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FOOTBALL.

DUNEDIN V. TAIERI.

The above match was played on the Caledonian Ground on Saturday in the presence of a fair number of spectators whose anticipations of witnessing a fast and exciting, although, as it happened, not a very scientific, game must have been fully realised. Again must I complain of the inexcusable dilatoriness displayed by some members of the teams in not attending at the advertised time to participate in the game, it being fully twenty minutes after starting time wheu the ball waskicked off. If a bylaw was framed which licensed the starting of a game by either side at three o'clock sharp whether full teams were present or not, it would remedy the evil, I think, in a most decisive and requisite manner. The Dunedin and Taieri Clubs were constituted respectively as follows :

Dunedin.—Full-back, Rutherford; three-quarters —Lynch, Turnbull, King ; halves-Fox, Johnston ; forwards Carter, Drivor, Hunter, Martin, Mill, Power, Smith, Stephenson. Taieri.—Full-back, Soott; three-quarters-Milne, Elder, Oliver; halvos—Murdoch, Stevenson; forwards—Gibson (captain), J. Gibson, W. Gibtion, 11. Allan, J. Allan, G. Allan, R. Mathoson, Mann, Umpires-Messrs T. Maitland (Dunedin) and 11. SraeatOD(faierl), Referee, Mr J. A. Shand.

Dunedin winning the toss, Martin, as a matter of course, elected to play from the harbor end, with the strong northeast wind which w.19 blowing in his favor. Taieri kicked off, and kept well on the ball until Johnston jinked a few and appoared in the Colors' territory, where a scrum was formed, Johnston being collared well by Murdoch when becoming dangerous. The ball was kept well in the Taieri's twenty-five, the backs of the latter making a mistake in kicking the ball against tho wind instead of running. Gibson and Joo Allan kept the Taieri forwards woll together, and after holding t)io Horum for a short period they slowly bftan to move towards the Blues' «oai • line. Tho forwards gradually worked loonu, until tho scrum ultimately dovolopod into a splendid rush by tho Color forwards, who woro headed by thoir captain, Gibson, and Matheson. Dunedin now rallied, and owing to the endeavors of Fox, Lynch, and Johnston (backs), and Carter, Martin, and Hunter (forwards), tho ball was quickly rushed into Taieri's territory, whoro it remained for some considerable timoj tho Colors' backs, however, showing splendid defensive play, particularly JMurdooh, Stevenson, and D. Scolt. Stephenson, who had throughout been playing a consistent, though not a brilliant game, now Rave Taieri a bit of trouble, and seemed likely to score, but wasgrassedsplendidly byScott. Acouple of forces were recorded against the visitors, and the ball being marked by Dunedin from the kick-out, not a few thought that, aided by the wind, a goal would perhaps resalt,

The Taieri grumbled a little, and criea of " Don't waste time, Dunedin" were heard, but the Blues persisted in marking and attempting to kick a goal, without 'being ' successful, however. Taieri now slowed down a bit, and Stephenson scored the first try for the Blues. Lynch took the kick, but failed to negotiate the desired goal. Score : Dunedin, 1 point; Taieri, nil. The play was mainly of a vacillating nature until Lynch, who played a grand game throughout, obtained the leather, and dropped a fine goal. Score: Dunedin, 4 poiota; Taieri, nil. Taieri rushed Dunedin right up the field, unil fiercely struggled to score, but were ivpeltud through the agency of Fox, Julinabv.\, ami Lynch. Play was centred for some time until Humor scored the second try for Dunedin, the place-kick of which was a failure, the game at half-time standing: Dunedin, 5 points ; Taieri, nil. The second spell was somewhat exciting, the Colors being as fresh as daisies, while some of the Blues looked "pumped." The Dunedin backs repelled the unwelcome advauces of Elder and Murdoch on the part of Taieri, who were now playing with the wind, which, it is only fair to add, had considerably decreased in force. At last Murdoch saw and took advantage of a fine opportunity, and darting on the ball, potted j a splendid goal amidst applause. The Blues momentarily invaded the territory of the Colors, but immediately afterwards the former were hard at work defending their lines from the vigorous attacks of the Taieri backs, who were passing with judgment. Stephenson, Hunter, Carter, Martin, were playing splendidly together, anticipating each other's movements, so it seemed to me, while the Taieri forwards became suddenly demoralised, and the backs' chances of scoring were lost. Rallying again, Taieri came up smiling, and at one stage rushed the ball, which was about a yard from the goal-line. The Blues' full-back, noticing the sudden onslaught, picked up the ball, with the intention, I presume, of running, but he was knocked back over the line, and of course forced. Taieri appealed for a free kick on the ground that the ball was taken back over the line, but the appeal was disregarded, and rightly so, I think. Appeals to the officials were rather frequent at this stage, the Colors evidently being very anxious to score, but the good defensive play of the Dunedin backs prevented any points being scored, and a well-contested game resulted in a victory for the Dunedin by one goal and two tries (5 points) to one goal (3 points). As I have before mentioned, the game was not a scientific one, but it was nevertheless exciting and at times extremely fast. In the first spell the Taieri were overmatched, the wind of course assisting their opponents materially; but in the second spell the Taieri should have scored on two occasions, but lost their opportunities through lack of combination and a want of dependence upon the backs. The number of force-downs obtained by them in the second spell exceeded those obtained by the Blues in the first spell, when the wind was heavier, but the Dunedin scored when the Taieri—if placed in the same position—would have omitted to profit by the opportunity offered. One or two of the players were a little too fond of talking in the scrum, while others —but particularly one offender—frequently dropped on the ball on tho scrum, hindering the progress of the game, besides giving their opponents a free kick. With a little careful tuition, I opine that the Taieri will prove hard nuts to crack before the season concludes ; but—and I mention this for their own benefit—they should suppress their "barrackers" a little, particularly when receiving a visit. The Blues played their usual careful game, but got excited occasionally, never, however, in a critical moment. The backs passed well, with more precision, let mo say, than judgment; but that is an evil easily remedied. The forwards are a good lot, and work well together, although there arc one or two "sticks" in the crowd that require shaking up. Scrum.

