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FOOTBALL. SWANSEA V. TUDHOE. The "All Whites" entered on Saturday upon an interesting programme of holiday matches by meeting Tudhoe—the crack combination of the County of Durham-and defeating them by four goals, four tries (or 32 points) to nil. As the score would indicate, Swansea had a pretty soft thing" on. The Tudhoeites are a fine lot of fellows physically, but, like many other English Rugby teams, they are at eea when opposed to fiist-class exponents ot the Welsh passing game. It was in the forward rank that they showed up best on Saturday. For the first five or ton minutes of the game they used their feet with effect, fcnd wheeled the scrimmages in capital style. But the Swansea men showed superior staying powers, and therefore soon gained the upper hand. Of course, in this connection it should not be forgotten that the visitors had not long before concluded a train journey of seven hours. The attendance at the St. Helen's Field was I not very large-chiefly owi'ig, no doubt, to the fact that Tudhoe were practically an unknown I quantity locally. Bancroft, after a month's absence, once more turned out, and the applause ¡ which greeted the team as they emerged from the Pavilion was for that reason heartier than usual. I Jowett filled Gordon's place. The form shown by the All Whites" was really excellent, the backs especially shining. The visitors seemed to be dumbfounded at the way the Swansea. Acks ran and passed the greasy ball-so much so that they failed to offer any effective resistance. So our men had a day out, and apparently quite enjoyed themse' ves-of course, at the expense of their opponents The visitors' line was crossed four times in each half. Some of the prettiest and neatest tries I have ever witnessed were scored on Saturday after- noon. Trew once ran from half-way, and after dodging and passing nearly all the other side, scored a beautiful try. The try gained by Jowett in the first half was also a very satisfactory piece of work. Bancroft had kicked the ball into the visitors twenty-five, when Jowett came up quickly, and, picking up smartly, made for the line. There was an exciting race, but the Swan- sea man by making a great effort succeeded in beating his man, and planted the ball under the posts. # # Bancroft played as well as ever-in fact, the whole team gave a splendid demonstration of how football should be played. The visitors were much impressed. They regard Swansea, it is said, as the best lot of backs they have ever played against. WATSONIANS v. SWANSEA. A very high wind blew on Xmas Day, rain fell at intervals, and the St. Helen's Field was slippery and wet. These conditions interfered with a game which left nothing to be desired for exciting incident. The visitors, a powerful fast lot of Scotchmen, played a brilliant forward game. Their rushes along the touch-line were really fine, and that they did not score was due almost as much to the want of cohesion among the backs as to Swansea's defence. The "All Whitea" played right in the teeth of the wind in the first half, and for the most part were on the defensive. It was oonfidently believed that the homesters would carry all before them in the second half. It certainly looked much like it when the backs threatened to score every minute. Attack after attack was made on the Scotch line for ten minutes. George Davies made a brilliant run to within a yard or so of the coveted spot Trew was thrown into touch right in the corner, and a few forwards got within an ace of scoring.; The keenness of the defence, however, took the sting out of the attack, and the only try scored was by Bancroft, who, for a time, stood in line with the three-quarters. This reverse aroused the Watsoniane. They played a grand forward game, and Bancroft and his men were often sorely pressed. Quite a sigh of relief went u from the large crowd when Referee D. H. Bowen tootled his final tootle, leaving Swansea victorious by one try to nil. # It was a magnificent game, and the Scotchmen deserved the loud cheers that frequently rewarded their eflorts. With a closer and more practical knowledge of the Welsh style of play, the Watsonians would be a most formidable team, superior to any in South Wales. With the Swan- sea backs they would be well-nigh invincible. Bancroft played a particularly useful game for Swansea. He saw a weak spot in the Scotchmen's defence, and at once penetrated it. Bancroft's try went to prove that not only is he a great player, but an unapproachable captain. Owen and Jones were in surprisingly good form, and the way they stood up to the burly, dashing Scotchmen caused much amusement. # The passing of the Swansea backs was not so clean and effective as usual. For instance, the centres lost a