After a torturous decade, Demons fans only got to enjoy one season in the sun before it all came crashing down.
Glenelg has secured their first SANFL premiership in 33 years – and their fifth overall – after comprehensively defeating Port Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.
Winning by 28 points, it was a superb day for the yellow and black in front of a 39,105 strong crowd at Adelaide Oval.
Despite some fight from Port – particularly throughout the middle of the game – Glenelg, who built their lead in a ravenous first term, were never particularly challenged.
Booting four majors in a strong first term, a more difficult second term saw the Magpies provide a bit of resistance and boot two majors of their own, but Glenelg’s 19-point margin at the main break spoke volumes about the differences in performance of the two combatants.
A superb third quarter from Port’s skipper Cam Sutcliffe, which saw him seize the term through his three majors, saw Port provide their best moments of the clash, but three goals to Glenelg meant that Port’s chances at victory remained dubious, and a fourth term which saw no change to the status quo was enough to see us through to full time – and jubilation for Glenelg’s players and supporters.
Glenelg’s victory was underpinned by a sublime 28 disposal performance from Matthew Snook, whilst Magarey Medallist Luke Partington was strong through the midfield (with a goal to booth). Marlon Motlop, Joshua Scott and Luke Reynolds combined for eight goals between them, whilst former AFL listed player Jesse White provided strong ruck support for his premiership-winning team.
Mind, Port also had some strong performances. Jarrod Liernet, Jack Trengrove and Sam Mayes combined for 76 touches, and Sutcliffe’s three goals combined with Tobin Cox’s two majors, but the disappointing Port performance ultimately saw them fall to their lowest score this season.
Matthew Snook took out the Jack Oatey Medal for best afield – no major surprises there, capping off Glenelg’s excellent afternoon.
Port Adelaide Magpies 6.9 (45)
Glenelg Tigers 11.7 (73)