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THE NORTHERN UNION GAME MERTHYS'S LAST LEAGUE FIXTURE. IONE POINT BEHIND ROCHDALE AT THE FINISH. 'After their clever victory over Warrington a fortnight ago, it wa§ fully expected that Merthyr would defeat Rochdale Hornets on Saturday, but once more they disappointed their supporters. True, only one ooint divided the teams at the fin- ish, but it was sufficient to give the Hornets the victory A bitterly cold wind blew from goal to goal, which made it very uncomfortable for both players and spectators. Once more Tom Thomas failed to turn out It is to be hoped the commit- tee will not allow Thomas to play with them an- other season as he has done this season. Rochdale won the toss, and D. B. Davies kicked bff. A scrum was at once formed, and Rees Rees picked up and transferred to Harris, who found touch. D B Oavies picked up and passed well to Reed, but he was ruled off-side. Badden attempt- ed to burst through, but was well collared before he got far West next received, and was almost through, but D. B. Davies again came to the res- cue George Taylor made a mark, and Thomas relieved with a huge kick. Rees Rees was next pro- minent with a good run, but was forced into touch. The Rochdale forwards were playing a vigorous fame, and seemed to control the scrums better than [erthyr. Rees Rees, nicking up from a scrum, rushed tound on the blind side and passed to Thomas. Some lively inter-passing' was seen between th&-two, and Thomas, being hard pressed/ was force*};, into touch. The home forwards next rushed dowt^ihe field, and Will Bftvan, receiving, passed to Syd Thomas, who transferred to Harris. He in turn passed to Wyatt Reed, but the final pass was for- ward. This was a brililant effort, and was loudly applauded. Scholefield was prominent for Roch- dale with a dribble a few minutes later, which lIar- ris cleared. From the next burst through Romans eluded several of the homesters, and, beinc penned In, he oassed forward. A penalty was awarded Against Bevan for off-side play, and Badden suc- ceeded in landing the points. The game became of a more aggressive nature, ftnd the home forwards dribbled down the field. A penalty was awarded against the Horne.ts, but no- thing came of it. The passing of the Hornets was at times erratic. R-ees played with a good judg- ment, and some fine play in the next stages of the game was seen. Dan Lewis next kicked to touch, and from the scrum James followed up, but was ruled off-side. Just before the interval English scor- ed a try for the Hornets. On the resumption Rees passed to Harris, but Was collared before he had gone many yards. The latter player was almost over in the next moment, but he was well marked. TJevan was off-side in the next movement, and from the succeeding scrum Rees found touch. A round of passing by the vis- iting threes almost ended in a score, but 'Watkins saved. Merthyr were now working like Trojans, and a nice movement was seen, Rhys Rees passed to Harris, and he in turn transferred to Ponty Tho- mas, and then Wyndham Davies receiving, kicked to touch. Emerson saved well, and Romans rushed down the field, but Watkins saved well. W. Harris t clear away, but lacking speed, was overtaken by English Rushing tactics were indulged in by both sides. Kirk was prominent with a brilliant run. Watkins tackled him. but the former player Wriggled through. His effort, however, was frus- trated by Wyatt Reed rushing across, and reliev ing a critical situation. Merthyr forced matters, and Ponty Thomas picking up, kicked a beautiful goal. A nice round of passing was indulged in by the Hornets' quartette, but Badden mulled, and a good opportunity went begging. Syd James was bowled over in the next few moments, and Ponty Thomas tried a shot at goal. but the kick was charged down. The Hornets' forwards were getting the ball out oftenet from the scrum, and Rees Rees, picking J1P in a good position, dropped a splendid goal. This effort infused greater enthusiasm into the play of the Merthyr men, and a penalty was award- ed Merthyr. Nothing resulted from this, and play vas in Merthyr's favour when the whistle sounded with the final score, Rochdale one goal and one try (S points) to Merthyr two goals (4 points). The'second half only lasted two minutes over the balf hour, and this was decidedly hard lines for Mertlm seeing that they were pressing at the time.: £ The general opinion was that the referee had Haade k mistake. —-j—^—— EBBW VALE V. BROUGHTON RANGERS. WELSH CHAMPION'S GREAT VICTORY The Ebbw Vale Northern Union team brought the season to a termination by scoring a brilliant and decisive victory over Broughton Rangers. The dif- ference as between twenty points, scored by Ebbw Vale, and eight registered by the Rangers about represented the difference between the sides on the day's form. The heavy rain of the previous day and on the morning of the match rendered tne Burfacw in a muddy condition, but this did not ef- fect the sprightly Valians, the players handling the ball with the ease that would be associated with a dry ball. The composition of the home team would appear to hav» weakened the combination, seeing that Chick Jenkins, W. Higgins, J. Foley, and 'Bowen were ont. But their absence did not effect the play to the extent that was anticipated, the substitutes showing up particularly well in all parts of the game. The style of play adopted by the Rangers was suggestive of staleness, and as a side they were the most lifeless that have visited Ebbw Vale-this season. ■ The Ebbw Vale forwards were easily the masters tit the situation in front and had little difficulty in oontrolling the scrums with sufficient skill to feed the half-backs with consistent regularity. Dai Williams, Dick Thomas and Monks were the most Prominent. Hitchings used his weight to ad- vantage in the tight mawls. but was rather slow in the open, especially on one occasion when he had the line at his mercy. Dai Maile did not tire throughout, and played a great game. "Shlglo" Thomas worked the scrums with excellent judgment, and once more proved himself to be one of the beat inside halves playing the game. Harvey, who has been doing so well of late, did not find the game to his liking, but he provided the spectators with an abundance of amusement. Smith and Llewellyn were the pick of the three-quarter line. The former for making openings was really clever, while the run- ping of the latter was a feature of the match. It 19 clear that he has no equal in speed and skill, as wing man, among the many Northern Union players. He holds a big claim to be considered by the selection of the Northern Union tour to Ans- "alia. and may yet he sent out. Kerton, who sub- stituted Chick Jenkins, considering that he had geen out of the field for some months, played won- derfully well for an "old 'un." Billingham, although Erratic op