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At the City Hotel last evening a smoke concert was tendered by the Otago Rugby Football Union to the Native and Hawke's Bay teams. The president of the Union (Dr Coughtrey) occupied the chair, and was supported by Messrs Williams (Native team), Lowry (Hawke's Bay team), and A. Gibson (Otago team); the vice-chair was occupied by Mr R. Chisholm, one of the vicepresidents of the Union. The loyal toasts having been duly honored, Mr R. Chisholm proposed the toast ot " The Visiting Teams," coupled with the names of Messrs Williams (New Zealand Native team) and Lowry (Hawke's Bay team). In doing so he said he wished the toast had been placed in abler hands, because he had only played one game of football in his life—(laughter)—and had shown the greatest respect for the position he then occupied—namely, full-back —by keeping in that position during the whole game.— (Laughter.) Seriously speaking, he could not but confess that there was not a more healthy or vigorous game than that of football. There was a general feeling that the game was a rough and dangerous one; but, as a recent convert, although ho still believed it was a rough game, ho thought there was a vast amount of good attending it—the tendency to inspire the kindliest feelings, and to learn players to keep command over their tempers. —(Applause.) He had previously considered that footballers generally were an undesirable lot to mix with, but ho had subsequently found that he had made the biggest mistake in his life.—(Hear.) The two matches played by Otago—against the Natives and Hawke's Bay —wore really enjoyable games, and he could go on for ever extolling the benefits which could be derived from participating in the game of football. They should, he considered, be pleased at the excellent stand mado by the representatives of Otago against the Maoris, while they should also be satisfied at tho drubbing they had administered to Hawke's B*y.—(Appluuse.) Mr Williams, responding on behalf of tho Native team, thanked those present for the very cordial manner in which the toast had been received and for the way in which the Native team had been treated during their short sojourn here. They were all heartily glad to get back again, but during their travels they had seen many things which had opened their eyes considerably, but he—and he was speaking on behalf of the other members of the team—was pleased to be in New Zealand again.—(Applause.) Of their match against Otago much could be said, but everyone must admit that a good exhibition of the game was given. Some people seemed impressed with the idea that they (the Natives) did not work their hardest during the second spell, but that was a mistake, because the members of the Native team remembered the thrashing they received at the hands of Otago before they left for England, and everyone worked as hard as he could. The fact was that the Otago men soon picked up the Natives' style of play, and stopped their little game.— (Laughter and applause.) There was a probability of a return match being arranged for Saturday week with Otago—(loud applause)—if the match with Auckland could be put off; if not, of course the match with Auckland would have to take place as arranged. It was said that the tables would be turned, but he did not think so. They were, however, indeed sorry that they were leaving Otago, where they had been received and treated so well, and after Mr Lowry had spoken he would ask the Maoris to drink the toast of the Otago team, coupled with the name of their captain, Mr A. Gibson. Mr Lowky (Hawke's Bay team) said he did not consider a long speech was appropriate after the slashing defeat they had suffered that day. The game was perhaps a good one, but his team were completely overmatched. When they played their strongest team, however, he hoped they would do better. Ho also thanked tho footballers of Dunedin for the cordial manner in which they had extended a hearty welcome to the visitors, but he found it extremely hard to find suitable words after having suffered such a crushing defeat as they had experienced thai; day. Mr A. Gibson (Otago team) said that after the long practice the Maori team had had together, and considering their improved style of play, the stand made by the Otago men on Saturday was by no means discreditable.—(Hear.) Had their forwards not gone to sleep in tho first half he was of opinion that they would have won the game. —(Applause.) He hoped that one and all of tho Native team would enjoy a long and prosperous life when they settled down in their various homes. Of the Hawke's Bay match he would say that he had never played in a more pleasant gamo in his life.— (Laughter and applause.) As long as tbey manifested such an interest in the grand old game of Rugby football as they did at present there was no fear of the game dying oat.—(Loud applause.) During tho evening a quintet party, consisting of Messrs Umbers, Hunter, Tovvsey, Densem, and Smith, sang several selections. Mr Montgomery sang 'On the ball'; Mr Nehua (Native team), * Ballyhooly '; Mr Dcnßem, ' Tit willow' (encore, ' The Frenchman'); Mr E. Joel, ' Sprung a leak'; Mr Umbers, 'The Native football team'; Mr 11. B. Smith, ' Three jolly sailor boys' and 'The golden city.' Recitations were given by Messrs Young and Wedderspoon. Mr J. H. Chapman sang ' Moriarity'; Mr T. Wynyard (Native team), 'Clara Nolan's ball'; Taku (Hawke's Bay team), ' Betsy '; Mr Isaacs, ' Brady's pianoforte'; and Mr J. Divie, 'Lift me up.' The gathering broke up shortly after eleven o'clock.

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SMOKE CONCERT., Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889

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SMOKE CONCERT. Evening Star, Issue 7985, 14 August 1889