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1918 NSWRFL season

1918 New South Wales Rugby Football League
PremiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (4th title)
Minor premiersSouth Sydney colours.svg South Sydney (4th title)
Matches played56
Points scored1345
Top points scorer(s)South Sydney colours.svg Harold Horder (87)
Top try-scorer(s)Glebe colours.svg Frank Burge (24)

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.[1]

Season summary

The quality of the competition in 1918 suffered due to the loss of players fighting in World War I.[2] 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 Western Suburbs club claimed their first title by winning the knockout competition, the City Cup.


The lineup of teams remained unchanged from the previous season.

9th season
Ground:Wentworth Park
Captain: Arthur Butler
Balmain home jersey 1908.svg
11th season
Ground: Birchgrove Oval
Captain-Coach: Arthur Halloway
Eastern Suburbs
11th season
Ground: Sydney Sports Ground
Coach: Sandy Pearce
Captain: Sandy Pearce
11th season
Ground: Wentworth Park
Coach: Chris McKivat
Captain: Albert Burge
Newtown Jets home jersey 1908.svg
11th season
Ground: Erskineville Oval
Captain: George Bain
North Sydney Bears home jersey 1908.svg
North Sydney
11th season
Ground: North Sydney Oval
Coach: George Green
Captain: Cec Blinkhorn
South Sydney
11th season
Ground: RAS Showground
Coach: Arthur Hennessy
Captain: Howard Hallett
Western Suburbs
11th season
Ground: St. Luke's Oval
Coach:Tedda Courtney
Captain: Herb Gilbert


The geographical locations of the teams that contested the 1918 premiership across Sydney.
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 14 12 0 2 257 121 +136 24
2 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 14 11 0 3 182 102 +80 22
3 Glebe colours.svg Glebe 14 9 0 5 212 128 +84 18
4 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 14 8 1 5 215 148 +67 17
5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs 14 8 0 6 160 153 +7 16
6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 14 3 2 9 131 202 -71 8
7 Newtown colours.svg Newtown 14 2 3 9 115 175 -60 7
8 Annandale colours.svg Annandale 14 0 0 14 73 316 -243 0


  1. ^ Premiership Roll of Honour Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine at
  2. ^ 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.

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