SANFL FINALS 2017 -- Grand Final Wrap-Up

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  1. raboyle

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    Hi Footy fans...

    The 2017 SANFL Premiership Season went out with a resounding bang this past weekend as an old flag decider rivalry was renewed for the first time in the 21st century. These titans of the 20th century squared off in 10 grand finals, from the earliest encounter of 1910 up to the more recent face off in 1998. Port Adelaide, the one-time kings of the league before they joined the national competition. Sturt, the club that tamed the beast and changed the way the game was played in the 1960's. These clubs have given South Australia several footballing greats, memorable moments... and legends. Names like Davies, Ebert, Bagshaw, Williams, Halbert, Phillips, Nelson, Hodges, Graham. The list could go on and lets not forget coaching masterminds like Cahill and Oatey. SA footy-heads amassed at the Adelaide Oval, a figure just shy of 40,000 people turned out for probably the most tensely fought decider since 2014. The Thomas Seymour-Hill Trophy awaited the victor... THIS IS FINALS FOOTBALL.

    Welcome to the Grand Final edition of the SANFL Wrap-Up.

    The Port Adelaide Football Club were once the all-conquering force in South Australian football. Just look at the record books. Their feats are legendary, the club has been involved in many memorable Grand Finals and have etched themselves in the very fabric of the game itself at state league level and nationally. 36 premierships and four-time Australian champions, a record run of six straight flags from 1954-1959 which is still an Australian record to this day. They are also credited with a lot of VFL/AFL talent. It is that history that saw them reach the pinnacle of football in 1997 when they were finally accepted into the AFL. But that entry was mired in controversy, not just because of their earlier thwarted bid which saw the Adelaide Football Club's creation in 1990, but once they did break into the national league, there was flow-on effect at SANFL level. It didn't happen straight away, after a loss in 1997 to old rivals Norwood they went on to claim their last two premierships in 1998 and 1999. From there the Magpies have endured a dry spell not seen since their 1965 triumph, where they didn't taste glory until the league's centenary 1977 season. While all this was going on, the club was toasting the Power's inaugural AFL title in 2004. At the end of the 2013 season, the Magpies were officially made the reserves team to the Power and it almost paid dividends. The Magpies would get their shot at the trophy in 2014, but fell agonisingly short to the Redlegs by four points. The following year would end at the hands of Centrals in a 1st Semi-Final, then a sixth-placed finish in 2016.

    Sturt Football Club was brought into being in 1901, with a premiership history not as huge as the Magpies but have got more than a few things to brag about. Their first experience on the big day as it was back then, was in 1910 against Port. That ended in defeat, but revenge would come albeit five years later when they took their first premiership against the 'Pies in 1915 before the first World War. The Blues defended their title in 1919 once hostilities ceased, taking their second title against North Adelaide. The real rivalry against Port was ignited in the mid-60's, after their loss in the 1965 decider the Blues went back to the drawing board. The Jack Oatey revolution was about to begin. Under his tutelage and increased use of handball, Sturt toppled the Magpies over the next three Grand Finals and took the Blues to five straight flags from 1966 to 1970. The first premiership decider at Football Park in 1974 also went their way under Oatey, then another triumphant outing against Port in the famous 1976 match in front of almost 67,000 people. After that the Blues endured two losing Grand Finals, the one-point heartbreaker against Norwood in1978 and the 1983 loss to West Adelaide. The Blues wandered from one disaster to the next over the ensuing years, their best finish coming in 1998 after losing to Port in the decider after several lower-five finishes over the course of the late 80's and the 90's. A 13th title finally came in 2002 against the Bulldogs, but it would be another 14 years before that euphoria came again, the Bulldogs getting their revenge in the 2009 final.

    This season, Sturt began their 2016 flag defence on shaky ground. Their first four games ended in defeat, including their first encounter with the Magpies at Alberton in Round 5 where Port handed the Blues a 10-goal hiding. They shook off the cobwebs against the Bloods the following week, the first of eight straight wins which included a return game victory against Port at Unley. The streak was brought to an end by early premiership favourites Woodville-West Torrens, but they were right back on the horse after that, starting against the Dogs at Elizabeth and only dropping points in the final round with a draw against the Redlegs at The Parade. The Magpies started the year with a shock loss to Glenelg at Tiger-land, but won the next five games including the aforementioned Round 5 game. After a loss to the Eagles at Alberton in Round 6, the Pies went on a mini-rampage in which they amassed a total winning margin of 217 points over three games. A mid-season funk saw the Pies drop three of the next four matches, including a surprise 14-point loss to Centrals at Elizabeth after punishing the underperforming Adelaide the week before. Port wouldn't drop another game after that, right up to the 2nd Semi-Final where they outran the Blues, who eliminated the Eagles in the Preliminary Final.

