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THE MAORI FOOTBALLERS.

CONCLUSION OF THE HOME TOUR,

[From Ocr Spkcial Correspondent.]

London, March 20,

The New Zealand Football Team wound xtp their English tour at Leyton on Wednesday afternoon with a clever victory over a South of England fifteen, and sail to-day for Adelaide per Oroya. Mr Scott did so well in Lancashire latterly (the "gates" being uniformly good and expenses small) that he would have liked to put in another fortnight there, playing local clubs, bad it been possible to postpone the team's passages to the next steamer. He did approach the Orient Company on the subject, but they proved impracticable —wanted LIOO or something of that sort for making the alteration. Financially I fancy the tour haa panned out fairly satisfactory, Mr Scott will not eay that the promoters' Erofita are substantial, but he admits that e is not disappointed with the general results. The experience he has purchased (sometimes dearly enough) on this tour will be invaluable should he—as he seems to think likely—presently wish to engineer another team on the round.

The Rugby Union, I'm ashamed to say, have allowed the New Zealanders to leave without offering them the faintest valedictory hospitality. The lack of courtesy with which the team have to last been treated in London has been scandalous.

NOTES ON TilK CLOSE OK THE TOUR. There was a fine gate at Hull on Saturday, on the occasion of the second visit of the Maoris, the receipts amounting to L 231 16s lOd, of which the New Zealanders took 60 per cent. The " boys" were particularly anxious to " wipe out" their defeat by Hull earlier in the season, but were disappointed, the game, which was splendidly contested throughout, ending in an even each team securing a try and three minors, " Smiler," who is just now in capital form, secured the try for the visitors. After the match the Hull Football Club entertained the Maoris at an excellent dinner. A convivial evening ensued, several well-known Hull vocalists obliging with songs. Mr Scott, in replying to the toast of " Our visitors," said that in all the places visited in their lengthy tour they had never received a heartier welcome or more hospitable treatment than at Hull, an.l amongst all the applications for return matches Hull had always stood at the head of the list.—(Cheers.) It was a pleasure to come »2[ain, and he felt sure when his boys got back home they would all remember " Good old Hull."—(Cheers.) Mr .Scott concluded by calling for three cheers, which were cordially given. Charlie Simpson, the Hull captain, in a capital speech, returned thanks on behalf of the Home club. He remarked that the game on both sides had been capitally contested, and Hull had done far better than their most sanguine supporters had expected. They had now the proud distinction of being the only club in England which had me,t the Maoris twice, and which had not been beaten. He hoped the visitors would be as successful in Australia as they had been in England. The proceedings were brought to a close with the singing of' Auld Lang Syne.' The Maoris, after driving to Welton on Sunday afternoon, left Hull in the evening for Widnes.

