Port Adelaide champion Robbie Gray clinched victory for the Power over Richmond with a clutch goal late.
Robbie Gray had kicked clutch matching-winning goals on a string of occasions ahead of Friday night’s duel with Richmond – and the Port Adelaide champion stepped up again to deliver the Power victory.
The four-time All Australian outmuscled Jayden Short to take a terrific contested grab with four minutes left on the clock, before nailing a set shot off a difficult angle from 45 metres out to snatch the lead for his side.
A goal-less and frantic passage of play then played out as the Power clung on for a two-point win to avenge for last year’s preliminary final defeat to the Tigers, winning 11.13 (79) to 11.11 (77) at Adelaide Oval.
Vitally, Port Adelaide’s win means they’re 3-1 to start the season and back in the top four, having responded to last week’s mauling at the hands of West Coast in winning fashion.
On the contrary, reigning premiers Richmond are now in unfamiliar territory, having crashed to consecutive losses for the first time since rounds three and four of last season. The Power were last week thrashed by the Swans and, after Friday’s loss, now sit in sixth.
Fox Footy commentator James Brayshaw summed up the scenario perfectly as Gray nailed the go-ahead goal in the Power’s thrilling win over the Tigers.
“He knows how to kick them when the game’s on the line, Robbie Gray,” Brayshaw said.
“That was absolutely beautiful.”
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley was clearly a satisfied man when asked about Gray’s kick in his post-match press conference.
“I’m glad he plays for us,” Hinkley said with a smile.
“That was a great finish.”
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