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FOOTBALL.

KAIKORAI v. ALHAMBRA. The large number of spectators who assembled at the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday in anticipation of witnessing a hard fight between the above-named clubs were not disappointed, the game being about the best of the season, and having the advantage of being played under the most favorable circumstances so far as the weather was concerned. From a spectator's point of view the match had an unsatisfactory termination, inasmuch as neither side asserted their superiority, the game ending in a draw —a potted goal to a goal kicked from a try. However, the match resulted satisfactorily to the members and supporters of the Kaikorai team, because it leaves the latter again premiers of Otago, although, like last year, the matches played during the season have not been so numerous as one would like. Should the members of the Taieri Club—which occupies second position, with one defeat, registered by the Dunedin Club—make application to the O.R.F.U. for that body to arrange a match between their team and the town club, I am given to understand that the members of the latter would be quite willing to meet their opponents on a neutral ground. Should the match take place, and the Taieri defeat the Kaikorai by more than one point—by which the former were beaten in the match against Dunedin —the Mosgiel footballers would occupy premier position, the Kaikorai would be placed second, and the Alhambra third. With the knowledge, therefore, that the result of Saturday's match would—unless an appeal was made to the Union by the Taieri Club for an extra match to be arranged decide the question as to the premier position, it was not surprising to find that the respective match committees placed the strongest available combinations in the field. At the last moment, however, an alteration was made in the Kaikorai team, Wingfield taking Ballantyne's place among the forwards. Douglas won the toss and Restieaux set the ball rolling, and by fast following up the Alhambra men smothered the return, and a scrum was formed in the Kaikorai's (Blue) territory. The scrum being worked loose, Noel snapped up the leather, but was shoved into touch. Ternent took the ball well from the throw-in, but was quickly surrounded, and more scrummaging ensued, the forwards simply tiring themselves by shoving furiously against one another when a little "screw" would have obtained a material advantage. Crawford, the Alhambra half, picked up the ball from a heel-out, gained & few yards by dodging the opposing forwards, and wound up with a serviceable punt. As C. Davie attempted to make a suitable return Noel sprinted hard towards him, and disconcerted the Kaikorai fullback so much that his kick was spoilt, and his team placed on the defensive. Douglas broke through a scrum which Alhambra Bb.ould.have worked to the left, and, heading a good rush to mid-field, averted the danger. Simultaneously with the stoppage of the rush by Baker and Downes, J. Davie suddenly left forwards and backs, and, careering down the field, ran across the line and round behind the goal posts, where he touched down as Noel rushed up. W. Thompson was entrusted with the kick, which he took close up and standing, and proved himself worthy of confidence, placing a goal amidst loud cheering. After the kick-out some good and effective passing was indulged in by the Kaikorai three-quarters, resulting in some fierce scrummaging in Alhambra's twenty-five, ending by \V. Thompson having a pot at goal, which however went wide. The Alhambra forwards played a splendid game at this stage, and kept the ball well up into the Blues' quarters. A free kick obtained by Alhambra resulted in their opponents forcing down, but from the kickout by J. Davie the ball was speedily rushed into the Blues' territory again. Gradually play shifted to the half-flag, and here some pretty passing ensued. Downes passed to Noel, who threw the ball to Crawford, the latter following up splendidly. Crawford then transferred the leather to Downes, who made a praiseworthy attempt at goal but failed. Good play was then shown by the Thompson brothers, Claffey, and J. Davie (Kaikorai), Crawford, Noel, and Downes (Alhambra), and Noel being well collared a scrum was formed, and as usual worked loose. Crawford, although surrounded by opponents, obtained possession of the leather and potted a splendid goal, the excitement at this stage running very high. Score: Alhambra, 3 points; Kaikorai, 3 points. Play of an unimportant description ensued until Noel got away and made a splendid run; but he was called back owing to the ball being passed forward. Some of those present, more excitable than the majority, indulged in frantic yells and hoots, but speedily calmed down as the game progressed. From this until the end of the spell play of a fluctuating

nature ensued, Kaikorai now attacking the Alhambra's line> and immediately afterw irds being forced to defend their own goal. D >dgy runs by the respective backs, long and wearisomo scrums, relieved by short passes, continued to the call of half-time, and it would be unfair to say that one side had the best of the spell, for a more even game I have never witnessed. Once, however, I thought Kaikorai looked particularly dangerous, but J. Davie, attempting to pass aa he was charged, threw the ball forward, and the Alhambra forwards, realising their dangei, fiercely rushed the ball to a safer distance.