MONTECILLO v. ZINGARIRICHMOND was played on the Caledonian Ground on Saturday, and resulted in the unexpected defeat of the latter by a substantial number of points. The absence of Brodrick (back) and Rallingshaw (forward) was felt very much by the Zingari-Richmond, but these members playing the result may not have differed materially. The following were the players:—

Mostkcili.o.— Motley, Stenhouse, Bolton, Thompson, Simpson, narria, Heck (2), Foster, Faiqiihareoti, luaaos Roberts, Wtbß. Zinoaki-Richmo.nd.-Speight, MFarlane, Wintrop, A. Eiquilant, Proetor, Best, Peterson, Dunt\ I<Mwards, Scott, Price, W. Esquilant, M'Arthur, Iloneyman, Hennoy. From the kick-off the game became exceedingly fast.theZingari-Richmond keeping the Montccillo in their twenty-five, mainly owing to the strenuous exertions ot Esquilant, Peterson, and Edwards. Isaacs, Patton, and Beck, with a good rush, cleared their lines, and shifted play to the centre, where free kicks were respectively obtained by Best and A. Esquilant, M'Farlane and M'Arthur showed up conspicuously for the ZingariRichmond at this stage; but the Montecillo, with a splendid rush, carried the ball up into the Yellows' ground, and Simpson scored. The place-kick was safely negotiated by J. Bock. Score: Montecillo, 3 points ; Zingari-Richmond, nil. After tho kick-out, Proctor, C. Beck, M'Farlane, and Bolton played well for their respective sides, and the play became very fast and exciting. Simpson obtained a free kick, but Stenhouse's place-kick was a failure. Edwards and W. Esquilant (Zingari-Richmond), and Isaacs and Roberts (Montecillo) were doing good work tor their respective sides at this stage, but the collaring of the backs on both sides prevented any scoring being done. In the second spell VV. Esquilant dribbled the ball well up the field and scored, but Winthrop failed to [convert it into a goal. Score : Montecillo, 3 points; Zingari-Richmond, 1 point. Play of a give-and-take nature then ensued, until Stenhouse scored a try, which Beck unsuccessfully attempted to increase to a goal. The Colors worked hard to equalise matters, but it was not to be, although a free kick obtained by A. Esquilant resulted in the ball striking the cross-bar. J. Beck then scored for the Montecillo, and Simpson placed a neat goal. Score: Montecillo, two goals and one try (7 points) to one try (1 point). The Montecillo, to the call of time, kept the Yellows hard at it, and played well together, their excellent backing-up being particularly noticeable. No alteration was made in the score, which resulted as stated above. There was a good deal of unnecessary wrangling indulged in, while the several disputes —which were, however, settled amicably—were much too noisy. For the Montecillo Bolton, Simpson (backs), and Isaacs, Beck (2), and|Roberts (forwards) played about the best game ; while for the Zingari-Richmond M'Farlane, A. Esquilant, and Proctor (backs), and VV. Esquilant, Honeyman, Edwards, and_ Peterson (forwards) were the most conspicuous,

