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1938

Under the encouragement of the English FA, negotiations begun in early March between the Australian and Indian Associations. Cablegrams were exchanged with India, who were intent on arriving in August, however that would mean that by the time they reached the East coast of Australia, it would be time for summer sport. Australian officials requested a change to the arrival date - At the same time, the Football Association of Yugoslavia had contacted the Australian Association eager to play in July. The Yugoslavs got in touch through Austrian clubs, who had been refused permission to travel to Australia previously by the German Football Association. Eventually the Australia Association contacted the English FA  and asked who would be the better opponents. The FA replied that the Indians would be, so the Australians accepted the tour dates and the Indians left Bombay.

The first Indian football team to travel internationally, arrived in Fremantle, and were welcomed to Australia by the chairman of the board of control of the West Australian Soccer Football Association (Mr. F. Smith), the secretary (Mr. Claude Eayrs) and members of the board. The manager of the team (Mr. P. Gupta) was on his second visit to Australia, having made the trip made previously as manager of the Indian hockey team, which toured Australia and New Zealand in 1934. "This is the first time that an Indian soccer team has travelled outside India to play another nation," said Mr.Gupta. "An Indian team visited South Africa in 1934, but it only played against South African born Indians. It is not an all-India side, the players having been chosen from clubs in Bengal, the mecca of soccer football in India, but nevertheless if an Indira team were picked the majority of tlis side would easily gain places." "Men from all parts of India," continued Mr. Gupta, "journey hundreds of miles to Calcutta every football season to enable them to participate in league and cup matches. It is purely for the love of the game as there is professional sport in India. We know that Australia is a great sporting nation with its cricket, Australian code of football and rugby, but we have no knowledge of the standard of soccer in this country so it is very difficult to venture an opinion as to the outcome of the tour. Nevertheless, if fine weather prevails, the speed of our bare-footed players will thrill the crowds which will also be amazed at the accuracy and force with which they kick the ball."

barefooted indians

Australia had never seen let alone played against bare footed players. Several newspaper articles of the time, report that the Australian's removed their metal studs from their boots and replaced them with 'leather bars' to minimise injury to their opponents. Another change to the norm, was that the Indian players only played 30 minute halves back home. A compromise was reached where the fixtures were to be played over 80 minutes.

The team travelled to Adelaide to take on South Australia at Hindmarsh Oval. Showing superior speed, combination, and ball control, they ran our easy winners six goals to one. 3,000 fans watched the game, and 'enthusiastically applauded the clever tactics and trickiness' of the Indians. The visitors were the smaller side, but they proved far too elusive for the South Australians. The diminutive wingers. A. Nandi and A. Prosad, were outstanding for pace and accuracy, while K. Bhattacharjee, the captain, was the brain of many attacking movements. 

In Melbourne the team received a civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor and after practice at the MCG were guests of the local Association at the Atheneum Theatre.

Vs Victoria

Victoria defeated the visiting Indian soccer team by four goals to three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to-day. The rough surface handicapped the barefooted Indians. They were very aggressive in the early stages, but their finishing effort did not trouble the Victorian defence. The Indians, however, are certain to improve, and they should not be long reaching top form. Some brilliant play was witnessed on both sides in the first half, but the Victorians had slightly the better of play. They opened their score within the first five minutes, and it was not until near the end of the half that the visitors scored, Prosad displaying great skill to goal. The half-time scores were; Victoria 3, India 1. Victoria were more prominent in the second half, and, although they only added one goal to their score, they held the Indians, who were finding the condition of the ground against them. Several of them suffered from cut feet.

