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Age-Limit Weakens Football Teams

(By e.e;c.)

Another college football competition will soon claim the attention . and en thusiasm of the public schools' sporting world, now that students have entered upon the second term. Already college footballers are undergoing a solid pre paration for Alcock Cup matches. Thsre

is a special reason for a renewed con fidence in the Guildfora, Hale and Scotch dressing rooms, of wresting pre miership honors from Christian Bro thers' College. C.B.C. have won the Alcock Cup on 21 occasions since 1905. * They were third in 1917, second in 1921 and again in 1925. They were last defeated on June ,27, 1928. when Guildford won by

9.8 to 5.10. Thus the red-and-blacks have won 29 games on end, and nearly all of them with ridiculous ease. Yet this year they may not prove to be the all-conquering combination of recent years. The decision of the Associated Public Schools' Association to limit the age of college athletes in inter-school contests to 18 has had a pronounced influence in making the four colleges more even, at least in sporting strength. Christians have undoubtedly been weakened more than the others.

CB.C.'S LOSSES. Christians have lost at least ten fine footballer. Barney O'Shaughnessy, captain and fine college cricketerfoot baller, who with his great height was a stumbling block in defence; Roily Brown, the tall centre half-iorward, who last year kicked 18 goals: Frank Lyons, a host in himself, who played on the fringes and kicked 17 goals; Reg. Train or, nuggety centre man, now playing with Perth; Jack M'Leod, ruckman, pro bably the outstanding college footballer

for 1931; Jack Shea, the well-known cricketer and half -forward; D. .Ryan, Kulmann, Kirkpatrick and J. Buzzard all have gone. The 1932 eighteen will include only five of last year's team. ' SCOTCH LOSE GRIEVE. Last year Scotch College, as in 1930. were runners-up, and as half of the 1931 eighteen are still available this should provide an adequate nucleus for a good side. Yet Scotch, like Cnristians, have suffered severe losses. Ian Grieve, vice-captain last year, and still a young player, has left. At centre half-back last year he was the main

stay of his team, and it is a pity this natural athlete and footballer has been unable , to develop at school. Dolph Clowes, captain and ruckman: Georgt Ironside, goal-sneak, who kicked 16 goals last year; Lea Allnutt, cricketer and able half-back; John Hector, a solid back-pocket man: Barrett and Bill Byass ( now at University) — all are absentees from the Scotch ranks.. Another great loss to college football is Syd. Plaisted. Last year this i5-year-old winger was outstanding. - Left-footed, fast, rugged and clever, he was a great attraction. GUIIJiFORD'S GREAT CHANCE. Though Guildford won only two . of their engagements last year, it appears very . likely,-? that 1933 may see : them forge to the front. They have onlv five

serious losses, and axe very confident of holding their own. Their captain, Wally Kimpton, is again - available. Of last year's side, George Gardiner has gone up to University; DaVidsoh',- a lead ing ruckman; Shercliffe, an outstanding defender; Joe Letciifoi*! and Tomlinsbn are the only missing. With . several promising new vplayers ?? Guildford may well be' optimistic'. ' JACK ROWE LEAVES HALE. : Hale won only one match in 1931. and.

in fact, have gained only four victories since i928. During that four years— a space of 24 games— Jack Rowe, last year's captain, stripped on every occa sion. This month it will seem strange not to see him again in the light blue colors. With his speed at pivot,, he did yeoman service for his school. Theo; -Hall, -the rugged Prater and Geo. Le Couteur are the only other notable absentees, and though Edgar Dunne and John Ambrose are still in attendance, Hale are unlikely to be particularly strong: As most of the colleges are playing their first practice matches, this week, 1 will defer discussion of this year's pros pects until next week, when all cap tains.' will have been elected