Port Adelaide entered the AFL in 1997 after a position became available with the merger of Fitzroy and Brisbane. The first game between the Crows and Port Power was always destined to be a battle as Adelaide had trumped Port in 1991 for the first licence to the AFL.
In the inaugural Showdown, Port Adelaide beat the Adelaide Crows by 11 points. 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.
Prior to the second showdown for season 2006 the Showdown record stood at 11 to 9 with Port in the ascendency. On the 27th August 2006 despite their relative ladder positions Port Adelaide defeated Adelaide by 14 points.
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