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FOOTBALL. INTER - DISTRICT MATCH.

WAIRABAPA v. WELLINGTON. WIN FOR THE LOOAL TEAM BY SIX POINTS. Wellington footballers have had a fair proportion of fino weullier Saturdays this season and tho representative team put into the Hold ngainst Wnirarapa was principally a dry-woather team composed of fust passing backs used to an open game. It speuks well therefore for 'their udaptability and resourco that, in such omphatically wintry conditions as prevailed on Saturday, the bocks — bar some awkwardness in the opening playhandled tho ball with tolerable accuracy und preserved the necessary elements of combined attack. The hero of the game was Wallace, who was in first-class fettle, and accounted for 11 out of 14 points. His surefootedness in the mud and witter was one of the marvols of the game, and his efforts at goal proved that tho weather conditions did not spoil his too. Wallace passed whenever it was necessary to do so, and only kept the ball when his wings were marked ; it was in this manner that his two tries wero scored. It is not often, that such a genuine centre-threequarter display, in attaok and defence, is seen. Of the other backs, the Wairarapa men. Faulkner and E. M'Kenzie, who kicked splendidly, approached more nearly to Wallace's standard. Wood and Meredith wore too well watched, and the Wellington wingthreequarters were generally shepherded by their vis-a-vis. Burr and Slattery were not happy in their taking, but improved as the game progressed. Wrigley occasionally lost the "touch-line. Wairarapa's well-known wing forwards (J. M'Kenzio and L. Armstrong) accounted for their team's tries, and played well throughout. The game was really won by Wellington's superior baok combination, plus /Wallace's individual brillianca. The forwards were even, generally speaking, in all departments, but there was not much hooking, the ball coming away anyhow. Still, too much credit cannot be given to the Wellington vanguard for solid graft in holding up its end. THE TEAMS. Wellington's new white pants had a thorough baptism, and (despite the mud) the effect of the alteration was good, the relief from the black jerseys boing a considerable improvement. Green is a colour not often seen on the football fiold, but the big Wairarapa. men wore it well, and their physyquo and appearance were much admired. E. M'Kenzie captained the visitors j Wellington's skipper was H. Kelly. The following were the teams: — - Wairarapa.— Fullback, E. M'Kenzie (14st 21b); tKree-quarters, Smart (12st 101b), Faulkner (15st 4lb), Diamond (list) ; five-eighths, M'Master (lOst) % half, M'Guire (list 31b) ; wing forwards, J. M'Kenzie (Hal 51b) and' L. Armstrong (14st) ; forwards, D. TJdy (13st 101b), 0. Moore (l3st lib), Raisen (list 101b), Workman (12»t 21b), J. Armstrong (12st 21b), Whiteman. (12st 51b), Jury (12at 71b). Average, 12st 81b. Wellington.— Fullback, H. Wrigle? tl2st 91b) ; three-quarters, W. Burr (12st lflb), W. Wallace (Hit 121b), C. Slattery (13st) j five-eighths, M. H. Wood (12sb 61b) ; half, V. R. Meredith (list 81b); wing, forwards, H. W. Kelly (12st 101b) and C. H. Mamon (13st 101b) ; forwards, E. M. Wylie (I2st 61b), E. H. Dodd (12st 41b), B. Gallagher (13st), E. Coady (13sb 41b), J. O'Brien {ISsfc 61b), E. M. M'AuaUy (13st 41b), W. Adams (12st 111b). Average, 12st 101b. Mr. A C. Norris, as referee, gave his decisions strictly and impartially, and to the satisfaction of the teams. THE PLAY. Scoring right at the start, the Wairarapa men made things merry in the fl»*6 Bpell. They came down en. Wellington's goal, and some very close things occurred. After the local backs had warmed up a bit Burr's score wa» added, and after a space Wallace's try put the blacks one point in advance. .The greens, responding with vigour, jut another try on the board, and led until a penalty goal put the blacks again one point' in advance. When half-time sounded the game had been aa even and as fast under the conditions as ooald "yroll be wished. The second half was tamer, because Wairarapa seemed more willing to play for a limited minority than for "win or nothing," but it was nevertheless a fair exposition. When the attaok of the Wellington backs mode itself felt, the greeas centred their attention on Meredith and Wood. For this purpose Jury played outside the scrum, and the pact generally adopted quick breaking tactics. This, and Wairarapa's touch-line play, doubtless had the effect of keeping down points ; but on the whole Wellington s superiority -was no greater than the figures indicate. . v The visitors won the toss, and defended tho , southern goal. M/Masters returned Wellington's kick off. .. Wallace, who got goingi right from the jump, got away from the throw in, and was instrumental in bringing piny dangerously near the green goal-line, where, lioweyer, it hovered only for on instant,* Wairarapa rushing the leather back towards half-way. Here L. Armstrong got possession near the touch-line, and centred with a fine punt that sailed well over Wrigley's head. The Wellington full-back pursued the ball — a Wairarapa deputation racing on his heels — and at the critical moment he fumbled in, endeavouring to pick up. The result was that Wairarapa rushed the leather over Wellington's line, and J. M'Kenzie scored a good try, within a space of some three minutes from the start of the same. The angle was a fair one, and E. M'Kenzie proved quite equal to the occasion — Wairarapa 5, Wellington nil. Shortly after the kick-out Wallace put in a claim, for Wellington, which was neutralised by Faulkner's sound defence. Wrigley, with a neat return, found touch in neutral ground. J. M'Kenzie put in some smart touch-line work. From a, knock- on on the line Adams marked, and, following his kick, carried the ball out near half-way. From the throw-in Diamond made a smart punt to touch, after which line taotics were diversified by a sweeping rush of Wairarapa forwards, who came down the field la great style, headed by Jury, J. M'Kenzie, and Whiteman. Wrigley's kick rebounded from Jury, the greens swept ou, and Wellington was fairly lucky in forcing. From the kick-out M'Guire screwed to touoh, A kiok by Wallace helped the black forwards .to improve their position. Manson (who was temporarily disabled during the first few minutes of the game) md Kelly, rpoiled a return by Diamond, but E. M'Kenzie filled the breach and found the line. The Wellington forwards, warning to their task, carried the play to Wairarapa's 25, where E. M'Kenzie taunted down field. Burr failed to toko, but Wairarapa was penalised for charging when off-sido. Wood had a shot at goal, and sent it to the safe hands of Faulkner. Jury, D. Udy, and J. M'Ken* zie led a general Wairarapa attaok, which was stemmed by Wrigley, whose roturns at ' ( this stage were accurate, Coady and Wylie headed a counter nub, and tho game see-sawed until E. M'Keneie essayed at goal from a difficult angle. " Wood accepted, ran, and put in a serviceable return to touch on the grandstand side. A rebound from Burr's chest gave another advantage to L. Armstrong, who punted as before, and Wellington saved not «

