KAIKORAI v. PIRATES,
In consequence of the knowledge received regarding the inability of the Christchurch Club to send a team South this season, as previously arranged, a match was arranged between the Pirates (who were to have met the Christchurch Club) and Kaikorai Clubs, which was played at the Carisbrook Ground, in the presence of a large number of onlookers. The Pirates, it was generally anticipated, would make a good fight for victory, and this opinion was strengthened when the Blacks made such a good stand against the Dunedin Club on the previous Saturday. Several changes were made in the personnel of the respective teams, which took up their positions as follows:
Kaikorai.—Full-back, R. Millar ; three-quarters— W. Thompson, Davio, Clfffcy ; hilves-D. Thompson, M'lntyre; forwards—Duncan, Torrance, W. Millar, A. Millar, Armit, Jones, Wbalcn, Ballantyne, M'Artbur.
Pirates Full-back, Williami; three-quarters Howiaon, Maodonald, Bell; halves—H. Stronach, 11. Gillies; forwards—Drabble, C. Morris, A W. Morris, Stables, Lindsay, Milne, F. Stronach, Kirkcildy, Farfjuharson. Umpires—Mes3rs A. Wcdderspoon (Kaikorai) and R. Fraser (Pirates). Referee, Mr E. E. Morrison.
Drabble won the toss, and Torrance kicked off, there being not the slightest breath of wind blowing, however. Harry Stronach returned the kick, and by following up well, and being backed up by the forwards, the first scrum was formed in the Kaikorai's quarters. Play then became loose and extremely fast until Macdonald attempted to pot, but failed, and the ball immediately after was kicked into touch. After tho lineout a free kick was given against the Kaikorai for off-side play, but Macdonald could not send the ball across, the distance Doing too great. Davie then came down the field, but passed forward, and immediately afterwards tho ball appeared in the Blacks' territory, where some grand passing was indulged in by the Kaikorai backs—especially Clall'ey, \\ . Thompson, and Davie—-but tho vigilance of 801 l and Williams prevented a score. A free kick was then given against tho Pirates, and .i goal seemed inevitable, but no score resulted. Bell and Macdonald then gained some ground for the Blacks, but Howieon failed to take an easy pass, and the Kaikorai forwards consequently rushed the ball dangerously near their opponents' line. Bell took the ball up the field again, but lost it while being tackled. Lindsay, Stables, and Drabble, howe%'er, kept the leather going, and were only stopped by tho good defensive play of the two Thompsons and Claffey. Down came the ball into the Pirates' grouad, and after some good fending play had been shown by W. Thompson and Claffey, Davie, from a pass from the former, scored the first try. W. Thompson placed the desired goal. Score: Kaikorai 3 points, Pirates nil. After the kick-out tho Pirates seemed to Bcore, but the ball was brought back owing to an infringement of the rules. Bell, Macdonald, Drabble, H. Stronach, and Gillies (Pirates), and Thompson (2), J. Duncan, Armit, Davie, and Claffey (Kaikorai) played a grand game at this stage, and seemed untiring in their efforts to score; when suddenly Jones, | heading a combined dribble, scored a try, ! and W. Thompson again kicked a goal. Lindsay, Stables, and Drabble made a grand dribble after the kick-out, but could not score, the ball being kept loose, however, until Macdonald potted a pretty goal amidst applause. Play of a give-and-take nature ensued until the end of the spell, the score standing : Kaikorai 6 points, Pirates 3 points. The second spell was started by Drabble, and the kick was well returned by Claffey, whose long drop-kicks gained considerable ground throughout the match. The Kaikorai forwards, following up quickly, were down on Howison before he could get clear, and the Pirates were penned in their twenty-five. The Kaikorai backs, as usual, were vigilance it elf, and W. Thompson, from a pass by M'lntyre, scored. Torrance placed the desired goal, the score then standing: Kaikorai 9 points, Pirates 3 points. The efforts of the Pirates' forwnrds to score were not sufficiently participated in by the backs to be of any avail, and Duncan, Torrance, Armit, and Jones, with a neat dribble, carried the leather again to Blacks' ground, where, from a heelout by Armit from a good scrum, M'lntyre dodged round the forwards and scored the fourth try. W. Thompson was again called on to attempt the kick, and for the third time was successful. Score: Kaikorai 12 points, Pirates 3 points. After the kick-out the Pirates, prominent among whom were Bell, Macdonald, Morris (2), and Drabble, made almost superhuman efforts to equalise matters; but it proved a hopeless task, and a short time after tho Blacks were again hard at work endeavoring to clear their lines from the vigorous attacks of the Kaikorai players, who were passing accurately and most unselfishly. Claffey at last soored, and W. Thompson (whose placekicking was certainly of the highest order) placed his fourth goal. Score: Kaikorai 15 points, Pirates 3 points. After the kickout the ball hovered near the middle of the ground for some time, but when time was oalled the leather was in dangerous proximity to the Pirates' goal. The game was wonderfully free from disputes, but free kicks were much too numerous, and showed that members of the respective teams were wont to disregard the rules. This is a mistake, because it tends to spoil the game, besides giving the claiming sides opportunities for placing goals which otherwise would probably not have been obtained. The " barrackers" mustered in goodly numbers, one section making themselves particularly obnoxious at various stages of the- game, eapecially so at the
second score of the Kaikorai. They were evidently supportera of the Kaikorai Club, and, judging from their boorish exclamations and jibes, were deserving of being classed as " hoodlums." Tic captain of the Pirates is to be complimented upon keeping his temper in the face of the uncomplimentary remarks of these football pests, who, it is hoped, will conduct themselves in a proper manner in the future.
