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SPORTING.

ROVERS F.C. v. UNION F.C.  

A match was played on Saturday last in the Fremantle Park between teams represent- ing the above clubs. The weather was quite of the sort appropriate to football, the air being crisp with frost, and the sun having but feeble force. The park at Fremantle, however, cannot, in its present state, be call- ed a field fit for the game of football. It provides fair running ground, but it takes the shape of a scoop, and dotted pretty well all over it are ugly looking boulders. Each of these boulders forms a point of danger to the players, for a fall on their jagged surfaces would be certain to leave a mark, if it did not result in serious injury. If these stones were picked out of the ground, the park would be by no means a very unsuitable plaoe for the game of football. This work should be done at once by the Municipal Council, unless the members prefer to wait until a coroner's jury has reoommended them to do it. The Fremantle athletes, we believe, have made few, if any, calls upon the public purse for the support of the noble games of football and cricket. They are allowed to play these games in the park, but the Council have done nothing that I know of to make the ground there fit for the purpose. If the matter were fairly laid before the popular Mayor and the Councillors, many of whom are good support- ers of athletics, it is probable that, not only would the council pick out the rocks which form a standing menace to the life and limb of the football players, but would also spend some money in levelling. By the expenditure of a few hundred pounds, a very good oval could be made in Fremantle Park, and this must be done if Fremantle is not to lag very far behind Perth as regards the forming of places for recreation. To return to the match of ¡saturday, the clubs were represented as follows :-Union F.C. : J. Humble (captain), W. Bateman, H. Herbert, G. Hicks, G. Her bert, G. Jarvis, B. Doneon, B. Birch, S. Mais, W. Mahoney, A. Shaw, J. Snook, W. Price, E. Back, E. Mason, A. Loukea, A. Woods, F. Allnutt, G. Griffin, H. Fay ; Rovers F.C. : L. Ogborne (captain), E. Ogborne, P. L. Huseey, S. J. Sandell, J. Scrymgonr, S. J. Chipper, W. Grundy. F. Millbank, G. Caporn, A. Drake, A. Sinclair, A. M. Lowe, A Birch, C. Birch, H. Glyde, E. Angelo. W. Trigg, E. Stevens, W. Laurance, and J. Bose. In the first quarter the Rovers played dawn hill, and thus had an advantage over their oppon-

ents. Play had not been started five min- utes, however, before it was palpable that the Union mon were showing the better form. They at once fell into playing the little mark and did it so deftly that their opponents were frequently completely baffled. The Rovers, on the other hand, neglected the little mark almost en li roi v, only ono of their men, A. Birch, seeming to think of it. Thus the play of the Rovers was both selfish and futile, and in the first half, at any rate, the Fremantle men simply played rings round them. With- in a few minutes of the kick off, Fay had got a mark in fro t of goal, but failod to score. Then for a while the Rovers managed to keep the ball somewhere near the middle of the ground, only however, eventually to givo way before the little mark and allow their stronghold to be assailed. The assault of the Unions was most successful, first Mason and then Herbert kicking goals from chances given them by the mark. In the second quarter, the Unions with the hill in their favour, mado lively play m front of the Rovers' goal, and Loukcs managed to kick a goal from the field. After the kick off again, the Rovers succeeded in making an attack upon the Union goal, and finally E. Ogborne got a chance. He kicked well, and the ball passed through the posts, but it hav- ing been touched by the opponent who stood at his mark, the score was not allowed. This was a great disappointment to the Rovers, as they bad worked well for the goal. In the few minutes that remained to half time, the Unions had again all the best of the play, and scored two more goals, one got by Fay, and~the other by Mahoney. The latter was cloverly got ; the goal keeper having " hand- ed " back the ball from an attempt to score, it was caught by Mahoney, who instantly re- turned it for a score. When half time was called, the score stood: 5 goals 1 behind for the Unions ; 1 be- hind for the Rovers. In the first half it was a very one sided contest, bnt in the Becond the Rovers turned their attention to the little mark, and, consequently, made a much better fight of it. The captain, L. Ogborne, set the example and it was followed by most of the players of his team. By means of the little mark they kept the ball well in their opponents half, but behind3 only resul- ted. In the last quarter, however, L. Ogborne kicked a goal in capital style, and a few minutes later, the same player, kicked another. At intervals, the Unions, who seomed to have relaxed somewhat in their efforts, made rushes, which resulted in the addition of two more goals, one being kicked by Jarvis and the ether by Bateman. The match olosed with the score as follows ? Unions 7 goals 3 behinds ; Rovers 2 goals 4 behinds. The score fairly represents the quality of the play of the respective teams. The Unions played a grand game all through, thanks, perhaps, to some extent to the coach- ing of Batemen, who from centre seemed to completely control the Fremantle team with bis voice. Still the " boya " required little urging, for they all played "stuffily," and, what is more, unselfishly. Bateman, of course, both on account of his generalship and his play, waa a tower of strength to the Unions. All of the others did their best, and if they keep together and continue to improve as they have done in the last few weeks, the Unions will have a great chance of taking the premiership left vacant by the defunct Fremantle Club. For the Rovers, best form -that is, playing according to the rules-was shown by A. Biroh, who did wonders for so light a man, and who, during the first half, vainly set the example of playing the little mark. The play of all the members of this team improved in the second half. The captain showed some of his old form, in running and kicking and, what was more, played the mark. E. Ogborne played a very £ne game, as did Millbank, Randell, and Scrymgonr. Hussey showed considerable improvement npon'his form of lost season, and before the season is out, may become a really prom- inent player. Several of the Rovers are light, untried men, but most of these played in promising style. The Rovers, we may add, have begun this season in the same style as , last season, each man playing too much on his own account. They conquered this failing last season, and unless they de so this season, they cannot hope to win many matches. W. Spooner officiated as umpire in the match in a highly satisfactory manner, though he did, through an oversight, moke the mistake of giving to Bateman a mark that shonld have been given against him. The new rules were rigidly enforced by the umpire and the effect was the stopping to a considerable extent, of unnecessary rough play.

