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Pirates (black) 3 v. Star (blue and ■white) 3. Waikiwi (red and black) 9 v. Britannia (rod and white) 6. Invercargill a bye.

On Wednesday afternoon the- crowd at the L'nion Grounds were delighted ■with the display of the four teams engaged there, There was a fail 13 good attendance owing to the line afternoon. There was a stilt noith wind blow-ing, which assisted the teams playing with it. The fust match was lull of excitement. and both teams made a very good showing, The Star team excelled in the back division, and the Pirates had the best of -matters forward, especially in the tight scrums, evert" man appearing a worker. At half time the blue and white seemed to be tw>■ tired, and in the second spell, with the assistance of the wind, the Pirates kept them penned in their own half of the ground most of the lime. The Waikiwi team won from the Britannia and deserved their win. They played lar better and more attractive- football, and they also seemed keener on tin: ball than their opponents. The Brits were weakened by the absence of Hughes, who is touring with the X >.Z. team, and also through their wing forward Gutzewitz. being out of the team, owing to injuries received last week. The Waikiwi team have a four point lead over their nearest opponents no" > and have practically a mortgage over the premiership. Still one never can tell, in football —and a couple of losses for them will make things vorv interesting for outsiders. Mr Gedrtcs officiated in the first match and Mr McGrath in the second. STAR v. PIRATHS. These two old rivals had another good go on odnesday. 1 he match was a draw, and the verdict should be satisfactory. The Star backs wore very solid, both in defence and attack, and had they got more ball from their forwards they would have undoubtedly added materially to 'their score. The Pirates were by far the better team forward, and 1 hey got most of the ball in the scrums. They played with determination, and put every ounce into the scrums. The Pirate backs wore good individually, but they lacked the combination 04 their opponents. Tommy Kane, the blue and whitewinger was played full back on .Wednesday, and made a better showing than McKenzie. Tommy ought to make a good man in that position, as he has plenty of foot, takes a ball well, and is a good kick. Donovan played a very good game. Tie is very solid, a good tackier, what he lacks is speed. If he was only a little faster he would make things hum. as he means to score every time he handles the ballOilier played in the centre, and scorned to be in the thick of it from start to finish. Sid played with judgment-, and did some excellent things for his side, especially in opening out the game. “Chuck” Raines was placed on the wing - for this match, and g a ve a better display on Wednesday than he has of late. He made some good runs, and his kicking was done well. He centred thp ball once, and opened our the • ame grandly. Prank Glasgow turned out for his team on Wednesday', but was out of form, both in his kicking- and passing. He seemed to pass the ball out very wildly at times, once in fact, throwing it to one of his wing’s feet.

Still, Frank strengthens the hack team of the Star, and is a man one would rather havs pi a.. . g for you than against you. 1 hope your log will not trouble you again, Frank. Billy Stead played a great game. Perhaps he was not 'quite as good as in the two previous matches. He opened out the game grandly at times, and was easily the best back on the fieldBert Stead also displayed a S' oocl . game. He w a s very solid in defence work, and what ball he got he made the most ofIt was rumoured he has definitely given up the game. I am glad to find that it is not correct. I hope he will be good for a good many seasons yet. as he has the makings of a real good halfThe Star forwards all played fairly well, but they were not so solid as their opponents. Mick Byan turned for his old club, and gave a very -air showing. He seemed a trifle out of form, but no doubt that will return to him after a few matches. TUdland was about the best of them, and he compared with any forward on the ground. This player's consistent form should greatly enhance his prospects for the rep. team. Jenkins, as wing, forward, was not as good in that position as he was the last game lie played there. Still ho was fair., Hamilton seemed too big for Isaac to bump aside. Me Breath was good on the line out, but he woidd be a lot better if he would try and take the ball clean on the line-outs. Johnson was in one of his happy moods. The selection committee want to keep their eyes on him for future honours. Pave Small was good ; and McKenzie fair. Forrester played full back’ again on Wednesday, and he played a very fair game. This man has changed his position every' time he has played in the seniors. lie has I,>een centre-three, five-eighth and full back, and his proper place is wing three quarter, 1 reckon it is up to the Pirates to give him a trial there. He couldn’t be- such a great lot inferior to 1111 son or Metzger at any' rate, Fulle.v played a good -game : he strengthened the back team. Metzger played a fair game, bui not at all brilliant. Smith also played a fair game. Ho deserves his place in the team. Walker was good. He did any amount of good things. He seems to be very fast with his feet —running and in getting in his kick.He puts plenty of leather in, and sends the ball high cnoug-h to get under it again. Burgess played another g-ood game, but considering the amount of ball he- got from the scrums he was not nearly' so good this week as he was fast. The Black forwards all played well. They' had a hard game, on a. heavy ground, and they passed through the ordeal splendidly• Puthie and Kicrnan had the best of matters in the front row, duo no doubt to the weight behind them. Hansen and Bobertson played fair games and Patou was good everywhere, especially the line-outs. "West was also good. 1 hear that, Boag Joined the ranks of the benedicts on Saturday'. If that’s correct, Boag. I wish you every success and happiness. Hamilton, as wing; forward, was as usual good-. His goal, which made the match a draw, was an excellent effort. He had hard luck on another occasion.

