STAR (17), TEKOTAHITANGA (12) On Saturday Star met TeKotahi taoga iv tbe second round of tbe Peninsula flag matches, The ground was id good condition, though a fairly strong northerly wind was 'blowing down the ground. Aβ was-expeGted, a hard game was played by both sidea, and though there was ka»n excitement amongst the spectators, there was not much barracking. Star was very lucky in two of their goals, in one case the ball striking one of the uprights before dropping over, and in another tbe'ball struck one upright and rebounded on to tbe other and i then dropped over. Te Kotabitang-i might have averted one try being scored against them bad they fallen back quicker to assist their full-back, who on several occasions failed to take the fall, the Star forwards follow ing up fast being on to him before be could rectify bis mistake. Star kicked off, playing with the wind. Soon after play bad suited C. Londrigau made a goo.l run from half way, dodging through and ecoring a try, which was converted by G< Bedford—s, 0. Play was next taken down to Star twenty five where Kini made a mark, from which J. Karetai made an attempt at goal, but failed Play was then in midfield for a short time, when the Star forwards, keeping the ball well at the tor, made a rush down tbe field, E. White picking up close to the goal line, scoring. G. Bedford, however, failed to convert— 8, 0, A good run by TeKotahifcanga brought the ball to Star's, twenty five,! where G. Robinson made a mark from which J. Karetai kicked a goal—Star 8, Te Kotabitanga 3. A good try for drop goal by Karetai just fell short. Just before half time bear was penal isod for offside play, which resulted in T. Skipper kicking a gcul for TeKotahitanga—B, 6. Soon after play was resumed, tbe TeKotahitanga backs muddled the ball, letting the Star forwards rush through, resulting in G: Gilbert scoring and J. Giddena converting—l 3, 6. Play was tben confined to tbe centre of ground and then down towards Tβ Kotahitanga's twenty live, where J. Giddens took a long pot at goal, the ball striking one poet and ihen the other, and finally dropping over— lT, 6. The next try scored was by T. Kkipper, J. Karetai,. however, failing to convert—l 7, 9. Soen after this a good run by the TeKo'ahitanga threequarter brought the ball to the Star twenty five where play continued till G. Kadford relieved by a kick to halfway. TeKotahitiiDgfj, however, brought tbe ball back again, Star having eventually to force. Two attempts by TeKotahitanga to kick penalty goals failed through the ball striking tbe oncoming Star forwards. Just before time Tβ Kotahitanga made r another rusb, ending in J. Karetai crossing the line, but be failed to con vert, the result being—Star 17, Te Kotahitanga 12. , For Star G. Londrigan, V. Joblin ' and G. Gilbert did good work, while J. Karetai, T. Skipper, K. Wallace, and J, Pike did the same for Te Ko tabitanga. Mr Croeeen acted as referee.
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OKA&'S (14) vi LITTLE AKALOA
The final match of the first round wag played between the above teams on Saturday at Little Akaloa. The ground was dry, but its roughness prevented anything in the way of accurate or scientific play, aS> the bouncing of the ball was often disjsoncerting, Little Akaloa (Whites) bad much the heavier team, Okain's (Black) putting in the field probably the lightest and youngest team they have ever played. At the outset the Whites had all their own way, nnd scored 7 points in tbe first ten mm utea. These reverses roused the Blacks, and from that on a c oee and interesting struggle took place, Okain's gradually wearing their oppo nente down and eventually winning by 14 points to 7.
Little Akaloa won the tosp, and eleotied to play down hill. Okain's kicked off, but a long return saw play settle in tbe Blacks' half. The weigbt of tbe home team Boon told, and play was forced to tbe visitors' line, where in a forward scramble A. Craw scored for the Whites. The kick at goal failed—Little Akaloa 3, Okain's 0 Shortly after the kick out played returned to the Blacks' twenty five, and the ball going oat to H. Craw be promptly potted a aeas goal—Little Akaloa 7, Okain's 0. Tbe Blacks then set up a dogged opposition, and, though for a time the borne team combined to pass, determined tackling managed to keep them out. Gradu ally the visitors cleared their ground, and took a turn at attack. An at tempt at potting by A. Mason went wide, but A. Hartley, with a fa*t spriut, outpaced the defenders, and scored wide out, 0. Hartley* kick went just outside tbe po9t—Little Akaloa 7, Okain's 8. Even play fo! lotted till the end of tbe spell, botb aides coming near to scoring, but the collaring of each team was excellent A fine bit of passing by the Whites' backs lit H Craw away for what aeemed a certain try, but their pace enabled A. and C. Hartley to cut him off in time, and the spell ended with out further score. Just before half time A. Hartley broke a bone in hileg and had to be carried off, and Roger Mason, who was standing out owing to an injured knee, took ' bit. place in tbe second spell.
Playing down hill in the second half, Okain's made a bold, bid f»» victory, but for some time good kick ing by the Whites drove them - back A free kick for offside plaj, however, enabled G, Hartley to kiok a nice goal:—Little Akaloa 7, Okain's 6. ThtWhites took a fcuro at attacking, and for a few minutes tbe visitors had b hot time, one White having to be held up on the line. The Okain's forwards worked back again, and after some lime enabled C. Hartley to kick a good goal- Okain's 9, Little Akaioit 7. The borne team now made desperate a<tempts to wipe off this lead, and H Craw had two long shots at goal, one being a fine attempt from the sideline that went near, A dangerous passing rush by the Whites was spoil-' e<i by a hand bail close to the linp, and tbe a Okain's swept piay to tbe other end. Obtaining from a scrum, Gardiner passed to C. Hartley, who transferred to Roger Mason He ian to the Hoe and passed back to Gar diner, who, though coilarfd by V Craw, fell over the line and scored 0. Hartley oonverted - Okain's 14, I Little Akaloa 7. Just before time Roger Mason made a eeositionui opening. Taking tbe ball close to tbe line, he feinted to kick out, but streiked past feveral opponents befme they gaw his rase, and made down line with only R. Craw to pass. The Whites' youthful full-back, however, took fchiags coolly, and grassed bis man splendidly. Shortly , afterwards time was called, Okain's winning an above stated. Mr A. Williams was referee.
Tbe p'arers and viaiting ppectators Wire kndly provided with n f t-h----ments af er the t»*t!ie by th iidj friends of tbe local team,
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FOOTBALL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 2 June 1914