occasions, created a good impression, With a little more experience he will make a use- [pi man for next season. The hero of the match was "»e custodian, Dai Davies, besides kicking two ltoals, he scored a brilliant. try on his own, while lie was in active operation throughout the game, -x- Broughton Rangers were nothing like so good a jji.de as they were last year, and made but an in- different show. The forwards were slow and cum- bcrsome, while their tackling was not so crisp as usual. Hogg was the best man among the backs, repeatedly saved his side from dire disaster. <lhc James's weie sound on the wing and centre. RECORD OF THE EBBW VALE CLUB. A SUCCESSFUL YEAR. When the Northern Union code of football was Jntrcdured into Wales, by means of the Ebbw Vale and Merthyr clubs, a well-known member of the _'IfP gligky..U&WB* wbm wilb was ftthec t9 the thought, gave the new style of game a life of three years,, at the end of which period he pre- dicted it would die an inglorious death. Well, as far as Ebbw Vale is concerned, and Merthyr in a lesser degree, they have reached the allotted span, and instead of us having the unpleasant task of recording the obsequies, they are a oair of lively corpses. The game has undobutedly caught on in the Ebbw Vale district. The spectators delight in the open character of the play, that lends itself to the improved rules, as compared with the obsolete methods of the Rugby code. and there can be no doubt that we shall never see a revival of the older game in these districts. If it were only possible to sweep away the stupid prejudice that exists in minds of the managing authorities of the big clubs in South Wales, so as to give the new game a fair trial, it would soon establish itself in tne affections of the patrons of the game and players alike. It is really incorrect to call either the Ebbw Vale or Merthyr Clubs professions. The members of the teams are not professionals in the sense it is under- stood in Soccer, or cricket circles. Speaking of Ebbw Vale, it is a fact that every one in the team is a working man who earns his bread by the sweat of his brow-the majority of them being col- liers, but when they lose a day on account of playing in a match, they are paid for the services rendered, and most reasonable people will agree that they are worthy of their hire. There is not an individual in the side that gets his living by playing football. This is by way of introduction, and now that wc are assured that the club will start upon its fourth year we shall have pleasant thoughts in the close season that in 1910-11 there will again be an opportunity of spending the dreary winter Saturday afternoon in witnessing some bril- liant achievements in the football arena. Not only have the Valians completed their third year, but it has been the best in the history of the club by sheer determination, plack and energy, in face of almost insurmountable difficulties, the play- ers have won the admiration and respect of the whole of the great clubs up North. At one portion of the season there was a tendency in the press and among the followers of the game "up yon" to belittle the abilities of the Welshmen, but towards the close of the season the Monmouthshire club gave such striking object lessons to their most formidable rivals that they were no longer looked upon as "small fry," but were treated with the respect that was due to a club of the first rank. As will be seen by the record below, the team played 30 matches, of which 14 were won, 2 drawn, and 14 lost, while they have scored 229 points to 226 scored orroinof. fhom Tn fho KAfth^m T,A9»1IA tv>4> rtAfii. tion gained is a favourable one. They played 24, won 9, lost 13, and drew 2, scoring 156 as against 211. The teams thev have defeated are Bat lev. Leigh, Hunslet, Widnes, Bradford; Huddersfield, Broughton Rangers. While they drew with Batley on the ground of the latter. It ie remarkable, too. how near they got to victory in some of their most important matches. In the Hunslet match away, they were robbed of a brilliant win by one point only. The score in the Leigh match on the Leigh enclosure was five to three after the Welsh cham- pions had had much the better of the game. Leeds just got home by the skin of their teeth, viz.. eleven points to eight, while Warrington were exceedingly fortunate in getting the verdict in their last match at Ebbw Vale by a solitary try (3 points). The star team fo Lancashire—Salford—could only beat them by eight points to tyo in a game that most judges claimed Ebbw Vale ought to have won. Ebbw Vale found little difficulty in retaining the honoured title of Welsh champions—Merthyr was the only serious rivals—but this season even that side will agree that the Valians had an easy task in defending the title, which they so handsomely won the season previously. The most sensational part of the fixtures was the. brilliant success of the valians in the cup-ties. As was anticipated, Mer- thyr, theL first opponents, were knocked out in the first round, and Huddersfield were met in the second round. The wiseheads were pretty positive that the powerful Northern club would be a certain bar to the Valians' entry into the third stage. But again the prophets turned out to be false ones, for on March the 12th, the football world was startled by the fact that Ebbw Vale had been successful in get- ting into the third round. They were lucky in drawing Salford (home), in the third round, and here comes a point that has caused an abundance of criticism. For financial reasons, the directors wisely, I think, decided to accept Salford's offer to play the match up North. Had the match been played on the Bridgend Field, with the air full of Celtic en- thusiasm, Ebbw Vale would have figured in the semi-final for the blue ribbon of the Northern Union. As it was, they set op a great game at Salford," and with a little better finish to the display they would have defeated Lomas and Co. However, it was not to be, and it now remains to long and hope for better luck next season. There is a, possibility yet that the much coveted trophy may find a resting place on the breezy heights of Monmouthshire. The directors are to be congratulated upon the progress made in building up a strong combination. At tho commencement oi the season, it was recog- nised that the forwards was the weak spot, and if a successful season was to be experienced a radical change would have to be made in that quarter. No drastic measures were introduced, but a gradually stiffening of the pack was resorted to. The inclu- sion of Dick Thomas, Dai Williams and J. Bowen made a wonderful dinerence in attack and defence. Ebbw Vale were unfortunate in losing the services of Bargham, through injury, and L. Edmonds, who went abroad, in mid-season, two forwards of con- siderable merit, otherwise the Ebbw Vale six would have been about the hottest front rank in