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On the Melbourne ground there was a fair       crowd to see Carlton and Melbourne play, and it was noticeable that Carlton had the sympathy of   fully 14 out of every 15 of the onlookers. The defeat of South Melbourne on the previous Satur-  

day had caused a rally round the dark blue flag, and many of the old Carlton brigade turned up   to see the Reds defeated. But they were doomed   to disappointment. The Carlton executive have   got together a team which will surely give some of the top sawyers trouble, but at present they   are like sheep without shepherd. Carlton were     minus Roberts, Casey, and Barlow, in whose places   Curtis, Armstrong, and M. Pender played. On the Melbourne side, Wardill, Howard, Staines, Herring, and Strahan replaced Geddes, Davy,   Moore, McPherson, and Fry. The game was hard     and vigorous from the jump, but whereas the   Carlton ruck were all sixes and sevens, the Reds were playing beautifully together. Melbourne had the     advantage in the pace, but when Carlton settle down   and are better handled they will take some beat-

ing. Melbourne on the scores, would seem to have had a walk-over, but it was not so; there was       plenty of hard football, and the game reminded     some of the old hands of the tussles of years ago between the two clubs. Melbourne excelled in         combined play and tactics, and must be very nearly premiers.  

Byers, on the wing for Melbourne, was hardly beaten all day, and played a beautiful game, Aitkin being quite lost beside him. Pirrie, a little fellow in the ruck, did good work, and Royle, a back man with a tremendous turn of       speed also showed well. He did a fine sprint with the ball at top speed, fully half the length of the ground, on the occasion. So much for the new men. The pick of the forty was McGinnis, whose cleverness and skill put him far beyond all the rest. He made no mistake all day, and never touched the ball without making the best pos- sible use of the opportunity. Moodie plugged away solidly in the ruck, and Herring, either back or on the ball, played fine football. Young got six goals, and otherwise played well. Five times he scored from clever snapshots. Moysey was conspicuous all through in the first half, mainly for useless runs across the ground and back to where he started from, but in the latter half, for really brilliant, though dangerous, handball, in the use of which he always did well. Mitchell, Lewis, Sholl, Sutton, Lanigan, and Wood were also pro- minent. O'Dea worked like a tiger for Carlton, but was played right out by half-time; he did   grand work, but all on his own account. J.

Pender, Manchester, and Morrison on the ball, Warde and Sharkey (especially the latter) among the backs, Reekie and Walton half-back, Arm-   strong on the wing, Peter Williams centre, Ocock  

Walsh, Curtis, and Chapman all did well at various times, and gave promise of better things. The Melbourne goals were kicked by Young (six), Moysey (two), M'Ginnis, Steele, Leith, and Howard one each; for Carlton, Chapman (two), J. Pender,

and Walsh.