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FOOTBALL.

ZINGARI-RICHMOND v. UNION,

This match was played on the Union Ground before a large number of spectators, who showed a commendable spirit in keeping on the right side of the chain and not rushing the field of play, as is too often the case. Contrary to the expectations of the “ knowing ones ” and footballers generally, the_ Zingari managed to win a fast and exciting game by 2 points to nil. Wright kicked off for the Union (maroon), and the hall being returned into touch by Wintrop (odors) play at once became fast and furious at the corner flag. Give-and-take play, chiefly confined to the forwards, ensued for some time. At last the Colors broke away from a scrum with a well- combined rush, and completely smothering the Maroon backs, enabled Procter to score first blood for the Zingari. The angle was too great to allow of the score being improved upon, Thomas kicked out, and the Maroons following up well, kept play in the Colors’ twenty-five for some time, until, from a neat pass, Porteous (Maroon) made a good but ineffectual shot at goal. Wintrop, with a good kick, sent the ball well up the field, and the strife once more raged in mid-field. The Maroons next got a free kick, and play was brought dangerously near the Colors’ line. Beadle (Union) now had decidedly hard luck ; he crossed the lice with the ball, but lest it when in the act of touching down. This seemed to rouse the Colors, and from

then till half time they kept the Maroons well on the defensive. The second spall was almost a repetition of the first, the forwards on both sides playing splendidly, and the backs kicking and collaring well. Ths loose combined rushes of the Colors seemed to completely nonplus the opposing forwards, and on many occasions it was only the good play of their backs that saved further scoring. The game was now very fast, the ball rapidly travelling from one end of the field to the other, A splendid piece of passing between Esquilant, Procter, and Campbell carried the hall into the Maroons’ twenty-five, when Wintrop, who was playing a grand game, made a fine pot at goal, the ball just going wide of the post. After the kick-out play was again brought into Maroon territory, and Rallingshaw (Colors) got over the line ; but, in the maul which ensued between him and Thomas, the ball was carried back into play. Porteous obtained the leather and punted into touch, and from the line-out Brodrick got possession, and, making a dashing run, scored the second point for the Colors. The try was not improved upon. Time was shortly after called, leaving the Zingari-Richmond victors of a well contested game. Where all the forwards played so well it would he invidious to particularise. Of the backs, the kicking and collaring of Wintrop, Broderick, M'Farlane, and Deaker (Colors), and Thomas and Davis (Maroons) called forth rounds of applause. Messrs T. Hunter and Smith wielded the umpires’ flags in a satisfactory manner, and Mr Mills made an efficient referee. MONTECILLO v. HIGH SCHOOL. The First Fifteens of the Montecillo and High School met on the Asylum Ground on Saturday j Shepard captained the Montecillo, and M'Brearty had the School team in hand. There was a slight drizzle throughout the afternoon, making both the ground and ball rather slippery. Shortly after three o’clock Shepard started the game with a good kick, nicely returned by Stephenson, and from the start it was seen that the School were going to give their opponentsseme trouble; foralthoogh the Montecillo had considerably the heavier team, yet tho School by the regularity with which they packed the scrums were often able t* come through. Throughoutthe first spell the game was very even, and the smartness of the School backs was seen to advantage, their dodgy runs and clever punting being much admired, and gained for their side considerable ground ; in fact, many of our senior teams might take a lesson from the School play, both forward and back. During the spell Montgomery had two shots at goal from marks, both of which went wide, and it seemed as if the spell would end without score, until the Reds rushed the ball into tho School twenty-five, and Cooper getting the leather dropped a neat goal with bit left foot from the midst of a cluster of forwards, the first spell ending with the score Montecillo 3 points, School nil, M'Brearty started the second spell; and the school playing well together rushed the ball to Montecillo territory, Owen had a fruitless pot, and at the same moment sustained a slight accident, which necessitated his retirement, his place being filled by Haig. After the kick-out the Reds warmed up. For the rest of the spell the collaring of the School was put to the test, until from a good pass by Cooper Thompson was enabled to score, J. Beck being as safe as usual with the kick. Shortly after Bolton made a nice run, and passed to Simpson, who scored. J. Beck was again equal to the occasion, although the kick was at a difficult angle. The School were now sticking to the defence with Spartan tenacity, and it seemed as if there would he no further score, but shortly before time Cooper obtained the oval and repeated his performance of the first spell, potting another goal. The time was now drawing on, and after some give-and-take play the second spell ended, with the score : Montecillo 12 points, School nil. Of the Montecillo backs, Cooper was certainly the hero, his kicking and collaring being admired by players and spectators alike, for besides the two potted goals to his credit he had two other shots, one from the halfway flag, neither of which went more than a foot outside the post. Of the other backs, Simpson and Thompson were about the best; andbothputinsomegoodwork. Among the forwards Isaacs, Farquharson, and the Beck brothers proved themselves typical forwards, but the efforts of the others—amongst whom Wells and M’Kinlay may be mentioned—must not be forgotten. The School backs are a sturdy lot, well up in all departments of the game. The halves Owen and Cran, played very consistently, and saved their side time after time. Of the other backs, Stephcnsonand Faulkner were perhaps the best. Of the forwards, Montgomery proved himself a tower of strength to his team, while M/Brearty, Mandl, Rundell, and Macdonald were seen to most advantage during the game. The game was most friendly, and enjoyed by all the players, but was marred by Owen’s unfortunate accident (which we are glad to learn is not of a serious nature, as at present the School can ill afford to lose such a plucky half). Tho officials—Messrs J. West and E. Webster, umpires, and Mr P. Wales, referee—gave every satisfaction. Three quarter. . TAIERI v. LAWRENCE,