Torrance started the second tpjll, and for the first ten" minutes the fastest play of the season ensued, ouch and everyone makiDg almost superhuman efforts to increase the Score. Alhabibra were gradually being placed on the defensive, when M'Laughlin, Ternent, Wcitzel, and M'Kenzie—a formidable quartet of forwards—broke away, and carried the ball into neutral territory by a pretty dribbling rush. Then 0. Crawford took up the running, and gained some gfound by punting into touch. Then the Keds' forward division again played a scientific combined game, taking the leather well into the Blues' quarters, but Claffey, W. Thompson, and C. Davie prevented any score being recorded, and the second mentioned player, with his colleagues close up, inantlcipationof a pass, made a short t iough serviceable run, winding up with a kick into touch. Djwnes, Crawford, Noel (Alhambra), Duncan, W. and D. Thompson aad J. Davie (Kaikorai) showed up conspicuously, and after an exchange of kicks the Alhambra centre three-quarter had another attempt at goal, but was again unsuccessful. Then Kaikorai began to attack the Alhambra's line, and strenuous endeavors to score were made by the backs, especially the three-quarters, but the good defensive play of the Reds effectually stopped any attempt to pot or gain a try. Thus the game proceeded until call of time, tLe Kaikorai defending their lines one minute, and the next attacking the Alhambra's line. No BJore was, however, recorded, and the match tius ended in a draw, each side scoring 3 points. The game, as I have said, was remarkably even, while there was an entire absence of that "bullooking" play, which consists mainly of kicking anything but the ball, ripping garments, and maiming troublesome opponents. The forwards on both sides worked vigorously, and it was owing to their fast following np and quick packing that the scores were not raise i. There was not enough dribbling, although the Alhambra improved considerably in this connection during the second spell. Then there was a tendency to prolong tight scrums to an unnecessary length of time, instead of heeling out or screwing, as the circumstances of the situation demanded. What mortal good is there in shoving straight ahead when, with the guiding voice of the halves behind you, a heal-out or a screw can terminate the scrum ? The backs on both sides played excellently, and at times indulged in some brilliant passing, while the tackling also was good. Of the winners the most conspicuous were the Thompson brothers, Claffey, J. Davie (backs), Douglas, Duncan, Whalen, M'Arthur, and Millar (forwards). The three-quarters especially deserve mention, for they worked hard from start to finish. The pick of the Alhambra team were Noel, Downes, Crawford (backs), Strong, M'Laughlin.Ternent, and Weitzel (forwards). The ground was in splendid condition, and reflected the greatest credit on the caretaker, considering that a football match had just terminated when the Alhambra and Kaikorai teams occupied the field. Messrs A. Wedderspoon (Kaikorai) and A. Y. Smith (Alhambra) umpired, while Mr E, E. Morrison's decisions as referee were never questioned. Scrum.

