1918 NSWRFL season
The 1918 New South Wales Rugby Football League premiership was the eleventh season of Sydney’s professional rugby league club competition, Australia’s first. Eight teams from across the city contested during the season, with South Sydney finishing on top of the ladder to claim the premiership.
|1918 New South Wales Rugby Football League|
|Premiers||South Sydney (4th title)|
|Minor premiers||South Sydney (4th title)|
|Top points scorer(s)||Harold Horder (87)|
|Top try-scorer(s)||Frank Burge (24)|
The quality of the competition in 1918 suffered due to the loss of players fighting in World War I. South Sydney and Western Suburbs dominated the season, dropping just two and three games respectively. With just three rounds to go, both sides met each square on 18 points each. A win for South Sydney would virtually guarantee them the premiership unless they dropped their final two games. At the end of the day, South Sydney prevailed 11–3 and went on to win all their remaining matches, taking away their fourth premiership from eleven seasons.
The season also saw the struggling Dales fail to win a game from fourteen starts. It was the first winless season in NSWRFL history and signalled the end for the club, who would play only a further two seasons in the premiership.
The lineup of teams remained unchanged from the previous season.
- Balmain, formed on January 23, 1908, at Balmain Town Hall
- Eastern Suburbs, formed on January 24, 1908, at Paddington Town Hall
- Glebe, formed on January 9, 1908
- Newtown, formed on January 14, 1908
- North Sydney, formed on February 7, 1908
- South Sydney, formed on January 17, 1908, at Redfern Town Hall
- Western Suburbs, formed on February 4, 1908
Captain: Arthur Butler
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain-Coach: Arthur Halloway
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Sandy Pearce
Captain: Sandy Pearce
Ground: Wentworth Park
Coach: Chris McKivat
Captain: Albert Burge
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain: George Bain
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: George Green
Captain: Cec Blinkhorn
Ground: RAS Showground
Coach: Arthur Hennessy
Captain: Howard Hallett
Ground: St. Luke's Oval
Captain: Herb Gilbert
- Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine at rl1908.com
- Middleton, David (30 September 2013). "Ten of the most dominant seasons in rugby league history from historian David Middleton". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 February 2014.