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PLAYED IN THE MUD. SATURDAY'S FOOTBALL MATCHES.

SOME CLOSE CONTESTS. PONEKE AND PETONE LEVEL. St. James 16 v. Melrose 0. Petone 9 v. Athletic 0. Poneke 9 v. Oriental 3. Southern 3 v. Victoria College 0. Fine weather was experienced on Saturday afternoon, but the almost continuous rains of the last six weeks had made the grounds quagmires, and the matches were robbed of any possibility of brilliancy that was inherent in the teams. Two close contests were seen on the Athletic Park, where the teams that met defeat played with great spirit and attack during the early part of the game, and did not fall into the absolutely beaten stage until the second spell was far spent. Oriental and ' Poneke played the more open game, but there were elements of excitement in both matches, though scientific football was impossible under the conditions of ground and ball. Oriental were leading from Poneke on the scores for a fairly long time, but PeLonc was in the lead from Athletic before any great amount of time had elapsed, though Athletic had a decided fidvantage in the opening tests, chiefly because of the superiority of their "hook" forwards. Om> game fixed for Miramar had to be postponed on account of the ground being in a slate of semiflood. This was the Wellington v. Old Boys match. The other game fixed for Miramar — Southern v. Victoria College — was won by Southern after a close contest, in which the Collegians did not have the best of luck. The light and clever St. James team had an easy victory over Melroso, ■whom they met on the Pelone recreation ground. As a result of the matches played to date, Poneke and Petone are bracketed for the championship, and a match between them will need to be played to decide supremacy. Athletic, after some in-and-out performances, come third. The respective club records are as follow :—: — 'S • I -S E jS ,3 ft £ Poneke „. ... 15 13 2 0 26 Petone 15 13 2 0 26 Athletic 14 10 3 1 21 Oriental 15 9 6 0 18 St. James 15 8 6 2 18 Melrose 15 8 7 0 16 Southern 15 3 11 1 7 Old Boys 13 3 9 1 7 Victoria College ... 15 1 12 2 4 Wellington 14 1 12 1 3 PETONE (9) v. ATHLETIC (0). Athletic, after some livqly play in the blue territory, were beaten off, and eventually Joe Ryan sprinted over their lino and scored Petone's first try. For the remainder of the first spell there were fluctuations of success, but in the second one Petone's attacks were longer sustained and more successful than Athletics. Two more tries were added to Petone's record, Green and Hardham being the agents, but the state of the ground and ball made the placing of goals almost a matter of impossibility for any ordinary place-kicker, and Petone possessed no marvels. Athletic played a good game, but it was not as aggressive as the display they gave in the match against Poneke a week previously, on a turf of similar elusiveness. Mr. F. Laws was the referee. SOUTHERN (3) v. VICTORIA COLLEGE (0). Through the mud and slush and water the above teams scrambled, slid, and got very wet and dirty at Miramar, with little material result. The honours of [ what play went on were altogether with : the losing side, who were constantly attacking. O'Leary, from a penalty kick, hit the bar, the ball rebounding to the bar again before finally dropping into play. On tho other hand, Les Campbell made the best use of one of the few opportunities afforded his side by going one better than O'Leary. Thi6 was the only score in a game of water, whistle, mud and "mush." Southern 3, Victoria College nil. Mr. Martin refereed. PONEKE (9) v. ORIENTAL (3). These teams met on No. 2 ground at the Park, and played a very even game, taking everythm'g into account. In the first spell Oriental certainly deserved praise for their sturdy play, but they fell away slightly in the second half, and had to submit to defeat. Oriental led j by 3 points to nil in the first half and kept Poneke busy defending the whole of the time. Poneke livened up in the scond half. With. Petone leading against Athletic on the adjoining field, the reds knew they were really playing, for the premiership. A draw meant defeat by naif a point, granting that Petone downed Athletic At last however, Poneke succeeded in breaking through after a tremendous effort. The ball shot out from a scramble fifteen yards from the goal, and Flanagan chased it. He got there first, and scored. Walshe failed with the kick. Poneke 6, Oriental 3. A few minutes later Walshe got the ball a few yards from the line, and dived over. Mitchinson made a weak attempt to convert — Poneke 9, Oriental <5. The reds now appeared to be on fairly safe ground, and held their opponents safely till time was called. Mr. T. Quinn was referee. ST. JAMES (16) v. MELROSE (0). Very uninteresting was the play in the match between fit. James and | Melrose, at Petone. A strong wind had a tendency to baffle the efforts of players. St. James's first score came towards the end of the initial spell, Crewes landing a penalty goal. In the second half the "Saints" had a lot the better of the play, the backs occasionally putting in good work. Thirteen more j points were put on, Baumgart (3) being the try- getter. Crewes converted two of the tries. THIRD CLASS. j Poneke beat Johnsonville by 19 points to 0. FOURTH CLASS. Southern beat St. John's by 14 to nil, at Miramar, and thus secured tho fourth-class championship. The winners have had a most successful season, the points for and against reading, 246 to 10. Not once this season has the champion's' line been crossed. The team played fourteen matches, and won all of them. FIFTH CLASS. Athletic and Selwyn drew ; no score. WELLINGTON REP. TEAM. The following is the Wellington rep. team to play against Taranaki at the Athletic Park next Saturday: — Full-back— J. Ryan (Petone). Threequarters — Ryan (Poneke), Mitchiuson (Poneke), Evensen (Athletic). Five-eighths — Walshe (Poneke), McKenzie (Petone). Half— Roberts (Oriental). Forwards — Wing, Gardiner (Poneke) ; hookers, Ready (Athletic), Houlihan (Southern) ; lock, Wilson (Wellington) ; supports, Wilson (Athletic), Bruce (St. James) ; back row, M'Kellar (Wellington), and Tannahill (Poneke). EmerSencitt— - Back, Green (Petone) j forward, •erry (Oriental^.