The play was of the fastest nature in the first spell, but quietened down considerably during the second half. The Kaikorai backs were points ahead of the Pirates in their play, passing most unselfishly, and kicking and tackling in splendid style. The forwards, too, work well together, and look a sturdy lot. The most prominent players amongst the Kaikorai were D. and W. Thompson, Claffey, and Davie (none of whom shirked the least bit of back play), and Armit, Duncan, Jones, and Torrance. For tho Pirates Williams at full was safe and cool; Macdonald and Bell did an immense amount of work at threequarter ; while Howison was decidedly "off color." H. Stronach was a surprise, making some splendid runs in the second spell, and was points ahead of Gillies, who seemed to work in a listless manner. Amongst the forwards Drabble, C. and A. Morris, Milne, and Stables were the most prominent, the quintet working like Trojans at times. The veteran Lindsay, who has figured so prominently in past interprovincial matches, and who has returned to Dunedin and thrown in his lot with the Pirates, was palpably out of condition, although he was the same rattling lineout player, and gave the backs several shows. The officials, I may add in conclusion, were well up to their work, in consequence of which little or no disputing occurred. SCRUM. ALHAMBRA V. HIGH SCHOOL. This match was played on the Caledonian Ground. The weather was perfect, and there was a large attendance of the public, the fair sex predominating. The following represented their respective clubs :
Alhambra (Red and black)- Backs-Fostor, Baker, Downes, Noel, Crawford, Reslioaux; forwardsWeil zul, Stronir, Torntnt, Robertson, MacLaughlin (captain), 0. Resticaux, Robertson, Searlo, Haig, MDonald. Hum School (Blue and black )-Biekß-M'Arthur, T-uaroa, Fitohett, Stephenson, Cran, Owen ; forwards —Montgomery, Boydcll, M'B.earty (captain), M'Nab, Macdonald, Ruudell, Heenan, Butoment, Herd. Messrs R. Crawford (Alhambra) and A. Y. Smith (High School) wero umpires, with Mr W. Wyinks as refiree.
MacLaughlin having won the toss, elected to defend the southern goal, Montgomery kicking off for the School. Foster returned about halfway. Owen marked the ball, and Montgomery took a place at goal, the ball going wide. Noel returned the kick to Taiaroa, the latter kicking into touch-in-goal. Downes kicked off, the ball going into touch about halfway. From a scrum Restieaux obtained possession, and made a fine run, when he passed to Downes, who had a pot at goal, the ball being touched by one of the opposing backs in transit. Montgomery kicked off, the ball going into touch ; after a series of scrummages it was removed to the School quarters. Here they were pressed for a few moments, but their forwards managed, by packing well, to shift the scene of action to neutral territory. For some time play was pretty even, the ball being kept going from one end of the field to the other, when play settled in the Reds' territory. The Alhambra forwards, not to be denied, rushed the ball to their opponents' twenty-five, where, after a neat pass by Restieaux to Downes, who in turn passed to Noel, the latter scored near the corner flag. Restieaux was entrusted with the kick, and placed a splendid goal. From the kick-out the School, by following up well, invaded the Reds' territory, and through some good passing between Owen and Fitchett carried the ball to within a few yards of their line. The danger, however, was only momentary, for Crawford with a splendid kick transferred the leather to the halfway flag. After some good passing between the Alhambra backs Noel again ran in and scored his second try for the Alhambra. Restieaux made a fine attempt to place another goal. Tho kick-out was well returned by Restieaux. Hero Owen started on a run, but was soon grassed by Downes. From the throw-in Ternent passed to Crawford, who passed to Downes, who in turn passed to Baker, who made a strong run up tho line and scored near tho corner flag. This fine piece of passing wos received with great epplauße, the ball going right across the field. Resticaux made another grand attempt at goal, tho ball going within a few inches of the post. The referee's whistle now sounded half-time, and tho teams changed ends. Tho School forwards had been playing a fine game so far, their half-backs being particularly octivo. MacLaughlin set the ball in motion for the second spell, it boing well returned to the half-flag. The School gained a slight advantage at this stago, but the Reds wero not long in responding. Robertson, Ternent, and MacLaughliu came away