1938 State Team

Western Australia 5 India 1

Status: Friendly
Date: 8 October 1938
Venue: WACA Ground, East Perth
Western Australia: J.Stevenson, J.Thompson, Jock Henderson, Jack Walmsley (c), J.Mitchell, M.Charlton, W.Brackenridge, Jack Conduit, William Waddell, S.Smith, Dave Birnie
India: K.Dutta. C.Robello, Jumma Khan, K.Mukerjee, B.Sen, P.Lal, Noor Muhammed, A.Rahim, S.Joseph, K.Bhattacharjee, B.Prosad
Referee: J.MacKenzie

Western Australia defeated the visiting Indian national team 5-1 in an entertaining game watched by a crowd of around 2,000 at the WACA Ground. William Waddell scored four of the State’s goals with Jack Conduit getting the remainder against a bare-footed opposition who were in the final stages of an Australian tour. Prior to heading to Perth, India had played fourteen games in Australia for six wins, a draw and seven losses.

Western Australia started confidently with their first opportunity on goal coming early, Dave Birnie beating C.Robello before hitting the ball at goal with K.Dutta effecting a spectacular save. An exciting game had both goalkeepers, Dutta and J.Stevenson, in the thick of the action as the teams traded attacks in search of the games’ first goal. The better attacking moves came from the host team whose long ball approach continually opened up India.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes when Conduit passed to Waddell whose first time effort gave the Indian custodian no chance. India countered immediately on the resumption through A.Rahim but teenage defender J.Thompson ended the move and released Birnie, who was unfortunate in hitting the crossbar. Half-time was only a minute away when Conduit’s shot on the run was brilliantly tipped away from the net by Dutta.

A brilliant burst of speed saw Waddell take the ball straight into attack at the start of the second half with the centre forward flicking in Western Australia’s second goal. Noor Muhammed sped down the right and after a brief challenge with Thompson centred to Rahim who placed wide. Birnie, S.Smith and Waddell combined in a neat move that culminated in the latter teeing up Conduit to drive in goal number three from 25-metres.

India pulled a goal back after 70 minutes, K.Bhattacharjee transferred the ball to S.Joseph who made no mistake finding the top corner. Muhammed, B.Prosad, Rabim and Bhattacharjee each had shot miss the goal as the visitors took control against a tiring State side. However, with ten minutes left Waddell put the result beyond doubt by flicking his third goal past the oncoming ‘keeper after out-pacing Robello. Waddell sealed victory on 87 minutes by drilling in as India stood appealing for off-side.

Western Australia 1 India 3

Status: Friendly
Date: 10 October 1938
Venue: WACA Ground, East Perth
Western Australia: B.Finklestein, Jock Henderson (c), H.Robinson, W.Taylor, W.Same, T.Anderson, Bill Brackenridge, T. Swich, William Waddell, Jack Conduit, J.Brearley
India: K.Dutta. C.Robello, Jumma Khan, K.Mukerjee, B.Sen, A.Nandy, Noor Muhammed, K.Bhattacharjee, R.Lumsden, S.Joseph, B.Prosad

Strong defensive play coupled with intelligent forward work gave India a 3-1 victory over Western Australia before a crowd of 2,000 at the WACA Ground. J.Brearley put the State into the lead before India sparked into life with captain K.Bhattacharjee, S.Joseph and R.Lumsden on target to ensure their seven-week Australian tour ended on a high. “A great deal of India’s success was due to the fact that William Waddell, who scored four of Western Australia’s five goals on Saturday, was subdued by J.Khan,” (1) reported the ‘West Australian’ newspaper.

The State team quickly got down to work by employing the same long ball game which worked so successfully two days earlier. Their reward arrived when Jack Conduit headed the ball to Waddell, he threatened a pass through for Brearley who shot into the net past the oncoming goalkeeper K.Dutta. Western Australia’s direct approach had much of the pressure on the visiting backs who stood firm to keep their opponents at bay.

A miss-kick by H.Robinson let in Bhattacharjee, who made the most of his chance by bringing the teams level. Heartened by that success, India attacked again and from Noor Muhammed’s precision corner Joseph headed them into the lead. A few minutes later Lumsden met another nicely delivered corner to head in and make it three-one. The half closed out with India on top as Lumsden and Joseph each had shots go the wrong side of the posts.

After the turnaround Western Australia pushed to find a way back into the game. Dutta made a brilliant diving save to keep out a powerful strike, while three shots by Conduit were off-target. B.Prosad was seeing plenty of the ball and was unlucky not to add a fourth goal to India’s tally. The local players worked hard only for their forward play to be negated by a well-organised defence. The final chance of the afternoon had Lumsden shoot wide when presented with an open goal.

(1) p.11, the ‘West Australian’ newspaper, 11 October 1938

Western Australia 7 Bougainville 0

Status: Friendly
Date: 25 October 1938
Venue: Leederville Oval, Leederville, Western Australia
Western Australia: J.Stevenson, J.Thompson, Jock Henderson, Jack Walmsley, J.Mitchell, M.Charlton, Bill Brackenbridge, Jack Conduit, William Waddell, S.Smith, Dave Birnie

Western Australia completed a busy few weeks with a resounding 7-0 victory over a representative team from the visiting French navy ship ‘Bougainville’. Jack Conduit led the way with four goals as William Waddell put away the remaining three in a one-sided game at Leederville Oval. “Soon after the start it was obvious that the visitors were not seasoned enough to cope with the local attacks and the result was a hollow victory to Western Australia,” (1) reported the ‘West Australian’ newspaper.

The hosts enjoyed the better of early possession and through tidy movement Conduit posted the opening goal. Bougainville pushed forward occasionally through clever passing but J.Stevenson was in fine form between the posts, saving their more promising moves. Conduit doubled Western Australia’s advantage with a shot from distance, and soon after Waddell had little difficulty finding the back of the net for a three-nil half-time lead.

Refreshed from the break, the Frenchmen started the second period on the attack only to have their best efforts repelled by a steady defence. At the other end of the field, however, the local forwards were guilty of over-complicating their play and as a consequence many scoring opportunities slipped through their fingers. Even so, Conduit and Waddell each sent the ball past the goalkeeper twice to secure a comfortable victory.

(1) p.8, the ‘West Australian’ newspaper, 26 October 1938

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