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FOOTBALL

ASHBURTON ROVERS V TKMUKA A team of tho Asbbnrtcn Rovers j UK: ey«d to Temulta on Wednesday oftimuoQ last to pl»y a matoh with the Temak^ Oiab The matoh was looked forward to with touch Interest by footballers bare, as the Rover Otab haa only tec ntly been formed and thla being their m»ldeu match It waa generally thought that they won'd bo b:d'y boaten ( The weAihor waa all ihr.t could be desired, and the Tomuka Olab aro to be aongralu'ated upoa the aiaon^c In which they carried oat all arrangtmm'B. A O?r oapUiaed the vidtiuir team (b'uoe) &nd Dyjon fi bd the an\) t ffio3 for Tooaok* (colours) Dyson won the io.ib and took advantsgo of wh»t jviad waa b'owldg. Liw kloked iff for tho btui'B and the ball vraa well returned by Velvin, and after some giva and take play wea a?iit out of tonch at the Aebbnrton twenty-fiye fl g. From the throw m Bime good paestog waa ahown by the blues and the ball was <aken well down the held to the colors' twenty-five. Velvla returned Into t^uoh and aftar a series of ecrums tbo ball wns sent rolling to war 5 a tho Kovere 1 gial, and one cf the Rovers who mado a mistake allowed Dyson who follow ed np well to draw first b)ood for Temuka. Velvin eseayed the kick but did cot Inoreaso tho eoorc Temuka one point, Roveiß nil. From the kick on; the Rivers ooemed to ODnsider tho state of effatrp, and played a vary good game foe the mxt twenty minutes, bat jaat before time was called Mondelaon, who p!a/od a splendid game for the color*, trot poeseß&ton of the leather »nd making a fine ran Becured another try amid applaote, bat the kick at goal win? again a fallqre. Shortly after this the whistle Bounded for half time with the ball ia the centre of tho field, Temaka two polnto, liovera nil, After the beginning of the eeoond epeU ' tho Rovera, who reemed to have revived themae'ivtu, pUyed a determined game and spoilt the pasting of their opponents' backs. From one of ■ aerfee of eorlmmages W. Eidd, who waa playing a rattling good gtmo m tho foiwurds, got well away with the ball at his feet and passing the fullbuck secured a try for the Rovers amid loud applaueo, but tho ball bo : ng placed badly tiio kick at goal had no result, Fiom the kick ■ IT H, Moss returned into touch i.nd tho forwards, who followed up wol), kept tlio ball In Terauka's twentyfiva for some time, and Orr getting hold of iho loiihoreeamed a8 if ho would eoore I u'. wag eplordidly grassed by the Ooloura 1 fuU-bnok. From this out the play was kept is tho Rover's twenty -five, and they wire forced down several times m succession till Taiker, by a Btnart pisoe of pay, relieved tho Kovoro' lino once more, and the B uef, seeing that their chances were small, p'nyed s epleod d defen^lvo game When the whietlo B unded for time the ball wsb m the Hovera' twenty five, the score stendlng : Tomcka two points, Poirers one point. F. Q acker at full-back f*i 1 good work for the Rovers, and 0. JB. Kifght and 0, Meas were m their right p ucea at th 00-quartera, nover making a mistake H. Mobs w'io collared well, also played a fair gnme, and out of tho for- ' wards Kidd, Buchanan, Orr, W. Hefford, Grubb and Hepburn played well; m fact tho whole team played m very plucky gome Indeed. For Temaka Velvin, t)ynon, Anatlr, Godloq pnd L»very played a splendid g»ma. The visiting team were eotertbicid at a dloner after the matoh and after tbe uuu»l toae'a hod been proposed and duly honored the team left by the ezprcea woll pleased by the heazty woioomo they bad reo9lved.

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FOOTBALL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2190, 3 August 1889

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