It’s Port Adelaide against the world…again
This Sunday, Port Adelaide will face Glenelg for the SANFL premiership, and like it was 29 years ago, it will be the Magpies against everyone else.
The 1990 SANFL grand final is one of the most memorable in history.
Port Adelaide had bid to enter the AFL in 1991, causing the remainder of the SANFL to see it as an act of treachery.
As a response, the Adelaide Football Club was born, which meant the 1990 decider would be the last between the two best South Australian teams.
The classic phrase ‘you either love Port Adelaide or you hate them’ was true that day.
However, that’s how the Magpies liked it.
Port Adelaide legend George Fiacchi, who won the Jack Oatey Medal as best on ground in that year’s decider, said there was plenty of pressure that day.
“It’s always been Port Adelaide against the rest of the world, and we thrive on that,” he said.
“We just had to win that year, even though we didn’t get the license, we couldn’t allow Glenelg to beat us in that grand final, because we would’ve looked silly.
“We tried and tried and tried and we knocked them over.
“It’s one of those games personally I look back and that was a great game, that was one we had to win, there was so much pressure on us to perform as a club.”
This year, there is a bit of history repeating as the Port Adelaide Football Club prepares to enter its 150th year as the reigning SANFL premier.
Following a thrilling semi-final victory to advance to the grand final, the Magpies had to deal with a roller-coaster fortnight which involved two tribunal cases and a financial sanction.
Upon watching the Aidyn Johnson incident live, I thought he would be suspended – it would’ve happened in a regular season game.
However, I was stunned to learn Billy Frampton had been reported for a very soft incident, let alone offered one game.
Port Adelaide player Hamish Hartlett voiced his disgust in a comment on Facebook, which the SANFL sanctioned him for.
Since the Magpies became the Power reserves and the Adelaide Crows reserves entered the SANFL, it has been made very clear by the SANFL traditionalists the AFL clubs are not welcome.
With the stage set for Sunday, Port Adelaide versus Glenelg, it’s once again in the situation the Magpies love to be in.
It’s Port Adelaide against the world.