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A gentleman in Nelson, whose son is an ardent footballer, does not spend a shilling at tho gate to witness any match in which his son is playing, but invests it in an insurance policy for the day on the life of the youth. A Sydney sporting contemporary says : *' All Irishmen have a great lovo for steeplechasers—even the clergy are not free from this, and many of the priesthood dearly love a jumping horse ; at least Father Cassidy, of New Plymouth (New Zealand), does. Some time ago the steamer Hawoa was wrecked, and on board was the Great Northern Steeplechaso winner Allegro (owned by Father Cassidy), which, in swimming from the wreck, was drowned. Tho rev. father, however, had the animal skinned, and with it covered a suito of furniture. She was a golden chestnut, and the skin thus makes a handsome covering.

ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL. The exhibition match played at the .Northern Club's ground on Saturday was a very even one, and the play was the best yet seen in Dunedin, being very fast and exciting. The teams were pirked from the four clubs playing in Dunedin, and were captained by Moncricff (Blues) and Gibbs (Colors). Moncrieff having won the toss, chose to defend the north goal, and A. Carver kicked off for the Colors. At first the Blues seemed to bo by far the best team, Pollock and G. M'Millan doing sonio splendid dribbling and long passing, while Moncrieff at half back was quit 3 impassable. So furiously did they attack their opponents' goal, that within the first quarter of an hour they had scored twice. These reverses put the Colors on their mettle, and they played with renewed vigor, Clelland and Gardner, right and left wing forwards, being particularly conspicuous, working the ball up the field time after time, only to be repulsed by Grove at full back or Grigg in goal. At last Clelland passed right across tho field to Gardner, who failing to find an opening centred to P. Ross, who sent it through with such forco aa to break Grigg's defenco. After the kick off the same thing was repeated; tho goal-keeper being too hard pressed to take a drop-kick, fisted out the ball, and Clelland receiving it on his head, guided it between the posts, thus scoring tho second goal for tho Colors. At half-time tho score Btood 2 all; but while tho Colors were nil quito fresh, two of the Blues' forwards were quite pumped. The backs continued their splendid defenco, and repeatedly frustrated tho attempt* of Clelland, Gardner, and Kobs to score. Once ti very hot shot from Gardner ran along tho top of the cross-bar, and fell on tho wrong side harmless; and on two occasions the goal-keeper had to list it over tho bar to save his charge. The corners thus gained to tho Colors were not improved upon, and it was only after repeated repulses that the Colors again scored; and this timo it was through the assistance of Warden (Blue), who accidentally kicked the ball through his side's goal. At call of time the ecore stood : Colors, three goals; Blues, two. Besides those mentioned, Gibbs, at full-back, was a tower of strength to his side (only on one occasion did un opposing forward, M'Millan, get right past), and his kicking strong and well-judged. Salracnd (half back) played better th&a ever

we have seen him play before. Moncrieff was 1 hot at his best, but all tho saftie his play was something worth going to see, his tackling being a feature of tho game. The Carvers, Morris, Jamieson, and Lang also played well. Mr A. H. Buchanan, as sole umpire, gave perfect satisfaction. It is intended to hold an exhibition match every month, and lovers of the game can depend on seeing good play.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 7950, 4 July 1889

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