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HEAVY BLOW TO PERTH. Weakened Claremont Side Triumphs. Weakened by' the absence of players such. as Reeves, Hooper, Lovegrove and Oath, Claremont played remarkably co heive football at the W.A.C.A. ground on Saturday when it outplayed Perth and .won by 44 points. Normally Perth would have fancied its chances of success but when Claremont was making hasty ar rangements to fill its team the result was popularly forecast in favour of Perth. But Claremont, realising that extra ef fort was demanded, played a fast, clever game, the keynote f 'which was even ness. The uninformed onlooker would have thought that Perth was the patch work team. Claremont dominated the ruck and throughout the game Perth was unable to check Sutherland's great work: there. The Claremont back lines worked smoothly and in all parts of the field the player with the ball was backed up. !eith, on the other hand, broke down
In defence, where certain players neglected to watch their men, who made goal-kicking from any position look simple, and its forward division was not good. Following were the teams: CLAREMONT.-Backs: S. Moloney, Grieve, Sutherland Hall-backs: Headon. S. Clarke Guthrie. Centres: Kemp, Edmeades. Reid Half-forwards: Gibson. Compton. Heusler. Forwards: Boys, G. Moloney. Baker. Ruck: Hunt, Bermdinham. Serleant (rover). Nine teenth man: McDonald (did not play). PERTH.-Backs: Fitzgerald. Robertson, Run dell. Half-backs: Hrlsz. Bailer. Hatton. Centres: Davey. Pudder. Ransom. Half-for wards: Lewis. Henfry. McKenzie. Forwards: Coleman. Gook, Hetherington. Ruck: Olphant, Haddleton. Grig (rover). Nineteenth man: Love (replaced attn. brised le at three osarter time.) UMPIRE.---G. Owen. Although Claremont kicked the first goal, Perth showed the more enterprise in the early stages of the game but for wards moved out too far. Bailey was de fending in great style for Perth and Claremont then attacked from the de termined Gibson's wing. Three goals. two of them from angled running shots, were added in quick succession. Clare mont was winning easily in the rack and it was faster and showing better judgment. When Oliphant showed up Perth looked dangerous but the Clare mont half-back line was hard to pass. Reid's long kicks to the front of the goal were valuable and by quarter-time Clare mont had established a lead of 7.3 to 3.1. Perth fought hard in the second quar ter and, despite Clarke's fine play, reduced the gap to five points. Claremont's kick ing to the forwards had been.poor and when Sutherland was "resting" Perth's ruck improved. Then G. Moloney moved to the centre and he sent the ball down to Boys for agoal That began a rally and Heusler 'did better at half-forward. Perth played vigorously and'had chances to score which were wasted largely through slowness in kicking or punch ing the ball Serjeant was roving nicely and at half-time Claremont led with 1L4 to 7.6. Origg and Henfry played well and Perth scored an encouraghng goal soon after the Interval. Claremont, however, was winning in the air. and its back re mained strong. Bailey and Robertson'were sadly overworked yet they managed to keep Claremont's scoring down. Perth's shooting for goal was inaccurate. .For a long period, largely through Ransom's speedy play, Perth had the ball in its cramped forward lines but with little or no result, and Claremont made one pene trating drive and goaled. Perth was sve goals in arrears at three-quarter time 8.9 to 13.9. Robertson decided to mak drastic chsngej in an endeavour to turn the tide. Love came, on and went into the goal Robertson became goal-sneak and Gook centre half-forward. Combined play along the wing resulted in a goal. Reld, however, continued to dominate play on his wing. Puddey was improving but till Claremont was superior in the ruck and it riddled the opposing defenc3e. tltmstely Robertson returned to the full back.position. Towards the finish Clare mont added goals without great' effort. Final scores: CLARIEMONT ..,.. 20.13 (133 pt.) PERTH.........i iii (89 pte.) Scorers:--Claremont: Compton. 3.4; Serjeant, 3.; l. Mploney, Bermingham, Boys, each 3.1; Baker, 1.2; Kemp and Reid, each 1.1; Gibson and Heusler, each 1.0. Perth: Cook, 3.4; Henfry, 3.2; Grigg, 3.1; Cdlema, 2.2; McKenzie and Hether ngton, each 1.0; Oliphant, 0.1. (One be hind forced through.) Clar? Vnt's most valuable player was Sutherlaid, whose powerful work in the ruck mad it-pgaslble for the side to at tackn freenlt ad to prevent a sudden Parth rall. ,Reid, on the centre twing, Pe a brm~iant display, seldom being eaten for the ba eand always playing a direct game. sereent's roving was of a high standard and his opening and foflownig up of the play was admirable. rieve,' the goal-keeper, gave easily his best display pf the season, spoiling Intel gently anai shadowing Gook deternin edly. At half-back, Clarker was in fine feor , arliann-ad bandling. the- ball lurely. His dol on the hals-back line were also strong-the ever-cool Hea don and the reliable Gthriew. eGibson, Hunt, S. Moloney. the useful Kemp and Bermingham were the best of a good re matnder. Boys worked up'tomgood fon n and 0. Molnoey's was a heady m se. For Perti the oustandl player was Ransom. On the left wing be was tire less and tenacious. He showed surprising pace and marked welL Bailey, the centre hall-back, and Robertson, the goa4 keeper, were strong in an..de fence division; 'without., adequa pport they played with distinction. Griggarov ing was valuable, though his llofwers were badly beaten .- Puddey, unirtain before half-time, was prominent in the second hal f. Henfry battled'hard' and did sohe nice things. Lewis showed Im proved form and HRsz played his best football in the second hall. Goak occa. sionally took a brilliant mask but, like Oliphant, his form was below his best.