MAORIS v. OTAGO. Saturday's match was decidedly interesting, although disappointment was general at the woful lack of energy displayed by the local men during the first spell, and particularly at the commencement of the game. Of course there are many who aver that the Natives could have done just as they liked, but this statement evidently emanates from a few who, impressed by the success of the Maoris tactics during the first quarter of an hour, are doubtful that the non-success of similar dodges adopted subsequently is due to the improved defensive play of the local men, and so stick to the statement referred to. Thero is not the slightest doubt but that, haviug a distinct recollection of the defeat administered to them by this province before their Home trip commenced, the Natives worked their hardest to run up a respectable score, and, so far as the first spell was concerned, succeeded only too well. The opinion wasfreely expressed at half-time that our men were in for a terrible beating, and from their demoralised state in the previous play this seemed more than probable. In the second spell, however, a noticeable improvement took place in their style of play, their passing being first class, their scrum work equal to that of the Natives, while in the loose they could give the visitors a point or two. The Natives' passing was a treat to see, a throw of twenty yards being frequently taken in splendid style by the backs. It was a wise action on the part of the selection committee of the Maoris to play Keogh, as there were numbers on the ground whose presence was accounted for by the fact that the old Kaikorai half was included in the team.
A few words as to the players : Thomas was cool and safe at full-back, although he was sometimes inclined to take matters too easily while the visitors were making savage onslaughts on his line. Lynch, as usual, played a hard-working game at threequarter, and frequently gained considerable ground, but he was too well watched to do any brilliant work. Downes again proved himself worthy of confidence, and showed that when there is a chance of a pot the opportunity is not missed by him. He is certainly one of the most reliable threequarters in Dunedin. The other threequarter (Turnbull) was a complete "frost," and never showed play worthy of an interclub match, The halves Crawford and Cran were satisfactory, although never brilliant, but the School half was undoubtedly the better, as the Alhambra player seemed inclined to sacrifice splendid chances of passing for tho sake of a round of applause for gallery play. In the loose work Morris was a wonder, and worked like a Trojan, giving the Maoris coniiderable trouble. Duncan, A. Gibson, Tattersall, and Montgomery were the pick of the forwards, although Isaacs and Torrance did a vast amount of scrum work. The back team of tho Natives was very Btrong. W. Warbrick was all that was required as full - back, although he was perhaps a trifle slow at times; Madigan, Gage, and Wynyard as three-quarters, and Elliot, Keogh, and F. Warbrick at halves doing serviceable work throughout the game, although Elliot, Keogh, and F. Warbrick were about tho best, lhe eight forwards were a hard-working lot, the bebt being Ellison (who was not in good form, having been unwell for some time), William?, Maynard, and Arthur and Alf Warbrick.
The official—Messrs J. A. Warbriek and W. D. Milue umpires, and W. Wyiuks referee—gave every satisfaction, their decisions being accepted in an amicable manner. The caretaker had the ground in splendi4 condition, considering the unfavorable weather that had prevailed, while the general arrangements were on the whole (satisfactory, although tho public would hpvo been better pleased had a fow more ticketsellers been placed at the northern gate. The management might also be a little solicitous in future about the needs of the reporters, who or Saturday were compelled to shift as hest they could, and in such disagreeable weather their lot was anything but enviable. We are sure thai Secretary Home will take the hint to-morrow. The takings at fhe match amounted to L 205. " OTAGO v. HAWKE'S BAY. The Match Committee of the O.R.F.U. selected on Saturday night the following team for the match to-morrow with Hawke's Bay:-Full-back-Tbomss. Three-quarter-bac'is-Lynoh, Downes, Davie. Halfbacks—Cran, R stlcaux. Fotwarda—A. Gibson (captain), Jsaact, W. M Farlauo, Montgomery, A. Morris, Sonntag, Stephenson, Tittcrsall, D. Torrance. The alterations aro : Davie takes Turnbull's place at three-quarter; Restieaux replaces Crawford at half; while Sonntag (Dunedin) and M'Parlane (Union) take the places of \V. Gibson and J. Duncan among the forwards.
The Auckland Probable representatives for the Southern tour played a football match against a team of Possibles on Saturday. The Probables won by U points to G. The match Wellington v. Wairarapa was played at Greytown on Saturday afternoon in the presence of 600 people. The game was most exciting and fast throughout. In the first spell Baumber potted a neat goal for Wairarapa. In the second spell ThompJ son, for the city team, equalised the score by dropping a goal. Later in the game the country team scored two tries, thus winning tho match by a goal and two tries to one goal. The match Native team v. Hawke's Bay has been arranged to take place in Christchurch on Thursday. " The Hawkeis Bay Rugby Union," says the • Hawke's Bay Herald,'" has a nice little difficulty More it. There are two excellent Native football player* named Hoani and Ngahoro. The first plays for the County Club, and the last for Taradale. They are twin ' brothers, and both are back players. The Taradale Club has expressed its intention of playing Hoani in their matches, in spite of a decision by the Union that they must not do so, and it is understood that should they do so they will be disqualified. But now conies the difficulty. Hoani and Ngahoro are ' as like as two peas,' only more so. No one knows which is which apart, and only oae man is understood to know Hoani from Ngahoro or vice wrsawhen they are together, and their friends and relatives are compelled to ask from each his identity as the only means of solving it. There js material for a good sensational novel in Hoani and Ngahoro.!'
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7983, 12 August 1889
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