Last week in the SANFL...

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SANFL Grand Final

Football Park - Crowd: 44,838
Port   2.2 4.4 7.7  11.9 75
Sturt  2.4 4.8 5.12 9.12 66

Jack Oatey Medal: Brett Chalmers (Port)


After both sides shook of nerves the first term was even with Sturt having a slight advantage and leading by 2 points at the first break.

In the second term Sturt took control and looked set to run away with the game with their small men dominating.  But late quarter goals to Port and Sturt's inaccurate kicking saw the Double Blues hold only a 4 point margin at the main break.

Stephen Williams tore into his players at half time and the Port players responded by lifting their work rate in the 3rd quarter which saw them in front by 7 points at 3/4 time.

At the start of the final term the Double Blues came out firing. Two quick goals saw them take the lead and with the momentum all Sturts way they were seemingly headed for victory.  Port though had other ideas and they steadied and took back the lead and ended up winning by 9 points.

On a different note Port's Darren Smith (343 game) and Scott Hodges (183 games) both have announced their retirements.

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