MONTECILLO V. ALHAMBRA,
At the Opoho Ground on Saturday, in the presence of a large number of spectators, tho Montecillo met tho Alhambra. Ihe afternoon was fine, but there was quits a gale of wind blowing across tho ground. The rival tcani3 were composed as follows: - Mostkulo (Red and Blney-Ftttl-baok, Morlcy ; three-iiua tew—Stenhouse,Bolton, Ori'iriry; lu.vea»"pX Uwri.; f..r WR Hto-B-ck (5) Fcißter, IniUM (cipU'.n), U'.MWL'hton, Pwton, Roberta, Thompaa. Auumbra ( l.i«). -Fulbaok. F.itfer; thro-quartuM-B-iker, Dowm«, Noel; hivvcs-f.rawl.ird. Bt'Slieaux; forward* -Joln.scon, ft! Lucrum (attain), Robeitson, Senrle, Stroii*, Restieaux, Temuit, Weiizol.
Isaacs experienced his usual good fortune with the coin, and elected to defend the Bouthern goal, Restieaux kicking off for the home team against tho wind. The ball settled in the Montecillo twenty-five, but a series of scrums and a run along the touchline by Steuhouse transferred the game, and one of the Reds kicking hard tho Alhambra were forced down. The Blues kicked out, but once more the play appeared in their quarters, and but for Crawford and Restieaux the Reds must have scored. Simpson, Beck, M'Naughton, and Thomas were putting in some grand work. The ball for the most part was on the touchline. Ternent and Crawford relieved their side, but tho Red forwards took it back, and from a kick by Simpson the Blues were again forced down. After the kick-out Noel got the ball, but was immediately grassed by Bolton, and Downes obtaining possession was rushed into touch. The Red forwards once more pressed, and Baker, getting the ball, was floored by Foster. The Montecillo got on a splendid rush and crossed the line, and Bolton unfortunately missed scoring beneath the post, the Alhambra being forced down. Nothing more of importance happened till the whistle blew, with uo score on either side.
Isaacs started the second spell. With the wind against them, the Montecillo once more started tho attack, but Downe3 relieved his side. Gregory put in a nice run, bat was brought to earth, and the Alhambra forwards took the ball to the centre. Gregory made a nice drop-kick, which Downes marked, and replied with a long • kick. Stenhouse failing to take it, Boltou rushed i l and kicked into touch. Without appeal from either umpire the referee gave a free kick to the Alhambra just in front of the Reds' goal, and Restieaux safely placed. Isaacs kicked off, and Isaacs, Roberts, and Farquharson worked the ball into their opponents' twenty-five again. The Blues were forced down. Downes kicked out, but the Alhambra were almost immediately forced down again. The Blues kicked out, and after the return Downes dribbled to the hilf-way flag, and Noel, followiug up, ran in, Kestieaux kicking a nice goal. Isaacs quickly restarted the game, and the Reds once more put their opponents on the defensive, but were unable to score, tho gime ending in the Alhambra's favor by 6 points to nil. The game throughout was not very interesting, all good passing and kicking being put out of the question owing to the high wind ; and had it not been for the consistent play of the Blue halves, the Montecillo must have scored. The game was not very satisfactory, and a good deal of feeling was evinced by some of the players in their play during the game. It is certain that the Montecillo had oil the luck against them. In the first spell Bolton should havo scored, and in the second Isaacs and J. Back got across the line, but were called back ; while the referee's decision with regard to the free kick was, to say the least, open to question. The score was no criterion of the game, as right throughout, and more especially in the second spell, tho Alhambra- except on the two occasions on which they scored—hardly had the ball in their opponents' twenty-five ; and although the Blues were forced down so often, the Montecillo were not compelled to do so once. For the Montecillo Harris, Bolton, and Simpson (who was a host in himself) were the pick of the backs; and of the forwards M'Naughton and Farquharson ; while Thomas showed some of his old form, while the veteran pair—lsaacs and Beck—must not be forgotten. Of the Alhambra backs, Baker and Downes played well; but, as I said before, the halves won the game for them, Crawford being cspecia'ly prominent. Among the forwards, Strong, Ternent, and Weitzel were about the best. Messrs A. Shepard and Crawford held the flags for Montecillo and Alhambra respectively, while the decisions of Mr S. M. Park a3 referee were received unmurmuringly by the players. Three-quarter.
