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THE ASSOCIATION.

NORTHCOTE'S PROGRESS.    

The notable feature of the Association matches on Saturday was the defeat of Brunswick by Northcote.

QUARTER-TIME SCORES.    

¼-Time | ½-Time | ¾-Time | Fin'l | Pts.

Northcote .. .. .. | 3-2 | 6-3 | 8-5 | 11-6 | 72

Brunswick .. .. .. | 2-4 | 4-4 | 7-6 | 10-9 | 69

Footscray .. .. .. | 0-4 | 1-9 | 6-10 | 8-18 | 66 Hawthorn .. .. .. | 0-0 | 0-2 | 0-2 | 2-2 | 14

Williamstown .. | 1-2 | 2-8 | 4-11 | 5-17 | 47 Port Melbourne. | 1-3 | 1-4 | 3-4 | 5-5 | 34 Essendon .. .. .. | 2-4 | 8-6 | 11-12 | 13-12 | 90 Brighton .. .. .. | 1-2 | 2-3 | 3-4 | 7-13 | 55

North Melbourne | 1-3 | 4-10 | 5-13 | 10-19 | 79 Prahran .. .. .. .. | 0-6 | 0-8 | 1-13 | 4-13 | 37

CLUBS' POSITIONS.

Points

Matches.

Scored.

Clubs.

Drawn.

Won.

Lost.

For.

Against.

Premiership

Points.   North Melbourne .. ..

4

4 ..

314

133

16

Footscray .. ..

4

3

1

267

124

12 Brunswick .. ..    

4

3

1

240

197

12 Northcote .. .. ..

4

3

1

281 255

12

Williamstown .. ..

4 2 2

252 185

8 Port Melbourne .. ..

4 2 2

210

265

8 Essendon .. ..  

4

1

3

202

237

4 Hawthorn .. ..

4

1

3

188

261

4 Prahran ..  

4

1

3

153

279

4 Brighton ..

4 ..

4

194

365

BRUNSWICK'S FIRST DEFEAT.

The play at Northcote was very fast front start to finish, with Northcote apparently the better trained and faster team, but with nothing much between them. It was quite as fast as the North-   Footscray match, though not quite so strenuous.     It was more open and, on the whole, better foot- ball. In the third quarter, when Northcote was pressing Brunswick on the eastern side, two of the players were shaping up at one another. This outbreak, however, was promptly stopped. Gener-

ally it was a fairly clean game.

At the outset Brunswick, with their good, close   system, were the superior team, but as the play   advanced Northcote beat them to the ball and   showed fair system. Northcote led in the first   quarter, and in the second it was a neck and neck race, with Northcote again finishing at the     half-stage in front. Northcote opened well in   the third quarter, and then Brunswick made a good recovery. In the last quarter the game was       in doubt several times, but Northcote generally  

showed the better pace. Brunswick finished well,

but came too late. The scores were:—    

NORTHCOTE, 11 goals 6 behinds (72 points).   BRUNSWICK, 10 goals 9 behinds (69 points).  

For the winners Joyce (five goals), Chesswas, Miles, O'Keefe, Thomas (who defended splendidly   full back), Gittens, Smith, Powditch (rover),  

O'Brien, and Cockram appeared to me to be the   best. On the Brunswick side Christie (centre

wing), did well in the first half, when he be- came ill and had to be taken home. H. Chase   showed a lot of his old dash, and Harker was at his best, as, in addition to getting four goals (two by splendid long kicks), he hit the post twice. Goonan (one of the new men), Kelly (rover), Sullivan, Grimster, and Stevenson were

the best of the others.

FOOTSCRAY'S EASY WIN.

There was an attendance of about 4,000 people at Footscray, where the locals had an easy vic- tory over Hawthorn. Sewart, who had recovered       from his injury, was again in the Footscray team,   which also included Morgan from South Melbourne.   There was not much in it during the first half,

but in the third quarter Footscray put the issue     beyond doubt by adding 5 goals 1 behind while Hawthorn failed to score. The final result was:—      

FOOTSCRAY, 8 goals 18 behinds (66 points). HAWTHORN, 2 goals 2 behinds (14 points).  

For Footscray, Morgan, who kicked four goals,   was the pick of the forwards, and others who   played well were McDonald, Fitzgibbon, Ford, Davidson, McKenzie, and Samson. Hawthorn           were unfortunate in losing the services of Antonio,  

who was injured in the third quarter, and were best represented by Roberts, Walker, Alley, Farrelly, and L. Gibb

SEASIDE RIVALS.

Seaside rivals, Williamstown and Port Mel-

bourne, had a splendidly contested game on the former's ground, when Williamstown won by 13 points. McNab, Woods, J. McDonald, and Har- rison replaced N. McDonald, Foran, Smith, and Middleton on the Williamstown side. At half-   time there were only three points separating them, and in the third quarter each side added an couple of goals. The last quarter was well contested, but through faulty goal kicking Williamstown

threw their chance away. When the final   bell rang the scores were:-  

WILLIAMSTOWN, 5 goals 17 behinds (47 points). PORT MELBOURNE, 5 goals 4 behinds (34 points).

Williamstown's best performer was their wing   man, Brown, who was smart and speedy. Their ruck, Webster, McTaggart, and Gibbs, worked hard, while Robinson, Amy (2 goals), Kennedy, Mitchell, and Stevenson were the pick of the others. For

Port Melbourne, Barfoot, Thorpe (2 goals), Con- den, Cook, Howard, Nancarrow, and Samson were the best players.  

BRIGHTON COMING ON.

Although Brighton were easily defeated by Essen- don, they nevertheless at times showed good form,

and with judicious coaching and increased local support should render a good account of themselves before the season closes. Brighton had four changes in their team, Bleckly, Thompson, Hat-   tam, the old St Kilda player, and McCarthy re- placing Ethel, Sharp, Smith, and Taylor. The     first quarter was the most even one, Essendon scoring 2 goals 4 behinds to Brightons 1 goal   1 behind. Essendon made the game safe by adding   5 goals in the second term. In the second half some good even play was shown, each side scoring 5 goals. The final scores were:-  

ESSENDON, 13 goals 12 behinds-90 points,   BRIGHTON, 7 goals 13 behinds-55 points.

Essendon were strongly represented on the for-     ward line, where Grunden, a son of the old Foots-

cray player kicked four goals. Murtagh, 3 goals,     and Strownix, 2 goals, also plaved well, while the best of the others were McDonald, King, Rothwell, McCormack, and Shorten. Brighton were best   served bv Shelton, who was the best man on the   ground, J. McCarthy, Green, Bayliss, Carroll, Graham, and Dowding.

NORTH'S STRONG FINISH

Up to three quarter time the game between   North Melbourne and Prahran, at Prahran, was more even than the scores indicate, but in the last term North Melbourne, by some brilliant work amongst the forwards, nearly doubled their score,

adding 5 goals 6 behinds to Prahran's 3 goals   bare. North Melbourne were strengthened by the reappearance of Hardy, who had recovered from his illness. At half time North Melbourne had scored 4 goals 10 behinds to 8 behinds. The third term was fairly even, both sides showing good defence, but in the last quarter North Melbourne practically did what they liked, and ran out easy winners, the scores being:—    

NORTH MELBOURNE, 10 goals 19 behinds-79 points.  

PRAHRAN, 4 goals 13 behinds-37 points.    

Rawle, Hardy, Stevens (4 goals) Cave, Hart, Donuelly, Stevens, Quinn, and Johnson were North Melbourne's best players, while Wedrner, Carr, Moore, Alister, and Boland played best for Prahran.

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