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The World of Pastime. 0 By "The Sporting Scribe." CARDIFF v. LLWYNYPIA. On Saturday, in rather gloomy weather, Car- dill and Llwynypia met for the second time thu season on the latter's ground. The first encounter had ended in favour of Cardiff by tha large margin of 21 points-a. score, by the way, that did not at all represent the true state of the play, and it was distinctly hard that Llwynypia should have had to leave the grcund vanquished by so large a majority after having had quite as much of the game as their opponents. While Cardiff certainly deserved all the points they obtained on that occasion, Llwynypia should also, on the play, have had a fair number credited to them. That this was not so was due principally to two causes—the lack of dash and energy on the part of the forwards, the slowness and inability to seize chances on the part of the backs. However, Llwynypia had, ever since, been waiting for last Saturday to dawn, and it was no secret that they fully intended to go the pace to the very end. That they did so is now past his- tory. The record gate of the season turned out to see the struggle. The ground was fit, the weather was fine, if not altogether bright, and the spectators were bubbling over with excitement at the prospect of a grand game. At last, to the intense delight of the assembled thousands, the teams took the field with Llwynypia in the jerseys of their old rivals, Mountain Ash. It was at once noticed that Nicholls, Ricketts, and George Dobson were absent from the visitors' ranks, while the homesters were nearly at full strength. The kick-off by Alexander signalled the com- mencement of a magnificent struggle, which ended in a draw, to the great delight of visit- ing partisans, that their team had so luckily escaped a defeat, and to the great chagrin of the home supporters that Llwynypia had not won as they certainly deserved to. But even a draw with suoh formidable opponents must be accounted an excellent result. To com- mence the story at the beginning of the game it must be said that- Cardiff were the first to attack, and Williams, on the wing, was soon seen going in great haste towards tho. home goal. His course, however, was cut short by Llewelyn. Then Jones made a bee line for tha home citadel, but Saundera saved him the trouble of proceeding far by bowling him over in fine style. Again, they came, and Selwyn Biggs eluding his wary opponents made tracks in the same direction, and when confronted by Saunders threw out to the right, and Corn- ish, taking the pass, which, by the way, was slightly forward, managed to fall over the line with a try. It was a pretty effort all round. and fully deserved the three points. Until now it will be seen that Cardiff had been having the best of the matter, but immediately a change came over the game, and the Welsh metropolitans had all they could do the rest of this half to keep their lines intact. Round after round of pretty passing by the homesters nearly broke down the defence, but the want of a little straight dash and finish in the home- sters' third line was Cardiff's salvation. Do what they would, Cardiff could not drive them the line at a great "pace hearts quickened with excitement, and a tremendous cheer heralded his effort in getting round behind the pqsts. Bat, alaa. for the hopes of all, some informali- ty, called the ball back, and what seems to have been the fairest and best try of the day was lost to the Rhonddaites. But all took the disappointment capitally. The homesters still took up the running, but good defence by the r 1 1 i. .1.1. visitors, backed up by some IUCK, sept out, and the interval arrived with Cardiff lead- ing by three points. Up to this point the game had been extremely open and free. keen, exciting, and waged at a tremendous pece.Nor did the quality of the play deteriorate aftet the interval. Llwynypia soon began to attack and a prolonged siege ended in Ben Morgan scoring. Again, luck waa dead against the Rhondda men, for the ball was ruled to have been thrown forward. It was forward there is no doubt, but it is open to question whether it was as much forward as Selwyn Biggs' pass to Cornish in the first half just art the same spot. Another attack ended in a minor, but L'I 11_ "-1. the inevitable soon happened, ior irom kick-off Alexander picked up, and running strongly towards the left with others in attend- ance, he eluded his opponents and scored a I well-earned try. Soon after this Hussey got injured, and the rather long interval that en- sued had the effect of cooling the ardour of the players considerably. Consequently, the play in the closing stages was neither so fast nor so fine. All too soon the sound of the whistle brought to an end one of the most splendid straggles ever witnessed in the home enclosure. The suceees of the Rhondda team must be attributed for the greater part to the forwards. They played a remarkably grand game. With the exception of the opening and closing ten minutes the Cardiff front rank wab clean out of the running. The home forwards were first and Cardiff lot nowhere. There was no holding them. They started with a bang, played right through with a bang, and ended with a bang. They heeled out often and well, wheeled when they liked, pushed their oppo- nents off their feet, followed up. and tackled unerringly, and all in all displayed an all round superiority. Not that the visiting pack did not pay well. On the contrary they did struggle splendidly to the end, but they were excelled by a better baranced, better trained, more skilful, and more dashing pack. Conush, Blake and Dobson for the visitors were often conspicuous, and did a deal of capital work. On the home side, though each is worthy of the highest praise, one stands out boldly from the others. HeUkigs was not only fhe finest the others. HeUkigs was not only the finest .