NOTES FROM FAR AND NEAR.
(By "Kick Off.")
Three Christchurch Soccer clubs have nominated teams for the New Zealand Chatham Cup— the equivalent to the English Cup m England. They are Suhnyside- (runners-up to the champion South Island team last season), Nomads and Rangers. The Wellington, selectors are 'still getting a lot of hard things said about them. One or two critics m the daily papers are stiil harping about Geordie Campbell. Geordie Campbell never m the whole of his career, m Wellington anyhow, showed us how to play the centreforward game like Trotter, of .Canterbury. All the fans that saw the match can speak of nothing else. North Shore, Auckland, who have Jones and Palmer, late of Wellington, m their ranks was knocked out of the Chatham Cup. . '• Twenty-nine teams m New Zealand have entered- for the Chatham Cup or m other words the New Zealand Association Football Cup. : Auckland and Duhedin have held it, so what about it Wellington? Can we do it this year? V.M.C.A. are the only team to be given neutral linesmen at the Hospital. Why the V.M.C.A.? Aren't other teams entitled to the same bill of fare? Does V.M.C.A. pay a bigger subscription than Marists, Thistle and other teams ? Why wet nurse , the Young Men? Is it that the Hospital linesmen are good enough sports for other teams but not for Y.M.? ••■.-■■ That reminds me that a certain daily reporter is very one-eyed where Y.M. is concerned and every Y.M. player m the team against Canterbury came m for a lot of bouquets, but -the others were "duds." Watersiders got a bad trouncing, last Saturday, Diamonds putting 1 it over them to the' tune of "eight to nil. Watersiders deserved to get it m the neck. Their play was that bad it was painful to watch. Each player was for himself and had no idea of combination play or position play either. A rumor is going round that most of their third-class team is to come up senior. , May they make good is the earnest wish of "Kick Off" and if they do they will only prove what some good judges say: that third-class football is better thah senior. Dickinson, Stocks and Daniels made a weak defence look weaker and each had a field day. The one-back, game- as played by Diamonds properly ' disheartened ' the Waterside forward line, and not one man knew how to combat it. The Blacks' defence thereby had an easy day, but Cutler had some hard, long shot's to deal. with. Three draws out of four matches is some record. A total of 22 goals were scored m the senior A grade. Yet some people grumble. V.M.C.A. nearly came undone last Saturday, for after having a lead of three clear, goals, Hospital came with a wet sail and nearly gathered the two points. Y.M. were lucky the referee was on the blind side of McGirr when he handled the ball m front of goal. Nicholle proved the goods, especially, seeing he was up against such an experienced left-half as Simons is. McKee watched Campbell very closely and it was only from a penalty that he could score. It is surprising how Hughes keeps going like he does., He was going great guns at the finish of a hard match. Marists through poor shooting lost a valuable 1 point last Saturday and to have a ghost of a chance must beat Y.M. next week. Bing, of Thistle, gave Barton a bad time of it and the clever Marists winger was a cripple most of the first spell. The Rudolph brothers are only wee chaps, but they are good and must be well m the running for rep. honors. McVeah had a field day on Saturday and he was responsible for Thistle getting away with a share of the spoils. A good goalie is this chap. Some excitement was caused m the Scottish Wanderer's match with Institute and the Scotties were very lucky to get a point. Shute supporters claim that the third goal, did not go m at all. You cannot beat having nets to save all disputes. V.M.C.A. C had a runaway victory over Petone last Saturday. Johnnie Ingham, playing for the latter, was unlucky m hurting his foot. Welgasco are still like the Watersiders — without a win. They went under to Johnsonville by the odd goal m five. Brooklyn had a nice win over V.M.C.A. B team and deserved their victory. Diamonds -B -just sneaked home from, Swifts, but it was the wretched shooting that made the victory such a narrow one. ■ . ■ • • Swifts have an unbeaten record m the junior championship, so perhaps next year we may see Wellington's champions of years past come back to brilliancy again. Mulch, the one-time Newcastle goalie, can pick up a football with one hand. Sutcliffe, of old renown, was another who could do it. When it is. a question of steam coal, the name , "W.estport-Stockton" is one to conjure* with. .Just as this, coal is a household word £or domestic purposes, so is it with the men who want power and want.it quickly and economically. The low percentage of ash, too, makes Westport-Stockton outstanding as ..a clean fuel. It is proverbial among the engineers and stokers who go down to the sea m ships, and • the ~ same superiority is evident wherever steam power is used, on sea or land.*
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SOCCER, NZ Truth, Issue 1020, 13 June 1925
SOCCER NZ Truth, Issue 1020, 13 June 1925
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