1945 VFL Premiership season
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Carlton Football Club, premiers
Teams12
PremiersCarlton
(7th premiership)
Minor premiersSouth Melbourne
(6th minor premiership)
Matches played124
Highest attendance62,986
Leading Goalkicker MedallistFred Fanning (Melbourne)
Brownlow MedallistNot awarded
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The 1945 VFL season was the 49th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 21 April until 29 September, and comprised a 20-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.

The premiership was won by the Carlton Football Club for the seventh time, after it defeated South Melbourne by 28 points in the 1945 VFL Grand Final.

Premiership season

In 1945, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus one substitute player, known as the 19th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.

Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 20 rounds; matches 12 to 20 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 9.

The determination of the 1945 season's fixtures were greatly complicated by the fact that both the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Lake Oval were appropriated for military use and, because of this, Melbourne shared the Punt Road Oval with Richmond as their home ground, and South Melbourne shared the Junction Oval with St Kilda as their home ground.

Once the 20 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1945 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.

Round 1

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date St Kilda 10.17 (77) South Melbourne 17.16 (118) Junction Oval 17,000 21 April 1945 Essendon 22.18 (150) Hawthorn 12.7 (79) Windy Hill 11,000 21 April 1945 Collingwood 13.13 (91) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Victoria Park 13,000 21 April 1945 Carlton 13.9 (87) Melbourne 15.18 (108) Princes Park 16,000 21 April 1945 Richmond 14.11 (95) Footscray 16.9 (105) Punt Road Oval 24,000 21 April 1945 Geelong 10.8 (68) Fitzroy 15.16 (106) Kardinia Park 10,000 21 April 1945

Round 2

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 7.18 (60) Richmond 8.17 (65) Arden Street Oval 11,500 28 April 1945 Melbourne 17.16 (118) St Kilda 7.7 (49) Punt Road Oval 8,000 28 April 1945 Footscray 18.9 (117) Geelong 12.9 (81) Western Oval 11,500 28 April 1945 Fitzroy 8.16 (64) Essendon 9.10 (64) Brunswick Street Oval 19,000 28 April 1945 South Melbourne 12.14 (86) Collingwood 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 19,000 28 April 1945 Hawthorn 16.10 (106) Carlton 9.18 (72) Glenferrie Oval 11,000 28 April 1945

Round 3

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 13.11 (89) South Melbourne 15.19 (109) Punt Road Oval 27,000 5 May 1945 Fitzroy 12.9 (81) Footscray 14.14 (98) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 5 May 1945 Collingwood 10.21 (81) Melbourne 11.12 (78) Victoria Park 12,000 5 May 1945 St Kilda 15.10 (100) Hawthorn 11.13 (79) Junction Oval 10,000 5 May 1945 North Melbourne 14.15 (99) Geelong 10.15 (75) Arden Street Oval 6,000 5 May 1945 Essendon 22.18 (150) Carlton 7.8 (50) Windy Hill 16,000 5 May 1945

Round 4

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 9.11 (65) Richmond 13.7 (85) Punt Road Oval 23,000 12 May 1945 Geelong 9.13 (67) South Melbourne 10.23 (83) Kardinia Park 10,500 12 May 1945 Footscray 11.13 (79) North Melbourne 14.8 (92) Western Oval 15,000 12 May 1945 Collingwood 13.23 (101) Hawthorn 9.9 (63) Victoria Park 11,000 12 May 1945 Carlton 12.12 (84) Fitzroy 11.11 (77) Princes Park 12,000 12 May 1945 St Kilda 14.17 (101) Essendon 23.18 (156) Junction Oval 12,000 12 May 1945

Round 5

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.7 (97) Richmond 20.11 (131) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 19 May 1945 Fitzroy 11.10 (76) North Melbourne 13.14 (92) Brunswick Street Oval 14,000 19 May 1945 Carlton 12.18 (90) St Kilda 11.13 (79) Princes Park 11,000 19 May 1945 Melbourne 18.12 (120) Geelong 15.10 (100) Punt Road Oval 7,000 19 May 1945 South Melbourne 15.9 (99) Footscray 12.11 (83) Junction Oval 30,000 19 May 1945 Essendon 12.16 (88) Collingwood 11.21 (87) Windy Hill 17,000 19 May 1945

