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Port Power demolish Carlton

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 21/04/2017 Steve Larkin

Robbie Gray of the Power celebrates with fans. © AAP Image/David Mariuz Robbie Gray of the Power celebrates with fans. Livewire Robbie Gray slotted five goals as Port Adelaide demolished a hapless Carlton by 90 points in a Friday night AFL fizzer.

Port entrenched themselves in the top eight with a commanding 20.17 (137) to 6.11 (47) victory at Adelaide Oval.

The Power surged from the start, kicking the initial five goals against the lacklustre Blues, who managed just two majors until three quarter-time.

Port's elusive Gray should have scored more - he finished with 5.4 and booted three consecutive behinds in a 10-minute span in the third term - while teammate Jackson Trengove kicked three goals.

Gray's misses came in a wayward period for Port as the home side dominated but returned 6.10 for the quarter.

The inaccuracy mattered little: the Blues didn't score a point in the third term, stuck on their meagre halftime total of 2.9.

Gray's teammate Chad Wingard took some gloss off a polished performance by kicking 1.4, although he was influential with 26 disposals and 10 tackles.

Brad Ebert of the Power during the Round 5 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Carlton Blues. © AAP Image/David Mariuz Brad Ebert of the Power during the Round 5 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Carlton Blues. Power backmen Matthew Broadbent (32 touches, one goal), Darcy Byrne-Jones (24 possessions) and Jasper Pittard (28 disposals) were all prominent against the error-prone Blues.

Port's Charlie Dixon, Aaron Young, Jared Polec and newcomer Aidyn Johnson - making his AFL debut as a replacement for late withdrawal Hamish Hartlett (thigh injury) - kicked two goals each.

And midfielders Ollie Wines (35 disposals) and Brad Ebert (31 touches) were prolific ball-winners.

But they met scant opposition from the Blues, who barely offered a yelp in their fourth loss in five games this season.

Carlton's prime mover was Patrick Cripps, who gathered a game-high 37 disposals, while defender Sam Docherty (29 touches) battled gamely.

And big Blue Levi Casboult kicked four goals - his initial three majors were his side's only goals until Jack Silvagni scored nine minutes into the final quarter.

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