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FOOTBALL.

TAIKRI v. ALHAMBRA.

Owing to the Railway Department despatching an extra passenger train to Mosgiel on Saturday, the above match—the first meeting of the two clubs this season—was witnessed by a large number of Dunedin folk, and the supporters of the Taieri Club attending in goodly numbers, the ground preparatory to the match being con menced presented quite an animated appearance. The gentler sox were also well represented, the lady supporters of the local team adding in no small measure to the crowd. Before the Alhambra took the field a pleasing function took place in the pnvillion room, when the Misses Stone presented the team with a handsome Hag of the club’s colors, the gift of Mr Stone. Mr Maclaughlln, captain of the Alhambra, suitably responded, and called for three cheers for the donor, which were lustily given. The teams, constituted respectively as follows, then lined out:— Taikri (Red and B'ue).—Full, Scott; three-quarters —K der, Oliver, J. Allan; halves Stevenson and Murdoch ; forwards—A. Gibson, J. Allan, W. Gibs in, Eimond, Mann, W. Gibson, Jun., Davidson, 11. Allan, Matheson. Ai.hamkba (Co’or).—Pull, Foster; three-quarters —Koel, Downes, Biker; halvi 9 -Crawford and 0. lUsiieaux ; forwards—St rone, WeTzel, Donaldson, Maolauahlin. Ternent, C. Restieaux, M'Kenzh, Johnson, Robcitson.

Umpires: Uesais James Praia (Taieri) and R. E. Morrison (Alhambra), Referee; Mr J. 11. Chapman.

Maelanghlin winning the toss, be of oonrse elected to play with the wind, which was blowing diagonally across tho field. Gibson kicked off, and his forwards, preventing a proper return, immediately carried the ball up to Alhambra’s twenty-fives, where tho first scrum was formed. Shortly afterwards Murdoch kicked into touch. The Alhambra forwards lining out well, the ball was sent to G. Restieaux, who was rushed, but managed to give the pass well out to Baker, who made a dashing run up the field, fending splendidly, and travelling extremely well. fie was grassed by Elder, and after the scrum worked loose the ball was passed to Downes, who made a good attempt at potting, the ball going about a yard from the post. After the kiok-out Oliver, Scott, and Murdoch, and Restieaux, Downes, and Poster exchanged kicks, no advantage being gained by either side. Davidson, J. Allan, and W, Gibson ultimately rushed the ball, and got on a dribble which looked promising, but Downes speculated, and the wind carried the ball into touch near the halfflag. After the line-out, fierce forward play ensued near the line, in which the Gibson and Allan combination for the Taieri, and Maclaughlin, Strong, Ternent, Weitzel for the Alhambra, were most conspicuous. The visitors in one instance were evidently bent on screwing a tight scrum, when the Taieri forwards, seemingly aware of tho llttlo game meditated by their opponents, carried the ball to the right, while the Alhambra forwards broke through on the left—without the ball, however. Baker now showed up conspicuously with a deservedly applauded feinting run, winding up with a splendid kick, which he was following well up when the referee’s whistle blew, and the player at once stopped. There was no infringement of the rules, however, the referee evidently being mistaken, to which he ultimately confessed, and ordered a scrum at the place where the ball bounced. Oliver then came dangerously near the visitors’ goal-line, but Foster charged him and grassed him beautifully before he could pass to Murdoch, who had backed up well, and was waiting for the ball. The Alhambra worked the ball loose, and relying on their speediness, came down the field with a passing dribble, but the ball was only taken to tho half-way flag. Murdoch and Stevenson then put in good work for Taieri, while Elder also was prominent for a short time; Noel, Downes, and Baker, the Alhambra three-quarters, being kept hard at work, which they never shirked, hut rather courted. At last Crawford passed to Baker, and that player, after gaining some ground, passed to Noel, who got across the line amidst loud applause. The ball was brought back into play however, the referee upholding tho appeal made that tho ball had been held prior to Noel obtaining possession. Play was of a fluctuating nature until near halftime, when a vigorous onslaught by tho Alhambra on the Taieri’s well guarded goallino was answered by a good dribbling rush, which centred play, and the spell shortly afterwards ended.

