TeamGmsWLDPts
Kenilworth1411322
University1410420
Semaphore Central1410420
Teachers College1494119
Underdale United1494119
St. Augustine143116
Mt. Barker142124
Kingswood141132

In A2, the end of the minor round saw Henley and Grange on top.

TeamGmsWLPts
Henley and Grange1211122
St. Peters O.C.1210220
Prince Alfred O.C.128416
Y.M.C.A.125710
Scotch O.C.12488
University B12396
S.A. Railways Institute121112

The first work-place club to field a team in the SAAFL was S.A. Railways Institute who entered in 1930 and would prove a long-serving member. In a somewhat surprising decision, Mount Barker was also admitted. Some 30 kilometres from town as the crow flies, Mount Barker would have been quite a journey for other clubs, and the Mount Barker players themselves would have covered hundreds of kilometres during the season. The bottom two teams in A1 in 1929 were Henley and Grange and South Adelaide Ramblers. As South Adelaide Ramblers did not reaffiliate, only Henley and Grange was demoted to A2. The top two teams from A2 in 1929, Kingswood and Teachers College, were promoted to A1 and along with Mount Barker formed an even eight-team competition. Railways (home ground Railways Oval in the west parklands) was admitted to A2 making it a seven-team competition. Semaphore Central played its matches at Largs Reserve for the first time. 433 players were registered during the season.

The three-man tribunal for hearing charges against players was resurrected, after concerns had been expressed that the full delegates’ meeting was not an appropriate body for hearing such charges, particularly in terms of the need for impartiality. Another administrative task was the setting up of a subcommittee to investigate the formation of a ‘B’ grade for clubs wishing to fill a second team. The subcommittee recommended that a junior division be formed under the auspices of the SAAFL, but to be separately managed. This recommendation was acted upon the following year. Umpires used during the season were G. L. Haskard, G. E. McDonagh, W. K. Walker, D. Busbridge, M. Kinnear, J. H. Parkinson and H. B. Groves.

Semaphore Central held its annual general meeting at Evancourt Cafe in Semaphore, where life memberships were awarded to S. Hosking, who had been honorary coach for several years, and W. J. Musson, who had been captain, vice captain, delegate, committeeman and interstate selector.

The end of the minor round was exciting. With two rounds to go Underdale in fifth spot played Teachers College who it trailed by one game, and the match was drawn. Underdale then had the seemingly impossible task of beating second-placed Semaphore by more than 10 goals to make the final four, or else relying on Kenilworth to beat Teachers. The last round saw Teachers beat Kenilworth, while Underdale scored 16.13 to Semaphore 6.9. and failed by only 1.5% to make the final four. The only consolation for Underdale was that it knocked Semaphore out of second position.

Finals

In the semi finals Kenilworth easily defeated Semaphore 18.15 to 11.7, while University beat Teachers College 16.15 to 14.14. Then in the Final at Glenelg Oval under umpire D. Busbridge, Kenilworth won its second flag in four seasons with a two-point victory over University 12.15 to 12.13. Bill Brunt dominated at centre for Kenilworth.

Henley and Grange and St. Peters O.C. won their Semi Finals 8.10 to 7.8 and 8.13 to 5.15 respectively, then St. Peters won the Final at University Oval under umpire J. H. Parkinson 16.12 to 13.19. Henley and Grange exercised its right of challenge but was again beaten by St. Peters 6.8 to 7.14, this time at Norwood Oval, again under umpire J. H. Parkinson. Bond for Henley and Grange dominated in defence and restricted the S.P.O.C. star Jack Flood to one goal. This was St. Peters’ first premiership in the S.A.A.F.L. and foreshadowed its great A1 victory in 1935.

Awards

The Hone Medallist was Rex Walter, the third player from Teachers Training College to win the medal since the club entered the SAAFL in 1923. The A2 medallist was Charles Remnant of Henley and Grange. C. G. Rosenthal of Kenilworth led the A1 goalkicking with 57 goals, while Jack Flood of SPOC kicked 60 goals in A2.

