1918 VFL Premiership season
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South Melbourne, Premier team
Teams8
PremiersSouth Melbourne
(2nd premiership)
Minor premiersSouth Melbourne
(3rd minor premiership)
Matches played59
Highest attendance39,262
Leading Goalkicker MedallistErn Cowley (Carlton)
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The 1918 VFL season was the 22nd season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.

Played during the final year of World War I, eight of the league's nine senior clubs competed, an increase of two from the previous year with only Melbourne absent. The season ran from 11 May until 7 September, and comprised a 14-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club for the second time, after it defeated Collingwood by five points in the 1918 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1918 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 South Melbourne (P) 14 13 1 0 970 678 143.1 52 Finals
2 Collingwood 14 10 4 0 956 659 145.1 40
3 Carlton 14 8 6 0 862 740 116.5 32
4 St Kilda 14 8 6 0 742 805 92.2 32
5 Fitzroy 14 6 8 0 774 784 98.7 24
6 Richmond 14 5 9 0 752 857 87.7 20
7 Geelong 14 3 11 0 716 944 75.8 12
8 Essendon 14 3 11 0 547 852 64.2 12
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers

Finals

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

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

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

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