DUNEDIN V. PIRATES. The meeting between the above clubs is 1 joked forward to with a considerable amount of interest, and it was therefore not surprising that a large number muotercd at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday to witnesß the match. Through some unexplained cause the time for starting the game was considerably delayed. The respective teaim were constituted as follows :
Pirates. Full-back, Williams; three-quarters Bell Macdonald, Lang; halves Howison, 11. Stronach; forwards-Drabble, A. Morris, C. Morris, Stables, D. M'Laren, Milne, K. Stronach, FarquharG.M'Laren Dunkdin. Full-back, Taiaroa ; thrce-miartcrs-Lvnch Turnbull, Fox ; halves-Fu'ton, Johnston ; forwards Carter, Driver, Hunter, Martin, Stephenaon, Mill, Turton, Sonntag, Power. Umpires: Megars Außtin (Pirates) and Martin (Dunedin). , Referee: Mr W. Wyinks.
Dunedin winning the toss, Drabble kicked off against the wind, which was blowing very strongly from the southern end, and owing to the forwards following up fast a scrummage was formed near Dunedin's twenty-five. A good scrum was formed, which the Blacks carried, but Fultcn snapped it up as it worked loose and ran into touch. Some good line-out play was shown by Martin, but he could not throw out to his backs, being grassed as he attempted to pass. Fast loose scrum work ensued until Fulton made a game attempt to score, but he was brought down well by Lang, who was playing with watchfulness. The Colors (Dunedin) made strenuous efforts to score, and would have done so but for the untiring efforts of the Pirates' threequarters, who were working like Trojans. At last Johnston presumably scored near the corner flag, but the try was disallowed by the officials, on the ground of interference with another player. Even were such not the case a Pirates' three-quarter seemed to drop on the ball as aoon as Johnston. The Blacks rallied, and managed to clear their line 3 very quickly, but shortly after the ball was rushed back by a grand rush of Dunodin forwardsheaded by Hunter, Carter, Driver, and Stephenson, although the latter did not participate in the scrum work before the rush oscurred. The Morris Bros., Milne, and Stables worked exceptionally hard at this Btaee, and it was mainly owing to their continued efforts that Dunedin were fended off. At last Turnbu.ll took a long, well-judged pass from Fox, and went through the Pirates' backs like a shot, scoring a try amidst loud applause. Lynch took the kick, and safely negotiated the desired goal. The Dunedin's territory was then invaded, and from a loose rush Drabble scored. Maedonald took the kick, but the ball was brought too far out considering the heavy wind, and it fell short. Score : Dunedin, 3 points; Pirates, 1 point. Between that pariod and the call of half-time, Bell and Howison gave the Dunedin considerable trouble, but were stopped from scoring by the powerful arms of Lynch. Tha second spell opened auspiciously for the Pirates, who by a sudden dash took the ball quickly down the field. Lynch, Johnston, and Stephenson, by short passes and useful dodgy runs, transferred the sceno of play closa to the Pirates' goal-line. For some time the combined efforts of Maedonald, Lang, and Stronach prevented any score from being made; but Lynch was not tol be denied, and from a pass by bonntag was enabled to score. No gonl resulted. Play of a vacillating nature ensued, until the Pirates' forwards, playing with good combination, carried tho ball up to the Dunedin's goal line, but could not score. Stephenson and Johnston cleared their lines la good style, and took the ball to neutral t>rritory; but it was rushed back by the Blacks, who seemed determined to equalise matters if possible. Their efforts were at l»st rewarded by Morris gaining a try, which elicited loud and prolonged applause from the Blacks' supporters, who were very jubiltnt at this piece of good fortune and good play. The ball was safely placed over the
bar by Drabble, and the scores were equalised. Time was called immediately afterwards, and the usnr.l remarks regarding "over time" were freely made, but not attended to. Time was correctly taken, and the Pirates' goal was not kicked after time. Even if it had been kicked after time, it would still have counted had tho try been obtained during piny time. The game thus ended in a draw, the scorns lining—Pirates, one goal and one try ; Dunedin, one £oal and one try. The gamo was an enjoyable one, r."d the Pirates are to be complimented npo.i the gallant stand they made a»'iinflt their ooponents, who lacked the training the Blacks possessed. While playing with the wind the Dunedin team seemed to play in a spiritless and unenjoyable fashion; but against the wind they played a splendid game, better in many respects than the Pirates, who, however, played well together during the first spell. For the Blacks the most prominent were Howison, Macdonald, Stronach (backs), and Drabble, Morris (2), Stables, and M'Laren (forwards); while for the Dunedin Fulton, Lynch, Johnston, Turnbull (backs), and Martin, Hunter, and Stephenson (forwards) were the pick. The game was playod in the best spirit, there being a noticeable absence of wrangling, which goes so far to create an aversion amongst non-footballers to the game. Scrum.
