“Let’s Do It for Willow” Glenelg v West Adelaide

May 28, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg Tigers vs West Adelaide Bloods @ Glenelg, 27 May 2017 Do you remember the old-fashioned “spray”? That’s when a coach feels it is time to get in the face of a team that has promise, potential and polish, but doesn’t seem to produce it when required. On Saturday, after three insipid quarters against bottom-of-the-barrel West Adelaide, that’s what the Glenelg Tigers got. Senior Coach Matthew Lokan spent a good chunk of ‘lemon time’ delivering a fair old bake to the team that trailed a team with a player list bulleted by injuries and AFL absentees. At that stage, it…

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A Not So Good Friday

March 26, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | LIFE |

Glenelg v South Adelaide (Round 1, 2016) All were aboard the bus going south to Noarlunga Oval, described by some as Siberia with face-painting, where cars park along the outer as they do at a country match.  The start was good – 3 goals to zip against a typical Noarlunga breeze – but it was evened up by the quarter.  It was probably the 2nd quarter what lost it.  Two goals each, when we had the breeze, and the Panthers showed how it was done with a 7 goal third term. Coming from 4 goals down, the Tigers had a go but…

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The Slaying

May 10, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA |

Fred Phillis ('Earn your pay with 18 goals on the day')

Central District v Glenelg 1975 The day dawned ominously on this minor round game.  Glenelg would make yet another Grand Final that year, were near to full strength, and hungry.  They had beaten the Dogs earlier in the year by a lazy 23 goals.  Centrals were struggling, had had shocking luck with injuries and were forced to play boys who had started the season in the Under 17s.  Glenelg wanted to go into its finals campaign with a full head of steam and wanted its mercurial full forward, Fred Phillis, to get near to his century so as not to prove a…

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Fast and Furious 1985: Glenelg v North

January 24, 2015 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, PETER'S WRITING |

Once again, we bussed to charmless, imaginatively-named Football Park at West Lakes, to see Glenelg contest another Grand Final.  Having lost the first one there (1974) and subsequently losing the Grand Final in 1975, 1977, 1981 and 1982, we felt we were due.  North felt due too, having lost its last Grand Final in 1973 (see the Greatest Game of Football Ever Played). The side was: Peter Carey (C), Stephen Copping, Chris Duthy, Adam Garton, Ross Gibbs, Tony Hall, Wayne Henwood, David Kernahan, Stephen Kernahan, Robin Kidney (int.), Chris McDermott, Tony McGuinness, David Marshall, Peter Maynard, Michael Murphy, Scott Salisbury…

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The Greatest Game of Football Ever Played

I was ten years old in 1973 and already tempered by watching Glenelg lose Grand Finals. At the time, only the middle aged recalled our one Premiership season, a glorious against the odds win over Port (in 1934). Since 1967, the Club under Neil Kerley had gained new respect but that tended to dissipate each Spring.

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