Round 6

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 9.12 (66) South Melbourne 8.10 (58) Arden Street Oval 25,000 26 May 1945 Geelong 10.16 (76) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) Kardinia Park 10,000 26 May 1945 Footscray 11.16 (82) Melbourne 7.13 (55) Western Oval 13,000 26 May 1945 St Kilda 8.20 (68) Fitzroy 12.21 (93) Junction Oval 10,000 26 May 1945 Richmond 12.11 (83) Essendon 9.17 (71) Punt Road Oval 28,000 26 May 1945 Collingwood 15.18 (108) Carlton 12.11 (83) Victoria Park 18,000 26 May 1945

Round 7

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 10.12 (72) North Melbourne 18.11 (119) Punt Road Oval 14,000 2 June 1945 Fitzroy 7.23 (65) South Melbourne 10.15 (75) Brunswick Street Oval 19,000 2 June 1945 Essendon 14.28 (112) Geelong 9.10 (64) Windy Hill 8,000 2 June 1945 Carlton 12.17 (89) Richmond 13.16 (94) Princes Park 21,000 2 June 1945 Hawthorn 11.15 (81) Footscray 17.14 (116) Glenferrie Oval 10,000 2 June 1945 St Kilda 7.12 (54) Collingwood 19.16 (130) Junction Oval 12,000 2 June 1945

Round 8

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Richmond 16.15 (111) St Kilda 13.6 (84) Punt Road Oval 15,000 9 June 1945 South Melbourne 12.16 (88) Melbourne 9.4 (58) Junction Oval 18,000 9 June 1945 North Melbourne 16.10 (106) Hawthorn 10.8 (68) Arden Street Oval 7,000 9 June 1945 Footscray 12.15 (87) Essendon 7.14 (56) Western Oval 23,000 9 June 1945 Fitzroy 23.15 (153) Collingwood 8.10 (58) Brunswick Street Oval 20,000 9 June 1945 Geelong 10.9 (69) Carlton 14.21 (105) Kardinia Park 11,000 9 June 1945

Round 9

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 12.10 (82) South Melbourne 20.10 (130) Glenferrie Oval 13,000 16 June 1945 Essendon 12.20 (92) North Melbourne 18.14 (122) Windy Hill 20,000 16 June 1945 Collingwood 13.12 (90) Richmond 8.13 (61) Victoria Park 20,000 16 June 1945 Carlton 11.11 (77) Footscray 11.20 (86) Princes Park 20,000 16 June 1945 St Kilda 14.17 (101) Geelong 14.12 (96) Junction Oval 7,000 16 June 1945 Melbourne 11.15 (81) Fitzroy 14.17 (101) Punt Road Oval 13,000 16 June 1945

Round 10

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 16.15 (111) St Kilda 7.6 (48) Western Oval 9,000 23 June 1945 Fitzroy 12.14 (86) Richmond 13.11 (89) Brunswick Street Oval 18,000 23 June 1945 Melbourne 15.14 (104) Hawthorn 12.14 (86) Punt Road Oval 6,000 23 June 1945 South Melbourne 12.15 (87) Essendon 5.11 (41) Junction Oval 22,000 23 June 1945 Geelong 7.5 (47) Collingwood 21.18 (144) Kardinia Park 9,000 23 June 1945 North Melbourne 7.17 (59) Carlton 12.12 (84) Arden Street Oval 15,000 23 June 1945

Round 11

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 7.12 (54) Melbourne 9.14 (68) Windy Hill 8,000 30 June 1945 Collingwood 9.10 (64) Footscray 10.9 (69) Victoria Park 19,000 30 June 1945 Carlton 8.8 (56) South Melbourne 7.8 (50) Princes Park 25,500 30 June 1945 St Kilda 6.15 (51) North Melbourne 6.21 (57) Junction Oval 7,500 30 June 1945 Richmond 14.28 (112) Geelong 8.8 (56) Punt Road Oval 11,000 30 June 1945 Hawthorn 7.8 (50) Fitzroy 10.15 (75) Glenferrie Oval 7,500 30 June 1945

