Toast Sam Gray

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kdavva74

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Say what you want about his selection over Marshall. Most of us agree that it was a poor decision, and that Marshall didn't deserve to come out of the side.

But Sam Gray has certainly proven he should be in this side.

4 goals tonight, with 28 touches. 26 touches, 8 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals against the reigning premiers. 3 goals against the Tigers.

He's become an effective cog in our forward line and more than deserves his spot. I'd like to propose a toast to one of the last Port Magpies and a player who has overcome poor form to once again hit his stride and become a big contributor for our football club.
 

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Shaucob_Burjan

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Looks better when he's not the lone midget forward against 3 defenders but it happened again tonight, I just don't know why it happens or why our forward structure is set up like that in the first place (Sam Gray sitting in the goal square alone while every other forward is outside).
 

Boxx

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If Trav didn’t get the medal, Sam was my vote!

Great game once again and absolutely makes our side stronger!
 

El_Scorcho

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He was still the wrong choice to replace Marshall in the role that he did.

Now that he's been moved into this midfield linkman style role where he can drift forward, he's much more useful and dangerous. Credit to him, he's had a huge few weeks and if they'd given him the medal tonight I wouldn't have complained.
 

RossFC

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There was still a couple of time we kicked to his head 1 on 1 and I was saying "That should be Ebert in that role, move Sam Gray further away".

Then Ebert missed a bunch of easy shots and I was like "****".
 

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yepits2020

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Looks better when he's not the lone midget forward against 3 defenders but it happened again tonight, I just don't know why it happens or why our forward structure is set up like that in the first place (Sam Gray sitting in the goal square alone while every other forward is outside).
So much this. Spat chips when it happened.
 

yepits2020

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Sam Gray plays with heart and soul. Port Adelaide through and through. The only problem is he will now get more attention from the opposition and others need to step up. If it was Wingard doing what he was doing, we would be screaming All Australian. At this rate, he should make the AA side for his position.
 

Magus

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Credit where it's due, 28 and 4 is an unreal return. He's really consistent at the moment and good things usually happen when he's in amongst it.
 

sog35

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Hated him being selected over Marshall. In many respects, he is this squad's Tom Logan - you must be better than him to get a game.

He pretty constantly puts himself where the ball is going and generally finishes pretty well. All that being said, his form tracks closely to the team form line. He isn't going to be the one who leads us out of trouble, but he will contribute when the team is, as they say in the classics, up and about.
 

PREDAT0R

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One of our only reliable set-shots. Which I seem to remember is partly down to him spending time a lot of extra time over summer with a psychologist, and then putting what he learned into practice on the track. Gotta be in the zone. Now if only the rest of the team could get on the same page.....
 

Wargreymon90

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I think the criticism of his selection was fair coming from a structure perspective.

However, some of the crap posted on this board that attacked his ability and at time his character was disgraceful and largely untrue.
 

raman

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I think the criticism of his selection was fair coming from a structure perspective.

However, some of the crap posted on this board that attacked his ability and at time his character was disgraceful and largely untrue.
I think very few people have directly attacked Sam Gray, they're attacking Hinkley's perception of Sam Gray.
 

OneGreatClub

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One of our only reliable set-shots. Which I seem to remember is partly down to him spending time a lot of extra time over summer with a psychologist, and then putting what he learned into practice on the track. Gotta be in the zone. Now if only the rest of the team could get on the same page.....
A few others could use that one on one with the psychologist I reckon.
 

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