Two behinds and no goals in the first quarter were not the start the Port Adelaide Power was looking for when the played the Crows in Round 8 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition.
A flip, where they could have taken the 38 points from the fourth quarter might have served them well, but the short summary is that they were outscored in the first three quarters and lost by 20 points, the final score of 88 – 68 giving the Crows the right to caw until the 16th round, where Port will have a chance to square the home-and-away head-to-head with their cross-town rivals.
Almost 50,000 turned out for the match and it must have seemed like 60 minutes of fun for Crows supporters, as they saw their side ahead by 21 at the main break and 38 at ¾ time.
The Crows did not exactly knock down the pipes, scoring just 13 points in the first quarter, but they limited Port so effectively that they needed only some average footy in the second and third quarters to make the fourth quarter mainly academic, where they did just enough to preserve the win.
Adelaide has now improved to 5 – 3 for the season and the win against Port sent the Crows up the ladder to the third rung.
They are tied on 20 premiership points with GWS, Brisbane, Richmond and West Coast. That is the sort of thing four consecutive wins will do for a club and it sets the Crows up for the difficult five-game stretch they have ahead of them before they get their bye.
Round 9 will find them in Brisbane to face the Lions, followed by a home fixture with West Coast, a trip to Melbourne for the Demons, and then possibly the toughest two-game stretch of their fixture when they host the Giants in Round 12 and the Richmond Tigers in Round 13.