the League. It is gratifying to know that two such capable substitutes as Monks and Dai Maile were available, both played in the final matches and cup-ties, and covered themselves with glory. Half- back was the position that gave the most trouble. There were three good men for two places, viz., "Shiglo" Thomas, Harvey, and Higgins. The latter were the PiQ club half-backs, and also the county pair, used to each others play; but it seemed a pity to allow a star artist like "Shiglo" to remain on the idle list. The arrangements often caused controver- sy, but the difficulty was removed by Higgins find- ing a place in the three-quarter line, where he was of immense service to his side, leaving "Skiglo" and Harvey (two of the smallest halves playing the game) in undisputed possession of the position at half-back. They did not betray their trust, but played with great skill, especially in the closing stages of the season. Harvey was the most brilliant and showed splendid skill in openiapf out the play of the backs. Little change has taken place in the composition of the three-quarter line. The most consistent player of the bunch has been "Chick" Jenkins. In fact he has been recognised as one of the best centres playing the game. and it was a fitting climax to his great work of the season to be invited to be one of the centres in the English team in their Colo- nial tour. His co-centre, Harry Smith, although overshadowed by Jenkins, was one of the successes of the season. He improved with every match. He ought to turn out a real star next season. Llew- ellyn has certainly had the best year of his foot- ball career, besides being top scorer. He has caught the eye of those closely connected with the game as being one of the fastest wings in the country. It was unfortunate for Llewellyn that there are so many good wing men in the League- men with high reputations as players—otherwise he would have been one of the wings for Australia. Higgins was kept out of the field for some time on account of an injury, and his services were greatly missed by the team. He is a player of more than ordinary intelligence, quick in perception, and easy in his movements. His place on the wing on sev- eral occasions was taken by Billingham, a sprinter of merit, and one who is likely to develop into a fine player. Dal Davies has retained his position at full-back throughout the season, and the selec- tors will have to go a long way to find his equal. With the exception of one or two matches, he was in brilliant form. As a general he will take some beating, aJkl what he does not know of the pro- fessional code is hardly worth knowing. Shall we have the advantage of his experience another year, or will he pass the bar of well merited retire- ment P This practically sums np the season's perform- ance. At a farewell meeting to "Chick" Jenkins, Mr. George Davies, the managing director of the club, became a bit communicative, an attribute not generally found in his nature, and he gave us a peep into the future, and what great things were going to be accomplished in the interval. My ad- vice is "Do it." Last season, it will be remember- ed, the directors and all concerned 'went into re- tirement with the players, and little or nothing was done until the playing season was upon them again. This is the period of the year that solid work will have to be done if the team is to start next season with a bang. So far. we know little of the financial position of the club, and can only hope that the exchequer is all right. There are three reforms that it is imperative should be car- ried out, first,, a fence that will obstruct the view of the spectators who watch the games without pay. ing, on the road side; secondly, a stand and com- fortable enclosure on the river side; and last, but not least, some kind of press box ifi substitution for the present hen's coop that rejoices in the title of press box. This will mean money, but a long poll and a strong pull with the confidence of lovers of tbe opt and. i iropweomtfl :Gguld kg B complished, if only the summer months are properly utilised. Mr. Windsor James has rendered valu- able services as chairman of directors, and his fine enthusiasm has been quite contagious. Mr. Geo. Davies, the managing director, has acted cautiously and with diplomacy and judgment. He was ably assisted by Mr. T. Rees, who has not faltered in his support of the movement. A great deal of the sue. cess of the season is due to the energy and faithful services of Mr. Ernie Carter. When he took on the duties of secretary it was fWfc that he was the right man for the 'position; this has turned out to be the case, and his work has won for him the ic- spect and admiration of those interested. Mr. B. Northgraves, the financial secretary, has rendered valuable services to the business side of the club. His commercial experience has stood him in good stead for the conduct of the most important de- partment of the club, as it is a Limited Liability Company, it is necessary that the position should be filled by a man of business. They have all this in Mr. Northgraves. The following is the team's record G. T. Ps. G. T. Pt. For Agst. Sept. lO.-Treherbert (h), N. 1 3 11 o o c 18.-Broughton (a) N. 1 2 8 3 3 Is 25.-Wakefield Trin. (h) N. 0 0 0 2 2 10 Oct. 2.-Widnes (h) N.. 1 0 2 IIS „ 4.—Oldham (h) N. « 1 1 5 2 3 IJ „ 9.—Bradford (a) N. 0 13 2 17 16.—Batley (h) N. 0 2 6 1 0 J „ 23.—Leeds (a) N. 2 3 13 5 5 23 „ 30.—Merthyr (a) N. 1 2 8 1 2 S Nov. 6.-Treherbert (a) N. 2 2 10 0 1 3 „ 13.—Leigh (h) N. 0 2 6 0 0 t „ 20.—Merthyr (h) N. 1 311 11 S Dec. II.-Hunsiet (h) N, 1 2 8 115 IS.-Widnes (a) N. 0 1 3 0 0 0 M 27.—Merthyr (a) W. .-r 0 2 6 0 1 3 Jan. 3.—Oldham (a) N. 1 2 8 3 8 20 8.-Warrington (a) N. 115 2 4 16 15.-Treherbert (h) W. 2 4 16 0 0 0 Feb. 12.—Hunslet (a) N. 2 2 10 I 3 11 „ 14.—Batley (a) N. 0 0 0 0 0 0 „ 19—Bradford (h) N.. 1 2 8 0 0 0 26.-Merthyr (a) cup-tie 0 3 12 2 1 7 Mar. 12—Huddersfield (a) cup 1 3 8 0 1 3 19.-SaJford (a) cup-tie 1 0 2 1 2 8 25.-Leigh (a) N 0 13 111 H 26—Wakefield Trin. (a) N. 0 0 0 5 6 28 H 28.-Leeds (h) N. 1 2 8 1 3 11 30—Merthyr (h) W. 4 7 29 1 1 5 April G.-Warrington (h) N. 0 0 0 0 1 3 Of 16.-Broughton Ran (h) W. 4 4 20 1 2 8 Merthyr Amateur Rugby Notes. The Thursday Rngbyites having no match, ar- ranged a game of Soccer with Gnnson's Athletic, last Thursday, and proved successful by four goals to two, which were penalties against the Rugby men for handling and tackling absent-mindedly in the dreaded area. Arthur Lewis's goal-keeping in the second half was quite a feature. Hunter, Herbie Davies, and Maylot appeared to adapt themselves best, whilst Evans had bad luck in not saying the penalties, getting his hand to both. In fairness to Gunson's they were not fully represented, but con- dition told in the end, the Rugby men fully wearing down their defence, banging two gpals on in the last few minutes.
