A HUNDRED YEARS AGO July 19, 1919. Archives

From the Archives (July 19, 1919): Hockey at Madras. Y.M.C.A. vs. Y.M.I.A.

A rather tame game was witnessed in this match, which came off last evening [July 17] on the Y.M.C.A. grounds, the visitors eventually scoring an easy win by 4 goals to 1. They no doubt proved a bit too good for their rivals, but it was by no means a high standard of hockey that they displayed, for, as it was, the forwards all with the exception of Kesavan looked lifeless, while the defence too were not without their faults, the halves particularly being out of place time and again. As for Kesavan he was however lively all and tricky too but it was all not to much avail for he seemed to think that he alone could do the trick and failed more often than not naturally. Now about Lakshman Rao, he was slow, in fact very slow, and uncertain too in front of goal for want of practice obviously, but he was unquestionably the least selfish of the lot and made some very good passes now and again. Coming now to the halves Ramaswami was without doubt the stand out man, but he must give up the idea of mixing with the forwards on the half chances of scoring, if he really means to serve his side best. Then regarding the backs M.V. Ramanjulu and Sankaran, they looked safe enough last evening, but they have yet to be tested however to know their real mettle.

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