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Richmond Football Club

(By 'Linesman')

During the first half hour of play Richmond A grade treated the on- lookers to an interesting display on Sunday afternoon last in the match against Westmead A grade at Rich- mond, the game being played under ideal conditions. Although West- mead had defeated Ricnmond in the first round of the competition, the latter team avenged itself and won very comfortably by 37 points to 5. Richmond's victory was due to im- proved teamwork as a whole, with Kenny being the contributing factor in the win. In the first half Richmond played perhaps the best football seen from that team during the season, and af- ter the first ten minutes the result was never in doubt. Bill Comer was the first scorer when he completed a concerted movement to put the ball under the posts for Wilson to con- vert. A few minutes later Kenny dashed through and evaded several tacklers for another try, and follow- ed this with a crashing run to score again in the corner. Wilson convert- ed, and the score stood at 13-0 with Richmond leading. Richmond again took the initia- tive, and with Braithwaite, T. Ryan and Wilson speeding the ball out play went into Westmead's half. Picking up a loose ball, Couldweil passed to Braithwaite, who side- stepped neatly to score near the posts for Ryan to add the extras. Playing in top gear, Jacobsen, Huxley and Armbrust were promin- ent in particularly good rucking ef- forts, the result being that Comer was sent over for his second try of the match. Braithwaite showed the opposition a clean pair of heels, but a certain try was missed by a faulty pass. Another try to Kenny complet- ed scoring in the first half, but not before Huxley had shot through like a Bondi tram to make the opposi- tion look very cheap. At half-time Richmond was on top by 24 points to nil. For a short period Westmead held its opponents in the second half, and full-back Prior was called upon, to do plenty of defensive work, which he accomplished in excellent fashion. However, the game swung back in Richmond's favour as Clerke and Comer were prominent, with heavy tackling. Wilson brought the score to 26-0 when he kicked a penalty goal, and Jacobsen gave the opposi tion another headache by beating several players near the line to score nicely. The tempo of the game slowed down for a time as Richmond began to slacken temporarily. Taking' ad vantage of this, the Westmead three quarters functioned smoothly to score their only try of the match after backing up well. The kick at goal was successful, and the score was Richmond 29, Westmead 5. In the closing stages of play the game was somewhat ragged, with the 'blind' side of the scrum being overworked. Bringing the ball up, Prior made a penetrating run, pas sed to Bill Ryan who went straight for the line, only to be tackled heav ily a few yards short. Kenny capped his performance with his fourth try of the match, and Armbrust sur prised the multitude by charging through to add another try near the posts for Kenny to convert, making the final score Richmond 37, West mead 5. Without any doubt the outstand ing player of the game was Kenny, whose penetration and hard-running inspired the remainder of the team to give of its best. Still, credit is due to both Braithwaite and Terry Ryan for the manner in which they fed the backs. Wilson, Prior and Bill Ryan gave very sound displays in the back division. A feature of the game which contributed in no mean manner to Richmond's victory was the domination of the scrums by the Richmond pack, with Armbrust get ting a large share of the ball. Jacob sen showed glimpses of his excellent form of last week, while Huxley played probably his best game to date, receiving much assistance from Clerke and Comer. Scores: Richmond 37 (Kenny 4, Comer 2, Braithwaite, Jacobsen and Armbrust tries; Wilson 3, Kenny and B. Ryan goals). Westmead 5. Printed and Published by the HAWKESBURY CONSOLIDATED PRESS, at their registered Printing Works, 200 George-street, Windsor.

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