SANFL FINALS 2019 -- Grand Final Wrap-Up

raboyle

Norm Smith Medallist
May 8, 2001
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Hi Footy fans...

We have come to the end of yet another football season in South Australia. It was that time where SA footy-heads amassed at our iconic Adelaide Oval for the final chapter of the 2019 SANFL season and to bear witness to the renewal of old hostilities on the grandest stage, the Grand Final. This time around, just over 39000 people filed through the gates for our season closer, eclipsing those of the premiership deciders taking place either side of SA's borders in WA and Victoria, further cementing the SANFL's standing as the premier state league football competition in the land. One long premiership drought had to come to an end this day... would it be the Magpies taking their first title for 20 years, or would the Tigers emerge with the prize after over 30 years in the wilderness? This is Finals Football.

Welcome to the last instalment of the SANFL Wrap-Up this year... the 2019 SANFL Grand Final.

You can't think of SANFL deciders without thinking of Port Adelaide. You just can't. From 62 appearances in Grand Finals the Magpies have won 33. What happened to the other three successful seasons, you ask? Well, those other three titles were in the years before the finals system was introduced so they were under the old first-past-the-post deal. But still, they are the most successful football outfit in the land from 149 years in existence, no matter which way you slice things up. As for the Tigers, their record in premiership deciders is far less glowing. Glenelg have played in 17 grand finals and have won only four premierships. And boy oh boy, it has been a long time between drinks for the Tigers' faithful. From their inception in 1920, it wasn't until 1934 that they tasted ultimate glory. That victory came at the expense of the Magpies, something they would never forget and when vengeance came, it struck over and over and over again. First in the centenary season of 1977, then 1981, 1988, 1990 and 1992. The 1990 loss became even more infamous due to the aftermath, remember that it was that year when Port Adelaide made its silent bid to join the AFL and among the most audible critics was then-Glenelg coach Graham Cornes. The traditional post-GF address from vanquished coach to victorious team took on a somewhat spiteful dimension, while Cornes did praise the team he grilled those from behind the scenes much to their chagrin.

In the other records in Grand Finals, the Redlegs are second in overall GF success with 21 wins from 39 appearances, the Double Blues have the highest score of 24.15 (159) from the 1969 match, while the Magpies have the lowest score. Their 1.6 from the 1905 final perhaps a sign of the times back then, ironically that score against the Roosters was somewhat repaid some 84 years later in the 1989 Grand Final which coined the "One goal in mind" insult. North kicked 1.8 that day, a score they share with South Adelaide. There have only been two drawn grand finals in SANFL history, the first was back in 1894 between the Redlegs and the Panthers, then in 1919 between Sturt and North Adelaide. Norwood and the Blues won their respective replays. In regards to recent appearances in Grand Finals, the Tigers last featured in 2008 in a loss to the Bulldogs, while the Magpies' went all of the noughties without a game after their last flag in 1999. After becoming the reserves team to the Power five years ago, the 'Pies appeared in two Grand Finals only to go down to Norwood in 2014 and Sturt in 2017, both by less than a goal. During this year, the Tigers finished minor premiers and won both home and away games against the Magpies, in Round 8 by 49 points at Brighton Road and then again in Round 14 at Alberton by four goals.

But the Tigers' dominance hit a speed bump two weeks ago at the hands of the Magpies, a four-point loss in the 2nd Semi-Final after a piece of last minute Magpie brilliance. Thankfully for the Bays' faithful, they rebounded against the Crows in the Preliminary Final by 27 points. There was a collective sigh of relief from many sections of the SANFL's avid supporters, with the anti-AFL sentiment quietened down a bit with the avoidance of a Showdown premiership match. No doubt after they snatched the first Grand Final spot, the Magpies would have plenty of confidence. However as the last few years have shown, the Preliminary Final winner has come out with the chocolates. So it was probably not to everyone's surprise that the Tigers would come out firing, Luke Reynolds kicking the first of Glenelg's four unanswered first quarter goals. Billy Frampton and Sam Mayes failed to capitalise on their opportunities, the Magpies scoring just three behinds as the Tigers went into the quarter-time huddle with a 22-point lead, the scoreboard reading 4.1 to 0.3. Reynolds struck again in the first minute to open the second term, but scores dried up for almost 12 minutes until Tobin Cox nailed Port's first major. Despite the best work of Port's defence and in particular Joel Garner to limit the Tigers' scoring impact, at the other end several opportunities went begging for the 'Pies, with several rushed behinds adding up to a return of 2.4 to Glenelg's 2.1, the deficit reduced to 19 points at the long break.

