Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett faces suspension for a sling deal with in his AFL facet’s 49-point trouncing of an injury-hit Adelaide.
Ahead Todd Marshall booted three targets in Port’s 12.15 (87) to five.8 (38) win in Saturday night time’s grudge match at Adelaide Oval.
However Lycett is in tribunal hassle for a harmful sling deal with which concussed Adelaide’s Ned McHenry within the first quarter.
The Crows misplaced McHenry and fellow small ahead Lachlan Murphy (ankle) inside 22 minutes of the sport.
And Port’s prolific ball-winner Dan Houston was subbed out with a shoulder harm within the third time period.
Premiership fancies Port had been largely untroubled by final yr’s wooden-spooners, with Marshall’s scoring supported by two targets every to Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades.
Celebrated Port trio Travis Boak, Robbie Grey and Ollie Wines and winger Karl Amon had been all influential in slippery circumstances.
Boak gathered 28 disposals and 6 clearances whereas Grey (26 touches), Wines (24) and Amon (27) discovered loads of the ball.
Port’s defence dominated supreme with recruit Aliir Aliir (9 marks) and Todd Clurey blanketing a goal-less Taylor Walker for the Crows, whose solely a number of goal-scorer was third-gamer Riley Thilthorpe (two targets).
Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman (29 disposals, 9 inside 50s) and Rory Laird (36 touches) battled towards the tide after Adelaide’s two early accidents.
McHenry wobbled off within the twelfth minute after being slung by Lycett and simply 10 minutes later Murphy’s proper ankle horribly twisted in a marking contest.
4 minutes on, Crows captain Rory Sloane, making his comeback from a four-game absence following surgical procedure to repair a indifferent retina in his left eye, departed the sector with a nasty minimize above the identical eye – however he returned to motion.
Port led 2.4 to 1.0 at quarter-time and created a 21-point lead halfway by way of the second stanza earlier than Adelaide rallied, solely to be cruelled by lacking three late aim possibilities.
The Energy had been 20 factors up at halftime with the Crows scoring only one aim – from a first-term free kick to Jimmy Rowe – within the half.
Adelaide confirmed some pluck to sneak inside 13 factors some 10 minutes into the third time period however it was the closest they bought thereafter.
Port overcame Houston’s harm to attain 4 of the final 5 targets for the time period to carry a defining 35-point lead at three-quarter-time.
The Energy then booted three targets to at least one within the final time period whereas limiting the Crows to their second-lowest rating towards Port, simply surpassing their 5.5 (35) when crushed by 75 factors final yr.