Waikiwi 8 v. Pirates 3. Star 10 v. Invercargill 3. Britannia a bye. Wednesday afternoon was a fine day for football. Perhaps from a player’s point of view’ there was a bit too much sun, and no doubt the turf was rather heavy ; from a spectator’s view it was a perfect day. Tde two matches witnessed were real good games, and I must congratulate all the teams upon their excellent form. The attendance was good. WAIKIWI 8 v. PIRATES 3. These teams played a very fast game. The Pirates had the best of matters for the first twenty minutes. They managed to get three points ahead, but the Waikiwi team then took charge of matters. They put eight points up in very short time.
McGrath was responsible for one score and Alex. McXeece the other. The second spell was very even, the Blacks having the best of affairs forward. Harris, for Waikiwi, played a very fair game. He had the sting taken out of him by Hansen the Pirate. Who, as usual, does not forget to put his boot into anything. Broad, Edginton, and Pyle did a starve for the ball on Wednesday. Eraser played a fine game, and A. McXeece was fair, being responsible for one of the scores. Both were fairly clever tries, but nothing out of the ordinary. Alex, didn’t seem to be in form. Right through the game he appeared to be lazy. Geo. Fraser had a tendency to hang on to the ball- He gave an excellent display the previous week, but this week he marred it. Forde gave a good game. His openings from the scrum were very nice. Forde has been the making of the Waikiwi back team. Before he joined the Club they tried several men, but they all loved the ball too well to part with it. Consequentfy the back team was there mainly for defensive purposes. The Waikiwi forwards on Wednesday failed to come up to their form of the previous week. They, seemed lazy right through. Stili, they managed with a lot of luck to keep the Black forwards back.
“Star” Fraser was about the best of them, with McGrath, Brown, and Keady, the rest following- up. Crawford turned out again for the Pirates, and played a very fair game. I have seen him play many a better game. He let Fraser and Mc!Meece through. Metzger was not much good in hia Position. He can scarcely take the ball clean on the full. This man hasn’t played a good game this season. He seems to get excited. Folley was very fair. Once during the game he put in a big save foi his team. Getting the ball out from a loose scrum, running round aiid kicking—-
he gained about 35 yards for the Pirates-. Hanna was not much good to his team. Perhaps he’s out of form. He appears to have a lot of condition on him. Smith, Walker, and Burgess were about the best of the Blacks’ rearguard. Smith played a good game. He kept his end up far better than older fellows at the back of him. He went into everything—forward rushes, tackling his opponents with determinationWalker played a very fair game, but I expected more from him, considering his form the previous week against the Star club. "Jerry” played a good game on Wednesday. I w T as pleased to see he did not appeal to the "Doctor” so much as on the last occasion. I have it D n good authority that Jerry will appear i n a new role in a short time. Well, T should say the same role in a new place, to wit —Jerry was sketched on Wednesday. The Black forwards played a real good game. They had the best of the forward play. Their dribbling rushes should have had better results than they did have.
Hamilton was easily the best, all his work being done well. Don is a dangerous man in an opposing team’s twenty-five. He proved that on Wednesday, when he put the ball between the posts. The other forwards also played well. The Blacks have a real good pack. They are all workers —every match. Paton, Duthie, West, and Robertson were about the best of them. STAR 10 v. BLUES 3. This match was the best of the two. . This season, the second match of the day has proved to be the most attractive. The Star managed to get another win in, but the Blues hardly played up to their true form. Billy Baird, who was played fullback in place of Tommy Kane, and gave the best display in that position for the club this season. He was better than McKenzie, or oven Kane. Billy played with more dash. He used his speed to come into the passing rushes, and he managed to cross over the line once. It was a fine run of Billy’s, and he deserves praise for his work right through the game. All the rest of the Star backs played a good g a me, their passing rushes being of a high order. Raines, Giller and Donovan were all very safe, and threw the ball about as if they meant to get there. Stead and Glasgow at five eighths were both good, b\it Frank throws the ball out very wildly. Billy gave one bad pass on Wednesday. He threw the ball clean over his shoulder. Luckily Bert Stead was there to take it. Had he missed it or been elsewhere it would have been a gift for the Blues. Bert Stea dplayed a fine game. He gets more than his s&are of the hard knocks.
Once or twice he came o u t of some tight work with a thud. The Star forwards played a good game on Wednesday, hut there are too many men in the pack who want to shine. What every man wants to do is to shove —that is what he is there for. Some think they are playing in every position. This advice holds good i'or some of the other teams too. Donnelly, Ridland, Johnson, and McCreath were about the picu uf the Star men, with the rest not far liehind.
“Peachy” Reynolds played a very fair game for the Blues a t full He gave a far letter display th a n the latter games of Dunbar. McKay, on the wing for them, was out of his pl a ce, and looked to be, too. He was the weakest spot in the line. The rest of the backs played n very fair game, but nothing to about. Kot nearly so good a game as ibat they played in the previous Star match. Irwin, Blackham, and Poster were the best. They were greatly weakened by the absence of “Cheese” Walker. The weakest spots were McKay and O’Kane. Don Fraser played a real good game, and was a great thorn in Bert Stead’s side. Don came away with several good dribbling rushes. Had he been supported it w r ould have been better for the Blues. I hear, with regret, that Old Tom Brown, on Wednesday, in tackling Billy B a ird, broke his rib. Your luck must be dead out, Tom ! Geo. Kane, Martin, Miles, Pat Steele and Mockridge played decent games. “Geordie” was about the pick of the bunch.
Games Wins Draws Lost Pts Waikiwi 11 8 3 0 19 Britannia 11 6 3 2 15 In’g,ll 11 4 3 4 11 Star 11 4 3 4 11 Pirates 11 4 2 5 10
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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907
Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 13, 13 July 1907
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