AUCKLAND v. THAMES. (»T TKLBGBAPH — PRESS ABBOOIATION.I THAMES, 7th August. Auckland defeated Thames by 13 points to 6. Auckland scored three tries, of which two were converted. Thames responded with a penalty goal and a try. WANGANUI V. TARANAKI. [BY TELEGRAPH — PRESS ASSOCIATION^ WANGANUI, 7th August. The weather was bad for the Rugby representative match, Taranaki v. Wanganui. Heavy rain made the ground greasy, and prevented anything in the way of good back play. The attendance was fair. Wanganui won the toss, but it was no advantage. Wanganui had the best of the first ten minutes, attacking strongly. Aitken put in a fine run, but safe tackling by Mynott, Pine, and Dixon prevented a score. Taranaki then broke away, their forwards taking the play to the other end of the field, Stohr missing two shots from penalties. The play went back, and Coe did likewise for Wanganui. The visitors got possession in the scrums more often than the local men, and the backs threw the greasy ball about well, but were met by stubborn defence. During the latter part of the spell Taranaki had the best of mat?, s, but could not score, though a knock on by Taranaki let the local men off. In the second spell Taranaki quickly assumed the aggressive, and Jack Stohr landed a splendid penalty goal within three minutes of the start. Shortly afterwards Souter again got his side into trouble, and Stohr landed another penalty goal. The visitors were now rushing over the blues, and made repeated rushes, excellent defence saving. Dustin put in a good cutting-in run, and took play to the other end of the field. Eventually I Wanganui got a goal from a penalty. Taranaki attacked, and Mynott, by clever play, let Stohr away in at the corner. The latter player converted by a, great kick. Even play followed, but Taranaki managed another penalty goal by Stohr, and won by 14 points to 3. Jack Stohr scored all the points for the winners. DISTRICT GAMES. [BI TELEGRAPH — SPECIAL TO THB POST.] GREYTOWN, 7th August. Red Stars, 20, beat Lower Valley, nil. The ground was veiy soft, and the weather very cold. CARTERTON, 7th August. The senior match, Carterton v. Gladstone, resulted in a win for Carterton by 8 points to nil. i LEVIN, 7th August. Horowhenua defeated the team chosen to represent Manawatu against Taranaki on Wednesday by 14 points to 9. Considering the bad state of the ground, the play on both sides was very good. [BT TELEGRAPH — PRESS ASSOCIATION.! PALMERSTON, 7th August. \ All football matches were postponed to-day owing to the unplayable state of the grounds. IN OTHER PLACES. [BY TELEGRAPH — PRESS ASSOCIATION.] DUNEDIN, 7th August. The senior grade competition closed to-day. Results :—: — Zingari, 9, beat Port 8. Alhambra, 11, Pirates, 8. Taieri Rovers, 13 ; Union, 8. Dunodin, 12 ; Southern, 8. Kaikorai, 20 ; University, 0. Alhambra have won every match in which they have taken part, and take the championship. [by telegraph— special to the post.] DUNEDIN, 7th August. Kaikorai beat Zingari-Richmond in the final round of the third-grade championship, thus winning the banner. In the Taieri-Union match W. Harwood, Union half, had his leg broken towards the end. of