Symud i'r prif gynnwys
Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

23 erthygl ar y dudalen hon





Mabon Appointed Miners' Treasurer.

Swansea Hawker Turns Nasty.







Brutal Assault at Morriston.

A Dip in the Nant.

I Swansea Old Woman Burned,

Buffalo Bill Henpecked.

Marquise de Lisle Divorced.…




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*4 FOOTBALL NOTES. | BY "OLD ATHLETE." Saturday's Sensational Inter- national. Ireland Over-Runs the Welsh Forwards; And Wins by the Goal Kick, Welsh Union Severely Criticised. Unpardonable Blunders in Pick- ing the Team. Cardift Go Down Befere Neath. Football matters were very quiet in West Wales last Saturday, and there was only one first class game played, this being at the Gnoll Ground, where Neath met and defeated Cardiff for the fifth year in succession. The contest was robbed of a great deal of interest owing to the absence of so many of the lead- ing players on both sides. Cardiff suffered the worse in this respect, Nicholls, Gabe, Bush, Brio?, Neill and others being away, and Neath were without D. H. Davies, 1 iowe] Jones and Burchell. The weather, for the first time on a Saturday for many weeks, wa.s fine, and the ground in excellent cond.tion. Neath led at the interval by a goal to nothing, and they added another goal in the second half. (Cardiff scored a try, and in the end retired beaten by ten points to three. Ar- nold. of Swansea, assisted Neath, and ren- dered valuable service, and Idris Jones, in the centre, played well. Timms was the bet-t of the Cardiff threequarters, but he was too closely watched to go far. Neath, although weak IaJt half, thoroughly deserved to win, and were much the better team on the day's form. This makes the fifth defeat Card'tf have sustained this season. Llanellv were not very strongly represented at Bristol, and lost by two goa's and a try to nothing. Unfortunately the game was not pleasantly contested, a.nd the referee, Mr. Ball, of Glo'steir, ordered two of the visitors, Thomas and Watts, off the field'. The matter will in due course be reported to the Welsh Union, who are bound to suspend these- two men. The misfortunes of the Scarlets have no end, and they no sooner get on their feet than something happens to get tliem into trouble. Aberavon were badly beaten at Penygra:g by two goal. and two tries to j nothing, and the form of the Red and Blacks this season has been most erratic. At Gar- diff the Welsh schoolboys played their fir-t international, and the game was a brilliant success from every point of view. lne at- tendance numbered 12.000. and JB400 was taken at the gates, and the home torn won in great style by a goal and six trle, to one goal. The feature of the play waR the excol- lenoe of the combination, and the nasscr.g i would have done credit to many a fiist class Welsh Learn. In the first half the game was fairly even, and the splendid forward play of the Irishmen was equalised by the excellent form and com- bination shown\>y the Welsh backs. Ireland scored first, and'then Wales retaliated with a try by Teddy Morgan. Before the interval Ireland scored again, and at the interval they led by six points to three. In the second half tho game was brLmful of excitement, and it I looked' any odds on Wales winning, after Gabe and Pritchard had scored, and given their side the lead. Winfield was off in his goal kicking, and, in fact. his display was poor throughout. He gave Ireland a try by missing a cross kick by one of tin: foiwa-.ds after which Thrift got in under the posts, thanks to the weak defence of the Welshmen.. Teddy Morgan scored the fourth try for WaLes, after a screw punt into the open by Dick Jones, and had VVinfield1 converted this one, Wales would have been level, The le- fere.s, in the last three minutes of tlw game, disallowed a try by Jones, and in the end Wales wexe beaten by a couple of points. It would have been a runaway game for Wa.'os had a good pack of forwards been available, as the Irish threequarters had a. poor noticn of stopping the combination of the backs. Tlie Welsh forwards were badly beaten, and in the loose the vigour of the Irishmen told its tale. Of course, with the forwards failing to heel properly the visiting backs were at a disadvantage, but they got the ball often enough in the second half to show their scoring ability, and had Llewelyn been able to swerve or dodge the Irish full- back, Wales would have scored at least ano- ther couple of tries, as the Newport man ran straight into Lander's arms repeatedly. Teddy Morgan was head and shoulders