Vs NSW

In a game which delighted a crowd of probably 25,000 at the Showground on Saturday, New South Wales beat the Indian Soccer team by six goals to four. It was the Indians' first match in New South Wales, and, although defeated, they emerged with a high reputation. New South Wales owed much to the brilliant goalkeeper McNabb, and but for him the Indians' score could have been considerably higher. He had seldom spent such a busy afternoon as he did keeping out the shots which Lumsden and other Indian forwards bombarded him. The outstanding scoring force in the Indian line was the inside right forward, A. Rahim, who netted all his side's goals, with the able assistance of the little left-winger, Prosad, only 5ft 3in in height and 7st 10lb in weight, and playing with only elastic socks to protect his feet, Prosad moved at electric speed, completely outpacing the Australian players opposed to him. He controlled the ball marvellously, and drove with the power of an list man. The footwork of the Indian team and its positional play were delightful, and the duels between them and the artistic New South Wales players, such as R. Crowhurst, Wilkinson, and J. Hughes among the forwards, and W. Coolahan the half-back, who combined in many successful raids, made a wonderful spectacle. The Indians' weakest point was their reluctance to "mix it" in the tackles with the New South Wales men, but the evaded these contests so skilfully that they did not impair their play. The match was played from start to finish in a keen but sportsmanlike spirit.

Vs Northern Districts - Cessnock Sports Ground

Northern Districts beat the Indian soccer team at Cessnock today by two goals to one. the Indians handicapped by the robust play of the opposing half-back line. The vastly improved form of the Indians' defence was reassuring for their prospects in the first Test match against Australia. It was 100 per cent, better than in the New South Wales match last Saturday. This afternoon's troubles were in the forward line. The marking of the ground told against the Indians. It was considerably narrower than the limit they had stipulated on their arrival in Australia, and the effect on their type of attack was obvious. There was the same understanding between the three inside forwards as on Saturday, and the same dazzling speed by the wingmen. but the forward line as a whole lacked Saturday's cohesion, and it was obvious that the Indians, to show their best, need room to move. In addition, the Indians were bothered by the cricket pitch in the centre of the arena. They were never at their best when they had to cross it. and it was responsible for a slight leg injury, which caused the replacement half-way through the game of Bhattacheriee (the captain), by Choudbury. The scores were nil-all at the end of an exciting first half, towards the end of which the Indians gave some signs of flagging. After half-time the Norths gradually established superiority. A long, sustained attack got the ball, via Giles and Barnett, to Heeney, whose sound shot beat Dutt. The North's second goal followed. Hamilton passed to Barnett. who made an opening for a beautiful shot by Heeney. The third goal of the match came from India. Lumsden's capable shot was partly stopped by Morgan, who fell, and the ball lust got over the line, India, in the last minute, made a desperate rally, despite obvious tiredness, and did not fall far short of making the game a draw.

Vs Australia

Displaying brilliant football, Australia defeated India by 5 goals to 3 in the first Soccer Test match today. They won because the forwards seized scoring chances in a hard fought game, replete with exciting incident. The Indians' play was marked by fine individual performances, but their concerted efforts often broke down at a critical stage through the inside forwards' lack of ability to make use of chances to increase their tally. There was good understanding between the half-backs and the forwards, and the covering play of Rebello and Khan was excellent. The forwards, specially Prosad, generally discounted the Australian backs, Henwood and Evans, with ball control and tricky footwork, but time and again Rahim, who scored four goals against New South Wales, last week, nullified good work through inaptitude in front of the goal.

The forward play of Prosad, the Indian outside-left, must rank with the best ever seen in Australia. He used exceptional speed to circumvent the opposing backs, and his wizardry often bewildered Henwood. Always ready with fanciful dribbling, Prosad is the type of forward who sets his face towards the goal and never looks back. The first half of the match provided one of the finest displays of Soccer seen for a long time. The defence of the Indians was superb, and their half backs gave the forwards such a surfeit of the ball that the Australians had great difficulty in securing a lead of one goal at half time. This goal was cleverly won. Quill, the fastest man in the Australian side, obtained position for Wilkinson to beat the Indian keeper with a shot that found the net at great pace. Prosad's Brilliance The second half brought a revelation in wing work by Prosad and Noor Mohammed, who danced in and out and finally sent towards the Australian goal. Henwood made a valiant attempt to crush the invading Indians, but Rahim struck the vital blow after a good run, which levelled the scores, I-all. The home attack fought gallantly to take the lead. Crowhurst sent Hughes speeding away, but the ball struck the upright. Hughes gathered from the rebound before Dutt could recover, and sent the ball into the net to give Australia a 2-1 lead. Rahim tried very hard, but twice missed from an easy position. For a time Australia was the better team. Coolahan brought Crowhurst into action on the extreme right flank. Crowhurst turned the ball to Wilkinson, whose pass was taken by Hughes to send in a fast, low shot, which completely baffled Dutt, the Indian keeper.

