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Sunday's Grand Final crowd shows Port's pulling power

Matthew Agius  September 25, 2017 9:09 AM

SANFL 2017 Grand Final - Port Adelaide Magpies v Sturt

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: The Magpies celebrate a goal during the 2017 SANFL Grand Final between Port Adelaide Magpies and Sturt at the Adelaide Oval on September 24, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

THE BIGGEST crowd since 1998 watched Port Adelaide's narrow loss to Sturt in Sunday's SANFL Grand Final.

While that fact will contribute nothing to ease the pain of that loss, the show of force from Port fans after low-drawing crowds in 105 and 2016 shows the importance of the Magpies to the SANFL competition.

In fact, Port Adelaide has featured in nine of the 10 largest-drawing crowds at a SANFL Grand Final since the introduction of the AFL to South Australia in 1991.

The only non-Port final among the top ten is the 1993 decider between Woodville-West Torrens and Norwood.


SANFL Grand Final crowds since 1991

Sunday's crowd isn't an outlier either.

As a comparison, Sturt and the Eagles only pulled 30,000 in last year's decider.

In 2014, Port and Norwood drew over 38,000 - the biggest grand final crowd since those two clubs last played in 1999.