1930 - 1941
AUFC 1930-1941 - A PERIOD OF CONTRAST
The years 1930-1941 were ones of great contrast for the Club. During the early 'thirties the Club kept its position as one of the pacesetters in the Amateur League, contesting all the Finals from 1930-1935. It was undefeated Premier in 1932, second in 1930, 1933 and 1934 and fourth in 1931 and 1935.
These years are remembered for the Club's great rivalry with Underdale, which produced some remarkable Finals matches. The team lost the 1931 semifinal to Underdale; defeated them in the 1932 Final; defeated them in the 1933 Final; drew the challenge match and then lost the challenge replay; defeated them in the 1934 Final but lost the challenge match; and lost to them in the 1935 semifinal. These were truly memorable games.
The Club suffered a decline over the years 1936-1940, which climaxed in the Al team almost being relegated in 1939. Fortunately the team rallied in the crucial games and with a little bit of luck was able to finish eighth, which is the lowest position that the Al team has ever occupied. 1941 saw the Club improve its standing and, once again, contest the Finals series, finishing fourth.
Despite the lack of success in the local competition, this period 1930-1941 was one of the most successful in regard to Inter-Varsity competition, with matches against Melbourne University being won in 1932 and 1936 — only the third and fourth occasion that these matches had been won in twenty-eight attempts.
The Club’s 'B' and 'C' sides did not do well during this period as they had the ever-present problem of trying to maintain stable sides. After finishing near the bottom from 1929-1932 the A2 side was dropped back to the Students’ Association from 1933-1937 before competing in A2 again during 1938-1940.
In 1941 there was a shortage of players due to the war, and the Club only fielded an Al team in Amateur League and a 'B' side in the Students' Association.
Amateur League matches were suspended after 1941 due to the war.