the game. AUCKLAND, 7th August. The Auckland B team (13) defeated Franklin (3). CHRISTCHURCH, 7th August. Merrivale and Albion played a draw, neither side scoring. Linwood (10) beat Old Boys (3). Sydenhp^m (6) beat Canterbury l||ollego (5)." . Thero -ft-as considerable interest in to-day]s senior matches. Last year's champions, Albion, had no chance of winning the competition, but Merivale, their opponents, were only a point and a-half in front of Sydenham, and the defeat of Merivale, or a draw meant that Sydenham still had a chance, as they will meet Merivale in the final series of matches next Saturday. The match provided a poor exhibition of football, and neither side scored, the draw leaving Merivale a point in front of Sydenham. It is not at all likely, in view of recent form, that Sydenham will beat Merivalo, who should therefore win the championship. Sydenham had considerable difficulty to-day in. defeating Canterbury College by a bare point. The- Collegians aro at the bottom of the competition, but they have shown improved form recently, and should give a good recount of themselves in the coming matches against Victoria College ■and Sydney University. AUSTRALIAN MATCHES. PONSONBY TEAM BEATEN. By Telegraph.— Press Association.— Copyright. SYDNEY, 7th August. There were 20,000 spectators to witness the match Ponsonby (Auckland) v. Metropolitan. The latter team won by 13 to 9. Early vi the game Francis missed a goal from a fairly easy position off <* penalty kick. A fin© bit of work by M'Cabe ended in a try which Verge converted. After a lot of even play, Francis secured a fine goal from a mark. Success spurred on the visitors, and from a good forward rally Elliott scored, but Francis failed to convert. The home team kept on the move. From a mark Francis added another goal. In the second spell the visitors, were on the defensive most of the time. At the commencement Francis .made a feeble attempt at goal from a mark. Some rough play on the part of onu or two of the visitors called forth a caution from the referee. The home team began to play all over Ponsonby. A couple of tries resulted, one of which was converted. INTER-STATE MATCH. NEW SOUTH WALES v. QUEENSLAND. BRISBANE, 7th August. In the inter-State match New South Wales v. Queensland the former won by 13 to 6. NORTHERN UNION GAME. QUEENSLAND DEFEATS THE &lAORIS. .BRISBANE, 7th August. Queensland defeated the Maoris by 21 to 11. Play was fast and open. The Maoris' defence and passing were good. The local men scored rapidly. At halftime Queensland were 13 and Maoris 2. In the second half the pace was faster, but Queensland preseod their opponents continuously. The tackling became erratic a& tho tide of play went against the New Zealanders. Pouwhiuwhiu in the first half, and Wharepap*. in the second, scored tries. Neither w» converted. Bokutae got a

try whioh Hairi converted. After 60m% hard play the whistle sounded. Queensland 21, Maoris 11.

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PLAYED IN THE MUD. SATURDAY'S FOOTBALL MATCHES., Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 34, 9 August 1909

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