The five teams competed in a single division, each playing the others once. The state with the best record from those games would win the tournament; or, if two teams shared the best record, a final would have been staged. All games were played at Adelaide Oval.
The carnival made a small profit, taking £1,100 at the gate across six days of play, compared with the visiting teams' expenses of £1,025.
Sharp was not selected in the original squad, but was called up due to injuries and absences in the primary squad. Sharp was in Adelaide because Collingwood and North Adelaide played an exhibition match during the week of the carnival.
Boulder City: J. Baker, H. Denton, H. Gavin, R. Hebbard, T. Puddy
East Fremantle: W. Craig, C. Doig, E. Riley, A. Strang
North Fremantle: P. Matson, G. Toohey
Mines Rovers: F. Daykin, W. Mayman, W. Truscott
Perth: Moffat, C. Waugh, T. R. Willoughby
Railways: A. J. Aldridge, W. Smith, G. Tyson
South Fremantle: E. Ralston
Warriors: W. Tremberth
West Perth: G. Balme, Barnes
East Sydney: J. Ashley, H. Welsh
Newtown: J. Dawson, H. P. Hortin, A. Provan
North Broken Hill: A. Beck, J. Incoll, A. Matheson, R. Monroe, A. Pincombe
North Shore: R. Robertson (capt.), H. Teague
Paddington: F. Beaver, G. Parr
South Broken Hill: A. Zeugofsge
Sydney: J. Lynch, W. Muggivan, R. Pascoe, A. Vincent (vice-capt.)
West Broken Hill: J. Yuill
Y.M.C.A.: T. Dickson, R. Ellis, P. McCann, A. Rial
The New South Wales squad comprised seventeen players from Sydney and eight players from Broken Hill.