There was significant expansion in 1962 with the entry of four new clubs in Adelaide Boys High School O.S. (newly reformed), Christian Brothers O.C. (newly reformed), Gaza (from the North Adelaide District) and Western Teachers College (newly formed & playing at Findon High). An application from Royal Park was refused. This was C.B.O.C.’s third entry having previously competed from 1936 to 1939, and from 1947 to 1949. Gaza’s guernsey colours were blue with a gold sash, but as this was similar to Ethelton and Henley and Grange, Gaza was required to change to gold with a blue sash.

With four new clubs, nine new teams and over 3000 registered players including Colts, the number of divisions had to be increased. As most of the clubs now had ‘B’ teams it was decided to put these into Reserve grades. This gave a structure of A1, A1 Reserve, A2, A2 Reserve, A3, A4, Colts I and a new Colts II. The A5 division was abolished. The A.C. Samuels Shield for A5 was now used for A2 Reserve, and George Pearson, the secretary of Kenilworth, donated the Pearson Cup for A1 Reserve. Former state player and coach Mervyn Evans donated a shield for the second Colts division. The Tapping Medal was switched from A5 to A1 Reserve, the Tideman medal was introduced for A2 Reserve, and the Wilson medal for the second Colts division. Amateur League Treasurer Clarrie Tideman was in his 31st year of office, and Graham Wilson was in his fourth year as Chairman.

Given University’s dominance of the A1 competition, particularly in the ’50s and early ’60s, it was requested to consider dividing the Club into two separate clubs and fielding two teams in the A1 grade. It was envisaged that the two clubs would be organised similarly to the Melbourne University Football Club which was divided into the University Blacks and the University Blues. As pointed out in Bartlett and Bradshaw (1981), during the period 1951 to 1961, the A1 side had never finished below third position and had won six premierships. Furthermore, many University players had represented the state and others had progressed to League football. The Club was particularly strong with good depth of reserves and it seemed that some of these players were being denied the opportunity to play at A1 level. The Amateur League suggested that allowing more of these players to play at the top would increase the standard of competition. The matter was treated seriously by University and in fact was discussed over the next three years. It was not finally resolved until 1965 at a special general meeting of the Club. Sixty six members voted against splitting the Club and only sixteen voted in favour. One of the main arguments against the proposal was the increased administration costs involved.

The minor round ended after 20 rounds with University again on top losing just one match to Hyde Park. A new power was emerging however in Teachers College, who followed on from its fourth position in 1961 to finish second.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team Gm W L D Pts
University 20 19 1 0 38
Teachers College 20 16 4 0 32
Kilburn 20 14 6 0 28
Payneham 20 14 6 0 28
Semaphore Central 20 12 8 0 24
Riverside 20 11 8 1 23
Brighton 20 7 12 1 15
Hyde Park 20 7 12 1 15
Walkerville 20 6 14 0 12
Goodwood 20 5 15 0 10
Exeter 20 4 15 1 9
Semaphore Park 20 3 17 0 6

The Semi Finals went as expected with victories to University (13.14 to 5.8) and Kilburn (10.6 to 9.9), the latter team coached by ex-North Adelaide star Brian ‘Swayer’ Lynch. Poor kicking for goal saw Kilburn go down in the Prelim. 5.14 to College’s 8.7, and so for the first time ever it was the battle of the students in the A1 Grand Final at Alberton Oval – University v Teachers College. Teachers only previous appearance in an A1 Grand Final was in 1924 when it was runner-up to Semaphore Central. This was to be the first of several premiership clashes between the two student clubs, and on this occasion the Blacks came out on top 8.14 to 7.5, led by Peter Morton with five goals and backed up by fine games from Tony Clarkson, Nick McNicol, Peter Clark and Alan Byers.

This was University’s third A1 premiership in succession and the fourth and last occasion on which this occurred, emulating University 1920-22, Semaphore Central 1923-25, and Exeter 1939-41. To some observers this University team ranked with the greatest it had ever put on the track. Ten of the team went on to play League Football including Tony Clarkson (Sturt), Dudley Hill (North Adelaide), Juan Hooper (West Adelaide), Alan ‘Buzz’ Byers (North Adelaide), Malcolm ‘Emmy’ Jones (Sturt), Wayne Jackson (West Torrens), David Gambling (North Adelaide), Peter Morton (Sturt), Alf Laslett (West Adelaide) and Jack Sangster (Sturt).