with a splendid rush, The School again responded with ono equally as good, Montgomery, M'Brearty, and M'Nab being well to tho fore. Baker, taking the ball in grand style, made a strong run up tho field, but was tackled in grand style by Taiaroa. From a scrum Crawford pass- d quickly to Downes, who potted a splendid left-foot goal. Montgomery kicked off, and Noel returning it into touch, aomo very fast play followed, the oval travelling rapidly up and down the field, each goal being alternately menaced. Robertson and M'Donald, by some smart dribbling, now carried the ball over the School's lines, when M'Arthur cleverly came to the rescue. Downes next obtained a mark for his side, and went very near dropping a goal. The School lost no time in kicking off the ball, it being well returned by Restieaux. Baker got away and when collared made a long pass to Downes, who dropped a fine goal while in the act of falling on his back, Montgomery again kicked off and following up well prevented the return. Owen now looked very dangerous, but Downes was one too many for him. The School, however, nothing daunted, made strenuous efforts to score, but, owing to the smartness of the Alhambra backs, were unable to get away ; while Downes and Noel gave a great deal of trouble. After some very fast play on both sides, tho referee's whistle sounded. The Alhambra team were left victorious by three goals and two tries to nil. The game was contested in the most friendly spirit, and tho decisions of the umpires and referee were received with the bast grace. The match was remarkable for the combined play on both sides. Although the score was a little heavy the play was very even and interesting for spectators, the passing and running of the Alhambra backs being much admired; while the plucky tackling of the School backs was at different times received with loud applause. The forwards on both sides played well together. OTHER MATCHES.
The Union Second played the Pacific First at the North Ground, and after a tough struggle defeated them by 1 point (Robson scoring with a neat run) to nil. —Port Chalmers Second defeated Belmont First by one goal and three tries to nil.— Union Third v. Caversham Second resulted in a draw.— Alhambra Third defeated High School Second by two goals and five tries to nil. Tne Caverabam First journeyed to Oamaru to play the Athletic Second on Friday, and ! succeeded in beating the local team by four goals (12 points) to nil. The game was played in two forty-minute spells, and proved fast and exciting at times, the passing and kicking of the Caversham backs being specially commented on. In the first spell Stevenson kicked a goal from a mark, and Christie potted a good goal, which was not allowed, the ball having touohed one of the opposing team. In the second spell the superior condition of the Caversham men enabled them to register three more goals to their credit. Tries were obtained by Stevenson and Jefferson, both of which were converted into goals by Hanning, and Burke potted a splendid goal whil<j surrounded by the opposing team. Tho play of the Oamaru forwards, though good at times, was wanting in combination, and the passing of the backH was very inferior to opponents'. The most noticeable of them were Harrison and Townsend (backs) and Leslie Brothers (forwards). The pick of the Caversham team were Stevenson, Burke, Clarke (backs), Briggs (2), Hanning, and
Jefferson (forwards). J. L. Gillies umpired for Caversham and W. Lang was referee. The Montecilio and University Second Fifteens met at Montecilio on Saturday, and after an exciting game victory rested with the home ttam by 5 points to nil. In the first spell the game was very even. Sanderson, by smart following up, scored a try ; but the kick was a failure. Shortly after Parsons, by a pretty piece of play, potted a goal. In the second spell the 'Varsity made things pretty lively for their opponents, but could not score. Towards tho end of the spell Taylor scored again for the home team, making the result as above. For their respective sides Parsons, M'Crorie, Dodds, Coutts, Patterson, M'liroy (baoks), M'Kinlay, Sanderson, Wallace, Campbell, Morgan (forwards) showed up best.
WARBRICK'S TEAM IN AUSTRALIA.
The match yesterday between Carlton and the Maori team resulted in a decided victory for Carlton by thirteen goals and lixteen behinds to two goals and four behinds. The play showed that the Maori team were not up to the real points of the Victorian game.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7917, 27 May 1889
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