AS far as the three leading clubs are concerned some splendid football will be shown by them as the season advances, and tbe fight for tbe premier- ship promises to be severe and exciting. Tbe Souths are not going to have it all their own was as was the case last year, and the Norwoods and Ports will make it very hot for them before the season closes.
The blue and-whltes have an excellent team. They will sadly miss Boucaut, whose brilliant roving was so conspicuous last season ; but Alf. Bashby's cleverness will fairly compensate for his ab- sence. Jack Reedman, the oaptain, will not be able to play till the end ol June in oonsequence of his disqualification for two months by the association last year on tbe grounds of rough play. He has been re-elected oaptain, however, not- withstanding his dismissal from the arena for the period mentioned, and J. Scott has been chosen vice captain. The latter will act In his place till Reedman is permitted to return to the field. Merrigan is not going to don the blue-and-whlte again, and if rumor be true Cooke will not be seen on the South side this season. Whether this is correct or not the powers that be are not in a position to say def- initely, but I fanoy Cooke will be seen amongst the premiers again. Allison, of Tasmania, will fill Merrigan's place forward. Rojo, of Fitzroy, will guard tbe back lines, and Rappiport will battle in the ruck, where his cleverness and dexterity ought to be seen to advantage. Besides the players from Viotorla and Tasmania the premiers will also have tbe services of Percy Goode, brother of the brilliant wing player (Arthur Goode) of last season. The con- noisseurs opine that he is even superlor to his brother on tbe wing. but this remains to be proved. Goode has done nothing of note as yet to justify this assertion. Geo. Hall, who gained a clearance from the Adelaides, and young Frank Hill are also at the disposal of the Souths.