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The Match Committee—Messrs Marchbanks, Cargill, and Morrison —of the O.R.F.U. met on Saturday evening, and after a two hours' deliberation selected the following team to represent Otago in the match against the New Zealand Native team, which will be played at the Carisbrook Ground next Saturday :-••

Full-back.—Thomas (Union). Three-qtiurters. Lynch (Dunedin), DowncS (Alhamt ra), and Turnbull (Dunedin). Halvea. Crawford lAlhainbra) and Can (High School). Forwards.—D. Torrance, J. Duncan (Kaikorai), A. Gibson, W. Gibson (Taicri), Stephenson (DnneJin), A. W. Morris (Pirates), Tutteraall (Union), Isaacs (Monteciilo), Montgomery (High School). Reserves.—Buck, Resueaux (Aihambrn); forward, Sonntag (Dunedin).

The following is a description of the newest members of tho team, the others being so well known that any particulars as to their style of play are superfluous :

W. Thrnhull (three.(|uarter-back).—A serviceable back player, who his worked hard throughout the season ; possesses a good turn of speed, and can dodge fiirly well; is somowhat weak in kicking, but his fast play more than counterbalances this defection ; can collar well and tackles splendidly; should prove a good man in intercepting passes. vV. Cran (half-uack).—Tho youngest player in the team. Is small, but Btoutly built, and owi stand a lot of knocking about; punts well with either foot, and oan pass from loose scrums with precision ; comes round the scrum quickly, and should gi e the opposing hnlvoß some treuolo; has played well for the School during the past season. O. Crawkohd (half-back)—A hard-working player who thoroughly doserves his p'ace in the team; can punt and pass well ; if he only watches his threequarters and passes when chances occur should prove the most valuable member of the team.

W. Gibson (forward).—A tall, heavy forward who hlionld shine on the line-out; docs not shirk scrum wnrk.and is all there in a dribbling rush. J. Dij.ncaU (forward).—A very fast forward who should prove a rough one in the loose ; can kick well with cither foot, and tackles in good style when i»sked; would not be amies if played back ehould occasion arise.

E. Tattkrsalli (forward).—An honest-working player, whose strength and weight should tie felt in the scrum*; can dribble and back up well, and has the requisite staying powers for a fast, tough match.

The Pirates Second journeyed to Palmerston on Saturday, and suffered defeat at the hands of the local club by 7 points to 3.

Taieri Second defeated Port Chalmers First by one try to nil. The Taieri team played with two first fifteeu men. Taieri Second v. Port Chalmers First was played at Mosgiel on Saturday. Owing to the bad weather only five or six members of the Taieri Second proper turned up, and they had to take on two first fifteen men and several third men. The Port also had several emergency men in their team. The game was a very pleasant one, although played in snow and rain, and resulted in a win for Taieri by ono try, obtained by M 'Donald, to nil. The first spell was very even, but in the second Taieri had decidedly the better of it.

Selwyn and Ponsonby drew their football match on Saturday, the score being 4 each. Auckland defeated Grafton by 13 to nil The Rugby Union decided that the remaining cup fixtures should be postponed till the end of the season, in order that practice games may be at once started with the view of getting the chosen twenty into as good form as possible. The thirty players from whom the final selection will be made sturt training to-day. Our Wellington correspondent wires:— "The Hawke's Bay football team is a thoroughly representative one, leave of absence for Friday, Duncan, and Tomoana having been ontained at tho last moment. They are very light but very fast, both back and forward. The team will probably play the Native footballers at Christchurch or Dunedin. The novelty in the team is a club-footed half-back player."

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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