Patron of the Amateur League and former Chairman and donor of the A1 medal Dr. F.S. Hone died in 1951 at the age of 80. His son Dr. G.M. Hone provided for the continuance of the medal in his father's name. Amateur League Secretary Mr. Hugh V. Millardbegan his thirtieth year of office in Australia's Federation Jubilee Year, and in July was appointed Secretary of the A.A.F.C.Amateur League President A.E.C. Treloar was also appointed A.A.F.C. President.

Pulteney O.S. returned to the Amateur League after a year's absence, and along with new teams Semaphore Park (premiers of the Port Adelaide District Association in the previous 2 years) and Woodville B, made up a 32-team competition. Emerging post-war affluence became apparent when Exeter became the first Amateur League club to install a siren at its home ground.

Riverside and Flinders Park had made their way to A1 after competing in A3 and A2 premiership matches over the previous two seasons, and showed they would be competitive in A1 when in round 3 they defeated the previous year's finalists Walkerville and Exeter respectively. However, Walkerville and Exeter went on to make the finals while Flinders Park missed a berth by 5%. Alberton Church United showed significant improvement, but losing the last minor round match against Flinders Park was costly as it also finished on the same number of wins as the fourth team.

Premiership Tables

A1 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

TeamGmWLDPts
University18153030
Exeter18134127
Walkerville18135026
Semaphore Central18108020
Flinders Park18108020
Alberton Church United18108020
Woodville1899018
Riverside18611113
Colonel Light Gardens1821604
Kelvinator1811702

Exeter beat Semaphore 9.11 to 5.5 in one Semi Final, but the other Semi Final between University and Walkerville ended in a draw 15.5 to 13.17 thanks to rather startling differences in goal-shooting accuracy between the two teams. Both teams were inaccurate in the replay the following week but Walkerville used its extra scoring shot to advantage to win 6.13 to 5.13. However, it went down to Exeter in the Final 9.9 to 6.10, so Exeter faced up to University in the Challenge Final at Thebarton Oval under Mr. F.K. Russell. University again had its accurate goal kicking to thank when it won the match by a point 6.8 to 5.13, with Jim Lawrence and I.N. Broadbent starring at half back along with ruckman Doug Giles. This was University’s first premiership in 19 years, the longest period it would suffer without an A1 flag. This also marked the beginning of E.G. (George) Tilley's remarkable six-year coaching feat at University of six Finals and four premierships. George was a former Sturt and state player and would go on to coach Sturt.

A2 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

In A2 Payneham was anxious to get back to A1 after a three-year absence.

TeamGmWLDPts
Payneham18162032
Goodwood18153030
Kenilworth18135026
Prince Alfred O.C.18126024
Rosewater18116123
University B18711014
St. Peters O.C.18512111
Kings O.C.18513010
Teachers College18513010
Postal Institute18*01800
  • Postal Institute withdrew after round 7

Kenilworth defeated minor premier Payneham in the Semi Final 13.13 to 8.13 and Princes, under coach Colin Webb, defeated Goodwood 13.13 to 10.10. Princes then defeated Kenilworth in the Final 11.19 to 8.9, and with the benefit of a strong roving display by former Sturt player Colin Hockney, defeated Payneham in the Challenge Final at Norwood Oval 10.13 to 5.15.

A3 Premiership Table

(as at the end of the minor round)

Newcomer Semaphore Park, coached by Jack Hickman, was too good in A3.

TeamGmWLPts
Semaphore Park2020040
Woodville B2019138
Payneham B2014628
Pulteney O.S.2014628
Flinders Park B2014628
University C20101020
Scotch O.C.2071314
Goodwood B2071314
St. Peters O.C. B2061412
S.A.Railways Inst.204168
Teachers College B204168
Prince Alfred O.C. B201192

As expected, Semaphore Park and Woodville won their Semi Finals 13.11 to 6.12 and 13.12 to 7.8 respectively. Semaphore Park went on to complete an undefeated season by winning the Final at Glenelg Oval 11.8 to 6.12.