Undaunted by a 3-1 lead, the Indian determlnation, was rewarded with a goal from Battachar Jee, after Lumsden's clever work had made the opening. There was excellent play in front of the Australian goal, but India was prevented from getting on terms by the agility of McNabb in saving. After several narrow escapes the Indian citadel fell when Win swept the ball to Quill, who increased Australia's lead to 4-2.

Prosad's pace was responsible for an invasion of Australia's goal, which resulted in Lumsden scoring for India after a great effort. Only one goal in arrears, India entered into the struggle with unabated energy, but the Australian defence prevaled in many exciting passages. Almost in the last minute, Quill streaked awav in the centre, outoaced Sen, and sent in a crashing shot which Dutt partially saved. The ball sprang from his hands and Quill again secured to score his second goal and give the home team the victory, 5-3.

Vs Qld

Displaying a brilliant exposition of positional play, and revealing great speed and amazing control over the ball, the Indian Soccer team defeated Queensland at the Exhibition Ground last Down 5-1 at the interval, Queensland made a great recovery in the second half, when Brittain scored three goals in seven minutes, More than 5000 witnessed the match, and the gate receipts The Queensland players were greatly handicapped by having to play in boots with leather bars, instead of studs, to avoid serious injury to the Indians, five of whom wore boots. Prosad did not take the field for India, having injured a muscle while training. For sheer trickiness and masterly control of the ball no better display has been seen from international teams than that provided by the bare footed Rahim, Noor Mohammed, and Nandi. Their agility and remarkable speed completely bewildered the Queensland defence, who were hopelessly outplayed, in the opening 12 minutes, when four goals were scored. Long passing, with never a ball lost, deft flicks of the leather, and deadly marksmanship provided an attack, the type of which Queensland players have never previously encountered. Prom full backs to the forwards, the cohesion displayed by the visitors was an object lesson. Each player, retaining position, dovetailed into the speedy attacking moves to sweep past the slower-moving home team in scintillating display, with the ball seldom a foot high from the ground. Disjointed by the early onslaughts, Queensland provided, at the best, a straggling defence, and when mercurial Rahim and the two-footed centre forward, Lumsden, completed the moves with powerful shots, there was no room to doubt the goal-keeping ability of Neville. In Battacharjee, the Indian inside left and captain, Queensland was faced with a master schemer. It was he who directed Promlal, Sen, and Nandi in their attacking moves, which so greatly their attacking moves, which so greatly harassed the home defenders. The extent of Battacharjee's influence on the team was most apparent when he retired with an ankle strain at the interval, to be replaced by H.Joseph. The Indians looked a different team thereafter, and their pace slackened to a par with the Queenslanders. It was this lull which gave the home team the opportunity to knit their forces, and, displaying confidence and revealing sound team work, they had reduced the half-time deficit of 5 goals to 1 to 6 to 5 15 minutes from full-time. In this 20-minute period of attacking supremacy, Brittain proved himself a great opportunist and marksman by netting three goals, including one from a penalty.