WAIKIWI V. BRITANNIA. The second match between the above teams was exciting. In the first half, with the wind, Waikiwi seemed to be all over their opponents. It looked as if they were going to put up a recor'd score’ Hacks and forwards piaycd with great dash, and they managed to cross the red and white line on three I occasions. I! Mo Xeece scored one try for them ; I Pyle and Broad also one each. DarI ragh just missed scoring hy inches. Is But they failed miserably with the J kicks to add further points so the scoresWhen the spell ended they were nine points to the good, and having to face the wind in the next half. They started the second spell well, but didn't keep it up, and very soon the Brits had them defending. The Brits managed to score twice. Tommy Clark being responsible lor one try. 9 Harris, for the winners, was very fair. His kicks wore of good length, but on the whole his play was not quite as good as Crowther. Waikiwi were somewhat weakened by the absence of Alex. McXeece, but they managed to find a good substitute in Barragh on the wing. He played a real good game, and Waikiwi are exceedingly lucky in having him to fall back on. Pic is far better than many wings who play for senior teams in town. Edginton played a good game ; he opened out the play very nicely at times. Broad, the other wing man, made a good showing. All his work was very nicely clone. Cco. Fraser played his best game this season on Wednesday. He did not hang on to the ball as much as he usually docs. Pyle was shifted up a little closer to the scrum, as live-eighths, and he gave as good a display there as he did at wing three-quarter. Pyle seemed to be in trouble there with his leg. I hope it is nothing serious. Waikiwi cannot afford to lose him just at present. 1 should not think the selection committee will have much trouble in picking the wing forward this year. .Jim M.cXecca will undoubtedly be the man to fill that position. His yilay on Wednesday was great. He was the man mainly responsible lor his team's success against the present runners up. He seemed to do the correct thing every time, and never made a mistake right through the -game. The Waikiwi forwards ail played well, especially Koady and Gardiner, and Brown in the lock and line-outs. The three Frasers were also good, especially on the line-outs, and ‘‘Googs" McGrath was there or thereabouts also. Crowther, full back for the Brits, played a rea' good game. He is very s u lid, and knows exactly what to do, and how to do it. Sherbourne played a very fair game but did not: bring off any of his demon runs on Wednesday. Dixon also played a . very fair game • up to the time of his injury. He is a very nice little player, but I suppose those things cannot be helped. ITeriot came on i» his place and played very creditably. MoDermid speculated a terrible lot. He was lucky with his specs, too, but, some day he will let his side down, and then they will drop him. Dan Fraser and Artie Reid wore a very poor five-eighths lino. Fraser was the best of the two in ray opinion. Artie was mainly responsible for letting in Waikiwi on two occasions. Ho -went to cut oft the p a s-sos instead of tackling his mas. A jdaycr

of his experience ought to know bet-* ter. Murdoch was good all through, 1 can only repeat w hat j. nave said before. He is not a uriiiiant player, but he is very, very consistent.; ‘■‘Shackles" Hughes was undoubted-; ly tha man on his side.. He was everywhere. He must have been sore on- Thurss day or Friday, I should think, by the way he was pulled about. He got one jersey torn oh him and another very near that state as well. "Shackles" was pulling o v cr everybody, clutching, scrambling. and clawing everything and everywhere. He had spells. X would lose sight of him for about live minutes, but he would turn up again and break out in a fresh place. He managed to got a mark, but I very much doubt whether he deserved it or not. He .was buried by Waikiwi men, and one could not sec who had taken the ballSmall played a good game for 14ie Brits. He was particularly good on the line-outs, and seemed about the only man taking it clean in the team. Owen was good, especially in 'do-. fence. Ho saved a certain score once.-. His kick for goal went very wide of the posts, though. He must have placed the ball to go tween tho 25 yards and half was d ags. Clark was good. He w r as always on the ball, and he deserved the try he got, too. The public evidently thought so, for they, gave Tommy a great reception. higgle lon played a fair game, but nothing great. Jim Herbie turned out for his old club once again, but he must be sadly neglecting his training. The position of clubs at the concluding matches of the second round is as follows : PEEMTERSH IP TABLE.

Games Wins Draws Lost Pt9 Waikiwi 10 7 3 O ir Britannia 10 r y ?> 2 13 Tn’g'ill 10 4 8 o n ! Pirates 11) 4 2 4 10 Star 10 S 3 4 9

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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 12, 6 July 1907

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