|1945 VFA premiership season|
(4th minor premiership)
The 1945 Victorian Football Association season was the 64th season of the Australian rules football competition, and it was the first season played since the Association went into recess during World War II. The premiership was won by the Williamstown Football Club, which defeated Port Melbourne by 37 points in the Grand Final on 6 October. It was the club's fourth VFA premiership.
Minor premiers Coburg went through the home-and-home season unbeaten, before losing both finals to finish third.
World War II commenced in Europe in September 1939, and had spread to the Pacific in December 1942. The Association had continued contesting the premiership in 1940 and 1941, but cancelled the 1942, 1943 and 1944 seasons when it became clear that the competition would distract from the war effort. On 12 June 1944, the Association decided that it would resume the premiership in 1945, even though the Pacific War would ultimately not end until late 1945.
Two clubs – Brighton and Port Melbourne – both had obstacles to overcome to resume playing in the Association. Brighton had practically ceased to exist in either a playing or administrative capacity during the war, but upon it being confirmed that the Association was to resume, the club was able to assemble a football committee and make preparations for the season. Port Melbourne was unable to use North Port Oval as a home venue during the season as its surface was in need of repairs after having been commandeered and used as a vegetable garden as part of the war effort, so it secured Olympic Park as a home venue; but, unhappy with the arrangement, the club ultimately moved many of its games in the second half of the year to other Association grounds.
The Victorian Football League (VFL) had continued playing throughout the war, and approximately 200 VFA players had crossed to the rival competition. The Association delegates ruled that any players who did not return to the Association now that it had resumed competition would be suspended from the VFA for five years.
The home-and-home season was played over twenty matches, before the top four clubs contested a finals series under the Page–McIntyre system to determine the premiers for the season.
|Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pct = Percentage; (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points||Source|
|Saturday, 15 September||Port Melbourne 23.17 (155)||def.||Camberwell 15.11 (101)||St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 16,000)|||
|Saturday, 22 September||Coburg 8.23 (71)||def. by||Williamstown 12.16 (88)||St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 17,000)|||
|Saturday, 29 September||Coburg 13.11 (89)||def. by||Port Melbourne 13.13 (91)||St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 16,000)|||
|1945 VFA Grand Final|
|Saturday, 6 October||Williamstown||def.||Port Melbourne||St Kilda Cricket Ground (crowd: 39,000)|||
|Todd 6, Harris 3, Spring 3, Cockburn, Glass, Hearne, Matthews||Goals||Culph 4, Freyer 2, Houston, Kelly, Livingstone, Taylor|