Club History 1965 Grand Final (Port Adelaide v Sturt)

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1954

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My recollections of being at that game were how the blue baggers had the ball bottled up in their forward line at the river end for most, if not all of the last 5 minutes of the game, and how blokes who were regularly very reliable kicks, eg Clarke, Hicks, and Adcock either turned the ball over, or missed very gettable set shots.

Adcock was a state back pocket who could kick the ball a mile and had followed his man down to his own forward line because Fos had put both rovers, (Jeff Potter was one and the other may have been Graeme Matters?), on the ball for that very hectic late part of the game.
He took a mark about 40 metres out on the grandstand half forward flank and tonked it to the right side of the goal post.

I can still recall the feeling of invincibility I had as a Port supporter back then though, that even if Sturt had kicked a goal to put them in front the Maggies would always find a way to win the close ones.

Seeing the Maggie's number 30 Reg Beaufoy brought back memories, a local Port boy who was built like a brick outhouse and could kick the ball a country mile.
Reg had to give the game away only a few seasons after that 1965 gf due to heart trouble and I believe he passed away in his early to mid 30's.
 
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12 yrs old hanging off the cyclone fence that divided the Creswell stand from the plebs. The only way I could see the game.

Lived slap bang in the middle of Sturt territory and surrounded by Sturt barracking kids at school. Did any of it rub off onto me?

Nah f'ck Sturt.

Well truth is they went to another level in '66 when they doubled our score:( 16:16 to 8:8 (the crap that sticks in your mind eh).

Speaking of which coke bottle tops with the players on them and VFL late on Saturday night ahh..... the memories.

oh plus that huge picket sign we had at AO that is CreightonS avi.

For all the crap i've taken over the years being a Port supporter it's never dulled my passion or my pride.
 

1954

Norm Smith Medallist
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12 yrs old hanging off the cyclone fence that divided the Creswell stand from the plebs. The only way I could see the game.

Lived slap bang in the middle of Sturt territory and surrounded by Sturt barracking kids at school. Did any of it rub off onto me?

Nah f'ck Sturt.

Well truth is they went to another level in '66 when they doubled our score:( 16:16 to 8:8 (the crap that sticks in your mind eh).

Speaking of which coke bottle tops with the players on them and VFL late on Saturday night ahh..... the memories.

oh plus that huge picket sign we had at AO that is CreightonS avi.

For all the crap i've taken over the years being a Port supporter it's never dulled my passion or my pride.
I'm trying to imagine a 12 yo B F hanging off that fence, but the images aren't coming through clearly. :think:
 

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My recollections of being at that game were how the blue baggers had the ball bottled up in their forward line at the river end for most, if not all of the last 5 minutes of the game, and how blokes who were regularly very reliable kicks, eg Clarke, Hicks, and Adcock either turned the ball over, or missed very gettable set shots.

Adcock was a state back pocket who could kick the ball a mile and had followed his man down to his own forward line because Fos had put both rovers, (Jeff Potter was one and the other may have been Graeme Matters?), on the ball for that very hectic late part of the game.
He took a mark about 40 metres out on the grandstand half forward flank and tonked it to the right side of the goal post.

I can still recall the feeling of invincibility I had as a Port supporter back then though, that even if Sturt had kicked a goal to put them in front the Maggies would always find a way to win the close ones.

Seeing the Maggie's number 30 Reg Beaufoy brought back memories, a local Port boy who was built like a brick outhouse and could kick the ball a country mile.
Reg had to give the game away only a few seasons after that 1965 gf due to heart trouble and I believe he passed away in his early to mid 30's.
Well Mick my recollections were mainly of KG Cunningham. I think Sturt had 19 more free kicks on the day than we did and I reckon we only had one free in the first half. I think Brenton Adcock also had a couple of running shots in the last quarter and missed the lot. Those were the days when we won the close ones.

I remember a final in which Reg Beaufoy took a mark on the boundary then went back and outside of the boundary to take his kick. He could not run into play as the man on the mark was on the line so he kicked from outside of the boundary. The umpire, who I suspect was the same KG Cunningham, took the ball off of him and ordered a throw in. The crowd went berserk and the incident was all over the TV that night. That may have happened in the '65 GF.

