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|2019 SANFL Grand Final|
|Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Port Adelaide Magpies||Glenelg Tigers|
The Port Adelaide Magpies have slumped to a horrendous performance on SANFL grand final day as the Glenelg Tigers claimed their first flag in 33 years with a 28-point victory.
Port Adelaide Magpies 6.9 (45)
Glenelg Tigers 11.7 (73)
The Port Adelaide Magpies host the Glenelg Tigers in the 2019 SANFL Grand Final at the Adelaide Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:30pm (AEST) – 3:30pm (ACST).
Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows may be out of contention in this year’s AFL season, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lack of footy emanating from South Australia. This afternoon, the South Australian National Footy League will see two teams battle it out for the title decider at Adelaide Oval.
The two outfits – Port Adelaide and Glenelg – have progressed through to the grand final after successfully negotiating their way through both the home and away plus a competitive finals campaign. With Glenelg clinching the minor premiership and the Magpies finishing second, both outfits secured 13 wins and similar percentages.
Glenelg’s penultimate game was a strong win over Adelaide – the Crows’ SANFL affiliate side, denying a chance at a Showdown grand final – but the Tigers did do it the hard way, with a loss to Port two weeks ago briefly denting their finals campaign.
Port Adelaide, for their part, secured the aforementioned semi-final win over Glenelg and a qualifying final victory over arch-rivals Adelaide seeing them secure a place in the final game of the year.
Obviously, past form isn’t a superb predictor – especially in grand finals – but ignoring Glenelg’s loss a fortnight ago, the two other occasions (Round 8 and Round 14) these two teams met ended in strong Glenelg victories, showcasing their prowess against the Magpies.
There’s a huge amount at stake for both outfits. Glenelg hasn’t made a premiership decider since 2008, and hasn’t won a SANFL premiership since 1985! Port, too, have had a long drought – not winning a flag since 1999.
Port have made the only change out of the two line-ups; AFL-listed forward Aidyn Johnson has been suspended and will miss. Glenelg head in unchanged. Both sides have added four players to their 25 man list, which will be trimmed to 21 players by the beginning of the clash.
Both have a helluva lot to work for, but I’ll give the nod to Port Adelaide. They’ve been undefeated in their finals series thus far, and expect them to narrowly defeat Glenelg.
Port by 7.
When: 3:00pm ACST
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
TV: Seven Network (SA), SANFL Live Pass (elsewhere)
Port Adelaide Magpies
F: Cox, Frampton, Hayes
HF: Woodcock, Marshall, Davidson
C: Farrell, Drew, Mayes
HB: Sutcliffe, Lienert, Hewett
B: Garner, McKenzie, Corcoran
R: Ladhams, Atley, Trengove
INT: Pudney, Frederick, Grundy, Appleton, Strange, Edwards, Elsworthy
IN: Frederick, Pudney, Grundy, Appleton, Edwards
OUT: Johnson (suspended)
F: Reynolds, Scott, Partington
HF: Motlop, McBean, Bradley
C: Gregson, Snook, Nicholson
HB: Joseph, Curran, McCarthy
B: Scharenberg, Proud, Gould
R: White, Close, Agnew
INT: Virgin, Bailey, Uebergang, Koster, Slade, Le Cornu, Betterman
IN: Uebergang, Slade, Le Cornu, Betterman