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YOUNG MEN LOOK SILLY

Wharf ies Tread On Them To Some Purpose (From "N.Z. Truth's", Special Wellington There was no jeopardising the, championship m Wellington last week-end, for the W.F.A. prudently declined to risk Diamonds m the field on the day of a Football Association match with its demands on a swathe of the black jerseys.

WHAT opened the eyes of the unbelievers, though, ,was the .way. Waterside trod upon W.Y.M.1., scoring the hefty total of 11 goals, while the Young Men failed to., break their • duck. V.M.'s troubles began before' they took the field, for five of their men were injured and absent, and Ballard, Armitage, Rigby and Trott take some replacing. As it was, they took the field two men short. But. even so,-, had -the -Wharf les felt like it they could . have run up another useful batch of goals. V.M.'s flop was inexcusable, and a saddening commentary upon the form of a team which only two years ago won the championship by grit and graft m the face of the claims of the more brilliant Diamonds. At the same time, the way the Waterside machine functioned showed that if Diamonds miss a step this year they may find themselves, at the best, with a play-off to face before they can claim the title.

• The blacks will have to make every post a winning-post and the next month is bound to be hard going. The championship table is now somewhat complicated as the result of Waterside and Petone being two matches ahead, and two wins up on the rest of the bunch. The Wharfies are only one point -behind Diamonds, and Petone hold 9 points m credit, while Diamonds stand at the top of the table with 14. Seatoun, likely rivals, are 12 points, one point below Waterside and two below Diamonds, but, like the Wharfies, have played one game more than, the leaders.

..The greatest rivalry is coming from Hospital, who now hold 11 points, and also only one pip behind the leaders if Diamonds fail, m any one match.

With this open field no one can say the- title is anywhere but up m the air. Hospital gathered more laurels on Saturday when they ended Seatoun's career m a friendly- game by 5 goals to 1. Tt looks a good score, but the Seatoun men were not at full strength, and had to take the field with borrowed players m order not to miss their engagements to play their championship rivals.Both teams had sent good men to the north for the first English Trophy match of the season. The result, therefore, does not give a line on what will happen when they meet again, but Hospital will be hard. Chatham Cup games will monopolise attention when the teams turn , out on Saturday, and the star event of the day will fie the Diamonds-Hospital game .which most unfortunately is on the Hospital ground. Why the W.F.A. could not arrange to liave such a draw played m town is a mystery. The only explanation . lying about is that Petone are meeting Waterside m the other contest to decide the right of entry to the local final, and Petone have a solid crowd of followers who assure a good gate. Winners of the National Knock-out contest m the first year of their life, Petone will make another determined attempt to get m the honors this year to atone for their championship failure. But it will be surprising if they get past Waterside on the Wharf men's recent form. r Diamonds will have the game of the series at Hospital, and if they succeed it will be by the narrowest of margins. Real Cup-tie football may be expected, and it would not be surprising if there were a re-play:

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YOUNG MEN LOOK SILLY, NZ Truth, Issue 1284, 10 July 1930

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YOUNG MEN LOOK SILLY NZ Truth, Issue 1284, 10 July 1930

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