adelaide Oval 19 50,521 2005 10/9 SF Adelaide Football Park 36 50,397 2014 29/3 2 Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval 45 50,377 2018 4/8 20 Adelaide Adelaide Oval

Club records

Highest score

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

Lowest score for each club in all Showdowns.

# Club Year Round Goals Behinds Total
1 Adelaide 2020 Round 2 5 5 35
2 Port Adelaide 2005 Semi Final 5 10 40

Greatest winning margins

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 2020 Round 2 17.8 (110) 5.5 (35) 75

Smallest winning margins

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
2021 Round 21 7.13 (55) 7.9 (51)
Updated to Showdown 50 (L).

Winning streak

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

Clean sweeps

Seasons when one club has won all Showdown fixtures. There was only one Showdown in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

# Club Clean Sweeps Total
1 Port Adelaide 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2013, 2021 6
2 Adelaide 20051, 2007, 2012, 2016, 2017 5
Updated to Showdown 50 (L).

1Includes the 2005 semi-final. This is the only (as of 2020) time that either side has won all three Showdowns in the one season (including finals).

Player records

Games played

Goalkickers

Most goals kicked in one Showdown

Most career Showdown goals

# Player Club Goals Games
1 Taylor Walker Adelaide 43 19
2 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 38 21
3 Eddie Betts Adelaide 35 12
4 Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide 32 25
5 Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide 30 23
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Career Brownlow votes

# Player Club Votes Games
1 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 14 15
2 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 12 21
3 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 12 26
4 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 11 18
5 Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 10 13
Last update from Showdown L (50).

Disposals

Most career Showdown disposals

# Player Club Disposals Games
1 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 665 27
2 Scott Thompson Adelaide 614 25
3 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 580 27
4 Andrew McLeod Adelaide 539 27
5 Simon Goodwin Adelaide 477 23
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most disposals in one Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Disposals
1 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide 2000 R7 41
Peter Burgoyne Port Adelaide 2008 R3
Tom Rockliff Port Adelaide 2019 R8
4 Simon Goodwin Adelaide 2007 R18 39
Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2012 R5
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Hitouts

Most career Showdown hitouts

# Player Club Hitouts Games
1 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 536 15
2 Brendon Lade Port Adelaide 347 22
3 Matthew Lobbe Port Adelaide 288 11
4 Dean Brogan Port Adelaide 253 16
5 Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide 235 7
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most Hitouts in one Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Hitouts
1 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 2012 R15 61
2 Sam Jacobs Adelaide 2015 R16 51
3 Paddy Ryder Port Adelaide 2017 R3 48
4 Reilly O'Brien Adelaide 2022 R3 45
5 Matthew Lobbe Port Adelaide 2014 R15 43
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Clearances

Most career Showdown clearances

# Player Club Clearances Games
1 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 128 27
2 Scott Thompson Adelaide 124 25
3 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 100 21
4 Simon Goodwin Adelaide 87 23
5 Ollie Wines Port Adelaide 82 15
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most clearances in a Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Clearances
1 Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2015 R5 14
2 Josh Francou Port Adelaide 1999 R21 13
Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2015 R16
Scott Thompson Adelaide 2015 R16
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Contested possessions

Most career Showdown contested possessions

# Player Club Contested
possessions
Games
1 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 291 27
2 Scott Thompson Adelaide 267 25
3 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 223 21
4 Rory Sloane Adelaide 194 18
5 Andrew McLeod Adelaide 184 27
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most contested possessions in one Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Contested
possessions
1 Rory Sloane Adelaide 2017 R3 24
2 Tom Rockliff Port Adelaide 2019 R8 23
3 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide 2016 R2 22
Scott Thompson Adelaide 2015 R16
Patrick Dangerfield Adelaide 2014 R15
Last update from Showdown LI (51).

