PORT ADELAIDE5.3 8.6 14.16 20.17
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Port’s Jarman Impey is tackled by Kade Simpson of the Blues at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. Photo: Getty Images CARLTON1.4 2.9 2.9 6.11 GOALSPort Adelaide: R Gray 5, Trengove 3, Johnson 2, Young 2, Dixon 2, Polec 2, Wingard, Westhoff, Broadbent, S Gray.
Carlton: Casboult 4, Gibbs, Silvagni.BESTPort Adelaide: Ebert, R Gray, Wines, Broadbent, Byrne-Jones, Pittard.Carlton: Cripps, Gibbs, Murphy, Wright, E Curnow, Docherty.INJURIESPort Adelaide: Hartlett replaced in selected team by Johnson, Boak .UMPIRESRosebury, Hosking, Stephens.CROWD43,120 at Adelaide Oval.Adelaide: For the second time this season Port Adelaide blooded a kid to AFL football and he goaled with his first kick. Not entirely out of the ordinary, but Aidyn Johnson, a late inclusion, was one of the few surprises in an otherwise routine crushing win over Carlton at Adelaide Oval.It was the more robust, better-skilled and more efficient Port clearly outplaying the work-in-progress Blues, who were competitive in the first half but slaughtered with a 6.10-to-nothing third quarter.Great stuff by the Power, but perhaps expected given Carlton had eight teenagers and another two with four games between them.However, Port’s win should not be diminished because of Carlton’s youth. The Power did the job, and were relentless with their attack on the ball. The pressure wasn’t always there, but you cannot do any more than win comfortably.Johnson, 19, who replaced Hamish Hartlett , was the bonus with a polished performance, and lived up to his reputation with his creativeness and run. He followed Sam Powell-Pepper from round one and 261 others going into this season with his first game, first kick and goal effort.As much as it was basically “all Port”, Carlton fans have reason to turn up again against Sydney at the MCG next Saturday, even though the result may not be flattering once more. It’s about being creditable, and for part of the night – certainly in the second quarter – there was purpose in their game. They just lacked execution skills; the turnovers proved critical. Their willingness to win the hard contests could not be questioned even though Port’s contested possession rate soared.We shouldn’t easily dismiss this crushing loss, but this competition has delivered basket cases in years gone by, and this is not one of them. The scoreboard looked horrible, but Port’s defence was exceptional.This game had its willing contests, and fair share of turnovers and errors. Port kicked the first five goals going well into time-on in the first quarter, but from then until half-time they added 3.3 to Carlton’s 2.7.Robbie Gray again wasn’t used as much on the ball as in his best years, and Port continues to deny his groin…