One stat that Port dominated, the hit-outs, didn't seem to work out for them. They had 32 more, as well as having laid more tackles and more clearances. But they didn't seem to have the desperation like the Tigers had. A pair of early goals to Josh Scott and Marlon Motlop to begin the third term put the Tigers ahead by 31 points by the fifth minute, Magarey Medallist Luke Partington chimed in mid-way through while Port skipper Cam Sutcliffe brought the margin back to a do-able 21-point gap with his captain trio of goals. The final term would end up being an all-out arm wrestle, Scott once again scoring a goal in the first minute of play. It was defensive football for over 18 minutes as both sides managed only behinds. The Magpies managed to find the big sticks late in the term, but already up against a five-kick margin it was going to be a tough ask from that time on. It was another case of so close yet so far for Port, Motlop sealing the game in the 25th minute with his goal, Glenelg finishing 28-point victors and securing their first flag since 1986. For best on ground honours, the Jack Oatey Medal would go to Matthew Snook who notched up a match-high 28 disposals, seven clearances and laid nine tackles. Sutcliffe was Port's standout, especially with his three goals in the third term that kept the Magpies in touch.

FINAL SCORES IN WEEK 4 OF THE SANFL FINALS...

Sunday September 22
2019 SANFL GRAND FINAL

Glenelg 11.7 (73)
Port Adelaide 6.9 (45)
39,105 @ Adelaide Oval


RESERVES -- REDLEGS REDEMPTION COMPLETE
The Reserves premiership is on its way to The Parade, the Redlegs downing the Eagles in the curtain raiser to the league decider and avenging last year's loss to North. The Eagles were ahead by seven points at the first change with the board reading 3.2 to 2.1, but the Redlegs kept the Eagles relatively quiet in the second term, scoring 4.1 to three behinds to take a 15-point lead into the half-time break. The third quarter was a bit of a see-sawing contest, the Eagles reducing the gap to eight points early on. However, the Eagles' missed opportunities allowed Norwood to take a 20-point lead going into the final change, scoring 3.2 to 2.3. A run of goals to the Eagles in the late stages of the final term wasn't going to stop Norwood taking the seconds flag, the 'Legs winning the trophy by 19 points after a 4.2 to 4.1 final stanza. Reserves Magarey Medallist Jed Spence led the disposal count with 27, but it was team-mate and former Hawthorn big-man Luke Surman that won the Bob Lee Medal, he tallied 21 disposals and 11 clearances.

RESERVES GRAND FINAL -- Norwood 13.5 (83) def. Woodville-West Torrens 9.10 (64)

VALE ROBERT OATEY OAM
This past week, the SA football community mourned the passing of Robert Oatey. The son of legendary and revolutionary coach Jack Oatey, Robert played 232 games and kicked 365 goals for Norwood between 1961 and 1973, six of those years he was captain-coach. He crossed over to arch-rivals Sturt in 1974 to join his father and play in that year's premiership, finishing in 1978 having played in 69 games for Sturt and scoring 67 goals. He would later return to the club in 1987 as a Development Officer where he stayed until the end of 1994. He passed away on Tuesday at the age of 77. "Robert was admired by many and have tremendous service to our game in South Australia. On behalf of the SANFL, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Oatey family at this sad time." -- League CEO Jake Parkinson.

