Glenelg v North Adelaide, 13 May 2023 (John Sandland Cup)
It was a very pleasant autumn afternoon, starting with a 104 point win to the Tigers Reserves, and then, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Greatest Game Ever Played, surviving members (or next of kin) of the 1973 Premiership Team paraded on to the ground, led by Captain Peter Marker.
The Sacred Heart School Drummers gave all of them a fine volley of percussion.
It was a lovely trip down Amnesia Lane to catch up with the Greats from that Greatest of Great Days, including Neville Caldwell, Peter Carey, Brian Colbey, Graham Cornes, Stephen Hywood, John McFarlane, Peter Marker, Craig Marriott, Peter Millard, Wayne Phillis, Laurie Rosewarne, Bob Tardif, Rex Voigt and Greg Wickens. 50 years have passed, so it is no surprise to see that the boys are carrying a little condition (as I am, who was there as a fan, aged 10, on the day). Here’s Greg Wickens (“The Kid”) on the day in 1973, and pointing to his name on the Glenelg Honour Board last Saturday evening:
The 2023 Tigers, after a really disappointing start against Sturt at Dog-Poo Park, have got rolling and on Saturday, they not only won their 5th game in a row, but they did it in style against last year’s Grand Finalist. After a spirited first quarter in which quite a few shots were missed, the Bays clicked in the 2nd and gave us the type of dominance reminiscent of 1973. They slammed on 8 goals to 1 and the game was more-or-less over, even though North battled on gamely in the second half.
Liam McBean kicked six goals and his colleagues Reynolds and Hosie also cashed-in. Corey Lyons (best on ground), Luke Partington, Matt Snook, Matt Allen and Brett Turner dominated the mid-field, galvanised by new ruckman Cam McGree, and the defenders were as stout as ever. Glenelg is now 2nd on the ladder and goes into the bye with a full head of steam. The 1973 crew, watching on from the Grassy Knoll, loved it.
Glenelg 16.14 (110) North Adelaide 8.5 (53)