By ZAC MILBANK
At Adelaide Oval
Round 8 – Glenelg 15.17 (107) d Port 8.10 (58) at ACH Group Stadium
Round 14 – Glenelg 12.8 (80) d Port 8.9 (57) at Alberton Oval
2nd Semi-Final – Port 11.10 (76) d Glenelg 11.6 (72) at Adelaide Oval
Grand Final Meetings
1934 – Glenelg 18.15 (123) d Port 16.18 (114)
1977 – Port 17.11 (113) d Glenelg 16.9 (105)
1981 – Port 14.11 (95) d Glenelg 6.8 (44)
1988 – Port 12.12 (84) d Glenelg 8.7 (55)
1990 – Port 16.12 (108) d Glenelg 13.15 (93)
1992 – Port 17.3 (105) d Glenelg 7.7 (49)
Cam Sutcliffe (Port) v Luke Partington (Glenelg)
It was an intriguing duel between these two midfield combatants in the Second Semi-Final and it should be no exception in the Grand Final. Partington got out of the blocks well to chalk up nine disposals in the first term before Sutcliffe put the clamps on in the middle quarters. Glenelg’s latest Magarey Medallist was then able to spring to life in the fourth term, booting a goal to put his side back in front before the Magpies responded. If Sutcliffe can keep his direct opponent quiet, as well as producing classy left-foot snaps like the one he managed two weeks ago, it will go a long way towards his side winning.
Peter Ladhams (Port) v Jesse White (Glenelg)
Port coach Matt Lokan noted Jesse White’s influence in the Second Semi-Final as the former Collingwood and Sydney bigman controlled the clearances in the centre square. The experienced Tigers ruckman has arguably been his side’s best performer across both finals which presents a challenge for talented Magpies youngster Ladhams. The mobile left-footer was a sensation in the Qualifying Final win against Adelaide and should be a tough match-up for White given he’s enjoyed a week’s rest after earning a direct path into the Grand Final.
Todd Marshall (Port) v Will Gould (Glenelg)
Two of the most exciting young talents on the ground could go head-to-head inside Port’s attacking 50m arc. Marshall is equally as strong on the ground as he is in the air as he regularly uses his flexible frame to his advantage. He’s deceptively quick too which is something he will look to use as an advantage against Gould, who is also shorter than Marshall. What Gould lacks in height, he more than makes up for with his physicality and timing at the contest, possessing an ability to spoil opponents who are taller than himself. It will be a great test for the potential AFL draftee to go up against a bright young star of the elite league.
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