THE ASSOCIATION GAME. MERTHYR'S GOAL-GETTING CAPACITIES. BATH BADLY BEATEN AFTER A GOOD GAME. rBy "Half-Back. The cold and threatening weather on Saturday was uninviting to spectators. Nevertheless a moderate gate turned up. at Penydarren Park, and they were well rewarde(i in seeing the local champions ac- quit themselves in a masterly way over the Citizens from Bath. Both teams were at full strength and a thoroughly enjoyable game was seen, the winners thoroughly deserving their victory on the play. Winning the toss Merthyr had the advantage of a strong wind, and at once made tracks for the Batb quarters, off-side early spoiling a good open- ing. The homesters, however, soon returned to the attack, Savage and Capel cleverly working their way down, the former player getting in a nice centre which D. W. Davies turned to account, scor- ing Merthyr's first goal. The citizens could not get on the move, Kelly and Llewellyn sharply pull- ing up any attempt on their part to break through. Judicious play by Kelly gave the right wing a chance, Savage, who was in great form, again cen- treing accurately, D. W. Davies heading into Sten- ner's hands, who managed to clear. Play was chiefly confined to the visitors' half, Fisher just missing with a long drive, after which Bath had their first look in. but were penalised for off-side. They, however, again became aggressive, pretty passing gaining them considerable ground, McGin- nity being left with an open goal, but he shot wide of the mark. Chnrchill easily accounted for Nixon and Houselander, and carried play into the visitors' half, Savage and Capel working well together, caus- ed the visitors' defence to be on the alert. Tay- lor got possession, and with a long shot from near the touch-line, registered the second goal for Mer- thyr. There was no holding the Merthyr boys, their clever passing beating the Citizens' halves easily, and the forwards indulged in a bout of passing near the Bath citadel, which ended in Taylor putting on the third goal after twenty minutes olay. A foul against Bath was taken by Walton, the visitors' custodian saving a clever shot. Play became more even, -the Citizens improving considerably. Their mid-field play was pretty, and at times effective, but many chances were lost to them by want of a better understanding amongst their forwards. They kept pegging away, and worked close in, where a mis-kick by Walton left Osborne with a rare open- ing from which he registered the first and only goal fftr his side. The Bath goal had one or two near shaves, and at half-time the homesters were leading by three goals to one, Merthyr restarted with the wind against toom. but judiciously kept the ball low, and by smart play went straight into the visitors' ground, where Sav- age narrowly missed with a good effort. The home- sters kept pressing, Fisher making a good opening for D. W. Davies, but he shot over with the goal at his mercy. The Citizens, from a foul, made tracks for the home goal, where a corner was awarded them, but it was unproductive. The home- sters were soon swarming round the Bath goal, D. W. Davies easily scoring goal number four. A foul against Bath produced a corner, which was placed wide. Fisher just after missing from a fine centre by Taylor. Merthyr were having all the fun, and D. W. Davies added the fifth goal. Several good shots were directed against the Citizens' goal, but it fell to Savage to make up the half-dozen with a really good shot. During the last ten minutes of the game Bath were seen to better advantage, Lewis having to save several dangerous shots. The Citi- zens were no match for the homesters, who. to use a racing phrase^ "won in a common canter with plenty to spare.' TON THOROUGHLY TROUNCED. MERTHYR SHOW THEIR TRUE FORM. A week previous to this match last Monday. Ton Pentre rather luckily beat Trsharris in the final for the South Wales Cup, at Penydarren Park, and as they had disposed of Merthyr in equally lucky fashion in the semi-final, this Western League match between Ton and Merthyr was particularly interesting, and attracted a good gate. The first part of the game was well contested, Merthyr being superior to their rivals, and put up two goals in the last few minutes of the initial half. The second part of the game was spoiled by too vigorous play on the part of the visitors, but each side scored one goal each. Merthyr won the toss, and Ton made towards the home goal, where. Walton returned. Curtis missing his kick, let Savage in. who ran well down, and gave Percival a rare handful, which be got rid of at the expense of a corner, which was not productive. Ton retaliated, but the home defence was sound, and mid-field play followed. The visitors again got to close quarters, where Davios missed a good opening, and the homesters took up the running, D, W. Da- vies nearly doing the trick when hard pressed. Fisher made a good opening, from which Savage put in a lovely allot, which produced some excitine play near the Ton goal, the pressure being momen- tarily relieve: A foul against Evans for tripping Savage looked bad for Ton, Percival saving twice in quick succession. After an titcursion by Ton, Mer- thyr returned to the attack, the visitors goal hav- ing (i narrow escape from a lightning shot by Tay- lor. The Mcrtjiyr forwards were in wonderful form, their passing and shooting being admirable, and with a less capable Iceepr than ePrcival, Ton's goal would have fallen many times. Hugh Williams missed his kick, and let D. W. Davies in, but his shot just skimmed the bar. Merthyr, so far, had had the best of the exchanges, and were decidedly 9ahlihta nq tb ,'rl JiIYW! p their goal to avoid disaster. A hot attack by the homesters found the Ton defence in dififculties, two palpable cases of handlinsr in the penalty area be- ing overlooked by the referee. Savage forced a corner, which he placed behind. Jack Jones was in- jured, and had to retire. Merthyr continued to press, Fisher twice shooting wide. In the last few minutes of the game after pretty play by the home halves and forwards, D W. Davies beat Percival with a low shot, scoring Merthyr's first goal. The homesters were going strong, and from a melee in the Ton goal the ball rebounded off Fisher into the net, and half-time arrived with the scores standing: Merthyr, two goals; Ton Pentre, nil. # From the kick-off in the second half Tayior got away, and centred to Savage, who tried with a rip- ping shot, which Percival negotiated. A free Mck to Merthyr was cleared, and after Ton had paid a short visit to the home end, Merthyr again went away, Savage clevereiy running through and scoring a pretty goal. Piay became routrh, Savage being badly fouled by Arthur Evans, and had to leave the field for some time. A corner to Ton was well plac- ed, a fine ebanoe being missed 'by reckless shooting. The homesters continued to have most of the -game. but from a breakaway Ton earned a corner, wfticli was cleared. Merthyr were again aggressive, Churchill seiiding in a perfect sboi., Percival "jving luckily.RJiojithjA ^meg-:ijojy.played gaining two corners, which produced nothing' fun- gible. D. W. Davies made a fine run on the right wine, his final shot missing by inches. The ocals continued to press, Percival having to give a cort er, but it was not improved upon. From a fiee 1; :ck against Bedford, Davies scored for Ton. Mcithyr went at it in good style to wipe out this reverse, off-side spoiling a brilliant effort by Taylor. 