THE North Adelaide fairytale has become an even more incredible story after a drama-filled SANFL preliminary final at Adelaide yesterday.
Last year, the Roosters could manage just four wins and finished at the bottom of the ladder in coach Josh Carr’s second year at the club. Now the Roosters are in the grand final and will chase their first premiership since 1991 when they confront hot favourites Norwood.
It has been a stunning rise, especially given the opening round trauma when Bute farmer Vaughan Taylor, a popular trainer at the club for 15 years, collapsed and died entering the visitors’ changerooms at Elizabeth Oval. And it was an unbelievable performance against WoodvilleWest Torrens in the season’s penultimate game which epitomises the emergence of the Roosters as a serious contender.
The Roosters were on the ropes and seemingly heading out the back door when they trailed by 47 points in the third quarter. But the belief and spirit installed in the players by Carr was on display.
It’s just a shame such a great example of SANFL action has been overshadowed by the extra man controversy.