&.1. t:9\ forward of the finer pack, but ne was est forward on the field. Hellings on Saturday was JIellings at his best, and a finer exhibi- tion of forward play no one could wish to see. His was a wonderful game. Next to him, and still above any other forward on the field, was Alexander, who also played an exoe^mgly fine game, while Albert Powell and[ Bob Jo«e served to complete a fine quartette of^ senfflr magers. At half, matters were on the whole fairly equal. On the day's form, with • ■wm- n,ug pack in front, Stevens gave by far the most conspicuous display. The- is no doubt but Biggs may have known how to make bet- ter use of the ball when he did obtain it, but that only «dds to the Llwynypia man s per- formance, and dees not wipe away tte Jact that time after time Biggs was laid lowJ>y Stevens with the ball in hia *«- ttar Stevens nor Hfflman started well, but made amende ae the game preeeeded Sweev Heoott played a neat quiet game,^and waa no at all conspicuous. At three^uarter, too, the homesters gave a very fair display, i^ely better than that at Cardiff. It WM evident, however, that the centres still lack the ability t) break through, but their defence was par excellence. The home quartette compared very favourably with their opponents, but never would nor did make the headway when they had the ball that the Cardiff four did. They lacked finish, and the knowledge and skill to do the thing. Jones and Williams, on the lert were the most noticeable for Cardiff. Fos- ter and Ben Phillips were very sound all round and were only found wanting in the skill and power, which they do possess, and which they lo display sometimes, of breaking through and pairing openings for their wings. Llewelyn had little to do, but did that little well, the like applying to Hussey. Ben Morgan waa probably the weakest of the home four, ani yet his display was far from being a bad one At full Back, Saunders was good, and better, ^1 1"1 rm r'I"1. \1. on tne wnoie, wan xuqixas»» auc uumeBiw showed much finer defence than Thomas, and kicked a greater length, but the Cardiffian found touch much neater and much oftener than Saunters, whose only weak point on Saturday was his strange inability to find touch. The game is now a past glory. Every incident of the splendid fight has doubtlessly been commented upon innumerable times by the football enthusiasts of the Rhondda during the week, and the general regret is that Llwynypia did not win, as they ought to have won, a famous victory. CABRPHILLY v. CHEPSTOW. Caerphilly paid their return visit to Chep- stow on Saturday, and were defeated by 2 goals, 2 tries, to 1 goal. C. Davies scored the try for the visitors. MOUNTAIN ASH v. PENYGRAIG. This important match was played upon the Mountain Ash ground on Saturday last, as up t. Saturday they had equal chances with Llwynypia for the League championship, but after Saturday's defeat, their chances are not so rosy. -4- Both sides suffered through absentees, bat Millar was once again back in the Mountain Ash pack, after his two months compulsory rest. The first half of the game was of the usual give and take nature, TIiere being no particularly brilliant play, Penygraig having perhaps, the best of it, as the score at the interval indicated, although had the homesters taken the easy chances which were offered to them at times they could easily have led. -0- In the second half the game was more inter- esting, but was at times marred through un- necessary roughness on the part of some of t1 forwards. The smartest bit of play of the game was that which resulted in LIew. Deere scoring a try, and thus giving Mountain Ash the lead, Brailey passing just a the critical moment to Deere, the latter succeeded in evad- ing several of his opponents and romped over. It would only be his just reward, if the fates should permit for him to play in next Satur- day's International Match, as he has played a most consistent game right through the season. His play is always reliable, and at times he does some really brilliant work. I have no hesitation in saying that he is one of the finest wings, if not the finest, in Wales at the pre- sent time. A well-attended meeting of the Aber Vap-w Crown Inn, on Saturday evening last for the purpose of electing officers, etc., for the ap- proaching season. Mr 'David Lewis, Aber, was re-appointed chairman of the committee. It was universally agreed that Mr T. J. Smith, Aber, had proved himself an excellent secre- tary last season, and his re-appointment was unanimously adopted. The election of captain was summarily dealt with, the result being that Mr A. J. Williams, Aber, was unanimous- ly re-elected. The services of Mr David Evans i were also retained as treasurer, the meeting being of opinion that, as last season was per- hap, the most successful since the establish- ment of the team, the same officers were also the most capable of promoting its iatereato again this year. Dr Cochrane, Aber, W88 elected president with acclamation, and Mr Meyrick, the genial host of the club's head- quarters, was recognised as vice-president. Mr Meyrick, on his debut .n this office gave the club an excellent bat as a stimulus to hard work this season. Mr Bob Jenkins. Aber, kir.dly volunteered to present the higher -!J.L scorer (average) at the close of the season wiva a fitting donation (bat or cap, etc.). as an ex- pression of his success- It is anticipated that a splendid club will be formed this year, the prospects being most promising, and a bold bid is to be made to get the coveted "shield" carried from Newport to Aber. All intending members are requested to pay entrance fees, etc., during the present month, so as to be eligible as playing members in the approachiDC -I n,11 matches. We are pleased to nIlU » — Club started at Caerphilly, and trust that the meeting ef the Aber and Caerphilly Clubs will arouse the dormant spirits of non-baseballere to join in a game-ibe most healthy, reerea- tiTe, and elevating of present-day games.

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