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An interesting junior match was played on the Domain Oval between the Southern Cross (A) and Hakatere Clubs. The weather was ideal for football, and as a result there was a large attendance of spectators, including a good sprinkling of the fair sex. Southern Cross kicked off with the sun in their faces, Hakatere taking the ball smartly and rushing it to their opponents 25 territory. A series of scrums and line finding occurred here for fully ten minutes, and repeated attempts on the part of the blacks to score were successfully frustrated by the wearers of the green. Play on either side was fairly willing, the Hakatere team, if anything, playing with lass animation than their opponents. Although no score was recorded in the first spell, the Hakatere had much the best of the game. The second spell was played vigorously, and the match was much more even than the first half. If anything, the Southern Cross team showed slightly the better form. The game, however, resulted in a draw, neither side scoring. The duties of referee wore efficiently discharged by Mr F. Robilliard, whose decisions were never once questioned. It may be said that although several of the players were temporarily "laid out," the game was by no means rough. One of the Southern Cross players was ordered off the field in the first spell for using objectionable language. For Hakatere S. Kingston, H. McElrea, W. Page, J. Leanore, W. Harrison, W. Lindsay, Tovey Bros., J. Lee, C. Brady, Sid. and Geo. Thomas were most conspicuous, while for the greens, W. MoKenzie, Turnbull, Veel, and M. Segers distinguished themselves on various occasions.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6574, 19 May 1905

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SOUTHERN CROSS (A.) v. HAKATERE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6574, 19 May 1905