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Super Preview: SANFL Grand Final

Matthew Agius  September 20, 2017 3:16 PM

Cornes and Lobbe press conference - 19 September, 2017 Chad Cornes and Matthew Lobbe speak to the media ahead of the 2017 SANFL Grand Final.

THIS IS IT. The 2017 SANFL Grand Final. Port Adelaide has a chance to claim its 37th SANFL premiership.


Key information

Who's playing? Port Adelaide and Sturt
What is it?
 The SANFL Maccas League Grand Final
When is it? 2.40pm on Sunday 24 September
Where is it? Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide ... or on your TV (check local guides)
Why is it? Port won through to the grand final from the 2nd semi final, Sturt via the prelim.
How's it going to turn out? Fingers crossed for flag #37.

Gimmie some history...


Port Adelaide: WWWWW
Sturt: WDLWW


Port Adelaide: 190
Sturt: 104


2017: Qualifying Final, Adelaide Oval
Port Adelaide 13.11 (89) d Sturt 11.8 (74)

2017: Round 10, Peter Motley Oval
Sturt 14.8 (92) d Port Adelaide 9.6 (60)

2017: Round 5, Alberton Oval
Port Adelaide 19.10 (124) d Sturt 9.10 (64)

2016: Round 11, Alberton Oval
Sturt 12.14 (86) d Port Adelaide 9.10 (64)

2016: Round 6, Peter Motley Oval
Sturt 18.15 (123) d Port Adelaide 9.6 (60)

How much do tickets cost?

Click here for all the prices

Can you help me look smart in front of my mates?

Righto, here are some interesting facts you can use to Wow your buddies ahead of the game.

  • Port Adelaide and Sturt will have the competition’s two leading goal kickers at either end of the ground. Brett Eddy – the newly-minted Ken Farmer Medallist – is Port’s leading forward, while Kory Beard offers a commanding presence at the other end for the Double Blues.
  • The Magpies are the league’s most potent side – averaging over 100 points a game in 2017. Sturt are third – averaging 85.
  • Port’s defence rates second in the league – conceding 11 goals per game on average, while Sturt concede approximately 70 points on average.
  • Obviously the Double Blues are the reigning premiers, but Port has some premiership talent in its own line-up. Jimmy Toumpas (2011), Will Snelling (2015) and Jarrod Lienert (2016) are all SANFL Premiership players.

Who are the dangermen for this game?

Brendon Ah Chee leads an impressive Port Adelaide midfield. Evenly matched against the Double Blues in the middle, Ah Chee’s big body and ball-winning ability is a crucial asset for the Magpies. He’ll be opposed to Zane Kirkwood, the Sturt skipper who is a Magarey Medallist and proven asset for the Double Blues.

Aside from key forwards Kory Beard and Brett Eddy as forward focal points, both sides have their supporting men up forward. Josh Hone booted three in a close one against the Eagles last week, while the inclusion of Jake Neade in attack with the agile Aidyn Johnson and Robbie Young gives Port a handy mosquito fleet.

What is each camp saying?

Watch this....

Is there any finals history between these teams?

Plenty. Sturt has a 5-4 lead over the Magpies in grand finals – this is the tenth time they’ve played against one another.

Port won the last grand final between the two clubs in 1998, and you need to wind the clock back to 1978 to find the next most recent time they played.

What happens after the game?

Irrespective of the result, there’s an after-match event at Alberton, which kicks off around 6pm, with the arrival of players and coaches – hopefully with a trophy – at around 8pm.

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