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SEDDON TECH. AND STRATFORD | Though they were beaten in both contests, the visiting Stratford High Scjiool Rugby and basketball teams went down with flying colours .. against Seddon Memorial Technical i College yesterday afternoon. Auckland 'won the basketball 21—IS, and the Rugby by 15 points to 0. The visitors, who are on a three-day visit to Auckland, have been entertained at a social and a picnic.

The basketball match was an exciting encounter. A heavy shower of rain made the court slippery, but both sides played with skill and precision. Seddon led 10—9 at half-time. Fortunes fluctuated throughout the second half, and excitement ran high when, with three minutes to go, Seddon held a slender one-goal lead. The home team's superior passing, however, enabled it to score two goals right on time to clinch the verdict.

The annual Rugby match between Stratford and Seddon Memorial was played on a heavy ground, and for the most part in steady rain. It was a fast and keenly, contested game. Seddon owed its success mainly to the enterprise of both backs and forwards, who were quick to take advantage of lapses in the play of the visitors. Stratford held'a slight territorial advantage in the first spell, although Seddon led 5—3 at the interval. If anything the visitors' territorial superiority was oven more marked in the second half, but in the main they lacked the polish necessary to successfully culminate likely scoring movements. Most of Seddon's points came front break-throughs from loose play, when they caught the visitors on the wrong foot. Under the conditions the game produced a reasonably high standard of football. Stratford found the superior weight of the Auckland forwards difficult to counter, but they made amends for being shaded in the tight by playing consistently well in the loose. Rikihana and Goclley (2) scored for Seddon, the former converting a try and potting a goal. Sykes scored and Kingan kicked a penalty for the visitors.

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SCHOOLS AT PLAY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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SCHOOLS AT PLAY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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