1997 AFL Grand Final
The 1997 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Adelaide Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 27 September 1997. It was the 101st annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1997 AFL season; the match, attended by 99,645 spectators, was won by Adelaide by a margin of 31 points, marking that club's first premiership victory. The 1997 grand final saw the Saints playing in their first premiership decider since losing the 1971 VFL Grand Final, looking to win just their second premiership after their famous one point win against Collingwood in 1966; the Crows were appearing in their first grand final since entering the competition in 1991. It was a even home and away season, with St Kilda finishing on top of the AFL ladder after 22 rounds, winning the McClelland Trophy, their record of 15 wins and 7 losses was the lowest season tally. The Saints had won.
Adelaide, with former Woodville and North Melbourne star Malcolm Blight taking over as coach, had finished fourth with 13 wins and 9 losses. They had made the finals for only the second time in their club history, after losing in a preliminary final in 1993 to eventual premiers Essendon. Tony Modra was the club's leading goalkicker for the fifth straight season with a total of 84. Adelaide won their qualifying final encounter against West Coast at Football Park by 33 points, due to a quirk in the finals system at the time, were drawn to play a home semifinal against the higher-ranked Geelong at Football Park, despite the Crows finishing two places lower than the Cats on the ladder. In a tense, hard-fought encounter, they overcame the Cats by 8 points, in a game best remembered for a crucial mark by Geelong's Leigh Colbert during a critical period in the third quarter, not awarded by field umpire Grant Vernon. Capitalising on this good fortune, the Crows progressed to a preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG, a match in which they came from behind to snatch victory by just two points.
This victory was, at that time, the greatest win in the Crows' team history. However, in this game Adelaide lost Modra in the first quarter to an ACL injury, meaning he would not be available for the grand final. St Kilda won their qualifying final against the eighth placed Brisbane Lions by 46 points at Waverley Park before over 50,000, sending them to a home preliminary final against seventh placed North Melbourne at the MCG, which they won by 31 points in front of crowd of 77,531; the Saints went into the grand final as heavy favourites. St Kilda's Robert Harvey won the Brownlow Medal earlier in the week for having been the best player in the AFL for the 1997 season. Western Bulldogs player Chris Grant polled the highest number of votes, but as he had been suspended for a one match ban - in Round 7 against Hawthorn for striking - he was deemed ineligible for the award, it was an intense and exciting Grand Final, with Adelaide starting well and leading by 2 points at quarter time, before St Kilda got the jump in the second quarter and led by 13 points at half time.
Adelaide started to take control after the break and took back the lead at three quarter time by 10 points, before overpowering the Saints in the last quarter to win by 31 points. The Crows kicked 8 straight goals to the Saints 4.3 in the final quarter which sealed the premiership. Adelaide became the first team to win four consecutive finals to claim the premiership - a feat matched by the Western Bulldogs in 2016. Andrew McLeod won his first Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield. Shane Ellen a defensive player for the Crows, provided a cameo at full-forward in place of Modra and finished with five goals, while Darren Jarman booted a grand final record of five in the last quarter, taking him to six for the match and sealing the game. Other influential Crows players included Shaun Rehn, Kane Johnson, David Pittman, Troy Bond and Ben Hart. St Kilda's Austinn Jones kicked the goal of the match. In an effort reminiscent of Phil Manassa in the replayed 1977 Grand Final, Jones ran the full length of the ground and kicked the goal from the boundary.
Saints forward Barry Hall, who kicked three goals, would feature in the Sydney Swans' premiership winning team in 2005. Adelaide went on to win its second consecutive premiership the following year, whilst St Kilda had to wait until 2009 for another shot at the premiership, but were defeated by Geelong. 1997 AFL season
Goal of the Year (AFL)
The Goal of the Year is a competition for the best goal kicked in the Australian Football League during that season. It is run in conjunction with the Mark of the Year competition and is sponsored by Coates Hire; the winner is awarded the Phil Manassa Medal. The concept of awards for the goal and mark of the year is thought to have been initiated in 1970, as an unofficial award given by the media to Alex Jesaulenko following his famous mark in that season's grand final; the official awards were first given in 2001. Eddie Betts has been awarded Goal of the Year on three occasions, the most of any player, is the only player to win the award in consecutive seasons; each week, three of the best goals of the round are selected as nominees. A panel of AFL selectors choose the winning goal of the round. For the first time in 2006, the general public are able to vote for nominated marks via the AFL's website; the results of the public voting are combined with the panel's votes. Any one of the goals of the round is able to win the official Goal of the Year.
