Glenelg v North Adelaide, Glenelg Oval, Queen’s Birthday, Monday 14 June 2021
A gloomy, blustery but dry day at the Bay, for the Queen’s Men (i.e. Us) to take on the feisty North Adelaide Roosters, before a holiday crowd of nearly 4,000.
North were up and about and threw a lot of pressure at the Tigers, and led by 3 half way through the 2nd quarter. But the Bays steadied and rattled on the next 5 and led by about a goal at half time. The holy trinity – Liam McBean, Marlon Motlop and Luke Reynolds – had a big day, scoring 5, 3 and 2 goals respectively. (Reynolds’ stamina is awesome). The old firm down back, Curran and Proud, were exceptional, and Allen, newcomer Landt and the under-rated Andrew Bradley did special things against quality opposition.
It was a free-flowing game, but the middle stages – 9 goals to 4 – set up the lead and allowed a fair margin at the end despite a late flurry. Glenelg had done it for Her Majesty again, and hold the John Sandland Cup. As Sir Robert Menzies might have said of the result, “Roosters saw their lead but passing by, and are filled with envy, till they fry.”
10 wins in a row matches the club’s return in 1981 (but let’s hope the comparison ends there, as we all know how that turned out: destroyed by Port in the Grand Final; home a basket case).
As a plus on the day, victory meant we were spared a reprise of North’s horrendous jingle.
Glenelg 16.9 (105) North 12.10 (82)