Sturt Football Club entered the South Australian Football Association, as the competition was then known, in 1901, and finally reached a premiership play-off in their tenth season. The match was actually a challenge final, as the Blues had lost the final to Port Adelaide, but as minor premiers exercised their right to challenge the same opponents to a re-match the following week. Port Adelaide again proved successful in the second meeting of the two clubs, but the game is remembered not so much for the result as for what happened immediately afterwards. In the Sturt changing room showers an altercation broke out between ruckman Albert Heinrichs, whom Sturt had procured from East Fremantle prior to the commencement of the season, and captain Bert Renfrey. The disagreement quickly escalated beyond mere verbal sparring to a full-scale fist fight. Heinrich was furious at Renfrey because he alleged that his skipper had accepted a bribe to "play dead". The fighters ended up taking their dispute outside and it culminated, with both men virtually insensible from the poundings they had received, on the banks of the river Torrens. Then, in true Edwardian fashion, the pair shook hands and affirmed their mutual "friendship".
Formation of Tasmania's North West Football Union (NWFU), with Ulverstone 8.13 (61) defeating Mersey 5.8 (38) in the first grand final. VFA reduces number of players in a team from 17 to 16. Grand final results - CoA: Port Adelaide 15.20 (110) d. Collingwood 7.9 (51); VFL: Collingwood 9.7 (61) d. Carlton 6.11 (47); SAFL: Port Adelaide 8.12 (60) d. Sturt 5.11 (41); WAFL: East Fremantle 5.5 (35) d. East Perth 2.10 (28); VFA: North Melbourne 9.14 (68) d. Brunswick 5.9 (39); NTFA: City 7.19 (61) d. North Launceston 7.7 (49); NSWAFL: YMCA 5.18 (48) d. East Sydney 3.6 (24); QFL: South Brisbane 9.13 (67) d. City 1.7 (13); TSP: Cananore 7.14 (56) d. City 4.5 (29); WA State Premiership: East Fremantle 1.7 (13) d. Boulder City 0.8 (8). Other premiers - TFL: Cananore (on points).
Sturt's 1910 skipper Bert Renfrey