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

However, the Roosters staged a desperate fight back which saw them lead by five points with three minutes of time-on already played. The second quarter saw the Bays fight back to lead 9.10 to 8.10 at half time, and when they emerged from a topsy turvy third term still eight points to the good, and with the aid of the wind to come in the final quarter, victory, and that long sought flag, seemed highly probable. Kicking with the aid of a strong breeze, North Adelaide withstood a strong start from the Tigers to outscore them 7.6 to 4.3 in a vibrant, free-flowing opening term. Right from the outset of the 1973 grand final, it was clear that Glenelg was in for its toughest match for some time. What followed rapidly found a place in South Australian football folk lore - not to mention becoming a conspicuous cornerstone of the tradition, indeed the very soul, of the Glenelg Football Club.

Between 1935 and 1940 the team finished bottom every year bar one, managing a success rate of just 16.2%. Glenelgs partner during this time was West Adelaide, and it was through the agency of this partnership that Glenelg players managed, in 1942, to contest the clubs second grand final. Glenelg now seemed poised for a sustained period of success, but the clubs fall from grace was to be even more dramatic than its rise. In 1935, the team managed just 1 victory from 17 games, finishing last; it was the most spectacular premiership hangover in SANFL history, and the remaining pre-war years only added to the pain. There was slight improvement in 1941 - 5 wins and sixth position on the ladder - but then the league scaled down for three years, with the eight clubs pairing off according to their geographical locations. This time around, however, Port had revenge, of sorts, as the Port Adelaide-West Torrens combination won by 11 points.

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.

After trailing early, the Bays proved too powerful and cohesive for their talented but, on this occasion, disappointingly brittle opponents, winning comfortably in the end by 57 points. Centre half forward Stephen Kernahan earned the Jack Oatey Medal with a typically imperious, all action, 7 goal performance, while ruck rover Peter Maynard, back pocket Ross Gibbs, rover Tony McGuinness and wingman Tony Symonds were not far behind him in effectiveness. This assessment proved to be spot on.

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We controlled a number of KPIs, however, we overused the ball by hand in difficult conditions. They stayed in line with the ball and the contest, while we elected when we went and when we didnt. Norwood began to get on top halfway through the first quarter, wining the balling close and moving in direct to their forward line. In slippery conditions early on, the game was a tight and scrappy affair.

For most of the 1968 season, Kerleys record of never having failed to propel his teams to finals participation seemed likely to continue, as Glenelg - the new glamour team of South Australian football - appeared to be playing with even greater cohesion and purpose than in 1967. For a time, the side even looked likely to qualify for the double chance, but in the final few minor round matches the underlying inexperience of the team told, and the loss of a couple of key games ultimately saw the Tigers finish a game shy of finals qualification in fifth place.

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.

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).

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.

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During the second half of the season, however, a few chinks began to appear, and losses during the final 9 games to each of the other three eventual finalists - Sturt, West Adelaide and West Torrens - posed more questions than they answered. Prior to the Australian interstate championships in June Glenelg was in awesome, indefatigable form, winning all 9 matches played, and all bar one by hefty margins. Combining the power and aggression traditionally associated with Port Adelaide with precision skills of the sort that had played a big part in carrying Sturt to the previous three premierships, the Bays looked to have found a guaranteed winning formula, in the process elevating football in South Australia to a new level.