1945 TANFL season

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The 1945 Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) premiership season was an Australian Rules football competition staged in Hobart, Tasmania over fifteen (15) roster rounds and four (4) finals series matches between 5 May and 29 September 1945.

This was the first season of post-World War Two football and much work was undertaken by officials, members, supporters and players in re-establishing the competition after it was closed down at the end of the 1941 season due to the War.

This was also the first season of a new district-based competition, North Hobart and New Town would be joined by a new club from the Hobart district (Hobart Football Club) who replaced Cananore and the newly formed Sandy Bay Football Club who would represent the Sandy Bay district as a replacement for the Lefroy Football Club.

1945 TANFL Premiership Season
General Information
Founded 12 June 1879 in Hobart, Tasmania
Previous Names TFA (1879–1886)
STFA (1887–1896)
STFL (1897)
STFA (1887–1905)
TFL (1906–1927)
TANFL President Mr Weller Arnold
Participating Clubs Hobart Tigers
New Town Magpies
North Hobart Redlegs
Sandy Bay Seagulls
Stadiums North Hobart Oval
New Town Oval
Queenborough Oval
1945 TANFL Premiership Season.
Premiers Nth Hobart 10.17 (77) v Sandy Bay 7.6 (48)
Minor Premier Nth Hobart
Wooden Spooner Hobart (1st)
Grand Final attendance 5,980 at North Hobart Oval
Total Roster Series attendance 34,216 for 30 matches at 1,140
Total Finals Series attendance 18,991 for 4 matches at 4,747
Total aggregate attendance 53,207 for 34 matches at 1,565

Participating Clubs[edit]

1945 TANFL Club Coaches[edit]

  • Australia – Cecil Geappen (Hobart)
  • Australia – C W Pettiona (New Town)
  • Australia – Jack Metherall (North Hobart)
  • Australia – Jack Rogers (Sandy Bay)

TANFL Reserves Grand Final[edit]

  • No Reserves competition.

TANFL Under-19's Grand Final[edit]

State Schools Old Boys Football Association (SSOBFA)

  • CanariesDesign.PNG – Macalburn 5.5 (35) v South East 2.9 (21) – New Town Oval

Note: Macalburn were affiliated to Hobart, South East were affiliated to Sandy Bay.

State Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 6 October 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 2.0 (12) | 5.3 (33) | 6.6 (42) | 12.12 (84)
  • LauncestonBluesDesign.PNG – Launceston: 5.6 (36) | 7.7 (49) | 11.10 (76) | 11.11 (77)
  • Attendance: 5,000 at York Park

Intrastate Matches[edit]

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 9 June 1945)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 14 July 1945)

Jubilee Shield (Saturday, 18 August 1945)

Leading Goalkickers: TANFL[edit]

  • Australia – E.Collis (North Hobart) – 54

Medal Winners[edit]

  • Australia – Noel Reid (North Hobart) – William Leitch Medal
  • Australia – Max Walker (Macalburn) – V.A Geard Medal (Under-19's)

1945 TANFL Ladder[edit]

Team Played Won Lost Draw For Against Percentage Points
North Hobart 15 13 2 0 1481 1013 122.15% 52
Sandy Bay 15 8 6 1 1219 1118 109.03% 34
New Town 15 8 6 1 1201 1111 108.10% 32
Hobart 15 0 15 0 807 1466 55.05% 0

Round 1[edit]

(Saturday, 5 May 1945)

Round 2[edit]

(Saturday, 12 May 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 26.18 (174) v Hobart 7.9 (51) – Att: 800 at North Hobart Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 14.13 (97) v New Town 10.11 (71) – Att: 651 at New Town Oval

Round 3[edit]

(Saturday, 19 May 1945)

Round 4[edit]

(Saturday, 26 May 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 12.18 (90) v Sandy Bay 7.13 (55) – Att: 1,689 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 8.12 (60) v Hobart 5.15 (45) – Att: 520 at New Town Oval

Round 5[edit]

(Saturday, 2 June 1945)

Round 6[edit]

(Saturday, 16 June & Monday, 18 June 1945)

Round 7[edit]

(Saturday, 23 June 1945)

Round 8[edit]

(Monday, 30 June 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 8.12 (60) v Hobart 8.8 (56) – Att: 1,000 at North Hobart Oval
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 13.8 (86) v New Town 9.24 (78) – Att: 1,500 at New Town Oval

Round 9[edit]

(Saturday, 7 July 1945)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 14.9 (93) v Hobart 10.11 (71) – Att: 1,010 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 16.16 (112) v Nth Hobart 6.13 (49) – Att: 1,000 at New Town Oval

Round 10[edit]

(Saturday, 21 July 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 14.22 (106) v Sandy Bay 14.9 (93) – Att: 1,700 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 20.20 (140) v Hobart 8.13 (61) – Att: 600 at New Town Oval

Round 11[edit]

(Saturday, 28 July 1945)

Round 12[edit]

(Saturday, 4 August 1945)

Round 13[edit]

(Saturday, 11 August 1945)

Round 14[edit]

(Saturday, 25 August 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 12.9 (81) v Hobart 9.8 (62) – Att: 598 at North Hobart Oval
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town 15.5 (95) v Sandy Bay 11.18 (84) – Att: 1,015 at New Town Oval

Round 15[edit]

(Saturday, 1 September 1945)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay 8.15 (63) v Hobart 3.5 (23) – Att: 620 at North Hobart Oval
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart 11.18 (84) v New Town 11.9 (75) – Att: 1,000 at New Town Oval

Semi Final[edit]

(Saturday, 8 September 1945)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 3.3 (21) | 5.4 (34) | 8.7 (55) | 9.10 (64)
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town: 0.2 (2) | 2.6 (18) | 4.7 (31) | 9.10 (64)
  • Attendance: 3,040 at North Hobart Oval

Semi Final Replay[edit]

(Saturday, 15 September 1945)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 3.4 (22) | 7.11 (53) | 10.14 (74) | 12.18 (90)
  • NewTownMagpiesDesign.PNG – New Town: 4.2 (26) | 4.4 (28) | 5.5 (35) | 6.9 (45)
  • Attendance: 4,960 at North Hobart Oval

Preliminary Final[edit]

(Saturday, 22 September 1945)

  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 1.9 (15) | 1.11 (17) | 4.13 (37) | 7.14 (56)
  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 2.2 (14) | 3.4 (22) | 4.6 (30) | 5.7 (37)
  • Attendance: 5,011 at North Hobart Oval

Grand Final[edit]

(Saturday, 29 September 1945)

  • RedlegsDesign.png – Nth Hobart: 4.1 (25) | 5.7 (37) | 6.13 (49) | 10.17 (77)
  • SharksDesign.png – Sandy Bay: 4.1 (25) | 4.2 (26) | 7.3 (45) | 7.6 (48)
  • Attendance: 5,980 at North Hobart Oval

Source: All scores and statistics courtesy of the Hobart Mercury publications.