This match took place at Lawrence on Saturday, and resulted in a win for the visitors by four tries to one. Lawrence kicked off and followed the ball up smartly; the Taieri full-back fumbled the ball, and then tried to kick, but the ball was charged down and rushed over the line, and Lawrence g--.hu d a try m ar the corner flag. -Ko goal resulted from the place kick. From the kick-off Taieri worked the ball into the home twenty - five, and were awarded a free kick right under the Lawrence goal-posts, but the shot at goal-went wide. Soon after this Stevenson, ran in near the goal-posts, and gained the first try for Taieri. The shot at goal was again a failure. Murdoch gained the next try for Taieri, and once again the place-kick was resultless. Upon changing ends Taieri at once assumed the aggressive, and Scott and Mann each secured tries, but the attempts at goal were of no avail. Taieri touched down upon three other occasions, but the ball was called back. They also lost several good chances of scoring through kicking too hard. The Lawrence team arc a fast lot, but they lack combination and require a bit more practice against outside teams, when they should render a very good account of themselves. Hart was about the best of the forwards ; and Thomson played well behind the scrum, running and tackling well, and kicking very well, although playing in “stocking soles.’ 1 Taieri hardly played up to their best form, the excellent dinner provided by their hosts, and of which they partook immediately before the match, evidently militating against them. OTHER MATCHES. The Caversham First met the Taieri Second at Mosgiel on Saturday, and defeated

them by one goal to nit, Soon after the kiok-off the Cavershatn rushed their opponents into their twenty-five, and for a time looked like scoring ; but the Taieri forwards woke up, and by good rushes cleared their Hues. In the second spell the Cavershnm had the best of the game, and forced the Taieri down repeatedly ; and the Taieri fullback laying on the ball in front of the posts, a free kick was awarded to the Caversluun, from which G. Hanning placed a neat goal. Ogilvie, Davidson, Campbell (forwards), Oliver, and Srneaton (backs) of the Taieri, and Jefferson, Hanning, 0. Briggs (forwards), Stevenson, Cunningham (backs) of theCaversham were the pick of the players.— In the match Heriotv. White Star the former won by three goals and one try to a disputed goal. —United v. High street School rcsu'tcd in a win for the former by 0 points to I. The Kaikorai Second Fifteen journeyed to I’almerston on Saturday, where they met and defeated the Palmerston First Fifteen, after a very tough game, by 4 points to 2. Union Second defeated Zinguri-Rithmoml Second by 4 points to I.—Alhambra Third y. Pirates Third, played on the Asylum Ground, resulted in a win for Alhambra by one goal and three tries (6 point?) to nil.— Belmont Second v. Southern was won hy Belmcnt by 7 points to 1 point.—Union Third v. Pacific Second, played at Taliuna Park, resulted in a win for the former by 3 points to 2,—Fort Chalmers v. Montecillo Secor d was not played The Montecillo failed to put in an appearance, thus forfeiting (ho match. The University Club suffered a severe defeat ut the hands of the Dunedin Club, the score being—Dunedin 16 points, University 3 points. The Alhambra defeated the Pirates on Saturday by 5 points to 4.

