Observer, Rōrahi 9, Putanga 551, 20 Hōngongoi 1889, Page 13
Grafton v. Athletics ") , o t >, t.-i- Ponsonhyv. Gordon j 13th July
In these contests also a team drops out each Sator • day, and the fixtures will be repeated for the second round.
— Native Bose had a draw last Saturday. — F. P. Slavin is now en route to England. — Zealandia Handicap proved a big success. — The refereeing in the Gordon match was not of the best.
— Gordon and Selwyn are to try conclusions on Saturday next.
— Ponsonby Second beat Gordon Second rather easily last Saturday.
— The Zealandias over in Sydney are carrying everything before them. Old Ned Mills is showing up well.
— Jack Dickson, of gymnastic fame, has returned from the South, and intends remaining in Auckland. He did not like the South.
— The Eugby game is booming along in Melbourne. Last year they only had one team. Now there are six clubs, and a strong Union.
— "Whilst playing for Gordon Second last Saturday, Archie Gledhill had the bad luck to get his shoulder put out, but Dr. Bond soon set matters right, and the sufferer will be all right in a day or two.
— John L. Sullivan fairly surprised Kilrain with the exhibition of his wrestling powers, and he was taught all he knew by William Muldoon, the great heavy weight wrestler, for the above express purpose.
—Wanderers and Selwyn 11. played their match in the Domain last Saturday, when the former won by 3 points to 1. Blair scored a try for Selwyn, while Wright kicked a goal for the Wanderers.
— Jem Mace is coming out of his shell, and wants to fight any of the young 'uns for the championship in a three-round glove fight. English papers say old Jem is still the most scientific of the lot of them. " There's life in the old dog yet 1"
— We may judge how good the roads of England must be by the rules relating to long distance medals for road rides offered by the Speadwell Club. The scale runs as follows : — Gold medal to bicyclists riding 250 miles in 24 hours, and to trioyclists riding 220 miles; silver medals for 225 and 185 miles respectively.
— John L. Sullivan has once again assumed his right to the Championship of the World, and Jake Kilrain, the Police Gazette champion, has bad to acknowledge himself beaten. The cable message informs us that Jake resorted to rather questionable tactics, but bis opponent had far better staying powers.
— The match between Athletics and Grafton 11. Eesulted in a win for the former by 6 points to 1. For the winners, Hackett kicked a goal from the field, n ,nd Drummond scored two tries and W. Cruickshank one; but none of these were converted. For Grafton, Binns secured a try, but Moresby's shot at goal was unsuc cessful.
— A few days ago a glove fight took place at Blenheim, between Tommy Williams, light weight champion of New Zealand, and Bob Matthews, of Blenheim, resulting in a draw. Bespecting the fight, Dick Matthews writes as follows ;—" Bob was very unfit to go into, the ring, and I should not have let the fight come off, only that Tommy had been disappointed before. Bob's ear had been hurt by me whilst practising, and was lanced several times, which of course made it very tender. All things considered, Bob had much the best of the " go " (22 rounds). The only good point scored by Williams was a nasty clip on the ear which had been hurt. The doctor says he -will have to attend to it for a month or two, so that I will be obliged to stay here and look after him." Dick seems to be getting on very well.
—The following are Peter Jackson's measurements, as taken by the medical men at whose instance he was photographed in the nude, in the interests of science. His age is 28 years, height 6ft 11 Jin, weight 206 (14st 101 b), at time of being photographed, neck 16Jin, length of arm and hand 33in, measured under the armpit 32in, uplifted arm over delloid muscle 16J in, biceps 15in, elbow joint 12in. Upper third of forearm 12Jin, middle 9£in, lower third B£in, wrist Bin. Chest over nipple 40in, below breast 355, during expiration 37in, during inspiration 41in. Waist 32in, nips 40in, thigh 24in, knee joint 16in, calf 16Jin, ankle llin, foot 13in.
— Merivale Second beat Christohurch Second on Saturday by 13 points to nil. The winners' record for the season now stands at 102 points to nil.
— Fowke, the well-known New Zealand wicketkeeper, is now en route for Auckland, having secured an engagement in McArthur and Go's warehouse.
—Owing to a difference he had with his brother, Frank Clayton, treasurer of the Rugby Union, has resigned his position. Whatever his peculiarities were, Frank made a first-rate treasurer, and it will be difficult to find a man to fill it to greater advantage.