abov. any threequarter on the field, and the pity i* that he was not played in the centre in tlbe place of Pritchard, so that the team could I haw had the services of Trew on the left wing. Owen and Jones were excellent, and the Irish papers admitted that such clever half-back plav had never been seen in Ireland before. Winfield was the weak spot in the back division, and after the game it turned out he was very unwell. He was doing him- II self and his country an injustice by playing in tliat case, and had Geo. Davies bean selected, or even called upon, the chancea I are that Waies would have won with a bit to spare. Thus ends the last of tlie Welsh internationals. Wales ought easily to have been top of the list this season, and the Welsh Union have only themselves to blame in the matter. The Selection Committee has shown a great lack of judgment in their deliberations, and one can come to no other conclusion than that some of the members are incompetent, or grossly prejudiced agaim;t Western nlayers. Swansea. has been gnoied from start to finish, and the best team in WaJw. instead of being properly represented in the international games, had to be satisfied with less me n than Cardiff and Newport, two teams that are inferior in every i,espect J to the All Whites. For the sake of Welsh football, I hope tliat next season will see a 1 better state of tilings ex sting, and a few j cluungcs on the Selection Committee will be j for its good. ) The Sdwj-oiboys International 'match at ¡ Cardiff was a great success both financially and otherwise. A goal and six tri-.& to a goal just about represents the superiority of the Welsh boys, who adopted the well-tried t methods of their seniors with unique success. The English lads, steeped as they were in I the old kick and ruisli traditions of the land of t!)c r birth, never had a look in after the t energetic home forwards kept pushing tliem I off the ball. These same eight youngsteis I weie miniature models of muscle, l'liey t packed well, and shoved like so, many steam I rollers, and time after time they wheeled the scrum, breaking up the English boys with | ridiculous ease. I Then again, the halves were nearly perfect, t W alkley, the skipper, did not belie his appel- ( lation. His only fauit wtis a to hang on too long, but when he gave the oval j to Pengelly, that youth invariably did some- 1 thing clever with it. Pengelly comes from Newport, and stands about four foot nothing. He is a sort of Owen.—Jones combination, and plays like a veteran. When he did not burst through" on h's own he sent his three- quarters off, and when he did neither lie was working the blind-side or screw-kicking in I the coolest way imaginable. The threequar- ters wei'e all good, and Swansea, has reason to be proud of her two wings, Si unions and « Williams, both of whom gave sterling ex- hibitions. 2 The (hieJ Welsh International matches tló,>-I, season lwve each furnished us with a J surmise. First of all, everyone expected Wales to beat England at Leicester, and a drawn game was never for a moment anti- ciaated. Then came the Scottish match at Swansea, and the result was an overwhelm- ing win for Wales, with practically a hl?,W team doing duty. This furnished surprise number two. and now on top of this, we find heland beating Wales at Belfast by two points—-surprise number three. The Belfast defeat i-s a staggerer and no mistake, as Ire- land had been "beaten to blazes by England and Scotland, and'not even the most sanguine Irishman dreamed of the Welshmen los ng. And how did this sUtte of things COOT:K? about? Well, m the first place the Welsh Selection Committee made a mistake in plac- ing tliree forwards on. the reserve list, who were not up to International class. Thl?y also muddled over (iwTn NicholLs, and at the last moment when the htter cried off, in- stead of pLaying Teddy Morgan or Tiew in the ccntae, they put in Pritchard, a player who lias recently been down with influenza, and a man, \v' 1 o is r.ot a right centre by any means, good as he is in defence. On top of all this the Welsh Union raisrd' no protest against the action of the Scottish Union ap- pointing Mr. Crawford Findlay to referee, and the result was that the Latter, for the second time lost Wales the game by disallow- ing what, everyone else, Irish players and all, say war a fair try scored by Dick Jones. The whole business has been a series of blunders bv the Welsh Union from start to finish, and they only have themselves to blame for the loss of wliat should have been, the easiest. game of the lot.