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Daily Telegraph article Round 1 1947,  13 April 1947
Copy kindly provided by Glen Thorpe (16 matches 1954/55)

KEATO KICKS SIX GOALS, WESTS WIN NARROWLY

Bill Keato kicked Western Suburbs to a narrow win in yesterday's Rugby League match at Brookvale Oval.

Western Suburbs defeated Manly-Warringah 15-13 after being behind 9-13 at half-time. Keato scored  12 of Western Suburbs points with six goals , some from difficult angles.  He missed only three attempts at goal.

Manly, playing its initial first grade game, did excellently in the first half when it ran into a strong southerly wind. The team's condition gave out in the second half.

Western Suburbs scored five minutes after the start when Pleme (lock)  made an opening for Briggs to cross wide out. Kirkwood scored for Manly almost immediately afterwoods. C. K. McMahon made the opening with a fine run down the wing and a perfect cross-kick which caught Wests' defence out of position. Kirkwood fielded the ball and scored between the goal posts.

Johnny Bliss' try for Manly before half time was the best of the match. Fullback A. J. Collins started the movement in his 25, and made an opening for Bliss who ran 50 yards to score between the posts. McMahon also scored a try for Manly before half-time.

Keato scored the only points in the second half - three goals.

Attendance was 4200.