AGAINST WIDNES. This match, like the preceding one, was a I "return" arranged by Mr Scott. The j result was an easy win for the New Zcalanders by one goal and three tries to a try. Owing to the strong wind blowing in their favor, the Widnesians pressed the New Zealanders at first, and forced a couple of minora. Elliott broke away once or twice, and at length got in near the touch-Hue. Williams failed to improve. In the second half Gage and Williams secured tries, one j of which Ellison converted. Within a few minutes of " no side" being called the Widnesians crossed the line, and Farrell scored near touch. The place-kick failed, and the game resulted as above. There was a large and enthusiastic crowd present, and the cheering at each individual piece of good play was tremendous. As the Maoris were leaving the ground in a twohorse break, some of the crowd stopped the van and took out the horses with the intention of dragging the visitors to their hotel. This they did, but an unfortunate accident happened before they had gone a dozen yards. It appears that a number of children were helping to pull the Maoris along, and as the pace rapidly increased several of them fell down and were run over. A report was circulated that one of them was killed, but the rumor was not confirmed. On Tuesday the Maoris arrived in London and put up at the Salisbury Hotel in Fleet street. AGAINST HULL. The Maoris visited Hull on Saturday, and gave the home Fifteen a splendid game, The Maoris kicked off, and the ball being mulled they gained a lot of ground, until C. Simpson replied with a smart run. "Smiler" kicked well, but was tackled strongly by Iveson, and then Elliott replied with energy. Herbert Bell relieved Hull considerably with some clever dribbling, but the " blacks," as they were pleased to addre3s each other, soon recovered their lost ground. The " scrums " were well packed, but a lot of time was lost with lining-out and scrummaging, although all the time the visitors were fast encroaching on the home line. H. Bell, however, evaded the grasp of Elliott and got in a grand kick. A terrific kick of "SmilerV gent the ball close to the home line, where it looked odds on them scoring. Williams scored a free kick, but M'Causland's place was a failure. Play still continued in the home half, but splendid passing amongst the three - quarters placed Hull in a sounder position. A grand kick of Wynyard's being splendidly taken by Leeming, he passed to Bell, who gained a few yards before pulling up with the ball, having been called back on account of passing forward. Some spirited sprinting of C. Simson's left him close to the line, where he was collared, and Kilburn just dropped o' it in the nick of time. Taylor made a very bid shot at goal. 0. Simpson was wonderfully agile in returning a pass, but little good came of it, in consequence of an opponent taking the ball. Hill got a useful free kick, which he used to its full advantage ; and then Will Calvert dribbled beautifully. M'Causland, however, came to the rescue, and, running the ball well out, punted right past half-way. Gage passed to Elliott, who tried to get away ; but Kilburn soon put a stop to his progress. M'Causland returnod in an extremely powerful manner, juid Morfitt got a free kick ; but a prompt reply anuilled the advantage. Scrambling Boit of play ensued in favor of the travellers, Hull appearing entirely unable to cope with the rush. Ellison got a free kick, M'Causland again falling at the place. Hull came through from a line-oat, but several more followed on behalf of the home fifteen, who were soon making progress in the visitors' twenty-five. Time was now sounded, with the score—Hull one try to Maoris nil. JacJwtts kicked off, but Bearpark mull-

ing the return, Hill had to take a free kick. Little came or it, however, the " bficks " pressing hard, and ultimately being Rewarded witlfn minor. Some excellent passing between Madigan, Elliott, Lee, and Gage right across the ground was luckily stopped by Kilburn; and Madigan screwing the ball back on to his own line, the outcome was a minor to Hull. Bearpark jeopardised his line by attempting to get the ball away from his lines, the ball being charged down just on the crease, and but for the alertness of Hill and the slowness of a Maori they must assuredly have scored. Hull were dow putting in all they knew, but Madigan aroused the hopes of his partisans by making the most of an opportunity offered him, and it was not before three men had done their best to stop him that Bearpark brought his career to a crisis. The Maoris had by this assumed a more commanding stand, and ultimately, to the satisfaction of all the company, "Smiler got over, M'Causland missing. Time was called with the score—Maoris one try and three minors to Hull one try and two minors. Teams :

Maoris -E. M'Causland, liack ; Madijrin, D. Gxgts, and H. Lae, three-qu irtcr-backa ; W. Elliott and 11. T. Wynyard, half-backs; T. R. Ellison, Taaro, Reno, G. A. Williams, Maynard, W. Anderson, Taiaroa, and G. Wynyard, forwards. Ump'ro, Donnison. llvhh -A. E Bearpark, back ; A. Kilburn, J. Hill, and J. Morfltt, three-quarter-backs ; A. B. Iyeson and H. BjD, hatf-bat-kg; C. Simpson (captain), W. Calvert, F. Pattinson, W. Teal, G. Jacketts, W. Tukc, C Snnles, J. S. LeeminK, and G. Taylor, forwards. Umnl'o, Mr C. Brewer. Referee, Mr A. Uuell, Sheffield.

MAORIS V. SOUTHERN COUNTIES. _ On Wednesday afternoon the Maori team played their seventy-fourth and last match on English soil against a team dubbed by courtesy "the Southern Counties," at the Eisex County Grounds, Leyton. The Rugby Union had some difficulty in wetting up"a team to take the place of the London Scottish, who " cried off " a day or two before the date fixed for the match on account of their season being over and having no team available. The grounds at Leyton are comparatively unknown to the footballing world, and, the train service thither being about as bad as it could be, the attendance was extremely poor, not more than 2,000 people paying for admission. The field itself is as good a piece of level turf a3 one would find anywhere, and was in splendid condition. At tea minutes past four the New Zealandcrs appeared on the field, but it was painfully apparent that for some reason or other the majority of the spectators looked upon them with something akin to disfavor, and the cheers which generally greet the appearance of the Maoris were very feeble. This I afterwards found out was because a large number of tho spectators had heard garbled reports of the row at Blackheath on the occasion of the " All England match." One gentleman, indeed, went so far as to inform me that the " English team " left the field in di°gust! After about ten minutes' arguing and explanation I managed, with the help of a prominent southern player, to convince the gentleman in question that he was mistaken. The statement and its subsequent refutation was overheard by several people round, and created quite a " Maori CO™ 61 " 1 " , . „„«,•! The "kick-off," advertised for 3.30, did not take place till nearer 4 30. This was in order to allow "city men " to get down in time for the match. The city contingent, however, was conspicuous by its absence, and the spectators were mainly local folks, whose sympathies were, of course, entirely with the "counties."

