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Thistle and Western In South (From "N.Z. Truth's" Christchurch Rep.) FINALISTS m the local division, of the „ Chatham Cup competition are Thistle irid Western, who downed Nomads and Rangers respectively, , with a 1-0 score m each case, m the semi-nrials on Saturday. Either, of these two winning teams would be likely to render a good account Df itself with the Dunedin champions, but the chances of Western must be favored now. ■ ' This team played with much more dash uid all-round energy than did Thistle, md would doubtless reproduce that dashing energy on the southern ground: with the representation'. of the Island at stake. ;:'■■■ Rumor — but a reliable bird m this ■\ case— has. it thai Thistle went on to ; the field against Nomads determined, for purely private reasons, to run up a degrading of^ about ,20 to nothing," and'' show Nomads' vp v properly. It did not come off — well,, hardly. ; Thistle's usually, compact attack was not m evidence, and it was largely the solid ■ grafting of the halves, lan McLeod, Alec Sutherland and Alec Walker — all representative players — that kept the team's endup m the finish. ■ . , Western and Rangers gave a much more spirited exhibition, but the almost total fade-out staged by Rangers over the last of the distance was. uninspiring. Probably it was the hard bustle of the fit Western outfit that settled rangers. Except for Harry Sloan, the invincible pocket-edition centre-forward, Joe Wilson, centre-half, and W. Lorrimer, rightback, most of the team was laboring tow.ards whistle time. C. Morgan, the Ranger's outside-left, would be*a dandy if only he had a shade ' more pace. He has a deadly, long-range 1 shot with his left foot, but on several occasions, after he has beaten the field and 1 comes m closer for position, a full-back 1 running diagonally has overtaken him at the critical instant. i, '

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THE FINALISTS, NZ Truth, Issue 1285, 17 July 1930

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THE FINALISTS NZ Truth, Issue 1285, 17 July 1930