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Football. [By Dropkick.]

RUGBY, The four senior matches set down for last Saturday were all of a very inferior order, and they were made so much, less interesting by being played on wet grounds and in drizzling rain. The four -winning teams compiled 112 points and the losers scored three points. The Poneke-Wellington heat, won by Poneke by 30 to 0, yielded little worthy |of special note. Ihe winners did not take advantage of much, ino.ro than half the chances that came their way. Had the ground been dry the Poneke rear guard must have romped over the opposition. Wallace, Mitchinson, and Horgan were the pick of the red's backs, and Mann, Calcinai, and Galbraith stood out prominently amongst the forwards. Wellington has two solid players in Carey and Manson, who appeared to be the only men who troubled Poneke. Manson put in some fine work on the line, and Carey's forte was smart folowing up. The only feature of the Wellington backs' work was their line kicking. Oriental had a rare day's outing against Southern, and compiled fifty points <rith grand enthusiasm. The game vras too fast for Oriental at times, the periodical dashes leaving a tail of stragglers towards the close of fhe game. If the Oriental backs were always possessed of the same anxiety to score as was iht> case on Saturday, the team would have a better record than it can show at present. The principal notable item of the play at Pet'one on Saturday was the improvement manifest among the Athletic backs against Old Boys. In their previous match against Melrose, the Athletic rear guard was pitiably weak, but on Saturday an atonement waa made for lapses of the past. If this rate of progress continues, Athletics should effect a surprise or two before the season closes. H. D. Thomson indulged in a quantity of "speculation" against Athletics. Now and then his side drew a fair dividend from his free-and-easy enterprise, but occasionally his recklessness endangered his team. Victoria College ratner disappointed their supporters by their early collapse in the match with Melrose. The students did not have their full strength, but their opponents were at a similar disadvantage. The college has material enough for a good combination. Some of it is a little crude, and a lot of it is merely out of wind. More attention to* training should better the team by an appreciable percentage. »'~ 5 ; The fact that in the second round of the senior championship competition the result is apt^ to resolve itself into ' a contest between two or three teams, has led two prominent supporters of Rugby —Messrs. Harry Mintyre and W. White, — to put their heads together, and try and evolve a scheme which will make' the competition more attractive both, to players and spectators. Mr. White, considers that in the senior competition there has always been a percentage of clubs that are what may be termed strong teams and others weak from various causes. Contests between the former and the latter have not produced, good football, but as a remedy, against) the existing inequalities direct class ifi-, cation may be objectionable. Mr. White! considers it might be possible to get, the 6ame result in another way, and he contends that the teams which prove, themselves a class ahead of the other, teams at the end of the first, round: should be classed by themselves to! play two games against each other -to{ settle premiership honours. The other, or weaker teams which failed to gain) enough points in the first round to? qualify for the semi-final or final of the premiership to have another two "rounds*, between themselves for a cup or medals. 1 This would mean that the teams having equalised themselves started on a new; contest, and better games and continued interest throughout the season by players and spectators would result. Further, clubs would benefit, |as every one who has anything to do with clubs will admit that the expense of runnirigjj a gymnasium and the poor attendance* it has after the club has had, «ay, three losses, or sufficient to put them out of running, tends to the loss of revenue and the breaking up of the lower grade teams to fill vacancies in the higher ones. From a financial point of view, Mr. White contends hi* scheme would be successful. As a means of bringing the new arrangement into being, a meeting of the senior club delegates and captains of senior teams could be called to consider the idea. It is not thought likely that any of the senior clubs would' object to have ' the finals confined to themselves, nor would the others object to have a competition in which they would have a chance of meeting teams on more equal terms. . . . In conclusion, Mr. White admits there is much to be said for and against any such innovation, but he is convinced that some steps should be taken to improve the present condition of affairs. Acting on the above suggestions and & conversation with Mr. White, Mr. Mintyre put a proposition before last week's meeting of the Management Committee of the Wellington Kugby Union, but after a short discussion the. proposal was rejected. There appears to be room for a scheme somewhat on the lines suggested, and the publication of the above may suggest ideas, which will be welcomed. The visit of the Sydney University teatr. to play Otago University at 'Dunedin will take place in September. The exact date is at present unknown. It; is probable that the first match will .be played on Bth September, the second on 12th September, and the third on 15th , September. This arrangement depends on the date of the team leaving Sydney. It may happen that Sydney University's departure will be delayed for a fortnight, in which case the matches will be played on 22nd, 26th, and 29th September. Tiie spirit of play in all the first grade matches on Saturday last was admirable. The Metropolitan Branch decided during the week to empower touch umpires to report foul and rough play to the referee, who, in his turn, was to report to the union. Besides, the union arranged for plain-clothes police to be stationed on the grounds for the purpose of suppressing foul language among the small section of the spectators who howl at the referee. The result in both directions waa happy. — Sydney Referee.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LXXI, Issue 154, 30 June 1906

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Football. [By Dropkick.] Evening Post, Volume LXXI, Issue 154, 30 June 1906

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