—On Saturday last, Orient met Ngapuhi at Potter's Paddock, and defeated them by 5 points to 4. O'Loary, Drum and Holt secured tries for the winners, one of them being converted by Holt. Otway and Heather scored for Ngapuhi, Gcu'.d-stone converting one of them.
— The match Albany v. Britomart resulted in a win for Britomart by 4 points to nil. The game was a good one all through, although Albany played shorthanded. For Britomart, Gillespie and Robinson secured tries, one of which was converted into a goal. For Albany, Peacock, Tattersall, Griffith, Downs and Greenborough were prominent.
— It is a remarkable thing that several of the most noted scullers of the day were born in the same month, viz, July. John Teemer, the American sculler, first saw the light of day on July 6, 1864. Edward Hanlan, the once champion of the world, was born July 12, 1856, and our own, representative, Henry Searle, first saw the light on July 14. 1855. George Bubear, the English sculler, was born July 25, 1859.
—One of the new laws of cricket received a novel confirmation on May 9. In a match played on the Forest Ground, at Nottingham, the winning side (an eleven of All Saints), after putting on 186 without the loss of a wicket, took advantage of the new law, and putting their opponents (Cullen Brothers) in, got them all out for 40 runs, half-an-hour before time.
— Clifton v. Boseberry. This match was played at Surrey Hills on Saturday, and resulted in a win for Clifton by 1 point to nil. The try was obtained by W. Dickey. The play was chiefly contined to the forwards, Boseberry having slightly the best of it in the scrum, but in the open Clifton ran away from them. The result of the match leaves Clifton second for the medals of the Third Junior Bughy Union.
— A friend of mine, writing from Sydne v says : — " We have had the Maori boys here for the last mont,h, showing the N.S.W. lads how to play football. Our own boys, the Zealandias, played one of the leading clubs, " Wallaroos " ; and defeated them by 12 points to nil (4 tries). Whiteside showed same pf his old form, getting 2 tries ; and Ned Mills got the other two. Bob's knee is getting stronger. The Zealandia Second played a club called the Norwood,! and defeated them by 5 points to nil, from a score by J. Lusk. The Ist have played four matches; had one win, 2 draws, and 1 loss. The Second have played three matches, winning 2, and losing 1. I can't understand why everybody over here should appear to have such a down on New Zealand, and the Maoris are regarded almost as a lot of savages."
— The following tables show the relative positions, at the end of the first round, occupied by the Senior and Junior Clubs competing for the Cups.
Note. — The matches, Ponsonby 11. v. Graf to a 11., Ponsonby 11. v. Athletic, and Pirates v. Grafton 11. were declared off on account of infringements of By-law 22, and will be played over acrain at some future date.
— Pirates v. Ellerslie. — The North Shore club had an off day last Saturday; and journeyed out j to Ellerslie to try conclusions with the local club. The Pirates had only fourteen men, Christie failing to put in an appearance. However, they managed to beat Ellerslie by 6 points to 3. Shortly after the play started, Sid Somerfield potted a very neat goal from the field, and for a while it looked as if the Pirates were going down as the Athletics did last Saturday week before the same team. But in the second spell the I Shore men rallied, and with good forward rushes kept the local team continually on the defensive, Inglis, the Pirate captain, leading his men in nearly every rush, and playing a splendid game. The scorers were, for the visitors, Inglis and Barclay, who obtained a try each; Sims was entrusted with both kicks, and steered the ball between the posts on each occasion. For the winners, Barclay, Farquhar, and Burrows played best amongst the backs, and Inglis and Harvey were the pick of the forwards. For Ellerslie, Hope and Povin were most conspicuous among the backs, while Ferguson and Eustace took the -cake in the forward division. After the game, the Ellerslie men treated the victors to a smoke concert, and a most enjoyable evening was spent, everyone trying their best to make things merry, and they succeeded. The usual toasts were drunk, and some real, good songs were sung, and after a splendid" day's fun, the Pirates reached town at quarter-past ten.
— It is quite on the cards that a team of cricketers from Barotonga will shortly pay Auckland a visit. The team would consist entirely of natives, who are credited with possessing more than ordinary skill with the willow.
— Football teams representing the Napierstreet and, Newton West Schools met at Surrey Hills on Saturday, the game resulting in a win for the former by 11 points to nil. The following won the scores : — Edmonds (6), Boyce (1), Watts (1), and Kelly (1). Donovan kicked the goal. Thiß finishes the first round for the School Cup. Ponsonby are now leading, with the gocd record of 4 wins and nothing scored against them.
— Howie, one of the runners engaged in the Zealandia Handicap, has protested against Cummings, the winner, and McManus, of Helensville, who came second, on the ground that they did not disclose their full performances as required. Both men are alleged to have won races from scratch and said nothing about them. The matter will be considered in a few days time. Mr Hayr, the secretary, is very reticent, but he is inclined to think the protest will be sustained against Cummings.
— Very little interest was taken in the Graf ton and SeWyn match, played on Saturday last, but those who gave the matter a thought rather fancied Selwyn's chances. In this they were disappointed, for Grafton sueeedei in defeating them by 5 points to 3. For the winner, the scores were obtained by Donald, who secured two tries, and Lecky, who converted his try. Pearce scored for Selwyn, and Pennalligen landed a very neat goal. The most conspicuous players amongst the maroon were Kab MoKenzie, Donald, Stone, and Wells; while Spencer and Lecky showed to advantage in open work. Behind the scrum, Kissling, Geard, aad Gardiner did useful work. For the losing side, Murray played a real good game, as did Graham, Tizard, and Holder. Amongst the backs, Hill was the most serviceable. Cooke, Edwards, ana Sheriff also ran and collared well.
— The match between Gordon snd Auckland last Saturday did not prove half so interesting as expected. Quite a number of people went out to Epsom expecting to see a good exposition of Bugby, but in this they were greatly disappointed, as, although the game was well contested, there was very little brilliant play. With the majority of onlookers Gordon were the favourites, and their win by one point did not occasion much surprise. By this win the blaoks are even with the Ponsonby, who were leading for the Cup, and future contests will receive far more attention at the hands of the public. The game on Saturday was for the most part confined to forward play, with plenty of scrums, so that it was a somewhat tame affair. Auckland's forwards did yeoman service, and it was only the superior back play of Gordon that prevented them scoring. They, however, were very weak in tackling, and generally collared high. For the winners, the best game amongst the forwards was played by Ted Binney, Poland, Wilson and Stewart, the former following up in grand style. As fullback, Bob Lusk showed to advantage, but of late he seems to be giving way to a nasty practice of leaving his position. When a fullback leaves his place, it is generally considered good football for Gne of the three-quarters to take his position, but it was not so on Saturday. Lusk, however, made the run of the day, and dashed right through Auckland's ranks. Lou Meldrum and young Jervis showed up prominently, while Dave Meldrum made no mistake. Gordon's score was obtained by L. Meldrum from a wide pass by Stewart. Jervis took the shot at goal, but the ball only struck the cross bar. Amongst the Auckland forwards, Tim O'Connor showed good form, and he made several fine runs, just missing scoring on one occasion. Baxter, Bond, Walker and McLean also played wall. Hales, at three-quarter, played a grand game, while Belcher and Goodwill also displayed good form. " Smiler " Atkinson, as half-back, was very weak, and did not play near his usual form. Buff Caradus played with his usual dash, but Auckland's weak point is her back division.
SENIOR CUP. No. of Points Points Club. matches Won Lost Drawn scored scored played. for. against. Ponsonby ... 4 3 1 — 25 11 Gordon ... 4 3 1 — 14 4 Auckland ... 4 1 2 1 9 10 Selwyn ... 4 1 2 1 7 17 Grafton ... 4 1 3 — 7 21 JUNIOR CUP. Athletic ...1 3 3 — — 27 8 Pons'nbvll. 2 1 — 1 11 4 Graftonll... 2 1 1 — 10 6 Pirates ... 3 1 1 1 9 9 Gordon 11... 4—4 9 29 SECOND JUNIOR CUP. Victoria ... 8 8 0 0 25 1 N.Rose 11... 8 7 1 0 15 5 Jervois ... 9 7 2 0 43 6 Britannia ... 8 5 3 0 10 8 Waverley ... 8 3 5 0 9 14 Excelsior ... 9 3 6 0 1 46 Alberts ... 9 2 7 0 14 12 Clarence ... 9 18 0 1 26 ♦Britomart Retired