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Surprisingly, neither of the two teams coming down from A1 qualified for the A2 finals, Princes finishing the season in fifth position and Kenilworth eighth.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Alberton United 20 16 3 1 33
Flinders Park 20 16 4 0 32
Rosewater 20 15 4 1 31
University B 20 13 5 2 28
Prince Alfred O.C. 20 13 7 0 26
Scotch O.C. 20 10 10 0 20
St. Peters O.C. 20 9 11 0 18
Kenilworth 20 8 12 0 16
Henley & Grange 20 6 14 0 12
Seaton Ramblers 20 5 15 0 10
Eastwood 20 4 16 0 8
Teachers College B 20 3 17 0 6

Rosewater defeated University 15.11 to 11.5 in the First Semi Final, and Alberton United defeated Flinders Park 13.15 to 12.8 in the Second Semi. Rosewater then won the Prelim. by six points 13.20 to 13.14, only to kick poorly in the Grand Final losing to Alberton 6.15 to 9.9.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

The four new entrants to the Amateur League were all placed in A3, and whereas three found the going tough and finished in the bottom four, Gaza had no such problems finishing undefeated minor premier. Kings O.C. had improved significantly on their seventh placing the previous year.

Team Gm W L D Pts
Gaza 20 20 0 0 40
Kings O.C. 20 17 2 1 35
The Teachers 20 16 4 0 32
Wattle Park T.C. 20 14 5 1 29
Pulteney O.S. 20 13 7 0 26
Woodville B 20 9 11 0 18
Ethelton 20 9 11 0 18
S.A. Railways Institute 20 7 13 0 14
Adelaide Boys H.S.O.S. 20 5 15 0 10
Christian Brothers O.C. 20 5 15 0 10
Western Teachers 20 4 16 0 8
Brighton C 20 0 20 0 0

In the First Semi Final between the students and the masters, the masters (The Teachers) had the upper hand in beating the students (Wattle Park) 13.9 to 9.3. The Second Semi Final saw an upset when the inaccurate Kings got up by a point 8.14 to 9.7 to inflict the first defeat on Gaza for the season. Gaza came back with a win in the Prelim. 11.15 to 9.11 and then capitalised on Kings’ continuing inaccuracy to win the premiership 8.7 to 6.13. This was the fourth new club in five seasons to win the A3 premiership.

Other Tables and Scores

A4 (18 rounds only): Colonel Light Gardens (36), P.A.O.C. C (27), Wattle Park TC B (26), Gaza B (22), Payneham C (18), Ethelton B (12), Flinders Park C (10), Kings OC B (7), Kilburn C (2).

1st S. Wattle Park 7.5 Gaza 6.10 2nd S. Col Lt Gdns 7.16 P.A.O.C. 4.4 Prelim. Wattle Park 9.10 P.A.O.C. 8.4 G.Fin. Col Lt Gdns 10.10 Wattle Park 8.8 A1 Reserve: Semaphore Central (34), Payneham (32), Riverside (32), University (30), Walkerville (27), Kilburn (23), Exeter (17), Brighton (16), Teachers College (12), Goodwood (8), Semaphore Park (6), Hyde Park (3).

1st S. Riverside 7.4 University 3.6 2nd S. Semaph Cent d Payneham Prelim. Riverside d Payneham G.Fin. Semaph Cent 2.10 Riverside 1.4

A2 Reserve: Flinders Park (36), P.A.O.C. (34), Rosewater (34), S.P.O.C. (30), University (30), Teachers College (19), Seaton Ramblers (18), Alberton United (14), Henley & Grange (11), Kenilworth (8), Eastwood (3), Scotch OC (3).

1st S. S.P.O.C. 7.2 Rosewater 6.5 2nd S. Flinders Park 9.9 P.A.O.C. 4.0 Prelim. S.P.O.C. 4.7 P.A.O.C. 4.0 G.Fin. Flinders Park d S.P.O.C.

Colts I (Under 18): Payneham (34), Riverside (28), Brighton (26), Exeter (24), Kilburn (20), Semaphore Central (11), Gaza (10), Walkerville (7).

1st S. Brighton 12.8 Exeter 4.5 2nd S. Riverside d Payneham Prelim. Payneham 6.6 Brighton 4.7 G.Fin. Payneham 3.10 Riverside 3.7

Colts II (Under 18): Flinders Park (36), Colonel Light Gardens (33), Henley & Grange (31), Ethelton (20), Kenilworth (18), Seaton Ramblers (16), Goodwood (6), Semaphore Park (0).

1st S. Henley & Grange 7.8 Ethelton 4.3 2nd S. Flinders Park 6.10 Col Lt Gdns 5.12 Prelim1 Henley & Grange 5.8 Col Lt Gdns 5.8 Prelim2 Henley & Grange 7.3 Col Lt Gdns 5.10 G.Fin. Flinders Park 7.7 Henley & Gr 6.7


The Hone Medallist for 1962 was University ruckman Dudley Hill who was also awarded the War Memorial Medal. John McLean of S.P.O.C. was the A2 medallist and Gary Ryan of Gaza won in A3. The A4, A1 Reserve and A2 Reserve medallists were Fred Braid (Colonel Light Gardens), Ron Bennett (Riverside) and Rollo Johnson (Rosewater) respectively. In the Colts the medallists were Bruce Bald (Riverside) and Joe Zanchetta (Goodwood). Allan Smith of Kilburn was the A1 leading goalkicker with 80 goals, and Alan Hunt of Rosewater kicked 115 in A2.


