SAAFL History – 1922

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Team Gms W L Pts
University 12 11 1 22
Semaphore Central 12 10 2 20
Goodwood 12 8 4 16
Kingswood 12 6 6 12
Dulwich 12 5 7 10
Henley & Grange 12 1 11 2
Y.M.C.A. 12 1 11 2

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Few records exist for 1922. However, an important event was the appointment of Hugh V. Millard as Secretary of the SAAFL, a position he was to fill with distinction for 33 years. Hugh had been involved with the Brunswick and Unley Methodist clubs, and played also with the Kingswood club but was still only 17 on taking up the appointment.

By 1921 the only club still remaining from the foundation year apart from University had been Glenferrie, but it appears to have disbanded in 1922, leaving University to boast sole foundation status thereafter.

The two college teams in Prince Alfred and St. Peters left the SAAFL for the Students Association after terms of 10 and 9 years respectively. Another departure was more surprising. Prospect had only entered the SAAFL the previous season after experiencing three previous unsuccessful applications, and so despite playing in the Grand Final must have either decided that the SAAFL was not what it was seeking after all, or else incurred the displeasure of the other delegates and not been re-affiliated. Whatever the reason, it switched to the Y.M.C.A. Association for one season before beginning a long tenure with the fledgling North Adelaide District Association.

The departures left four vacancies, but only three new clubs in Dulwich (from the East Torrens Association playing at Victoria Park Race Course), Goodwood (from United Suburban playing at Millswood Recreational Oval – now Goodwood Oval) and Y.M.C.A. (from the Y.M.C.A. Association, with a home ground on Frome Road opposite University Oval), were admitted, reducing the number of teams to 7. Of these new clubs, only Goodwood was to survive past the Second World War and enjoy a long association with the SAAFL.

University again finished on top of the table at the end of the minor round for the fourth year in succession, being its sixth minor premiership in eight tries. Newcomer Goodwood enjoyed 8 wins to finish third, while Kingswood maintained its perfect record of finals participation. Y.M.C.A. found life tough in the new association with only 1 win, a tally matched by Henley & Grange which only 2 years previous had played off in the Final.

In the one-sided Semi Finals, University defeated Goodwood 14.12 to 1.7, while Semaphore beat Kingswood 11.15 to 3.4. Then University defeated Semaphore 9.9 to 8.4 to become the first SAAFL club to win 3 premierships in a row, narrowly beating Semaphore to the honour as the latter club was about to take all before it in the next three years.

The Naylor Medal was won by Hugh Prest, the captain of University.

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