Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh says his inside knowledge of Port Adelaide is irrelevant ahead on Sunday’s Showdown.
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Walsh joined the Crows as head coach after spending last season at Port Adelaide as an assistant under Ken Hinkley, but he says his intricate knowledge of the Power would count for nothing at Adelaide Oval.
“It’s a bit overrated for mine … it’s what the players do that is going to decide this result, not what I know or what Ken knows about me,” Walsh is quoted as saying by AAP.
“I might know the players a little bit more but this is my 23rd Showdown. Every time I have scouted the opposition team really hard, really scrutinised them, understood what they’re going to do – this one is exactly the same.”
Port Adelaide have won three of the last five Showdown’s, however it was the Crows who came up trumps in their last meeting in round 15, 2014.
The Power head into the game on the back of a hard-fought win over reigning premiers Hawthorn, while the Crows were extremely disappointing after going down to the Western Bulldogs by 57 points in round four.
Sunday’s contest is a complete sell-out, with a crowd of 53,000 expected to walk through the gates at Adelaide Oval.