OUT DOOR SPORTS
Observer, Volume XXX, Issue 49, 20 August 1910, Page 10
OUT DOOR SPORTS
A.R.U. Rep Fixtures.
August 20—Auckland v. Wellington, at Auckland. August 27—Auckland v. Thames, at Thames. September 3—Auckland v. Taranaki, at Auckland. Septeber 10 — Auckland v. Canterbury i at Auckland.
WHAT promised to be a very interesting game between Auckland and Hawke's Bay on Saturday last was completely spoiled by a heavy rainstorm that fell.Bhortly after the game had started. Up to this time the Park was in fine trim, and the day was an ideal one tor football. But when the rain fell, the ball got too greasy to handle, and a scrappy sort of game was the result The attendance was very satisfactory, bordering on five + hr usand people, and the Auckland public were very lavish in their applause for the visitors.
The result of the game was that Auckland won by 11 points to 3, and the Ranfurly Shield etill remains in our midst, Wellington being the next challengers on Saturday next, lhere is no question as to that the best team won, and I am inclined to think that /had .the wteather kept tine, Auckland, would have won by a larger majority.
Hawke's Bay had the advantage of the wind in the first half, but Auckland forced the attack m the early part of the game. The locals were the first to score, Magee breaking through from a pass from Wyhe. Then Hawse's Bay kept the Auckland men defending busily, and tor some time the game hung in Auckland's half. From a eorum near the line, Smith got the ball and running round the blind side, transferred to McEwen, who whipped over the line and scored.
Heavy rain was falling now and the ball got very difficult to handle. Hawke's Bay were doing their best to increase their ecore, but the defence of the locals was too sound. Towards the end of this half, Auckland came with a big rush and in a scramble for the ball Wyhe secured and scored Auckland's second try. At half-time the figures read : Auckland, 8 ; Hawke's Bay, 3.
In the second half, the game was none too interesting, the ground beins out up, and the play was mostly of a forward nature. There was only one score in this spell, Morse getting for Auckland >hen time was called, Auckland had k.toad, of 8 pointe—Auckland 11, .Hawke'e Bay
The Hawke'e Bay team put up a very creditauie diep>y, but were lackine in combination. This may b^SSunted for by the fact that the team included some country playere, and this was theiiv first game together. Some good individual work las done by the backs, and the forwards stuck to their tack right up to time. V . The visiW fuU-back, FitegeraM, saved hie side in grand t style. Me took and fielded the ball splendidly, and on the day he was by far the best back for his side. • -
' Of the tbieo-quarters, Symee ,wafl tto safeet, but waegoW able for come ttiur? was jifiiitly^apooinpHsnea.
'Of the fiye-eighthe, Siddles wae responsible for the bulk of the work, hie stopping being very isound. Ken'■■ yon made, several electrical dashes, but he wie not backed up. Hie defence was none too jsound.
Smith, as half, started in fine style, and he was very nippy when the ball wae'dry. In the second half he found the Auckland forwards too tough a proposition, and his play suffered in consequence. , -
The Hawke's, Bay forwards were a substantial set, and made a good fight of it against their more experienced opjxments. Evanis, Munro and Downing were perhaps the best of the lot. Scullin was noticeable for some useful work as wing forward. • '
The Auckland team shaped well enough to prove that they will be hard to beat in their coming engagements. It was a pity the rain came on; ac the backs could not handle the greasy ball with any confidence.
Miller made a successful full-back, and in the three-quarter line O'Leary and Stewart had the bulk of the work. Th© latter is playing very consistently. Murray had little to do, and his kicking was very sound.
There wae no fault to be found in the five-eighth line. R. Magee was as solid as ever, and Power fully justified his inclusion. He should be a big success in this position. Morse played up to his best form as half, but ne should pass out smarter.
The forwards were lacking in dash at tinies, but perhaps the heavy ground told its tale. Wylie was very prpminent, but should check his off-side tactics. HayVard is still showing fine form, and-Wilkes made the pace hot on the wing.
The game was fought out in a clean and friendly spirit, and Mr Williams had an easy task as referee.
"Will Wellington take the Ranvfurly Shield from Auckland ?" is the absorbing topic in local Rugby circles, and next Saturday's match is bound to draw a very large crowd. It is a noticeable fact that the game against Wellington is. generally the most talked of of our intei?pi:ovincj.al fixtures, and this coming game is no exception to the rule. The Wellington writers are pretty well unanimous that that the team on this occasion is the' best that can be sent up, so therefore our boys will need to be on their best behaviour it they want to retain the Shield. Last Saturday's game against Hawke's Bay should sharpen up our men, and although the teams foV Saturday appear very evenly matched, still I am of the opinion that the blue and whites will come out on top.
The Auckland team.is somewhat different to. that of last Saturday's. Mr Gallaher has made a j-e-arrangement amongst the backs, O'Leary going back to full, whilst Magee the centre, and Wilkes : takes his place in the five-eighth lirte. "Bolla' Francis is back amongst the forwards, J. Hallgoing out oh the wing. The team now reads m—Full-back, O'Leary ; three-quarters, Stewart, Magee, Murray ; five-eighths, Power Wilkes ; half, Morse : wing forward, Hall ; forwards, Tyler, Sellers, Francis, Cunningham,, Maguire, Hayward, Wylie.
;." Mprry "; waa sin interest<ed spectator at the match/ on Saturday last, and was doing his beet in barracking for the, Hawke's Bay team. "Morry" is.now located at Napier, and acte as.one of the selectors for the rep. team
The N.Z. Rugby Union has decided to play the North v. South Island match on Saturday, September 24, the rendezvous this year being Christchurch. The selectors for the North Island are Messrs D. Gallaher, A .Humphries and H. D. Thompson, while Messrs S. Wilson* H. Harris and Galbraith will select the South Island team.
During their, stay in Auckland the Hawke's Bay men made themselves very popular. They were determined to take back that Shield, but it was not to be. Anyway, it is said that "Mat ,, Treston, the popular manager,, took back a photograph of it with him. Fitzgerald, the Hawke's Bay fullback, had bad luck in not getting that goal from the field on Saturday last. It was a splendid attempt, the ball hitting theibar, and falling into the field of play. The last time a full-back accomplished the feat of potting a goal from the field in an mterprovincial match in Auckland was an 1900, when Hales did the trick for Wellington.
Some of the Hawke's Bay team are of a superstitious nature, and on their way out to the Park on Saturday they, passed a funeral. This, they said, meant no luck for them. They were beaten, but the element of hiok* had nothing to do with the result. Anyhow, they had misfortune on their way home. They had got about ha.lf-a-mile from the Park, when crash went one of the wheels of the brake, and Kenyon, one of the players, had a roll over in the mud. They were not downhearted, however, and gave their spirited warcry round the damaged vehicle, and then started out to walk. Along the road a bit later came the Auckland boys, and when they saw the visitors striding out for town, they all jumped out and gave them their seats. It was a worthy action on the part . of the Aucklanders, and the Hawke's Bay men gave them three hearty cheers for their thoughtfulness.
" Rangi " Wilson's case (that of striking an opposing player in one of the-club matches in Wellington) has been the cause of much comment in football circles, and as to how it ■will end is the cause for some speculation. " Touchline," in the Wellington "Free Lance," has the following about it : — " It was the toughest thing I have ever seen on the football field — and I have had an experience extending over the whole of New Zealand during the last twenty-five years—and the surprising part is that it was committed by a player for whom I have always had the greatest respect both for his E laying abilities and the fairness of is methods. It was one of those lapses one cannot account for, but the fact that it escaped the referee's notice should not be for the Rugby Union. They must hold an inquiry into the matter, for the simple reason that the player who can be guilty of such ah act as the one under notice should not escape scot free. ~ Marshall, of the Melrose team, is urifier suspension for two years and his act was not nearly so bad as the one I am referring to, and it was not reported to the Rugby Union by the referee.".