1918 VFL season

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1918 VFL Premiership season
Teams 8
Premiers South Melbourne
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiers South Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
Matches played 59
Highest attendance 39,262
Leading Goalkicker Medallist Ern Cowley (Carlton)
1917
1919

Results and statistics for the Victorian Football League season of 1918.

Premiership season[edit]

In 1918, the VFL competition consisted of eight teams of 18 on-the-field players each, with no "reserves", although any of the 18 players who had left the playing field for any reason could later resume their place on the field at any time during the match.

Each team played each other twice in a home-and-away season of 14 rounds.

Once the 14 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1918 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the amended "Argus system".

Round 1[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
South Melbourne 7.15 (57) Geelong 4.7 (31) Lake Oval 11 May 1918
St Kilda 4.16 (40) Fitzroy 4.10 (34) Junction Oval 11 May 1918
Richmond 5.16 (46) Essendon 4.10 (34) Punt Road Oval 11 May 1918
Collingwood 8.17 (65) Carlton 4.6 (30) Victoria Park 11 May 1918

Round 2[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 5.8 (38) South Melbourne 12.6 (78) Brunswick Street Oval 18 May 1918
Essendon 8.13 (61) St Kilda 6.18 (54) EMCG 18 May 1918
Carlton 8.5 (53) Richmond 7.16 (58) Princes Park 18 May 1918
Geelong 5.6 (36) Collingwood 7.6 (48) Corio Oval 18 May 1918

Round 3[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Carlton 11.11 (77) St Kilda 7.9 (51) Princes Park 25 May 1918
Richmond 6.8 (44) Fitzroy 10.12 (72) Punt Road Oval 25 May 1918
Geelong 6.16 (52) Essendon 4.12 (36) Corio Oval 25 May 1918
South Melbourne 12.13 (85) Collingwood 9.13 (67) Lake Oval 25 May 1918

Round 4[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 11.10 (76) Richmond 8.8 (56) Victoria Park 1 June 1918
Essendon 4.13 (37) Carlton 8.27 (75) EMCG 1 June 1918
St Kilda 6.13 (49) South Melbourne 6.8 (44) Junction Oval 3 June 1918
Fitzroy 10.14 (74) Geelong 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 3 June 1918

Round 5[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 6.13 (49) Richmond 7.18 (60) Corio Oval 8 June 1918
Collingwood 14.21 (105) St Kilda 6.9 (45) Victoria Park 8 June 1918
Fitzroy 9.12 (66) Essendon 2.13 (25) Brunswick Street Oval 8 June 1918
South Melbourne 11.10 (76) Carlton 10.12 (72) Lake Oval 8 June 1918

Round 6[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Richmond 5.13 (43) St Kilda 7.18 (60) Punt Road Oval 15 June 1918
Essendon 4.8 (32) South Melbourne 7.10 (52) EMCG 15 June 1918
Collingwood 7.11 (53) Fitzroy 3.6 (24) Victoria Park 15 June 1918
Carlton 16.15 (111) Geelong 7.3 (45) Princes Park 15 June 1918

Round 7[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Richmond 4.10 (34) Lake Oval 22 June 1918
St Kilda 15.13 (103) Geelong 5.9 (39) Junction Oval 22 June 1918
Essendon 4.9 (33) Collingwood 14.14 (98) EMCG 22 June 1918
Fitzroy 6.15 (51) Carlton 12.11 (83) Brunswick Street Oval 22 June 1918

Round 8[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Geelong 7.8 (50) South Melbourne 7.13 (55) Corio Oval 29 June 1918
Fitzroy 7.6 (48) St Kilda 3.5 (23) Brunswick Street Oval 29 June 1918
Essendon 3.4 (22) Richmond 5.15 (45) EMCG 29 June 1918
Carlton 6.13 (49) Collingwood 6.5 (41) Princes Park 29 June 1918

