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CLAREMONT AVENGED. Sabiaco's Improved Showing. The two extremes on the premiership list, Subiaco and Claremont, met at Claremont Oval on Saturday. Memories of its defeat by Subiaco when the sides were last opposed incited Claremont to field its strongest combination; Sublaco, on the other hand, took the field with sadly depleted ranks. All things con sidered, Subiaco played extremely well, the fact that certain of the Claremont players were obviously safeguarding them selves against unnecessary injury in no way lessening the merits of the loser's display. Subiaco's principal weakness was its centre line; bad position play and lack of co-operation in the forward area also penalised it severely. The teams were: CLAREMONT.--Backs: Maitland, Batt, Ed meades. Half-backs: Headon, S. Clarke, Grieve. Centres: Reid. G. Moloney, Hosken. Half forwards: Lawn, Compton, Boys. Forwards: Julian. Hopkins, Kenworthy. Ruck: Reeves, S. Moloney, Hooper (rover). INineteenth man: Sutherland (did not play). SUBIACO.-Backs: Strnck, C. Taylor, W. Teates Half-backs: Davies, MicCallum, -N. Smith. Centres: Donovan, Brewer, Stehn. Half forwards: Peers, Murphy, Doherty. Forwards: Robertson, Mills. Edmondson. Ruck: Gilbert, Appleby, R.. Yates (rover). Nineteenth man: Weiland (replaced Appleby, leg injury, in second quarter). UMPIRE.-L. McComish. Kicking into a stiff breeze, Claremiont monopolised the play, and with four minutes gone, Reeves avoided pursuing back men to snap the first goal. Davies and Clarke were prominent in defence, while Edmondson was associated in fruit ful Subiaco assaults. Winning across the' centre and in the air, Claremont kept its opposition's defence under pressure. Edmeades, in a back pocket, blocked Subiaco moves, many of which were ren dered useless by unenterprising and list less forward play. Subiaco compensated B
in the closing stages for its earlier mis deeds, and the scores at . quarter-time were 4.7 to 3.5, in Claremont's favour. Subiaco did the early attacking in the second term, but was bothered by the tenacious and dependable defence of Headon, Clarke and Edmeades. It was measuring strides with the home team but could not counteract the effective ness of G. Moloney and Hosken. whose work on the centre line was consider ably enhanced by the brilliance of Comp ton at half-forward. McCallum was de fending dourly but two goals by Hopkins were the result of meritorious play on his part. Undeterred by the setback, Su biaco resolutely set opposition aside and Murphy skilfully picked out Edmondson. who scored an encouraging goal. Spec tacular marking, unerring foot-passing and a judicious blending of hand-ball enabled Claremont to make an attack, which culminated in a goal from Mait lard. Subiaco's ill-fortune continued when Appleby, who had been more than useful in the ruck, was forced to retire and rousing cheers greeted an old stal wart in Weiland. It was his first ap pearance of the season but he exhibited coolness and marking ability during a period when Subiaco's defence was sorely tried. With-the scores at 8.10 to 7.7, Subiaco had acquitted itslf well at halfWtime. Gusty conditions made the goin'g hard and called for great accuracy on the part of the forwards. Strack and Davies were in the -way when Claremont got within scoring distance, but ultimately had to yield to an attack launched by Hosken and Boys. A goal from Hopkins followed a sensational mark and he repeated the performance shortly afterwards. Gilbert was injured, and with his wrist band aged, stuck gamely to his task in the back lines. Claremont was now seen to better advantage and, with Reid run ning riot, momentarily gained the upper hand. Weiland, whose tactics were an education to his younger associates, was applauded when he marked high and cleared with dash. Play was again even but as time drew on Clareaont responded to a goal from Edmondson with goals from Hooper and Hopkins. Claremont, in a vigorous, systematic finish, had established a lead of 12.15 to 8.10 at three-quarter-time. Headon (in defence) and Hooper (rov ing) were conspicuous early in the last term and three singles were added by Subiaco before Hopkins rose head and shoulders over a bunch of players and goaled with a fine kick. His play through out had been first-rate. Clarke was the mainstay of Claremont's defence and, with leads offering elsewhere, it was sur prising that Subiaco did not attempt to isolate him. Claremont was successfully exploiting Reid's wing, his marking, kick ing and ground play being a feature of the game. Gilber, despite his injury, and W. Yates were striving hard to resist Claremont's attacks. Casual attempts were made by Brewer to restrain the quiet artistry of G. Moloney at centre. The issue was now beyond doubt. but Claremont continued in attack until Hopkins accepted an unerring pass from Compton. An other goal from Hopkins preceded a goal from Weiland from an acute angle. The final scores were: CLABEMONT .. ..-16.15 (111pts.) SUBIACO,...... .. 1.16 (82pts.) Scorers.-Claremont: Hopkins, 9.4; Boys, 2.1; Lawn, 1.4; Kenworthy, 1.2; Hooper. 1.1; Compton, 1.1; Reeves, 1.0; Julian, 0.2. Subiaco: Edmondson, 5.5; Robertson, 3.0; Mills, 1.1; Welland 1.1; Peers, 1.1; Donovan, 0.2; Stehn, 0.1; W. Yates, 0.1; Gilbert, 0.1; Doherty, 0.1. Two points were rushed through. In a back pocket Edmeades, of Clare mont, was rarely beaten. It was on him that many of Sublaco's attacks broke. especially -in the early part when the visitors' persistency caused most concern. Hoskep, G. Moloney and Reid consti tuted an efficient and dominant centre line, while Clarke and Headon were strong at half-back. Compton did a lot of damage at half-forward, his precision in feeding Hopkins being a feature of his play. Julian created a good impression and should be a valuable asset to the team. Lawn and Boys were others to stand out. Subiaco was best served by Davies. He stood up to a gruelling task in the back lines, handled the ball cleverly and was unfailing in his disposal. Edmondson was alert in the forward lines against formidable opponents.' McCallum, Gil bert and Strack were useful in defence or following. Welland's good form sug gested that Subiaco would have benefited from his services earlier in the season. Murphy, Stehn (in the last half) and R. Yeates were the best of the others.