1942 SANFL season

The 1942 South Australian National Football League season was the first of three SANFL seasons played under reduced club numbers during World War II. The premiership was won by Port-Torrens, the merger between Port Adelaide and West Torrens. Attendances during World War II were inflated due to servicemen being granted free entry.[1]

1942 SANFL season
Teams4
PremiersPort Adelaide/West Torrens
Highest attendance34,000 (Grand Final, Port Adelaide/West Torrens vs. West Adelaide/Glenelg)
Ken Farmer MedallistR Reynolds
Sturt/South Adelaide (45 Goals)
← 1941
1943 →

The Pacific theatre of World War II had escalated dramatically since the 1941 season, and Australia was heavily committed to the war effort by this time, making football a secondary consideration. Many football ovals were also taken over, impacting the ability to play or train. For much of the offseason, the prospect of league football continuing in 1942 looked unlikely. Nevertheless, the Allied Forces Welfare Coordinating Committee appealed for the SANFL to stage matches for the entertainment of troops and civilians,[2] and in late April, only two weeks prior to the start of the season, final arrangements were made for a reduced season featuring four merged teams, each representing a pair of geographically close clubs. The competing teams were:[3][4]

Each merged team would be jointly managed by committees of the individual clubs. The season was played over twelve minor rounds, followed by the major rounds played under the Page-McIntyre Final Four featuring all four teams.

LadderEdit

1942 SANFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1 Sturt-South 12 7 5 0 1345 1197 52.9 14
2 Port-Torrens 12 7 5 0 1250 1225 50.5 14
3 West-Glenelg 12 7 5 0 1238 1229 50.2 14
4 Norwood-North 12 3 9 0 1092 1274 46.1 6
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, (P) = Premiers [5]

Grand FinalEdit

1942 SANFL Grand Final
Saturday, 19 September Port-Torrens def. West-Glenelg Adelaide Oval (crowd: 35,000) [6]
7.2 (44)
10.6 (66)
12.12 (84)
 18.12 (120)
Q1
Q2
Q3
 Final
2.7 (19)
9.9 (63)
15.9 (99)
 16.13 (109)
Umpires: E. J. Hine
R. McLean 6, Skelley 4, Kelleway 3, Shaw 2, Scott, Dayman, Dangerfield Goals Coad 4, Brock 3, Miller 2, Hender 2, Smith 2, Robjent, Summersides, Taylor
Roberts, R. McLean, Glastonbury, Thiele, Scott, Kelleway, Skelley Best Smith, Coad, Robjent, Hender, Miller, Crabbe, Keane

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football FIGURES SHOW SEASON BIG SUCCESS". The News. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 21 September 1942. p. 6. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ Roy Colmer (2 April 1941). "Football matches may be staged". News. Adelaide, SA. p. 6.
  3. ^ "Football Season". The Chronicle. Adelaide, SA. 23 April 1942. p. 20.
  4. ^ Roy Colmer (7 August 1942). "Sturt-South favoured to beat magpies". News. Adelaide, SA. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Premiership List". The Mail. Adelaide, SA. 22 August 1942. p. 8.
  6. ^ Vic Johnson (19 September 1942). "Port-Torrens 1942 premiers". The Mail. Adelaide, SA. p. 8.