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FOOTBALL.

G. Oillett, the well-known representative footTmTTer, liae joined the rnnks o< benedicts. Congratulations. The balance-sheet of the New South Wales Rugby League shows the gross gate receipts for last season to have been £4842 17/1 li. The revenue an doxpenditure account reeulted in a balance of £551 2/ being carried forward. The Jesuit of £he meeting of delegates to the N.Z.R.U., held last week, is to practically leave the position iw it was before. It will be remembered that when the delegates met last year certain alterations to the rules were carried, and it was intended to enforce them during the coming season. To do this it would be noceseary to alter the constitution of the Union, and this a number were prepared to do; but last week's meeting has settled this, and the position, is now that, until the English Rugby Union approve oi the alteration, the old rules wfll remain in force. The general opinion is that there is very little chance <rf tEe English body agreeing to Fhe suggestion as a whole, and then the probabilities are that Australia and New Zealand will join forces and niter the code to suit the existing conditions. The 'New Zealand Rhodes scholar, Colin Gilray, was one of the Scottish three-quarter line in the international Rugby match v. "Wales decided at Invevleith, when Wales scraped home by one placed goal (five points) to a penalty goal (three points), after liaving decidedly the worst of the play during fhe greater part of the game. Gilvay, who was playing in good form, had tho bad luck to get laid out about twenty minutes after tibe kick-off, and was so badly "concussed" that he \ras unable to resume until the commencement of the second spell, but he was very shaky and more or less "a paesenger" to the end. When he returned to the hotel at whioh the Scots had their headquarters, he was in a state bordering on collapse, and was found to be su [- feiing from very severe concussion. Gilray's injury was caused by coming in contact with one of "Dicky" Owen'a (the famous Welsh half-back j knees as he dived for the ball. The New Zea{bander's injury undoubtedly cost Scots the match. Scotland, indeed, so completely outplayed Wales' forwards for the firet 30 minutes of the alf, that In all probability they would

have won by a iiiirly substantial margin if Gilray had been able to play his usual game. When Gilray resumed after the interval SlacCallum, -who had come out of the pack to take Gilray's place, was, of course, able to return to the pack. This made such a difference that for the reet of the match Wales were outplayed forward except during the brief spell in the last fifteen minutes, when the Welsh forwards rallied and. gave fcheir backe the opportunity which they turned to such good account that Wales won by two points. It is now ascertained that the Australian footballers are not., after all, in such a deplorable financial plight as was recently publicly stated. Tha share which the Kangaroos took of the £670 "gate" at Newcastle and the £270 " gate " at Hull, has gone a long way towards securing the financial stability of the tourists. The New Zealander, L. B. Stringer, was the bright particular star of the Guy's Hospital Rugby combination which unexpectedly defeated the United Service team at Portsmouth last Saturday, by two goals and two tries (16 points) to a goal and two tries (11 points). The New Zoalander scored throe magnificent tries in the first half, one of which was converted, so he was responsible for 11 out of 16 points secured by the victors. English writers on football are asking why the English selection committee do not find a place in the English XV. for A. C. Palmer and L. B. Stringer at three-quarters, and A. S. Heale at half, for the next International, instead of scouring the provinces for fresh blood. Undoubtedly this New Zealand trio strengthen the English team, but one cannot blame the selection committee for attempting to win the International with home grown rather than imported players. The Xew Zealand contingent of the London Hospital did their fair share towards victory for their side in the interhospUal cup match with Charing Cross decided last month at Richmond. The Lcndonerij won easily t>y 4 goals nncl 4 tries to nothing. 15- O- Mocphereon, Alan Adams and J. Mehaffey all scored, and Adams kicked three of the four goals. In view of the fact that A. C. Palmer is going to Ireland to-morrow for the International match lie was given the place at full back, which was indeed not a particularly exacting post; Palmer had so little to do that he occasionally found himself lured to the three-quarter line and sharing in some rounds of passing. However, there was much humour in his play. Not often does one see a full-back making his mark in his own' in-goal instead of touching down. Commenting on the match the "Morning Post" critic says: — "The best things in the footbnll were the play of the London halves (Lindsay and Hnale) and three-quarters. With all deference to the English selectors, it must be again laid down thnt A. B. Heale is the best stand-off half-back just now; he not only has a grand knowledge of the (?ame, but hia execution is very good. He wns a wonderful help to the other backs."

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FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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