PLAYING RECORD
232 games and 365 goals for Norwood, 1961 – 1973
69 games and 67 goals for Sturt, 1974 – 1978
Nine games for South Australia
Captain of Norwood, 1968 – 1973

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS
Sturt premiership player 1974
Best and fairest for Norwood, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972
Leading goal kicker for Norwood, 1967, 1968, 1969
Runner up Magarey Medal 1968
Player life member of Norwood
Player life member of SANFL
Life member of Sturt

COACHING RECORD
Coach of Norwood, 1968 – 1973
State Under 17 Coach 1987, 1988
State Under 16 Coach 1996, 1997

ADMINISTRATION
Sturt Football Club Technical and Development Officer 1987 – 1994
SANFL Coaching Coordinator/Affiliated Leagues Manager 1995 – 2013


SANFL HALL OF FAME -- A CLASSIC MULLET AND A SON OF A GUN INDUCTED
An unfortunate omission from my semi-final wrap, on Magarey Medal night the SANFL inducted three more figures into the SA Football Hall of Fame. This time around it was Port Adelaide cult hero Greg Anderson, Sturt's much-loved Peter Motley and post-war Blues' inaugural premiership hero Bill Mayman. Anderson played over 300 games of football, starting with the Magpies but then flying to Melbourne where he witnessed first hand the evolution of the VFL to the AFL whilst playing for Essendon. He would return home eventually to play for Adelaide, premiership glory finally coming through his beloved Magpies in 1995 and 1996. Motley's football story unfortunately doesn't have premierships, but did he ever make an impression on the game. He was part of the breakthrough 1983 South Australian side that battered the Big V and kicked 104 goals across 92 senior games for the Double Blues. The Blues of the VFL came calling for season 1986, but his career was cruelly cut short in a car accident after playing 19 games for Carlton. He is Sturt's number one ticket holder. And finally, one of football's earliest journeymen, Mayman was born in Victoria in 1887. He joined the WA gold-rush in the early 1900's and played country football in the Goldfields league. When he arrived in SA, his name would be enshrined forever as a member of the Double Blues' first SANFL premiership in 1915. After leaving Sturt, he went to Tasmania where he played for New Town (now Glenorchy) and Burnie.

GREG ANDERSON
PLAYING RECORD

150 games and 87 goals for Port Adelaide in SANFL (1983-1987; 1995-1997)
103 games and 60 goals for Essendon in VFL/AFL (1988-1992)
59 games and 19 goals for Adelaide in AFL (1993-1996)
12 matches for South Australia

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS
Premiership player with Port Adelaide 1995 & 1996
1986 Magarey Medal
All-Australian in 1987 & 1993
1993 Fos Williams Medal
Adelaide Football Club Team of the Decade (1991-2000)
2018 SANFL Player Life Member (200 Club)

COACHING RECORD
Coach of South Adelaide 2000-2003


PETER MOTLEY
PLAYING RECORD

92 games and 104 goals for Sturt 1982-1985
19 games and 4 goals for Carlton 1986-1987
6 matches for South Australia

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS
Fos Williams Medal 1985
All-Australian 1983, 1984, 1985
Best and Fairest for Sturt 1984, 1985
Sturt FC Team of the Century


WILLIAM "BILL" MAYMAN
PLAYING RECORD
315 games across three states – WA, SA and TAS
Mine Rovers – WA (1906-1911)
Boulder City – WA Goldfields Association
Sturt – SA (79 games and 11 goals 1913-1915; 1919-1921)
Mitcham – SA Patriotic League
New Town (Glenorchy) – TAS (26 games and 15 goals 1922-1924)
Burnie – TAS (15 games and 11 goals in 1925)
Seven matches for South Australia, Captain in 1914 and 1921
Three matches for Western Australia in 1911
10 matches for Tasmania 1923-1925, Captain in 1923 and 1924

INDIVIDUAL HONOURS
Premierships with Mines Rovers in 1906 and Sturt in 1915 and 1919
Best Placed Player for Mines Rovers 1908
Best and Fairest for Sturt 1914
Sturt Captain 1914, 1915 and 1919
New Town (Glenorchy) Captain 1923 and 1924
Burnie Captain 1925
Life Member as Player and Official for Sturt 1952
Member of Sturt Team of the Century 2000
Inducted into Sturt Hall of Fame 2006

COACHING RECORD
Coach of Sturt 1914, 1915, 1919
Coach of New Town (Glenorchy) 1923-1924
Coach of Burnie 1925


