1918 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1918 New Zealand rugby league season was the 11th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.

International competitions[edit]

New Zealand played no international matches in 1918.

National competitions[edit]

Northern Union Cup[edit]

Auckland again held the Northern Union Cup at the end of the season.

Club competitions[edit]


Ponsonby won the Auckland Rugby League's competition.[1] City won the Roope Rooster.

Ponsonby then traveled to Canterbury and won the Thacker Shield from Sydenham, winning 11-0.[2] Ponsonby included Sam Lowrie, Thomas McClymont and Bill Walsh.[3]

Railway XIII had merged with Grafton Athletic at the start of the year. Karl Ifwersen played for Grafton.[3]


Sydenham won the Canterbury Rugby League's competition, for which they were awarded the Thacker Shield.[1]

Avon and Woolston joined the Canterbury Rugby League during the season.[2]

Other Competitions[edit]

The Wellington Rugby League's competition was suspended from 1916 until 1918.


  1. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1990 New Zealand Rugby League, 1990. p.72
  2. ^ a b Coffey, John. Canterbury XIII, Christchurch, 1987
  3. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.