MAORIS v. HAWKE’S BAY. The match yesterday afternoon at Christchurch between Hawke’s Bay and the Maoris turned out an uninteresting affair. Despite the fact that it was an off day, something like 2,000 persons attended Lancaster Park in the hopes of witnessing a first-class display of football. In this they were disappointed, as it was plainly apparent five minutes after the start that the Maoris were so much superior to their opponents in every department of the game—kicking, perhaps, excepted—that interest flagged perceptibly, and scarcely a round of applause was given throughout the match. The Maoris scored 13 points to 2, and it is no exaggeration to say that, had they chosen, they could have pretty well doubled their deotre,
The play presented few interesting feature*. Now and again the Hawke’s Bay represent** tives would break away and carry the ball well up the field, but the advantage was only momentary. Their display was very disappointing, and in nowise up to the form shown in the match against Canterbury, when they played with any amount of dash and spirit quite contrary to what they did yesterday. The amount of work the team have done lately probably had the effect of making them stale. The collaring of the forwards on the whole was poor, and they allowed opponents to break through their ranks time after time. The backs, however, were very good, and collared excellently. The match was such a soft thing for the Maoris that their play seemed to partake more of a practice than a match played in an earnest spirit; but for all that they gave an exhibition of passing, clean, accurate, and smart picking up, aud marvellous dodging, that has never been surpassed by any team that has played in Christchurch, not even by the Englishmen.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889
FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7987, 16 August 1889
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