The overall winner is selected from the 25 weekly winners by the AFL All Australian selection committee. The winner receives the Phil Manassa Medal, a replica of the perpetual Toyota AFL Goal of the Year Trophy, use of a Toyota Aurion for twelve months, $10,000 for their grassroots football club; the winner will be announced on Grand Final day. Goal of the Year is awarded to a player who creates and scores a difficult goal in play, it has been the quality of the creation of the goal which determines the winner, rather than the difficulty of the shot itself. As such kicking a goal from the boundary line will not guarantee a player Goal of the Year, but if they have roved the ball cleanly off a pack or won the ball by stealing or smothering it from an opponent they will come into Goal of the Year calculations. Players are often rewarded for orchestrating a long run down the field which ends with a big goal on the run: Daniel Kerr in 2003 and Michael McGuane in 1994 are memorable examples. Many of the best goals in the VFL/AFL were featured in a VHS/DVD named Golden Goals.
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McLaren Vale, South Australia
McLaren Vale is a locality in the Australian state of South Australia located within the Adelaide metropolitan area about 33 kilometres south of the Adelaide city centre and about 9 kilometres south of the municipal seat at Noarlunga Centre. The township was formed in 1923 from a merging of the two original villages of Gloucester and Bellevue, which were established in the 1840s by British and Irish pioneers. Boundaries for the locality were created 13 July 1995 for the portion within the former City of Noarlunga with the portion in the former District Council of Willunga being added on 28 January 1999. Land within the former locality of Landcross Farm was added on 16 March 2000; the source of the name has been attributed by several writers to either David McLaren of the South Australian Company or John McLaren of the colonial government’s Land Office. Geoff Manning, a South Australian historian, investigated this matter and found that the latter person is the source as evident by the following statement published in the South Australian of 7 October 1845: South of Noarlunga the country along the coast is more thinly settled chiefly in consequence of a want of water.
At two miles from the township, the traveller enters upon the extensive and rich valley of McLaren, named from Mr McLaren, Land Office, who surveyed it and most of the southern districts. The McLaren Vale wine region surrounds the town. Children's author Alexander S. Foxhall was born in McLaren Vale, as was former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler; the Coast to Vines rail trail passes through Mclaren Vale. There was a station at Mclaren Vale on the former Willunga railway line; the main road junction into the town, at Victor Harbor Road and Main Road, has over the years been notorious for fatal crashes. In 2011, construction stated on an overpass, to remove the threat of right hand turns through high speed traffic; the overpass opened in late 2012. There were once two supermarkets in the town, a Foodland and a BI-LO, until Foodland was sold, Bilo moved into the vacancy. In 2006, BI-LO converted to Coles along with the national conversion. In 2011, it was announced that the shopping centre would be undergoing an upgrade, with a Target Country.
Target Country will occupy the current Coles location, after a new, bigger Coles is built behind its current location. The complete shopping centre is expected to open in early 2013. At the 2016 census, the locality of McLaren Vale had a population of 3,842 of which 3,096 lived in its town centre. McLaren Vale is located within the federal division of Mayo, the state electoral district of Mawson and the local government area of the City of Onkaparinga. 291555293 McLaren Vale, South Australia on OpenStreetMap
St Kilda Football Club
The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed the Saints, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Australia. The club plays in the sport's premier league; the club's name originates from its original home base in the bayside Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in which the club was established in 1873. The club has strong links to the south-eastern suburb of Moorabbin, where it was based between 1965 and 2010. St Kilda were a foundation team of the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and in 1897, became a foundation team in the Victorian Football League, the basis of an evolved National Football league that took on a number of clubs from other states of Australia; the primary focus of this was to enhance the game and throw off the parochial and localised nature of suburban club Football that the VFL represented. The decision was made to begin the new decade with a fresh non Suburban competition and it was duly named the Australian Football League prior to the start of the 1990 season. Collingwood were the inaugural winners of a National competition Premiership, an enormous achievement for a club with a strong history in Melbourne suburban football.