BLUES HERO TO STEER EAGLES SHIP, 'LEGS DUO CALL TIME AND EAGLES' 2011 HERO SIGNS OFF
Sturt 2002 premiership player Jade Sheedy will coach Woodville-West Torrens for the next three seasons, replacing Sam Lonergan who has taken a position on the coaching panel at Richmond. Sheedy will come into the Oval Avenue position on the back of steering Division 2 amateur club Athelstone Raggies to this season's flag, earning them promotion to the Division 1 competition after two losing grand finals. In more league news, Norwood captain Jace Bode is hanging up the boots after 156 games and a triple-treat of premierships with the Redlegs, before that he played 39 games for Sturt and nine games for Melbourne in the AFL. He retires only three games short of the 200 club. Fellow member of the 2012-2014 successes Brady Dawe is also calling time after his 200+ game career. Finally there's the formerly-dreadlocked Scott Lewis, who had stints at West Adelaide and Glenelg before joining the Eagles where he played a role in the 2011 premiership.

THE ADVERTISER TEAM OF THE YEAR
FORWARD -- Rowe (WWT), McBean (G), Menzel (CD)
HALF-FORWARD -- Cross (SA)(vc), Reynolds (G), Davis (SA)
CENTRE -- Johnston (NWD), Trengove (PA), Colquhoun (S)
HALF-BACK -- Haines (SA), Curran (G)(c), Allmond (NA)
BACK -- McKenzie (NWD), Proud (G), Stephens (S)
RUCK -- Bauldertone (NWD), Wilson (A), Partington (G)
INT -- J. Schiller (CD), Tropiano (NA), Foote (W-WT)
Coach -- M. Stone (G)

The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year is selected by SANFL’s Adam Kelly, Tom Hurley and Zac Milbank together with The Advertiser’s Warren Partland, Channel 7’s Mark Soderstrom and SANFL Budget Editor Peter Cornwall.


SA COMMUNITY FOOTBALL -- List of Champions
The list below contains the grand final results and best and fairest award winners of the various Division One competitions that operate under the umbrella of the South Australian Community Football League. The Keith Sims OAM and Gina Dutschke Medals are presented to the adjudged standout players from the Div 1 Men's and Women's Adelaide Footy Leagues respectively, while the Mail Medal is awarded to individuals across SA's country football comps. The Adelaide FL is sponsored by principal partners Channel Nine Adelaide, Vodafone and Guardall Security. The SACFL is sponsored by Think! Road Safety, Clubs SA, NAB, Thomas Foods, DefibShop, APM Employment Solutions and Australian Unity. West End Breweries are major sponsors of both the 9AFL and the SACFL.

ADELAIDE FOOTY LEAGUE DIVISION 1
Payneham Norwood Union 12.4 (76) def. Prince Alfred OC 10.12 (72)
Tim Baccanello (Rostrevor)

ADELAIDE FOOTY LEAGUE WOMEN'S DIVISION
Adelaide Uni 5.5 (35) def. SMOSH West Lakes 4.9 (33)
Stephanie Walker (Adelaide Uni)

ADELAIDE PLAINS
Hummocks-Watchman 9.12 (66) def. Two Wells 4.7 (31)
Tyrell Hocking (Two Wells)

BAROSSA, LIGHT & GAWLER
Tanunda 18.13 (121) def. Angaston 16.12 (108)
Riley McFarlane (Tanunda)

EASTERN EYRE
Kimba Districts 16.9 (105) def. Eastern Ranges (8.6 (54)
Riley Maitland (Kimba Districts)

FAR NORTH
Hornridge 14.12 (96) def. East Roxby 9.7 (61)
Brendan Lehmann (Hornridge)

FAR WEST
Western United 24.14 (158) def. Blues 7.8 (50)
Jesse Chandler (Western United) & Dom Denton (Thevenard)

GREAT FLINDERS
United Yeelanna 16.11 (107) def. Cummins Ramblers 7.3 (45)
Jack Haarsma (Cummins Ramblers)

GREAT SOUTHERN
Langhorne Creek 14.13 (97) def. Willunga 9.11 (65)
Daniel Bass (Willunga)

HILLS
Hahndorf 9.13 (67) def. Onkaparinga Valley 4.9 (33)
Dylan Matsen (Hahndorf)

