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FOOTBALL:. TH' rE, AUSTRALIAN GAME. TO-DAY'S TEST MATCH. COASTAL EIGHTEEN V. GOLD FIELDS. (By "Half-Back.-') This afternoon, at the W.A.C.A, ground, at the" eastern terminus of the Hay-street'tram line, the first test match for the season between the :W:A.F.A.,_ or coastal ''laivers, and'the Goldfields' Aso ciation team: will beiplayed. The' gold; fields meni arrived on Saturday.morning, and yesterdayv iejyved a practice dn"the -Esplanade. Two test matches I have to .be played, the first on the Association Ground, Perth, this afternoon. The visi tors are confident of winning, and declare that the team that is down is the best that could have been chosen, and, fur ther, that the football on the fields has this. year been better than it has been for years. However, having known gold fields football for some years, and having seen.thatt played by the coast for a couple of.seasons; I am of oninion that to-day will witness-if the only-the first vic tory for those playing under the direction of the W.A.F.A. - t the same time, it may be stated that the visitors, having overcome the preliminary difficulties of the turf, announce their confidence that they can win. The metropolitan team suffers from the loss of Purling, who was injured in the West Perth v. Perth match, but his club mate, Jeffries, will probably fill his place. Allowing that the goldfields team is all that its support ers proclaim it to be, the writer will not be narticularly sta---ered if the first test match resulted in favour of the coastals. As the teais line out, it is probable that the following will be the representa tives : Goldfields.-Backs, Hall; O'Connell, C. Tyson half-backs, Williams, Patterson, McCaughey: centres. Palnler, Jenkyns, Gilbert: half-forwards. Powell, Rolfe, Robertson: forwards. Hendricks. Gray. Lethridge: followers, Kennyand Franks; rover Jarvis. Coastal.--Backs, Swan, Chadwick. Ro berts: half-backs, Plunkett, Thomas, Douglas; "centres, 'Jeffries. Wildv. Rod?oc half-forwards, Fitzpnatrick, Wells, Doig; followers, Currie, Christy. rover Sweetman. -Trams run to the ground. THE GAME IN SYDNEY. A BIG ATTENDANCE. Sydney., July 21. The return Inter-State Rugby football match between teams representing Queensland and New South Wales was played on. the Agricultural Society Ground yesterday, in the presence of 30,000 spectators.. The contest was keen throughout, and the second half of the game was very exciting. In the first portion of the game the visitors failed to score,- but the local team succeeded in gaining only 3 points. In the second half New South Wales added 8 points and the Queenslanders secured 8 points, the came thus ending in a victory for the Welshmen by 3 points. C. White and E. Halloran, of the local team, each sus tained a fractured collarbone.