St Kilda have won a single premiership to a famous one-point win in the 1966 VFL Grand Final. St Kilda most won the minor premiership in the 2009 AFL season and were grand finalists in 2009 and 2010. St Kilda developed a reputation as perennial underachievers, much of this attributed to their record of finishing last more than any other club in the league, as well as having the second lowest all-time win percentage of any team still playing in the league; the St Kilda Football Club was formed on 2 April 1873, containing many elements of the previous South Yarra Football Club which had disbanded a year earlier. Soon after a decision was made to amalgamate St Kilda FC with nearby Prahran Football Club. St Kilda retained their colours and ground, as well as picking up a number of Prahran players. St Kilda competed as a senior club in the VFA from 1877 to 1879, 1881–1882 and 1886–1896 before moving into the breakaway competition – The Victorian Football League – from 1897 onwards. St Kilda were one of the eight clubs that took part in the inaugural VFL season in 1897.
They made their debut in an away game against Collingwood on 8 May 1897, which they lost 2.4. to 5.11.. The club's home ground in the new league was the Junction Oval in the suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne and the club's first home game was against Fitzroy; the score was St Kilda 3.8. to 10.6.. St Kilda's early years in the VFL were not successful and, in 1899, they had the lowest score recorded in a VFL/AFL match, one point against Geelong. In 1902, Charlie Baker became the first St Kilda player to be the league's leading goalkicker in a home and away season with 30 goals. Six successive wins at the start of the 1907 season saw St Kilda make the finals for the first time, qualifying third with nine wins and eight losses. St Kilda were beaten by Carlton in their first VFL final by 56 points, they qualified in third position again in 1908 and were once again eliminated by Carlton in the semi-finals, this time by 58 points. The 1913 season saw major improvement in which the team qualified fourth, but were beaten in the 1913 grand final by Fitzroy.
At the time a challenge system was in place, which allowed the team that qualified in first position as minor premiers to challenge any team that won through to be the top ranked team in the finals series if it was not the minor premiers. St Kilda won its semi-final against South Melbourne and defeated Fitzroy two weeks 10.10. to 6.9. in what was a match between the two teams that won the semi-finals. Fitzroy as minor premiers were allowed to challenge St Kilda – the number one ranked team in the finals series at that point – and the two teams played again the following week in the grand final which Fitzroy won 7.14. to 5.13.. Due to World War I the St Kilda Football Club was in recess in 1916 and 1917 but resumed in 1918 and fared well, making the finals in fourth position but were eliminated by Collingwood in a semi final by nine points, 58 to 49. Colin Watson became the first St Kilda player to win the league's highest individual award, the Brownlow Medal; the following years saw St Kilda establish itself as a more competitive club.
They made the finals in 1929 and were eliminated once again by Carlton, 12.9 to 11.7 in the semi-finals. In 1936, Bill Mohr became the second St Kilda player to be the league's leading goalkicker in a home and away season. Bill Mohr kicked 101 goals in 1936 and was the first St Kilda player to kick 100 goals or more in a season; the mid-1930s saw the club vying for finals berths making it in 1939 by qualifying fourth after a record run of eight consecutive victories and an overall record of 13 wins and five losses. The team had its first finals win since 1913, against Richmond, but were eliminated in the 1939 finals series by Collingwood in the preliminary final. St Kilda won three of the first four games early in the 1940 season and were on top of the ladder after Round 4 before finishing second last. Although there were some prominent players like Harold Bray, Keith Drinan, Peter Bennett and Neil Roberts, St Kilda were competitive in the 1940s; the 1950 season saw St Kilda win the first five games before fading to finish with eight wins and a draw in ninth place.
In 1955, after one of the club's worst seasons, Alan Killigrew was appointed coach. His first action was one of the largest clean-outs of players in the history of any VFL club, it is believed that only 17 players from 1955 played for St Kilda again in 1956, with 11 new
Australian Football League
The Australian Football League is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL serves as the sport's governing body, is responsible for controlling the laws of the game; the league was founded as the Victorian Football League as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association, with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s; the league consists of 18 teams spread over five of Australia's six states. Matches have been played in all states and mainland territories of Australia, as well as in New Zealand and China to promote the sport abroad; the AFL season consists of a pre-season competition, followed by a 23-round regular season, which runs during the Australian winter. The team with the best record after the home-and-away series is awarded the "minor premiership."
