|Team||1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th Quarter|
J.Stephens, Z.Kirkwood, J.Greenslade, J.Osborn, G.Page
F.Evans, J.Battersby, A.Riley, S.McMahon, K.Beard
K.Beard 3, J.Greenslade 3, J.Lienert 2
M.Evans 1, B.Hansen 1, Z.Kirkwood 1, J.Stephens 1
Best On Ground (Jack Oatey Medal)
30,213 (Adelaide Oval)
Sturt completed their fairytale script after storming home to a 27 point victory against Woodville-West Torrens in the 2016 IGA League Grand Final at Adelaide Oval. As the Double Blues claimed their 14th premiership and first since 2002, rookie coach Marty Mattner conjured a remarkable turnaround after the club finished in eighth place last season. With Jack Oatey Medallist Jack Stephens playing a stunning game in defence, captain Zane Kirkwood imposing himself in the middle and John Greenslade putting some icing on the cake in the final term, the Double Blues fans made plenty of noise among the 30,213 strong crowd. Very little separated the teams during an absorbing first half in which just seven goals were kicked between both sides and it wasn’t until late in the third term that the Double Blues made their move through the agency of emerging star Jarrod Lienert. Tucked up on the boundary line 40 metres from goal at the Southern End, the Powerade Star Search winner gave his side an eight point lead 24 minutes into the quarter and when key forward Kory Beard put a flat helicopter punt through the big sticks after the three quarter time siren, Mattner’s men went into the final change with all the momentum and a possible match winning 14 point buffer. Eagles forward Lachlan McGregor climbed high and converted truly for his side deep in the Southern pocket early in the final term, but it was all Sturt after that. The Double Blues kicked the next four goals in succession, two to the ever dangerous John Greenslade, to deliver pure joy to the Unley faithful. Fittingly, it was dual Magarey Medallist and skipper Zane Kirkwood who kicked a true captain’s goal for his side, putting it 21 points in front 18 minutes into the final term. Kirkwood finished with 27 disposals and nine marks to be just edged out by Jack Stephens for the Jack Oatey Medal. Unheralded Stephens played the perfect game for a defender, choosing the right time to attack and defend while also sneaking forward for a goal before half time, he didn’t waste any of his 22 disposals and eight marks while also applying five tackles in an influential performance. Sturt midfielders Aidan Riley (26 disposals) and James Battersby (22 disposals and 13 tackles) were their usual busy selves in the centre square while Kory Beard and John Greenslade slotted through three goals each.