|Team||1st Quarter||2nd Quarter||3rd Quarter||4th Quarter|
B.Adcock, J.Murphy, T.Clarkson, K.Chessell
R.Schoff, R.Rigney, D.Hicks, B.Schwarz
M.Jones 3, R.Rigney 2, T.Clarkson 2, P.Bagshaw 2
J.Tilbrook 2, R.Dunn 1, M.Greenslade 1
Best on Ground
58,849 (Adelaide Oval)
TWO IN A ROW – When an injury riddled and badly out of form Sturt lost to North Adelaide by 6 points at Prospect to lose top spot to them things were not looking good going into the finals, however Jack Oatey had the team fired up and ready to play when they clashed again in the 2nd Semi Final with Sturt winning easily by 44 points and going into their third successive Grand Final against Port Adelaide who had narrowly defeated North Adelaide in the Preliminary Final. In an entertaining first quarter the Blues repelled many Magpie attacks early to restrict them to 2.5 for the quarter whilst adding 5 goals straight themselves and at quarter time it was Sturt by 13 points. Port Adelaide came out in the second quarter and dominated kicking 6.4 for the quarter to 2.6 and went into half time with a 9 point lead. The Magpies continued to have the upper hand in the third quarter, but couldn’t convert their chances onto the scoreboard, kicking 1.5 compared to 2 goals and at the last change the lead was down to 8 points. Port got out to a 16 point lead in the last quarter before Sturt worked their way back into the game, taking the lead late in the final term and then when Roger Dunn goaled the victory was sealed for the Double Blues. Better players were back pocket Brenton Adcock who was superb, on baller John Murphy who was acting Captain on the day due to John Halbert having had broken his leg during the season, Tony Clarkson in the ruck, Keith Chessell in the backlines and centre half forward Rick Schoff while up forward Malcolm Jones kicked 3 goals.