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Crows trounce last-placed Port

By Steve Larkin 31/07/2011 09:29:15 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide's caretaker coach Mark Bickley was unfazed during his first-up AFL victory, but says a triumph over Port Adelaide hasn't convinced him to permanently seek the Crows' top job.

Bickley delivered the Crows a much needed lift with a comprehensive 16.15 (111) to 11.13 (79) win over arch rival Port on Sunday.

Adelaide, responding from last week's coach killing 103-point loss to St Kilda which triggered Neil Craig's resignation, led at every change to keep Port anchored in last spot.

But Bickley, given the caretaker role for the rest of the season, remained undecided whether to pitch for Adelaide's full-time coaching job.

"I didn't find it anything that was out of my depth or anything like that, and that is a good thing," Bickley said.

"It tended to unfold how I was hoping it was going to, and there weren't too many scenarios which I found that I couldn't handle.

"(But) I'm a novice in terms of coaching, I haven't coached before.

"There is no time pressure on me ... I have until the end of the year, so let it unfold and see how things go."

Bickley swung subtle changes to the Crows outfit, who remain in 14th spot on the ladder despite the victory.

Recalled forward Taylor Walker booted four goals and Patrick Dangerfield (27 disposals) was prominent in spending more time in the midfield.

The Crows scored more than 100 points in a match for the first time since round eight, with Bickley saying the impact of his leaders loomed large.

Captain Nathan van Berlo won the Showdown medal for best afield, gathering 30 possessions and restricting his Port counterpart Dom Cassisi to just 13 touches in an error-riddled encounter between the lowly clubs.

Onballers Scott Thompson (27 disposals) and Bernie Vince (30 possessions) were prolific ball winners, floating forward Chris Knights was influential with 31 touches and rebounder Graham Johncock provided defensive dash.

"This club is a proud football club ... hopefully that is the first step and we continue to walk forward," Bickley said.

Port remain with just two wins and frustrated coach Matthew Primus blasted his players for a substandard effort.

Apart from midfielder Travis Boak (29 disposals), half-back Hamish Hartlett and Cameron Hitchcock (three goals), the Power had few winners in a performance blighted by sloppy skills.

"It's a long way off what is AFL standard," Primus said.

"If footy means absolutely everything to us, we wouldn't be down the bottom with two wins. All year we just haven't played like footy means the absolute world to us."

Primus conceded Port supporters wouldn't be looking forward to next Saturday night when the battling club host Collingwood, with fresh injury concerns over Tom Logan (foot), Jay Schulz (foot) and Jackson Trengove (swollen knee).

The Crows travel to Brisbane to meet the Lions next Sunday.

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