    This was going to be one of the most tactical grand finals in recent memory, it almost resembled a game of chess with defence made almost top priority despite the obvious flooding tactics of modern football. The Magpies' opening quarter had a swag of missed opportunities, Jake Neade fluffing a pair of shots in the first six minutes. Kory Beard would take the first goal of the game after seven minutes, the Farmer Medal runner-up making up for a rookie error only seconds earlier. The Magpies finally found the big sticks inside the 10th minute, a Jesse Palmer tackle and subsequent free kick allowed him to find Neade, who put Port's first major on the board to make up for the earlier misses. The Blues put another couple on the board mid-way through the term thanks to Mark Evans and Thomas Harms, while Jake Sutcliffe goaled in time-on as did Matt Lobbe for the Magpies. At quarter-time it was 4.1 to 2.3, a 10-point lead to the Blues. The chess reference was definitely justified in the next two quarters, the goals were really precious commodities here. Both sides would manage just one goal each, Josh Hone for the Blues at six minutes and Thomas Gray for Port at 11 minutes. The Blues lead was extended to two goals by half-time, they added three behinds to the Magpies' one.

    The third quarter was only going to be remembered for one thing, all-out defence. Especially for the Double Blues, whose defence was tested time and time again by the Magpies who kept on coming but for little reward against the likes of Fraser Evans and Jack Stephens. Gray, Todd Marshall and Ken Farmer Medallist Brett Eddy's attempts at goal all went wide, while at the other end, two rushed behinds and the only goal for the term from Aidan Riley saw the Blues lead by 17 points at three quarter-time. Again in the final term, the defence of the Blues would be sorely tested. This time however, the Magpies started to break through the otherwise miserly Sturt backline. Three goals over a period of nine minutes from the fourth into the 13th by Neade, Gray and Brendon AhChee suddenly had the Magpies back in the hunt with the scores squared up. A horrid defensive error by Logan Austin on Beard would hand the Blues a goal at the 18th minute, then a James Battersby behind near the 22nd minute would put the pressure back onto the Magpies. AhChee nailed a goal at the 24th minute, bringing it back to a point and again Sturt's defence had to step up. It would be a nail-biting final minutes as the Blues blasted the ball back to their end where it stayed holed up until the siren. Premiership defence successful as the Blues celebrated and the Magpies players crashed to the turf.

    Among the best on the ground for the Double Blues, always at the front of things is captain Zane Kirkwood who racked up 22 disposals without marking, veteran Scott McMahon took 15 disposals with five marks and Jack Stephens' defensive antics netted him 15 disposals and six marks. For the Magpies, Jimmy Toumpas got the most of the ball out of everyone on field, he took nine marks and 29 disposals. Captain Steve Summerton was his usual man-possessed with 22 disposals and three marks in an unlucky afternoon. But there can be only one Jack Oatey Medallist, that honour fell to Sturt's Fraser Evans who was a vital cog in the Blues' defence that withstood the final term Port onslaught.

    FINAL SCORES IN WEEK FOUR OF THE SANFL FINALS...

    Sunday September 24
    2017 SANFL MACCA'S LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

    Sturt 7.8 (50)
    Port Adelaide 7.7 (49)
    39,817 @ Adelaide Oval


    BLUES TRIPLE CROWN DELIGHT
    Before the senior side sealed the deal later in the day, the Blues also had another premiership to claim in the Reserves Grand Final against the Bloods. Despite their hammering of the Magpies last week, it did little in comparison against the Blues here. After a competitive opening quarter where the Bloods trailed by 10 points at quarter-time, their shooting on goal went fully downhill in the second term where they scored 1.5 to 1.2. Instead of being ahead at the long break, they were still down by seven points. The Blues' third term saw them extend their lead to 22 points by the final term after scoring 4.3 to Westies' two goals. Although the Bloods attempted a last ditch run at victory, the inaccuracy bug came back to scuttle their chances. The Blues took out the reserves premiership by 15 points, as well as the Bob Lee Medal that went to utility Dwayne Wilson who took 26 disposals and laid seven tackles. This made Sturt triple crown champions, having won the U-18's flag last week against the Eagles.

    RESERVES GRAND FINAL -- Sturt 10.8 (68) def. West Adelaide 7.11 (53)


    SA COMMUNITY FOOTBALL LEAGUE -- Premiers and Medallists
    The list below comprises the Grand Final results and B&F Medal winners of the various Division-1 competitions in South Australia and Broken Hill. The Keith Sims OAM and Dutschke Medals are awarded to the adjudged best and fairest player in the Adelaide Footy League Mens and Womens divisions respectively, while the Mail Medal is awarded to the best player in each of the country football leagues under the SACFL banner. The SACFL is sponsored the Motor Accident Commission and the SA Government, as well as corporate sponsors Thomas Foods, National Australia Bank, Clubs SA, JonesHarleyToole, RossAir Charters, Gameday Mouthguards and West End Breweries.

