By OLD BOY.
The programme is:—
Carlton v. St. Kilda, at Carlton.
Richmond v. Fitzroy, at Richmond.
Geelong v. South Melbourne, at South Melbourne. Essendon v. University, at East Melbourne.
Melbourne v. Collingwood, at M.C.C. Ground.
St. Kilda have often been involved in dashing deeds of capture. Years ago the
"red wheeled buggy " was used to convey the ensnared recruits to the seaside ground.
Mr. W. Byrt, the St. Kilda treasurer, does his work of capture without fuss, but he gets there just the same. Last week, Brady, the champion of Murtoa, came to town.
He was expected by three or four clubs, all of whom were prepared to go to some secured for his services. He arrived un- heralded, and he felt lonely in the great city.
None of the clubs who wanted him so much had bothered to meet the train, and so when Mr. Byrt arrived at half-past 9 next morning, and offered him the glad hand of welcome to St. Kilda, Brady went along with him. He has been training at St. Kilda, and will be in the team next week. Donald, McDonald, and Hore will stand down to-morrow, and Chapman, Cazaly, and Ellis will take their places in the team.
Carlton were rejoiced a few weeks ago when they heard that Fisher, of Kyabram, had come to town. Every club was after him last season, and when he showed Carl- ton that his reputation was justified all was bright. However, there came a day when the birds in Prince's Park carolled less blithely, when the flowers in the rockeries
seemed to fade, and the whisper on the corner told that Fisher had disappeared. Mr. Clinton, the secretary, does not stop at trifles, and so off he went to the north after the erring one. What were so many footballers in the metropolis, safely regis- tered with the League, compared to this shy
country man, who was unregistered! Any other adventurous secretary might waylay him in the bush, and make him sign a regis- tration from to some other club. Mr. Clin- ton travelled 400 miles in a motor-car, and found his man, who will, it is said, leave Kyabram to-day, and will be in the Carlton team to-morrow. So will Hammond and Caldwell, instead of Harrison, Willis, and Kieley.
Melbourne had probably the hardest task
of any team last week, for, with a re- organised side, they had to meet last year's premiers, who had not a recruit in the
ranks. Melbourne will do better than that.
Their coach and captain, L. Incigneri, has been hard at work this week strengthening the weak spot, and the Fuchsias to-morrow should be a different side. Collins, of Haw- thorn, twisted his knee at practice on Tues-
day, and will be an onlooker for two or three weeks. W. Allen will probably be in the team.
Collingwood are making several changes in their team for to-morrow. Dufty, R.
Gibb, Huntington, Seddon, and Saddler will be out of the eighteen. In their places
will be Sheehy (back and ruck), from Northcote; Hislop, a promising forward; Dobrigh, the Trafalgar rover and forward; P. Gibb the veteran wing man; and Good-
all, a forward and followed, who played a
few games last year.
Richmond will been en fete to-morrow. Their new grandstand, which is nearly
finished, is to be the centre of a ceremony by Mr. Cotter, M.L.A., (president of the
cricket club). It is announced that the
foundation stone is to be laid, but as the stand is to be used to-morrow, let us hope that Mr. Cotter's work is to be ornamental.
In any case, it will mark a distinct advance for the Richmond club. Bettles, a back man
from Brighton, and Maybury, (half forward),
will replace Herbert, who is ill again, and Ohlsen, who has not yet struck form.
Fitzroy will probably play Jones, an big
man from Lefroy Tasmania, to-morrow, Straw
is all right again, but Teesdale's clearance
papers have not yet come through. Mem- bers are informed that season tickets may be obtained at the Punt road entrance to the Richmond ground.
University have all the material for a good side. What they want is cohesion and
system. Tomorrow Schraeder, who was
1 II nh when hurt last week, and Houghton, whose ankle is troubling him,
will be out of the team. Vines and McIntosh will probably be in in their
places, and room may also be found for Morrisey or Cameron.
Essendon committee men were pleased with the form of their team at Geelong, but when it came to choosing the 18 for to-
morrow they were in a quandary. Sewart helped them by saying he was too sore after
his knock at Geelong, so he stood out. Six
of the team—Caine, Kirkwood, Parkinson McNeil, Lumsden, and Woolley—have been
asked to allow themselves to be stood down for a day, and it is certain that they will
agree, as all are good club men. In their places H. Neate (Xavier College), King
(Ascotvale), Rahilly (Fitzroy), Gove (who was riding at the picnic races at Deniliquin last week), Hall, Bowe, and Shea will be
given a run. The committee is issuing sub-
scriptions for a memorial to the late H. I < for so many years a trainer of the club.
