'They're not really queuing up for that job'

Eddie Betts of the Crows celebrates a goal.
Eddie Betts of the Crows celebrates a goal. DAVID MARIUZ

AFL: Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley is going to have to think long and hard as to who he puts on superstar Crows forward Eddie Betts for the Showdown in Adelaide on Saturday night.

The Power mentor said no one had put their hand up to take on the former Carlton star.

"They're not really queuing up for that job - I don't blame them," Hinkley said ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.

"We've spent a lot of time thinking about Eddie and Tex (Crows captain Taylor Walker) and the all the boys up there.

"They're a great forward line group.

"We've got great faith in the young blokes that have been playing there and we get to bring Hamish (Hartlett) back, who's an important and experienced player."

Betts has made a habit of tormenting the Power, booting 24 goals in his six previous Showdowns since joining the Crows in 2014.

It is likely Tom Jonas or Darcy Byrne-Jones will start on Betts, with Jarman Impey also probably getting a gig in the back line at some stage.

The Crows will be missing another key forward in Josh Jenkins with a rib injury.

Coach Don Pyke had hoped Jenkins would be fit but said he just wasn't right.

"It was just a bridge too far this week given the incident and how he was presenting," he said.

"He'll do some work tomorrow, which will allow him to be ready in a week's time."

The Power - top on percentage - holds a 21-20 advantage in Showdowns, but the Crows have won the past three games.

Pyke said all that made little difference to Saturday night's game.

"The Power have had a couple of really strong wins (to start the year)," Pyke said.

"They've made some changes to the way they played last season and we get the opportunity to play a really good side in a big game.

"Showdowns always have a little extra feel to them."

Topics:  adelaide crows eddie betts ken hinkley port adelaide power

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