Team Gms W L Pts %
Colonel Light Gardens 17 14 3 28 56.95
Semaphore Central 17 13 4 26 62.02
Exeter 17 13 4 26 58.15
Underdale 17 12 5 24 57.36
University 17 11 6 22 56.37

In round 18 Colonel Light Gardens played Exeter, Underdale played University, and Semaphore Central played 9th-placed Kenilworth. If Colonel Light Gardens won it would be minor premier with the right of challenge: if it lost and Semaphore beat Kenilworth, then Semaphore would be minor premier. If both Colonel Light Gardens and Semaphore lost heavily, then Exeter could be minor premier. For University to take Underdale’s fourth position, the students needed to win by about five goals. This was the second year in a row that University played Underdale in the last minor round match with a position in the finals at stake.

The outcome in round 18 was that Colonel Light Gardens lost to Exeter and Semaphore beat Kenilworth so Semaphore became minor premier, while University was beaten by Underdale and so missed playing in the finals for the third year in a row.

Colonel Light Gardens tumbled out of the race in going down to Semaphore Central 6.8 to 7.8 in an unimpressive Semi Final, while Exeter felt the wrath of Underdale in the other Semi Final losing 7.14 to 20.10. The Final was held at Alberton Oval under Mr. S.H. Oehme, and although Underdale’s recent form entitled it to start favourite, the match was dominated by Semaphore Central. Kicking against a slight breeze in the second quarter, Semaphore’s full-forward Jack Johnson kicked 5.2 to set up the victory, with Holt, Donnellan and Holman giving the team plenty of drive. The final score was Semaphore 14.12 to Underdale 10.10.

Team Gms W L Pts
Semaphore Central 18 14 4 28
Exeter 18 14 4 28
Colonel Light Gardens 18 14 4 28
Underdale 18 13 5 26
University 18 11 7 22
St. Peters O.C. 18 7 11 14
Walkerville 18 5 13 10
Prince Alfred O.C. 18 5 13 10
Kenilworth 18 4 14 8
Alberton Church Unit. 18 3 15 6

The A2 competition was dominated by newcomer Payneham who had been undefeated for 4 seasons. Such was its dominance that its average winning margin during the minor round was 16 goals. Only Railways posed any sort of threat, having lost to Payneham by only 5 points in their second minor round encounter, but no other team had got within 5 goals of the minor premier. The A2 Premiership Table at the end of the minor round was as follows:

Team Gms W L Pts
Payneham 18 18 0 36
S.A. Railways Institute 18 16 2 32
Teachers College 18 12 6 24
Christian Brothers O.C. 18 11 7 22
Kings O.C. 18 9 9 18
Scotch O.C. 18 9 9 18
University B 18 7 11 14
Pulteney O.S. 18 5 13 10
Y.M.C.A. 18 2 16 4
Combined Banks 18 1 17 2

In something of a surprise, Payneham struggled to beat Teachers College by three goals in the Semi Final 14.13 to 11.13, while Railways defeated an inaccurate C.B.O.C. 15.8 to 12.20. Then in an extraordinary Final at Alberton Oval, Railways slammed on 8.2 to Payneham’s 1.0 in the first quarter, yet lost the match 10.5 to 11.12. This was Payneham’s 72nd consecutive victory.

Awards

The Hone Medal was won by Len Reeves of Kenilworth who had won it previously in 1936. The runner-up was future Australian test wicketkeeper Gil Langley of Colonel Light Gardens. The Chambers Medal in A2 was won by state and Teachers Collegewingman Les Giersch. Jack Johnson of Semaphore Central won the A1 goalkicking with 110 goals while Malcolm Footer of Railways kicked 100 in A2.

Interstate

The second All-Australian Amateur Football Carnival was held at York Park in Launceston from August 15th to August 20th. Six states were represented – A.C.T., New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The teams from the A.C.T. and N.S.W. were drawn from their respective National Football Leagues. S.A. went into training a month before the carnival under coach Mervyn Evans.