Geelong will be without Slater for two
or three weeks, but Fairburn is available
again, but the team is not likely to be changed much. Already 2,500 members'
tickets have been sold at Geelong, and over 1 11 people will go to South Melbourne to-
morrow by a special train. the team to en-
1 1 n nul «I HI mil h it, Geelong
xt » ti IJ IA pm and will travel
Melbourne from Spencer street by motor car.
South Melbourne are confident of beating Geelong and of being premiers. This is
''?1 talk of premiership thus enthu- siasts are unanimous that South Melbourne will take some beating.
The programme for to-morrow is:— Hawthorn v. Footscray, at Glenferrie. Williamstown v. Port Melbourne, at Williamstown.
Essendon v. Brighton, at Essendon.
Northcote v. Brunswick, at Northcote.
Prahran v. North Melbourne, at Toorak Park.
Brighthon faded away like a local fog on Saturday just when they seemed to be
doing well. Condition and system failed
them. Espie, who was injured last week, will probably be out of the team, and Hen-
derson may be in. They hope at Brighton to have a clearance through shortly for Joslin from St. Kilda.
Essendon will make some changes in their ranks for tomorrow. Madden, the re-
doubtable Mick, will be playing again. He
is on his holidays, but will come all the way from Burramine to play. Many years ago Madden was wanted to play for Essen-
don (League) against South Melbourne,
and Mr. Crebbin, the secretary, travelled
all night by motor car to secure Madden.
I shall never forget Mr. Crebbin's descrip- tion of the ride, nor the reception he re-
cieved when the story was told in "The Argus." Hardiman, the old Xavierian rover; Fincher, from South Melbourne;
and Mitchell, a 6ft. follower from the Leo- pold club will probably be included in the team. Huntington will not be able to play
for some weeks.
Brunswick are coming on. They got into
their stride at Brighton, and hope to do better still. White, from Fortrose, who played with Richmond a couple of years ago, and Munro, from Fremantle, who can
do anything but follow, will be in the team
to-morrow, but Thomas is still on the doubtful list.
Northcote have lacked a director, but
now that there is a likelihood of McKen- zie being appointed coach, that defect should be remedied . H. Thomas is a likely absen-
tee to-morrow owing to injury, but Veitch has recovered and will be available. Syd.
Hall will be included as a defender. North-
cote has some good men, but lack of train-
ing and system has kept the club back.
Port Melbourne will cross the bay, to
meet their rivals at Williamstown, but will be without Cook, Hayes, Anderson, and
Bailey. King (from Fitzroy), Campbell,
Uniacke (from Leopold), and Danks will
probably be included. The team is in good heart, and expects to beat Williamstown.
Williamstown will have Schade, Cameron,
and McTaggart in the team to-morrow, in-
stead of Anderson (injured), Jones, and
Grieves. All is going well at Williamstown,
and they are looking forward to May 16, Footscray, and victory.
Footscray are having a quiet, successful
time, but they have so many players that
it is hard to know who to leave out. There
will be little change in the team to-morrow. Craddock, Gregory, Crouch, and Jackson
are all training, and available for selection.
Hawthorn, the infant club of the Associa- tion, will be fully tried out to-morrow, when
they will meet last year's premiers, Foots-
cray. There will be several changes in the
team for to-morrow; Salvado, Wade, Neil-
son (a brother of the Footscray player), and McCann will be tried, and Roach, An- toni, and Schaefer will stand down. They has some bad luck yesterday afternoon at
practice, for Spencer (a recruit from Bal-
larat) collided with another player, and
broke his collar-bone.
North Melbourne have had more than their share of bad luck, but it is to be hoped they have had it all at once. Keith John- son will play no more. His injury, a Pott's fracture, is more serious than was thought at first, and he is in a private hospital.
Smith will be out for six weeks, Hardy for the same time, and Carpenter and Gardiner have not yet recovered. Miles, however, will be playing to-morrow, and Barker was training yesterday. He has been chosen in the team for to-morrow, and to-day the necessary negotiations and agreements will be entered into. A footballer almost wants a manager these times.
Prahran will have a strong team in the field to-morrow, but it is doubtful if Wood- head will be playing. He wants to transfer to Hawthorn, but cannot obtain a clear-
The British Association fixtures for to-morrow are:—League Division 1.: Yarraville v. Preston, Gregory; Albert Park v. Thistle, Cummings; Spots- wood v. Birmingham, Armstrong; Burns v. Prah- ran, Palmer; N. and D. v. St. Kilda, Williamson. Division II.: Footscray Thistle v. N. and D. A., Kay; Yarraville A. v. Cambria United, Means; Thistle A v. Spotswood A, Hawes; Prahran A v.
Burns A, Medlicott; Hawthorn v. St. Kilda A, Butler; Preston A v. Sandringham, Dempster.