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South Fremantle Defeated.
Heavy rain fell during the greater part of the match at Fremantle Oval on Satur day, when Subiaco avenged an earlier de feat bv South Fremantle and won com
fortably by 14 points. During tne nisi half both teams failed to take advantage of the strong wind that blew towards the hospital. Fielding a better balanced side and one that was much stronger, in attack, Subiaco should have held a greater lead than three points at half-time, ou biaco's high marking was a feature of the third quarter, but the wretched wea ther conditions led to congested play, and this assisted' South Fremantle which was able to draw-N level at the last change. The final quarter was much m favour of Subiaco, for which Brophy, Merson, Bowes and Green showed superb form. Three goals in succession by Merson settled the issue in Subiaco's favour, and although South Fremantle fought with great cour age it was unable to seriously threaten Subiaco's hold on the game. The teams were: — SUBIACO. — Backs: Davies. Rodger, Strack. Half-backs: McCallum, S. Daily, A. Richardson. Centres: Sfackay, F. Daily, Bowe. Half-forwards: Mills Green F.v Brophy. Forwards: Merson, J. Jennings, Ryan. Ruck: Roe, Toll, Smith (rover). Nineteenth man: Stehn (did not play). SOUTH FREMANTLE. — Backs: Back, C. Jen nings, A. Richardson. Half-backs: Hagan, Edgar, Brown. Centres: J. Doig, White. Mathews. Half forwards: Miller, Lawn, Whitmore. Forwards: Dodd, Jones, Diggins. Ruck: Ditchburn, R. Richardson, Caratti (rover). Nineteenth man: Pead (did not play). ? ? UMPIRE: F. Fuhrmann. Assisted by the strong north-west wind, Ditchburn opened South Fremantle's score with a goal, after which Subiaco swung into its stride and had much the better of the play, Mackay, Brophy, and Bowe. being prominent. South Fremantle failed to make much use of the wind, and. an equalising goal by Jennings placed Subiaco in a distinctly favourable position after
twelve minutes' play. ' ' South Fremantle ? was suffering from a lack of pace, and in! high marking was 'left, far behind by its opponents. For Subiaco,' Brophy, Ryan, Jennings and Mackay were . excelling against the wind. The two goals \ by Jen lings were the- result of fine shots, and largely responsible for Subiaco leading by 3;3 to 2.3 at quarter-time. ;.. ? Playing excellent football, Bubiacowas quickly two goals in. front. South ,Fre mantle improved its game and it was goal for goaK Diggins twice scored for. South. Fremantle, while Miller added a brilliant, if lucky goal. Rain was. falling in tpr rents, and . it was' almost impossible, to; distinguish the players. Diggins and Edgar were -proving South Fremantle's' besti but Green twice goaled for Subiaco before .the half-time, when the scores wejei^u biaco, 7.4; South Fremantle, 6.7. Play was resumed in '-ieayy rain, and chest marking was. the order.; 'In the' confusion A caused by the . elements;' Subiaco was the better side, .but. congested/ play made scoring difficult. 'A gpal; scored, by Roe increased Subiaco's . lead 1» twelve points, 'but South Fremaritle'.-rallied, and both Dodd and Caratii kicked! goals,' which- levelled' the scores— 8.8. Each side added a behind and the tallies 'were still equal at three-quarter i time, - each side having kicked 8.9. ? ;,.'. ? ? ^ ? ; Subiaco's pace soon -. prevailed and : en abled Merson to kick a goal. For South; Fremantle, Edgar filled'a captains part by setting up- a determined ~diefenee, .bnjt Mersbn, who was; v playing, 'splendidly, added two-further goals, 'which under, the wretched conditions, placed it ^ in-an .almost unassailable . position. ? Jones goaled ' .at last for South. Fxemantle:-. but- further opportunities yrere. wasted ? owingL *°_ *H, forwards runnihg;ihtd':trduble; . The-finil scores were:— , ?. / ? ' ...' SUBIACO .. .. -/ L '-... Jl I:l4:;-fb|-t».)j STH. FREMANTLE .. 3,12 (66ptJ.) Goal-kickers:— Subiaco: ; Merson;. ('(4), Jennings (3), Green (3) and: Roe. South Fremantle: Diggins (2), Dodd (2), Jones, Caratti, Lawn, Miller and Ditchburn. '.: Although its attack was fast, solid and reliable throughout- the match, ' Subiaco: was best served by its wingmen, Mackay and 'Bowes/both'o&whbnf outplayed their immediate, opponents -and; initiated. , the majority 'of Subiaco's attacksi Mackay/B kicking and handling of the wet .ball, were admirable, while Bowea's turning-and -i opt-: passing were perfect. E. . Brophy . -was never beaten, and particular merit- at- tached to the displays iby- Merson, Ryan, Jennings, and ' ' . Green. .McCallum. .S. Daily and ? Richardson constituted .- a . re liable half-back line,, with Strack. prom inent - in ' the first half .' ????? .y- .??- For South Fremantle, Ditchburn vwai unrivalled, his high marking and: power ful ruck play raider trying- conditions jbe*. ing full of merit; In defence.^Back.war in. -brilliant form. and. proved , an ideal player for the back. pocket.. He received iis main support from Edgar' and .Hagen. Dodd was easily the: most effective ot the forwards, few of whoin played 'with ef fect . .; The best .' of ' a disappointing. , x e? mainder were Garatti, Diggins,. White -and. A. Richardson. ''' '. r^