KANGAROO ISLAND
Western Districts 11.12 (78) def. Parndana 10.3 (63)
Josh Graham (Western Districts)

KOWREE NARACOORTE TATIARA
Mundulla 13.5 (83) def. Lucindale 8.3 (51)
Scott Spriggs (Lucindale)

MALLEE
Border Downs-Tintinara 10.10 (70) def. Pinnaroo 8.13 (61)
Nathan Brown (Karoonda)

MID SOUTH EASTERN
Kalangadoo 16.8 (104) def. Glencoe 10.10 (70)
Tom Wachtel (Robe)

MID WEST
West Coast Hawks 20.24 (144) def. Wudinna United 6.5 (41)
Jack Burton (West Coast Hawks)

NORTH EASTERN
Blyth/Snowtown 7.4 (46) def. B.S.R. 4.11 (35)
Caleb Lloyd (Blyth/Snowtown)

NORTHERN AREAS
Broughton Mundoora 18.9 (117) def. Crystal Brook 12.8 (80)
Luke Kapitola (Crystal Brook)

PORT LINCOLN
Tasman 6.11 (47) def. Mallee Park 3.6 (24)
Casey Amos (Mallee Park)

RIVER MURRAY
Mypolonga 12.7 (79) def. Ramblers 7.11 (53)
Matt Rankine (Ramblers)

RIVERLAND
Renmark 13.9 (87) def. Waikerie 9.15 (69)
Levi Proude (Barmera Monash)

RIVERLAND INDEPENDENT
Sedan Cambrai 17.6 (108) def. Paringa 6.10 (46)
Sam Frahn (Paringa)

SOUTHERN
Flagstaff Hill 12.9 (81) def. Noarlunga 7.6 (48)
Nicholas Mott (Noarlunga)

SPENCER GULF
South Augusta 11.11 (77) def. Solomontown 5.13 (43)
Darcy Kildea (South Augusta)

WESTERN BORDER
North Gambier 15.9 (99) def. West Gambier 8.12 (60)
Michael Telford (North Gambier)

WHYALLA
West Whyalla 14.10 (94) def. Central Whyalla 7.3 (45)
Nick Sims (Central Whyalla)

YORKE PENINSULA
Southern Eagles 12.5 (77) def. CMS Crows 7.7 (49)
Tyler Andrews (Moonta)


And that's it for another season everyone. Thanks for your interest this year.

So until next season... that's a wrap.

GLENELG FOOTBALL CLUB -- 2019 SANFL Premiers
 

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MannyK

Draftee
Mar 12, 2018
8
4
AFL Club
Carlton
Other Teams
Norwood
Well done Bays, best team all year and one that we lesser teams need to emulate.
Their running and tackling was awesome to watch.

Vale Robert Oatey, seems like yesterday I was watching him at training at Norwood Oval kicking stab passes with his brother Peter.

Five months to the 2020 season and I cant wait. Hope the bloody AFL stops interfering with our comp. 39000 turned up yesterday. Looking forward to the day Norwood, Glenelg, Sturt and North finish in the top 4 and see where our attendance gets to. Just a pity a lot of the supporters during finals dont bother with the home and away games but it is what it is these days.
 

deltablues

Club Legend
Jul 16, 2013
1,622
1,670
Rapid City, South Dakota
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Sturt, Green Bay Packers
Well done Bays, best team all year and one that we lesser teams need to emulate.
Their running and tackling was awesome to watch.

Vale Robert Oatey, seems like yesterday I was watching him at training at Norwood Oval kicking stab passes with his brother Peter.

Five months to the 2020 season and I cant wait. Hope the bloody AFL stops interfering with our comp. 39000 turned up yesterday. Looking forward to the day Norwood, Glenelg, Sturt and North finish in the top 4 and see where our attendance gets to. Just a pity a lot of the supporters during finals dont bother with the home and away games but it is what it is these days.
Great post.

When I'm in Adelaide during part of the footy season I always see some home games (Unley Oval) - but was in Adelaide for only 2 games this year. Much prefer grassroots SANFL-style Aussie Rules to the AFL hybrid game.
 

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