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South Australian National Football League
Upcoming season or competition:
31px 1950 SANFL season (An Earlier World Cup of Football)
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1877
Inaugural season 1877
No. of teams 8
Country Australia
Level on pyramid 1

The South Australian National Football League is an Australian rules football league which is based in the Australian state of South Australia. It is also the governing body for the sport of Australian rules football in South Australia.

History

OOC: Its the same history up to until 1904.

1904-1915: Pre-war years

Coming into 1907, the league was the South Australian Football Association but in 1907, the league had a name change which turned it into the South Australian Football League. In the first season of the new name, Norwood took the championship but they would end up losing to the VFA champions Essendon in Adelaide. Norwood, Port Adelaide and North Adelaide dominated the league until the first world war with all of the titles being won by those teams.

1919-1940: The inter-war years

Sturt won the first ever SAFL after the first world war. Glenelg entered the league in 1921 but didn't win a game in their first four seasons. The league would have another change in 1927 with the league now called the South Australian National Football League. West Adelaide would win the first league under the new name. In the 1934 season, Glenelg took home their first premiership after they defeated Port Adelaide in the grand final to win their first premiership. The Second World War would stop the SANFL which would last five years before restarting in 1945.

1945-: Norwood and Port Adelaide domination

After the Second World War, West Torrens took the first title back in 1945 and with the win over Port Adelaide. For the West Torrens that would be the last ever title for the team as they would merge with Woodville in 1991. The next three titles would be soon won by Norwood as they defeated their final opponents by 30+ points in each match. Heading into the 1949 season, the prediction was going to be a Norwood victory. In what was the closest season in SANFL history, four teams finished on 11 and 6 and had to be separated on percentage. In the grand final, it would be Norwood by a single point over North Adelaide with Allan Crabb scoring the winning point for Norwood in what some would say as the closest season to date.

After Norwood took out the next season, Port Adelaide started to take out the season as they won the next three titles. The 1954 season would see Port Adelaide take out the title with a perfect season as they defeated West Adelaide in the final by 18 points.

Champions

South Australian Football Association

Year PREMIER RUNNER-UP THIRD FOURTH
1904 Port Adelaide Norwood South Adelaide North Adelaide
1905 North Adelaide Port Adelaide Norwood Sturt
1906 Port Adelaide Norwood Sturt South Adelaide

South Australian Football League

Year PREMIER RUNNER-UP THIRD FOURTH
1907 Norwood West Torrens Port Adelaide North Adelaide
1908 Norwood Port Adelaide West Adelaide North Adelaide
1909 Port Adelaide West Adelaide Norwood West Torrens
1910 Port Adelaide Sturt West Adelaide Norwood
1911 West Adelaide Port Adelaide Norwood Sturt
1912 West Adelaide Port Adelaide Sturt South Adelaide
1913 Port Adelaide North Adelaide West Adelaide Sturt
1914 Port Adelaide North Adelaide Sturt West Adelaide
1915 Port Adelaide Sturt South Adelaide West Adelaide
1919 Sturt North Adelaide Port Adelaide West Torrens
1920 Sturt West Torrens Port Adelaide North Adelaide
1921 Port Adelaide Norwood South Adelaide North Adelaide
1922 Norwood West Torrens Port Adelaide South Adelaide
1923 Norwood Sturt South Adelaide West Torrens
1924 West Torrens Sturt Port Adelaide Norwood
1925 Norwood Port Adelaide West Adelaide Sturt
1926 Sturt Port Adelaide North Adelaide Norwood

South Australian National Football League

Year PREMIER RUNNER-UP THIRD FOURTH
1927 West Adelaide North Adelaide Port Adelaide West Torrens
1928 Port Adelaide West Adelaide West Torrens Norwood
1929 Norwood Port Adelaide West Torrens West Adelaide
1930 North Adelaide Sturt Port Adelaide West Adelaide
1931 North Adelaide Sturt Port Adelaide Norwood
1932 Sturt Port Adelaide North Adelaide West Adelaide
1933 West Torrens Sturt North Adelaide Port Adelaide
1934 Glenelg Port Adelaide West Torrens Sturt
1935 South Adelaide Port Adelaide Sturt Norwood
1936 Port Adelaide South Adelaide Sturt Norwood
1937 South Adelaide Norwood Port Adelaide West Torrens
1938 South Adelaide Norwood West Torrens Port Adelaide
1939 Port Adelaide South Adelaide Norwood North Adelaide
1940 Port Adelaide South Adelaide Sturt West Adelaide
1945 West Torrens Port Adelaide Norwood Sturt
1946 Norwood Port Adelaide West Adelaide Sturt
1947 Norwood Sturt Port Adelaide West Torrens
1948 Norwood Sturt West Torrens West Adelaide
1949 Norwood North Adelaide West Adelaide West Torrens
1950 Norwood Glenelg Port Adelaide West Torrens
1951 Port Adelaide North Adelaide West Torrens Glenelg
1952 Port Adelaide West Torrens Norwood North Adelaide
1953 Port Adelaide Norwood West Torrens Glenelg
1954 Port Adelaide West Adelaide Norwood West Torrens

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