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SPORTING.

MERCANTILES V. WEST AUSTRALIANS.

A match was played on the Old Eecreation Ground last Tuesday between the Mercantile and West Australian Football Clubs, and re- sulted in a victory for the former team by 2 goals 7 behinds to 3 behinds. The goals were kicked by T. Rosser and F. Chipper. H. Gamson captained the winning, and G. Moffatt the losing team. Mr. A. Rankin gave every satisfaction as umpire.

PROJECTED ROWING CLUB.

. Rowing, as a West Australian sport, cannot bo said to have yet fairly taken root. We certainly hato a rowing club, but it has not as yet displayed any great amount of vitality. This arises, we believe, partly from the fact that it does not possess a proper set of craft and partly from there being no rival institution. Without competition, nothing is more vapid than sport. Under these cir- cumstances, a movement has recently been sot on foot in Perth, with a view to the establishment of a second rowing club. The present club has a restricted membership, only ".gentlemen amateurs " being admitted. In the new club, it is proposed that mem- bership shall be open to all amateurs, that is, men who have not rowed for money. Already a large number of young men have signified their intention of joining the move- ment, and shortly a meeting will be called for the purpose of organising the now club. In the meantime, any one wishing to become a member of the new club should commnni cato with the secretary, pro. tem.. Air. A. G. Brady, addressing him at the Post Office. With rival clubs established, the fine reaches of the Swan should become the scene of many interesting rowing and s«ulling races.

COMBINED PERTH V. COMBINED

FREMANTLE.

A meeting of the men selected to form the twenty to represent the city of Perth against a picked Fremantle team on the Old Recrea- tion Ground to-morrow, was held on Wednes- day evening at the United Service Hotel. There was a good attendance. The first business considered was the fixing of the team, and as three of the men had announced that they could not play in the match, emer- gency men wore put on in their place. The team was definitely fixed as follows ;-H. Wilson, Sadler, Healey, Coomber, Salter. Jones, Ward, Sheehan, Speak, Webber and Kneale, of the Victorian F. C, and L. Ogbornc, E. Ogborno, Randell, Scrymgour, Angove, Readhead, Stone, H. Glyde and Lawrence of the Rovers F. C. As the re- maining two emergency men had stated that they could not play, H. Gamson and A Birch were elected emergency mon. H. Wilson of the Victorian, being a back man, was elected captain of the team, and L. Ogborno of the Rovers, who will most probably act as rover, was elected vice-captain. Power was left in the hands of the captain and vice-captain to arrange with the Fremantle team as to the election of an umpire. It was decided that the game should start at 3 p.m., prompt, and that play should occupy an hour each way. As the teams of both Fremantle and Perth were never in such form as they are at

present, it is 'expected that the match

will be an unusually interesting one. Each of the twenties will be able to place strong players in every part of the field, and as far as can at present be judged, the strug- gle should bo of a very equal character. Cer-

tainly, the public may look forward ta the best display of football uuder the Victorian rulus ever yet made in this Colony. At the ordinary Saturday matches, there is always an atten- dance of some hundreds of spectators, but it is expected that the great match of to-morrpw will draw not hundreds but thousands of Perth and Fremantle people. The members of each twenty have the honour of being the men selected to represent :»ot the ir club but their town, so that the issues arc larger than in an ordinary match between clubs. It is hoped that the men on both sides will play the game strictly,and also that the spectators will respect the playjng.ground by keeping behind the flags. During the course of the last two or three matches the encroachments of the people have seriously interfered with the game, and it would be a great pity, indeed, if the same practice were to prevail so as to hamper the players in this very im- portant match.

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