Round 12

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 15.12 (102) Richmond 11.8 (74) Western Oval 17,000 7 July 1945 Fitzroy 17.27 (129) Geelong 4.9 (33) Brunswick Street Oval 7,000 7 July 1945 South Melbourne 14.22 (106) St Kilda 6.14 (50) Junction Oval 9,000 7 July 1945 Hawthorn 15.17 (107) Essendon 7.12 (54) Glenferrie Oval 5,500 7 July 1945 North Melbourne 11.11 (77) Collingwood 13.5 (83) Arden Street Oval 14,000 7 July 1945 Melbourne 12.8 (80) Carlton 12.9 (81) Punt Road Oval 16,000 7 July 1945

Round 13

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 7.14 (56) Fitzroy 11.14 (80) Windy Hill 10,000 14 July 1945 Collingwood 11.14 (80) South Melbourne 7.12 (54) Victoria Park 24,000 14 July 1945 Carlton 13.12 (90) Hawthorn 8.11 (59) Princes Park 10,000 14 July 1945 Richmond 18.10 (118) North Melbourne 15.9 (99) Punt Road Oval 21,000 14 July 1945 St Kilda 9.10 (64) Melbourne 10.23 (83) Junction Oval 6,000 14 July 1945 Geelong 11.14 (80) Footscray 13.19 (97) Kardinia Park 6,000 14 July 1945

Round 14

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Hawthorn 15.15 (105) St Kilda 13.3 (81) Glenferrie Oval 5,000 21 July 1945 Geelong 9.9 (63) North Melbourne 13.19 (97) Kardinia Park 7,500 21 July 1945 Carlton 11.9 (75) Essendon 10.18 (78) Princes Park 14,000 21 July 1945 South Melbourne 14.11 (95) Richmond 10.17 (77) Junction Oval 32,000 21 July 1945 Footscray 9.7 (61) Fitzroy 8.15 (63) Western Oval 19,000 21 July 1945 Melbourne 10.17 (77) Collingwood 16.16 (112) Punt Road Oval 15,000 21 July 1945

Round 15

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Essendon 18.15 (123) St Kilda 3.6 (24) Windy Hill 5,000 28 July 1945 Richmond 13.14 (92) Melbourne 11.13 (79) Punt Road Oval 13,000 28 July 1945 South Melbourne 18.27 (135) Geelong 10.7 (67) Junction Oval 8,000 28 July 1945 North Melbourne 11.7 (73) Footscray 8.6 (54) Arden Street Oval 12,000 28 July 1945 Hawthorn 9.13 (67) Collingwood 15.9 (99) Glenferrie Oval 8,000 28 July 1945 Fitzroy 7.12 (54) Carlton 9.4 (58) Brunswick Street Oval 16,000 28 July 1945

Round 16

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 7.14 (56) Melbourne 17.13 (115) Kardinia Park 7,000 4 August 1945 Footscray 7.13 (55) South Melbourne 8.8 (56) Western Oval 27,000 4 August 1945 Collingwood 16.8 (104) Essendon 10.15 (75) Victoria Park 19,000 4 August 1945 Richmond 15.15 (105) Hawthorn 19.7 (121) Punt Road Oval 13,000 4 August 1945 North Melbourne 12.6 (78) Fitzroy 4.9 (33) Arden Street Oval 14,000 4 August 1945 St Kilda 7.15 (57) Carlton 11.13 (79) Junction Oval 10,000 4 August 1945

Round 17

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Fitzroy 17.27 (129) St Kilda 8.14 (62) Brunswick Street Oval 5,000 11 August 1945 Essendon 14.22 (106) Richmond 10.13 (73) Windy Hill 12,000 11 August 1945 Carlton 13.11 (89) Collingwood 13.5 (83) Princes Park 25,000 11 August 1945 South Melbourne 21.8 (134) North Melbourne 10.16 (76) Junction Oval 26,000 11 August 1945 Hawthorn 14.21 (105) Geelong 9.13 (67) Glenferrie Oval 5,500 11 August 1945 Melbourne 12.18 (90) Footscray 12.9 (81) Punt Road Oval 12,000 11 August 1945

