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TO THE BDITOB, Sir,—Now that the team to represent Otago in the football field against the Maoris has been decided on, I ahonld like to say a word or two about the full-back. I understand the object of the trial matches was to allow the Match Committee to see the play of the different men, and if I am correct, I would ask, how can the Committee justify their choice of Mr Thomas? The only trial match (and I believe the only game this season) in which ho played fullback was last Saturday, and I do not hesitate to say that Reid was by far and away the best man, and I feel sure the general public who witnessed Saturday's match will endorse what I say. Of course, I am aware Thomas was a good full - back last season, but I say that through not playing as full-baok during this season in club matches he has gone back considerably in his play. And if our representatives are to be chosen from past performances, and not from present abilities, then there is not much show for young players. One more question :If Saturday had been Thomas's first appearance to play for honors, would the Committee have considered his play good enough to justify his being picked in the face of Keid's play ? I may say that on the whole the team is, I think, a r<a ly good one.—l am, etc., Justice, Dunedin, August 5.

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THE FOOTBALL SELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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THE FOOTBALL SELECTION. Evening Star, Issue 7977, 5 August 1889