Enlistment in the armed forces affected the viability of many sporting organisations over the period 1940 to 1945. In the Amateur League in 1940, Scotch O.C. and Christian Brothers O.C. did not field teams and their places in A2 were taken by Woodville and Payneham B. Woodville had been reformed in 1938 and spent the previous two seasons in the Port Adelaide District Association. Applications were also received from Rosewater Rovers and Kilburn, but were not accepted because of a desire to restrict the competition to twenty teams.

After discussion with the Victorian Amateurs it was decided to cancel the interstate match because of the War. As part of the war effort, all Amateur League matches were cancelled on July 13th to support the S.A.N.F.L. Lightning Carnival staged to raise funds for patriotic and charitable organisations. Then a Patriotic Sports Carnival was held at Adelaide Oval on August 10th featuring displays of several sports including a football match between the A.I.F. and R.A.A.F. in which several amateur players took part.

Emerging from the comparative obscurity of their parklands playing fields, out-of-the-way paddocks and courts, players in sports not generally witnessed by the Adelaide public, paraded their skill before a crowd of 12,157 people at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. ... At times the oval was a hive of almost bewildering activity, with as many as three widely-contrasting branches of sport in simultaneous progress. (Advertiser 12.8.40)

A dispute with the Terminus Hotel in Launceston over a bill for not using a booking made in 1939 prompted the Amateur League to incorporate. The matter was eventually settled out of court but obviously caused the members of the Executive Committee to carefully consider their personal liabilities in such events.

Semaphore Central celebrated its return to the competition after disqualification during 1939 by finishing the season minor premier, while Exeter had slipped to third. St. Peters O.C. finished second to bottom and so faced relegation to A2 for the first time since its promotion to A1 in 1931. S.A. Railways in its second season in A1 continued its good form to finish second.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Team

Gms

W

L

Pts

Semaphore Central

18

16

2

32

S.A. Railways Institute

18

14

4

28

Exeter

18

13

5

26

Payneham

18

12

6

24

University

18

11

7

22

Kenilworth

18

11

7

22

Colonel Light Gardens

18

4

14

8

Underdale

18

4

14

8

St. Peters O.C.

18

3

15

6

Teachers College

18

2

16

4

Despite Semaphore's strong performance in the minor round it was beaten in the Semi Final by one point by Exeter 12.14 to 12.13. Railways was untroubled to win its first A1 finals match, beating Payneham 17.10 to 10.15. The Final was played atThebarton Oval under M.F. Armstrong and Exeter again had a narrow victory 11.11 to Railways 10.15. Hence the Challenge Final at Alberton Oval was between the co-tenants of Largs Reserve, Semaphore Central and Exeter with Mr. Armstrong again in charge. This time Exeter put the issue beyond doubt by winning 11.11 to 5.12, giving it successive A1 premierships. Moon, Vincent and Bath were best for the victors, while Sangster played a lone hand in defence for Semaphore.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

In A2, Walkerville and newcomer Woodville along with Princes were the leading teams.

Team

Gms

W

L

D

Pts

Walkerville

18

16

2

0

32

Woodville

18

15

3

0

30

Prince Alfred O.C.

18

15

3

0

30

Y.M.C.A.

18

11

7

0

22

Pulteney O.S.

18

10

8

0

20

Alberton Church United

18

8

10

0

16

Kings O.C.

18

5

12

1

11

University B

18

3

14

1

7

Payneham B

18

3

15

0

6

Combined Banks

18

3

15

0

6

Walkerville accounted for Princes 14.20 to 12.20, while Woodville defeated Y.M.C.A. 11.12 to 9.9. in what was Y.M.C.A.’s second only (and last) SAAFL finals appearance In the Final at Prospect Oval under G.R. Allen, minor premiers Walkerville took the flag winning 13.13 to 8.11.

Awards

The donor of the A1 medal Dr. F.S. Hone requested that in lieu of a medal, the Best and Fairest player in A1 be awarded a certificate, and that the usual £2/2/- outlay be donated to the Red Cross. Mr. Chambers, the donor of the A2 medal, did likewise, and the certificates were presented to R. Thompson (A1, Underdale) and Ivan Hooper (A2, Pulteney O.S., his third A2 honour).Alec Kinlough of Exeter won the A1 goalkicking for the second year in a row with 115 goals, whilst Arthur Dawkins of Princes kicked 119 in A2.

A post-season event was staged at Adelaide Oval in aid of the patriotic funds. The S.A.N.F.L. premiers Sturt played a match against a team from the rest of the League. There was also long-kicking and sprint contests for players from the League, Association and Amateur League. The winner of the long kicking for the Amateur League was Geoff Page of University with 65 yards 2 ft. 6 inches, and the Chambers Medallist Ivan Hooper of Pulteney O.S. won the sprint race over 130 yards in 14.4 seconds.