When West Adelaide's captain Bec Owen broke her leg in the preliminary final, a small but strong woman from the Mallee stood up to take her place.
Coomandook's Abbie Ballard was named the acting captain for the Bloods as they aimed for their first SANFLW premiership at Thebarton Oval on Saturday, June 5.
They took to the field full of confidence after a hearty win over minor premiers Norwood last week, but Glenelg took control early and led all game to win its first SANFLW premiership, 5.10 (40) to 2.5 (17).
The reliable Ballard - aged only 19 years old - was one of her team's best, claiming 14 disposals, five tackles, five clearances, two inside 50s, and two rebound 50s in her midfield role.
She plays for Strathalbyn in the Great Southern Football League Women's competition when the SANFLW season is complete.
Adelaide Crows star Ebony Marinoff, who plays for Glenelg at the end of the AFL Women's season, was awarded best on ground.