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Donohoe As Five-eighth Shock Move
By TOM GOODMAN
Kangaroo half - back Col Donohoe was chosen last night as five-eighth in the N.S.W. Rugby League team to play Queensland at the S.C.G. next Saturday.
.This experiment will come ás á big surprise to many football followers; but its possibility was being discussed by close observers after yester-
day's Sydney v Country ' games. I Donohoe was moved to five-eighth in the Country Seconds team for the second half of yesterday's early match, and gave a smart dis- play.
The whole of Sydney Firsts pack has been selec-
Jim Evans and Norm Pro- van will make their first ap- pearances in interstate foot-
Three Country represen- tatives included are centre Harry Wells, who played for the Firsts yesterday, winger Noel Pidding and Donohoe, who were in the Seconds.
A Country First forward, Fred Brown, is a reserve.
Sydney First backs to miss selection are winger Ray Preston, centre Johnny Hobbs, and five-eighth Jack Dougherty.
Most people expected South Sydney's Jack Dough- erty to be the five-eighth,
seeing that Frank Stanmore disappointed yesterday.
Perhaps the most signi- ficant thing that happened in yesterday's football was the manner in which Donohoe fell fnto the five-eighth job.
The 19-year-old Noel Mc- Kay had played well there (outside Donohoe) in the first half of the Seconds game - he had scored CQtintiy's two tries.
Bul Donohoe in the second half acted as an electric spark (o the team.
He relished a good half- back service from Noel Hill, and he sliced through in great style.
He moved up quickly for
The State selectors, seated in the Old Members' Stand, nnd with the five-eighth posi- lion one of their problems, showed keen interest in this development.
Coach Vic Hey also was
The experiment was in- spired by that football "thinker," Manly - Warrin gah's honorary coach, Ray Norman.
He had been worried by two such smart half-backs as Donohoe and Hill having
only one half in their normal position in the Seconds'
He persuaded his col- leagues of the Country selec- tion committee to make the change.
Holman and Donohoe should make a very smart attacking pair against Queensland's useful Connell and Banks.
Harry Wells deserved to I retain his place as a State
Solid Col Geelan has beaten Johnny Hobbs and Dick Poole for the other position.
Wingers Gordon Wil- loughby and Noel Pidding have been preferred to a good player in Brian Carl- son and also the useful Jack Lumsden.
Pidding's goal - kicking helped him there.
Pidding is an efficient player, though his apparent casualness recently has caused a bad impression.