MEBCANTILE FOOTBALL CLUB.

A meeting of the members of the above clnb was held on Saturday evening for the purpose of making a presentation to their captain, Mr. H. Gamson, on his departure for Victoria. Mr. W. J.Hayes, a vice-president of the club, occupied the chair, supported on his right by the guest and Mr. J. F. Reid on his left, the vice chair being taken by Mr. G. T. Fruin. The chairman said the meeting had been called to bid farewell to their popular captain. Mr. Gamson, he said, bad been the most zealous and ardent supporter of both cricket and football, and they would miss him very much. On behalf of the members, he had much pleasure in presenting him with a formal address, expressing the feelings of the members on his departure. The address was then read, after which Mr. Gam- son acknowledged the gift. He said he felt very deeply the kindness that had been ex- tended to him by one and all. He would like especially to thank the chairman and the members for the kind words spoken of him, and for the address, which he felt he did not deserve. It came to him quite os a surprise, and was, therefore, the, more welcome. Re- freshments were then'brought in and the chairman proposed Mr. Gamson's health, and, in doing so, he referred to the way in which their guest had always interested himself on be behalf of the mercantile employees. To ¡his efforts to secure the change in the weekly holiday-Wednesday being substituted for Tuesday Mr. Camson suitably responded and proposed the toast, "Success to the Mercan- tile Football Club." Mr. W. Reardon (vice captain) returned thanks. The vice-chairman then proposed the toast of "The patron, the

president, and the viee-pregiáe&ts," and, in doing so, speke in eulogistic terms oí Mr.

Gamsón as* à' cricketer. Messrs', Hayes aqd [ Oëlà iiépoiip«: ä cordial Vote of thanks and "Auld iiâng" S^ne" brought to' a Close av

very enjoyable evening, ^frt the suggestion' j of Mr. Gamson.the post-of captain, fendóréd' |

vacant by his departure, was filled by Mr*. Horace Glyde, who was unanimously elected.

PEET« F.C, v. WEST AUSTRALIAN P.C.

The match between the above clubs took place on Saturday last où the Kew Becrea

tiori Ground, Perth, add resulted in an unex- 1 pected win for the Perth P.O. by 1 goal & \

behinds to 4 behinds. For the winners, MoGann, Nolan, Peter, Neesotl, Reilly, Delaney, Vincent, and Keaughraun showed good form, while for the losers, Ramsay, Rowland, McDonough, Cahill, and Hardwick performed well. The Perth P.C.-who are all youths-are to be congratulated upon gaining a victory over such a team as the

Wests.

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