The matches were postponed on Wednesday last owing - to the weather. It was a great disappointment to a large number of people, as both matches on the programme would have been good, strenuous games, especially that between Waikiwi and Star. These teams have met twice. The first game resulted in a win for Waikiwi by 5 to nil, after a very close and interesting game. The second match sVas drawn, the Star having a try and the Waikiwi team a goal from a mark. Taking the above resuits, it is possible that had they played on Wednesday it would have been an extremely hand tussle.. The postponement was not such a great disappointment to either the Invercargill team or the .Britannia team. Both would have boon weakened considerably—the Blues by the absence of Tom Brown, "Cheese” Walker and Irwin, and the Bed and Whites by the absence of Tom Clark, Ned Hughes, and Gutzewitz. YEW SOUTH WALES v. NEW Z EAT, AND. July 18—N.Z. 11 points v. N.S.W. 3. July 17—N.S.W- 11 pts. v. N.Z. nil. The above figures are the results of the two match.-s played by the N.Z. team during the present tour. They cannot, either of them, be received by New Zealanders generally with any large amount of enthusi’ asm. We are informed by the cables that the Welshmen had by far the best of the game in the first, match, and also that they should have scored on at least three occasions. We have been so used io seeing the N.Z. team literaliy running over their opponents that when we hear that the other side has had the best of the game, the news is received with impatience and a sense of disappointment. But if we were disappointed with the game in that direction we were still proud of the win—proud because our representatives had the stamina and resource to pull the game practically out of the fire. Wo accepted the win. but with no great 'delight, and on the hearing of the result of the first match we promised ourselves a treat when we heard the result of the second game. Then came the news that several of the N.Z. team were unable to play. Even then we had no idea that the N.Z. team would lie beaten 1 But such is the case. They were beaten to the extent of 14 points to nil, and the result makes anything but pleasant reading for New Zealanders. We do not know at present in what particular department the fault lies, but when the team went over 1 was confident that, providing we held the scrums and got most of the ball, that the backs would do the rest. At present we have practically nothing to base our opinions on, and thcreforoyflH-. out of the question to discu|flHpiatter properly. When a mcMHßmpt etc ceport arrives we will he aoTU to go further into the matter. I am rather surprised that “Hooker” Hughes was not picked for either of the N.Z. teams, especially •after g-etting such a good report of his play in the match at Wellington. Perhaps it would have been to New Zealand's avvantage had they given him a -ame. NOTES. The Invercargill senior matches are to finish next Wednesday, 24th inst. The trial games arc to be played as follows July 31—Eastern District to " play a town team at G'ore. Western District to play a town team at Riverton. August 7 —Waikiwi (Premier Team ■of Wednesday matches) to play railway workshops (Premier Team of
Saturday competitions). Combined countin' team to play a team picked from, balance of town teams. August 14—Pinal trial match. Winton travelled to Invercargill on Wednesday to play Athletic 11. The ground was terribly muddy ond heavy. Winton were a long way the heavier, team. The game was a very close one, and ended in a win for Winton by one try to nil. The score came from an excellent passing rush Mr Daniels controlled the game in a very aide manner. I regret to htar of the death of ■"Watty” Smith. who represented Southland during their tour last .year. He had given up the game, knd nothing would induce him to turn out on the field ag-ain. “Watty” was of rather a quiet disposition. He was well-known and highly respected in 1 nvercargill. We extend our sympathy to his bereaved parents.
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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 14, 20 July 1907
Football. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 14, 20 July 1907
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