    ADELAIDE FOOTY LEAGUE
    Rostrevor OC 10.8 (68) def. Payneham Norwood Union 3.13 (31)
    William O'Malley (Rostrevor OC)

    ADELAIDE FOOTY LEAGUE WOMEN'S
    Adelaide University 19.12 (106) def. Salisbury 1.3 (9)
    Rachelle Martin (West Adelaide)

    ADELAIDE PLAINS
    Two Wells 11.8 (74) def. Mallala 9.7 (61)
    Jordan Clements (Mallala)

    BAROSSA, LIGHT & GAWLER
    Barossa Districts 9.15 (69) def. Kapunda 8.8 (56)
    Charlie Molyneux (Gawler Central)

    EASTERN EYRE
    Ports 10.11 (71) def. Kimba 9.8 (62)
    Jess Kenny (Eastern Ranges)

    FAR NORTH
    Roxby Districts 18.14 (122) def. Hornridge 4.6 (30)
    Jared Greenbank (Roxby Districts)

    FAR WEST
    Koonibba 18.14 (122) def. Western United 14.7 (91)
    Lawrence Benbolt (Koonibba)

    GREAT FLINDERS
    Ramblers 15.10 (100) def. United Yeelanna 10.11 (71)
    Xavier Watson (United Yeelanna)

    GREAT SOUTHERN

    Mount Compass 13.8 (86) def. Willunga 9.8 (62)

    HILLS
    Blackwood 8.6 (54) def. Hahndorf 6.14 (50)
    Nicholas Amato (Uraidla Districts)

    KANGAROO ISLAND
    Western Districts 17.12 (114) def. Dudley United 11.7 (73)
    Josh Graham (Western Districts)

    KOWREE NARACOORTE TATIARA
    Lucindale 12.9 (81) def. Mundulla 9.13 (67)
    Simon Berkefeld (Penola)

    MALLEE
    Peake 7.11 (53) def. Pinnaroo 7.6 (48)
    Tyson Jenner (Pinnaroo)

    MID SOUTH EASTERN
    Mount Burr 12.7 (79) def. Hatherleigh 9.6 (60)
    Zacc Cocks (Glencoe)

    MID WEST
    Central Eyre 17.14 (116) def. West Coast Hawks 12.3 (75)
    Dylan Kelsh (West Coast Hawks)

    NORTH EASTERN
    BSR Tigers 7.11 (53) def. RSM United 8.4 (52)
    Patrick Clark (RSM United)

    NORTHERN AREAS
    Crystal Brook 15.9 (99) def. Broughton-Mundoora 8.9 (57)
    Campbell Combe (Crystal Brook)

    PORT LINCOLN
    Waybacks 6.10 (46) def. Marble Range 4.8 (32)
    Peter Lindsay (Mallee Park)

    RIVER MURRAY
    Mypolonga 13.7 (85) def. Meningie 3.9 (27)
    Brodie Martin (Meningie)

    RIVERLAND
    Waikerie 17.8 (110) def. Loxton North 13.10 (88)
    Steve Burton (Barmera-Monash) & Matt Woolford (Renmark)

    RIVERLAND INDEPENDENT
    Brown's Well 10.8 (68) def. Paringa 5.9 (39)
    Brian Hampel (Brown's Well)

    SOUTHERN
    Flagstaff Hill 13.16 (94) def. Noarlunga 8.9 (57)
    Thomas Dix (Port Noarlunga)

    SPENCER GULF
    South Augusta 13.11 (89) def. Solomontown 10.7 (67)
    Darcy Kildea (South Augusta)

    WESTERN BORDER
    East Gambier 10.13 (73) def. North Gambier 4.12 (36)
    Brett O'Neil (South Gambier)

    WHYALLA
    West Whyalla 16.5 (101) def. Central Whyalla 12.10 (82)
    Geoffrey Appleton (South Whyalla)

    YORKE PENINSULA
    Kadina 11.8 (74) def. CMS Crows 9.8 (62)
    Derick Wanganeen (CMS Crows)


    Well that's it for Season 2017. So until next year... that's a wrap.

    STURT FC -- 2017 SANFL PREMIERS
     
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  2. saintal

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    Thanks for another season of write-ups raboyle. Difficult to find decent sanfl content anywhere these days, so they are appreciated.

    Well done to Mattner and the Double Blues. While the 2nd and 3rd terms were difficult viewing, the final term made up for it. Second year running Sturt have been considerable outsiders for the big one (with the bookies anyway) but have found a way.
     
  3. TheOldeBadger

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    Excellent Wrap-up.

    A gut wrenching match - amazing that we could watch live online.

    WELL DONE DOUBLE BLUES!
     
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    Seconded - great job, raboyle.

    Go you Double Blues!
     
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    Thanks Raboyle, amazing effort by the club winning all three grades and going back to back. What a turnaround for a club on the verge of folding.
     
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