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Port Adelaide demolish Carlton in AFL

Port Adelaide have trounced Carlton by 90 points in their AFL match at Adelaide Oval.

Port Adelaide demolish Carlton in AFL

Port Adelaide have trounced Carlton by 90 points in their AFL match at Adelaide Oval.

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.

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.

Port captain Travis Boak will have scans on an injured hamstring after copping a knock in the third quarter.

He left the field and didn't return but it wasn't enough to take the shine off the massive win for coach Ken Hinkley.

"It was a good performance, quite an even performance over the whole night," he said.

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton said his young side would benefit from the heavy loss.

"Some tough lessons to learn," he said.

"The first half ... we just didn't capitalise. But the third quarter, the game was taken away from us."

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