The 'Sporting Life' gives tho following account of the match :—The seventy-fourth, and the final match of the ftew Zealanders' tour, was played yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, at tho Essex County Grounds, Leyton, in the presence of some 1,500 spectators. For some reason or another the team selected to oppose the New_ Zealanders was far from being a representative one ; in fact, but few of the many well-known Southern players were included in the team, ■ and even those who were figured on the card failed to put in an appearance at the last moment. Under the circumstances, it was only to be expected that the colonists would win their final match ; and such proved to be the case, as after a fast, and at times somewhat rough, game victory rested with the visitors by three tries to a try. The afternoon wa3 beautifully fine, but throughout the wind was blowing half a gale, and hence tho ball was often sent out. The drops and place-kicks were ineffective. The New Zealanders were the first to take the field, but were not well received, but little encouragement being tendered them. A few minutes later on the Southerners put in an appearance, and, winning the toss, elected to defend the bottom citadel for the first half, having the advantage of the wind, though the sun was in their faces. At 4.22 p.m. the visitors kicked off. Bate returned with a long punt, and Warbrick miscalculated the strength of tho wind and sent the leather into touch. From the line-out the ball was scrummed into the Southern twenty-five, whn several loose scrums ensued. J. Pearson and Cave at length relieved with a fine passing run. The latter, however, was collared by "Smiler" on the centre-line, and a very tight scrum ensued, the New Zealanders coming out the better. '' Smiler " picked up the ball, and, after a good run, transferred to Warbrick. The latter, however, was collared in grand style by Bate, and a minute later on the same player punted the ball right out of the ground. After some little delay the ball was sent back, and the Southerners going away from the line, H. L. Garrett put in a grand dribble before being forced out by Madigan. Aided by the wind tho Southerners worked the ball into the New Zealanders' quarters, and Bate punting, M'Causland was to touch down in defence. Again retaining the ball, Stamp put in a brilliant run and transferred to Turner, who dribbled the ball past M'Causland. Stamp then rushed up, and, picking up the ball, got well in behind. Cave took the place, a comparatively easy one, but completely muffed the ball. Restarting, Brodie and Stillwell took the ball well into the New Zealanders' twenty-five, but the Southerners failing, the New Zealanders had a free kick. J. Pearson made his mark, but sent the ball into touch. A loose scrummage ensued from the line-out. Smiler picking up, transferred to Warbrick, who in turn passed to Elliott. The latter, however, failed to get through, Bate and Cave doing him. From the ensuing scrummages Elliott got in. M'Causland, however, failed at the try, a rather difficult one. Three minutes later on the Maoris were again successful, Gage getting over the line, M'Causland again taking the place, but was unsuccessful, and when crossing over the visitors were leading by two tries to one. The play in the second portion of the game was of a more open character, each goal in turn being in danger, and it was only just prior to call of " no side" that Warbrick got in on the extreme right for the visitors. M'Causland failed to convert; and, the whistle blowing, the Maoris had secured their forty-ninth victory by three tries to one try. Referee, Mr J. Warbrick (New Zealand team); umpires, Messrs Williams and F. R. Simpson. Teams :

Nbw Zb\landebs —M'Causland, bnck ; Madimni Gaire, and Lee, three-quarter-backs; Elliott. F. Warbriok, nnd Smiler, half-backs ; Stewart, Anderson. Maynard, R> ne, Ellison, G. Wynyard, Taare, and Taiaroa, forwards. Southern Codnties.—H. H. Davies (Essex), back ; B. S. Cave (Sussex), T. P. Bate (Essex), and J. Pearson (Essex), threequartor-bneks ; W. B. Stamp (Sussox) and P. A. Turner (Sussex), half-backs; A. A Surtccs (Middlesfx), 11. L. Garrett (Essex), N. L. Girretfc W. Pearson (Essex), E. 11. Lawric (Essex), S. Bro liR (Essex), 0. R. Stillwell (Sussex), W. W. Daniell (London SVelah), W. P. Horsley (Gloucestershire, forwards).

