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Numbers game: Port Adelaide's youth brigade takes on experience of defending champs

Matthew Agius  September 24, 2017 12:15 PM

SANFL 2017 Qualifying Final - Port Adelaide v Sturt

Matt White is Port Adelaide's most experienced player on Sunday [pic: AFL]

IF EXPERIENCE matters, then Sturt nudges Port Adelaide going into Sunday's grand final.

A comparison of the 23-man squads shows the Double Blues' outfit going into the 2017 decider edges the young Magpies for age and experience.

When comparing games of experience, portadelaidefc.com.au threw together a player's AFL and SANFL background. 

That's particularly relevant for the Magpies, where players like Matt White (153) and Matt Lobbe (92) have clearly played the majority of their senior footy at AFL level.

14 Magpies have AFL experience, while Sturt have three with former Kangaroo Scott McMahon playing 124 matches for North Melbourne.

Sturt's squad averages 78 games of senior footy pedigree, while the Magpies are just behind on 64 games.

When squad age is factored in, the Double Blues are the more mature outfit with an average player age of 24 years, 3 months and 8 days.

Port's is 22 years, 6 months and 28 days.

And Sturt also has the Magpies covered for flag experience by virtue of 17 players in the squad also playing in last year's premiership.

But Port has three of its own in Jimmy Toumpas (Eagles - 2011), Will Snelling (West - 2015) and Jarrod Lienert (Sturt - 2016).

Port Adelaide takes on Sturt at 2.40pm on Sunday 24 September at Adelaide Oval.

 

Port Adelaide's Grand Final Squad

Player AFL League Total DOB
Drew   19 19 1/10/1998
Austin 13 35 48 8/07/1995
Toumpas 37 38 75 2/01/1994
Bonner 4 32 36 7/03/1997
Lienert   47 47 5/08/1994
Rudloff   17 17 10/03/1994
Atley 3 17 20 4/08/1998
Palmer 3 54 57 17/10/1996
Lobbe 92 60 152 12/02/1989
Summerton   209 209 5/02/1998
Sharrad   53 53 27/07/1993
Ah Chee 27 66 93 21/12/1993
Neade 58 40 98 29/05/1994
Howard 10 31 41 25/03/1996
R Young   40 40 2/03/1995
Eddy 3 90 93 26/08/1989
Marshall 3 16 19 8/10/1998
T Gray   29 29 13/12/1995
White 153 15 168 15/04/1987
Snelling 1 42 43 6/08/1997
Johnson 5 16 21 31/10/1997
Irra   55 55 25/03/1994
Hewett   31 31 26/02/1997
TOTAL 412 1052   27/02/1995
AVERAGE     63.65 games 22 years, 6 months, 28 days

Sturt's Grand Final Squad

 Player AFL games League games Total DOB
Beard    145 145 13/06/1990
Osborn   65 65 29/04/1990
Hansen   89 89 11/09/1991
Sutcliffe   24 24 1/12/1993
Hone   63 63 7/08/1996
P. Wilson   42 42 11/12/1994
Slimming   25 25 8/02/1998
Battersby   82 82 7/11/1995
Crocker   96 96 18/04/1992
Colquhoun 16 64 80 20/12/1994
Stephens   99 99 7/01/1991
Sumner   72 72 31/10/1991
Page   101 101 2/11/1993
F. Evans   116 116 21/01/1991
Gilfoy   41 41 7/09/1994
Read   20 20 18/07/1996
Kirkwood   166 166 4/02/1991
Riley 25 77 102 13/12/1991
Dodd   10 10 9/09/1998
Harms   78 78 15/06/1991
McMahon 124 43 167 2/06/1986
Crowden   9 9 28/04/1999
M. Evans   96 96 23/11/1991
TOTAL 165 1623   6/06/1993
AVERAGE     77.73 games 24 years, 3 months, 8 days