Vs Ipswich

After giving one of the most delightful exhibitions of soccer seen in the Ipswich district since the visit of the an Ipswich eleven yesterday by five goals to two. Speed, ball control, and' positional play won. the day, and the crowd of 2000. who paid £150 to see the game, were thrilled. The Indian team gave a glorious exhibition of the way Soccer should be played. Prosad did not take the field, but Noor Mohammed, and Choudhury on the wings, gave grand displays, while Lumsden at centre, gave wonderful balance to the vanguard. On the Ipswich side each man played his part, but the speed and ball control of the visitors proved too much for them. Greene saved some fine shots; Ersklne showed fine anticipation at back, and Malcomson was the pick of a half-back line that had a strenuous afternoon's work. Donaldson, at outside left, showed that he is still a fine footballer, and with Young was the pick of the forwards. Ten minutes after the start, Noor Mohammed cut through on the right to open the score, and seven minutes later Lumsden netted the second goal, Ipswich's first goal was scored by Donaldson, with a beautiful shot from 15 yards out. Five minutes before the interval Rahim netted the third goal for India. Ipswich in the second half played good football, Young, Duce, and Kitching giving the Indian defence several anxious moments, but Robello, at back for the visitors, saved repeatedly, while Dutt, in goal, made many fine clearances. Showing fine leadership, Lumsden scored India's fourth goal. A rally by Ipswich, in which Roderick took a prominent Dart, gave them a second goal. Duce fastening on to a fine pass by Young to net with a hard low shot. Just before the final whistle Lumsden scored his third goal, giving Greene no chance with a beautiful shot.

Vs Australia

India had a splendid opportunity of turning the tables on Australia in the second Soccer Test at the Exhibition Ground on Saturday, but failed to take advantage of it, and the game . In midfield play India's ball control and positional play permitted them to run rings round the home side for the major part of the game, and in the first half, particularly the Australian defence received one of the most severe tests it has ever experienced. Two factors were responsible for India's inability to win; the poor, finishing efforts of some pf their forwards when in a position to score, and the excellent display of goalkeeping by McNabb. The play of the Indian vanguard in front of goal lacked the vigour necessary to produce goals. If they had shown the same shooting form as they did against Queensland on Wednesday night they would unquestionably have won, but on Saturday Lumsden, Rahim, and Battacharjee tried to take the ball too close in before attempting to score, thus giving McNabb the opportunity to smother their shots.

While India gave Australia a lesson in the liner points of the game in open play, the visitors would do well to take a leaf from Australia's book inregard to getting goals. Australia had far fewer opportunities to score, yet by driving hard for goal whenever they had the chance they managed to finish on terms. The growing popularity of Soccer was evidenced by the fact that 16.000 saw the match, the takings being £800.

Only three of the Indians played in boots, and the speed of the bare footed players gave them a big advantage. Seldom has such a display of combined football been seen in Brisbane. Rarely lifting the ball from the ground, the halves gave the forwards a feast of the ball, and the forwards swung it about with delightful freedom. Australia found these tactics very difficult to counter.

Australian keeper McNabb, played a big part in prevent ing India from winning. His uncanny anticipation made goalkeeping look easy. Time and again he saved shots to which any other keeper probably would have failed to get his hands. There was an instance of this in the closing stages, when the scores were level and India were striving desperately for the winning goal. Lumsden came through alone, and from about 10 yards out miskicked the ball which curled away for the comer of the net.curled away for the comer of the net. A goal looked certain, but McNabb by diving at full length managed to get the ball around the post. McNabb undoubtedly saved Australia on Saturday, and thoroughly deserves his reputation of being one of the best goalkeepers Australia has produced. He is never beaten until the ball is in the back of the net, and the Indian forwards must be growing tired of devising means of outwitting him.

