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Wingard and Gray named in All-Australian team for the second time

Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard of the Power celebrate a goal during the 2015 AFL Round 08 match between Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on May 24, 2015. (Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media)
Robbie Gray and Chad Wingard of the Power celebrate a goal during the 2015 AFL Round 08 match between Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on May 24, 2015. (Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media)

CHAD Wingard and Robbie Gray are All-Australians, again.

Port Adelaide's 2015 leading goal kicker (Wingard) and last year's John Cahill Medallist (Gray) were named among the cream of the AFL's playing fraternity at a ceremony at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on Tuesday night.

In a consistent year, Wingard kicked 53 goals for the Power and averaged 19.2 disposals across 22 home-and-away matches en route to becoming the club's leading goal kicker. 

It was the first time the 22-year-old had achieved that mark. 

PROFILE: Chad Wingard

Gray, the Power's reigning best and fairest, backed up his debut appearance in the 2014 All-Australian team by being named on the bench this year.

His strong season was perhaps less noted given the Power's ninth-placing on the premiership table, however his form remained exemplary.

He averaged 26.3 disposals and 1.2 goals per game, playing in 21 matches for the Power in 2015.

The 27-year-old started his season slowly, but had worked back to his A-Grade game after the opening rounds and led from the front with his fleet-footed running game and versatility as a forward and on-baller on show for the rest of the year.

PROFILE: Robbie Gray

These are the 36th and 37th selections of Port Adelaide players in an All-Australian team and fifth and sixth in the last three seasons. 

Chad Wingard record

All Australian 2013. 22 games in 2015. 270 kicks, 85 marks, 152 handballs, averaging 12.3 kicks, 3.9 marks, 6.9 handballs. 53 Goals (sixth in the AFL, first for Port Adelaide), 27 Behinds. 55 Clearances, 79 Inside 50, 12 Rebound 50m. 67 Tackles.

Robbie Gray record

All Australian 2014. 21 games in 2015. 252 kicks, 60 marks, 300 handballs, averaging 12.0 kicks, 2.9 marks, 14.3 handballs. 25 Goals, 12 Behinds. 159 Clearances (third in the AFL), 92 Inside 50, 21 Rebound 50m. 91 Tackles.

2015 All-Australian Team

FB: Heath Shaw (GWS), Alex Rance (Rich), Josh Gibson (Haw)
HB: Easton Wood (WBD), Michael Hurley (Ess), Robert Murphy (WBD)
C:  Dan Hannebery (Syd), Matt Priddis (WCE), Andrew Gaff (WCE) 
HF: Chad Wingard (PA), Jack Riewoldt (Rich), Cyril Rioli (Haw)
FF: Eddie Betts (Ade), Josh Kennedy (WCE), Jake Stringer (WBD)
Foll: Todd Goldstein (NM), Nathan Fyfe (Fre), Patrick Dangerfield (Ade)
Interchange: David Mundy (Fre), Sam Mitchell (Haw), Robbie Gray (PA), Brett Deledio (Rich)

Captain: Robert Murphy (WBD)
Vice-Captain: Josh Kennedy (WCE)

Port Adelaide's All-Australian selections

22 players/1 coach/37 selections
John Abley (1956, 1958, 1961), John Cahill (1969), Greg Phillips (1980), Mark Williams (1980, 2004 as coach), Tony Giles (1983), Craig Bradley (1983, 1985), Stephen Curtis (1983), Greg Anderson (1987), Martin Leslie (1988), Adam Heuskes (1997), Matthew Primus (2001, 2002), Warren Tredrea (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), Gavin Wanganeen (2001, 2003), Josh Francou (2002), Brett Montgomery (2002), Chad Cornes (2004, 2007), Kane Cornes (2005, 2007), Shaun Burgoyne (2006), Brendon Lade (2006, 2007), Travis Boak (2013, 2014), Chad Wingard (2013, 2015), Robbie Gray (2014, 2015)