In preparation for the eighth A.A.F.C. carnival, a match was played against Combined Universities at Adelaide Oval in May. Geoff ‘Chesty’ Hyde from University was captain of the Amateurs and they won comfortably as follows:
1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A.A.F.L. 3.4 4.9 8.14 12.15 (87) Comb. Univ. 0.1 1.1 4.2 8.3 (51)

  • Goalkickers: Lahey 4, Volbrecht 3, Graham, Green, Howlett, Litster, Williams
  • Best Players: Howlett, Volbrecht, Parkinson, Hyde, White, O’Keefe

Ruckmen Dudley Hill and Doc Clarkson, and rover Juan Hooper were best for Combined Universities.

In July the team journeyed to Melbourne by train. Allen Greer was coach and Bob White was captain, as Hyde was injured. The vice captain was Dave Parkinson who began his career with Kings O.C. before playing League with South Adelaide and the state, and then returning to coach Kings. The squad was as follows:

  • Anderson, Trevor Semaphore Central
  • Atkinson, Kevin Kilburn
  • Beck, Geoff Semaphore Park
  • Bentley, Jim Walkerville
  • Clarke, Max Riverside
  • Coppins, Jamie Walkerville
  • Farnham, Bob Payneham
  • Freeman, Eric Semaphore Central
  • Goulter, Laurie Brighton
  • Graham, Russell Kilburn
  • Hann, Des Payneham
  • Hooper, Juan University
  • Howlett, Phil Teachers College
  • Nugent, Laurie Brighton
  • O’Keefe, Vin Kilburn
  • Oliver, Rick Goodwood
  • Parkinson, Dave vice captain Kings O.C.
  • Pfitzner, John University
  • Rankin, Bob Semaphore Central
  • Uren, Brian Hyde Park
  • Volbrecht, Stan Kilburn
  • Welford, John Payneham
  • White, Bob captain Riverside
  • Williams, Nicky Kilburn
  • Wilson, Barry Riverside

The results were as follows:

Thursday July 26th 1962

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Tasmania 2.2 3.8 4.10 11.16 (82) S.A. 4.2 7.3 9.4 9.5 (59)

S.A. was cruising to the usual victory against Tasmania when the islanders turned on a dazzling last quarter to kick 7 goals and give them their first interstate success since 1936. John Pfitzner won the S.A. trophy.

Goalkickers: Freeman 3, Nugent 2, Volbrecht 2, Atkinson

Best Players: Pfitzner, Parkinson, Oliver, Coppins, Farnham, Volbrecht

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 5.7 7.9 9.10 12.14 (86) W.A. 1.2 4.4 5.9 6.12 (48)
Saturday July 28th 1962

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 3.5 4.10 9.11 13.19 (97) S.A. 1.3 1.4 3.5 4.9 (33)

Victoria’s aerial supremacy and better teamwork were once again too much for S.A. and the Vics coasted to a big victory.

Goalkickers: Coppins, Hooper, Nugent, Pfitzner

Best Players: Bentley, O’Keefe, Pfitzner, Nugent, Volbrecht, White

Trophies went to Dave Parkinson and John Pfitzner
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Tasmania 2.1 8.5 11.5 13.6 (84) W.A. 2.4 5.6 6.9 8.10 (58)
Tuesday July 31st 1962

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 0.1 6.5 8.9 10.11 (71) W.A. 3.3 4.4 8.5 10.7 (67)

A six-goal burst in the second quarter was the big difference between S.A and W.A. in a match which went right down to the wire.

Goalkickers: Volbrecht 3, Atkinson 2, Nugent 2, Uren 2, Graham

Best Players: Volbrecht, Atkinson, Bentley, Parkinson, Graham

The S.A. trophy went to Trevor Anderson.
1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 2.2 5.6 8.14 13.17 (95) Tasmania 1.0 3.2 6.5 8.7 (55)
The Patron’s Trophy for the best S.A. player for the whole carnival was awarded to Stan Volbrecht.

Following the carnival an All-Australian team was picked to play against A.C.T. at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on the following Saturday. Selected from S.A. were Max Clarke, Jamie Coppins and Stan Volbrecht.

August 5th, 1962

1Q 2Q 3Q Final A.A.F.C. 2.1 6.6 8.11 13.15 (93) Canberra 5.5 7.8 10.10 11.13 (79)