DUNE DINT v. UNION. As is always the case when these clubs mßet to try conclusions, a large number of spectators assembled at the Caledonian Ground to witness the game. Porteous set the leather in motion, and the Dunedin backs hesitating, a scrum was formed at the twenty-five flag. After an exchange of kicks, the ball was well returned into the Blues' quarters, where the Maroons kept up a determined attack, but all to no purpose, thair halves appearing too slow at passing out when they had the opportunity. A capital rush of the Blue forwards carried the ball to the half-flag, and some good passing on the part of their backs enabled them to get still nearer to their opponents' lines. Theball was now kicked well down the field, and Turnbull, obtaining the return beyond the twenty-five flag, had a shot at goal, the ball striking the cross-bar and bounding over. From the kick-off the Maroon forwards carried the ball over the line, and H. Thomas scored. The try at goal proved fruitless. Dunedin, following up the kickout, penned their adversaries, and Stepheneon, heading a rush, kicked the ball past the fall-back and scored. The try was disallowed, the ball having been knocked on. From a mark at his own twenty-five Thomas panted over the heads of the opposing forwards, and following up obtained the ball, running to beyond their twenty-five, and' eluding the forwarda and backs in fine style. Fulton punted well down the field, and Beadle obtaining the ball careered off at high speed, but Mill intercepted him about ten yardß from the line. Half-time was now called, the score being—Dunedin, 3 points ; Union, 1 point. Determined to equalise matters, the Union were not long before they again had the Blues on the defensive, and the ball being passed out to Beadle he dropped a magnificent goal amid loud applause. The Union then obtained a free kick between the twenty-five and half flags, from which Porteous placed a clean goal. Nothing of great interest occurred during the remainder of the spell, the whistle sounding time with the score—Union, 7 points; Dunedin, 3 points. The game was principally a forward one. Of the back division Turnbull, B. Fulton, Thomas, Beadle, and Davis were the most conspicuous. The Union forwards one and all played a good game from start to finish. Of the Dunedin forwards Carter, Driver, and Turton were the best. MONTECILLO v. UNIVERSITY. The above teams met at Montecillo on Saturday. Cook winning the toss, elected to defend the northern goal. For the first twenty minutes the Reds (Montecillo) came away with a great rush, and made matters warm for their opponents, However, the Blues (University) stuck to their work, and Watt by a good run enabled Menzies to score behind the posts. Lovegrove failed to convert the try into a goal. Soon after the kick-out Watt again got on a good dribble, enabling M'llroy to score. No goal resulted. Isaacs kicked out, and soon afterwards the Blues got on a rush, and Menzies following up ran in. Mendelsohn converted this try into a goal. With 5 points against them, the Montecillo again kicked off, but the Blues • were soon on their lines, and Cook passing to Lovegrove enabled the latter to drop a neat goal. In the second spell the Montecillo played well together and penned the Blues down in the well-known corner, when Hawke took a shot at goal, which went wide of the mark, but Simpson darted in and secured a try. No goal resulted. After the kiek-out the game was a series of rushes up and down the field, and no further score was made, the game thus ending in a win for the University by 8 points to 1. For the University, Watt was moßt conspicuous among the forwards, and Patterson, Reid, and Mendelsohn among the backs. For the Montecillo, Isaacs played a good game, Foster backing him up in capital style, while Morley and Harris showed up best among the backs. TAIERI v. ZINGARI-RICHMOND. This match, played at Mosgiel, resulted in a win for the Taieri by 3 points to nil. After the kick-off Taieri for a while had the beat of the game, twice rushing the ball over the line. From the first rush a maul ensued, which was broken up by mutual consent and a scram formed on the goal-line. At the second attempt A. Gibson fell on the ball, but lost it before making it quite dead, and the Yellows forced down. From this point to half-time Zingari had the best of the game, keeping the ball well in their opponents' territory, where Winthrop had a shot at goal whioh went very near the ' posts, but a force-down was the only result,

In the second apell things were more even, and towards the end of the spell the Taieri men made determined efforts to score. Matheßon, by a good rush from the twentyfive, got in and touched down, but as he went into touch on his journey the ball was called back. Murdoch, then got a mark, and Oliver made a very good attempt with the place - kick; no goal, however, resulted. Shortly after this, Davidson carried the ball_ to within a dozen yards of the bellows'line, where he passed to Harry Allan, _ who dashed across the lino, carrying the Zingari full-back with him, and scored near the posts. VV. Gibson successfully negotiated the place-kick, and the game stood: Taieri, 3; Zingari, nil. Encouraged bysuccess, the Taieri men now played up a bit, and kept their opponents hard at work till call of time, and the game ended as above. The losing team played a very good game in the loose, smothering the returns of their opponents by fast following up. The most conspicuous were Rallingshaw, Winthrop, and Price. The Taieri team played a very mediocre game, much below there usual form, and they were lucky in their " stars " that they were not being scored against. A. Gibson, F. AV n, Maih<son, and Davidson (forwards), and Murdoch, Stephenson, and Oliver (backs) played best.

OrHER MATCHES. The match Pacific First v. Port Chalmers First, played at Port Chalmers, resulted in a win for the Pacific, after a well-contested game, by 1 point to nil. The Port men in the first spell played rather loose, and their opponents had little difficulty in securing a try, but the score was not improved. In the second spell the Port team kept more together, but did not succeed in keeping the enemy out of their ground until near the finish of the game, when Platts and Henderson worked the ball out of danger. For the Pacific King, Brooks, Richardson, Sullivan, and Watson played well, as did Ritchie, Bauchop, Madison, Platts, and Henderson for the Port. Messrs Jack and Crawford were the umpires, and Mr A. Austin referee. The Pacific Second met the Pirates Third, and victory rested with the former, the scores being: Pacific, 11 points; Pirutes 3 points. The Palmerston First v. Waikouaiti First match, played at Palmerston on Saturday, resulted in a win for Palmerston by 5 points to nil. The Pirates Second defeated the Ravensbourne First at Carisbrook by 12 points to nil.

