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SOCCER TEST.

AUSTRALIA'S VICTORY. New Zealand ,in Last Match of Series. VISITORS' WEAK FINISHING. (United P.A.—'Electric Telegraph—Copyright) (Received 10 a.m.) SYDNEY, this clay. In the third Association football Test match 011 the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday Australia beat New Zealand by four goals to two. Bitterly cold "weather affected the attendance, there being only 1000 people present. The teams were as follow:— New Zealand: Zuill, Stone, Gerrard, Stenliouse, Christie, Graham, Ives, Chapman, Kershaw, Groves, Kay. Australia: McNabb, Laidlaw, Evans, Osborne, Taylor, O'Connor, F. Smith, Edwards, G.* Smith, Cameron, Crowhurst. Tlio New Zealanders gave the best exhibition they liavo provided during the tour. The scores do not indicate the even nature of the play. The old trouble of failing to seize chances near tho goalmouth was responsible for the visitors' defeat. The inside forwards were lacking in dasli, although the combination was good. Ivav, 011 the wing, played his usual spectacular game, but he shot too much at the net instead of passing to the inside men. Australia was the first to score, | Edwards catching the ball- on a rebound from Zuill and netting it. The halftime score was: Australia 1, New Zealand 0. Australia gained its second goal wh6n Crowhurst ran in from the right wing and tricked Gerrard and the custodian. Then followed a determined effort by New Zealand to prevent Australia gaining the Test hat-trick. Kershaw opened the visitors' account with a nice goal, Ives, on the wing, being mainly responsible for the opening. Excitement became intense when New Zealand got a penalty kick and Kershaw got liis second goal. Smith, the Australian centre, next came into the picture with a brilliant goal, heading the ball into the net from a corner kick by Ives. Smith again netted the ball when Zuill misjudged in attempting to clear. Smith, faced with an open goal, easily scored. There was no further score. The New Zealand forwards played good football, but lacked the understanding that was evident in the local combination. Gerrard and Stone were giants in defence. Zuill, except for one mistake, was really brilliant. Crowhurst was an outstanding player for the winners. Christie is slowing down, although lie is still a great tactician. Tho game was a good clean contest and a fine spirit was manifested. The "Daily Telegraph" says that the Soccer Tests have revealed that Zuill and Kay are the only two top-notch players of the Dominion side. A tall score in Saturday's match was only averted by Zuill's masterly saving. He stopped seemingly impossible shots. MET BETTER TEAMS. MR. NEIL McARTHUR'S OPINION "There is no question that we were beaten by better teams, and however disappointed we may feel with the showing of our side, we have to admit that the scores were no exaggeration of the merits of the two sides," said ' Mr. Neil McArthur, on his return from Australia this morning, when referring to the tour of the New Zealand Soccer team in Austraba. Mr. McArtlrur, who was a member of tho last New Zealand side to tour the Commonwealth in 1923, travelled this year as assistant manager of the team. The standard of play in the States visited had, he said, undoubtedly improved since the former visit, and New South Wales in particular had a very fine team. Two of the main disabilities in the touring side were lack of determination and absence of team work. On the other hand, the Australian combinations played with machine-like precision, and their concerted movements were delightful to watch. The failure of the New Zealand team could not be attributed to the youth of the personnel, said Mr. McArthur, who emphasised the fact that Young, the outside right of the Australian team, was a youth of only 17. His combination with Cameron, the inside right, contributed much to the success of the Australian eleven. "It was generally conceded in Ausv tralia," Mr. McArthur added, "that this year's team did not come up to the standard of that of 1923. Soccer enthusiasts in the Dominion can look forward to a treat next year when the Australian side visits us."

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SOCCER TEST., Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 148, 26 June 1933

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SOCCER TEST. Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 148, 26 June 1933

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