WANGANUI IS SMEARED
Petone Made It A Massacre After The Lemon Spell
THE CHATHAM CUP SEMI-FINAL (From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Wellington Representative.) All over the Wanganui men who came to Wellington m quest of the right to enter the Island final of the Chatham Cup, Petone have mowed their way through to the semi-final of the contest for the second time.
THERE was not the slightest chance of any country team holding back a fit and determined side like Petone from the trip to Auckland to meet the northern winners, for the Wellington men were ready after hard training, and their forward line, the uncertainty of which has wrecked their championship chances this year, was back to fine form. They continued the level of play which saw them, gain a surprise victory over Hospital and simply smeared Wanganui by quick . passing, combination, rugged defence and dashing opportunism. It was a six-goal win, and every one of the goals was earned. The ball-control which Petone revealed was enough to beat the country men, but they added fine placement to that, halves and forwards being geared well and working together with precision. Wanganui were beaten by the time the spell came along, when Petone were 2-up. But after that, the game became a massacre. McVean, the winners' goalie, had scarcely to touch the ball and his main task was to keep himself warm. Craig, dazzling and deceptive, was the bright star of the home team, and played m a way tb secure himself representative rank. He gained two goals.
Leslie, bullocking and fast, marred
good play with the silly errors which have led to his exit from the Wellington representative side, but the balance was substantially to his credit. Behind the fine forward line was Campbell, solid and a good tactician, and two useful new men m McAuslin and Smith. This chain of halves is going to be Petone's strength. Victorious so far, have the Villagers the pace to win through against the cream of Auckland? It doesn't look as though they have unless the conditions favor them. On any turf where speed counts, the Petone men will be distanced. But they are a. greater menace this year than they were! last and N their keenness looks certain to make them formidable opponents. Their style of play will rattle anyone but the best men, but it must be made more snappy. Great feats by Hospital and Waterside have again clouded the issue of the Wellington championship, for now that the strait is reached, Diamonds have failed to dazzle. The team looks as if it cannot stay, at any rate it met another defeat at the hands of Watersiders on Saturday, and though a game behind Waterside, - is also three points down from the Wharfies m the points total for the season's honors. That means that Diamonds are out as a championship possibility, and the race will now be between Hospital and the dangerous, fast Waterside men, whose improved form was manifest within the first two games of the season. Hospital have played only 10 games against Waterside's 12, and are 4 points behind the leaders. They are equal to catching them and should provide a great finish to the championship series. Hospital showed solid merit m the way tney beat the Seatouners, themselves a leading team ancl a good one. It was lightning football, and Seatoun revealed the stuff they are made of by threatening to make a draw of it after being down 4-1. The game showed, too, what dangerous men the Hospitallers are. They took every chance they got and turned them into points, and that habit is going to be their source of trouble to their opponents. Three corners out of four earned points and that is a record to cause other teams to think hard. James, Trewick and Jefferies were all dangerous, and the winger, James, showed up particularly well. Seatoun's stars were the Kershaws, Garrod and Tonkin. At thc same time. Waterside were carving Diamonds up, showing better combination and making great gaps m. the Blacks' defence, despite the good work of Ron. McLeod, McCormack and Wotherspoon. Dickenson, at centre, was not a great success. He is too impetuous. Haines, Dunsmuir and the Wilson-Cullen combination were hefty men m the defeat, which was at a 3-1 score and finished Diamonds' championship chance.
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WANGANUI IS SMEARED, NZ Truth, Issue 1286, 31 July 1930
WANGANUI IS SMEARED NZ Truth, Issue 1286, 31 July 1930
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