Round 18

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Footscray 15.15 (105) Hawthorn 13.11 (89) Western Oval 12,000 18 August 1945 Collingwood 17.19 (121) St Kilda 5.12 (42) Victoria Park 8,000 18 August 1945 North Melbourne 11.17 (83) Melbourne 8.10 (58) Arden Street Oval 8,000 18 August 1945 South Melbourne 10.13 (73) Fitzroy 11.16 (82) Junction Oval 20,000 18 August 1945 Geelong 14.7 (91) Essendon 16.13 (109) Kardinia Park 8,500 18 August 1945 Richmond 12.9 (81) Carlton 13.15 (93) Punt Road Oval 38,000 18 August 1945

Round 19

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Melbourne 10.13 (73) South Melbourne 12.20 (92) Punt Road Oval 17,000 25 August 1945 Hawthorn 11.11 (77) North Melbourne 10.10 (70) Glenferrie Oval 12,000 25 August 1945 Essendon 15.17 (107) Footscray 9.13 (67) Windy Hill 20,000 25 August 1945 Collingwood 16.7 (103) Fitzroy 10.17 (77) Victoria Park 24,000 25 August 1945 Carlton 23.23 (161) Geelong 9.13 (67) Princes Park 9,000 25 August 1945 St Kilda 7.6 (48) Richmond 13.22 (100) Junction Oval 8,000 25 August 1945

Round 20

Home team Home team score Away team Away team score Venue Crowd Date Geelong 13.14 (92) St Kilda 9.11 (65) Kardinia Park 7,500 1 September 1945 Fitzroy 14.22 (106) Melbourne 15.11 (101) Brunswick Street Oval 5,000 1 September 1945 South Melbourne 16.16 (112) Hawthorn 11.10 (76) Junction Oval 12,000 1 September 1945 North Melbourne 14.17 (101) Essendon 13.17 (95) Arden Street Oval 12,000 1 September 1945 Richmond 8.19 (67) Collingwood 12.15 (87) Punt Road Oval 23,000 1 September 1945 Footscray 8.14 (62) Carlton 16.19 (115) Western Oval 30,000 1 September 1945

Ladder

1945 VFL ladder
Pos Team Pld W L D PF PA PP Pts
1 South Melbourne 20 16 4 0 1840 1396 131.8 64 Finals
2 Collingwood 20 15 5 0 1902 1477 128.8 60
3 North Melbourne 20 13 7 0 1696 1526 111.1 52
4 Carlton (P) 20 13 7 0 1718 1607 106.9 52
5 Footscray 20 12 8 0 1717 1576 108.9 48
6 Fitzroy 20 11 8 1 1730 1452 119.1 46
7 Richmond 20 11 9 0 1802 1742 103.4 44
8 Essendon 20 10 9 1 1837 1614 113.8 42
9 Melbourne 20 8 12 0 1683 1699 99.1 32
10 Hawthorn 20 6 14 0 1665 1944 85.6 24
11 Geelong 20 2 18 0 1415 2180 64.9 8
12 St Kilda 20 2 18 0 1305 2097 62.2 8
Source: VFL ladder
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) percentage; 3) number of points for.
(P) Premiers


Finals

Semi finals

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date North Melbourne 8.20 (68) Carlton 14.10 (94) Princes Park 54,846 8 September South Melbourne 13.10 (88) Collingwood 11.11 (77) Princes Park 46,224 15 September

Preliminary Final

Home team Score Away team Score Venue Crowd Date Collingwood 12.8 (80) Carlton 13.12 (90) Princes Park 41,305 22 September

Grand final

Main article: 1945 VFL Grand Final

Carlton defeated South Melbourne 15.13 (103) to 10.15 (75), in front of a crowd of 62,986 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).

Awards

Notable events

References

  1. ^ "Footscray's premiership". The Argus. Melbourne. 24 September 1945. p. 15.
  2. ^ "League seconds Grand Final". The Argus. Melbourne. 21 September 1945. p. 12.
  3. ^ "Five years' penalty for VFL players". The Argus. Melbourne. 1 March 1945. p. 12.
  4. ^ "Hawthorn has MM Winner". The Argus. Melbourne. 16 March 1945. p. 13.