1976 Premiership

Team 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter
STURT 1.3-9 7.6-48 11.8-74 17.14-116
Port Adelaide 2.5-17 3.8-26 7.13-55 10.15-75

Best Players
R.Davies, P.Bagshaw, M.Graham, R.Klomp, J.Murphy
B.Howard, B.Miels, M.Nunan, R.Barton, T.Sims
Goal Kickers
P.Bagshaw 3, M.Graham 3, R.Klomp 2, R.Barton 2
J.Murphy 2, G.Wild 2, B.Miels 1, M.Nunan 1, R.Davies 1
Best on Ground
66,897 (Football Park)

Premiership Team
Forward: T.Sims G.Wild R.Barton
Half-Forward: M.Graham R.Klomp J.Murphy
Centre: T.Burgan B.Howard B.Miels
Half-Back: T.Lloyd P.Nelson P.Sanders
Back: N.Wark C.Casey G.Lauder
Ruck: R.Davies P.Bagshaw M.Nunan
Reserves: P.Heinrich R.Hill

Match Report
Sturt Captain Paul Bagshaw held aloft the Thomas Seymour Hill Premiership Cup and proclaimed, “This is the finest hour in the history of the Sturt Football Club”, after 7 Premierships in Sturt’s golden era, who was going to argue with him. Port Adelaide had been the best performed team all season and red hot favourite going into this Grand Final, but if you ever needed to see a team reach their peak on the day, this was it. Port led early in an even first quarter, holding an 8 point lead at the break, but Sturt took control in the second quarter, kicking 6.3 to Port’s 1.3 and taking a lead of 22 points into half time. The Magpies came back in the third quarter, to narrow the margin to 19 points at three quarter time, but the “Too Old and Too Slow” as they had been labelled Blues played all over Port in the final quarter to kick 6.6 to the Magpies 3.2 and run out winners by a comfortable 41 points. One defining moment of the game came in the final term, when, in which the game still needed to be won, Paul Bagshaw leapt high to take a grab and boot the goal which sealed the win for the Blues. The ubiquitous Rick ‘The Jumbo Prince’ Davies was superhuman, taking marks all around the ground and was clearly the Double Blues best with the amazing statistics of – 21 kicks, 21 handballs, 21 hit outs, 15 marks and 1 goal, putting on one of the finest individual performances ever seen in an SANFL Grand Final. Captain Paul ‘Mr Magic’ Bagshaw, powerful Robert Klomp at centre half forward and lightning fast Michael ‘Flash’ Graham were also high in the best players for the Blues. The highest crowd ever assembled for an SANFL Grand Final was recorded on this day, 66,897 people witnessed the game, a number of them seated on the ground outside the boundary line. The loss served as a wake up call for Port Adelaide who where about to embark upon yet another successful era in the club’s history and brought Jack ‘The Master Coach’ Oatey his seventh Premiership at Sturt and tenth in total, who would have thought, on the day, that it would take the Double Blues another 26 years before they would claim their next flag.

Rick Davies soars over Chris Natt to take this iconic mark in the 1976 Grand Final

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *