Celebes, Java and Singapore Trip of Australia 1928


In July and August 1928, a representative side from the Australian Football Association (A.F.A.) visited the Dutch East Indies and Singapore. The tour, organised by Mr. W.C. Weskin sr. and Mr. Gregory (assisted by Mr. E.W. Weskin and Mr. Jordan), had been arranged with the N.I.V.B. in March 1928. After the election of a new board of the N.I.V.B. shortly afterwards, this organisation failed to organise any sort of official reception; because of this, the Australians sent an official letter of protest.

The tour was to have included matches in Batavia, but the promotors could not agree with the Batavia city federation, which at the time was changing name from W.J.V.B. to V.B.O., on the financial terms (the demands of the V.B.O. were termed extravagant and risible by the Soerabaja-based Indische Courant). Instead, the promotors Weskin and Gregory arranged additional matches in Soerabaja at the end of the tour, including one against an official N.I.V.B. selection featuring two players from Batavia.

The tour followed big domestic political battles during 1927; the A.F.A. had tried to organise a team to play at the 1928 Olympics, but had been opposed by other sports and by other football groups who argued that football was not amateur. The powerful football association of New South Wales was trying to establish a semi professional league to start in 1928 and did not want the best players to be away from the country. They helped to undermine the Olympic lobby. The tour to the East Indies was seen as an attempt by the A.F.A. to maintain its international profile. The touring team was selected on the basis of quotas for Australian states in mind. It was regarded as being of a reasonable standard but did not include the star players of the day.

The Australian players aroused some curiosity by forming a circle before the start of the matches and declaiming the following "War Cry":

         Ego Yah.            Ego Yah.
The Emu.  The Kangaroo.  The Wallaby.  The Wombat.
        Who are, Who are, Who Are We?
     We Are the Boys from the Southern Sea!
        Bonzer Cobber      Dinkie Die
         Best of Luck to You And I.
      We'll not fail her young Australia!
                     Boska!

As printed in the Indische Courant on 10 July 1928.

Matches in the Dutch East Indies generally were played over 2x30 minutes. In case of the match being drawn, this could be followed by 2x5 minutes extra time.

Matches in the Dutch East Indies (first stay)

NB: XIs by the hosts refer to the "Bondselftal" of the local football 
    federation, e.g. the M.V.B. for Makassar, the S.V.B. for Soerabaja,
    etc.  Excelsior, Go Ahead, H.B.S. and U.N.I. were club sides (all
    from the city in which they hosted Australia).

on Celebes

 2- 7 Makassar          M.V.B. XI        1-2 Australia        [HT: 1-2]

on Java

 7- 7 Soerabaja         H.B.S.           3-3 Australia        [aet] [HT: 1-2]
 8- 7 Soerabaja         S.V.B. XI        1-3 Australia        [HT: 0-1]
11- 7 Soerabaja         Excelsior        1-4 Australia        [HT: 0-2]
14- 7 Semarang          Go Ahead         3-5 Australia        [HT: 1-1]
15- 7 Semarang          V.S.O. XI        0-3 Australia        [HT: 0-1]  
18- 7 Semarang          H.N.V.B. XI      1-6 Australia        [HT: 0-3] [*1]
21- 7 Bandoeng          B.V.B. XI        3-4 Australia        [HT: 2-1]
22- 7 Bandoeng          U.N.I.           0-2 Australia        [HT: 0-1]

[*1] the diary by A.J.Harris incorrectly lists the score as 0-6; the team
     of the Chinese football federation on Java, the Hwa Nan Voetbal Bond,
     scored a consolation goal just before full-time.

Matches in Singapore

28- 7 Singapore         Chinese/Malay XI 4-2 Australia        [*2]
29- 7 Singapore         All-Malaya XI    0-1 Australia        [*3]
 1- 8 Singapore         European XI      0-6 Australia
 2- 8 Singapore         D. of Wellington 2-2 Australia        [*4]

[*2] the diary by A.J.Harris has the score as 4-0 but it was reported
     4-2 in the newspapers.
[*3] hosts were in fact a Singapore/Selangor Combined.
[*4] hosts were Duke of Wellington's Regiment (2nd Bataillon), reigning 
     champions of the league of the Singapore Amateur F.A.

Matches in the Dutch East Indies (second stay)

NB: XIs by the hosts refer to the "Bondselftal" of the local football 
    federation, e.g. the B.V.B. for Bandoeng, the C.V.B. for Cheribon,
    etc.  Excelsior, H.B.S., M.O.T. and T.H.O.R. were club sides (all 
    from the city in which they hosted Australia).

on Java

 7- 8 Bandoeng          B.V.B. XI        1-3 Australia        [HT: 0-2]
 8- 8 Cheribon          C.V.B. XI        0-4 Australia        [HT: 0-2]
11- 8 Semarang          M.O.T.           2-2 Australia        [HT: 1-1]
12- 8 Semarang          V.S.O. XI        1-4 Australia        [HT: 1-2]
15- 8 Soerabaja         H.B.S.           0-0 Australia        [HT: 0-0]
18- 8 Soerabaja         Excelsior        1-3 Australia        [HT: 1-2]
19- 8 Soerabaja         N.I.V.B. XI      2-1 Australia        [aet] [HT: 1-1]
22- 8 Soerabaja         S.V.B. XI        1-5 Australia        [HT: 0-3]
23- 8 Soerabaja         T.H.O.R.         0-3 Australia        [HT: 0-0]

on Celebes

25- 8 Makassar          M.V.B. XI        0-4 Australia

Total Record Australia:   23  17  4  2  72-27  38


Squad Australia

NB: as reported in Singapore newspapers early August 1928.  Corrections thanks
    to Doug Butcher.

