Lyon to swing selection axe at Fremantle

Port Adelaide’s elusive forward Robbie Gray has slotted six goals in an 89-point rout of a hapless Fremantle in Sunday’s AFL twilight match.


The Power banked consecutive wins with a resounding 22.13 (145) to 8.8 (56) triumph at Adelaide Oval – they’re table-toppers after two rounds.

The winless Dockers are anchored in last spot on the ladder after a lacklustre display.

Port kicked the initial six goals and made easy road kill of their visitors.

Gray was central in the opening blitz, kicking two and setting up another within 15 minutes of play to delight the 38,388-strong Port crowd.

The Dockers cruelled their efforts with sloppy disposal – by halftime, when they trailed 11.8 to 3.3, the visitors had recorded 38 turnovers and 20 clangers.

While Gray (30 possessions) ran rampant, fellow forwards Charlie Dixon (four goals), Chad Wingard (two goals) and Brett Eddy (two goals) were productive while Ollie Wines capped his superb 30-disposal performance with two goals.

Wines led a dominant Port midfield with Brad Ebert (28 touches), captain Travis Boak (25 touches) and second-gamer Sam Powell-Pepper (25 disposals) all prominent.

And Port’s defence, despite the late withdrawal of halfback Hamish Hartlett because of illness, was miserly against a misfiring Freo forward line – the visitors couldn’t find a multiple goalkicker in the game.

Fremantle’s captain Nat Fyfe gathered 30 disposals and kicked a goal and the tenacious Lachie Neale was the visitor’s standout with 34 touches and a goal.

Brothers Brad and Stephen Hill battled gamely against the flow, collecting 31 and 24 disposals respectively but there were few other shining lights for the Dockers.

And the outlook doesn’t get brighter for Ross Lyon’s side with a home match against reigning premiers Western Bulldogs next Saturday night.

Port meet arch rival and fellow unbeaten outfit Adelaide, also on Saturday night, in a clash of the AFL’s top two.