Glenelg (@2.1) vs Adelaide Crows Reserves (@1.66)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Adelaide Crows Reserves will win

Glenelg – Adelaide Crows Reserves Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 01:45

Late in the 3rd and early in the last, we gained some ascendancy through the middle and pressed hard forward. We were able to hit the scoreboard on occasions to hit the lead but didnt capitalise on all of our opportunities. North Adelaide then responded to kick a number of goals in a hurry, which we struggled to defend.

Few at the Port could believe it, but the rest of the League rejoiced along with Glenelg. Nevertheless, when Port levelled the scores late on in the final term there would have been few members of the 30,045 strong crowd who did not expect them to go on with the job. The majority of the Glenelg players put in the performances of their lives, enabling them to resist everything that their more illustrious opponents could throw at them. Blue Johnston, however, had other ideas, and his spectacular defensive mark on the goal line moments later effectively transformed the momentum of the game, precipitating as it did the move from which Glenelg secured the match winning goal. Played at breakneck pace, Port Adelaide managed the first goal of the afternoon but never thereafter led. The 1934 SANFL grand final[14] was one of the most exhilarating witnessed up to that point. Final scores were Glenelg 18.15 (123); Port Adelaide 16.18 (114).

Following Kerleys departure in 1976, that regular finals involvement would continue until the South Australian - and indeed Australian - football landscape was irrevocably and dramatically altered with the formation of the Adelaide Crows in 1991. Since that time Glenelg has, with the exception of one losing grand final, in 1992, been more or less consistently on the outer in terms of viable premiership ambition. Between 1977 and 1990, however, Glenelg was indefatigably one of the elite.

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To the immense disappointment of its hordes of success-starved supporters, Glenelg capitulated to both tension and the opposition, in more or less equal measure, in the 1969 grand final. Back in 1936, Farmer had booted 134 goals; Phillis five in this match took his total for the year to 137. Sturt won with almost embarrassing ease by 65 points, racking up a record grand final score in the process. Possibly the only bright spot to emerge for the Bays was the effort of Fred Phillis in edging past Ken Farmers thirty-threeyearold record for the most goals kicked by an individual in a season.

During the 1967 season, a number of highly promising youngsters - notably Graham Cornes, Peter Marker and Rex Voigt - had been unearthed, but the retirement at the end of the year of several experienced players left a serious gap which Kerley sought to plug, at least in part, by the audacious recruitment from Central District of his former West Adelaide team mate, Ken Eustice. Famously described by Fos Williams as pound for pound, the best footballer in Australia, 1962 Magarey Medallist Eustice was still very much at his peak as a player, and was a proven on field leader.

"Often last season his broad shoulders, strong legs and outsize heart guided his young Tiger cubs to victory. Kerley has a reputation as a man of brawn but adversaries are quick to concede that that phase of his game is no more devastating than his football brain.

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Early in the last we got out to a 2-goal lead, but 2 goals in a minute to North put the pressure back on. North were pressing hard, which the defence and midfield were able to withstand and then counter attack. In the second half the game opened up with some more direct football being played and players were capitalising on their opportunities up forward.

Although the defection of star players to Victoria was not in itself a new occurrence, the departure of this particular quintet was arguably significant in that all five had made substantial contributions, indicative of genuine commitment and loyalty, to their SANFL clubs before leaving. After the grand final young champions Stephen Kernahan (136 games in five seasons) and Tony McGuinness (112 games, also in five seasons, plus the 1982 Magarey Medal) announced that they would be heading east to the VFL in 1986. They would be joined by other high profile South Australians in the shape of Craig Bradley (Port Adelaide), Peter Motley (Sturt) and John Platten (Central District). In some ways, Glenelgs premiership year of 1985 represented a watershed in the development of football in South Australia. In Kernahans case, the departure had been quite deliberately delayed until he had helped the Tigers win a flag, while Platten would, after leaving, make frequent reference to his long term ambition of eventually returning home to help the Bulldogs do the same.[19] In subsequent seasons, the flood of defecting South Australian players accelerated, and it is at least arguable that few if any regarded their SANFL clubs with quite the same degrees of affection and esteem as had Kernahan, Bradley, Platten, Motley and McGuinness. Certainly by the end of the 1990s the perception of the overwhelming majority of SANFL players was that they were competing in a league which had as its primary raison dtre the nurturing and development of future AFL talent.

Neil Kerleys immediate successor as coach was former Carlton legend John Nicholls, under whose guidance the Tigers narrowly lost the 1977 grand final to Port Adelaide. Further losing grand finals followed in 1981 and 1982 under ex Sturt champion John Halbert, and it seemed clear that the club was, in a sense, marking time. This impression persisted under Halberts successor, Graham Campbell, who in two seasons at the helm was unable to steer the club above third place.