WWT dominated the first 3 quarters of the game and Centrals to their great credit came from 24 points down at 3/4 time to lost by just 3 points in the end. The Eagles just stopped dead in the final term and the Bulldogs outscored them 4.4 to 1.1. Central's Lee Spurr kicked out of a pack and luckily for WWT it only just missed to the left at 27:49 of the last, the siren sounded about 15 seconds later so if Spurr had goaled, Centrals would have won and equaled the great Sturt side who won 5 SANFL premierships in a row (1966-70).
Did anyone hear Craig Parry's Jack Oatey Medal acceptance speech? I don't think went down well when he said into the microphone something about a "phucking good time" coming up that night as it was shown live on ABC1, but the crowd and Eagles players loved it hehehe. Within about 2 seconds of Parry's f-word the ABC changed camera's away from him and tried to cover for it lol.
Yet ANOTHER disappointing Bulldogs vs Eagles Grand Final Crowd at Footy Park. Only 25,234 showed up today (including my Eagles supporting brother his 2 sons...). They have now met in 6 Grand Finals since 2000 with a total attendance of just 164,405 and an average of 27,400 (53% of capacity.....damn you for putting that stat in my head Cam
Since 2000, SANFL Grand Final Crowds have been2000
CD vs WWT - 34,819
2001 CD vs WWT - 26,378
2002 CD vs S - 35,187
2003 CD vs WA - 28,199
2004 CD vs WWT - 24,207
2005 CD vs WWT - 28,637
2006 CD vs WWT - 25,130
2007 CD vs NA - 30,478
2008 CD vs G - 34,1282009 CD vs S - 35,647
2010 CD vs N - 34,355
2011 CD vs WWT - 25,234
I know Centrals supporters rarely show their faces at games other than the GF but where are the Eagles supporters? The 2003 crowd is easily explained, West Adelaide have never had the biggest support base. In fact for supporters we're probably ranked 7th in front of the Eagles and South Adelaide. But other than their 2000 clash, every CD vs WWT Grand Final has failed to draw over 29,000 fans yet when the Dogs played North, Glenelg and Norwood they attracted over 30,000 and both games against Sturt have drawn over 35,000. In terms of GF crowds it makes me yearn for the days of Port vs Sturt or Norwood when a crowd of 50,000 was expected, not just dreamed of.
Significantly in the 12 years of Dog Domination, they have not played Port Adelaide in a Grand Final. When Port defeated Centrals in the 1995 and '96 GF's they drew 45,786 and 46,120 respectively (back when Footy Park's capacity was around 46,000). Kinda shows who has the biggest following among the SANFL clubs doesn't it.....