Interstate

The state match against Victoria was played at Kensington Oval on the holiday Monday 9th June. The S.A. team was as follows:

  • Bridgland, Lionel hb St. Peters O.C.
  • Brunt, Bill wing Kenilworth
  • Colley, Ted hb St. Augustine
  • Downs, George ff Teachers College
  • Fahy, Leo centre Underdale
  • Flood, Jack hf St. Peters O.C.
  • Hack, Alf vice capt. chf Teachers College
  • Harris, Wilbur hf Henley and Grange
  • Hooper, James fp Semaphore Central
  • Inman, Ken bp Semaphore Central
  • Jacka, John wing Henley and Grange
  • McLeod, Allan rover Scotch O.C.
  • Nettle, Ralph fb Teachers College
  • Sangster, Chris capt. ruck University
  • Smith, William rover Kenilworth
  • Thompson, Claude bp Mount Barker
  • Venning, Mervyn follower S.A. Railways Institute
  • Walter, Rex chb Teachers College

Reserves for the match were Mervyn Evans (PAOC), William Halliday (Semaphore Central), Keith Packham (St. Augustine) and C. G. Rosenthal (Kenilworth). For the first time since the interstate matches had begun, S.A. was the victor. It kicked five goals before the Vics scored and dominated in the air. A six-goal second quarter while restricting Victoria to only one effectively put the issue beyond doubt, and even though the Vics kicked six goals in the last quarter, S.A. outscored them with seven. Smith played brilliantly in the forward lines and in ruck ably assisted by Sangster, while Downs at full forward kicked eight goals. S.A.’s score of 156 points was a record for the competition and the 63-point margin the highest since the inaugural year.

A feature of the match was the splendid sporting spirit in which it was played. It was fine at the end of the game to see the Victorians running to congratulate the winners. (Register 13.6.30)

Team1Q2Q3QFinal
S.A.5.611.1415.1922.24 (156)
Victoria3.24.48.714.9 (93)
  • Goalkickers: Downs 8, Flood 7, McLeod 3, Harris, Hooper, Sangster, Thompson
  • Best Players: Smith, Downs, Venning, McLeod, Sangster, Brunt, Jacka, Walter

For the third year in succession a team representing the S.A.A.F.L. was defeated by Port Pirie at the Memorial Oval. The team was originally named as follows, although later changes saw Ron Boyle (Y.M.C.A.) and William Kinnear (Kenilworth) included:

  • Brunt, Bill centre Kenilworth
  • Bridgland, Lionel hb St. Peters O.C.
  • Colley, Ted hb St. Augustine
  • Downs, George ff Teachers College
  • Evans, Mervyn wing Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Flood, Jack hf St. Peters O.C.
  • Hack, Alf chf Teachers College
  • Halliday, William ruck Semaphore Central
  • Harris, Phil wing Henley & Grange
  • Inman, Ken bp Semaphore Central
  • Jacka, John wing Henley & Grange
  • Male, Euston bp Prince Alfred O.C.
  • McLeod, Allan rover Scotch O.C.
  • Rosenthal, C. G. ruck Kenilworth
  • Smith, William rover Kenilworth
  • Stephenson, J. fb Kenilworth
  • Venning, Mervyn follower S.A. Railways Institute
  • Walter, Rex chb [[Teachers College[[

Reserves for the match were Keith Packham (St. Augustine) and Jack Woods (P.A.O.C.).

Port Pirie 20.15 defeated S.A.A.F.L. 5.10.

  • Goalkickers: Rosenthal 4, Kinnear
  • Best Players: Brunt, Hack, Rosenthal, Walter, Boyle, Venning

A further representative match was played against Combined Universities (Adelaide and Melbourne) at Prince Alfred Collegewhich the students won by six goals, but the score is unknown. The team was as follows:

  • Boyle, Ron follower Y.M.C.A.
  • Brunt, Bill centre Kenilworth
  • Colley, Ted hb St. Augustine
  • Downs, George ff Teachers College
  • Evans, Mervyn wing Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Hack, Alf captain chf Teachers College
  • Halliday, William ruck Semaphore Central
  • Hooper, James fp Semaphore Central
  • Inman, Ken bp Semaphore Central
  • McLeod, Allan rover Scotch O.C.
  • Rosenthal, C. G. follower Kenilworth
  • Remnant, Charles hf Henley and Grange
  • Smith, William rover Kenilworth
  • Stephenson, J. fb Kenilworth
  • Waldeck, Arthur hb Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Walter, Rex chb Teachers College
  • Winnall, Charles ruck St.Peters O.C.
  • Woods, Jack wing Prince Alfred O.C.