The top eight teams play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The grand final winner is termed the "premiers", is awarded the premiership cup; the current premiers are the West Coast Eagles. The Victorian Football Association was established in 1877 and went on to become Victoria's major Australian rules football competition. During the 1890s, an off-field power struggle occurred between the VFA's stronger and weaker clubs, the former seeking greater administrative control commensurate with their relative financial contribution to the game; this came to a head in 1896 when it was proposed that gate profits, which were always lower in matches involving the weaker clubs, be shared amongst all teams in the VFA. After it was intimated that the proposal would be put to a vote, six of the strongest clubs—Collingwood, Fitzroy, Geelong and South Melbourne—seceded from the VFA, invited Carlton and St Kilda to join them in founding a new competition, the Victorian Football League.
The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as a junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season. The VFL's inaugural season occurred in 1897, it made several innovations early on to entice the public's interest, including an annual finals tournament, rather than awarding the premiership to the team with the best record through the season. Although the VFL and the VFA continued to compete for spectator interest for many years, the VFL established itself as the premier competition in Victoria. In 1908, the league expanded to ten teams, with Richmond crossing from the VFA and University Football Club from the Metropolitan Football Association. University, after three promising seasons, finished last each year from 1911 until 1914, including losing 51 matches in a row; as a result, the club withdrew from the VFL at the end of 1914. Beginning sporadically during the late 1890s and from 1907 until World War I, the VFL premier and the premier of the South Australian Football League met in a playoff match for the Championship of Australia.
South Australia's Port Adelaide was the most successful club of the competition winning three titles during the period along with an earlier victory. In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray and North Melbourne each crossing from the VFA. North Melbourne and Hawthorn remained weak in the VFL for a long period. Although North Melbourne would become the first of the 1925 expansion sides to reach a Grand Final in 1950 it was Footscray that adapted to the VFL with the most ease of the three clubs, by 1928 were well off the bottom of the ladder. Between the years of 1927 and 1930, Collingwood became the first, only VFL team, to win four successive Premierships. In 1952, the VFL hosted ` National Day'. Matches were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, North Hobart Oval, Albury Sports Ground and Victorian country towns Yallourn and Euroa. Footscray became the first of the 1925 expansion teams to win the premiership in 1954. Melbourne became a powerhouse during the 1950s and early 1960s under coach Norm Smith and star player Ron Barassi.
The club contested seven consecutive grand finals from 1954 to 1960, winning five premierships, including three in a row from 1955 to 1957. Television coverage began with direct telecasts of the final quarter permitted. At first, several channels competed through broadcasting different games. However, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowds, it decided that no coverage was to be allowed for 1960. In 1961, replays were introduced although direct telecasts were permitted in Melbourne. In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, VFL Park, to give it some independence from the Melbourne Crick
West Adelaide Football Club
West Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club in the South Australian National Football League. Known as The Bloods and Westies, the club's home base is Richmond Oval; the Oval is located in an inner-western suburb of Adelaide. The club has won nine SANFL premierships, the most recent coming in 2015 – breaking a thirty-two year premiership drought dating back to 1983. West Adelaide was formed in 1892, adopting magenta and white as their colours and the club played in the Adelaide and Suburban Association from 1892 to 1896. Wests won the Adelaide and Suburban Association premierships in 1895 and 1896 and following the club's annual general meeting on 30 March 1897, the club joined the South Australian Football Association in 1897; the SAFA would subsequently become the SANFL. Upon entering the SAFA, West Adelaide changed their colours to black and red, the colours worn by the defunct Adelaide Football Club and moved its training headquarters from the South to the West Parklands.
