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Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
CANTERBURY (Red & Black) 14 v. SOUTHLAND paroons) 3 Pts. BED AND BLACKS TOO GOOD FOR MAROONS, Southland., on Wednesday, played their second representative match. ,—against Canterbury—and suffered defeat by 14 points to 3. Two teams from the country, Eastern District v. Western District, played a curtain riser at 1.30. It was a very hard game, both teams being dead after a win. The men were hardly up to the town standard of play, very bad mistakes being made on both sides, which were ’veij amusing to the spectators. There was a very cold easterly wind blowing straight across the field. The tun .was in good condition, considering the state of the weather the last few, days. „ , . , At a few minutes three o clock the Southland men took the field, followed shortly afterwards by the representatives of Canterbury in their well-known red and black jerseys. Jim M'cNeoce started the game, and the Southland forwards forced the ball to their opponents’ twenty-live. Here scrambling play followed until the Canterbury full back with a fine kick sent the ball out well in Southland’s quarters. The Maroons worked back to the twentv-five again, where they were aw’arded a free kick, but Jim McNeece failed. The Red and Blacks never made a mistake right through the game. Their “hookers” got most of the ball, and the backs made the most of their opportunities. Mahoney scored the first try for them, and then Shannon scored. His try was rather a soft one, the ball rebounding off Billy Stead, who was standing on his own gbal-line. Billy made a determined effort to stop him, but Shannon just managed to get there. Southland scored next, Stead planting the leather over the thin white line. The score was obtained from a scramble on the Canterbury line. The ball rolled out of play, and Reid quickly threw 7 it in. Miles got it, and scrambling play followed until Miles fished it clear, picking it up he passed it out, Stead having a clear nm in, with nothing to spare, as he just managed to get it o“ver. Half time came, with the scores reading • Canterbury 6. Southland 3. In second spell, the Red and Blacks asserted their superiority right through. Deans was the first to score, right under the posts. Fuller was successful with the kick. Burdiss got the ball away from the scrum to Alex. McNcecc, who came very smartly around to take it, from Alex, to Stead, Stead to W alter, who ran a few 7 yards and then passed the ball out to Reid, but Cotton came in between and intercepted the ball, and streaked for the line. Ho ran up to Foster and passed out to Deans, the big fellow 7 placing the ball over the line between the uprights. Deans’ next try w 7 as a very pretty score. The ball _ came from Burns to Fuller, who cut in and then passed to Howison, to Deans, who ran well for the line, but. getting blocked he passed to Cotton. Foster tackled the last-named, but the ball had gone back to Deans, who crossed the line. The kick for goal failed. Southland should have been credited with another score, as I'm certain Miles scored in the north-eastern corner. The referee thought otherwise. On the day’s play, the best team certainly won, but Mr McDonald officiated with the whistle in a very in-and-out manner. Both teams suffered —the Canterbury men and Southland. The teams lined out as follow 7 s ; CANTERBURY.; Full back —A'. Doell. Threequarters —R. G. Deans (Capt.) H. M. Cotton, J. Howison. Five-eighths—G. D. Gray and ,W. Puller. Half-back—P. Burns. Forwards —J. Mahony, W. Shannon, W. Menzies, A. Alexander, B. Hopkins, T. Bain, C.- Evans, D. McPhail (winger). SOUTHLAND. Full back—H. Walker. Threequarters—A. Reid. L. W, Foster, A. McNeece. Five-eighths—A. Walker, W. Stead. Half-back—G. Burgess (Capt.). Forwards—E. Hughes, A.. C. Miles, F. Hansen, I. Jenkins, G. Johnson, H. Owen, D. Hamilton, J- McNeece (winger). Referee —Mr W. McDonald (Dunedin) r A\ Doell, full back for Red and blacks, gave a good display. His kicking to touch was excellent, find-
ing the line a good length down the field. Cotton Deans and Howison were a good trio. All played a good game, are good kicks, and found the line well. Deans made a Bloomer once he put in an excellent run, getting well within striking distance of the line, but he passed the ball out very badly ; it rolled into touch, and a fine chance was missed. Gray and Fuller were a good pair, and liad the better of their opponents as a pair. But Stead generally accounted for Fuller. Burns shone out conspicuously at half ; he fed his backs well with the ball ; played a very solid game. The Canterbury forwards were a very speedy lot. They played an extremely hard game. They obtained most of the Hall in the scrums. Were beaten on the line-outs and in the loose. McFhail -was a thorn in the Maroons’ side as wing forward. He was undoubtedly better than McNeece, and was on the ball from start to finish. H. Walker was fair as full back. I noticed ho never ran so meet the ball. He always waited for the hop. That game does not pay against such fast forwards as Canterbury. They were generally right upon him before he got the ball, and he lost yards. He was put on the wing in Jhe second spell, Foster going back, Reid centre. Reid played a better game than against Otago, but there’s room for improvement. He tackles his man around the neck still. Foster was very fair at centre, but better at full back. His kicking had more length than Walker’s as a rule. McNeece was also fair. He came into the passing once beautifully. Alex, could run a yard or so more before he kicks, though. Alex. Walker was good oil defence, fair in attack, but he was not overburdened with passes- on Wednesday. Neither was Billy Stead. Jerry seemed to prefer kicking a little way up the line. Billy made a bloomer when he let Mahonev in. How do you account for it. Bill ? “'Jerry” Burgess was fair. Fie could have sent the ball out quicker and oftener to his five-eighths. I reckon it is time Blackham bad a show in that position, Hughes and Miles had a rough time in the front. iFrom what I could see there was a fight going on in every scrum. And the Southland pair, as far as getting the ball is concerned, came off second best. Both the Maroon “hookers” 7 were good in the open. Hansen was prominent on Wednesday in the loose, but did not stick to it in the tight. Jenkins “The Veteran,” and Hamilton were Southland's best forwards on the day’s play. Isaac and Don. were in the thick of everything. Johnson and Owen were fair, but George did not play up to last week’s form. Jim McNeece was shown a few points by McFhail all the afternoon. As soon as McNeece would “tumble to one point McFhail would br.ng another out of the bag. Still, I think Jim was not in his best form. If so, it is to be hoped he will get into his best for the Auckland match. Eastern District beat the Western District by 9 points to 6. ’ & I should like to see the following team play in the Maroon colours against Auckland : Full back —Reid.Wing Threequarters —A!. Walker, W. Broad. Centre—J. McNeece. Five-eighths—A. McNeece, W. Stead.Half back—Blackham. Front row —Hughes and Ridland, Lock —Hansen. Suppoxds —Clark, Dickson, Back row—“ Star” Fraser, Miles.Wing Forward —Don Hamilton.
Football., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
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