ANALYSIS OF TOUR. rnißS SCORED BY INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. Keo?h k .. ..32 Fred Warbtick .. 5 EU's-m .. .. 26 G. Wynyard .. ..4 W. Wynyaid.. .. 22 H. Wynyard .. ..2 Elliott. .. ..18 M'Cavisland .. ..2 WilViamß .. ..15 Taiaroa 2 D Ga«o .. ..33 Maynard .. ..2 "Smiler" .. .. 8 Goldsmith .. ..2 Leo 6 Anderson .. .. 1 W. Warbriok.. .. 0 Nehua 1 Karauria .. .. 5 Rene 1 Madkan .. .. 6 Webster .. .. l Stu«t 6 Alfred Warhrick ..nil Arthur Warbriok .. 5 Joe Warbriok .. ..nil dropped goals. "Tabby" Wynyaid 7 M'Causland .. ..2 Gago 2 GOALS FROM MAHKB, ETC. M'Causland .. .. 5 E'lison 1 GOALB FROM TRIES. M'Cnisland .. ..65 .Toe Warbrio'< .. .. 1 Elli-on « F. Warbiick .. .. 1 Williams .. .. 4 "Koogh claims to have tco-cil thirty-six tike, but a careful examination of all a\ ailable matsriftl glv«8 the Lumber as thirty-two,

INTERVIEW WITH THE MANAGER. After the match at Leyton yesterday our representative interviewed Mr Scott, the courteous manager of the team, on the subject of the tour. That gentleman naturally felt not a little hurt at the attitude of the chief oih'cials of the Union, considering that the gune had practically been " boycotted' in the matter of players and referee. This ho did not think should have occurred, as the apology made after the occurrence at Blackheath was a moat abject one, and framed in accordance with the wishes of the Union, and he imagined that the matter would end here and the past be forgotten. He did not excuse in any way the behaviour at the Rectory Field, but a side picked from such a wide sphere was difficult to manage, and in tho majority of instances the_ games had been very pleasantly fought: indeed, ho had received letters to that effect from the Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the United Services, Portsmouth. Personally, he had every respect for Messrs Budd and Rowland Hill, and he begged heartily to thank the Union for the trouble they had taken in arranging such a heavy programme for them, as also the 'Sportsman' and London daily papers for the prominence they had given to their advent and the faithful reports of their doings. In reply to a query as to what he thought of the results of the tour (which are appended), he said they were highly pleased, though they were sorry that they had failed to score a fiftieth win by securing the Hull match last week (which ended in a draw), a result mainly due to the hospitality of the Yorkshire town. "To win forty-nine games out of seventy-four, or two-thirds of the games, is not a mean performance," added Mr Scott, " more especially when you consider the amount of travelling we have undergone, thinking nothing of spending several hours per diem in railway trains, in addition to taking part in four games in the course of a week. What would the Australian'cricketers have thought of this ?"

" Has the trip been a financial success?' —" Well, I can scarcely say it has ; though we have paid our expenses, if wo have no margin to speak of. Some of our gates were poor, notably in North Shields, Newcastle, and Carlisle, while the results of the Midland Counties' fixtures were also disappointing in a financial sense. Yorkshire and Lancashire were our great hunting grounds, while I was agreeably surprised at the result of the western tour, which I thought would end disastrously, whereas it paid well, especially the fixture at Gloucester." " Shall I see you again ?"—" Yes ; I hope in a year or two to bring over another team, excluding the Maori element. We have much better talent than was included in the present combination, and if able to obtain anything like a representative side could doubtless secure a still better record. There has been some talk of a visit next season, but I think it would be better to wait till another year."

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THE MAORI FOOTBALLERS., Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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THE MAORI FOOTBALLERS. Issue 7908, 16 May 1889

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