Gray stars as Power beat Demons

Port Adelaide have overcame a 24-point deficit to thrash Melbourne by 61 points in their AFL clash in Alice Springs.

The Power were in danger of slumping to their fourth straight loss when they trailed 38-14 midway through the second quarter of Saturday’s match.

But an inspired six-goal burst before half-time swung things Port’s way, with the Power rediscovering their run-and-stun game style in the 18.7 (115) to 8.6 (54) triumph at Traeger Park.

Jay Schulz finished with four goals, while Robbie Gray (26 disposals, one goal) provided the class across half-forward with numerous goal assists.

Midfielders Brad Ebert and Travis Boak tallied 31 possessions each in the win, with the result improving Port’s record to 4-5 ahead of next week’s clash with the Bulldogs.

Melbourne kicked just two goals in the second half, with the young side tiring in the warm conditions.

Although Port Adelaide came away with a percentage-boosting win, their fumbly display in the opening quarter-and-a-half shows they still have plenty to work on before being considered legitimate premiership contenders.

A goal to Schulz after the quarter-time siren was Port’s only joy in the opening term.

And Melbourne speedster Jeff Garlett threatened to tear the game wide open when he scored two goals within the space of a minute during the second quarter.

Shortly after, Schulz limped off with a corked leg, and Gray was crunched by Bernie Vince in a marking contest.

Both players recovered to play crucial roles as the Power kicked 13 of the next 14 goals to bury Melbourne in brutal fashion.

Demons forward Jesse Hogan (two goals, eight marks) looked dangerous early before being starved of opportunities once Port’s midfield took control, while youngster Angus Brayshaw toiled hard.

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