Glenelg (@2.1) vs Adelaide Crows Reserves (@1.66)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Adelaide Crows Reserves will win

Glenelg – Adelaide Crows Reserves Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 01:45

Glenelg in 73 was, in terms of its average standard of performance, a VFL side in all but name. With the exception of its roundseven meeting with North Adelaide at Prospect it not only never lost, but - until that fateful one day in September - it never looked even remotely like doing so. In 1973, the quintessential 'Kerley method - glimpsed, perhaps, in 1964 with South Adelaide, and again with the 1969 Tigers - came at last to full fruition.

Today, of course, Glenelg is an integral part of the Adelaide metropolitan area, but for much of the nineteenth century it was an isolated outpost.[13] Nevertheless, sport of many kinds, including football, was played, and during the nineteenth century there were, at differing times, at least two football clubs bearing the name of the township. Both these clubs, however, proved to be short-lived. Indeed, some of the very first European settlers in South Australia landed at Glenelg,[12] but although a small settlement was established there, the majority of the newcomers headed inland. In other senses, that arrival took place a good deal earlier.

Neil Kerleys immediate successor as coach was former Carlton legend John Nicholls, under whose guidance the Tigers narrowly lost the 1977 grand final to Port Adelaide. Further losing grand finals followed in 1981 and 1982 under ex Sturt champion John Halbert, and it seemed clear that the club was, in a sense, marking time. This impression persisted under Halberts successor, Graham Campbell, who in two seasons at the helm was unable to steer the club above third place.

To the immense disappointment of its hordes of success-starved supporters, Glenelg capitulated to both tension and the opposition, in more or less equal measure, in the 1969 grand final. Back in 1936, Farmer had booted 134 goals; Phillis five in this match took his total for the year to 137. Sturt won with almost embarrassing ease by 65 points, racking up a record grand final score in the process. Possibly the only bright spot to emerge for the Bays was the effort of Fred Phillis in edging past Ken Farmers thirty-threeyearold record for the most goals kicked by an individual in a season.

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Phillis was rewarded with the 1969 Magarey Medal, becoming in the process the first full forward in history to win the award. It was an inspired move, as Kernahan enjoyed a marvellous season, capped by selection for South Australia at the 1969 Adelaide carnival. He was not alone: Ken Eustice, whose form in 1968 had been patchy, was back to his brilliant best, winning the clubs best and fairest award; half back flanker Brian Colbey was one of half a dozen Tigers included in South Australias carnival squad and was accorded All Australian status; high flying Ray Button, who had been under a cloud with injury for several seasons, recaptured his most dynamic and spectacular form to give the side a formidable marking presence in the forward lines; and previously wayward full forward Fred Phillis finally found his shooting boots to become the first SANFL player since Colin Churchett (also of Glenelg) in 1951 to kick a century of goals. Identifying inexperience, and the susceptibility under pressure which often attends it, as the teams main weaknesses, Kerley enticed former Bay ruckman Harry Kernahan, who had spent the previous three seasons in Whyalla, back to the fold.

Pundits previewing the 1969 grand final were confronted by a quandary: which was the real Glenelg?

A return of four SANFL premierships in ninety-fourseasons is just aboutrespectable but by no means outstanding; however, when you consider that three of those premierships have come since 1973, and that the club has claimed the runners-up spot on no fewer than ten occasions during that same period, you cannot escape the conclusion that the reputation of the Glenelg Football Club could - some would doubtless say should - have been a whole lot different.

After trailing early, the Bays proved too powerful and cohesive for their talented but, on this occasion, disappointingly brittle opponents, winning comfortably in the end by 57 points. Centre half forward Stephen Kernahan earned the Jack Oatey Medal with a typically imperious, all action, 7 goal performance, while ruck rover Peter Maynard, back pocket Ross Gibbs, rover Tony McGuinness and wingman Tony Symonds were not far behind him in effectiveness. This assessment proved to be spot on.

Glenelg adopted the somewhat controversial measure of appointing former Port Adelaide champion Alan Bull Reval, who had played for the Magpies in the 1934 grand final, as coach. In 1949, however, things began to improve. Under Revals aggressive and disciplined regime the Bays, who this season adopted the Richmond Tiger style of jumper, finally learned how to win, and although the finals were missed, it was a close run thing, with Glenelg managing to defeat every one of the eventual finals participants at least once during the year.

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The U14 Academy team played against a very strong Central District team under lights at Elizabeth. Centrals were far more physical in both their appearance and attack on the footy are comfortably won each quarter. Our boys learnt a lot from the game particularly in regards to developing greater composure with the decision making skills under pressure and skill execution.