few fine chanoes by ill-judged pass- ing, although George Davies retrieved by a couple of brilliant runs. <- «? The contest between the forwards was fierce. The Swansea eight took their gruelling well, and as often as not they managed to shake up the Scotchmen. It was an exceedingly fine game from first to last, and the big crowd left the field thoroughly pleased. SWANSEA v. EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY. Swansea lovers of football were served to fine fare over the holidays. It was good enough to satisfy the!most fastidious taste. The committee deserve thanks, and the players commendation. The Tudhoe fixture was a good one, although the All Whites" managed to win by a substantial score. The Christmas Day match with the Watscnians was simply excellent; but the game with Edinburgh University on Boxing Day excelled it. The Scotchmen played grandly, the forwards, of course, standing out prominently. They conducted their rushes with surprising dash, they tackled with almost unerring effect, and they fielded splendidly."7The excitement was intense from first to Ilast, and the huge holiday crowd left the field highly pleased. The All Whites" ran cut victors by a converted goal and a penalty goal to nil. Trew was the try-getter and Bancroft the goal "negociator." The Swansea, forwards took their gruelling in ex- cellent spirit, and the way in which they stood un to their burly bashing opponents won gene a^ admiration. Indeed, very often the Scotchmen received more than they bargained for in the shape of vigorom(play. # The home threequarters did remarkably well against the speedy Scotch quartette. With a. little more speed they would have run in three or four times. However, it was a truly grand name and victors and vanquished deserve every praise. WELSH FOOTBALL UNION. The following referees have been Rppointed to officiate in the undermentioned matches, to be played on Saturday, Deceaiber 29, on the ground of the first mentioned :— Penarth v. Bridgend W. Bowen. Treherbert v. Llanelly H. J. Taylor. Aberavon v. Pontypridd W. G. Andre- wartha. Abertillery v. Crumlin T. England. Blaina v. Cwmcarn R. Pollock. Cardiff Reserveg v. Bristol Seconds W. A. Martin. Tenby Swifts v. Haverfordwest W.O. Harries. Cwmbran v. Newport Seconds D. Lewis. Brynmawr v. Ebbw Vale C. W. Alford. Llwynypia v. Maesteg E. John. Pill Harriers v. Pcntymoile J. E. Webb. Swansea v. Mountain Ash A. T. W. Jpmes. Neath v. Penygraig T. L. Demery. I SWANSEA 1ST XV. '£00. Dec. 29-Mountain Asb .Hom,: 5901. Jan. 5—England v. Wales C■ rrJiff 12—Devonport Albion Home „ 19-Penarth Aw:iy —Scotland v. Wales Edinburgh Feb. 2—Llanelly Awav 9—Neath Home 15-Xewport,Ho e 22—Leieester Aw i:5—Northampton Awa- Mar. 2—Peuarth Home „ 9—Aberavon Awav „ 16—Ireland r. Wales. Swar.sea „ 23-Lane))y.Home 3J—Cardiff Away April 6-Rockeliffe „ 8—Belfast „ 13—Gloucester .Away LLANDILO v. MYNYDDBACH (SWANSEA). (BY OUR LLANDILO CORRESPONDENT.) Llandilo—Jack Hopkins, full-back; W. L. James, Willie Thomas, J. P. Davies, and W. Thomas, three-quarters W. Thomas and D. 0. Jones, nalf-bAcks forwards, Chris. Thomas (captain), Trevor Davies, D. Jones, Bill Jones, W. Francis Evans, Tom Evans, W. Williams, and D. J. Williams.—Mynyddbach T. J. Bevan, full-back; Dai Davies, D. J. Lewis, J. Rapsey, and R. Emmanuel, three-quarters; half-backs, George Davies and Gwilym Emmanuel forwards. W. Aubrey, J. E. Jones, W. Bevan, Gwilym Thomas, Jim Evans, W. Wil iams, J. Samuel, and Will Evans; referee, C. B. Nicholls, W F.U. Seldom has more interest been evinced at a foot- ball match at Llandilo than the contest between the above teams, on Saturday last, in the Cil. cenen field. It was the visitors first visit to Llandilo, and brought with them an exceedingly good reputation. They, undoubtedly, being the finest 2nd class team in the Swansea Valley, and there was a good deal of speculation as to the result. The Llandilo team, who have been goin* very strong of late, were not over sure of the result, inasmuch as several of their regular plas ers were unable to turn out. Soon after the kick off, a few exchange kicks followed, which resulted in the visitors gaining a little ground. Then a scrum followed, Llandilo securing the ball well, D. O. Jones passed out smartly to T. C. Thou as, who, after feinting passed to Willie Thomas, the ball travelled through all the three- quarter's hands, and eventually J. P. Davies got over with a fine try in the corner. T. C. Thomas took the kick which failed. After this, the visitors got a bit more of the play, but the Llan- dilo forwards rushed out of danger, and Tom Evans heading a nice rush, kicked the ball neatly to touch. The visitors again gradually worked their way back, and a long kick into 'onch put them on the attack once more. From here, however, the