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The cricketers of Dunedin and Otago will hear with deep regret that Mr R. C. Niven ha* left Dunedin to take up his residence in Wellington, departmental changes in the Government Insurance Offices making this necessary. For a number of years Mr Niven has been associated with the Invercargill and , Dunedin cricket clubs, and throughout his career as a cricketer ho has carried the respect of all by his consistent play and gentlemanly conduct on the cricket field. By the removal of Mr Niven Otago loses her best wicketkeeper and a good steady bat that has often come to the rescue when a panic had set in. The loss, however, will be still more keenly felt by the Phoenix Cricket Club, with which olub he was immediate'y connected. Few know how much the club haa been indebted to him. Time after time | his enthusiasm, combined with sound common sense, has overcome difficulties that i seemed at the time insurmountable. The I cricketers of Dunedin will watch his progress I in the Empire City with interest, and j nothing will give them greater pleasure than to hear of him upholding the reputation of ! Otago on the cricket field. The starting prices in the V.R.C. Grand i National were 5 to 4 against Eaglet, 5 to 1 against the next best. At the sheds Eaglet settled everything but Peter Osbeck; and although some nervous people were anxious about their money, and called out that the grey was winning, there was really no doubt about the result. After letting Peter ! Osbeck rather close to him, M. Burke had only to ride for a few seconds to win the Grand National by two lengths and a-half from Peter Osbeck. The statement that a referee was kicked to death during the progress of a football match at Rome is untrue; he was assaulted by a spectator, and succumbed to his injuries. The Coroner's jury considered a censure sufficient punishment fortheotfence. The programme of a meeting to be held by Les Franc-Coureurs, a leading French athletic club, as it appeared in a recent issue of ' Le Monde Spbrtlf,' givea evidence of

several particulars in which the ways of French athletes differ from tho prevailing English fashions. There are four events, named in horse racing style, Prix de la Banquette, Prix de Pontarmo, and bo on. Several of the members, including the scratch man, have entered for all the races, though the distances vary from 100 metre hurdle race to a 2,400 metre steeplechase. The handicaps are in three of the races adjusted by starting the limit man on scratch and penalising the rest, so th»t in a quarter mile (400 metres) the back marker owes 45 metres—it is actually printed "min." From a paragraph which follows we learn that the gentleman who occupies the post of honor in all the competitions—surely a wonderful all-round athlete—is also acting as "coach" or trainer to his rivals. Some of the telegrams from the training course refer to quelques lons galops accomplished by some of the favorites for the " Derby," a 250 metre " plate handicap '." FOOTBALL. In tho match Waitaki High School v. Timaru High School a record was put up, the former team winning by 44 points (ten goals and fourteen tries) to nil. The High street School met tho Mornington School on the Town Belt on Saturday, the former winning by 40 points to nil. The football match Kaikorai Second v. Caversham First was played on the former's ground on Saturday, and resulted in a win for the Kaikorai by 4 points to nil. Play was very even in the first spell, neither sido scoring. Early in the second spell Wing field, after a good run, scored, but no goal resulted. M'Naught secured the ball, and ran right through the opposing backs and scored near tho corner flag, Bain placing a splendid goal. O. Briggs, Clarko, and Palmer (Caversham), J. Jones, M'Guire, and J. Thompson (Kaikorai) played well for their respective sides.

The second of the exhibition Association matches was played at the Northern Club's ground on Saturday, between teams selected from the four Dunedin clubs. Although the combination shown in the first match was not exhibited in Saturday's match, the play was on the whole very good, and in some instances individual play was quite brilliant, notably so in the cases of G. and D. Macmillan, Browning, Clelland, Walker, Salmond, and Pollock. The match was a very hardly contested one, and the teams were well matched, as the result (Colors four goals, Stripes three goals) shows. Mr Buchanan acted as umpire. The Pacific Football Club journeyed to Palmerston on Saturday, and defeated the local club by one goal and three tries (6 points) to one.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 7972, 30 July 1889

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