The Allied Forces Welfare Co-operating Committee was given the task of arranging weekly ad-hoc sporting contests involving Australian rules, soccer, tennis, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, rugby union and women’s basketball. The clubs in the S.A.N.F.L.combined to form Norwood/North, Port/Torrens, Sturt/South and West/Glenelg. After the senior teams had been selected, each combination would nominate six players to constitute the League Reserves team for that week to play matches against teams from the forces.

With so many men enlisted for the war it was decided at the AGM of the Amateur League on March 24th that the competition should be suspended. However, to assist in the soldier sports movement, University formed a team to play against teams from the Army, Navy, RAAF, and League Reserves. The first of these was a match between University and a combined team of amateur players serving in the army. The match was played at University Oval and was preceded by a rugby league match between two army teams, thought to be the first rugby league match played in South Australia. Ian Disher the University full forward kicked 10 goals and followed it with 18 in the next match against the R.A.A.F. at Mortlock Park. However 5 of these goals Disher scored for the R.A.A.F. as he swapped guernseys at three-quarter time to even up the match.