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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907
/Town Team (jblack) 11, v. Combined Country (colours) 3. Waikiwi (red and black) 12, v. Railway Workshops 8.
The Union Ground was again the scene of operations on Wednesday lass, when the above teams tried their skill with the leather sphere. Town v. Country turned out first. It was a fairly good game. The town team had all the best of the game in the first spell, obtaining .the ball regularly in the scrums and lineouts. The town backs were also far superior, Billy Stead making .openingafter opening. In the second half the country men played a better game, and seemed to be more in the swim, but the Blacks seemed to put a finer finish to their work. Of course, . as far as combination is concerned the country team were heavily handicapped, as the majority of £he men had never played together before. The Colours put up a very plucky fight, but I do not thing any of them are worthy of representative honours. The game between the Wednesday and Saturday premier teams was a good one to watch. It was a dingdong go from start to finish, but superior combination beat the Saturday men in the end. The Waikiwi men were considerably weakened in he back division, Alex. McNeece,. Pyle, Geo. Fraser, Billy Harris being absent from their ranks. The
Workshops have a very good team, hut they are not nearly so good as Waikiwi, especially Waikiwi at their lull strength. The Workshops were without the services of Doherty and Donovan, their centre and wlngthreequarter.
TOWN v. COMBINED COUNTRY. In the first spell the town had things all their own way. They had the ball every time in the scrums, and made use of it, as they scored 11 points. In the second, however, the country team played better together, and gave the town men a tough time of it. Irwin, full back for town, was not such a brilliant success this week as he was at Riverton. He was not too safe this week, yet at Riverton he could do nothing wrong. Raines gave a very fair showing, but should not cut in so often as he usually does. But one could scarcely judge either of the wings, as Reid generally jammed them right on to the touch-line before giving the ball away. As far as I have seen this season, Reid is good in one particular department only, in taking and kicking the ball. He is undoubtedly good there, and if he gets into the reps, this year it should be as full back. Even then I am rather afraid of his defensive abilities. Of Sherbourne I saw very little, as far as play goes. He was fair on defence. The passes he got from Reid could be counted upon the fingers of one hand. ‘ Stead was the best man on his side • —'his opening-s- were grand, and every score came from him. Billy seems 1 to do the right thing every time, and if he had not been there the country team would have gone very near to doing the trick. Foster played a good game as well, but he is not a “Stead” by any means. “Fossy” was good all round, and kept his end up all right. Burgess played a good game also. Jerry was here, there, and everywhere. 1 missed Jerry's shouting today, though. Why so silent, Jerry ? The town forwards played well, but in the second spell they seemed to fall off, especially on the.line. In the heavy bullocking work, Miles, 'Duthie, Hanfeen and Small were the pick, and in the open and lineouts Robertson, Owen, Jenkins, and Hamilton were the best. Dunn, for the country team, was fair. I don't know whether he is a new chum at the game or not, but he seemed to lose his head a lot. His kicking was poor, having no length, and he could not find the line. Martin and Mills played fair games, Mills being the bettor man of the two. . Charlton —well, I thought he knew something about the game ; but on his showing on Wednesday last he knows nothing. He wac the weakest link in the chain. Lomas was fair. I have seen hfm play far better games. His 1 line-find-ing was not up to his usual standard. Herbert was also fair. Fallow played a good game, but he was not up to Jerry’s standard. Of the backs Mills, Lomas, and Fallow were the pick. The country forwards played a good game. They are all honest players and good grafters. Taking the game right through, they had the best of the line-outs. And had they known a little more about the game they would be a splendid pack. Barney Printz, Bain, Moffett, Dickson and Hirst were good right through, with the others not far behind. Hirst. as winger, played a real good game, and came out with some of his old tricks on Wednesday.
WAIKIWI v. RAILWAY WORKSHOPS. The.se two teams played a very hard game. The tackling on froth sides was very, very keen. The scores indicate the difference between the two teams. The Workshops pßiyed well in the opening stages of the game, but the weight of the Waikiwi men was too much for them. Oodkerill, for Waikiwi, was not too safe. His grdat fault seemed waiting for the ball on the hop. It, usually beat him, and he had to turn to get the ball. He was exscemely lucky in getting out of the difficulties. Broad, on the wing, placed a real good game. When he gets the ball he makes straight for the Hne.
His dash is something good to see, and when on the run he takes some stopping. He did not make any mistakes on Wednesday, and with a little more experience and coaching he ought to make a good man. McCurdy did not do very well. This is his first senior game, I think, and perhaps he was a wee bit nervous. Edginton, as five-eighth and halfback, played a good game. His one fault seemed to be when playing at half—using the blind side of the scrum too often. Watty Forde played well as fiveeighth. He managed to pot a nice goal. If I am correct, I think it is the only potted goal this season. Half-back, Forde played a good game of football. He always seemed to be in the thick of it. He made some nice openings at times, and also got his team out of some tight corners. The Waikiwi forwards were too heavy for their opponents, but even then they had a very hard fight. They kept their end up. Star Fraser, McNeece (who played everywhere onW ednesday), “Bot:' Heady McGrath, Gardiner, and Brown were the most prominent. Haselmore, full back for Workshops played his best game this season. He was safer than Cockerill, and his kicks were of good length. The Workshops’ threequarters did not have a great deal of wofk to do. The ball came to them but seldom. Currie played a fair game. He could have fed young Wilson more than he did- , especially in the second spell. Harvey and Alex. Walker played goad games. They mfirred their display by hanging on to the ball too long. One of the Railway barrackers wanted to know if they were going to take the ball home with them. It looked as if they wanted to. Crawford played a good game, but he did not get a great deal of ball from his forwards. Of the Workshops’ forwards, Johnson, Taylor, and Robinson all .played real good games. Taylor was the best. He was at the head of every rush. All af the Maroon forwards played a good game. It is stated that an old Invercargill player in the person of Peter Ward is going to England with the professional team. I hear that the personnel of the professional team is to be published to-day; I am certain it is eagerly awaited in some quarters. George Stephenson, the pro., occupied a seat in the stand on Wednesday last. He threatened to report! some one for wagering. Who was he culling Munchausen.
Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907
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