'J he pace was warm, both sides striving hard, a corner falling to Ton. but it wa;; badly placed. Savage, getting away, centred in fine style, Taylor being .iust too late to net it—a marvellous escape for Ton. Merthyr played better football throughout, the Rhondda men failing to cope with the sho/t passing of the Town boys. Final; Merthyr, three goals; Ion Pentre, one goal. Jkberdare and District Notes. [By "Walade-.t,,t."I Tr-eharris visited Aberdare on Saturday to meet, the homesters in a Western Lca^i! match. There was a good crowd present at tho Athletic Grounds, tho venue of the match. The gr«:»?.d was heavy and a fast game was the last thing to be expected. Aberdare, having won the toss, commenced olay with the wind. They were soon aggressive, but before they could get through He opposing de- fence the venue was changed. Pnillips and Abley in the visiting forward line contributed to a move- ment which resulted in Wallace Jones beating Tyler with an easy shot. Alternate attacks followed ihis. and Abley came near getting the second goal j /or the visitors. Once when Aberdare were pressing Tippett crossed beautifully, and T. D. Jones and "/arxington had hard lines in not equalising. Tre- h.'rris cleared a corner, but were directly after- ^ards penalised for off-side tactics. At the interval T-reharris led by a goal. 7f fiarly in the second ball, Tippett was prominent v :tb a smart dribble, but .be ball, when crossed, wis lost to the 'Darians. Treharris forced a corner, I icli T. D. Jones cleared. A few minutes later Far- iii*?ton shot wide when he had a capital oppor- "inity of equalizing. Once more the Aberdare de- lfence was penetrated, Tyler being again beaten with a shot from Wallace Jones. Towards the end of the !game Aberdare weije awarded a penalty, Bradbury kicking into Bailiff's hands. The game was of a disappointing character. Both sides missed chances galore of scoring. The condi- tions of the ground had much to do with the poor play, but there was no excuse for many missed op- portunities. In the second half Parrington could easily have equalised had he been careful enough. Tippett, in the home forward line, played a good game from the outset, whilst Cox was often seen to advantage. The two backs played a fair game on the whole. For the visitors Smart, at back, was good, whilst the half-backs also played a good game. The pick of the forward line were Abley, Wallace Jones and Phillips. RE Aberaman Thursdays and Aberdare Thursdays met in a L?-i/;> encounter at Michael's Field, last Thursday afternoon. Keen interest was taken in the contest, inasmuch as a win for Aberdare would secure for them the championship of the Thursday League. The 'Darians obtained the advantage of the wind in the first half, and made full use of it by putting in long kicks to the mouth of the Aber- aman goal. From a scramble after ten minutes' play two Aberamanites were hurt—Jaynes, the goalkeeper, and J, H. Jones, the captain. The former was bleeding profusely from a cut above the eye, while Jones got winded and suffered se- verely from shock. Rough play was then introduced into the game, and the referee had to caution play- ers on each side. Two or three brilliant bursts were made by the Aberdare forwards, which were repelled by the superb defence of Will Owen and Charlie Williams at back. After thirty minutes' pl3y the Aberaman front division attacked, and Arthur Jones put in a cleverly-judged low shot, which found the net. After this, rough play was indulged in. The Aberaman right wiilg was sent off With only ten men the homesters were dis- organised, and resorted to the one-back game. The 'Darians tried hard to profit from this new ad- vantage. but were penalised several times for off-side play. The second half opened with unusual rigour. From a series of corner kicks Aberdare at last found the net. Rhys James used his height and head to advantage, and his effort was well worthy of a score. Free kicks for fouls now became frequent, but from the exchange of kicks Will Owens always scored best. The Aberamanites attacked closely, when a foul was committed by Pickering within the penalty area, and Charlie Williams found the net. It should be stated that ere this occurred Harry Williams, Aberdare, had been incapacitated by a kick on the leg. The 'Darians did not lose heart-, though only Ivor Davies and Billy Thomas maintained cool heads in the succeeding fray. Two chances came to Woolacott in the last ten minutes, from which he cfJuld have profited, but his shots went wide. Silvcrthorne, at centre-half, distinguish- ed himself by his great defence, while Will Owen, as a solitary back, was like a stone wall. Full time arrived without any further score, and the Aber- aman Thursdays were left winners of a hard game by two goals to one. Mountain Ash gained a creditable nctary over Penygraig, on Saturday, by three points to nil. On the whole Mountain Ash deserved their victory, but, neither side can be congratulated on the dis- play. The "Old Firm" can thank Capfe chiefly, their veteran forward, for their victory. The play of both quartettes was mediocre. Benjamin and White were the best of the halves, and the latter is a promising youngster. Ponsford at outside half was disappointing. The forwards on both sides played hard if not skilfully, and appeared to be evenly matched. Evans, Mithan, and Beasant on the Penygraig side, and Caple, Sheppard, and Fryer for Mountain Ash were the most noticeable. Matches played at the Athletic Grounds on Sat- urday morning under the auspices of the Aberdare Schoolboys League resulted as follows: Ynyslwyd, 1, Cwmbach National, nil; scorer, Thomas. Blaengwawr, 2; Cwmbach Council, 1, scorers, D. Mills and Greenhill for Blaengwawr and James for Cwmbach. Aberaman, 9; Capcoach, nil; scor- < ers, Hodges (4), Hawley (3), Williams and Evans. County School, 3; Town Council, 1; scorers, Jen- kins (2), and Williams for County School, and Evans for Town Council. Evans for Town Council. Several junior teams of Aberaman are protesting against the committee of the recent tournament at Aberdare for withholding the medals won during Easter week. Those who take interest in junior football will recall the fact that the Aberaman C. L. Brigade won the medals. The players natu- rally thought the medals would be handed over at the conclusion of the match, but three weeks have elapsed, and there is no sign as yet of their being handed over. The excuse of the committee is that I the players have not come all together to the Aber- dare Empire to receive the medals. rl Glamorganshire Association League Notes I [By "the New Boy." Undoubtedly the most important contest locally last Saturday was the Western League meeting at Aberdare, between the 'Darians and their old rivals, Treharris, as a victory for Sweet 'Berdar would have spelt disaster to the All Whites' chances of pulling off the championship. However, as matters turned out, Treharris again proved the better side, Wallace Jones securing a fine brace, which places the All Whites well in the running for the Western League championship. In the Glamorgan League, the Second Division at present is occupying most attention. New Trede- gar, with a host of supporters, visited Troedyrhiw, and as both teams are making a great bid for the leading place, considerable interest was manifested in the result. Even play marked the opening stages. the defence of both teams being far superior to the attack. Subsequently, matters favoured Troedyrhiw, and indeed only their ineptitude near their oponents' goal prevented them scoring on several occasions. However, time arrived with ne'er a goal registered. I Jack Russell, the visiting- goalkeeper, played well, Scott also shone forward, but for the nonce Web- ster failed to do much with Joe Williams, who proved to be at the top of his form. Hackle too, in goal, and Harry Roberts, at back, also defended splendidly. The meeting of Nelson and Gilfach at the former place resulted in a very uninteresting exhibition, the play throughout being very scrappy, and at times dirty. Mose Owen, one of the Nelsonians, was given marching orders for striking a visitor. The final scores read one goal each, which was a fair criterion how matters went. h. the Third Division several important games were down for decision, as, although Aberaman ty e Wanderers cannot possibly be removed from the leading place, considerable attention is being de- voted to the rnnners-itp position for which Xlan- bradach Rovers, Troedniiwftrwch and Cwmbach hold tne most oromising position, and as all three were successful on Saturday last, the problem still. re- mains to be solved. Possibly, the victory of Lian- bradach Rovers over Aberaman Wanderers created the greatest surprise, as the latter held an unbeaten certificate