moment too soon. On resumption of play | Slattery failed to tuko a kick by Diamond. M'Anally dribbled down to tho three-quarter lino, where Diamond intervened. Then, from a line-out in neutral ground, an excellent passing nm between tho Wellington backs took place. Meredith sent to Wood, who passed to Wallace, and the Wellington centre, beating his opponent Faulkner, made an excellent opening for the speedy Burr, who raced round Smart and Wairarapa's full, and wci^s collared' by Diamond behind the line — a- dashing bit of work that deserved all the applause it got. Wood failod to converb. Wairarapa 5, Wellington 3. Wairarapa kicked out, and! M'Anally ltd off on behalf of the Wellington vanguard, which was working with a will. An erratic pass by Meredith to Wood was turned to good account by M'Master, who at times did some smart intercepting. Diamond, following his own kick, centred tho ball, which was sent back to half-way by Wrigley. Gallagher broke away from a line-out, and after some give and take, Wallace made a brilliant dash through the field and well into the 25, with Burr in attendance, bub the latter was too closely marked, and no score resulted. Almost immediately afterwards Wallace repeated the dose, running towards his lett wing. Threading his way through half a doien opponents, ho dashed down to where the Wairarapa full waited for him on the lino, Slattery (on the wing) being meanwhile closely shepherded by Diamond. "Keep it," yelled a touch-line adviser, and Wallace kept it, and dived over the line right at the full-back's feet, where ho rolled himself clear and pressed tho leather. It was only a matter of a copule of feet, and every one agreed that Wallace's judgment and application of it showed a touch of genius, a^ a moment's hesitation or an ill-judged 1 pass would havo been fatal. Following up his fine performance, Wallace made a splendid etfort at goal, th»-ball' falling just short of the cross-bar. Wellington 6, Wairarapa 5. Diamond, Fattlkner, and Udjheaded a promising run. Wrigley kicked to Faulkner, and" following in a straight lino put his men on side, before they realised it. The Wairarapa forwards ewept back to the attack, and. after some confused work on . Wellington's lino the watchful' L. Armstrong dived in and scored Wairarapa's second try. E. M'Kenzie. failed to^convert — Wairarapa 8, Wellington 6. Wellington forwards put in a sweopingtrush when play was resumed, Wallace nearly converted a penalty kick. Exchanges of kicks, in which the respective full-backs ond centre-threequarters figured, filled the gap till half-time. The term ended with an attack on Wairarapa, whioh availed itself of touch-in-goal. In the second half play opened with an exchange betweon Wallace, J. M'Kenzie, Slattery, and Faulkner, who sent to touch. Wood got away nicely, and made a good opening for Burr, who was grassed by E. M'Kenzie. The aaino player frustrated a concerted effort between Wallace and Slattery. From a penalty kick Wallace, who. could do no wrong, landed a fine goal— Wellington 9, Wairarapa 8. With only a one point minority, and apparently with heaps of condition left, Wairarapa's chances still seemed good ; but instead of playing an open game, { centring the leather, and staking everything for a win, tho visitors appeared to choose the less venturesome game of keeping down points by close tactics and touch-line kicking. -Th© result was that for a considerable portion of the remainder of the gamo the play perceptibly slackened, the local men being apparently content after increasing their load to six points, while the visitors did not attempt forcing tactics till too late. M'Mosters brightened things by intercepting and running right to the Wellington full-back before being tackled. Ho had no one in support, and Wood accepted tho pus and sent to touch. One of tho several mishaps to players occurred at this stage, H. Kelly boing tho sufferer, said to be the first time on record. Raisen, Whiteman, and J. M*Keneie headed a charge up-field, while Manson led a counter-rush. Kelly got away with a good rush down the touch-line, and | passed in to Dodd, after ' whom" Adams took up the running, and narrow- \ ly missed scoring ; Wairarapa forced. 