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PROTECTING COUNTRY CLUBS.

BENDIGO, Thursday.-L. Chapple, a leading forward of the Eaglehawk Club, lu» renewed his application for a clearance and u permit from the Bendigo League to play with FooUcrav, In his application Cbnpple slate« that he in now permanently employed, and ia living in Melbourne

with his family.

When Chapple*« application was ho'orc the «special tribunal of the Leugne, the chairman (Mr. .!. .Smalley), in refusing the application, raid ,thal country clubs were entitled to retain the nervicen of the best player», they hud pro- duced, and It was the duty of the League to protect the clulw uga inet the wealthy metro- politan clulw; who encouraged the bc*t pla>era in the country to migrate to Melbourne. The ules of the Bendigo League provide thal per .nits can be granted only in euer pt inn al cir- cumstances lo players who have played with their club during the season, -anti thß Bendigo liCagiic han referred the application to the special tribunal to decide whether or not Chappie's residence and employment, being in Melbourne,

[ that Melbourne clulm have i to several of their playc and play._ _

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