1966 Premiership

Team 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
STURT 3.2-20 7.7-49 9.12-66 16.16-112
Port Adelaide 3.2-20 5.2-32 7.7-49 8.8-56

Best Players
M.Hill, M.Jones, J.Halbert, B.Adcock, B.Shearman
P.Nelson, B.Jarrett, R.Dunn, T.Short, T.Clarkson
Goal Kickers
M.Jones 8, J.Halbert 3, T.Clarkson 2
B.Shearman 1, R.Rigney 1, R.Dunn 1
Best on Ground
59,417 (Adelaide Oval)

Premiership Team
Forward: M.Hill M.Jones R.Dunn
Half-Forward: B.Miels J.Halbert J.Tilbrook
Centre: D.Hicks B.Shearman T.Clarke
Half-Back: T.Short P.Nelson B.Schwarz
Back: B.Adcock B.Jarrett P.Bagshaw
Ruck: T.Clarkson K.Chessell R.Rigney
Reserves: J.Murphy B.Martin

Match Report
After losing the 1965 Grand Final to Port Adelaide by three points in a thriller in which the Blues came back from being 35 points down midway through the last quarter, it appeared that history was repeating itself, as the Blues played Port Adelaide in the 1966 Second-Semi Final and after being 36 points in front midway through the third quarter heartbreakingly lost again to the Magpies in a nailbiter, this time by only a solitary point. Sturt would have to overcome North Adelaide in the Preliminary Final to get another chance to defeat the Magpies, this they did in emphatic style, destroying the Roosters by 85 points. This Grand Final brought a changing of the guard for football supremacy in this state and ushered in a new dynasty under Jack Oatey at Unley Oval. The first quarter was a struggle for both teams, with neither able to break away from the other, at quarter time the scores were tied, 3.2 apiece. The Blues started to gain the ascendency in the second quarter, kicking 4.5 to Port’s 2 straight goals and half time it was Sturt in front by 17 points, would this be the year of the Double Blue? Port kicked the first 2 goals of the third quarter, but then that was it, the Blues were not going to lose this one and at three quarter time they maintained their half time advantage of 17 points. There would be no comeback for the Magpies like in the Second-Semi Final and in the last quarter the Magpies were swamped by the rampaging Blues, Sturt kicking 7.4 to Port’s 1.1 to win the club’s first Premiership since 1940 by an embarrassing to Port Adelaide 56 points. Former Hawthorn Premiership player Malcolm Hill was outstanding in the ruck to be best on ground and Malcolm ‘Emmy’ Jones was unstoppable with 8.4 for the day. A special memory of the day was that of Captain John Halbert as he accepted the Thomas Seymour Hill Premiership Cup for the first time in 26 years, at long last the Premiership drought was over!

Players celebrating the 1966 Premiership triumph, the club’s first since 1940
From left to right at the back – Terry Short, Brenton Adcock, Malcolm Hill, Tony Clarkson
From left to right at the front – Brian Schwarz, Malcolm Jones, John Tilbrook, John Halbert, Brenton Miels

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