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The final of tbe Peninsula Banner competition was played at Little River on Saturday last between tbe Okain's team, winners in tbe Bays division, aDd tbe' Tβ Kotabitanga team, winners in the Little River divi sion. The weather was fine, and tbe ground in splendid order for the match.

I The contrast in the tfnmq as they took the field wa* vpry notice Me, tb Little River it am being a very Leav>' team, the average weight nnninbetween 12 add 13 stone, wbilt- the Okain'd' team ayerng'd ab:>nt 10 stone.

The followingwere tbe teams :— Olefin's— R Hartley, fullback; 0. Hartley, 0. Mason, L Harris, three quarters; R. •'. Masoa and S Gardi ncr, five eighths ; Boger Mason, half, G. Graham (wing), E. Moore, W. Hoi sfceirj, J. Harris, W. Pidgeon, G. Piri geon,.J. Moore, 0. Lindpay« Te Kotahitanga— J. Karetai, full back; G. Robinson, -\ Wbatiri, A. Kini, three-quarters ; H. Karetai. T. Skipper, five-eighths ; R. Webb, half, iS. Ruru (wing), J. J. Kildair, Morreli, IC. Beaton, G. SkippeV, W. Johnston, U. Wallace, J. Pyke.

Okain's kicked off, and Robin?on took tbe ball, but, was collared by Okain'e before getting in his kick. Okain'rf attacked strongly, and J. Moore dribbled to the Maori line, where M. Mason got over, but tbe try was not allowed. The Te ICctuhi tanga players put up a very poor defence at this time, and did not seem to get going. A little later a free kick was awarded Okain's, and C Hartley placed n fine goal — Okain'a 3; Tβ Kotahitanga 0. This was within the first three minutes of play commencing.- The Whites (Te Kotahitanga) »began to wake up and took play to'the Okain's twenty five, followed by play at the centre, bub Okain's were soon attacking agtio, and C. Hartley kicked into touch in goal. Later the Whites forced, and a free kick relieved the ball going out ac half-way. lα. a forward rush M. Mason was prominent for good foot work, and he side kicked to R. Mason, who scored near the corner— Okiin's 6, Tβ Kotahitnnga 0. A little later G. Hartley narrowly missed ecor ing at' the corner from a passing runb between M and R. 0. Mason. Tbe Whites' forwards now brgan to a?sert themselves, and took play to half way and later in Okain's territory. The Okain's full back R. Hartley relieved with a kick. Robinson, for the Whites, was prominent in attack. The Whites kept up tbe attack, and kept Okain's busy. Prom a scrum on tbe Okain's line Roger Mrfpon marked and relieved with a kick. A good passing ru.°b by T. Skipper, J. Wbatiri and G. Robinson gained ground. A. Kini was prominent in attack a little Inter and passed to J. Karetai, who had a resultless pot. Roger Mason relieved a dangerous White attack. From a scrum the Whites secured, and B Webb scored a try at the corner. J. Karetai was unsuccessful with tbe kick—Okain'a 6, TeKota hitanga 8 A little later a-fine passing rush by the White backs nearly ended in Robinson.scoring. Okain's resisted the Whites attack'strongly, but it was only after a considerable time that J. Moore, with some fine footwork, took the ball into the White's territory after nearly half an bputg splendid attack and resistance by tbe Okain's team. Okain's then took play to the White twenty five, where Hartley had a shot at goal, which did not add to the points. Skipper, in a fine forward rush, took play back to half way when half-time was called.

On play resuming the Te Kotabi tanga team bad tbe advantage of the ground. The Whites opened with p strong attack, and Okain'e were forced. In a nice passing rush Kirn just missed scoring at the corner. H Earetai missed an opportunity of scoring by fumbling a pass, and three scrums on Okain'e line followed, which did not result in a score. Okain'd forwards then asserted theroselvep, and Beg Mason, intercepting a pas-, took the batl to half way, and OJjain'j forced the Whites back to their line. Boger Maspn had a shot at goal from a free kick, but failed to score. Wailace picked up tbe ball in tbe loose, and took it to the Okain's twenty five. Here. Gardiner marked, and C. Mason kicked oat near halfway. C Hartley stopped a dangerous White rush. A little later J. Karetai bad a shot at goal', and Okain's forced. Bocrer Mason followed up tbe kick out acd smothered the return kick, and look the ball to the White line, but he was brought back for a knock on. A fur ther Okain's attack was repulsed. H. Earetai bad to leave the field wuh a dislocated shoulder. R. Hartley saved a dangerous attack by the Whites, in which Wallace and Kildair were ing'a splendid game. Roger Mb son relieved twice by fine kicking. Okaio's then took a turn at attack, the Whites tiring, and they threw the ball at,out freely among their backs without scoring. The Whites worked their way back, and A; Eini nearly scored, A little later J. Karetai nanowly missed a kick at goal. The Whites kept up the attack, but the Okain's I players defended solidly, and took tbe back to the Whites' territory. Time was then called, the game ending—Okain'e 6 points, Te Kotabitanga 3 points. Mr Schmidt, of Cbristcburcb, acted as referee.

Tbe game was not an open one, and tbe outstanding feature was Okain's fine defence. The Okain's players scored their points in tbe first ten minutes, when the : Whites seemed not able to resist their attack, but once they asserted themselves they had the upper hand right through the game, and were extremely unlucky in not scoring a victory. The Te Kotahitanga forwards did some really excellent work, and the backs played a fine game, except that they were inclined to pass too far back and lose ground. They were unfortunate in not scoring on several oooasiona. Okain's have now held the banner nine timea in the

Ast eleven years. DINNER AND SMOKE CONCERT. After the play off for the Peninsula football oharcinionsbin at Litfcfe River on Saturday the Okain's team and supporters were entertained, to a dinner and cooeert by thq Maori team. Mr T Williams presided. A most enjoyable evening wa* spent, and tbe following toasts were drunk: "The King"; "Okain'a Team," pr>Mi by Mr T. William* end re=<P"ilv,i i-o by Mr Roger-• Ma<?on; '•Mh-v! r eam ," proposed by Mr W. Robinson and response! to hy Messrs T. Williams and J. Kireai; "Pr-nin-eula Rugby Union," proposed by Mr H Maeon and responded to by Mr L .rSmuh ; "The Allied Arrnieq"; end "The r»fl<?ipc" were al*o honoured

: Songs we given by Messrs R, Vf'ftson, ,T. William?, T." Skipper, B. Kiui, J. Skipper. B:-" Edwards and W. Harris, end, Mr P» Hyden trave a recitation. "Rule Bi-im'nnin," "Perl Whire and Blue " and " God Save the Kiog " and peveral iitber patriotic songs were most enthusiastically sung during the evening.

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FINAL PENINSULA BANNER COMPETITION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4420, 11 August 1914

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FINAL PENINSULA BANNER COMPETITION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4420, 11 August 1914

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