in tho tourney. The Rovers, however, were undoubtedly the better side, and fully deserv- ed their two goals' victory Winning the toss gave the Rovers an immense advantage as the Amanites were early called upon to defend. From a melee one of tho home forwards put through, but as Munday, the visiting goalie, was unfairly charged by an- other player, the point did not count. Later, Smith sent through from long range. After resuming, Aberaman were expected to do better, but, strange to relate, Llanbradach opened strongly, and were soon two up through Wallace. Afterwards, even play ensued, but in the closing stages, Aberaman forced corner after corner, the home goal under- foing some miraculous escapes. For the winners, loore, T. A. Evans and Smith did splendidly. Ystrad MynSch visited Troedrhiwfuwcb, and al- though they put up a good fight, the home Brigade won easily by three goaJs to one. Cwmbach visited Pengam, and as it was the let- ters last League match for the present campaign, strong hopes were entertained of adding another victory to their credit. Despite the fact that the visitors only fielded ten men, they opened strongly, and soon scored from a free kick jaft outside the penalty area. Later, they again forced a corner, and from the resultant kick scored. Subsequently Pengam tried hard to get on even terms, but their shooting lacked precision, hence Cwmbach's victory. » In the Extra Section, Aberfan entertained Hool. ererrig in several inches of mud. Bosjvell opened the scoring for the Vanifes. Foulkes added another before the interval. After resuming, Foulkes added another point, R. Morgan scoring a fourth. What the score would have been but for Davies, the visit- ing goalie, it is hard to imagine, as he kicked, fisted and cleared miraculously time after time. For the winners, Picton, Foolliis, Boswell and Ter- rant were best. • The lone anticipated -visit of Troedyrhiw to Pont- lottyn duly took place on Monday, and as a victory for Ponty practically assured them of the cham- pionship, keep anticipations were rife as to the result. Both teams fielded strong sides. The first half proved very patchy, both custodians not ex-, periencing much difficulty in clearing. True, near the interval. Huxtable and Dando were given good p!}i, l. ,.rl' su-ninsr Troedyrhiw, with the elements in their fwere expected to do better, but strange to relate*' Ponty quite altered their style, and early^ on rton/'iA TinTtnhV ,vvd Stone Hacklston 3 warm time Gradtn'f- .t^sitors removed play from the danger ZOPO' .WEAK defence by Shields and WillS nearly U them ^hf&wlk^wty A ionsr pass to Danua and a lightning break away iw the fatter racing for the ^f.v^Srtfng good judgment. Carey sen*, ^ouShp Trwdvrhiw dunp anfi Haxtable nearly scored, inen iroeayrunv came awav and experienced decidedly hard lines on wwal occasions. Later. Dando again secured, and afteT a great run scored, which enabled them to win a hard fought game by two clear goals. .¡(..¡(- Rhymnev Crescents visited New Tredegar, and de- feated Phillipstown after a close game by three "oals" to two. Caleb Jones and P hilips scorf for Rhymney, and Rapple and Foster for Neu Tre- deSar" At a, meeting of the Extra Section of the above League it was decided to play a match between teams from the Merthyr and Aberdare Aberfan, on Thursday, April 2&th;, Din. The, following -teams were selected:-M.ertnjr VaHev team Goll„ W- J. Davies (»rw full-backs, T. Terraiit (Aberfan)' and -'(Meriiivr Yale) half-backs, E. Jannon (Aberfan), E d Bedabe (Nfelsmt); (fcapttV W, Hughes AN.el-, soil) ■ forv/ards, A. Vowles (Qnakors ^ard). Davies. fAbercvnon) E. Owen (Nelson), P. Williams (Aber- fan) D T Griffiths .'Quakers' Yard). Aberdare \al- ley team; 'Goal, li. Marday (Aberaman W^nder^s), full-backs, T. Cummer (Wanderers), and T. Pro- bert (Windsors); half-backs. W. Edwards, Whit- combe (Windsors), T. Fian (Wanderers). G. Davies, J. Evans, Snow, T. Edwards (Cwmbach), C. Silverthorne (Wanderers). Merthyr Vale, accompanied by a large number of supporters, visited Nelson on Monday. After 20 minutes' exciting play the yaya.ns,s«}re^nrf. ^n quently, Nelson pressed, .but faued to ^c^e. In the second hajf the visiting centre again added to their score Later the ball burst, and another had to be procured. Play afterwards became very even, but eight minutes from time the only available ball again burst, and the match ended abruptly with the Valians deservedly winners. Tredegar District Notes. IBY "Old Tudge."I The match with Bridgwater Albions did not at- tract a large gate. In fact the attendance was very disappointing. This is to bc^ attributed roainlyto the waning of the season, and to tho ^ry icdu'Ter- ent performances of the team in the last lew matches. # # The "aras on Saturday, however, while, by no means brilliant, was interesting, and there were occasional flashes of very good play by both sides. Tredegar excelled throughout, and playing with the wind in the first half, scored eight POllltS. The backs handled more accurately, and the forwards were more formidable in the open. In the scrum- maces the Somerset men had quite as much tage as their opponent, but the backs did not make such good use of their opportunities. # "3f I The home pack was assisted by Frank Dibble, who now resides at Tredegar, and his presence did much to give steadiness to the forwards. Harry 'ash, W. Williams, G. Bell, and T. Jones were in good form, and the play of the pack generally was a great im- provement oil the fiasco against Cross Krys. M. Devan and D. Williams made a fairly good show at half-back. Bevan was playing with an in- jured hand, and was accordingly handicapped, but he performed very creditably Perhaps lie over- did the blind side business. The two Bridgw ater halves also did very well generally, but they were not brilliant. Tredegar three-quarters outclassed the visiting quartette. They used better judgment in parting with the ball, and, therefore, gained more ground. Their two tries were the outcome of skilful hand- ling after openings had been made. J. Hadley was the pick of the four, this young wing playing a bet- ter game than be has done for a long time. He ran in with both tries with fine speed and determina- tion, and his general olay was of a high standard. It was very gratifying" to see such an improvement in taking nis passes. -A- -X' Edgar Jones once more turned out to assist his old club in a crisis, and showed that he has lost no- thing of his erstwhile skill. Brin Arthur was not quite so effective as usua!, but he did fairly welt, and Bird, a promising junior, played a very con- sistent game, and ought to make a majk next sea- son. The veteran, Baker, gave another excellent dis- play at full-back, while the Bridgwater custodian was also good. The game was fast and open, and the tackling of the visitors was very decisive. Their talking proclivities, however, amused the spectators. In a friendly match last Saturday, Brynmawr beat Blaina by twenty points to three, the score being Brynmawr one goal and five trie?' to a try. Playing against the wind in the first half. Bryn- mawr soon asserted their superiority, and Cornhill almost scored a few minutes from the kick-off. Bat- ty, who played a good game throughout, dribbled, and picking up smartly ran towards the Blaina line, beating several opponents, and then threw to Parry, who scored an unconverted try. Batty and W. G. Evans (forwards) scored two more tries, and Jim Williams scored Blaina's only try. In the second half Brynmawr had matters all their own way and put on eleven more points. For the home side Jack Roberts played well at three-quarter, as also did Parrv and George Davies; while the two halves —R. and \V Morgan—were superior to the Blaina pair. Of the forwards Batty, W. G Evans, Green, and Jim Foley played well. Ebb Thomas, the Blaina. custodian, was the best player on his side, though Jim Williams and Ellis Jones put in some good work. Rhymney Valley Rugby League Notes. [By "the Old Wag."] Chief attention last Saturday was centred on the meeting of Pontlottyn and Machen at the former place as a victory for Ponly would