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FOOTBALL PARS. Penygraig v. Llwynypia. The first struggle of the season between these old and keen rivals was fought out on the Llwynypa ground on Saturday. The day was fine, the field was in good condi- tion, and a large crowd took an intense interest in the event. Many valuable play- ers were absent on both sides, Hellings, Llewellyn, Bob Jones, and Wyndham Jones for Llwynypia, and D. Evans, Bolton and Meads for Penygraig. —x— Needless to say, the game did not come up to expectation. It never does between these teams. Penygraig supporters were as much disappointed to see their team play below form as the Llwynypia partizans were to see their own team do likewise. However, the home team won by 8 points to 3. There is no doubt that the win was deserved, for Llwynypia was just that much better that Penygraig on the day's play, while neither showed their real worth All the tries scored were well worked for and well merited, and although it may be urged that Llwynypia had extremely hard lines on many occasions, still, for the most part, Penygraig's defence was just a little superior to Llwynypia's attack. The main features of the game were the energetic play of both sets of forwards, the combined efforts which resulted in the scoring of tries, and the many individual excellencies at different times in the game as for example, the strong runs of Alex- ander, Dobson, J. Lewis, and Kemp, and the fine dribbling and magnificent cross- kicking of Harding. Indeed, if one were to leave out of account the few-and-far-be- tween glimpses of combined back play as well as the individual incidents referred to above, what a miserable and monotonous affair it would have been. —x— The forwards were very evenly matched. The visiting forwards seemed to be super- ior in the pack, but were not nearly so effective as the home lot inthe open. Not that Llwynypia did not do good work in the scrummages nor that Penygraig did not bring off many pretty pieces of play in the loose, but taking the game as a whole the strong point of the visiting forwards lay as much in their scrummaging abilities as that of the home lot lay in their strong play in the field. —-x— Harding and Dobson were very conspicu- ous, the former, by his pretty dribbles, and the latter by his strong bursts. Alexander too, played one of his best games. Joe Hellings, who scored the second try for Llwynypia, is developing into a smart for- ward. On the visiting side, Chant played his usual hard and strong game. Never very conspicuous, perhaps, Chant is yet a thorough worker and a stayer to the end. George Evans, Kemp, and Harry Jones were a trio who also 1;,1 splendid work for their side. —x— Johnny Lewis was certainly the best in- dividual half on the ground, but he and his partner did not make quite so good a pair as Stevens and Jones. The home backs were superior, but not to any great extent. They made more at- tempts at combined play than the visiting quartette, but these attempts owing to splendid defence on the part of the Peny- graig backs, and sad fumbling among them- selves, for the most part failed lament- ably. Coombes played a sterling game, and scored a fine try. He ran splendidly for without hesitation, and without fear. Ricketts and Williams in the centre were good, but not at all conspicuous. Jones on the wing was safe and sound. —x— Of the visiting backs, Hunt and Richards deserve special notice. Both defended admirably and showed a good style of play as Veil as fair turn of speed. —x— Walton surely did not play up to his reputation. Some of his kicks, indeed, certainly showed what he could do, but his faulty fielding at other times often lost much ground. Oscar Williams after the first ten minutes or so played a far better game. "in. —x— The incident near the close is, of course, ?^ePlore(l- It arose from one player's inability to keep command over himself, or another's inability to mind his own vvness' anc* a crowd of spectator's in- ability to keep their noses out of what lay ln j l?0Wer the referee alone to settle, and what ought not to have concerned them m the least. A Tre«rky v. Mountain Ash.—At Mountain Ash, December 9th. Back J. Muxworthy threequarter backs, Sam Muxworthy, L. Trarry, Á. Parry, and L. Lewis half backs, James and Tom Jones; forwards, J. nomas, Ted Lewis, M. Falcon, R. Chiney, • Ramsey, A. Thomas, T. John, and J. aughan. Next week for notes and no- Ions of play and players. Treorchy v. Pontyclun. Treorky played their first League match away on Saturday last, when they en- ountered Pontyclun at the latter place, ontyclun are a hard nut to crack on their OWn ground, and many a team have, ere ow, come away sorrowing. Treorky were a« l J-Muxworthy, Hawkins found s' but good substitutes were —x— The game was far from being interesting, chiefly confined to the forwards, wnere the Treorky men had the worst of matters in the tight scrums, but held a superiority in the open. —x— The ball went out often to the backs, but i Jones was apparently slow, and the not set going as they ought to. wll the Treorky backs were superior, and ere the victory was due. scored the only try, which Tom fitroes leaving Treorky winners by points to nil, giving them two addi- TVir. Pomts m the League. Falcon and J. i the forwards, who were weaker t)WJiSUaii e Muxworthy and White PJayed well among the backs. Tj —X— n Was a.Pity Sam Muxworthy did not get thA TT106 in the trial match. Why does AND T °*n such-men as Simmonds had i«'TTtr N when better are to be who ? They overlook Skrimshire, th«» J* Sj ,r Blackheath, apparently on self does not connect him- BelLTo- the London Welsh Club. They of Nm.