GK: F. Smith (New South Wales)
DF: H. Johnson (Queensland)
    Tom Traynor (captain) (Queensland)
    Arch. Harris (New South Wales)        [also played as GK]
MF: Charlie O'Connor (Victoria)
    Angus Marshall (Queensland)
    C. Deacons (South Australia)
    Sid Hinton (West Australia)
    Frank Coolahan (New South Wales)      [also played as GK]
FW: Joe Grieves (Victoria)                 
    Alec Sandy Cameron (New South Wales)
    H. Coates (New South Wales)
    Johnny Johnstone (Victoria)               
    Tom "Tichy" Thompson (New South Wales)
    H. Robertson (New South Wales)
    Les Cook (New South Wales)

NB: Charlie O'Connor had earlier represented Natal in South Africa.
    O'Connor and Johnstone were also part of the Australia squad which toured Celebes and
    Java in 1931.


Match Details

 7- 7 H.B.S.           3-3 Australia

H.B.S.: Hermanus; E.de Raadt, Fruneau; Dorrins, Marten, Robben;
        Knufman, W.Voll, G.de Raadt, Uktolseja, Frederiks
A.F.A.: Smith; Traynor, Harris; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Grieves, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: Gobus
Goals: Thompson 0-1, Thompson 0-2, G.de Raadt 1-2, unknown 2-2,
       Knufman (pen) 3-2, Thompson (pen) 3-3
Half-Time: 1-2, Full-Time 3-3
Note: 2x5 minutes extra time played but no more goals scored

 8- 7 S.V.B. XI        1-3 Australia

S.V.B.: Hermanus (H.B.S.); Boyer (T.H.O.R.), E.de Raadt (H.B.S.);
        Wasterval (Excelsior), Whitton (Excelsior), Reep (Excelsior);
        Klencke (T.H.O.R.), Knufman (H.B.S.), Looyen (Zeemacht),
        Sadjimin (Excelsior), Koemeniet (Excelsior)
A.F.A.: Coolahan; Johnson, Traynor; O'Connor, Marshall, Hinton;
        Grieves, Cameron, Coates, Thompson, Robertson
referee: Walsarie Wolff
Goals: Coates 0-1, Thompson 0-2, Cameron 0-3, Sadjimin 1-3
Half-Time: 0-1

11- 7 Excelsior        1-4 Australia

Excelsior: Hertel; Theo Jahn, Berkholst; Wasterval, Whitton, Reep;
           Jahn sr., Tremio, Sadjimin, Cuno, Koemeniet
A.F.A.: Coolahan; Traynor, Harris; O'Connor, Marshall, Hinton;
        Coates, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: v.d. Kasteele
Goals: 3' Thompson 0-1, Coates 0-2, Robertson 0-3, Johnstone 0-4, Cuno 1-4
Half-Time: 0-2

21- 7 B.V.B. XI        3-4 Australia

B.V.B.: Tjeng Soey; Zuidema, Goldman jr.; Boogh, Amrein, Rodrigues;
        Hagenaar, Giesel, Lippelt sr., Goyers, Bochem
A.F.A.: Smith; Traynor, Harris; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Greeves, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: De Wilde
Goals: Thompson 0-1, Bochem (pen) 1-1, Lippelt 2-1, Thompson 2-2, 
       Thompson 2-3, Robertson 2-4, Bochem (pen) 3-4
Half-Time: 2-1

22- 7 U.N.I.           0-2 Australia

U.N.I.: Van Bladel; Goldman jr., Zuidema; Altenburg, Amrein, Van der Putten;
        Hagenaar, Giesel, Goyers, Goldman sr. (Welfers), Bochem
A.F.A.: Smith; Johnson, Traynor; O'Connor, Marshall, Hinton;
        Greeves, Jonhstone, Coates, Thompson, Robertson
referee: Villevoye
Goals: Thompson 0-1, Johnstone 0-2
Half-Time: 0-1
Note: Welfers replaced the injured Goldman sr. during the first half

 7- 8 B.V.B. XI        1-3 Australia

B.V.B.: Tjeng Soey; Zuidema, Goldman jr.; Boogh, Amrein, Rodrigues;
        Hagenaar, Giesel, Lippelt sr., Goyers, Bochem
A.F.A.: Smith; Traynor, Harris; O'Connor, Marshall, Hinton:
        Coates, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: Villevoye
Goals: 7' Cameron 0-1, 9' Robertson 0-2, Giesel 1-2, 45' Robertson 1-3
Half-Time: 0-2

