There was an attendance of some 3,000 or 4,000 people at Wellington on Tucalay (o watch the match between the Maoris and a local team. Dixon (full-back) could not play for the latter, and Collins filled his place. The Wellington men played a very fruitless game in the first spell, during which they had the wind againnt them, and in the first five minutes Wyuyard ran in and scored a try right behind the posts. The ball was badly placed, and Ellison missed the easy chance of a goal. Collaring, which ia usually a strong point of Wellington footbal 1 , was conspicuous by its absence, and at intervals Madigui, F. Warbrick, and Elliot,aided by the clever passing of their confrere", ran behind the line. No goals, however, were kicked. After half an hour's play the local team improved a little and succeeded in getting the ball to the other end, when Nichollß, their captain, cleverly bounced the ball out from touch, while the Natives were off their guard, and received a try. The attempt at goal faded. With the wind to help them in the second spell tho local men played a very diflerent game, and though some of their men—particularly Sim—were noticeably off their play, they not only prevented their opponents scoring further, but threatened their goal repeatedly. From a free kick Nicholls had an excellent chance of a goal, but the ball went jnst outside the post. One or two good opportunities of pott'ng were spoilt by the smart following up of the Maoris, and after a while the latter assumed the offensive. Gage kicked the ball over the line, and running quickly put his men on-side, and enabled them to secure what looked like a try. Theball was, however, called back for some infringement of the rule. Severe scrummaging followed in front of Wellington's goal, but the defence was this time equal to the occasion, and for the remainder of the game play was very even. Towards the close Moorhouse was hurt, and had to leave. At the call of time, as no further score had been registered, the Maoris remained victors by 4 points to 1.
The Native team, on arrival at New Plymouth yesterday, refused to play the local representatives on the ground that they were not in a condition to do so after the Wellington match. W. Elliott is included as one of the halfbacks in the Auckland representative team to visit the South.
The following team has been chosen to represent Auckland in the forthcoming Southern tour :-Full-back, R. B. Luak ; thrae-quarter-bicks—C. Madigan, J. Breen, N. Masefield, W. J. Wynyard ; half-backs— A. Rees, A. Braund, M. Herold j forwards —Wells, O'Connor, J. Herman, H. Poland, R. M'Konzie, Murray, Reed, Maynard, J. Baster, and Hobson. One forward has etill to be chosen.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
FOOTBALL. Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889
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