At the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday the Pirates met a team of the High School, and after a somewhat unsatisfactory gameas far as luck was concerned—at the call of time the score stood—Pirates one goal and four tries to two goals and ono try. M'Donald potted a goal for the Pirates, while tries were obtained by Bell, A. Morris, Farquharson, and Milne. For the School Owen scored a try, from which a beautiful goal was kicked ; and Montgomery kicked a wonderful goal from a centre-field mark. Owen, Stephenson, Taiaroa, Montgomery, M'Brearty, Macdonald, and Boydell (School), and Lang, M'Donald, H. Stronach, Howison, A. Morris, C. Morris, and M'Laren (Pirates) were the pick of the players. At tho North Ground the match Alhambra v. Union was played. Wright kicked off for tho Union, and the Alhambra forwards, with a good rush, immediately forced tho Union down. Very fast play then cnHued, and Rcstieaux getting the ball from tho scrum made a splendid run, and scored a try, from which he kicked a goal. Attar the kick-off the Alhambra were kept going for a few minutes clearing their lines. Crawford then relieved his side by kicking the ball well down the field, and getting the ball irom a throw in he passed to Noel, who scored tho second try for the Alhambra, which Restieaux converted into a goal. The Union forwards now made several determined rushes into their opponents' twenty.

five, and the ball being passed to Porteous he made an ineffectual pot at goal. The ball was then smartly heeled out to ■Restieawx, -wUo pnased to Noel, who, after running nearly half the length of the field, scored another try for his side, from which Restieaux placed another easy goal. After this the Alhambra were kept busy clearing their goal line, but Forsyth crossed the line and scored a try for the Union, no goal resulting. For the Alhambra, Restieaux, Robertson, Strong, and Weitzel (forwards), and Noel, Crawford (backs) played a good game ; while for the Union, Wright, Gordon, M'Kinlay, and Tattersall (forwards), and Boudle and Croxford (backt) played best. i Oth«r Mutches.—The Kaikorai Second journeyed to Port Chalmers, and tried conclusions with the local team, being defeated by 5 points to nil. —The Zingari-Richmond Second met the Montecillo Second on the latter's ground a very unsatisfactory wrangling game to both sides ending in a draw without a score. —The Alhambra Second met the Union Second at Opoho, and scored a win by 3 points to 1 point.— Pirates Second v. Pacific First, which was played at Tahuna Park, resulted in a win for the Pacific by 4 points to nil. —Belmont defeated British by 3 points to nil.— Alhambra Third v. Union Third, played at Maori Hill, resulted in a win for the former by 3 points to 1 point.—Pirates Third v. High School Second resulted in a victory for the Pirates by 9 points to s.—High street and Chrutian Brothers' Schools played a drawn game, as did Mornington and Caversham Schools.

A Christchurch telegram says that the opening matches of the season for the club championship were played on Saturday at North Park. Sydenham defeated Christchurch by 11 points to 3, though this score is no criterion of the play, which was of a very even nature. Canterbury College and Merivale played a draw, scoring 4 points each ; while East Christchurch defeated Addingtou by 4 points to nil. A Wellington telegram says that at Newton Park on Saturday afternoon the Rival and Wellington Football Clubs met in a heat for the championship. The weather was cold and showery. The Rivals won by 8 points (two goals and two tries) to 7 points (two goals and one try).

ASSOCIATION. Southern v. Thistle wa3 played on the Thistle's ground at Sawyers Bay, and resulted in a draw, each side scoring one goal. In the first spell the visitors, with the advantage of a slight breeze and the sun at their backs, kept the ball almost continually close to the Thistle's goal, but were unable to score ovviog to inaccurate shooting at goal and to the strong defence of W. Morris. There was no score in the first spell. On changing ends the Thistle played with more combination, but their efforts to score were frustrated by the good kicking of Gibbs and Findlay. By some good passing amongst the visitors the ball was taken to the Thistle's goal, and Cleland scored by a splendid Bcrew kick. From the kick-off the Thistle rushed the ball down the field, and Ross had a long shot at goal, which would have proved fruitless, but the goal-keeper in attempting to stop the ball let it glance off him, and it went through the goal. There was no further score when time was called. The following played well:—For the Thistle, W. Morris, G. Ross, P. Ross, J. Morris, W. Crawford, G. Crawford ; and for the Southern, Gibbs, Findlay, Laiug, Cleland, and Carver were most prominent.

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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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