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
Sturt again met Port Adelaide in the Grand Final, but with this game bringing a changing of the guard for football supremacy in South Australia and ushering 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 and at quarter time scores were level. Sturt started to gain the ascendency in the second quarter and were in front by 17 points at the main break. The Magpies kicked the first two goals of the third quarter, but at three quarter time the Blues still maintained their lead of 17 points. There would be no comeback for Port Adelaide in the last quarter as they were swamped by the rampaging Double Blues with Sturt kicking 7.4 to 1.1 to win by 56 points and claim the club’s first Premiership since 1940. Better players were Malcolm Hill who was outstanding in the ruck, full forward Malcolm ‘Emmy’ Jones with 8.4 for the day, John Halbert at centre half forward, left back pocket Brenton Adcock and Bob Shearman in the centre with a special memory of the day being 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.