This left 12 teams in the competition and so six went into A1 and six into A2. The first 5 A1 teams from 1940, Exeter, Railways, Semaphore, Payneham and University, along with A2 premier Walkerville, made up the A1 division, leaving Colonel Light Gardens, Collegians, Goodwood, Kenilworth, Teachers College and Woodville to compete for the A2 flag. Each team would play the others three times during a minor series of fifteen rounds.

The only teams which struggled in A1 were Payneham and Walkerville. The others all had their stirring victories, but at the end of the minor round it was the 1939-40 premier Exeter who led again.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team

Gms

W

L

D

Pts

Exeter

15

13

2

0

26

University

15

10

4

1

21

Semaphore Central

15

9

6

0

18

S.A. Railways Institute

15

7

6

2

16

Walkerville

15

3

11

1

7

Payneham

15

1

14

0

2

Exeter and Railways won the Semi Finals, the former defeating Semaphore 14.10 to 10.13 and the latter defeating University14.19 to 12.12. This meant Railways would be playing in a match for the A1 premiership for the first (and, as it turned out, the last) time. The Final against Exeter was played at Woodville Oval after a week’s break for a Patriotic Carnival at Adelaide Oval. Unfortunately for Railways, Exeter again asserted its superiority by winning 10.16 to 8.6 for its third A1 premiership in succession. Best player for Exeter was Augie Reinberg who had ‘retired’ several times in the previous two seasons, and Moon and Russell also played well.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Woodville was the dominant team in A2 although Colonel Light Gardens and Collegians had their moments.

Team

Gms

W

L

Pts

Woodville

15

13

2

26

Colonel Light Gardens

15

10

5

20

Collegians

15

9

6

18

Goodwood

15

7

8

14

Kenilworth

15

6

9

12

Teachers College

15

0

15

0

In the Semi Finals Woodville defeated Collegians 14.10 to 6.10 and Goodwood defeated Colonel Light Gardens 12.11 to 6.9. In the Final at Mortlock Oval, Goodwood put up a very determined effort but could not deny Woodville the premiership, the final score being 12.7 to 10.14.

Awards

The Hone Certificate in A1 was won by Roy Kendle of Payneham. The A2 Chambers Certificate resulted in a tie between Robert Pelham of Goodwood and Whelan of Kenilworth. The details of the leading goalkickers are not known, but in A1 Les McKnight of Railways probably headed Colin Gurner of University.