Those old rivals, the Union and Dunedin Clubs, met on the Northern Ground on Saturday, and that interest in their battles is almost as keen as of yore was proved by the very large number of spectators present —the largest gathering of onlookers, indeed, that we havo seen at an interclub match for a very long time. In consequence of the poor show the Union had made against the Alhambra, early last month, the Dunedin Club were tho favorites, but the result proved that tho prophets were not w.'su. To the first spell Porteotis potted two goals on behalf of the Union, and scored a try near tho corner flag ; while the Dunedin failed to score. la this half the latter had been seriously handicapped by having to play a man shoi t in the scrum ; but at half-time Stephenson turned up, and the Dunedin made vigorous efforts to wipe off tho score standing ajainst them. For some twenty minutes they played a rattling game, but tho effort appeared to be a spasmodic rne, and they did not last through the Bpell. Driver, taking tho ball cleverly from the line-out, carried it to a few feet of his opponents' goal, and then passed to Stephenson, who touched down between tho posts, and Lynch placed the desired goal. A few minutes after the kick-off the Maroon forwards made a grand rush, tho outcome of which was a try got by Forsyth near the touch - in - goal flag. The place kick was, of courao, a difficult one, and Beadle kicked a poster, being deservedly cheered for his effort. Carter (Dunedin) was clearly guilty of off-side play soon after, and a free-kick being given to the Maroons Beadle enhanced the _ !r score by another goal. The result of the game, therefore, was : Union, 11 points ; Dunedin, 3. Tho Union forwards certainly played with more combination than their opponents ; but the Dunedin backs worked like Trojans, with the exception of Taiaroa, who was certainly "off color." If any player be deserving of special mention it was Tattersall, who promises to make bold bid this season for interprovincial honors. Thomas, too, occasionally gave us a taste of his last year's form. The onlookers never encroached on the field of play—lheir conduct on Saturday nffording a marked contrast to what it used to bo on this ground a few seasons ago. The Alhambra md University First Fifteens met at Opoho on Saturday. Cook won tho toss for the 'Varsity, aud of course decided to play down hill. The 'Varsity had all the best of the first spell till nearly half-time, when the Alhambra got a good rush on, and Downes, from a pass from Restieanx, drew first, blood. Restieatix had no difficulty in kicking a goal. The University kicked off and made strenuous efforts to Bcore, but could not succeed, and half-time was called with the brill in tho Alha-nbra's twentyfive, Score: Alhambra 3, University nil. Shortly after the kick-off Baker cot a try between tho posts after a gnod run, Restieaux again kicking a goal. Tho 'Varsity then went to pieces and Dowr.es had an unsuccessful shot. M'Kenzie was next to score, but no goal resulted. The 'Varsity was forced down after a Beric3 of rushes by the opposing forwards. Downes then passed to Noel, who ran in from tho half-way flag, but his try was disallowed owing to his having goue out of bounds behind the posts. Shortly after Downes potted a doubtful goal, bringing the score up to 10 points to nil. The Alhambra forwards all played well, and their backs passed with precision. Of the 'Varsity forwards, Torrance, Fitchett, and Simmers were the best ; and of the backs Mendelsohn and Cook, who was a host in himself, were the most conspicuous. The game was played in a most friendly spirit, and there was an entire absence of wrangling The match Caversham First v. Pacific First was played on Tahuna Park last Saturday, and after an excellently contested game resulted in a win for Pacific by 6 points to 1. Pacific kicked off, and the ball being well returned play centred in neutral territory. Loose rushes by both teams were the order of the day, till King crossed the Caversham line, but lost the ball. During the remainder of the spell the game very fast, and ended with no score. Shortly I after the second spell started, from a long | pass by BrookfS, Summerill was enabled to ' score a try for Pacific. From a fair angle ! Sullivan kicked a goal. Caversham kicked ' off, and after some give-and-take play the Caveraham full-back m'ulle'd the ball, and J,
King, by good following up, scored a second try right between the posts. Sullivan again placed the desired goal. From the kick-off Caversham rushed the ball to the Pacific quarters, and from a loose scrum E. Biiggs scored ; the kick at goal being a failure. Time was shortly afterwards called, with the ball in Cavcrsham's twenty-five. For the Pacific, Summerill, King, and Brookes (backs), and Watson, Summerill, Sullivan, and Poulter (forwards) played well; while for Caversham, Southam played a good defensive game, being well assisted by Cunningham and Burke (backs), and Briggs (2), Hanning, and Bremner (forwards). Messrs Jack (Pacific) and Nind (Caversham) were umpires, and Mr Butlin oiliciated as referee. Tho match between the Pirates Second and Montecillo £>■ cond was won by the former by 11 points to nil. Tries were obtained by C. E. Morris (2), Howlison (2), and Fraser, and three were converted into goals by Hutchison. A correspondent writes :—" The Taieri v, Kaikorai match was played on the Taieri ground ou Saturday, in the presence of about 300 spectators. A large number of Kaikorai supporters came out to witness the match and give a word of encouragement to their team. The Taieri men were pleased to see them coming, but were simply astonished when they saw upwards of sixty of the Kaikorai contingent make a detour through some private property and rush the fences instead of entering in by the 'straight gate.' The Mosgiel people were also surprised to see football enthusiasts acting in such an ungentlemanly manner. It is but fair to add that about a dozen of those who scrambled through the fence, upon being remonstrated with, went to the gatekeeper and obtained tickets, but the majority kept their honor and their sixpences well down in their breeches pockets. From the kick-off the visitors worked the ball down into the Taieri twenty-five, and for ten or fifteen minutes things looked blue for Taieri: but as soon as the home team got warm they threw off their lethargy, and cleared their lines, taking tho ball right down to the Kaikorai corner