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OKAIN'S (3), AKAROA (Nil).

Tbe first match of tbe second round in the Bays division was played at Akaroa on Saturday between tbe Okain's and Akaroa teams, Contrary to expecation, the home team put up a splendid fight, evidently the effect of training, and although beaten by 3 points to nil, on the play honours were about even. The Akaroa forwards were slightly the better, but any advantage gained there was equalised by the superiority of the Okain's backs. Efforts to open the play were met by determined tackling, and although interesting, tbe game lacked those spectacular exhibitions of back playjso pleasing to the spectators. Tbe game was, considering tbe spongy nature of the ground, fast from beginning to end', the forwards playing with a willing determination, enl the loofo footwork on both Bides was de cidedly good.

I Okain's kicked off, and the return found the line at midfield. The Red I forwards carried the first scrum, but the advantage gained was neutralised by a long punt by C. Mason. Strenuous forward play followed with little ! gain to either side. Jacobson, Beattie and Rhodes were prominent in an Akaroa rush, which, aided by efforts of Heminyway and Armstrong, had Okain's on defence. The trouble was momentary. Concerted rjack play, in which Gardiner, Mason and Hartley wete prominent, shifted tbe ball to tbe Akaroa twenty five. Sergison, McGuire and Pool, averted the danger, j tbe Red forwards, headed by Jacob «ori, breaking away to tbe centre. A period of strenuous scrums and line outs was relieved by a run by Moss, who kicked out near Okain's corner From the scrum 0 Hemingway sen' tbe ball out, and a splendid opening wit? spoilt by wild passing. OkainV defence proved sound, Gardiner even tualiy breaking through and passing t > Roger Mason, who threw out to Hani?, the latter-being grassed by Sergison on tbe Red line, Akaroa being forced. From the kick-out, play bjcnran fast, the forwards on both sidfi? bsing willing, and. rush wns rm by counter rush. A mark by. Via so was quickly followed ip, Sergisor saving by finding tbe hn» uear t'u corner. A hot period ol atiat-k by Okain's kept Akaroa b-.isy, the visiting backs striving to get across V. Armstrong, Staples, Rhcdas and L. Armstrong came through with h loose rush, but Hartley regained the ground with a fine kick A kick bj McGuire was taken by Roger Mason, who made a splendid dodgy run through tbe opposing and fell over the line. No gc al was kicked — Okain's 8, Akaroa 0.

Changing ends, Okain's made tLi gn merry, and for tbe first quarter kept Akaroa in their own half. Their back play repeated'y had Akaroa on their line, hut their effjrtfl were met by determined tackling. Tbe borne team now brightened up, and carrying a succession of scrums worked to the centre. From a penalty, L. Hartley made a good but fruitless attempt to increase their Bfiou, C. Ma j on repea'» ing the attempt from a mark a few minutes later with no better success, Akaroa being forced twice. Oscer Hemingway started a Red rush, but Hartley proved equal to tbe occasion and saved with aline kick. Akaroa kept up tbe pressure, and passing be tween Hemingway, Lelievre and Pool ended in the latter getting over, but was penalised for knock en. From another passing rush a few minutes later Lelievre crossed tbe Okain's line, but the try was disallowed. Good line kicking by Okain's took play to neutral territory. Play was now hard and fast, both teams attacking in turn, but no further score was registered till "no side" was sounded, Okain's leaving the field victors by 8 points to nil, after an even and bard fought game. Mr 0. Goodwin was referee, **■

After the maich both teams were entertained, to afternoon tea by the Akaroa ladies.

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OKAIN'S (3), AKAROA (Nil)., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4403, 9 June 1914

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OKAIN'S (3), AKAROA (Nil). Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4403, 9 June 1914

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