1994 SANFL Grand Final

The 1994 South Australian National Football League (SANFL) Grand Final saw the Port Adelaide Magpies defeat the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles by 37 points after being 35 points behind in the first quarter. The match was played on 2 October 1994 at Football Park in front of a crowd of 40,598.[1]

1994 SANFL Grand Final

Woodville-West Torrens

Port Adelaide
10.9 (69) 15.16 (106)
1 2 3 4
WWT 6.2 (38) 8.5 (53) 9.7 (61) 10.9 (69)
PA 2.4 (16) 4.7 (31) 6.13 (49) 15.16 (106)
DateSunday 2 October 1994
StadiumFootball Park
UmpiresTim Pfeiffer, Richard Williams
Coin toss won byWoodville-West Torrens
Kicked towardNorth End
Best on GroundDarryl Wakelin
 1993 1995 


Despite Port Adelaide's recent success, having won 4 premierships in the 6 years leading up to 1994, the Eagles were seen as the superior team coming into the Grand Final. Port had lost several key players in recent years to the AFL and retirement, and the Eagles had thrashed Port just 2 weeks earlier in the 2nd Semi Final by 73 points.

Betting before the Grand Final saw Woodville-West Torrens as clear favourites with 1/3 odds and Port at 25/10.[1] Port's odds could have been even higher if not for their outstanding record in Grand Finals, and their reputation for beating better teams.

Match Summary

At the 25 minute mark of the first quarter, the Eagles led by 35 points and seemed to be headed towards certain victory. Port kicked the last 2 goals in the quarter to leave the Eagles with a 22-point lead.

The second quarter was evenly matched with both teams scoring 2.3, however the Eagles still seemed to have the game under control.

Port Adelaide fought back in the third quarter and outplayed the Eagles, but Port failed to capitalise due to inaccurate kicking for goal, scoring 2.6 (18) to 1.2 (8) for the quarter and still trailing by 12 points.

Port went into the final quarter with momentum and ran over the top of the Eagles. Port kicked 3 goals in the first 7 minutes to take the lead, and kicked 9.3 (57) to 1.2 (8) for the quarter to run out winners with a margin of 37 points. Full-forward Scott Hodges kicked 5 goals for the quarter.


Port Adelaide was captained by Tim Ginever and coached by John Cahill. Woodville-West Torrens was captained by Peter Schwarz and coached by Bruce Winter.[2]


1994 SANFL Grand Final
Woodville-West Torrens def. by Port Adelaide Football Park (crowd: 40,598)
6.2 (38)
8.5 (53)
9.7 (61)
 10.9 (69)
2.4 (16)
4.7 (31)
6.13 (49)
 15.16 (106)
S. Morphett 4
A. Taylor 2
S. Nichol, N. Pesch, S. Sziller, G. Walker 1
Goals 6 S. Hodges
2 A. McLeod, S. Williams, T. Ginever
1 T. Malakellis, S. Pedler, D. Borlase

Jack Oatey Medal

The Jack Oatey Medal for best player in the Grand Final was awarded to Darryl Wakelin of Port Adelaide.


  1. 1994 Grand Final Port Adelaide v Eagles 2/10/94, video cassette, ABC Sport
  2. SANFL Premiership Teams Archived 6 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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