1946 - 1949
AUFC 1946-1949 - POST WAR RECOVERY
The SAAFL had ceased to run a regular competition from 1942-1945 due to World War II and during this period the Club played games wherever they could be arranged. More details about this period can be found in the preceding section.
In 1946, when life was returning to normal again, the Amateur League recommenced its competition with two grades, Al and A2. The Club was represented in both these grades and performed quite well in the years immediately after the War. Although Premierships eluded 'the Blacks' in these years, the Al side played in the Finals in all but one season and was most unfortunate to be disqualified in 1947 when a Premiership looked a possibility.
On the administrative side, 1949 saw the retirement of Dr.. N.S. Gunning from the Club Presidency after a long association with the Club that dated back to the early 'twenties. His place was taken by Dr. C.B. Sangster who had been an outstanding player with the Club in the late 1920's and early 1930's.
On the playing side, H. Page returned to the Club as coach on the path to a most successful era in the fifties. A.G.A. Tregonning, winner of the Gunning Medal in 1944 and 1946, captained the Club in 1947 and 1948 and also led the State Amateur side in 1947, 1948 and 1949. In 1948 the State side won the Amateur Carnival for the first time with H. Page as coach and a strong University representation.
This period represented an era of consolidation for the Club and, although Premierships were not won, there was a building up of Club strength that was to show itself in the 'fifties.