P.Bagshaw, J.Murphy, R.Schoff, P.Endersbee, T.Clarkson
B.Adcock, B.Miels, T.Clarke, B.Schwarz,
P.Endersbee 4, B.Miels 2, R.Schoff 2
J.Tilbrook 2, K.Chessell 1, T.Clarkson 1
Best on Ground
57,811 (Adelaide Oval)
THREE IN A ROW – For the fourth successive year Sturt and Port Adelaide would clash in the Grand Final with the Blues going for their third straight flag. In an ominous sign the week before the game Sturt Captain John Halbert heart breakingly failed a fitness test which ruled him out of his second successive Grand Final with Bob Shearman leading the Blues into the game in his absence. Sturt got off to a good start with 2 magical goals by Peter Endersbee and 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 1 point. The Blues could have sealed the game had they kicked straight in the second quarter kicking 2.8 to a solitary goal, this inaccuracy kept the Magpies in the game and at half time the lead was only 13 points. The Double Blues kicked straight in the third quarter adding 5.2 to 2.2 to lead by 31 points at the last change. The last quarter was somewhat lacklustre with the Blues going on to win comfortably by 27 points. The well oiled Sturt machine had done the unthinkable again defeating Port Adelaide three years in a row. Better players were the magical Paul Bagshaw who was best on ground, on baller John Murphy, Rick Schoff at centre half forward, forward pocket Peter Endersbee who kicked 4 goals and Tony Clarkson in the ruck.