The second spell opened with an exchange of kicks between the backs, after which Foster placed his side in jeopardy by running instead of kicking, being collared after travelling only a few yards. Several of the local players attempted to secure marks, in every instance being frustrated in consequence of tho speediness shown by the Alhambra forwards. Stevenson then put in some serviceable work, and would have troubled the Alhambra backs more had he teen backed up well. C. Restieaux, Maolaughlin, and Ternent now headed a pretty rush, which was nipped in the bud mainly by the alacrity of Murdoch and the coolness of Scott. Directly the scrum was formed Crawford attempted to pass the ball (which

had been heeled out) to Noel, but the Taieri halves were round the serum in a twinkling, and the ball being put down by Crawford it was rushed to the visitors’ territory,' where strenuous endeavors to score were made, but were rendered futile by the combined defensive play of the opposing backs. Restieaux, accompanied by Baker and Downes, intercepted a quick pass by the Taieri skipper, and danger was averted. Gibson and .T. Allan, however, retaliated immediately afterwards, bringing the leather again into dangerous proximity to the Alhambra goalline, near which play raged fiercely for some considerable time. The ball was eventually taken over the line, but Noel was on the man like a shot, and would have mauled the ball had not the players rolled into touch-in-goal. The Taieri backs passed extremely well at this stage of the game, and were well backed up by the forwards, who were making the game very fast. At last a mark was obtained a few yards inside the twentyfive flag, and expectations ran high amongst the Taieri supporters as they saw the careful preparations being made for a placekick. Elder took the kick, and land- d a good goal amidst applause. Score ; Taieri, 3 points; Alhambra, nil. for some time the play of the latter lacked dash, the reverse encountered doubtless accounting for that, but they livened up subsequently, and worked like Trojans to score, which they could not do, however, Murdoch for the Taieri, and Noel for the Alhambra, made some slashing runs; and it struck me that there was a noticeable similarity in their style of play, A couple of good dribbling rushes by the Taieri forwards resulted in force-downs being recorded against the Alhambra, who, however, gamely responded to the call of their skipper, but could not carry out their wish to score. Play of a vacillating nature ensued until call of time, leaving the Taieri victors of a well-contested game By 3 points to nil.

There were one or two unimportant disputes, which were quickly and amicably settled, not the slightest bad feeling being manifested. Luck was about equally divided, although I have no doubt that there were many present who considered that the try obtained by Noel was a perfectly fair one. Speaking for myself, I never saw the ball held when the passing commenced, but the referee was more advantageously placed than the onlookers, and should be better able to form an opinion upon the matter. I understand, however, that an appeal will be made to the Rugby Union by the Alhambra. As to the match itself, every player worked hard for his respective side, and a fast and enjoyable game was the result. SORPM.

KAIKORAI v. MONTECILLO

The above match was played on the KaiIcorai Ground in the presence of a large number of onlookers. Considerable interest was manifested in the match, and at times excitement ran very high. The strong wind which was blowing across the ground interfered somewhat with the passing, and it was at first anticipated that the game would be a forward one, which, however, was not the case. The following were the teams

Kaikorai. Full, C. Davie; three-quarters —J. Davie, CUffey. W. Thompson; halves-D. Thompson, M'lntyre; forwards—Torrance, Whalen, A. Millar, Ballootyne, Armlt, Jones, W. Millar, Duncan, M'Artbur.

Moktecillo. Full, M‘Crotie ; three-quarters Morley, Hawke, Bolton ; halves—Simpson, Cooper; forwards—Foster, Isaacs, Book (2), Farquborion, Patton, Thomas, Wells, M'Naughton.

Torrance captained the Kaikorai, while Isaacs did similar duty for his team. The former winning the toss, he elected to play down hill. After the kick-oil' Montecillo were penned in their twenty-fives, and the Kaikorai backs made game attempts to score, but their endeavors proved resultless, Tho Montecillo forwards then rallied, and playing well together and headed by Isaacs, M'Naughton, and Beck, made a grand dribbling rush up the field. There the backs exchanged kicks, after which Montecillo made a game attempt to score, and had the Kaikorai penned on their line for some considerable time. Simpson (Montecillo) and Thompson (Kaikorai) played splendidly at this stage, the latter doing an immense amount of work for his side; while the former’s quick dodgy runs proved very serviceable, Claffey then obtained possession of the leather, and made a rattling kick down the field, and the Kaikorai forwards following up well the visitors were again placed on the defensive, Torrance, Millar, and Whalen made strenuous attempts to score for the Kaikorai, but the good collaring of Cooper and Morley kept them at bay The Montecillc again cleared their lines by a well-organised dribbling rush, but J). Thompson made a splendid hick, and play again approached the visitors’ line, Duncan and Millar, who had both been playing a good game, then carried the ball across the line, the former player thus being enabled to score. Torrance took the kick, and C’ ;d a good goal. The Montecillo worked to equalise matters, but could not do so, and half-time was called with no addition being made in the score, and the ball being in the Montecillo's territory. In the second spell it was thought that the Montecillo, playing down hill, would make a good fight for and perhaps obtain victory; but the Kaikorai played a superior game to their opponents, and quite outshone them in the loose play. Indeed, the Kaikorai played a much better game in the second than in the first spell, Simpson and Cooper did an immense amount of work for the Montecillo, their long punts and drops into touch being first-class, while the rest of the backs did not shirk the work which came to them, although they were kept bard at it defending their lines. From a smart heel-out M'lntyre obtained possession of the oval, and secured the second try for the Kaikorai after a smart run, Torrance took the kick, and was again successful, thus making the Kaikorai 6 points to the good. The play which ensued was chiefly of a give-and-take description, although the visitors struggled hard to register a scare. At the call of time the score thus stoodKaikorai, G points; Montecillo, n\L The game was a thoroughly enjoyable one, aud waa quite free from disputes of any' kind. Those players who showed np conspicuously during the progress of the game were Duncan, Miliar (2), Thompson, Armit, M'lntyre, and Ballantyno for the Kaikorai; and Simpson, Cooper, Isaacs, and C. Beck for the Montecillo.. Messrs A. Wedderspoin and A, Shepherd were umpires for Kaikorai and Montecillo respectively, while MrJ. Mardhbanks officiated{as"referee, and the decisions of these officials were accepted without a murmur by the players.