'A punt from Wrigley was taken by Faulkner, who set sail for tho line, but was J checked by Burr. Wellington returned to tho attack, and Meredith, got a neat pass away to Wood, who sent to Wallace. Wellington's chief hope again threaded his way through, beat Faulkner and E. M'Kenzie, and ran in near the posts; ho added the major points — Wellington 14, Wairarapa 8.- Dodd, Wood, and Gallagher dribbled down the field, and Wairarapa forced. What looked like a fine opening for Burr was spoiled by his failing to take a somewhat low pass from Wallace. A loose scrum on the" visitors' goal-line led to another force-down. Kelly led a dangerous rush, which was checked through E. M'Kenzie snapping the leather and marking. Wallace stemmed a combined rush of the greens. Burr got away from Faulkner atfd Smart, and ran down the touchline. Th& Wairarapa full-back allowed Burr .to get well between himself and the line, then tackled the Wellingtonian and rolled him out. Wylie broke through, and Smart stopped. Workman got away from the line, and the ball was driven to Wrigley, who dodged through a number of opponents and gpt his kick in, The last feature of importance was a dash by Wood, and play, ended on the Wairarapa side of half. Wellington 14, Wairarapa 8. NEW SOUTH WALES v. QUEENSLAND. rPBHB ASSOOIATJOH.I SYDNEY, 20th July. New South Wales defeated Queans* land by eleven points to eight. [BY TELEGRAPH — OWN 00BBB8POKDENT8.] AUCKLAND, This Day. Senior football matches- were continued on Saturday in heavy rain." Grafton defeated Newton by three to nil, i Suburbs beat Parnell by six to nil, and Ponsonby beat North Shore by nine to six. CHRISTCHUROH, This Day. Christchurch beat Merivale on Saturday by six points to three. Tho two clubs are now equal, und will have ta meet again to decide the championship. - DUNEDIN, This Day. The first trial game took' place at Carisbrook on Saturday afternoon. The game was very fast, and good form was shown on both sides. Tho blues scored a try in the first spoil, Wilkinson getting over tho chalk-mark after a passing rush initiated by Duncan. In the succeeding half Hislop kicked a penalty goal for the cdlours team, which had the best of the bout. The game ended three points all. Another trial match will take place next Saturday. A somewhat exaiting and funny match — owing to the slippery state of the S round— was played Dy two teams from ie troopship Tagus, arranged by the Mission to Seamen, on Saturday. The teams, named "Smokestacks" and "Boilers," faced each other on the Uplands Farm. At the close five goals were recorded by the former, to nil by the latter. Mr. Moore was referee. Owing to the state of the weather on Saturday, all Association matches fixed for that day were postponed. The Wanganui Herald is, it seems, re-

sponsible for • the announcement that Taranaki will not join with Wanganui to fight tho New South Welshmen, and that Wanganui will battle alone.

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FOOTBALL. INTER - DISTRICT MATCH., Evening Post, Volume LXII, Issue 19, 22 July 1901

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FOOTBALL. INTER - DISTRICT MATCH. Evening Post, Volume LXII, Issue 19, 22 July 1901

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