The club struggled to field a full team in its early years as clubs were controlled by wealthy businessmen and it was no secret that players were poached from less wealthy clubs. West Adelaide was one of the "poor" clubs and won only one of its first 31 matches. From the 1899 season the SAFA introduced district football in which players had to play for the club in the district where they lived. West Adelaide gained the services of one of the best players of the time, "Bunny" Daly who threw himself into developing the club. Nonetheless, the club still struggled and had won only twenty and drawn two of 127 games by the end of 1907, including a second winless season in 1906. However, with a number of young players such as Richard "Dick" Head joining veterans James Tierney and former South Adelaide champion "Dinny" Reedman, West's fortunes were about to change and the club would enter what is known as its "Golden Era" Prior to the 1908 season, West Adelaide never finished higher than fifth on the premiership ladder.
In 1908 however, Wests not only became SANFL premiers for the first time defeating Norwood in the Grand Final at the Adelaide Oval but they became Champions of Australia when they defeated powerful Victorian Football League team Carlton by five goals at the Adelaide Oval. James "Sorry" Tierney was the club's first winner of the Magarey Medal in 1908. West Adelaide repeated as SANFL premiers in 1909 after defeating Port Adelaide by a goal in the Grand Final while "Dick" Head won the club's second Magarey Medal; the club slumped in 1910 to finish in fifth place before repeating their 1908 double success by winning the 1911 SANFL Premiership defeating Port Adelaide in the Grand Final and Essendon to win the Championship of Australia. The club won its fourth premiership in five years in 1912 after again defeating Port Adelaide in the grand final before finishing their Golden Era with a third placing in 1913. After the SANFL resumed competition following World War I, West Adelaide would finish second in 1922, losing the Final to Norwood while player Robert Barnes was the club's third Magarey Madalist.
Bruce McGregor became the club's fourth Magarey Madalist when he won the award in 1926 The club began playing their home games at the Wayville Showgrounds in 1927 and the club won its fifth permiership by defeating North Adelaide by two goals in the grand final. Captain-Coach Bruce McGregor would not only lead his team to the premiership in 1927 but became the first West Adelaide player to win back to back Magarey Madals. Robert Snell, Jack Sexton and Ray McArthur won the Magarey Medal while playing for the West Adelaide Football Club. After finishing third in 1928 and 1929 followed by – in the absence of star goalsneak "Dickie" Bennetts, banned for three years for kicking an umpire – fifth in 1930, West Adelaide slumped badly in 1931 to last with only two wins before bouncing back to fifth in 1932 only half a game from the finals. Despite Bennetts’ return, they finished winless for the third time in 1933 but were unlucky in losing five games by a goal or less They recovered to win eight games and draw one in 1934, but between 1935 and 1940 were never higher than seventh in an eight-team competition and overall won only 26 and drew one of 102 games.
An unexpected 112-point thrashing of North Adelaide in their last game of 1940, proved a true omen of what was to come in 1941. The Bloods carried all before them early in the season and after ten games had suffered only a draw and two narrow losses. A slump ensued before the club required to finish third and beat Port Adelaide in the first semi before Sturt knocked the inexperienced Bloods out in the preliminary. Between 1942 and 1945 West Adelaide joined forced with Glenelg in a wartime competition, finishing second and fourth in a four-team competition. West Adelaide became one of the power teams in the SANFL following the resumption of full-scale competition in 1945; the club finished third in 1946 before winning its sixth premiership in 1947 defeating Norwood 10.15 to 8.15. One of Wests leading players during this time was future SANFL legend Fos Williams who played 54 games for the club between 1946 and 1949 before moving on to captain-coach Port Adelaide in 1950, a move that would haunt West Adelaide for the next thirteen seasons as Wests would lose five Grand Finals, all by less than three goals, to the Williams-coached Port Adelaide between 1954 and 1962.
During the mid-1950s, West Adelaide, under the coaching of Laurie Cahill and with strong players such as Neil Kerley, Brian Faehse, Doug Thomas, Ken Eustice, Ken McGregor and 1957 Magarey Madalist Ron Bent
Port Adelaide Football Club
Port Adelaide Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club based in Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia. The club's senior team plays in the Australian Football League, whilst its reserves team competes in the South Australian National Football League. Port Adelaide is the oldest professional sporting club in South Australia and the fifth-oldest club in the AFL. Since the club's first game on 24 May 1870, the club has won 36 South Australian league premierships, including six in a row; the club won the Champions of Australia competition on a record four occasions. After winning an AFL licence in 1994 the club began competing in the Australian Football League in 1997 as the only pre-existing non-Victorian club—and has subsequently added the 2004 AFL premiership to its achievements. By the late 1860s Port Adelaide's river traffic was growing rapidly; the increasing economic activity around the waterways resulted in a meeting being organised by Port Adelaide locals John Rann, Mr. Leicester and Mr. Ireland with the intention to form a sporting club to benefit the growing number of workers associated with the wharfes and surrounding industries.