Wakari met the Northern Club on tho Wakari Ground, and won the match by fair goals to nil. The game was very fast, and for seme time neither side had much advantage, until Pollock rushed the ball down the field and passed to M'Millan, who, receiving it on his head, guided it through the posts. Play was very even for some time afterwards, but Wakari made another rush, and Pollock negotiated a goal. The Northerners tried hard to retrieve their position, but without avail, and M'Millan again sent the hall between tho posts before half-time was e vlled. The Northerners had no better luck on changing ends, and M'Millan for the third time scored a goal against them. The game, after some very good play on both sides, ended without further score. For the Northern Munro, Forsyth, Duncan, CandHah, and Lambeth played well. The Wakari team all played a very good game. The Kaikorai Second journeyed to Palmerston on Saturday and defeated the local team by 4 points to 2. Palmerston kicking off, the ball was well returned by Rae. Smne give-and-take play now ensued, until Elliott getting the ball passed neatly to Thompson, who dropped a beautiful goal. Tho Palmerston now warmed up, and Kitchen getting the ball ran across and scored. Tho kick was not enhanced, an 1 shortly after the whistle sounded halftime. On resuming play a little long kicking was indulged by the opposing backs until Wingfield, getting the ball from the throw in, put in a splendid dribble. Elliott got the ball, and passing to Rae, enabled that player to put in a serviceable run before he was shunted into touch. From a beautiful pass Thompson got the ball, and running round the Palmerston backs, scored for the Kaikorai, The score was not improved, as it was from a difficult angle. Tho Palmerston forwards getting the ball at their toes carried it down to the Kaikoru’s territory, and Kitchen kicking bard followed up well and scored again for the Palmerston. The whistle sounded shortly after. For the Kaikorai Thompson, Elliott, and Hac (backs), and for the Palmerston Kitchen, Ross, M'Leod, Scott, and Aitcheson played well. No doubt Thompson helped the Kaikorai a great deal, hut it is only fair to add that one of tho Kaikorai bucks has not played for three years. After the match the visitors were entertained at dinner at the Palmerston Hotel, and returned to town by the express. Messrs Porte ous, Goodwin, and Russell were tho officials.

An Auckland telegram states that in the Cup football matches Gordon Club beat I’orsonby by fi points to nil. In tho senior football matches at Wellington the Punches met the Rivals at Newtown, and, after having all the best of the game, won by 9 points (three goals) to nil. The Melrose played Epuni at tho Hutt, and won by 7 points to nil. Tho matches for the senior championship at Christchurch were continued on Saturday in wet weather, Sydenham beat Canterbury College by a try to nil—a, very lucky score. Addington and Christchurch played a draw, each securing a try. East Christchurch, after having considerably the best of a game with Merivale, won by a goal to nil. ASSOCIATION. Tho match Southern v. Thistle, played at Sawj ers Bay, resulted in a draw, each team scoring one goal. Gibbs won the toss, and Ross set the leather in motion. Neither side had much advantage for some time, until owing to good passing on the part of the Southern forwards, W. Carver scored by an easy shot. There was no further score in the first spell. On changing ends the tamo became much faster, the Thistle right-wing forwards got on some good dribbling rushes, which were always stopped by Gibbs, who played a very safe game at back. Towards the end of the game the ball was kicked into touch near the Southern goal, and on being thrown in it passed between the posts without touching anyone. The Thistle claimed a goal, which, to the surprise of tho Southern, was allowed by the umpire, although in direct contravention of rule No. 4. After a few minutes’ further play the whistle was blown. For tho Thistle, the following played wellßoss (captain), J. Morris, W. Crawford, J. Crawford, while \V. Morris (in goal) stopped some difficult shots. For the Southern, besides those already mentioned, A. Carver and Nicolson played well.

Complaints have reached us regarding the conduct of certain onlookers at one of the principal senior matches on Saturday. It is alleged that sundry “barrackers” did not content themselves with hooting—which is itself deserving of the severest condemnation—hut actually threw mud as well. This sort of conduct at football matches should be put down with an iron hand by the Rugby Union, as it tends to bring the game into disrepute, and transform meetings between prominent clubs into little else than a disorderly combat. We hope that there will be no reason for further complaints regarding this matter, and that the game will in future be played and viewed as a legitimate sport.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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