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V.M.C.A. For Final

(From "N.Z. Truth's" Wellington Rep.) Finishing with a rattle, V.M.C.A; \ reached the Island final of the Chatham Cup last week when they, downed St. Andrews from-Palmer-ston North. >• "< ■' • THE score; 4-2, represented the two--1 goal margin that "N.Zi Truth" prophesied would separate the teams at the end of the match. • It was a game fight by the Palmer - ston North men, who were actually a goal ahead when the second spell was naif gone, but the grim, battle of the. WelliQgtbnians was too much- for' the country team's staying powers. Two -men" damaged m collisions, Lyon and .Ward, .did riot add to the defence being steadied down. , The unorthodox game of the .Young Men. with its} long kicking from backs to forwards, opportunist half-back play and spoiling tactics upset St; Andrews less than was expected. The combination and nlpplncss of the provincial players enabled them to go on playing their orthodox game m a manner which would have been impossible to less -well-balanced sides. Fine wingers and fast backs made St. Andrews a thoroughly good side and,- at times, their goalie, Tarrant, was brilliant. Stewart, m the Palmerston club's forwardline, was a glittering gem.. . ■ Invariable barometer of YiM.C.A.'s form is full-back, McGirr, and on Saturday the ground suited him. With ."Mac" m form, the rest of the ■team went after the goods and got them. Penetrating forward play and sound defence won "the game, itigby, Ballard and McLeod flashing m solo efforts which had the visitors puzzled. .Even Epic -Worth, weakest link m the forwards, played up to the level of his team-mates. Armitage, at centre-half, was the only really indifferent man m the team, and , m attack he did some sound work. ■ | Next oh the programme is the island final m which the Young Men stand "to meet Tramways from Auckland. Y.M., : 1 1 1 1 ■ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ii 1 1 1 1 n 1 1 1 1 1 iin 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ull m 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 m 1 1 m 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 n 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ii 1 1 1 1

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiniiiin sound as they have shown themselves, are' scarcely':' likely to-be a match, for the superior speed of this Auckland side. Out to win the> consolation prize of the Chatham Cup now that they have, lost the champion.shhlp, they will go after victory, but jook as though they will miss it by a. goal at least. ,If McGirr is rattled by the pace of the Auckland men there may be a debacle. AVeiiington championship prospects remain hazy, but with three matches to go, Diamonds seem- .assured of 'a, tie at the top of. the ladder. .•.•* : ■ At present holding a two-point margin from Petone, Diamonds seem certain to fight their way through the remaining fixtures without more than one loss. That loss most likely will be to Petone, whose improved form m the second round gives them a margin of superiority. Apart from their- unexpected . reverse from V.M.C.A., m the Chatham Cup, PPre r lone have npt been troubled by any team they have met since. the second round opened. .'..'.'■ ■ - All things point to Petone continuing their unbeaten way and bracketing themselves with Diamonds- with a 20-point total at the head of the championship table. A play-off is looming, and if there Is one, the villagers should get there. Weakest m the competition are the , Institute and Thistle teams, both of. which hold only seven championship points. The uncertainty of the game Is seen m the fact that V.M.C.A., Island finalists In the Chatham Cup, are also reposing at the foot of the ladder with a similar total. Y.M. are a better team than the others,now, and 'have played less games, so seem assured of a move above their rivals. But if they concentrate on the Chatham' Cup at the expense of- club games they may be m the absurd position of having won a national knock-out trophy and yet being relegated to the senior B grade at the close of the season, ■ < •■ .» • ■•

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Y.M.C.A. For Final, NZ Truth, Issue 1237, 15 August 1929

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Y.M.C.A. For Final NZ Truth, Issue 1237, 15 August 1929

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