Robert Baird of Kelvinator won the Hone Medal, Robert Allen of Goodwood the Chambers Medal, and Fred LeCouteur of Flinders Park the McKay Medal. The War Memorial Medal was won by University's Alistair McLeod. University also had the leading A1 goalkicker in Richard Hancock with 69 goals.

The fourth A.A.F.C. carnival was held at the St. Kilda Cricket Ground in July. University's George Tilley was coach and Graham Wilson manager. The squad was as follows:

  • Bunce, Brian Alberton Church United
  • Burton, Malcolm Semaphore Central
  • Christensen, Clarrie Exeter
  • Cock, David Walkerville
  • Dinning, Colin Semaphore Central
  • Dolman, Allan Exeter
  • Forster, Tom Walkerville
  • Garland, Tom Woodville
  • Hancock, Richard University
  • Harvey, Jim Exeter
  • Harvey, Ron Exeter
  • Hewitt, Ron Goodwood
  • Inglis, Merton Semaphore Central
  • Irvine, Charlie Riverside
  • Jarratt, Claude Walkerville
  • Lawrence, John University
  • Murray, RA Exeter
  • Natt, Merv Exeter
  • Polden, David Woodville
  • Quinn, Jack vice captain Riverside
  • Quintrell, Warren University
  • Ryan, Harold Flinders Park
  • White, Vic Alberton Church United
  • Wilkinson, Ken Walkerville
  • Wood, Ray captain Kings O.C.

The results were as follows:

Thursday July 5th 1951

Defending champions S.A. got off to a horrible start by losing to A.C.T. on the opening day.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final A.C.T. 3.2 7.5 9.9 11.11 (77) S.A. 5.3 7.6 8.6 9.12 (66)

  • Goalkickers: Quinn 4, Hancock 2, Wood 2, Jim Harvey

Best Players: Quinn, Hancock, Inglis, Natt, Dinning, Hewitt

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Tasmania 7.2 8.7 10.7 12.8 (80) W.A. 5.2 8.6 10.9 11.14 (80)

Saturday July 7th 1951

1Q 2Q 3Q Final A.C.T. 8.7 11.7 16.12 19.12 (126) W.A. 3.1 8.4 10.6 12.10 (82) 1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 9.7 15.9 30.11 39.18 (252) Tasmania 0.0 3.2 3.3 4.4 (28)

Monday July 9th 1951

S.A. took it out on W.A. in its next match led ably by captain Ray Wood.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 4.9 6.10 10.19 17.22 (124) W.A. 0.4 3.8 3.8 7.8 (50)

  • Goalkickers: Forster 3, Hancock 2, Jim Harvey 2, Hewitt 2, Murray 2, Wood 2, Garland, Irvine, Jarratt, White
  • Best Players: Wood, Quinn, Jarratt, Inglis, Hewitt, Ron Harvey

Tuesday July 10th 1951

In its last match S.A. easily accounted for Tasmania with ‘Hank’ Hancock kicking six goals and Tom Garland dominating the ruck.

1Q 2Q 3Q Final S.A. 7.1 10.8 13.9 16.12 (108) Tasmania 0.3 0.4 4.9 8.12 (60)

  • Goalkickers: Hancock 6, Wood 3, Burton 2, Forster 2, Irvine, Quinn, Quintrell
  • Best Players: Garland, Jarratt, White, Hancock

1Q 2Q 3Q Final Victoria 6.4 10.7 13.15 18.20 (128) A.C.T. 0.1 1.3 1.3 2.5 (17)

Undefeated Victoria thus won the W.A. Trotting Association Shield and its third carnival championship. Following the carnival an All-Australian Amateur team was selected to play the V.F.A. in Canberra, the winner to play in Section I of the next A.N.F.C. carnival. The match was played at Manuka Oval on July 14th and Claude Jarratt and Vic White were the S.A. representatives. The V.F.A. won the match 20.17 to 12.12.