The players and officials were greeted at a civic reception by the Lord Mayor (Mr. A.E. Wyatt) at the Launceston Town Hall on the morning of the first match on Monday August 15, and the official opening at York Park with the players from all six states paraded was conducted by Major T.H. Davies, the Deputy Premier. The South Australian list of 25 players, managed by H.V. Millard, was as follows:

  • Adcock, Clarrie Kings O.C.
  • Bertram, John St.Peters O.C.
  • Brock, George Exeter
  • Brookman, Michael St.Peters O.C.
  • Corby, George Alberton Church United
  • Dawkins, Arthur Prince Alfred O.C.
  • Dawkins, Don University
  • Giersch, Les Teachers College
  • Hooper, Ivan Pulteney O.S.
  • Inglis, Arthur Semaphore Central
  • Jarvis, Harold Colonel Light Gardens
  • Kleinschmidt, Pat University
  • Langley, Gil Colonel Light Gardens
  • Lee, Bob captain St.Peters O.C.
  • MacIlwain, Robert Scotch O.C.
  • Magarey, Brian University
  • McLeod, Ian S.A.Railways Institute
  • Nicholls, Frank Underdale
  • Page, Geoff University
  • Powell, William Exeter
  • Quinn, Owen Underdale
  • Vincent, Harry Exeter
  • Wells, Len vice captain Semaphore Central
  • Whitrow, RA Kenilworth
  • Whittaker, Gordon Payneham

Results of the carnival were as follows:

Monday August 15, 1938

S.A.Team v N.S.W.

S.A. took advantage of a strong wind to race to an eight-goal lead at the end of the first quarter, with Brock and MacIlwain dominating the rucks. N.S.W. came back in the second quarter and would have been in front but for inaccurate kicking for goal. The fitness of the S.A. team was the difference in the second half, and with Adcock and Inglis defending stoutly at full back, S.A. won by 18 points. Full forward Arthur Dawkins kicked eight goals.

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
S.A. 9.4 10.5 15.12 17.14 (116)
N.S.W. 1.5 8.12 10.12 14.14 (98)
  • Goalkickers: A.Dawkins 8, Lee 3, Langley 2, Brock, Jarvis, Kleinschmidt, Wells
  • Best Players: Brock, Adcock, Bertram, MacIlwain, Lee, Inglis
Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
W.A. 1.3 4.6 8.7 8.11 (59)
Canberra 0.2 2.4 3.8 4.10 (34)

Tuesday August 16, 1938

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
Victoria 8.2 12.4 16.4 21.8 (134)
Tasmania 1.2 4.8 7.12 8.14 (62)

Wednesday August 17, 1938

S.A.Team v W.A.

Again the stamina of the S.A. team was telling along with the strong defence led by Adcock and Inglis, the roving of captain Lee and the goalkicking of Dawkins.

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
S.A. 6.1 9.3 11.6 14.12 (96)
W.A. 2.4 6.8 8.15 10.16 (76)
  • Goalkickers: A.Dawkins 7, Langley 3, Whittaker 2, Hooper, Wells
  • Best Players: Lee, Dawkins, Adcock, Langley, Wells, Whittaker

Thursday August 18, 1938

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
Canberra 4.3 11.7 12.9 18.14 (122)
Tasmania 1.4 5.4 13.8 14.9 (93)
Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
Victoria 2.6 6.10 12.12 16.15 (111)
N.S.W. 1.1 3.4 7.6 10.7 (67)

Friday August 19, 1938

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
N.S.W. 3.3 4.9 8.11 14.18 (102)
Canberra 1.4 3.7 9.8 11.8 (74)

Saturday August 20, 1938

S.A.Team v Victoria

Victoria excelled in every facet of the game to nearly double S.A.’s score. The only interest was whether Arthur Dawkins could top the carnival goal tally as he led the Victorian F.Law by 4 goals going in to the match. However, he kicked 4 to Law’s 8 and so had to be content with a tie.

Another consolation prize was for full-back Arthur Inglis who won the trophy for the longest kick when he launched the leather 65.3 yards.

Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
Victoria 5.9 9.12 12.16 17.19 (121)
S.A. 3.0 3.5 7.6 9.10 (64)
  • Goalkickers: A.Dawkins 4, Langley 3, Lee, Page
  • Best Players: Brock, Langley, Lee, Wells, Inglis, Quinn
Team 1Q 2Q 3Q Final
W.A. 4.4 9.10 13.14 18.20 (128)
Tasmania 0.3 4.7 7.10 10.12 (72)

At the end of the minor round, Bob Lee announced his retirement from football. He had been captain of St. Peters O.C. for eight seasons, and captained the state team for four years equalling Chris Sangster’s record.