Power surge to give Carlton the blues

Port Adelaide underlined their flag credentials with a professional 28-point dismantling of Carlton at the MCG on Saturday night.

In a win that propelled them back into the top four, the Power’s forwards ran riot over a dour Carlton outfit, Robbie Gray and Mitch Georgiades bagging three goals apiece.

Ken Hinkley’s men had not played at the MCG since July 2019, but showed they may just feel at home there come September with a brilliant performance across the ground.

Ollie Wines led all comers with 32 disposals, while Sam Walsh (29 disposals, eight clearances) was again the shining light in an otherwise poor evening for the Blues.

Port’s Karl Amon was equally superb as his raking left foot sliced and diced the Blues around the MCG.

After an opening term which saw both sides trade early blows, it was the Power that stamped their foot down after the first break.

From there, the gulf between the two sides became evident as Port (now 4 wins, one loss) dominated in almost every key indicator.

The Blues faithful were upbeat when key forward Harry McKay got on the board in the opening minute of the second half, but two Power goals in a minute demoralised the home side.

From there, a series of classy finishes from Port’s forwards took the sting out of the contest as frustration grew for home fans at the MCG.

Boos rang out at three quarter time as the pressure on Carlton (two wins, three losses) grows.

Robbie Gray was among the Power’s bestSource:Getty Images

GRAY HAUNTS BLUES

It was Robbie Gray who broke Carlton hearts last season, with an after-the-siren goal on the Gabba boundary to snatch victory.

And it was that man again who would haunt the Blues with a spellbinding first half.

Gray got on the board with a superb across the body finish in front of the MCC members, before an off-balance snap and set-shot in the second term saw familiar moans ring out around the MCG.

EYES ON MITCH

Having recovered from a back complaint that delayed his start to 2021, Mitch McGovern returned for his first taste of senior footy.

And it was a mixed bag.

McGovern’s first involvement was a lovely squaring ball across the body to Jack Newnes, before spraying a shot at goal out-on-the-full in the second term.

He eventually got on the board in the third quarter — just his second goal since Round 7, 2020.

ALIIR BRILLIANCE

While it was Port Adelaide’s forwards and midfielders who grabbed the headlines, defender Aliir Aliir again showed what an asset he had already become at the club.

The former Swan’s intercept defending repelled a number of Carlton attacks in the third term, proving he may just be the missing piece in Port’s premiership tilt.

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