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In 1911 the SAAFL had given a commitment to Semaphore Central to accept its application the following year, and this was honoured in 1912. ‘Centrals’ was one of the stronger clubs in South Australia, competing against SAFL second teams and regularly playing trials with Port Adelaide. St. Peters School College was also accepted, reflecting both the strength of the School team and its connections with the hierarchy of the SAAFL, but an application from Prospect was for the second year in a row rejected. The entry of Semaphore and St. Peters increased the number of teams from 5 to 7.
Matches were played at University Oval, Prince Alfred College, St. Peters College, Jubilee Oval and in the south parklands opposite the Parkside Hotel. Under an agreement with the baseball association, baseball matches were played on amateur grounds before football matches. The ‘old school tie’ was influential even in these early years, as a bye was programmed on July 13 because of the inter-collegiate match between St. Peters College and Prince Alfred College played on Adelaide Oval.
George Murray (later Sir George), a law professor at Adelaide University and future Chancellor and Chief Justice, donated a perpetual shield for the premiers. University was given permission to attach a small silver shield for its 1911 success, and this practice continues today. New umpires for the season included Isaacson, Noon and Zschorn.
In the Semi Finals, University defeated Semaphore Central 15.15 to 3.6 at University Oval, and St. Francis defeated Glenferrie 10.4 to 8.11 at Jubilee Oval. Then University won its second successive premiership by defeating St. Francis Xavier in the Final 12.9 to 5.7, again played at University Oval, the umpire being Mr. Zschorn. The leading goalkicker for the season was Arthur Wilton of University who scored 41 goals.
A report on the Final in the Advertiser on the 9th September was followed by “A Retrospect”. This article mentioned that SAAFL expenditure, limited to £10 per club, had been well controlled at £7/10/-, but that it was most difficult to operate without any income apart from levies on clubs, as the recurring expense of umpires alone was £1/1/- per match. There was also the hiring cost of Jubilee Oval.
The SAAFL president Dr. Mainwairing had “struck the right note of their (the delegates’) ambition when he remarked that the line of demarcation between the amateur and the professional must grow more distinct. ‘You are making history’ he told the delegates when took the chair in succession to Professor Darnley Naylor who had left for England, ‘and the future of the League must in the natural course of things be big.’