11- 8 M.O.T.           2-2 Australia

M.O.T.: Claassen; W.de Jong, J.de Jong; Poot, Risamena, Lammerding;
        Rapp, Keesing, Soen, Alwi, Borlee
referee: Bousché
Half-Time: 1-1

12- 8 V.S.O. XI        1-4 Australia /a>

V.S.O.: Claassen; W.de Jong, Elzinga; Lammerding, Risamena, J.de Jong;
        Rapp, Bloem, Willé, Hijman, Erkelens
referee: Metz
Goals: 1-1 by Bloem
Half-Time: 1-2

15- 8 H.B.S.           0-0 Australia

H.B.S.: Hermanus; E.de Raadt, Fruneau; Hayer, Marten, Robben;
        W.Voll, Knufman, G.de Raadt, Claassen, Priester
A.F.A.: Harris; Traynor, Hinton; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Grieves, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Deacon
referee: Weggeman
Note: no extra time played 

18- 8 Excelsior        1-3 Australia

Excelsior: Hertel; Wasterval, Tremio; Theo Jahn, Fr.Jahn, Reep;
           Koemeniet, Zweerts, Whitton, Sadjimin, Cuno,
A.F.A.: Smith; Johnson, Traynor; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Cook, Cameron, Coates, Thompson, Robertson
referee: Cortenbach
Goals: Cameron 0-1, Cameron 0-2, Tremio 1-2, Coates 1-3
Half-Time: 1-2

19- 8 N.I.V.B. XI      2-1 Australia

N.I.V.B.: Claassen (Semarang); E.de Raadt (Soerabaja), W.de Jong (Semarang);
          Wasterval (Soerabaja), Risamena (Semarang), J.de Jong (Semarang);
          Hagenaar (Bandoeng), Meyers (Soerabaja), Kho Biauw Liang (Malang),
          Rehatta (Batavia), Mailahollo (Batavia)
A.F.A.: Harris; Traynor, Hinton; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Grieves, Cameron, Thompson, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: v.d. Kasteele
Goals: Cameron 0-1, 30' Rehatta 1-1, ET: 5' Rehatta 2-1
Half-Time: 1-1, Full-Time 1-1
Note: 2x5 minutes extra time played; contemporary newspapers in the
      Dutch East Indies agreed that the winning goal should have been 
      disallowed for off-side.  In an article from 1938 the winning goal
      was credited to Kho Biauw Liang.
      This match was one of five additional matches in Soerabaja arranged
      after the promotors had failed to agree terms with the Batavia city
      federation on the three planned matches in Batavia; on 30 July, the
      N.I.V.B. announced the following pre-selection for this match:
      GK: Claassen (Semarang); DF: Denkelaar (Batavia), P. Leslie Miller
      (Soerabaja); MF: Wasterval (Soerabaja), Risamena (Semarang),
      Boogh (Bandoeng); FW: Hagenaar (Bandoeng), Knufman (Soerabaja),
      W.Galstaun (Semarang), Rehatta (Batavia), Mailahollo (Batavia);
      reserves: Hermanus; E.de Raadt, W.de Jong, Whitton, dr. Smit,
      Pipper, Koemeniet.   Later additions included Kho Biauw Liang,
      from Malang-based Hak Sing Hwee.

22- 8 S.V.B. XI        1-5 Australia

S.V.B.: Hermanus; E.de Raadt, Nyssen; Wasterval, Whitton, Reep;
        Jahn sr., P.Keasberry, Tremio, Sadjimin, Koemeniet
A.F.A.: Smith; Johnson, Traynor; Harris, O'Connor, Coolahan;
        Coates, Cameron, Deacon, Johnstone, Robertson
referee: v.d. Kasteele
Goals: Deacon 0-1, Cameron 0-2, Cameron 0-3, Cameron 0-4, Sadjimin 1-4, 
       Deacon 1-5
Half-Time: 0-3

23- 8 T.H.O.R.         0-3 Australia

T.,H.O.R.: Alexander; Greve, Nyssen; Boyer, v.d. Kasteele, B.Keasberry;
           Klencke, Weskin, Meyers, Marschner, Feuerberg
A.F.A.: Smith; Harris, Hinton; O'Connor, Marshall, Coolahan;
        Grieves, Cook, Thompson, Deacon, Robertson
referee: Helmig
Goals: Cook 0-1, Thompson 0-2, Cook (pen) 0-3
Half-Time: 0-0

Australia visit 1931


About this document

Information in the third paragraph of the introduction thanks to Trevor Thompson; additions and corrections on Australian player names thanks to Doug Butcher.

Sources included: [FIF 31], A.J. Harris Java Tour Journal;
Indische Courant (Soerabaja), Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad (Batavia), Locomotief (Semarang), The Straits Times (Singapore), Malayan Saturday Post (Singapore), Brisbane Courier (Australia).

Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

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Last updated: 5 Jun 2014

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