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AUCKLAND FOOTBALL TEAM., Issue 8000, 31 August 1889
AUCKLAND FOOTBALL TEAM.
♦ INTERESHNG DETAILS OF THE REPRESENTATIVES. A STRONG COMBINATION. [From Odr Special Reporter.! WELLINGTON, August 30. As the approaching visit of the Auckland representative team is causing considerable stir in the South and is regarded in football circles as the event of the season, I have received from a well-known football authority from the Northern capital, now on a visit to Wellington, some details concerning the team, and wire the same for the information of your readers. The Auckland football team touring the colony is the strongest travelling combination that province has ever placed in the field. Out of twenty-two player 3 who form the team no less than half are backs, so that shows bow strong the Northern Province must be behind the scrum this season. II B Ll SK (tho full-back) in the beat in that petition ih;u ias ever pl.iyecl in Auckland, and divides with Thomas, of Otago, tho reputation of hting the raoit reliub'e full-baek in the colony. lie i* a very cool nUj'tir, and hia great speed screes him in gocd stead He collars well, is a splendid kkk and punt, pieka up cleanly, and can run en an emergency. W. Warrrick, thre-c-quwtc-i'ack and emergency full, is well known through his connection with tho Native team. H. J KR.VIS is a young but very clever player. He is a turo tackier, tuna strongly, and, being a splendid drop-kick with both feet, is rather dartrerc.ua for potting. Ho is besides a good plane-kick, and will probably share with J,usk the attempid at goal thai may bo obtained by the teanj. H. (J. KISSMSQ, the smallest placer in the t\vc ntytwM, ia a regular nugget. Ho pliys centre thrcequarto-, and hia forte lies in his sura collarir g, whllJ his cocl and c rtaia kicking increases lus value. W. Wvntari>, who has been styled " tho best dropkick in the world" ty some Pressmen, ia as one o? the must brilliant players (f tho Native team 11. MaswikU), tho running '< cck i.f the Pons-mby Club, is the mo!t danncroiw scaling man, to'hns regards tries and pjlting .roal?, while he 18 al»o a cer:ain tackier. Br.KKN, the tilth threeqnartpr-bacl; in the toini, plays centre for lii club, and is known :>a a clever placer, a (rood punter, and average drop-kick. Ilia collarirg ia fair, while his cleverness ia bis great point. Elliott will be remembered as one of the crac* halves of the Native team. M. llkp.kou) and A. Rkfk - Doth Oordon halfbacks. Viay a very similar game to each other. The former has tli3 more speed, while they both adopt dotfgbig t..ctic,s. They ere titcd t> playing tho two half-back game ; smother their men wc'l, being sure tacklera ; arc excellent dribblers jure quick at kicklug, and ve.iv unselfish. A. Drai.'Nl), who plays centre half-back, is (he cleverest man in tho team. He is übiquitous, for whore the ball ia he is sure to be Ilia piffling, punting, and collaring, combine-! wilh hi* remarkable head-power, bai en!. Auekbir.il out ef many a dilljcniiy, and has won his province and club more thin one match. This finishes tho back division, which is strong both at offence and defence, and one that for cleverness will take some matching. When Auckland last toured the colony in 18S3 their forwards played a hard scrummage, relying principally on their backs. They have changed now, and the present forwards are a very fast lot, fine tacklers, and several are excellent dribblers. When they get the necessary combination they will be a very hot crowd. T. Wklls (Grafton) ia captain He ia a hard worker in the scrums, and the beat dribbler in the team. Though kicking tho beam at list, he is a fist player. T. O'Connor, tho only member of tho present team who went South in 1833, has a colonial reputation, geniil "Tim" b<>ing known a3 a sterling forward in Australia as well as here. He dribbles well, and Is very useful in the scrum if he will work there, while hi j thorough kuowlcdgo of the gamo bears him out well. W. Hobson (the Ponsonby captain) ia a forward of the dashing type ; vory fast, a alean tackier, besides being a good drop-kick. 11. Poland ia the best forward in tha team; an honeat worker in the scrum. Ho ako plays a brilliant game in the open ; ia fast down on the opposing tacks, and tackles aurely. J. llkj-frrnan is a fast forward and an honest ecrummager. V. Rkid, the lightest forward, ia a fine dribbler and clever player. He has played tho Association gamp, and is a comparatively new man at Rugby. He is seldrm off the ball. T. Murray is a member of the Selwyn Club, which started as a junior thia season ; but was compelled by the AucklßDd Rugby Union to compote for the Senior Cup. Ho is a good dribbler and a faet forward, though rather inclined to shirk the scrum. I R. M'Kkn/.ie is one of the best forwards and a nioo i wtijjht. He is a very fast man, goad scrunjmagor, j and a cpler.did tackier. R. Mavkard, who wss a member of the Native I football team, ia a heavy f jrward, and one ol tho best in that combination. J. Baxter, is a good man on the touch line, and a nine dribiler, shining in the open. Q. Walker ia a good scrummager, who plays an honest game. With the exception of O'Connor and the captain, who go over 14st, the forwards are a nice even weight all round, not too heavy, and nearly every one very speedy. As regards weight, the backs average close on list, Rees, Kissling, and Breen being rather light. The team is, without doubt, a good one, and having started so well by inflicting a defeat on the Natives, should render a good account of itself. Messrs O'Connor, Wells, and H. Poland are the Selection Committee, while Mr F. Clayton (treasurer of the Auckland Rugby Union) accompanies the representatives as manager. The team are travelling entirely at the expense of the Union, and take no subsidy from any of the places visited. Auckland plays flawke's Bay at Napier this afternoon. On the 4th of September they play Canterbury ; Otago on the 10th; Wellington on the 14th; Nelson, 18th ; and Taranaki on the 21st, reaching Auckland again on the 22nd, after an absence of nearly a month. As in the case of Auckland, the Wellington team intend playing seven backs and only eight forwards. I learn that the visitors expect the Otago match to be the stillest contest on the tour, and they also, in view of the friendly relations that have hitherto existed between the players of the two unions, anticipate their reception in Dunedin to be of the most cordial nature. _ Harry Roberts, who got a bone in his ankle broken early in the season, intends ploying against Wairarapa on Saturday next, and it is hoped that he will be available against Auckland on the 14th inst. The loss of the services of this excellent half-baok would bo seriously felt by Wellington.
AUCKLAND FOOTBALL TEAM., Issue 8000, 31 August 1889
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