Round 9[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Collingwood 12.14 (86) Geelong 7.10 (52) Victoria Park 6 July 1918
South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Fitzroy 8.13 (61) Lake Oval 6 July 1918
St Kilda 6.14 (50) Essendon 6.6 (42) Junction Oval 6 July 1918
Richmond 7.16 (58) Carlton 8.13 (61) Punt Road Oval 6 July 1918

Round 10[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Fitzroy 10.11 (71) Richmond 6.7 (43) Brunswick Street Oval 13 July 1918
Essendon 8.10 (58) Geelong 5.9 (39) EMCG 13 July 1918
Collingwood 6.8 (44) South Melbourne 7.9 (51) Victoria Park 13 July 1918
St Kilda 4.20 (44) Carlton 2.5 (17) Junction Oval 13 July 1918

Round 11[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Carlton 10.20 (80) Essendon 4.7 (31) Princes Park 20 July 1918
South Melbourne 14.17 (101) St Kilda 7.9 (51) Lake Oval 20 July 1918
Geelong 5.6 (36) Fitzroy 11.6 (72) Corio Oval 20 July 1918
Richmond 6.13 (49) Collingwood 11.10 (76) Punt Road Oval 20 July 1918

Round 12[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Essendon 8.10 (58) Fitzroy 6.6 (42) EMCG 27 July 1918
Carlton 5.13 (43) South Melbourne 8.7 (55) Princes Park 27 July 1918
Richmond 15.15 (105) Geelong 10.11 (71) Punt Road Oval 27 July 1918
St Kilda 9.9 (63) Collingwood 6.14 (50) Junction Oval 27 July 1918

Round 13[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
St Kilda 10.7 (67) Richmond 8.9 (57) Junction Oval 3 August 1918
South Melbourne 12.13 (85) Essendon 7.10 (52) Lake Oval 3 August 1918
Fitzroy 8.12 (60) Collingwood 10.19 (79) Brunswick Street Oval 3 August 1918
Geelong 10.7 (67) Carlton 4.13 (37) Corio Oval 3 August 1918

Round 14[edit]

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Date
Richmond 7.12 (54) South Melbourne 7.17 (59) Punt Road Oval 10 August 1918
Geelong 10.27 (87) St Kilda 6.6 (42) Corio Oval 10 August 1918
Collingwood 9.14 (68) Essendon 3.8 (26) Victoria Park 10 August 1918
Carlton 10.14 (74) Fitzroy 9.7 (61) Princes Park 10 August 1918

Ladder[edit]

1918 VFL Ladder
TEAM P W L D PF PA  % PTS
1 South Melbourne (P) 14 13 1 0 970 678 143.07 52
2 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 956 659 145.07 40
3 Carlton 14 8 6 0 862 740 116.49 32
4 St Kilda 14 8 6 0 742 805 92.17 32
5 Fitzroy 14 6 8 0 774 784 98.72 24
6 Richmond 14 5 9 0 752 857 87.75 20
7 Geelong 14 3 11 0 716 944 75.85 12
8 Essendon 14 3 11 0 547 852 64.20 12
Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against

Finals[edit]

All of the 1918 finals were played at the MCG so the home team in the Semi Finals and Preliminary Final is purely the higher ranked team from the ladder but in the Grand Final the home team was the team that won the Preliminary Final.

Semi finals[edit]

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Date
Collingwood 7.16 (58) St Kilda 7.7 (49) MCG 17 August
South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Carlton 7.11 (53) MCG 31 August

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 1918 VFL Grand Final

South Melbourne defeated Collingwood 9.8 (62) to 7.15 (57), in front of a crowd of 39,168 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

References[edit]

  • Maplestone, M., Flying Higher: History of the Essendon Football Club 1872-1996, Essendon Football Club, (Melbourne), 1996. ISBN 0-9591740-2-8
  • Rogers, S. & Brown, A., Every Game Ever Played: VFL/AFL Results 1897-1997 (Sixth Edition), Viking Books, (Ringwood), 1998. ISBN 0-670-90809-6
  • Ross, J. (ed), 100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported, Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0

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