practically have ensured them having a clear run in for the cham- pionship, but once again their pronostieations were fated to be upset, as Machen came, saw, and what is more conquered, which result leaves matters in a very interesting stage. Should Caerphilly, how- ever, visit Pontlottyn to-day which is rather prob- lematical and he defeated, then Pontlottyn Will be acclaimed as League champions for the season just ending. Machen did not mince maters from the start, and the home defence was tested early. Sam Jones secured and made a god burst for the line, hut the defence of the visitors was ef an octopus- like character, and Sam came to earth A series of hard scrums now ensued near the visitors line, but later Machen relieved and initiated a grand round of passing which resulted in Escott crossing, but the try was disallowed, owing to his having crossed the dead ball line. The visitors took umbrage at this decision, and threatened to leave the field. Eventually play again recommenced, and Machen pressed up to the interval. After resuming, Ponty, although doing well in the scrum, could not get the ball away, and after several spurts by both teams Smith secured and seeing Lucas, the visiting wing, unmarked sent across with splendid judge- ment, and the latter rounded Davies splendidly. That the better team won leaves no room for doubt, and if only for the good work of their backs, of whom Phillips, Escott, Moses, Smith, and Lucas were very prominent, they fully deserved their victory Forward, there was little between the teams in fact Ponty held a slight advantage, Hammonds and Stephens doing well. New Tredegar were to appear at Rhymney in a friendly encounter, but to the disappointment of the home supporters they failed to materialise. Newbridge accomplished a splendid performance in defeating Pontypool second string at home by 11 points to nil. The encounter, however, was mark- ed with too much vigour, and two players were given marching orders. For the winners Probert, Joe Williams, and Edge did well. The first round of the Rhymney Valley Junior Knock-ont Competition was played on Saturday last, six clubs having entered. Rnymney Lilies Old Boys failed to appear at Deri, which gave the homesters a walk-over. Bargoed defeated Tredegar Hibernians, by one try to nil, after extra time had been played, while New Tredegar after a strenuous encounter defeated Rhymney Scarlets by seven points to Eye. A Rhymney Valley Old Boys' League Meeting, presided over by Mr. Llewelyn, Fochriw, was held at Rhymney on Monday. Rhymney protested against Hammonds. New Tredegar, as beincr over age, but a birth certificate was handed in which proved to the contrary. The same club also pro- tested against Hodge and Prosser in the Knock-out Competition, and birth certificates were ordered to be produced. The draw for the semi-final of the Knock-out Competition resulted as follows :-Bargoed v. Deri, referee Mr. T. Davies, Rhymney. To be Elayed on April 23rdv, winners to meet Rhymney carleta or New Tredegar in the final. Rhymney Scarlets were the visitors to New Tre- degar last Saturday. They came at full strength, and New Tredegar fielded their best team. From start to finish each team played with great deter- mination, and not one boy on either side was seen to shirk. On New Tredegar's side. B. Rooms was most noticable. This clever young boy was the hero of the game. His clever bursts and daring saves were often applauded by the onlookers. Jack Proeser was a regular terror to the Scarlets, and should have scored tries had not he lost his head at the critical moment. Prosser at last dropped a goal, and Williams, the home half, kicked a goal from a mark. This caused the Rhymney boys to exert themselves, and in a forward rush they scored a* try which was converted. The game was continu- ed at a great pace, and resulted in two nasty acci- dents, and a young forward named Conway, of New Tredegar, had to be carried home. One of the visi- tors had a slight mishap. Monmouthshire Association Notes. [By "the New Boy."] Newport Barbarians experienced another set back in the race for the championship honours last Sat- urday, Cwm, who at present head the table, dividing the honours in a big scoring match at Uskside. True the Ba-Ba's have three matches in hand as compared with last season's champions, so much may yet happen. Harking back to the game, Cwm, aided by the elements made the pace warm from the outset, and a pretty passing bout between Whitoombe and Moore nearly resulted in something tangible accruing. Directly afterwards Pritchard, the home goalie, failed to stop a pot shot. Inspired by this success Cwm, for a time, were all over their opponents, and only Pritchard's good work averted danger, time after time. Later play became more even, but near half-time Moore increased their lead. After resuming the Ba-Ba's were the first to attack, and Bull was often called upon. Subsequently Buck scored from a melee, while directly afterwards Smith equalised. With the scores equal play became exciting. Cwm initiated a promising attack, and Ivor Davies netted. Not to be outdone, the Ba-Ba's again retaliated, and af- ter forcing several corners, Burns again equalised. Another fight for supremacy now ensued. and eventually Whitcombe put in a fine individual run and shot a great goal. Pratically in the last minute one of the visitors sinned in the sacred area, and Bridges again made the score even. Need. less to state, the game was one of the most ex- citing witnessed at Uskside this season, and seeing that so much depended upon the result, tbe play was of a very clean character. Possibly on the run of the game Cwm was the smarter side, and just about deserved to win. For Cwm, Garrett, Brown, Fudge, Moore, Whitcombe and Davies rendered splendid service, while for the Ba-Ba's Pritchard, Witter, Balk, Hommett, and Bridges. Blaina entertained Caerioon, and as nothing de- pended upon the issue, a splendid open exhibition was witnessed. Jones nearly scored for the visi- tors soon after starting. Chick Williams next re- hcved, and putting in a fine run nearly scored, Roberts saving splendidly, and sending out to Burns, who scored. Rust soon added another point. Nothing dannted, Blaina attacked soon after resum- ing, and a well-judged centre by Stone enabled Chick Williams to score, while some time after- wards the game player equalised. Caerleon now woke up, and splendid combination resulted in Rust again giving them the lead. "Next lime Blaina forced 0, corner, which enabled Noble XQ make matters even. Chick Williams, Stone," Bol- bijy wsl Sjsjto i&mOF; l! tI
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RHYMNEY .VALLEY RUGBY LEAGUE TABLE I Division T P- W. D. L. Pts. Rhymney -3 2 3 9 Machen 8 3 2 3 9 Aberbargoed 8 12 5 7 Pontlottyn .7 7 3 2 2 7 Caerphilly .r 7 1 3 3 5 Division II. Tredegar Hibernians 6 4 2 0 lo New Tredegar —vv 6 3 2 1 9 Beaufort -6 1 3 1 3 Rbymney United 6 3 2 0 2t MONMOUTBSHIBE A.F. LEAGUE TABLES. Division L Goals Pd. W. L D. for ag'st. Pts. Cwm 16 10 3 3 52 21 23 Newport Bar. .13 9 2 2 42 17 20 Llanhilletli 9 4 2 34 23 20 Abertillery 16 7 6 3 35 35 17 Tredegar 14 6 7 1 32 44 13 Aoorglwenny 12 3 5 4 15 19 10 Blaina. 12 3 5 4 21 31 10 Caerieon 11 3 6 2 29 31 8 Ebbw Vale 13 3 7 l 20 33 7 Ynysddu 12 1 9 2 16 39 4
RHYMNEY VALLEY RUGBY LEAGUE. A meeting of the Bhymney Valley Senior Rugby League was held at the Greyhound Hotel, Aber- bargoed, last Thursday, Mr. T. H. Llewellyn, Foch- riw, presiding. There were present representatives of the following teams.—Rhymnej*, Pontlottyn, Aberbargoed Machen, New Tredegar and Rhvmnev United. Tredegar Hibernians reported Blackwood firsts and Pill Harriers' seconds for non-fulfilment of fixtures, and the matter was left-for decision by the Welsh Union of Junior' Leagues. Discussion took place on the Rhymney Valley "knock-oat" competition, and arrangements were made for the final to take place on April.25th. A resoltrtion was carried that no member of one club shall play for another in the competition. Tredegar Hibernians were declared winners of the Second Division of the League amid acclamation.
