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Donohoe As Five-eighth Shock Move


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.

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