V.M.C.A. For Final
(From "N.Z. Truth's" Wellington Rep.) Smashing their way through a disorganised .Institute side last Saturday, V.M.C.A. are now practically certain to reach the Island final of the Chatham Cup. CURPRrSBS have abounded; m. the Wellington division of the national knock-out contgst and another came ion Saturday when the young .and virile Institute team, after sharing the honors m the first" spell, went down to defeat by a margin of seven goals. V Institute, surprise packet of the season, had just completed a striking record by gaining the scalp of Marist. Against V.M;, Institute, for all their forcing tactics, were never m the picture. Indifferent play by some of tlie forward line m the winners' eleven, let chances slip m the first spell, Worth and Ballard being poor starters m the goal-getting slakes, but after half-time, there were not . many beg-pardons, and the Young Men ran out easy winners against a game and hard -battling team. Lucas showed brilliant moments, but the Institute goalie was caught at least twice by shots from a standing ball, and did not sight a third goal at all. If Y.M. maintain the form they showed last week, even though they' have not the goods they, showed when they defeated last year's Chatham Cup winners, the formidable Petone side, they will be certainties for the Island final.' Their game against St. Andrews, of Palmerston North, to be played at the Basin Reserve this" Saturday should see them two goals up when the final whistle blows. Orice matched with the winners of the Auckland bunch, though, there will be a different story. .There is scarcely the remotest chance of the' Wellington team figuring m the national final this season, i . ■ ' Championship chances m Welling-' ton are now all m the melting-pot. Diamonds, unbeaten in.the first round, have lost two critical matches and are only two points ahead of the Petone team. It is a case of history repeating itself, for at just this stage of the competition I last year, Diamonds, with a fine first round record,- failed- to stand the pressure of the final rounds and faded out to allow V.M.C.A. to. snatch the championship wreath. . Hospital provided the unexpected ;by downing the leaders by an -odd goal, and it was a game, in whidh there was nothing between, them. If Diamonds are to hold' their two-points margin there must . be more trying m their ranks. Petone, now a more dangerous side than they were m the. first round of the competition, loom nearer and nearer. :, • ; '.'
. Save for that unexpected reverse m the Chatham Cup; Petone have done great work since the second round began and their victories have been smashing. On Saturday, they beat Marist, previously ranked as one of the strongest championship contenders, by an eight-goal margin. Diamonds, on the other hand, have been battling, hard. And the two leading teams have yet to meet. As things stand, it looks as though there may be a brand new champion club •this year and that it will be m the suburbs.
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Y.M.C.A. For Final, NZ Truth, Issue 1236, 8 August 1929
Y.M.C.A. For Final NZ Truth, Issue 1236, 8 August 1929
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