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Sunday Herald Sun - - Motorsport - MICHELAN­GELO RUCCI ADE­LAIDE

STEVEN Mot­lop did not know what score was needed to avoid an­other derby de­feat — nor how much time he had — as he sized up the north­ern goals at Ade­laide Oval to launch the kick that an­nounced his ar­rival at Port Ade­laide.

“I was un­sure how long was left,” said Mot­lop of the win­ning kick that stopped the time clock at 21 sec­onds to play and ticked over the score­board to show the Power five points up.

“I knew it was un­der a minute ... and, to be hon­est, I thought we were down by more than a point.

“I wasn’t think­ing about mak­ing sure I got at least a point to draw the game. I just tried to kick a goal.

“What a first Show­down for me. If that is what a Show­down is about, I am look­ing for­ward to plenty more.”

The Power stretched out to an 18-point buf­fer be­fore Ade­laide kicked three goals in a late flurry to take a one-point lead with one minute re­main­ing.

Mot­lop then pounced on a loose ball and goaled on the run from 40m to snap Port’s five-game los­ing streak to their bit­ter ri­vals. “You have to stay com­posed in those sit­u­a­tions,” he said.

“The Crows put num­bers be­hind the ball (to pro­tect the one-point lead with 42 sec­onds to play) and you have to even that up, some­how — and cre­ate a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“I went for­ward and we got the ball for­ward (from the cen­tre bounce). Sam Gray was re- ally clean in his pick up ... and the rest just hap­pens.

“It is a pretty spe­cial mo­ment ... I don’t think I’ve heard a crowd that has been that loud in my whole ca­reer. So it was great to get it done for them.”

Mot­lop, af­ter 135 games in eight sea­sons at Gee­long, was one of the Power’s three ma­jor sign­ings in the off-sea­son, along with for­mer Bris­bane cap­tain Tom Rock­liff and Mel­bourne for­ward Jack Watts.

Port Ade­laide coach Ken Hink­ley made men­tion of all three af­ter Show­down 44, which lev­els the derby ledger at 22-22. “It’s a sig­nif­i­cant (goal); he be­longs,” Hink­ley said of Mot­lop.

“Tom Rock­liff (31 dis­pos­als) was outstanding; enor­mous. That’s why we brought them to the club — to put scor­ing threats in scor­ing space.”

The Crows led by 21 points at half­time be­fore Rob­bie Gray lit the fuse for the Power come­back. Chad Win­gard and ruck­man Ry­der also kicked two goals each, while Rock­liff (31 dis­pos­als) and Jared Polec (23 pos­ses­sions) were in­flu­en­tial.

Port skip­per Travis Boak (24 dis­pos­als), Ol­lie Wines (26) and Brad Ebert (24) pro­vided the mid­field grunt. For Ade­laide, Rory Atkins was a stand­out with 29 dis­pos­als, Ed­die Betts kicked three goals, while Mitch McGovern and Cam El­lis-Yol­men (20 dis­pos­als) booted two ma­jors each. Power: R.Gray, Jonas, Rock­liff, Ry­der, Wines, Neade, Pow­ell-Pep­per, Win­gard. Crows: Gibbs, Green­wood, Laird, M.Crouch, Betts, Atkins. Power: R.Gray 6, Ry­der, Win­gard 2, S.Gray, Boak, Pow­ell-Pep­per, Mot­lop. Crows: Betts 3, El­lisYol­men, Walker, McGovern 2, Atkins, Jenkins, Dou­glas, Seeds­man, Lynch. Power: Stop­pages 4.1 (25) Fwd half stop­pages 4.1 (25) In­ter­cepts 9.9 (63) Fwd half in­ter­cepts 5.4 (34) Crows: Stop­pages 3.4 (22) Fwd half stop­pages 2.2 (14) In­ter­cepts 11.2 (68) Fwd half in­ter­cepts 5.2 (32) Power: Nil. Crows: Walker (glute), Ja­cobs (back spasms) Don­lon, Haussen, Mered­ith 50,967 at Ade­laide Oval. HOT: Rob­bie Gray (PA) 122 pts (94% TOG) NOT: Jack Watts (PA) 56 pts (72% TOG)

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