The New Zealand Football Team
» Tho folWug particulars of scvei»l matches played by tho Now Zoaland Football Team towarda tho end of Dccombor will no doubt bo road with interest :— MAORIS V. HROUOIITON. The visit of tho now famous Now '/calami toam to the ground of the "Guiffins" attraotcd a largo crowd, and they were rewarded by witnessing ft really tine exposition of tho Rugby game. As wuh jfonorally oxpeetod, tho "boys" provod much too Btrong for their opponent-'. Uroughton hud got together a strong team for tho (location, ltomo having oomo from Cirrtiir R)iouially to assist thorn, whiM the MaoriH wore still minus ono or Uo of thiMv l>. hi moii. The splendid pas?ii « of tho N'lw Zealand backs and tho pov.orful rushes of Iho lorwarda, however, told a tulc in tho end, for although Bronghton played up vigorously from start to finiHh. thoy woro ovormatchod, and the Now Zealand©™ aohiovud a substantial victory of two goals and two tries to a solitary minor. Tho attendance was about fivo thousand. In tho first Bpell F. Warbrick, taking a pass from Keojfh, scored tho first try, but M'Caualand failed to oonvort it. In tho second term Williams grounded the loather, but the kick at goal by M'Causland not a sueoesa. During a thiok mist whioh sprang up Karanria soourod a try, and Ellison convertod it. Towards tho close of tho gamo W. Wynward potted a goal. MAOBIB V. WIQAN. THb match was played in tho prcsonco of 8000 people Anderton, who waa in Now Zealand with tho English team, was ono of tho Wigan representatives, and did splendid work. Gago, Wynward, and F. Warbnok Hcored trios, and M'Causland converted ono of them. Wigan only obtainod ono try. MAOKIB V. WALKS. Tho oontoat between tho Maoris and tbo Welsh Internationals camo off on tho Swnnsoa Footbnll Ground. Tho matoh waa annonnoed to commence at 2.45, but at 3 o'oloak neither team had appeared on tho Bold, and tho "gato" was by no means as large as might havo boon expoctod, considering tho interest whioh was BUpposod to oontre around tho event. Tho places sacred to the sixpenny patrons of football wero very muoh bottor attendad than tho sonth bank, whioh was roaorved for thoso who woro prcparod to pay In. Thero wero about 7000 spectators About a minnto aftor three o'clock tho Welahmon ontored the fiold, looking as fresh as paint in thoir whito pants and soarlot jerseys, and a fow minutes afterwards tho New Zoalanders appeared, and woro accorded a vory hearty rooeption. Tho Maoris woro altogother hoavicr than thoir opponents, though thoir black uniform did not show up BO woll ngainst tho green sward as tho moro attraotivo dross of tho Welshmon. Tho Maoris wont in for a lot of passing, but their opponents wero too good for thorn, and thoy lost tho match by a goal and two trios to lovo. In ono of tho nowspapor roporta, Williams, of Wollington, ia doaoribed as " tho miimmoth Maori." Joo Warbriok waa full back, and Taiaroa aotod aB an umpire. MAORIH V. SWANSEA. On CliristraaH Kvo tho New Zoaland toam play od a strong local 15 at Swanaoa. Unfortunately, Jupitor Pluviua cruelly stopped in, and rolontlosaly dashed such hopos to the ground. Tho bad weathor experienced during tho past weok did not improve ; on tbo contrary, tho rain poured down in coasoloss torrents, and rondorod it impossible for both towns to play tho gamo affected by them. Instoad of tho brilliant display of scientific football whioh wonld otherwise hivo boon witnoasod, tho stato of the ground and tho atmospheric conditions made it uttorly impossible to play the game as it was intendod to bo played by those who framed tho Rugby rules. Noat nnd offootive passing and pretty and accurate kicking could not bo accomplished, and tho gamo was necessarily confinod to tho forward division. In tho Hoooml half Koogh passed out to M'Causland, who seen rod tho first try, but who failed to convert it. A fow minutes subsequently Elliott obtainod a try, but the kiok at goal was not successful. A raomont or bo after this Koogh ran in, bat tho Swansea men did not attempt to collar hip, under an impression that a rule had been infringod. Tho roforoo dooided against them, and tho Swansea team, feeling dissatisfied, did not uhnrgo. M'Cansland converted tho try. The Swansea men did not scoro. Gago wad full back and Joo Warbrick was at three-quarter. THE MAORIS V. NEWPORT. This matoh was played at Newport on Boxing Day boforo a tremondona concourse of spectators, upwards of 10,000 " Taffys" assembling to witness tho fray. Tho ground was aoddenod by many days' rain— tho gamo Wivs, in consequence chiefly a forward one. Tho play wan in tho Nowportoninns' territory throughout, but they mado such a stubborn roeititanuo that no goals wore aoorod. In tho end, tho New Zealandors triumphod by throo trios and six minors, as against throo minors. New Zealand players— Joo Warbriok, M'Caualand, Gago, W. Wynyard, F. Warbriok, Koogh, G. Williams, A. Warbriok, Ellison, A. Wobator, R. Maynard, D. Stewart, H. Loo, and Taiaroa.
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