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

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Adelaide Crows Reserves will win

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The only year this did not occur was in 1991 when Glenelg used Football Park (along with new team Woodville-West Torrens) under the SANFL's ground rationalisation scheme. This arrangement only lasted for the 1991 season as Glenelg moved back to The Bay while the Eagles moved to Woodville Oval. Since the club first entered the SANFL they have used Glenelg Oval as their home ground.

Sallis was a combative but highly skilful centreman who played 172 games for Glenelg between 1924 and 1935, winning the clubs best and fairest award on five occasions; old timers remember him for his sure ball handling, irrespective of opposition pressure, and tremendous disposal skills. Nevertheless, a league competition without Glenelg during the 1920s might have robbed aficionados of the game of the delight of seeing players of the calibre of Len Sallis, Jim Handby and Jack Owens in action. Broken Hill-born Owens was the first in a long line of great Glenelg full forwards; between 1924 and 1935 he played 177 games for the club, booting 827 goals, and heading the league goalkicking list on three occasions. Handby, the clubs first Magarey Medallist, shifted from South Adelaide in 1925 and made his debut in Glenelgs first ever league win; he was a determined, energetic and forceful player who played 123 games for the club - interestingly, without kicking a single goal - between 1925 and 1932.

These efforts resulted in a 5 goal to nil term and set the game up in our favour. The third quarter saw a more direct style of play with deeper entries into our forward 50. Our midfielders were strong around the contest and back 6 were defending well in the 1v1s. After the half time break, we were down to 22 fit players, that would be tested. However, by the end of the quarter we were down to 17 players that were fit to take the field.

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The forward line was creating more space and looking more threatening to kick a winnable score. As the conditions fined up throughout the second and third quarters, our pressure around the contest continued and our ball use and efficiency lifted. By mid-way through the final quarter, the margin was out to 40 points. The last 10 minutes saw us go away from the disciplined pressure game we had played for 3 quarters, allowing North Adelaide to kick 3 late goals.

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.

We were selecting poor options going in as Centrals dropped a spare behind the ball. However, our efficient ball movement fell down as we entered of forward 50 in the first 3 quarters. Our inability to impact the scoreboard saw us behind at each break. The contested ball efforts and willingness to stay in the contest at all stoppages was also at an acceptable level. On the large oval, it allowed our players more time and space to execute their skills as we used the ball well throughout the game in transition from our defensive 50 through the middle and to half forward.

Under Taylor, Glenelg enjoyed its best concerted spell in league company up to that point, finishing second, third, and fifth, before running third again in 1953 under Taylors successor, Pat Hall. Somewhat surprisingly, Reval was replaced as coach by Johnny Taylor in 1950, but the winning habit continued to develop rapidly. Unfortunately, however, although the Glenelg sides of this era proved capable of winning somefinals, the ultimate prize eluded them. The key ingredients of this success were plain to see: with players of the calibre of ruckman Allan Crabb, full forward Colin Churchett, and the Taylor brothers, Johnny and Don, the newly christened Tigers were a match for almost any opponent.

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Phillis was rewarded with the 1969 Magarey Medal, becoming in the process the first full forward in history to win the award. It was an inspired move, as Kernahan enjoyed a marvellous season, capped by selection for South Australia at the 1969 Adelaide carnival. He was not alone: Ken Eustice, whose form in 1968 had been patchy, was back to his brilliant best, winning the clubs best and fairest award; half back flanker Brian Colbey was one of half a dozen Tigers included in South Australias carnival squad and was accorded All Australian status; high flying Ray Button, who had been under a cloud with injury for several seasons, recaptured his most dynamic and spectacular form to give the side a formidable marking presence in the forward lines; and previously wayward full forward Fred Phillis finally found his shooting boots to become the first SANFL player since Colin Churchett (also of Glenelg) in 1951 to kick a century of goals. Identifying inexperience, and the susceptibility under pressure which often attends it, as the teams main weaknesses, Kerley enticed former Bay ruckman Harry Kernahan, who had spent the previous three seasons in Whyalla, back to the fold.

Nevertheless, as should be clear from this entry,Glenelg has indisputably made a contribution to the history of the game which far transcends its ostensibly modest record of four league premierships. In 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2013 and 2014 the club succumbed to the ultimate indignity of the wooden spoon. Glenelgs comparative fall from grace over the past two decades has been mirrored at many clubs Australia-wide in recent years, heralding a trend which only seems set to continue. The Bays sole senior grade grand final appearances since the formation of the Adelaide Football Club came in 1992, when they lost heavily to Port Adelaide, and 2008, when Central District achieved a similarly emphatic victory.

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.

This time the Bays were on top right from the opening bounce, leading at every change by 24, 33 and 42 points, before coasting to a 21.9 (135) to 12.15 (87) victory. As far as the Glenelg Football was concerned, this process effectively stymied and undermined all the progress which had been made over the preceding quarter of a century or so. Hawthorn-bound Tony Hall emulated Stephen Kernahan with a best afield performance from centre half forward, while evergreen ruckman Peter Carey, wingman David Kernahan, on-ballers Peter Maynard and Chris McDermott, and centre half back Max Kruse all put in sterling efforts. However, in 1986 it was still in its early stages, and Glenelg under Cornes was still playing taut, powerful, effective football, which culminated in another grand final demolition of North Adelaide.

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In the previous weekends preliminary final the Roosters had vanquished the Double Blues with even greater conviction, and by an even greater victory margin (87 points), than Glenelg had managed in the second semi. This time around it most emphatically would not be a repeat of the round fifteen meeting between the two sides. Glenelgs grand final opponents, North Adelaide, had, in addition to the 1972 club championship of Australia, won both of the previous two premierships and, in Barrie Robran, boasted a player who, in the view of some, was the most audaciously gifted exponent of the game of all time. The 1973 SANFL grand final, the last to be played on Adelaide Oval, would have to be a serious contender for the title of best ever.