PORT ADELAIDE 5.6, 9.12, 16.15, 20.20 (140)
CARLTON 1.2, 2.4, 3.7, 5.7 (37)
GOALS: Port: Gray 4, Westhoff 3, Wingard 3, Neade 3, Schulz 2, Wingard 2, Ebert, Boak, White, Monfries, Hartlett. Carlton: Gibbs, Waite, White, Casboult, Yarran.
DISPOSALS: Port: Gray 31, Hartlett 27, Boak 27. Carlton: Gibbs 29, Curnow 22, Rowe 19.
There will be four nervous coaches tonight - John Longmire, Al Clarkson, Chris Scott and Ross Lyon - as Port Adelaide signalled its intention to be a genuine flag contender.
Power cruised to a 103-point victory over Carlton at Adelaide Oval to keep their top-four hopes alive.
The 20.20 (140) to 5.7 (37) win elevates the Power to fourth and has taken their percentage from 126.5 to 132.9 (Fremantle, equal on points, has a percentage is 128.8).
If Fremantle defeats Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Sunday, as expected, Power will be back to fifth.
Port plays Fremantle in Perth in Round 23 in what could be a play-off for fourth spot.
In front of 52,505 fans - a record crowd at a Port match - the Power were ruthless and relentless from the first bounce.
Robbie Gray did his Brownlow hopes no harm after his 31 disposal, four-goal game.
"He's had one of the best individual years I have ever seen," Kane Cornes told Fox Footy after the match.
"To come from where he has with his knee injury, he got fit and now he is elite."
Skipper Travis Boak, who had 27 possessions and kicked a goal, said the Power is coming good at the right time.
"If you want to compete in September, you've got to make sure you finish top four," he said.
"We have to keep improving. We have to go up another notch."
The only good news for Carlton is Marc Murphy's concussion is not serious, although early signs suggest he probably won't front up against the Bombers next weekend.
33 secs remaining.
Q4 31 MINS PORT 140 CARL 37
Hartlett spears one to Wingard. He kicks the goal.
Q4 28 MINS PORT 134 CARL 37
Hartlett becomes Port's 10th goal scorer.
Q4 28 MINS PORT 128 CARL 37
Polec kicks a behind.Back to top
Q4 26 MINS PORT 127 CARL 37
Polec to Gray. Kicks his fourth. Power by 90.
Jay Schulz is being carried off by trainers. His head hit the turf really hard after contest with Jamison.
Q4 21 MINS PORT 121 CARL 37
Yarran kicks a late goal for Carlton. He is limping around at full forward. Calf injury?
Q4 18 MINS PORT 121 CARL 31
Boak streams down the wing, as he has all night, kicks it long and finds Schulz. One behind only.
How was that NOT a free kick to Simon White?Back to top
Q4 10 MINS PORT 120 CARL 31
Schulz to Gray, who marks 35m out. Gray can't kick his fourth.
Q4 8 MINS PORT 119 CARL 31
Casboult gets the hands from Yarran and snaps a goal - Carlton's fourth.
Q4 6 MINS PORT 119 CARL 25
Polec streams down the wing without any pressure. Finds Gray 20m out. Gray kicks his third.
Q4 4 MINS PORT 113 CARL 25
Simpson rushes a behind.
Q4 2 MINS PORT 112 CARL 25
Monfries marks cleverly in front of Simpson (touched?). Hits the post.Back to top
PORT ADELAIDE 5.6, 9.12, 16.15 (111)
CARLTON 1.2, 2.4, 3.7 (25)
GOALS: Port: Westhoff 3, Neade 3, Schulz 2, Gray 2, Wingard 2, Ebert, Boak, White, Monfries. Carlton: Gibbs, Waite, White.
DISPOSALS: Port: Gray 24, Boak 21, Hartlett 20. Carlton: Gibbs 21, Curnow 18, Rowe 15.
Q3 30 MINS PORT 111 CARL 25
Score review: Moore's shot at goal is adjudged a behind... it hit the fingers of Simpson.
Q3 28 MINS PORT 110 CARL 25
Free to Lobbe in the ruck contest. Very strange decision; it looked like Lobbe was the one who infringed. His shot is on the full. 2.50 left.
Matt White subbed off; Moore gets his chance.
Q3 26 MINS PORT 110 CARL 25
Monfries is the beneficiary of Neade's good work on the arc. The former marks in the square and hits the scoreboard.Back to top