The match Zingarißichmond v. Kaikorai was played at the High School Ground, and the latter team were victorious by two goals and one try to one goal (7 points to 3 points). The strong wind that was blowing completely spoiled all back play, and the game was mostly fought out by the forwards. The Zingari-Richmond kicked off, the ball being well returned by J. Duncan, and the Kaikorai forwards following up kept the play in the Colors' territory till the latter's forwards, by a combined rush, dribbled the ball into the Bluc-and-blacks' twenty-five. From a scrum M'lutyre secured tho ball and passed to Claffey, who from tho half-way made a splendid kick for goal, the ball going over the post. On being kicked out the Kaikorai forwards carried tho ball back to the Colors' line, and from a neat pass W. Thompson was enabled to score a try, no goal resulting. After the kick out the ball hovered around the Colors' twentyfive, and from a mark by 1). Duncan, Torrance kicked a splendid goal from a difficult angle. On the teams changing goals it was expected that the Zingari Richmond would make a strong bid for victory, having the wind in their favor; but the Kaikorai men playiug a more combined game soon had their opponents in difficulties. Tho Zingari-Richmond forwards made a splendid rush, headed by Peterson, Rallingsliaw, and Kdwards, and were on the ace of scoring when Davie, who took tho ball clean, ran tho whole length of the ground, and was splendidly collared by Wales on the line. From a scrum M'lutyre again passed out to Claffey, who passed to W. Thompson, the latter again Bcoring, and taking the kick gained the major point. The Zingari-Richmond now rallied, and carrying the ball up the field, Wintrop potted at goal, aud M'Farlane following up well scored a try. Edwards placed the desired goal. For tho Zingari-Richmond, Rallingshaw, Dann, Edwards, and Wintrop were the best, while the whole of the Kaikorai team played a good game. Mr E. E. Morrisou acted as referee, and Messrs Best and Douglas as umpires. Union First v. Taieri First was played on the North Ground, and resulted, after a very evenly and warmly contested game, in a draw, both sides scoring one try each. About five minutes before half-time a rush of the Taieri forwards took the ball over the Union line, and Gibson touched down. Oliver took tho kick at goal, and, although at a difficult angle, landed the ball just under the bar. Half-time was called, the score being Taieri 1 point to nil. On resuming play the Union, with the wind at their backs, soon put the Taieri on the defensive, and Tattersall getting the leather, transferred it to Porteous, who crossed tho line and touched down. The kick at goal, however, was unsuccessful. Shortly afterwards W. Thomas crossed the line, but was forced into touch-iu-goal. The game after this became exceedingly fast, but neither side succeeded in adding to their score, and time was calied with the ball in the Taieri twenty-five. The forward play on both sides was very good, the Maroons showing a great improvement on the previous Saturday. The back play was also very good, the kicking and collaring being excellent. Caversham First v. Union Second was played at Fitzroy on Saturday, and resulted in a win for tho Caversham by two trios (2 points) to nil. The Caversham kicked off against a strong wind, aud soon play centred in their territory, where the Union made strenuous effort) to score, but the good defence of the Civersham enabled them to cxtry the ball well up the field, and Christie getting hold of the leather ran well through the opposing backs, then passed to Hanning, who transferred to Jefferson, that jplayer crossing the line near the corner llag. Jefferson essayed the kick at goal, but owing to the strong wind it was fruitless. On charging ends it was thought the Caversham, with tho wind in their favor, would tot up a good score on the strength of their play in the first spell, but was not the case, as tho Caversham had not only to play the Union Second, but a formidable opponent in the person of the referee. His decisions were all-powerful, and the Caversham might as well have had no umpire at all, as ho was taken no notice of. The Caversham penned their