RESULTS OF MATCHES ; Waikiwi 0 v. Invercargill 0. Brits 10 v. Pirates 3. Athletic (forfeit to Star).
Wednesday afternoon was an ideal day for Rugby, and the four teams engaged at the Dni on Grounds pi a,'--ed real good football, all giving an exhibition far above the average The games were fast and hard, and at times exciting. The attendance was very fair, and the spectators showed their appreciation of all good work by generously applauding the players.
WAIKIWI v. INVERCARGILL. ’A very fast, hard game, play going up and down the field in terrific fashion. Invercargill had very hard lines in not securing a score on two occasions . Waikiwi had hard luck also, Dunbar grassing McNccce in the nick of time. Was it an illegal tackle, Mr Referee ? Alex. McNeece kicked the ball past Dunbar, but the Blue full tackled Alex, and prevented him from scoring. „ , , The Invercargill threequarters hart much the better combination. and Broad and OKane should hare secured scores. Broad failed to take a very faulty pass, and “Okey” was thrown into touch in goal. “Cheese" Walker played an excellent game : ho is undoubtedly the mainstay of the Blue backs.
One oi‘ the Waikiwi team stole an arm oh his jersey, but it made no difference to his play. Another' player who wants a new jersey is .lack Blackham. and lat Steeie hasn't got his yet. either. Dunbar played a very safe game, and never made a ‘ bloomer right through. Levi Foster at live-eighths was one of the best of the Blues backs. His touch-finding was one of the main features of the latter part of the game. “Col” Gunn was all right, too. but he was rather given to over-run the ball at times.
Blackham played a good game, getting the hall clean away from the scrum times out of number. He wasn't afraid of the rushes either, going down to them in line style. All the Blue forwards gave a good display, their dribbling rushes gaming them plenty of ground. Bon. Fraser. Miles, G*eO- Lang and Barlow being the most prominent. The Waikiwi forwards played a hard game, taut were not nearly so good as their opponents. Th a- did not keep so well together. Jim McXeece did not do so well this week as compared wUn his display against the Star or Urates. Still, he is the right man for the place.
Brown had very har 1 luck in twisting his ankle, and from what I saw of it he will lie some* time before he dons the colours again. Three Frasers played good games, as also did “Googs” McGrath. “Bot” Ready and Bob Gardiner. Alex. McXeece and Pyle were the pick of the Waikiwi backs, both doing fine work.
McNcece was good at finding the line, and Pyle was the only man on his side who went down to the Blue forwards. Edginton was safe, as also was Broad, and Harris did not smudge his reputation. The combination between the Red and Black rearguard was not so go®d ns the Blues’. The result should satisfy both teams, because. taking the gameright through, there was nothing between them. Waikiwi played a far better game the previous week. BRITS v. PIRATES. This game was not so fast as the earlier one, and towards the end was scrappy at times. The main feature of the match right through was the splendid kicking of Arty Reid. To put the ball between the posts three times and to hit the post with the fourth kick is not too bad. Artie was very consistent with his kicking, finding the line every time. The backs of the Red and White brigade would not be of much account without him.
Crowther played a nice game, and got in a couple of "fencers” when his team were leading.
| Dixon was good, but Meadows ’ could have given him more to do. I The “Long ’Un“ played a hotter game on Wednesday, but he can improve yet. He shouldn’t run across the ground, for one thing, and should try and keep his* head for another. “Midget” Murdoch had all the hard work, and came out of it with honour. Tommy Clark was good. So was Pat Hughes. They were at the head of all the rushes. “Pomp” Gutzewitz, Froggatt, Owen, and Ned Hughes played the game, and deserve a word of praise. Sherbourne got in several good runs, and with a bit of luck would have done the trick. He should try and work in with the other backs, though. He tries to do too much on his ’lonesome. “Sherry” was in a way responsible for letting Don Hamilton in. He tried to rush Don, and bumped Dixon instead. Crawford, the Blacks' full back, played a good game, stopping several forward rushes. His kicking. too. w;as of fine length, and he. found the touch-line very often. The Pirates “threes” played a very fair game, but did not shine so much as their opponents. “iSpuddy” Wilson was good, but he can improve on Wednesday's form. Bill Whitaker played a real good game, being slightly better than his mate, Bob Wesney. Bill opened out the game several times, and his kicks were of use to his team. Jerry Burgess did not appear to be so much in evidence this match. I don't think Jerry was getting enough bull from his forwards. But what did come his way was well done. I was expecting to see Jerry score when the “tights" were on the Brits' goal-line. On the iv-start. after the Brits’ 3rd goal, the Pirate “ups" woke up and, by some smart dribbling, Don Hamilton secured a score. Hahn It on and Gutzewitz had a good battle on Wednesday. I noticed them bumping each other pretty often. Pettigrew-. Paton. “Plum” Roberts, and Duthie were smart at following up. The Pirate vanguard 'did nob seem so keen on the ball as the Brits. Did the spell they had have- anything to do with it.
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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907
Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 7, 18 May 1907
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