+v.mmon(^s' Monmouthshire, now defied Hampton, to play when that player NortharJ^ ruhng body and played for grantpd £ IV wl^hout his transfer being Union- where S White, the Treorky centre, is improving every match, and runs close for premier honour with S. Muxworthy. The pair are making it hot for opponents, and we think they are superior to any in the League. J. Muxworthy is on the injured list, and did not play on Saturday, but hopes to be fit for next Saturday against his old clubmates at Mountain Ash. —x— Scourfield, Treorky's young recruit is making a very promising show at full-back. —x— Next Saturday, Treorky have a big thing on playing Mountain Ash away. It is to be hoped that the team will be full. There will be a close fight. Blaenclydach v. Ystrad Stars Seconds. This match came off last Saturday on the grounds of the latter in splendid foot- ball weather beiore a large crowd of spec- tators. A great amount of interest was felt locally in this contest, as the home team have an unbroken record this season. Both teams lined out with very represen- tative packs. The homesters kicked off and the visitors immediately pressed, and kept up the pace to the end, and eventually won by 1 goal, 2tries, to nil. Lewis and Williams obtained the tries, whilst the goal was magnificently kicked by Edwards. Although the visitors are but a young organisation, they have the making of good footballers, and have obtained good fix- tures throughout the season, and we pre- dict they will give a good account of them- selves. General Notes. Penygraig folk express keen satisfaction at the play of their favourite, A. Bolton, in the Whites and Stripes last Saturday. They justly consider him to be safe for his "cap" this year; and their confidence in his acpuitting himself with honour cannot be shaken. They have not had a finger in the pie since the days of Dai Evans and Jack Rapps, but now they think that the tide is turning. —x— Bolton fully justifies his claims to inter- national honours. He is a hard worker in the scrums, and his play in the open is be- yond comparison. He has a rare turn of speed, and is a keen tackier, and, when once he is in full swing he will take a lot of stopping. In the line out, he invariably gets the ball, because he tops the smaller fry standing over 6 ft. lin. in his boots. and his weight is not to be ignored. He can use his feet to advantage, as the Peny- graig spectators pay the highest tribute to his dribbling. On the whole, I think that Bolton will do his best to make things hum on behalf of "Gallant Little Wales." If not, then many of the crack Welsh criti- cisers of football will feel disgusted with themselves. ■—x— By the bye, why has not Penygraig's cap- tain played for them yet this season? He was selected to play last Saturday against his rivals, Llwynypia, and yet he choose to play for Cardiff Reserves against Mac- kintosh on the Cardiff Arms Park. It is whispered amongst his friends that the Penygraig -imittpo did not exert them- selves to communicate with him in good time, with the result that exactly three hours after he had promised to play for Cardiff Reserves, a communication reached him of his selection to play against Llwyny- pia. Of course, we could not, for a rnpinont expect him to break his word, but had he been playing, well, we would not in all pro- bability be now wailing and gnashing our teeth. —x— On being asked his opinion of last Satur- day's match, one of the Penygraig com- mittee replied, "Jolly hard lines, but better luck next time." —x— The Porth County School besides turn- ing out many University students, is the nursery of Association football players. They have an exceedingly smart team there thanks mainly to the appreciated assist- ance of the brothers Jenkins, of Porth. Last Saturday, they played the Pupil Teachers, and beat them easily by five goals to nil. This is their third match this year; having won two, and drawn one. They have a goal average of 9 for, and 1 against. They have, this year, had a new football and recreation ground placed at their disposal at the back of the school, and thus they have a distinct advantage over last year's students. —x— The Porth Association Football Clubhave reason to congratulate themselves that the Mid-Rhondda Albions became defunct at the close of last season, for they have drawn upon their ranks rather freely, hav- ing appropriated Cullen, R. Bryant, T. Gilbert, F. C. Kerslake, J. S. Thomas, and T. Williams. It is to be deeply regretted that the old team cannot be again revived. Surely there is plenty of material for a splendid team to be found in our midst? Are all the Albion's committee scattered broadcast? An effort should be made to revive the old Scotch Albions.

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