Date: 13 April 1935
Venue: Claremont Showgrounds, Perth, Western Australia
Western Australia: J.Stevenson, B.Nicholls, Ernie Nicholls, Jack Walmsley, R.Martin, William Taylor, Williams, J.Waddell, Jack Conduit, Smith, Brearley
Japanese Cruisers (incomplete): Yotumoto, Nakamura, Nomura, Unuda, Kunita, Ashihara
Jack Conduit scored five times to guide Western Australia to a 11-3 victory over the visiting Japanese Cruisers, a team representing the Japanese naval training squadron, at the Claremont Showgrounds. “Although the local team held the ascendency throughout, the Japanese players revealed great speed and never wavered in their attempts to score. The short passing and rush tactics adopted by the visitors contrasted with the open and combined play of the State team.” (1)
The State team advanced on goal immediately from kick-off but Jack Conduit was unable to convert from close-range. Replying with equal determination the Japanese streamed into attack only for B.Nicholls to intervene with a fine clearance. J.Waddell got the opening goal after 20 minutes with a great shot after being played through by Smith. The naval side again pressed forward but a lack of team coordination and weak finishing saw them make little progress. The Japanese goalkeeper was a man under siege as Western Australia bombarded his goal. Conduit grabbed a hat-trick as Waddell, Williams and S.Smith also found the net for an eight-goal half-time lead.
Japanese Cruisers came into the game more after the break with Ashihara pulling a goal back five minutes into the half. Ten minutes later Unuda made a spectacular run before putting through Kunita to score their second. Conduit sent the hosts’ ninth goal into the net before Nomura finished a tidy move to grab to the visitors a third goal. The final stages were controlled by the State side as Conduit, Waddell and an own goal completed the scoring. The outstanding players for the State were R.Martin, Conduit and Waddell while Japan was best represented by Yotumoto, Kunita and Nakamura.
(1) p.12, the ‘West Australian’ newspaper, 15 April 1935
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