flag and during the rest of the game the Taieri goal was never in danger, Taieri having a little the best of the game during the last thirty minutes of the first spell. In the second spell Taieri bad all the best of the game, and on several occasions narrowly missed scoring, the forwards on three occasions taking the ball over tho line by dribbling rushes, but losing it at the critical moment. Upon another occasion, while the Kaikorai were pinned in their twenty-five, Murdoch (for Taieri) got possession of the ball, and kicked across the ground to Oliver, who had a splendid chance of running in unobstructed, but missed the ball on the bound, and before ho could turn the ball went into touch. Taieri were forced down three times, twice during the first ten minutes and once in the second spell, each time from long kicks by the Kaikorai backs. When timo was called the ball was in the middle of the field, neither side having scored. Tho forwards on each side were pretty ovenly matched. Tho Taieri backs, however, surprised everyone by tho way they smothered the opposing backs, cutting off passes and tackling in grand style ; their clever kicking was also a feature of the game, Murdoch, Stevenson, Elder, and Scott being most noticeable. The Kaikorai backs fed each other well, their passing being very good ; but they were too well watched to be ever dangerous—in fact they rarely, if ever, got within their opponents twenty-fivo. Claffey kicked wall. _ The game was contested in the most friendly spirit, there being an entire absence of any wrangling or ill-feeling. Mr Park acted as referee, and discharged his duties with the greatest impartiality, giving eutiro satisfaction to all parties. About the end of the game M'lntyre, a Kaikorai halfback, came into collision with a Taieri forward's head, and received a slight cut over the eye. Ur Macpherson, however, put in a stitch, and sent him home nearly as good as he was when he came. Taieri Second played Kaikorai Second at Kaikorai, and this match also resulted in a draw, neither side scoring. Taieri were woak forward, but were well represented behind tho scrummage, and managed to keep their opponents at bay till timo was called." Owing to the crowded state of our columns wo are unable to furnish more than the results of the various matohes played on Saturday, whioh are as follows: ZingariRichmond v. High School: Former won by 14 points to nil —Montecillo v. Pirates : Former won by 9 points to nil.— United v. Bflmont, drawn, 3 points each.—Melrose (8 points) v. Roslyn (4).—British beat Carlton by G points to s.—Newington (two potted goals, obtained by A. Murray and P. M'Miilan) v. Heriot (a try by M'Donald, from which Hodgkins kicked a goal). A Wellington telegram states that tho championship heat between the Wellington and Athlotie Football Clubs resulted in a win for the Wellington Club by 4 points (a goal and a try) to 2 points. The Athletics had much the best of the game. An Auckland telegram states that the football season was oponcd on Saturday, the weather being unfavorable. Two senior cup matches were played at Pottor's paddock, when the Ponsonby Club boat Grafton by 7 points to 1 ; and Gordon was defeated by Selwyn by 4 points to nothing. A Melbourne cablegram states that tho football match on Saturday afternoon between St. Kilda and the Maori team resulted in a win for tho local players by six goals and seven behinds to one goal and six behinds. A Christchurch telegram says that the Senior Championship football matches were continued on Saturday. Aldington defeated a weak Merivale Fifteen by 3 points to 1, Canterbury College scored 12 points to Christchurch 7. Sydenham, after a hard game, beat East Christchurch by 6 points to 1. Seven ex-New Zoalanders played for the Victorian Rugby Union in the match against the Maoris in Melbourne—viz ,J. M'Clcary (late of the Union Club, Wellington), J. Russell (ex-member of tho Pirateß, Dunedin), E. Stohr (ex-Dunedin High School Club), J. Brown (an ex-Aueklandcr), A. Miller (an old Ofcago representative), Diamond (cx-Piratos), and Dench (exDunedin). ASSOCIATION. The Wakari v. Southern match was played on the Asylum Ground, and resulted in a win for the Wakari by two goals toon<\ Gibbs won the toss, and Grove kicked off for Wakari. The ball was well returned by Gibbs, and the Southern forwards rushed the ball down the field, and Leslie had an unsuccessful shot at goal. By some good passing tho Wakari transferred the play to tho Southern goal, where Pollock sent in a good shot, which, however, struck the bar. A few minutes later the same player secured the ball, and almost scored, the ball again striking tho bar. Tho Southern were now being hard pressed, and Smith (goalkeeper) was called on to save his charge, which ho did in fine style; the ball, however, struck one of his own men and went through the goal. Halftime was called soon after Score : Wakari one goal. Southern nil. On changing ends the game became very fast, each team doing i s utmost to score. After a few minutes' play M'Miilan, who was playing a fuo game for the Wakati, got possession of the ball, and travelling rapidly along the touch-line passed neatly to Anderson, who sent the leather between the posts. After this reverse the Southern forwards pulled themselves together, and quickly had the ball at the Wakari goal, where Smith scored through injudicious play on Grove's part. The game ended without further score. For the Wakari M'Miilan, Anderson, Pollock, Salmond, and Abbey played well; and for the Southern Gibbs, J. Laing, Smith, Carver, and D. Laing were most prominent. A match under the Association rules was played on Saturday between the Northern and Sawyers Bay Clubs, and from the interest taken in it this old game should not die in and around Dunedin. The forwards on each side seemed to be weaker than the backs, but, with more elean passing, should make a better stand. The result of this event was not decided till almost on the call of time, and then it ended in a draw—three goals each. Through the stand made by Moncrieff, Candlish, and Walker, the Northern goal was saved from many well-directed assaults from the Thistles' forwards, as they kept up continuous rushes at the home goal. Hunter, Smith, Duncan, Jamieson, and Ross scored for their respective oluba, but Morriß, Warden, Lambeth, and Maguey ! snowed Very fair to'im.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889
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