Sport

Gray red-hot as Power thumps Blues

Simon White of the Blues and Robbie Gray of the Power.
Simon White of the Blues and Robbie Gray of the Power. DAVID MARIUZ

ON a Friday night where Carlton justified the AFL's decision to award it just one Friday night fixture for the 2017 season, one man justified the hype around him with a one-man freak show.

Despite the lopsided scoreboard, you couldn't take your eyes off Robbie Gray on Friday night as the Port Adelaide superstar proved why he's arguably among the top 10 players in the competition.

And while it wasn't Gray's smoothest night at the office - his accuracy in front of goal would've frustrated Port Adelaide fans - it was certainly one of his most entertaining.

Gray finished with 5.4 from 22 disposals, 10 contested possessions, nine marks, five inside 50s and two goal assists to inspire the Power to a massive 90-point win over the Blues and claim the Anzac medal for best on ground.

As Port Adelaide put the foot down against the Blues in the third term to set up its massive win at the Adelaide Oval, Gray opened his cash till and pulled out his own credit card machine, ready to take payment for his own performance.

In the third quarter alone, Gray had nine disposals, six contested possessions, four marks (three contested, two inside 50) and six shots on goal (2.4). Most importantly, nearly all of those disposals were won close to goal, where Gray is developing a reputation as one of the most dangerous forward 50 player in the competition.

Gray this season isn't accumulating as much footy as the past three years, mainly because he's not spending as much time in the guts. But his heavy forward 50 time is paying dividends for the Power, who now have several dangerous mid-sized forwards in Gray, Chad Wingard and Aaron Young, with Angus Monfries still on the sidelines.

Not only was Gray clean at ground level against the Blues, he was clever and strong in one-on-one contests, highlighted by his three contested marks in the third term.

Gray was extremely unlucky not to be paid two marks in the second half. He out-bodied his Carlton opponent close to goal in the third term then ran back with the flight in the fourth term - both times seemingly doing enough to claim the mark, but both times not being rewarded.

Gray was on the end of several exhilarating Port Adelaide chains during Friday night's win.

The Power's run from the back-half line, led by Matthew Broadbent, Jasper Pittard, Jared Polec and Darcy Byrne-Jones, was electric, helping the Power score over 100 points for the third time in five games.

The run reminded dual Brownlow Medallist Chris Judd of the Power gamestyle that took the competition by storm a few years ago.

"Port are starting to resemble its 2014 team of quick scoring. Some players are getting back to their very best," Judd told Triple M.

News Corp Australia


Servo lost every piece of stock and equipment in flood

Generic petrol bowser Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury

Service station finally reopens following flood

Unique program brings students back to learning

Year nine students talk with residents at Crowley Village in Ballina as part of Xavier Catholic College's 'Enrichment Program'.

New program recognises Year 9 as a difficult period for students

Million-dollar roundabout for notorious intersection

The intersection of the Coast Road and Ross Lane has been the scene of many crashes.

Construction plans for $1.4 million roundabout lodged to council

Local Partners

Unique program brings students back to learning

A NEW Xavier College Year 9 Program involves students giving time to their community, and exposing them to aspects of the world they may not otherwise see.


Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Pauly puts stereo back into stereotypes

PAULY: Paul Fenech is a comedian of Maltese and Aboriginal descent.

'A bourbon-fuelled bogan subwoofer bonanza of comedy.'

Hervey Bays to star in international horror flick

A great white thriller that had scenes filmed on the Fraser Coast has been picked up by a major US movie studio.

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

Cher, 71, and Celine Dion wow world at Billboard Awards

“I’m 71 yesterday and I can do a five-minute plank, OK.”

Judah's return to The Voice stage is a knockout

Judah Kelly performs during his knockout round on The Voice.

QUEENSLAND singer nails Adele hit.

WIN acquires rights to Southern Cross Media television

WIN network coverage

Changes to take effect at end of the month

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis: "I was born a boy"

Wentworth star Daniielle Alexis has revealed she was born a boy

Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks announce White House bid on SNL

Dwayne Johnson is “officially” running for president in 2020

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

The hardest place in the state to find a rental property

RENTAL SHORTAGE: Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific Highway Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Not enough supply to meet insatiable demand

Buy a business for less than $400,000

Springfield Lakes Night Owl is now for sale.

Springfield Lakes convenience store for sale

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!