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ClaremoBt Goes Dotm Fightng;

Playing forceful football and relying to a large extent oh it* high marking. East Perth defeated Claremont by 17 points at Claremont Ovfal on Saturday.

Outplayed by a more lexperienced and steadier team, Claremrmt went down fighting. Its . determination was out standing, even when the team was badly disorganised, and twice during the game — once shortly before half-time and again late in the last quarter— East Perth was obliged to give of its best to hold its lead. The Eaist Perth captain, D. Cronin, and Fogarijy were unable to play owing to injuries and Claremont's first rover, Hooper, rested a troublesome leg. The teams were:— EAST PERTH. — Backs:! M. Rjan, J. King, Ward. Half-backs: Muss1 man, Stair, Thomas. Centres: D. Miller, Campbell, GuhL Half, forwards: Menhenett, Broom, Crow. Forwards: Cnlding, McAllan, Party. / Ruck: B. Ryan, Boofc, Screaigh (rover). Nineteenth man: Dolan (did not play). ' CLAREMONT.— Backs;: Sutherland, Batt, S. Moloney. Half-backs: JR. Moloney, Clarke, Grieve. Centres: Edmourison, G. Moloney, Boys. Half -forwards: Cook, Jesses, Reeves. Forwards: Kemp, Compton, Hopkifts. Buck: Birmingham/ Maitland, Steward (rorer). Nineteenth man; Claybrook (did not playf). UMPIRE. — G. Owens^ - ? Claremont played purposeful football from the throw-dovm. but its defence was soon severely .tested. It held firm and the team's pace : enabled it to launch its attacks through G. Moloney and Jones, the latter gciiling with an excellent kick from 50 yards out: Then East Perth found its feet. Led by Parry, it sent the ball to McAllan,; who marked three times over a crowrj; and goaled each time. The pace was fast and Claremont. al though strong i?i the air and on the ground, kicked poorly to the man and East Perth ran to a 25-point lead. G. Moloney and Cilarke played brilliantly, but in defence J. King, Starr and M. Ryan outplayed, the Claremont attack and the scores: at the bell were: — East Perth, 5.4; Claremont. 2.0. Claremont tftrew itself into the. play at the start ifZ the second term, It

played with great pice and, although un steady, it continued) to take the initiative and, after seven minutes' ceaseless effort. Hopkins goaled from a mark at a diffi cult angle. East Perth opened out Hie play, taking the' ball wide out from the ruck, and Golding? kicked a goal. Missed chances near the-1 goal added to Clare mont's handicap and, through fumbling and failure to back up, it allowed several scoring movements initiated by G. Moloney to lapse. East Perth was out played for severjal minutes, but Clare mont's effective work generally ended amidfield. Racing through a crush Cook 'soccered' the ball through the goal and Claremont was ?' only 13 points behind. Clarke saved time after time and. at tacking from the right wing. Claremont obtained a -goal from Hopkins. East Perth's high marking defenders fought desperately wi£h the team only seven points ahead, but Clarke kept East Perth at bay and a /goal by Compton reduced the lead to a point. In goal J. King was impassable. The scores at half-time were: — East Perth, 6.7; Claremont. 6.6. Goals by Parry and Screaigh within the first -f three minutes of the third Quarter xeJestablished East Perth's supremacy and it dominated the play, mainly through the brilliant mnririnfr Of King, Starr; B. Ryan and Menhennett Mussman! had moved on to Moloney at centre, Batt-was marking B. Ryan, Camp bell wen1M)D half -forward, and Clarke went back jinto goal. A further goal by Parry pot;East Perth 18 points in the lead. Claremont faltered, crowding the play, losing pace and allowing Parry to run riot lit the open. McAllan snapped k goal':' and Screaigh added another. Claremont1 attacked spasmodically.' but Lt was; unable to finish off its work in the forward area. The play became Dolourtessiand for ten minutes the ball iwungy between the half-back lines with each fcatn playing crudely and without systad, and the quarter ended with the jcoresjatt— East Perth. 11.11; Claremont. S.8. i : Plat had been hi progress for seven minutes [ in the last quarter before a icore .was registered. Maitland scoring a point- Claremont continued to muddle along jbjit it was tenacious. Birmingham and Hopkins goaled, reducing the lead to 20) points. East Perth's football was ragged and it failed completely to give McAllan adequate opportunity. Zt held the lead without difficulty until eight minutes from time, when Cook goaled (or Claremont, reducing the margin to L9 points. Claremont fought hard, led by a. lioloney, who was still playing well, althoissh very tired, but -East Perth mstntatnfd its advantage, the final scores EAST FEKTH .. .. 12.15 (87 pts.) CUUtKMONT ... .. 1«4« -7» pts.) Geal-kkkers.-East Perth: McAllan rt),*any (S), Screaigh (2). Menhennett. QoldfJBtT ''* P*m'-ii Claremont* Hopkins (S),-Cook (2), Birmingham (2), Compton (2) land Jones. : The younff half-back, R. Starr, and Ptxfy. the rover, were Cast Perth's out rtsfirting players. Starr being particularly effective whenever the defence was tested. Parry opened up the play and srass always busy. Menhennett and B. Ryan gave the team supremacy in the ifr, and both followed strongly, while J. King, in goal, played almost as well as Stair. **-ah«« who for ''» lmtiu^n respon, was obhged to get the ball for bisfiself throughout the game, played ex cessent position, Tiwiml weU and M«*gi* accurately over long distances. Oh the right whig I-. Miller, a young player, rave a notable exhibition of dean, clever rootbaH. For Claremont G. Moloney and S. Clarke played in their best form. Each was an inspiration to the ♦?— «q Moloney pjnyfoy «inin«i- flawlessly throughout the BO) minutes. **»w«»ni followed strongly KDd showed improved pace, and Compton played hard, although at times without lodgment, in attack. Batt was solid and EL iMoloney, whose dash was nmMpiin^ £Eove hard. Birmingham did weU in the ?acondhalf.