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Senior Competition.


In the matter of tha finer points of the game the Senior match between Southern Cross and Hakatere, played a 1; the Domain Oval yesterday afternoon was not an edifying exhibition. Breaches of the rulea were of too frequent occurrence, while a disposition on the part of some members of both teams to play the man rather than the ball caused an undue element of roughness to enter into the play, the referee having to administer general cautions therefor. With few exceptions—n»'*bly Fitzgera'd, Grant and S. Culverheuse —the play of the Southern Cross team was of a lifeless and disappointing description, and until a late stage in the game it seemed as if the wearers of tht Green and Black would have to unexpectedly strike their colours to Hakatere. Whatever little back play there was on either side was of a nondescript nature operations mostly being confined to the forwards and in this department Hakatere played up surprisingly well, Brown|and Hams being especially prominent while of the Blacks' back division McDonald did yeoman service.

Hakatere won the toss and Southern Cross kicked off againsb tb« sun and wind. The referee almost immediately cautioned the teams for rough play. The ball hovered in mid-field till the Southern Cross full back missing a long kick by S. Thomas, the Greens were forced. The Southern Cross forwards, aided by good line kicking by the hacks, took play to the Hakatere twenty-five where McCallutu secured a mark in a good position, but S. Gudsell made a poor shot at goal. Offside play by both sides caused a series of free kicks, and Gudsell had two futile kicks at goal, his second effort just falling short. Kingston cleared the Hakatere line by a long kick, and MoKenzie fumbling, Houston kicked oat near Southern Cross's corner flag. Poor passing by the Haktere backs spoilt the ohanoe of scoring and the Greens were only forced. Hakatere kept up the pressure and Southern Cross only saved by a kick into touch in goal. After a period of desultory play punctuated by incessant talking by the players, and frequent whistle blowings by the referee, Kingston got away almost at mid field and ran to Southern Cross's twenty five. Moriarty was here conspicuous for some nice foot work dribbling to the line but a free kick saved Southern Cross. A strong run by McDonald immediately renewed the attack, and Moody cleverly marking, Hakatere placed a goal—-Hakatere four, Southern Cross nil. The Southern Cross forwards, led by Grant and Wonnasott, rushed play into Black territory and a series of 1< speculations " by the Southern Cross backs menaced the Hakatere line. A nice kick by S. Thomas, followed by a determined dribble by MoLear, Hams, and Harper, staved off the danger trad the ball was in neutral territory when half time was called.

Scrum and line-out play predominated early in the second half. Owing to a mistake by the Southern Cross fullback, McDonald got an opening, and he ran to the Greens' twenty-five. S. Culverhouse and Fitzgerald were conspicuous in bunting the onslaughts of the Hakatere forwards, and eventually Culwrhouae got away, but was collared near the line. W. Fitzgerald quickly got possession within easy range, and potted a neat goal, equalising the scores. The next incident of note was the ordering off of a Hakatere player by the referea. Fast following up by Grant plaoed Hakatere in difficulties, and Brown was conspicuous for some solid defeusive work. Good play by Brown, Haines, and MoDonald was responsible for Southern being quickly put on defence, and getting out of trouble by forcing down. A free kiok to the Greens again shifted play to the Hakatere twenty-five, where Fitzgerald secured the ball from a scrum, and sent it oq to S. Culverhouse. That player, when near the Hakatere line, transferred to MeFedries, who touched down near the the posts. Gudsell waei successful with the kick at goal. Hakatere now took a turn at attacking, Moriarty, Thomas, Brown, and Cos leading frequent assaults on the Southern Cross line, but witbtwt success, and when no-side was sounded shortly afterwards, Southern Cross hai their opponents on the defence. Southern Cross thus won by nine points (a goal from a try and a potfced goal) to four points (a goal from a mark). Mr B. Cassells vr&a referee.

The result of this match places Southern Cross on level terms with Old Boys for the Senior Competition. The date of the play off between the teams has yet to be fixed.

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Senior Competition., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905

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Senior Competition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6615, 7 July 1905

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