opponents in their twenty-five for a long time, and once must have scored, but two of the Union players deliberately picked up the ball, and rr.n back and forced. On an appeal being made the referee adjudged it a force-down. On the ball being kicked out a scrum was formed near the centre flag, when Robertson, getting the ball, showed a clean pair cf heels, and must have scored but for the speed of Stevenson, who grassed him about 3yds from the line. The ball was soon back in Union quarters, and Clarke getting hold of it ran across the field and passed to Cunningham, who got in. The kick was entrusted to Stevenson, but went a few feet wide. Just upon time a free kick was awarded to the Union, but nothing came of it, and the game ended amidst confusion. For the Union, Hutchison, Grieve, Walls, Robertson (backs), Clarke, Hutchison, Davis (forwards), and for the Caversham, Jefferson, Clarke, Stevenson, Cunningham (backs), Brk'gs (2), Hanning, M'Gregor, and Tweedie (forwards) played well. The umpires were H. Nind (Caversham), and T. Walls (Union); referee, P. Nicol. Other Matches.—The Port Chalmers and Pacific Clubs met on Saturday on the ground of the former, Tho gamo ended in a draw, each team scoring a try.—Montecillo Second defeated Alhambra Second by a goal to nil, —Kaikorai Second beat Zingari-Richmond Second by 2 points to nil.— Tho match Port Chalmers Second v. Pacific Second resulted in a win for the former by one goal and two tries to nil— The match played on the Carisbrook Ground between the second fifteens of tho Pirates and Dunedin Clubs was won by the former by 3 points to nil.— Belmont Second v. Rovers First resulted in a draw, each side scoring 1 point.—Union Third v. Ravensbourne First ended in a draw. Alhambra Third v. Caversham Second resulted iu a win for the Alhambra by one try to nil.— Southern v. Sussex First was won by the former by 7 points to nil, M'Caffry aud Irvine playing well for the winners.
A Wellington telegram states that in the championship matches on Saturday Poneke met Melrose at Newtown. The litter had all the best of the first spell, but in the second half the Ponekes never let the ball out of the Melrose twenty-five. Owing to the Poneke playing without any of their usual backs, however, they were unable to score, the game ending in a draw. The Athletic Club met Epuni at Hutt, tho Athletics winning by a goal and four tries (7 points) to one try. The second round of the senior championship matches at Christchurch was decided on Saturday. Christchurch and Merivale played an even game, but tho latter eventually won by 4 points to 1, East Christchurch, having considerably the batter of the game with Canterbury College, lost almost on the call of time by a point, tho scoring being two tries to a goal. A portion of Addington failing to turn up Sydenham won by twenty-two points to nil. ASSOCIATION. Northern v. Southern wa3 played on the Asylum Ground, and rutnlted in a win for
the Northern by two goals to nil, although they played with one man short. The Southern played without the services of Gibbs (captain) and Findlay (backs), whose places had to be taken by two of the forwards, consequently their backs were rather weak. The muddy state of the ground and the strong wind blowing across the field interfered greatly with the play. In the first spoil the Southern, playing with tho wind, hud all the best of the game, and should have scored on several occasions but for their forwards' inaccuracy in shooting at ptm\. A good dribbling rush, in which D iticin and Hunter were prominent,carried the ball to the Southern goal, but the goalkeeper saved by a strong kick, which, however, rebounded through the goal off one of the Southern men. In the second spell 'h9 play was very even, the ball travelling rapidly from one goal to the other. By some good passing the Northern forwards worked tho ball to the Southern goal, and the ball being passed to Hunter, he had a shot at goal, which proved effective. There was no further score when time was called. For the Northern, Moncrieff, Candlish, Duncan, and Hunter played well; while for the Southern J. Laing, Carver, D. Laing, and Cleland worked hard.
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