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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 8 June 1907
Waikiwi (red & black) 9 v. Pirates (black) 6.
Invercargill ’(blue and black) 11 v Star (bine and white) 3. Britannia, a bye-
The above teams were engaged on the Union Grounds on Wednesday, and two excellent games resulted. The ground seemed to be in good condition. The gate was fairly good, but I fully expected to see a fai* bigger attendance. There was a good sprinkling of the fairer sex present, which I was very pleased to see. Jfo doubt the day is coming when we shall see as many ladies present as gentlemen. It was an ideal day for those engaged in the national pasr time, but for spectators it was rather chilly. We have been very fortunate this season in not having any wet , cold days, and no doubt this is one of the reasons why we have witnessed so many good games: this season. WAIKIWI v. PIRATES. The Red and Blacks scored their second win over the Pirates this season, and they thoroughly deserved it. As a team, they are a far better lot than last year's premiers. Both .teams did some very clever things, hut taking - things all round, the Red and Blacks were far more consistent. At full back Billy Harris was not nearly so good as his vis-a-vis Crawford . He did some good things certainly, but he seemed very bustled at times. His kicking was not up to his usual standard. Perhaps it was one of Billy’s off-days. Pyle was the best of the Waikiwi "threes,” and was the only one who went down to rushes; He put in a great "save” once during * the game, taking the ball from under the Black forwards’ toes, then flung himself into touch. Broad was the weak spot, his game being rather poor. Edgington was playing a good game, and I must congratulate him and Pyle on the way the ball was flung about. Of the Waikiwi five-eighths, Mc■Neece was easily first. His straight run on Wednesday was certainly one of the best efforts I have yet seen him make. In fact, all through the game he played one of his best games. At half, Forde, who has recently returned from Wyndham, gave a good display. He is the best man the Reds 'have bad in that particular position this season. Forward, the Waikiwi team were on the ball all the time.
“Googs” McGrath, “Star” Fraser, 'Jim McNeece, and the rest of them played real good games. They went out as a team should go out : with the full intention to .win.
And they played every point they knew 7 .
Crawford (Pirates) was the best man in his position on the field on Wednesday.
His kicking, fielding, and following was of the best standard.
He saved his side time after time, and he is the safest man the Pirates have. Of their "threes,” well—l don’t think much of them.
Forrester was the worst, but at the same time we must take into consideration that it was his first game this season. He is plucky, but he does not yet know enough. That is easily remedied. Get some of the older hands to give him a few points. Metzger, on the wing, does not seem to like the forward rushes:.
Talcing his game through and through, he gave a very poor exhibition of wing three-quarter play. Wilson again has not the dash. Ho is speedy enough, but does not know how to use his speed. Smith was the best of the fiveeighths on his side, and seemed to do the correct thing every time. "Jerry” Burgess played one of his best games to date.
His score was one of the nicest individual scores I have ever seen.
He "diddled” them all, and yet seemed to do it so easily. Jerry is still the kin pin of halves as far as Southland is concerned. Of their forwards, well they did not play a BAD game, but yet Waikiwi wore all over them.
They were on the ball all the time, but there seemed to be something wrong.
Baton, West, Duthie. and Hansen were the most prominent. The Pirates played a man short in the first spell. And no doubt it told upon the noble band of six who were shoving in the scrum.
in the second spell an oyster shoveller by the name of Dixon came to the front and filled the gap. He showed himself to be willing, but ignorant as far as the fine points of the game went. He was in trouble all the time — underneath the quashes—last in the scrum—in fact, he was lost.
It is not the usual thing for a Bluff iiian to be at the bottom of the list either.
And speaking of the Bluff, I must congratulate all the boys from the port on the way they played.
INVERCARGILL v. STAR. Invercargill won, and thoroughly deserved to win. I lift my hat to you, “Blues.” IThe game was fast and furious, the ball going up and down the field in fine style. There were very few scrums during the game. I don’t think there were more than eight. Dunbar, at full back, passed through the ordeal, and came out on top. He was far better than McKenzie, yet I thought his luck was in. The ball came into his hands every time—if not on the “full” it would come on the “hop.” Of the Blue “threes,” all played well. They ran, kicked, and passed with judgment. Gunn at centre, and Broad were the best, and everything that came along was “pie” to them. Walker was good. So was Foster. They opened out the game g'randly. Walker did not use his boot to the ball so much as he usually does.
At half Blackham gave a 'good display, and got the hall away to bis backs.
His ta-y was a good one. He slipped past Donnelly on the blind side of the scrum, then.fell on the ball. It w 7 as right underneath the posts, and of course Cheese” Walker added the extras.
The Blue forwards all played well, but were not the superiors- of the other pack. In one department they -were certainly superior—that was condition. The most prominent men in the Blues were Miles, McKay, Lang, and Don. Fraser.
The Star forwards gave a good game, and deserved better luck. They, were not quite so good in the '‘squashes 1 ” as their opponents. They will take a lot of beating yet. Ridland, Jenkins l , McCreath, and Martin were the best.
At half, Phil, Hurley gave a good display, and his throws in from the line were very straight. He excels in that, if in nothing else.
Of the Star hacks. Stead G-iller and Donovan were best.
Raines tried to do too much, and gave his poorest display this seasonTommy Kane on the wing was all right. One fault w a s kicking the hall too far down the field. Neither he nor his forwards could got underneath the hall in time. Anyway, it invariably went right into Dunbar’s hands.
Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 8 June 1907
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