ball got among the Llandilo men who burst back to the centre by a clever bit of play. The visitors re- pelled this by good kicking and smart following up, uutil the Llandilo forwards again got off with a rash, where Tom Evans had hard lines in not scoring, the ball going out of bounds. Atter the kick off, Llandilo made repeated attacks upon the visitors' line which resulted in several minors ml being scored which were very hard lines for tries. However, the visitors played well, and stuck to their work like Trojans, and a mistake by N. L. James enabled Rapsay, the visiting wing, to score a rather soft try, which was converted with a grand kick from near the touch line, which gave the visitors a lead of two points. After this sud- den reverse Llandilo woke up wonderfully, T. C, Thomas and J. P. Davies being very prominent several times. Without any addition to the score half-time was called, Mynyddbach 1 goal, Llan- dilo 1 try 5 minors. After the usual interval the ball was again set in motion, when a very hard forward tussle was waged, and the defence on both sides was terribly keen, both teams exhibiting splendid football, the game undoubtedly being a pleasure to witness. Dai Davies, one of the visiting three-quarters, was much in evidence, closely foilowed by Rap- say, while the smart following up of Aubrey and Jim Evana was very telling. The home halves got the ball out to their three-quarters, who got a nice chance, but a forward throw spoilt a good effort to ecore. Bout after bout of well-executed passing came off on both sides, until a ruah by the Llandilo forwards sent the ball up the field, and once more Llandilo was seen attacking. Here the visitors strove bard to keep Llandilo back, but the ball got loose, and smart play on the part of Llandilo enabled W. Thomas to score an un- converted try. After the kick out, B. Emmanuel was given the ball, and in a very smart fashion -W worked his way over the half-way line. For offside tactics one of the Llandilo halves was penalised right in front of the goal. D. J. Lewia* took the kick, but although it was in an exceed- ingly good position nothing came of it. Soon afterwards Llandilo registered a few minors and took another turn of attacking, the forwards and half-backs dribbling in pretty style up field. Eventually Rapsay secured, and made a good run to half-way, where he was tackled by J ank Hopkins, but not before he had put a well judged kick to the centre. Here W. Francis came to the rescue, but being tackled rather vigorously, he lost the ball, and Aubrey following up at a terrific pace took the ball on the dribble down field, and picked up very cleverly was over the line and grounded the ball between the posts be- fore anyone could say Jack Robinson. Although the kick was in such a favourable position, Bevan failed to convert. This smart bit of play on the visitors' part again gave them the lead of two points, but the red and blues stuck to their work in a manful manner. Shortly afterwards the homesters started a rush, which ended in a scrum in the visitors' twenty-five. An exchange cf kicks saw the ball come out to George Davies, who found touch well, and put his side again on the attack. The visitors continued to press for a few minutes, and it looked as if Llandilo were going to be beaten, until a combined bit of play saw the ball being worked up field at a terrible pace, and J. P. Davies picking up smartly, gave N. L. James a smart pass, which the last named took on the full run, and completely beating several of his would-be captors, he showed the whole field a clean pair of heels, and after a magnificent run, which drew forth cheer after cheer, planted tLe ball between the uprights. T. C. Thomas had no great diffioulty in converting. After this fine bit of play, the visitors seemed to lose a bit of their dash, and the Llandilo forwards, who had played an admirable game all through, kept play in the visitors' twenty-five. Time was soon afterwards called, leaving Llandilo the winners of a well- deserved victory.-Final score: Llandilo, 1 goal 2 tries 7 minors; Mynyddbach (Swansea), 1 goal 1 try 1 minor. REMARKS. The feature of the game was the splendid feeling which existed between the teams. The visitors were a streng sturdy lot, who played first class football all through without even once indulging in unfair tactics. Aubrey and Rapsey being very prominent at times, while T. C. Thomas, Tom Evans, and Bill Jones were always prominent among the ever active red and blues, and the fine run of N. L. James brought to a close a very en- joyable game, which has never been excelled at Llandilo, and truly a welcome contrast to the miserable game which was played against Pont- ardulais here recently.


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