CiOJLF, MOUNTAIN ASH V. ABERDARE. In the match between Aberdare and Mountain Ash at Aberdare the following was the result :— Mountain Ash. Aberdare. Anstin PrichardEvans,.1 Alec Curry w 0 L. Llewellyn Williams 1 Harry Powell 1 Lord Aberdare 1 Llewellyn Smith v- 0 W, N. Morgan 0 3. S. Powell • 1 G. Sinnett Jones l T. G. Thomas 0 Total 4 Totai ,-v.v^csw 1
CRICKET. Bedlinog Cricket Club have these dates open June 4th, llth and 18th, July 2nd, 23rd August 6th.-I. Howells, Railway Hotel, Bedlinog. M7
Air-Rifle Shooting. v. A. THOMAS'S CHALLENGE CUP. There was a very successful wind-up to the Mer- thyr air-rifle season on Thursday evening, when the league champions opopsed the Rest of the League at the Merthyr Conservative Club, and an enjoyable match "was seen. The champions were not in their best form as their total of 244 proves. Chamber- lain, however, was in good form with a fine 34, ma.tch was seen. The champions were not in their best form as their total of 244 proves. Chamber- lain, however, was in good form with a fine 34, Tom Jones also making a good 33. The Best put up the fine tota] of 258, which is a record for the season. ScolDS: Merthyr Cons. Best of League. Tom Jones 33 G. W. Edwards 53 A 19. Thomas — 26 D. Sheen 31 H- Baker —, 2e A. Jones 34 G. H.Chamberlam 34 W. Jones 30 Bert. Jones 26 D. Gibbon 33 J. Thorne 32 J. R. Gotdsworthy 34 F. Chapman 32 J. 0. Bond 32 A. Jones 33 w. Brown 31 Total 7— 244 Wnftat win There was a good number present at the after proceedings, the chair being taken by Lieut. H. H. Southey, who, witfi Capt. D. C Harris, was hear- tily welcomed. The Chairman said he was glad to see so naoy old Volunteers taking an interest in riilc shooting. He would like to see every young man who had not yet done so take up arms, and join the Territorial Force, not from a war fever sP'nt. but because the training was good for him. To school themselves to hardship was necessary if the nation was to fulfill its destiny. To be nureed in the lap of luxury from the cradle to the grave would breed a nation of nerveless men and women doomed to misery and decay. After compliment- ing the winning team upon \UI splendid record, he called upon Capt. Barns to present the bowl. Capt. Harris, in handing over the bowl, paid a fitting tribute to the winners, and said he was very pleased to find that the conditions and rules were strictly adhered to, and that the matches were carried out in such a fair and sportsmanlike way. He said it was much more difficult to make bulls- eyes at the air rifle range than it appeared to be. But he would impress upon them that air rifle shooting was Mt the last word in shooting, and that if a man thought be, was doinz his duty to his country by simply joining an air rifle club he was not. It was necessary for any efficient force to be taught discipline, drill, the use of cover, military tactics, etc., and to train his body and mmo to endure hardships.—Mr Chapman suit- ably responded. Mr. Nibloe (the club president), Mr. W. Craig (vice-president), and Mr W. H. waKer also spoke. General regret was expressed at the absence of Mr. Ellis Oliver owing to a severe illness, and a vote-of sympathy was passed wjth him. The Merthyr Conservatives have a remarkable record. Practically formed from the old Lambs, they have fired nearly the same team for three seasons. Seyenty-fonr league matches have been nrea. of which 72 were won, one lost, and one drawn They have sow won the D. A. Thomas bowl for two successive seasons. This is a record of which the Merthyr Conservatives are justly en- titled to be proud, and shows a fine spirit of com- radeship and good feeling amongst the members. The two best averages for the season were F. Chap. man, 32.0, and J. Thorne, 31.10.
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_:J< DRAUGHT NOTES i By M BBR-srm 'p*. I" Sowmoas. Problem No. 67.—by II. F. Seharer, Draught Editor of the Dundee People's Journal. Black men on 17, 19, 22; king on 30. White men on 8, 27, 28, 29. Black to play and druu, 17-21 3- 8 26-31 • 8— 3 22—26 A22—17 21-25 29—22 31—24 Drawn. A.-27-24, 30-23, black wins. Problem No. 68—By J. H. Collins, yBtraa Rhondda.Bla.ck men on 1, 3, 21; king on IS. White men on 11, 14, 17, 26, 29. White to play and win. 17-13 4- 8 8-11 21—30 18— 9 7— 3 14—17 8—12 13- 6 8—12 11- 8 30-23 2—9 3—8 12-lô 12-26 11- 7 9—14 29—25 White winal THE ADAM PBOBLEM, by Dr. T. J. Browzj, limerick.—Black men on 3, 4--White king on 29. Black to play and set the king in 11 moves. 3- 7 4- 8 15-19 28-32 29—25 25—22 22-25 25—22 7—10 8-11 19—24 32—27 25-22 22-25 25—22 22-25 10-14 11—15 24-28 14—17 22-25 25—22 22-25 White wiosi PEOBLEMS. No. 70.—By W. H. Kelly, Salford.—Blaok men on 7, 22, 23; king on 13. White men on 14, 17, 29; king on 8. Black to play and wiiu A pretty snap, which is not too easy or too difficult. No. 71.—By T. Bennett, Miskin.-Bla.ck men on 7, 11, 12, 21, 28. White men on 20, 26, 30; king on 4. White to play and win. Neat and useful. The idea. is not original. WELSH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION. On Tuesday, the 5th of April, the Cardifl Tegln played tho concluding match of the season against the Mouiatain Ash Team, at Mountain Ash. Mountain Ash were unfor- tunate in having four of their player? missing, and others had to be chosen to replace them. The following was the result:—Mountain Ash.- J. G. Hodge, o-t j D. Daniels, 1-i W. John, -l; T. Bennett, l-t; T. Davies, 1-0; D. Williams, 0-0; Ben James, 0-1; W. i-O: total, 7 points. Cardifi.-M. Ingram, 1-4 j Mackenzie, O-J: M. Donovan, J- F. Kunn. W. Hopkins, 0-1; W. Bailey. 1-1; M. E iag, 1-0; Nash, i-1 total 9 polats, Cardiff thig wiauipg the saaVsh by S p914