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.


The Adelaide Crows joined the AFL in 1991, and Port Adelaide [Not to be confused with the unaffiliated Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL.] 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. [cite web | title=Data from | url=]

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


howdown I - X

howdown XI - XX

howdown XXI - XXV



*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%.


*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

ee also

*West End Slowdown
*Western Derby

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