1968 Premiership

Team 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
STURT 3.3-21 5.11-41 10.13-73 12.18-90
Port Adelaide 3.4-22 4.4-28 6.6-42 9.9-63

Best Players
P.Bagshaw, J.Murphy, R.Schoff, P.Endersbee, T.Clarkson
B.Adcock, B.Miels, T.Clarke, B.Schwarz,
Goal Kickers
P.Endersbee 4, B.Miels 2, R.Schoff 2
J.Tilbrook 2, K.Chessell 1, T Clarkson 1
B.Shearman (Acting)
Best on Ground
57,811 (Adelaide Oval)

Premiership Team
Forward: P.Endersbee B.Martin K.Chessell
Half-Forward: B.Miels R.Schoff 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 J.Murphy R.Rigney
Reserves: T.Burgan M.Hill

Match Report
THREE IN A ROW For the fourth successive year in a row, Sturt and Port Adelaide would clash in the Grand Final, the Blues going for their third flag in a row and the Magpies desperately trying to stop them and claim the flag themselves, their first since defeating the Blues in a nailbiter in 1965. In an ominous sign the week before the game, Sturt Champion and Captain John Halbert heartbrakingly failed a fitness test which ruled him out of his second successive Grand Final, after breaking a leg the previous season and brought to an end an illustrious 243 game career. Robert Shearman would be leading the Blues into the Grand Final in the absence of the skipper and the Blues got off to a good start with two magical goals by Peter Endersbee, it was looking as though it may just be Sturt’s day yet again, however, the Magpies stayed in the game and actually led going into the first quarter break by one point. Sturt could have sealed the game had they kicked straight in the second quarter, kicking 2.8 to Port’s solitary goal, this inaccuracy kept the Magpies in the game at half time, with the Blues only leading by 13 points. Thankfully the Blues kicked straight in the third quarter adding 5.2 to 2.2 and led by 31 points at three quarter time, surely a match winning lead for the dual Premiers? The last quarter was fairly lacklustre with Port kicking some late goals and a total of 3.3 for the quarter to Sturt’s 2.5, but when the siren sounded it was the Blues by a comfortable 27 points. The magical Paul Bagshaw was best on ground, ably supported by John Murphy and Rick Schoff in the forward lines, while Peter Endersbee kicked 4 goals. The well oiled Sturt machine had done the unthinkable again, defeating the powerful Magpies three years in a row.

The players running a celebratory lap of the oval with the Cup and Flag after winning the 1968 Premiership

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