Great win and a great feeling to have beaten Sturt and Kenneth George Cunningham.
 

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Ol' cagey was too clever for us hey. Even as a boy I started to wonder about the umpiring but not to the critical level of an adult.

Being a Port supporter that arrived soon enough and so like the rest of us we've had to swallow the bent cheating umpires virtually all our lives.

Of course this is palmed off as sour grapes but I defy any reasonable objective footy fan to not say we don't get shafted

Shafted so regularly it's now ingrained as normal and nothing has changed all these years later. Case in point the 3 Grand Finals we've been involved in at sanfl

level '15(?), '17 and '19 are prime examples of corruption i.e. officially sanctioned cheating.

Cagey KG wasn't the first i've heard wasn't there a Ken Aplin (?) who also specialised in the dark art of reaming us. Maybe i'm wrong but our successes post war

are all the more meritorious when you factor in what we were and still are up against. At least in the AFL there's a modicum of fairness.......................at times.

Is it really any wonder the besieged mentality of us v the rest is part of our DNA.



end of rant.
 

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Ken Aplin was actually rubbed out for twelve months after he made some comments to Bull Reval while umpiring a Port game. Not sure of the year but it was early in Aplin's umpiring career. Ken Aplin was a commentator on 5DN for many years and like KG he put the boot into Port at every opportunity.
 

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My recollections of being at that game were how the blue baggers had the ball bottled up in their forward line at the river end for most, if not all of the last 5 minutes of the game, and how blokes who were regularly very reliable kicks, eg Clarke, Hicks, and Adcock either turned the ball over, or missed very gettable set shots.

Adcock was a state back pocket who could kick the ball a mile and had followed his man down to his own forward line because Fos had put both rovers, (Jeff Potter was one and the other may have been Graeme Matters?), on the ball for that very hectic late part of the game.
He took a mark about 40 metres out on the grandstand half forward flank and tonked it to the right side of the goal post.

I can still recall the feeling of invincibility I had as a Port supporter back then though, that even if Sturt had kicked a goal to put them in front the Maggies would always find a way to win the close ones.

Seeing the Maggie's number 30 Reg Beaufoy brought back memories, a local Port boy who was built like a brick outhouse and could kick the ball a country mile.
Reg had to give the game away only a few seasons after that 1965 gf due to heart trouble and I believe he passed away in his early to mid 30's.
I can remember Sturt hitting the post and I crapped myself.
 

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Well Mick my recollections were mainly of KG Cunningham. I think Sturt had 19 more free kicks on the day than we did and I reckon we only had one free in the first half. I think Brenton Adcock also had a couple of running shots in the last quarter and missed the lot. Those were the days when we won the close ones.

I remember a final in which Reg Beaufoy took a mark on the boundary then went back and outside of the boundary to take his kick. He could not run into play as the man on the mark was on the line so he kicked from outside of the boundary. The umpire, who I suspect was the same KG Cunningham, took the ball off of him and ordered a throw in. The crowd went berserk and the incident was all over the TV that night. That may have happened in the '65 GF.

Great win and a great feeling to have beaten Sturt and Kenneth George Cunningham.
Always hated KG from the day he reported Fritz Freeman for calling him a peanut causing him to miss the GF.
 

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I posted Semi .. here is the Grand Final summary
1965 and the next link on You Tube is the 1990 Grand Final... both with Ian Day commentating. Decent commentator compared to some of the idiots we've suffered through. 25 years is a fair run, thought he played for the Panthers in 1964 so maybe 1965 that was his first. I wonder when he gave up the gig?

Amusing to see KG call "game over" as we get the obvious HTB on the siren ;)
 

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1965 and the next link on You Tube is the 1990 Grand Final... both with Ian Day commentating. Decent commentator compared to some of the idiots we've suffered through. 25 years is a fair run, thought he played for the Panthers in 1964 so maybe 1965 that was his first. I wonder when he gave up the gig?

Amusing to see KG call "game over" as we get the obvious HTB on the siren ;)
Yes Ian (Daisy) Day played for South as a rover his brother Robert Day was a very good footballer for West Adelaide played mostly in the centre if I remember right.
Ian was part of some great Football Commentators we had in the old days and as you said light years better than today’s mugs.
 

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