TAIERI v. MONTECILLO
This match waa played at Mosgiel on Saturday, and resulted, after a tight struggle, in a win for the Taieri by 3 points to nil. The respective teams were constituted as follow : Taieri.— Full-back, Scott; three-quarters—Elder, J. Allan, Oliver; halves—Murdoch, Stevenson; torwards—Allan (2), Anderson, Gibson (3), Davidson, Matheson, Mann. Montbcillo.— Full-back, Motley; three-quarters— Bolton, Hawke, Cooper; halves—Simpson, Harris ; forwards—Farquharson, Foster, Isaacs, Beck (2), M’Kinlay, Wells, U'Naugbton, Shepard. Isaacs won the toss, and Gibson kicked off, and by quick following up Taieri at once carried the ball into Montecillo territory, and the Reds were shortly afterwards forced down. After the kick-out play centred on the visitors’ side of the halfway flag, until Elder got the ball and made a shot at goal, which, however, went wide, but caused Montecillo to force. After the kick-out the ball was rushed into the visitors’ twenty-five, and from a throw out of touch the ball waa passed to Oliver, who dodged round a couple of men, and with bis left foot made a shot atgoal, landing a poster. The Montecillo, playing a determined game, shortly afterwards carried the ball nto the Taieri twenty-five for the first time, and tried hard to keep it there, hut the home team carried the ball back to their opponents’ line, where it went into touch near the corner flag, From the throw in, H. Allen got the ball and rushed over the line, gaining the first try for Taieri. Elder took the place kick—a difficult one—hut failed.
The second spell was very similar to the first, Taieri having the best of it all through, although the visitors played a plucky game, and did their best to equalise matters. Arthur Gibsen scored twice from dribbling rushes of the Taieri forwards, hut the place kicks were unsuccessful, doubtless owing to the greasy state of tho ball. The Taieri also had several shots at goal from marks, force-downs being the only result, and the game ended in favor of Taieri by three tries to nil.
For the visitors Isaacs, Farquharson, and Beck, of the forward division, were moat conspicuous, the first-named being especially good. Behind the scrum Cooper was decidedly the beet back, being very safe and gaining a lot of ground by splendid kicking. Morley and Simpson also did good work. For the winners, Anderson, H. Allan, A. Gibson, and Davidson were the most noticeable, although all the forwards worked well. Behind the scrum Murdoch was as usual in good form, while Elder also played well, taking the greasy ball very well.
ALHAMBRA v. DUNEDIN,
The above teams tried conclusions at the Caledonian Ground on Saturday, when a large number of spectators assembled, notwithstanding the execrable weather. Everyone present anticipated a good game, and in this connection no one was disappointed, but there were few present who expected the Alhambra to meet with a reverse at the hands of the Dark Blues. Shortly after three o’clock the following teams took up their respective positions ou the field :
Alhambra. Full-back, Foster; three-quarters Downes, Noel, Biker; halves—Crawford and 6. Resrieaux; forwards—Donaldson, Strong, Wel zal, M'Kenzis, Ternent, Murphy, Robertson, U'Laugblln, Johnson.
Dukems. Fu’l-hack, Mill; three-quarters —B. Fulton, Turnbull, King; halves—H. Fulton, Butterworth ; forwards—Carter, Driver, Hunter, Martin, Montgomery, Turton, Power, Sjnntog, Harvey. Umpires: Messrs R. Crawford (Alhambra) and J. F. Martin (Dunedin). Referee, Mr W. Wyinks.
Martin, winning the toss, elected to defend the southern goal, M'Laughlin kicked off, and for a time the play centred in neutral territory, then Crawford and Downes by clever tactics took it into the Dunedin ground. Carter, Hunter, Martin, and Sonnta g were not to put up with this, however, and a determined rush, in which they were the principals, took the ball again to the middle of the ground, Turnbull then proved of good service to his side, and carried the ball well into the Alhambra quarters. The forwards in the Reds were not any way daunted, and by excellent manoeuvres they carried the leather to the other end of the field, where Restieaux all but scored. Then the play became fast and exciting, and the players generally were on their mettle, and all were working like Trojans; but the slippery state of the ground was against them all, especially the heavier men. Noel got a chance at last, and made off. The state of the ground did not hinder him much, but Harvey collared him in the nick of time. The Reds’ goal was now threatened, and it was not long before King, obtaining the ball, neatly passed to fi. Fulton, who placed a goal capitally. Half-time was called shortly afterwards.
In the second spell good play by Butterworth, Power, Turton, Driver, Montgomery, and King took the ball to the Reds’ quarters. The latter making a splendid effort cleared their lines, and play became general for a time. Then once more the Alhambra’s quarters were invaded, and B. Pulton took a drop at goal from a mark, the ball appearing to drop fairly over the bar. The defending side was, however, given the benefit of the doubt, and no goal wa| counted. Good play by Downes, Crawford, Restieaux, Baker, and Weitzel took the ball to the Dunedin quarters, but Martin obtained possession near the halfway flag and made a good run to within a few yards of the Reds’ line, where he was pushed into touch. Throwing out quickly to Sonntag, that player made a quick dash and scored. The kick at goal was a failure. The Dunedin’s territory was now invaded, and Downes potted a neat goal. The Red forwards were now playing well together, but the defensive play of Martin, Turton, Power. Hunter, Sonnt ig, and Butterworth, aided by the backs, proved too good, and time was called, leaving the Dark Blues winners by a point. Scores; Dunedin, 4 points ; Alhambra, 3 points. The Alhambra played a hard game from start to finish, the forwards especially being always on the ball. The Dark Blues also played a slashing game right through Turnbull, Fulton (2), King, Mill, Martin, and Hunter being about the best. The forwards, however, seemed inclined to lag occasionally, and lacked combination at times, two matters which require immediate attention and prompt remedying.
A Wellington telegram states that in tbe match Poneke v. lydUngtem the Ponekes were the favorites, and won by 6 points (a goal from a try and three tries) to nil. The Athletic Football Club’s Half-mile Handicap was won by J. Mills (45yds), L, Otway (30yds) second. A Christchurch telegram states that tbe return match between Sydenham and East Christchurch ended in a draw, each having scored two tries. M'Lean scored for Sydenham, and Dow and Spring for East Christchurch. Tbe match Merivale v. Addington was won by Merivale by 6 points (three tries and one goal) to nil.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7953, 8 July 1889
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