A Wellington telegram states that about 4,000 peoplo attended Newtown Park to witness the deciding heat for the football championship between the Ponekes and the Athletics. The former were the favorites, and fully justified the confidence reposed in them by putting down the Blue-and-blacks by 12 po'nts (thne goals and three tries) to one goal. The winning team played a magnificent game. D. Gage (three-quarter-back), one of the Maori team which went to England, was in grand form, And potted three goals. The Athletics played a fair game, but were beaten at all points, and in the second half the brilliant rushes of the Poneke forwards carried all before them. No club in New Zealand can show a similar record to that of the Poneke Club, which was started in 1885. Then they were juniors, and the first yoar of asking won the Junior Cup. The Union then played them as senior club, and from 1886 to now each year the Red-and-blacks have secured the cup. It may also be mentioned that for some yeais the Ponekes' line has only been crossed once, and that by the Epunis. The football match Canterbury v. South Canterbury was won easily by the former by 14 points to nil (two potted goals, two kicked from tries, and two tries). A Napier telegram states that the football match between Gisborne and the Hawke's Bay team picked for a Southern tour ended in a victory for Hawke's Bay by 10 points to 3. The Napier men had the best of the game throughout, Gisborne only scoring at the very end of the game.

ASSOCIATION RULES. The Wakari v. Southern match was played on the Asylum Ground, the Wakari turning up two men short. Pollock, winning the toss, took advantage of the wind that was blowing, and defended the southern end of the ground. A. Carver kicked off for the Whites, who, however, were speedily in trouble, Gillespie registering a good goal for the visitors in a few minutes after the start. After this Bcore, though, the Southerners had certainly much the best of the game, but their inability to kick goals very nearly lost them the match. It was not until well through the second half that Smith equalised the scores with a good high shot. A few seconds, however, remained, during which a free kick was allowed to the Southerners in front of the enemy's citadel, and Gibbs, with a well aimed shot, planted the ball right in the mouth of tho goal, where M'Millan in trying to stop it just touched it, thus registering the winning point for the home team. For the losers Pollock, M'Millan, and Salmond played a good defensive game, but their forwards were not up to their U3iial form. For the winnera Nicolson, A. Carver, Grigg, J. Laing, and Browning (until ho retired into goal hurt, after which he had nothing to do) were to the fore. The Thistle Club journeyed to North-east Valley to meet the Northern, and as usual trought a good team but not thiir strongest' and suffered a defeat by two goals to one. G. Rosa aa goal for Thistle did very well, but was hardly equal to Morris, the absent man. The Northern Club seem to be acquiring a better knowledge of passing, and their second goal was brought about by very good play. C. Stevenson kicked the first goal for the Northern, and besides him Jamieson, Moncrieff, Andrews, Davidson, Munro, Morris, and Crawford showed very good form. O.R.F.U. TRIAL MATCHES. The following is a list of players chosen to play in the trial matches to be held pn the Carisbrook Ground on Saturday, July 27 : A Team (Blue).—Full-back, Claffcy ; three-quarter-backs— Thomas, Downee (captain), Turnhull; h«lfbacks ResMeaux, Crawford; forwards Sonnta?, Allan, MathesoD, Montgomery, C. Beck, Robertson, C. Morii?, Rallinfrshaw, aod J. Torranoe. BTeam (Color8).-Fu)I-b3ok, Reld ; three-quarter-backs—Davey, Elder, Noel; half-backs—M'lntyre, Stevenson ; forwards-A. Gibson (captain), W. Gibson, W. M'Farlano, J. StepheDßOD, TatterEall, Isaacs, J. Duncin, A. Morris, D. Torrance. O Team (Blue).—Full-back, Hcott; three-quarter-backs-Biker, Winthrop, W". Thompson; half-backs-Proctor and Slmpaon, Murdoch and Croxford; forwards— M'Lauehlin (captain), Annik, Petersen, J. M'Farlane, tt'Naughion, Stables, Turton, Menzies, D. M'Larcn. D Tbam (Colors). FuII-baok, Grenfeil; three-quarter-backs-M'Farlane, Latin, Bcadlo; half-backs —Cran and Davis, Cooper and Cook; forwards— Martin (captain), Connolly, Wright, Gordon, A. Millar, M'Kinlay, Esquilant, J. Mill, Weltztl. Since two matches are to be played on the ground during the afternooD, it will be necessary to make an early start. It has therefore been arranged that the game C team v. D team will commence at a quarter to two, and the game A team v. B team immediately afterwards.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7965, 22 July 1889

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