As a result of their meeting the Port Adelaide Football Club was established on 12 May 1870 as part of a joint Australian football and cricket club. The first training session of the newly formed club took place two days later; the Port Adelaide Football Club played its first match against a team from North Adelaide known as the'Young Australians' on 24 May 1870 at the family property of inaugural club president John Hart Jr in Glanville. John Hart Sr would become premier of South Australia the week following the first match. During these early years, football in South Australia was yet to be formally organised by a single body and as a result there were two main sets of rules in use across the state. Port Adelaide's main opponents during the years prior to the foundation of a governing body for the code in South Australia were the now defunct Kensington and Old Adelaide club; the rules of the Old Adelaide club, which more resembled the rules used in Melbourne at the time, were adopted across Adelaide in 1876.
In 1877, Port Adelaide joined seven other clubs to form the South Australian Football Association, the first governing body of Australian rules football. For the first few seasons in the SAFA the club competed in white shorts. In 1878, Port Adelaide hosted its first game against the established Norwood Football Club with the visitors winning 1-0. A rivalry between these clubs would soon develop into one of the fiercest in Australian sport. In 1879, the club played reigning Victorian Football Association premiers Geelong at Adelaide Oval in what was Port Adelaide's first game against an interstate club. In 1880, Port Adelaide moved to Alberton Oval which remains to this day the club's training and administrative headquarters. In 1881, Port Adelaide played its first game against Carlton at Adelaide Oval; that year the club travelled to Victoria and played its first game outside South Australia against the Sale Football Club. During the 1882 season Port Adelaide overcame Norwood for the first time after nine previous attempts winning by 1 goal at Adelaide Oval.
On 2 July 1883 Port Adelaide played its first game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Melbourne. In 1884 Port Adelaide won its first SAFA premiership. On 25 May 1885, Port Adelaide played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against South Melbourne, drawing with the eventual VFA premiers in front of 10,000 spectators. In 1887 immense interest led into the round 8 meeting against Norwood as the previous two matches between the clubs resulted in draws. Norwood won in front of a then-record 11,000 spectators at Adelaide Oval. Attending the match were Chinese Commissioners to the Jubilee Exhibition General Wong Yang Ho and Console-General Yu Chiung who were provided the South Australian premiers private box at Adelaide Oval. During 1889 the club played against the Richmond Football Club at Punt Road, with Port prevailing by a goal; the 1889 SAFA season ended with Port Adelaide and Norwood equal top, leading to the staging of Australia's first grand final. Norwood went on to defeat Port Adelaide by two goals.
In 1890 Port Adelaide won its second SAFA premiership and would go on to be crowned "Champions of Australia" for the first time after defeating VFA premiers South Melbourne. In 1891 the club defeated Fitzroy at Adelaide Oval with Indigenous Australian Harry Hewitt playing for Port Adelaide; as the 1890s continued Australia would be affected by a severe depression with many players were being forced to move interstate to find work. This exodus translated into poor on field results for the club. By 1896, the club was in crisis and finished last causing the clubs committee to meet with the aim of revitalising the club. Historian John Devaney suggested that there was a "conscious and deliberate cultivation by both the committee and the team's on field leaders of a revitalised club spirit, whereby playing for Port Adelaide became a genuine source of pride", it had immediate results and in 1897 Port Adelaide won a third premiership finishing the season with a record of 14-2-1 with a scoring record two and a half times its conceded total.
This is one of only four occurrences since 1877 that the team that finished last won a premiership the following year. Stan Malin won Port Adelaide's first Magarey Medal in 1899. During the 19th century the club had nicknames including the Cockledivers, the Seaside Men, the Seasiders and the Magentas. In 1900, Port finished bottom in the six-team competition, which it has not done in any senior league since. In 1902, Port Adelaide took the field i