THE 1920’S
The 1920’s saw the club and the competition continue to grow in the SGL. However, there was no premiership success for the club yet. Although they were not far away with making runner up twice and obtaining third position five times. In 1928 South Augusta finally broke through for their 2nd A Grade Premiership and their first in the SGL. Club champion Charlie Tilling continued to perform on the ground with some outstanding performances. Best players for the era included Charlie Tilling, John Holdsworth, Robert Fullerton and Ted Fullerton. Dave Barry served as Club President for several years and was also involved with the Association ensuring that the competition remained strong.

In 1921 South’s lost the Semi final to Westies after the match had to be replayed under controversial circumstances when South’s protested over a bad decision by a goal umpire. The goal umpire was accused of bribery throughout the match. During the 1923 Presentation night, Vice President of the Association, Joe Beerworth stated that “South’s possessed many good qualities for a team, their manliness on the field and spirit of sportsmanship is exhibited on all occasions whether they win or lose’. As teams became stronger, a B Grade competition was formed and in 1925 South Augusta won the B grade premiership and The Carter Cup was introduced.

Dave Barry served the club as President from 1921 to 1930 and was an integral part of the clubs formation during this period. Perry Tamblyn won the Outstanding Player Of The Year Medal for the Association in 1926, he played in South’s B Grade side. On the social side, the club formed a social committee to organise events. With A Hearne, J Main, O Schammer, W Knuckey and J Bolitho taking change. Their events surely turned heads and often had huge turn outs. In 1928 South’s broke through for a Premiership defeating Westies 4-7 (31) to 3-9 (27). Best players in the Grand final were M Zanker, J McGarry, C Dunne, P Tamblyn, and B Collings. This was the 2nd premiership for the club with the B Grade also winning a premiership against Stirling. Les Riches was the captain who proudly lead the team to this victory.

In 1929 there were 4 teams in the competition with South’s, Westies, Flinders and Quorn all participating. Practice was often held every Tuesday and Thursday night. South’s had a number of coaches during the 1920s with club champion Charlie Tilling coaching for 2 years, Jim Glasson for 2 years and Wally McManus for 2 years which included the 1928 Premiership. B Grade won 3 premierships in a row between 1927- 1929 but West and Flinders dominated the A Grade competition winning 9 premierships between them, Westies 5 and Flinders 4.

1921
Position: 3rd.
• Club Presidents: D Barry and E Holdsworth.
• A Grade Captain and Coach; C Tilling.
• Best and Fairest: C Tilling.
• South’s lost the semi final to West after the match was replayed under controversial circumstances.
• Best players for the year included; C Tilling, M Kirkham and R Joyce.

1922
Position: 2nd.
• Club Presidents: D Barry Snr and E Holdsworth.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: H Clarke.
• Best players were C Tilling, M Kirkham and R Joyce.
• South’s lost the grand final to Flinders 9-9 (63) to 6-6 (36).

1923
Position: 2nd.
• President: D Barry Snr.
• Captain: J Glasson.
• Best and Fairest: W Richardson.
• South’s lost the grand final to Flinders 8-4 (52) to 4-10 (34).

1924
Position: 3rd.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: J Glasson.
• South’s lost the semi final to West 10-16 (76) to 5-15 (45).
• South’s players who represent Port Augusta that year in an association team was; A Musgrave, P Tamblyn, J Croft, L Ryan, M Kirkham, A Zanker, C Tilling and F Frankel.

1925
Position: 3rd.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• A Grade Captain: D Barry, Vice Captain: W McGarry.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: Jim Croft.
• South’s lost in the semi final to West 4-5 (29) to 1-6 (12).
• South’s won the B grade premiership (The Carter Cup) 4-6 (30) to 3-11 (29).

1926
Position: 3rd.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• A grade Captain and Coach: J Croft.
• A Grade Best and Fairest: P Tamblyn. He also won the SGL B&F.
• South’s lost the semi final to Flinders 3-12 (30) to 5-3 (33).

1927
Position: 3rd.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• A Grade Captain: J McGarry.
• A grade Capt.: J McGarry.
• South’s A grade lost the semi final to Flinders.
• H Zanker wins awards for; most gentlemanly, best mark and best all rounder.

1928.
Position: 1st.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• A Grade Captain: W McManus,
• South’s win the grand final against West 4-7 (31) to 3-9 (27).
• South’s win the B grade grand final against Stirling.

1929

Position: 4th.
• Club president: Dave Barry Snr.
• A Grade Captain and Coach: W McManus.
• Souths lost the semi final to West 12-4 (76) to 7-3 (30).
• The South B grade team wins its third premiership.
• SGL A Grade leading goal kicker: H Crocombe.

1930
Position: 4th.
• Club President: D Barry Snr.
• Flinders win the A grade premiership with 4 teams in the competition, West, Flinders, Quorn and South.
• South’s lost the B grade Premiership against Centrals 11-5 (71) to 2-6 (18).
• Players are asked to pay sixpence per week to help with the running of the club.