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A STIRRING CONTEST.

East Perth Beats 'Swan Districts.

After a fast and spirited display of foot ball, at Bassendean Qyal' on Saturday be fore a Jarge attendance.- East - Perth won narrowlr from Swan' Districts , in a high

scoring contest. The vigour of the game, {the exciting incidents of the ,play,' and the closeness of the scores, raised- players and spectators - alike to a high pitch ' of en thusiasm. The' Swan - Distrifets team was undoubtedly a trifle unlucky to lose. Build ing up a substantial ' lead in the first quarter., and. after .determined play, ' re maining in front / for the greater part of the game, it appeared likely Swan Districts would win. Somewhat ragged 'in the early stages of the .'game. East Perth developed more cohesion' as the game advanced, and probably it was a greater steadiness during the determined play- of the last, quarter which turned the 'game in its favour. It was unfortunate ? for the Swan Districts team that its' captain (G. Bee), who bad given an inspired 'display, was seized with cramn ten minutes before the end of the match, and' was forced to leave the field when badly needed. The teams were very evenly, matched and showed a marked im provement on- their play of the previous Saturday. The teams were:— ? EAST PERTH.— Backs: M. Ryan. R. Ryan, Wood. Half-backs: Oswald, Boundy, - G. Hat son. Centres: Garnaut, Miller, ,Guhl. Balf forwards: Cronin. . Dempster, King. Forwards: Orr. Lockyer, Crow. ? Ruck: , Mather. . Booth, Screaigh (rover). Nineteenth man: Baker '(re- placed Orr, injured leg, in final -quarter). ' ' '? SWAN DiSTRICTS.-^Backs: Reifly, ifcCrae, Penberthy.' . 'Half-tacks: Buckley/ Zilko. Clarke. Centres: iJIrapp. Grieve.-MoBey. - Half-forwards: Bee, Forbes, - Cook: ' Forwards: Burge, Gorn, Dawes. -.Rovers! Millwara,- Paris, Sw'eetapple. Nineteenth man: Mclnnerney' (replaced Bee dur ing-' the final quarter). ....'. DMPIRE.— F. Collini. , ? The play opened vigorously with East Perth in attack.'* Only points resulted until . Bee 'and Gbrn, collaborated to score two goals. -The-solidity of the East Perth defence frustrated further -attacks, but with an excellent left-foot* kick, Gorn scored his .third goal.^ Excellent marking and clever, forward leading had charac; terised' Svvan Districts' play: during 'the first temr;; which ended witE East-Perth in arrearsT-OJ2.to.3.4.. x V ... Good work by:'ilosey and Grieve on Swan Districts' centre line produced a goal from Forbes at the commencement of. the second' quarter. The team ' was still surer., in handling the ball :than East Perth, but the latter attacked -determinedly., and re duced the leeway with two fine goals from Miller (now stationed at half-forward, with Cronin.in the. centre) and' Crow. Both sides missed easy scoring opportunities, but . Bee steadied Swan Districts, and Parks kicked, his team's fifth -goal. Demp ster ? and Grieve were playing brilliantly for their, respective .tearns, and ;the stan dard of. plaj' was. excellent. The quarter ended with -two .more goals to East Perth, and the tallies then were:— -Swan Districts, 5.7; East Perth. 4,6.. . .. Bee dominated the ruck at the start of the third' term^ and sent Swan Districts in attack repeatedly; 'He' co'-ope'rated with Gorn and a goal resulted, and .soon after he scored another with a running shot Mosey to' Gorn to Dawes produced Swan Districts' eighth goal, and East Perth was temporarily demoralised. Dashing play by Wood and Matson, however. Bent East Perth forward, where' Crow and Screaigh scored full points. When Screaigh and Garnaut scored further goals. East Perth took the lead, but Swan Districts re gained the advantage just before the bell. At three-quarter time the scores' were:^ East Perth. 8.14: Swan Districts, 9.14. Swan Districts' tenth goal was kicked by Bee- at the beginning of the fourth term, but with Guhl and Cronin playing well near the' centre. East Perth attacked vigorously, scoring three goals and a few points, in a great forward rush. Parks, at the other end. brilliantly ran past several opponents to kick a goal. Zilko and Oswald were defending well in this quarter, and Garnaut was playing impres sively on the wine. Dawes's snap-shot produced Swan Districts' 12th goal, and regained the lead for his side. In the clos ing stages. East Perth steadied, goals from Wood and Screaigh sealing the issue. A fine game ended with the scores:— EAST PERTH ... 13.17 (95 pts.) SWAN DISTRICTS .. 12.15 (87 pts.) Goal-kickers.— East Perth: Screaiirh' (3). Dempster (2). Wood (2), Garnaut (2), Crow (2), Miller and Lockyer. Swan Dis tricts: Corn (4). Parks (2). Bee (2) Diiwes (2). Cook and Forbes. On the East Perth side. Dempster in attack and on the ball, gave one of the best display's of his career, aud ' Matron, who exhibited great judgment and d;ish. was the be6t defender in the Rame. Rot Ryan gave an able display in goal. Oswalc mrl Wood were serviceable ail day, anc Miller. Garnaut. Guhl and Cvonm piayec well on the centre line. P.oving and forward. Screaigh gave glimpses of his best form. A , Bee, of Swan Districts, stood out as the player of the match, and was an example to his side in the quality and style of his play. His kicking for. coal was often pool but his foot-passing to Gorn was excellent Mosey was outstanding en the wtnrr. Sweetapple was always prominent roving, and Zilko. Keilly. Gorn. Parks and Forbes were the best of a very good remainder.

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