THE MAORI TEAM IN SYDNEY. [By Electric Telegraph— CopyßioHT.j [Pep Pbess Association,]

SYDNEY, Jp’E 15. Warbrick’s team played New South Wales to-day under the Rugby rules. Beautiful weather was experienced, and it is estimated that fully 10,000 persons were present to watch the match. The local footballers have greatly improved since the visit of the English team brought out by Lilywhite and Shrewsbury, and although they suffered defeat at the hands of the Maori team they fought stubbornly throughout both spells. No sooner had the game commenced than the visitors rushed the ball into the local twenty-five, and within one minute from tbo kick-off Madigan was over the line with the ball, thus scoring first blood for New Zealand. Ellison was entrusted with the kick at goal, but failed to convert it. After some few minutes of uninteresting play, Taiaroa broke through the opposing forwards,’ and after a dashing run made a clever pass to Eliott, who got in. P. Warbrick was given the kick, but failed to increase the score. The local team then woke up, and by a series of rushes carried the leather into the New Zealand twenty-five, and after several scrums Gee fell over the line, scoring the first try for New South Wales. Colquhoun converted this into a goal. Score—New South Wales, 5 ; New Zealand, G. In the second spell Keogh, the well-known three-quarter-back of Otago, made several dashing runs, almost to the goal line, but the splendid defensive play of the opponents prevented him scoring. The local team were playing splendidjy at this time, and the ball being passed to Hanley, be had a shot at goal, the leather going over the bar. New South Wales 9 points, New Zealand 6. From this out New Zealand had the best of the game, both Ellison and Keogh securing tries, Ellison failing to convert either. The Maori team thus won by 12 points (four tries] to 9

points (a goal from a try and a potted goal). [Note.—-Under scoring points as observed in New Zealand, the New South Wales team would have won by 6 points to 4.) THE SEDDON MEMORIAL. The Sodden memorial movement has come to a fitting termination. A beautiful monument has been erected over poor Bob Seddon’s mouldering remains, and a tablet erected in St. Paul’s Church, Maitland, To make room for the erection of the stone an additional 3ft of ground was wanted one way, and this has been acquired. The stone is described as follows by the‘Mercury’:—Prom a pedestal about 3ft square of white Sicilian marble rises a marble column broken, as emblematic of a shortened life. Bound to the column is a rustic cross, about the arms of which is wreathed a circlet of flowers. This is significant of faith. The monument will be set upon a hluestone block 4ft square, and the whole will stand on a stone covering to the vault, about 16ft by 6ft, which will be enclosed by a dwarf stone wall, earmounted by a handsome Gothic oast iron railing. The height of the monument from the ground is about lift, and its design and handsome proportions will make Ik a very conspicuous object. Over one of the faces of the pedestal bangs an unrolled scroll, upon which it is purposed to have engraved the following inscription : IN MSJJOHY of ROBERT L. SEDDON (Captain of the EnslUb Football Team), Drowned in the River Hunter, at West Maitland, August 16,1888. Aokd 28 Ybarb. This Monument Is erected by Sympathising Friends.

By kindly bands thy bumble grave adorned. By strangers honored and by strangers mourned

The tablet in the church bears, besides the above:— Death took him in the morning ot his days. Or ere be reached the goal.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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