Prosad

If inclusion in this column depended on size, K. Prosad, the tiny outside left of the Indian soccer would be my subject today. I would be surprised to know that there is a smaller international footballer in the world. He has been playing soccer since boyhood, and knows its fine points so well that he is considered the finest player in the touring side. This is his first tour, but he played against the English team which visited India last season. His team-mates call him 'Mickey' a nickname given him by a Calcutta broadcaster, when he played in a representative match. He is a Government employee there, and belongs to the Aliens Club. One of the barefooted players, he has remarkable control over the ball and kicking power which will astonish those who go to see the Indians play. He is very fond of hockey, which is so popular in India. Asked if he also played cricket, he very modestly, 'Not so well.' 'I am a keen Bradman follower,' he said, and added, 'So is everyone in India.' He told me that he is always out of bed early to see the scores when Bradman is playing anywhere. After seeing the Exhibition Ground and having a run on it yesterday, he said it was superior to the grounds on which the tourists, had placed in the south. 'Mickey' is enjoying the visit to this country. He is a bright, happy, and most friendly young man, who will make hosts of friends and, not an enemy. Prosad was married when 13 — he is 23 now — and has a wife and two children in India 

Vs Queensland at Toowoomba

The Indian Soccer team defeated a Queensland side 5-2 at the Athletic Oval this afternoon. Play was not lively until Queensland, trailing 3-0 in the second session, scored their first goal and began to put on the pressure. One of the Indians in the back line was injured, and Lumsden retired from the forwards to take his place. Queenslanders' combination and understanding was far short of that of their opponents. Only once did they really combine, and that was when Gibb made opening for Young to goal. Neville in goal was the best player

Early in the game the Queenslanders made several sporadic attacks, but Dutt always cleared. Once the Indians settled down, the Queensland halves were almost helpless against them. The Indian visitors took four corners in quick succession, but grand saves were made by Neville. Hard drives were made by Lumsden. the Indian centre. Lumsden. however, would not be denied, and opened the scoring from a penalty. Shortly afterwards he made a hard drive into the net. Only once in the half was the Indian's goal in jeopardy. Roderick following a corner brought Dutt down with a hard shot, but Dutt cleared. At half time the Indians led 2-0. Soon after the resumption Bhattacharjee scored from well out. For 15 minutes the Queenslanders were held in their own half. Then, from a breakaway, they went down field close on the goal line. Das Gupta, the Indian's left back. collided with a Queenslander and had to retire. Lumsden took his place at back, and another player was brought in the front line. While the Indians were playing 10 men, desultory play took the Queenslanders into the visitors area, and Kitching scored. At the other end a perfect centre by Rahim enabled Bhattachariee to add another goal to India's tally. With 15 minutes to go the Queenslanders came with a rush and Gibb made an opening for Young to score. Twice Dutt just managed to clear. Before full time a clever bout was finished off when Rahim made the score 5-2.

Vs Australia

India defeated Australia 4-1, at the Newcastle Sportsground on Saturday, in the third test. The defeat of Australia was due chiefly to the failure of some members of the team to produce football that would be suitable for even unimportant club games. McNabb was Australia's solitary star. He revelled in the heavy work that was allowed to fall on him, and saved at least half a dozen shots to which few other keepers would have had a chance of getting their hands to.

The second half was well advanced before there was any response to voices from around the ground that the home side should get on with the game. By that time Australia was headed for a defeat, which may have serious effects on its international Soccer status. India, well ahead, played with fine forward dash and praiseworthy defensive tenacity, and the belated Australian attack could not add a further goal to the one obtained early in the first half. Prosad, Lumsden, Rahim, and Bhattacharjee showed speed, fine control, and splendid shooting ability in the Indian attack.

Vs South Coast

Over 4,000 people saw the Indian soccer team beat the South Coast by six goals to four today, after being behind at halftime. Before the start of the game, Mr Gupta, manager of the Indian team, officially opened the new pavilion. The Balgownie band, with Conductor James Masters, former international soccer player, attended.

Ultimatum

"Australia's fourth test team to play at the Sydney Show Ground tomorrow, and those who decide its field tactics have a heavy responsibility on them. Some of the happenings of the last few weeks have annoyed the many soccer followers who wish Australian sides to give India every reasonable chance of displaying the attractive qualities of its own soccer, but do not want, in the process, to see Australia's play reduced to complete negation."