Contested Marks

Most career Showdown contested marks

# Player Club Contested
Marks
Games
1 Chad Cornes Port Adelaide 42 24
2 Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide 36 23
3 Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide 32 25
4 Taylor Walker Adelaide 29 19
5 Jay Schulz Port Adelaide 17 11
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most contested marks in one Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Contested
Marks
1 Chad Cornes Port Adelaide 2004 R7 6
Kurt Tippett Adelaide 2011 R4
Justin Westhoff Port Adelaide 2011 R4
4 Trent Henschel Adelaide 2005 SF 5
Taylor Walker Adelaide 2017 R20
Aliir Aliir Port Adelaide 2021 R21
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Tackles

Most career Showdown tackles

# Player Club Tackles Games
1 Scott Thompson Adelaide 141 25
2 Travis Boak Port Adelaide 128 27
3 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 109 20
4 Rory Sloane Adelaide 108 18
5 Kane Cornes Port Adelaide 92 27
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Most tackles in one Showdown

# Player Club Fixture Tackles
1 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 2008 R16 13
Hugh Greenwood Adelaide 2017 R20
Rory Sloane Adelaide 2019 R8
4 Domenic Cassisi Port Adelaide 2010 R17 12
Hugh Greenwood Adelaide 2018 R8
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Player winning record

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

# Player Club Win Loss Win %
1 Josh Carr Port Adelaide 10 0 100
2 Jarrad Schofield Port Adelaide 8 2 80.0
3 Nick Stevens Port Adelaide 7 3 70.0
4 Stephen Paxman Port Adelaide 9 4 69.2
5 Eddie Betts Adelaide 8 4 66.7
Sam Jacobs Adelaide 10 5
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Coaching records

Current Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks (left) and Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley (right)

All time coaching record

Showdown coaches ranked by total wins followed by win percentage.

# Coach Club Win Loss Win %
1 Mark Williams Port Adelaide 13 11 54.2
2 Ken Hinkley Port Adelaide 9 9 50
3 Neil Craig Adelaide 8 7 53.3
4 Don Pyke Adelaide 6 2 75.0
5 Malcolm Blight Adelaide 3 3 50.0
Brenton Sanderson
7 John Cahill Port Adelaide 2 2 50.0
8 Matthew Primus Port Adelaide 2 3 40.0
9 Gary Ayres Adelaide 2 7 22.2
10 Scott Camporeale Adelaide 1 0 100
Mark Bickley
12 Matthew Nicks Adelaide 1 3 25
13 Phil Walsh Adelaide 0 1 0
Updated to Showdown LI (51).

Spin offs

Cricket

Adelaide Oval scoreboard during the Bushfire T20 Showdown.
Adelaide Oval scoreboard during the Bushfire T20 Showdown.

Two Showdowns have taken place as Twenty20 cricket matches doubling as charity fundraisers for bushfire relief. In 2009, the two clubs played at Football Park what was dubbed as SA Footy's Bushfire Bash For Cash.[80] In the aftermath of the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season which severely impacted Kangaroo Island and parts of the Adelaide Hills, the two clubs played another such game, this time at Adelaide Oval. Dubbed the Bushfire T20 Showdown, it also included members of the Adelaide Strikers of the Big Bash League including Australian internationals Alex Carey and Kane Richardson and Afghan international Rashid Khan participating. The game proved a success with 34,219 spectators collectively raising $1,015,239 by the end of the match for the South Australian Bushfire Appeal. Seven Network broadcast the match with commentators including James Brayshaw, Greg Blewett, Mark Soderstrom and Jason Gillespie.[81]

Sunday, 2 February 2020
Scorecard
v
231/7 (20 overs)
Travis Boak 44 (23)
Hamish Hartlett 2/9 (2 overs)
217/8 (20 overs)
Tom Lynch 38 (24)
Rashid Khan 2/11 (3 overs)
Port Adelaide won by 14 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
  • Port Adelaide won the toss and elected to bat.

Slowdown

Tony Modra being interviewed after the 2011 Slowdown
Tony Modra being interviewed after the 2011 Slowdown

Main article: West End Slowdown

A charity spin off of the Showdown also included an annual 'Slowdown' that raised money for various charities. Slowdown's often featured retired Adelaide, Port Adelaide and SANFL players along with local celebrities.

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