Lycett in strife as Port thrashes Crows
PORT Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett faces suspension for a sling tackle in his AFL side’s 49-point trouncing of an injury-hit Adelaide.
Forward Todd Marshall booted three goals in Port’s 12.15 (87) to 5.8 (38) win in Saturday night’s grudge match at Adelaide Oval.
But Lycett is in tribunal trouble for a dangerous sling tackle which concussed Adelaide’s Ned McHenry in the first quarter.
The Crows lost McHenry and fellow small forward Lachlan Murphy (ankle) inside 22 minutes of the game.
And Port’s prolific ball-winner Dan Houston was subbed out with a shoulder injury in the third term.
Premiership fancies Port were largely untroubled by last year’s wooden-spooners, with Marshall’s scoring supported by two goals each to Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades.
Celebrated Port trio Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines and winger Karl Amon were all influential in slippery conditions.
Boak gathered 28 disposals and six clearances while Gray (26 touches), Wines (24) and Amon (27) found plenty of the ball.
Port’s defence ruled supreme with recruit Aliir Aliir (nine marks) and Todd Clurey blanketing a goal-less Taylor Walker for the Crows, whose only multiple goal-scorer was third-gamer Riley Thilthorpe (two goals).
Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman (29 disposals, nine inside 50s) and Rory Laird (36 touches) battled against the tide after Adelaide’s two early injuries.
McHenry wobbled off in the 12th minute after being slung by Lycett and just 10 minutes later Murphy’s right ankle horribly twisted in a marking contest.
Four minutes on, Crows captain Rory Sloane, making his comeback from a four-game absence following surgery to fix a detached retina in his left eye, departed the field with a nasty cut above the same eye – but he returned to action.
Port led 2.4 to 1.0 at quarter-time and created a 21-point lead midway through the second stanza before Adelaide rallied, only to be cruelled by missing three late goal chances.
The Power were 20 points up at halftime with the Crows scoring just one goal – from a first-term free kick to Jimmy Rowe – in the half.
Adelaide showed some pluck to sneak within 13 points some 10 minutes into the third term but it was the closest they got thereafter.
Port overcame Houston’s injury to score four of the last five goals for the term to hold a defining 35-point lead at three-quarter-time.
The Power then booted three goals to one in the last term while restricting the Crows to their second-lowest score against Port, just surpassing their 5.5 (35) when beaten by 75 points last year.
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PORT ADELAIDE 2.4 4.6 9.10 12.15 (87)
ADELAIDE 1.0 1.4 4.5 5.8 (38)
Goals: Port Adelaide: T Marshall 3 C Dixon 2 M Georgiades 2 C Rozee K Farrell O Fantasia S Motlop W Drew. Adelaide: R Thilthorpe 2 D Fogarty J Rowe R Sloane.
Umpires: Jacob Mollison, Robert O’Gorman, Nick Brown.
Venue: Adelaide Oval.