"Australia's side is not its strongest. Weight considerations and the absence of Coolohan prevent that. But the defence and the forwards are as good as Australia can muster....Quill, the centre-forward, should be worth many goals. If the Australian eloven gets into its job from the start, there should be football good enough to please any crowd, and a result that will rehabillitate a prestige affected by Australia's poor showings ini the second and third tests. If, on the other hand, there is a repetltion of last Saturday's Australian form in Newcastle, post-mortems will have to follow that will be of no benefit to a code which has responsibllity to the many who have backed it through thick and thin." - Sydney Morning Herald

Vs Australia

AFTER a tense and exciting struggle Australia gained the laurels in the fourth soccer test, and defeated India by five goals to four, on the Sydney Showground today. Australia led five minutes after the start, and were never headed throughout the game. Although beaten India probably gave its best performance so far. Australia has now won two Tests, India one, and one has been drawn. The fifth Test will decide the rubber. The Indian forwards were speedier than the home team, and were always a menace to Evans and Mascord, with Prosad and Lumsden displaying surprising agility. Perhaps the hero of the match was Dutt, the Indian goalkeeper, who repeatedly brought off saves from shots which seemed certain to find the back of the net.

Osborne was responsible for Wilkinson adding to the Australian tally, but India responded, and playing better football, had the home team in trouble. After numerous attacks, amidst great applause, Prosad, the idol of the crowd, gathered the ball at an awkward angle from a pass by Lumsden and gave McNabb no chance of staying the ball's flight Into the net. The scoring rate quickened. Hughes netted for Australia, but the goal was offset a few minutes later when Lumsden, with a terrific drive from 30 yards, goaled for India. The fast pace was maintained until the interval, when Australia led by four goals to two. Quickly into their stride in the second half Australia gained its final goal. Parkes secured in the open and gave Huges a long pass which he sent across goal to Wilkinson, who stood unmarked, and had little difficulty getting the ball past Dutt.

Australia's three goal lead did not ruffle the Indians. They settled down to play the most delightful football of the period. Osborne and Bryant, the Australian wing halves, experienced difficulty in suppressing the Indian wing men. Only by solid defence did Evans and Mascord prevent a score.

Finally success came to the visitors. Mascord endeavoured to clear the Australian goal, and handled in the sacred area. Lumsden took the kick and scored. Australia was still playing well, but the Indians were on top. Lumsden completed the hat trick from the finest move of the game. Nandi beat Osborne to the Indian goal line, and sent a long pass to Mohammed. The speedy winger raced past Parkes, transferred to Lumsden. When about to be tackled by Mascord,Lumsden drew Evans, then sent the ball to Prosad. Evans went after Prosad, but the ball came swiftly back to Lumsden who shot, never giving McNabb a chance.

Vs Granville-Ryde

The Granville-Clyde Soccer team, adapting a policy of bustling their opponents for the ball, and matching speed with speed, beat the Indian team at Clyde Oval by six goals to four. Nine of the Indian test players played but the half backs were rearranged. To the disappointment of a large crowd K Prosad did not play hls place on the left wing being taken by Chowbury. India kicked of from the southern end quickly accommodating themselves to their opponents play. Granville carried an attack to their goal and a player netted but the goal was disallowed for offside. A few minutes later R Sanders outside right kicked the first goal for Granville. A rapid attack culminated in Noor Muhammed equalising from a pass across the field by Chodbury. Good play by both wingers of tne Indian team and a well centred ball to Bhattachaijee was shot hard and true but saved by McDonald who had to concede a corner kick.

Brisk play foilowed and Lumsden the Indian centre forward who showed some of his best form as a goal scorer in the flrst half netted the first of three goals he scored in succession. His second goal came from a long drive along the ground. One of the half-back sent a high pass to the centre of the field which came down about 10 yards from the goal mouth. Hextall tapped it with his foot apparently intending merely to slip it past the back but the ball rolled into the net unchecked. Shortly before half time Lumsden added India's fourth goal.

At half-time India led by four goals to two. India failed to add to its score in the second half while Sandern (two), Hextall and S McDonald scored for Granville. Some of the work done by the Indian raiders was delightful but they failed in goal kicking and frequently were dispossessed by speed and aggressive backs and halves.

Vs Metropolitan

The Indian Soccer team, playing its last match in New South Wales, yesterday, drew with a metropolitan team, three goals each. The Indians, who have played three matches in five days, appeared tired. Play for the most time consisted of kicking the ball up and down the field. It seemed to be a light ball, and the Indians did not keep it on the ground as much is customary with them. The metropolitan players, inspired by a good half-back line, did a full share of attacking. The left-wing seemed to be the Indian's strongest attacking force. In the first half-hour, but both sides gradually warmed up to their work, and the Indians kept the backs and Conquest, the goalkeeper, busy at times. Prosad was not as spectacular as usual, and was penalised for offside play several times.

Vs Australia

The Australian soccer team to meet India in the fifth Test match at the Melbourne Cricket-ground was chosen by the international selection committee as follows Morgan (NSW), Evans (NSW), A Mackey (Vic), I Evans (SA), A Roth (Vic), W Coolahan (NSW), J Wilkinson (NSW), J Hughes (NSW), V McIvor (Vic ), A White (SA), A Forrest (Vic), W Douglas (Vic)

Australia defeated India, 3 goals to 1 in the fifth and final soccer Test match today. In the first half Australia had an anxious time as the Indians repeatedly attacked. The Australians were being outplayed; but towards the interval they had several chances which they failed to use. Half-time scores were:— India, nil, Australia nil.

After half time break, Lumsden scored for the Indians with a hard, low drive. The Indians lead was short-lived, the Australians obtaining the equaliser two minutes later, when Hughes goaled. Australia went to the front after 26 minutes, when Hughes, swerving cleverly, beat Dutt. India was unlucky when Rahim hit-a post with a sizzling shot. The Australian front line livened up toward the end, when Forrest went to the centre forward position. He passed to Coolahan and made the game safe for Australia. Australia has taken the honors of the tour by winning three games and losing one. The other was drawn.

Vs West Australia

Playing clean, open, well-judged football, Western Australia defeated the Indian team at the W.A.C.A. ground on Saturday afternoon by five goals to one, after a game in which both sides displayed clever tactics and excellent ball control. As in their matches in the Eastern States, the Indians were not comfortable against a side which employed long passing tactics, and realising this the West Australians opened up the game with long, high passes. Both back lines played very solid football, Robello rarely being beaten in the right full-back position. Thompson, a young Fremantle back still in his teens, was the rock on which many of the Indians' attacks were shattered; throughout the match he was one of the best players on the field and the mainstay of Western Australia's defence. The diminutive Indian outside left, Prosad, also played a magnificent game, his speed and ball control astounding the spectators who numbered 2,000.

Vs West Australia

Strong defence play and intelligent forward work gave India victiry over Western Australia by three goals to one in the return match played at the W.A.C.A. ground yesterday before about 2.000 people. On Saturday Western Australia defeated the visitors by five goals to one but the changes made in the local team by no means had a strengthening effect. A great deal of India's success was due to the fact that W Waddell, who scored four of Western Australia's five goals on Saturday, was subdued by J. Khan. Waddell was allowed little latitude and he was not the force he was on Saturday. Two of India's goals were scored from perfect corners, the forwards having little difficulty in heading the ball past the goalkeeper.

Final Say

The Indian soccer team left Fremantle by the mailboat Comorin last night on its return journey to India. The manager (Mr. G. Gupta) said that the party had a successful tour and, although the members would be glad to get home again they were sorry to leave behind many friends that they had made in this country. "I am pleased," he said, "that we began the tour with a win and we have completed it with a victory. I do not think that the standard of soccer in this State is as high as it is in the Eastern States but I do not want to detract in any way from Saturday's victory. We have no excuses to offer for our defeat. Naturally a touring team has disadvantages, especially at the end of a trip and the players cannot always be expected to produce their best. Still, it does not matter about victory or defeat as long as we play the game."

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