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Football., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889
OTAGO v. SOUTHLAND. Torrance, with his usual good fortune, won the toss, and took advantage of the strong breeze that was blowing diagonally across the field. Treseder, the Southland captain, now an adversary—and a formidable one—to the wearers of the Blue uniforms, kicked off, Lynch obtaining the ball, and punting strougly down the field. Back came the leather to mid-field, where Treseder broke away from a somewhat unsatisfactory scrum and took the ball to tho corner flag, where it went into touch-in-goil. Wallis, Cuff, and Ekensteen—another old Dunedin player—then put in some serviceable work, which was followed by a good drop-kick by Rodgers, the visitors' full-back. Sonntag then passed out to Stephenson, but the latter transferred the ball to a Southland forward; Keogh, followed by Montgomery, kept the ball down, and Noel was enabled to gain a few yards, passing when collared to Keogh, who was tackled by Rodgers, and a scrum was formed. The Otago forwards then indulged in some effective passing, which was followed by a promising run by Davie, bat Wallis, who is said to be one o£ the fastest sprinters in Otago, managed to ! collar the Kaikorai man just on the line. I Keogh, Lynch, Noel, and Montgomery worked hard at this stage, and a score seemed imminent, when Galbraith, Mentiplay, Ekensteen, and Treseder, keeping well toother, made a splendid passing rush, whiah was deservedly applauded, and which was the moans of placing the Blues on the defensive. Keogh and Davie then showed up with serviceable runs, but again Wallis brought tho latter down. Montgomery, after the scrum broke up, passed to Stephenson, who unselfishly passed to Lynch, and the Dunedin Club's three-quarter registered the first try for Otago. Restieaux took the kick, and placed the desired goal. Treseder kicked off, Lynch again returning with a strong punt, and De Joux made a long, low punt which carried the ball along the line and into touch. Montgomery took the ball from the throw-in, put it down quickly, and, accompanied by Isaacs, took tho play into the visitors' quarters. Wallis and Hirst Btopped the rush, and Treseder, Mentiplay, and Ekensteen (three sterling players) centred play with another pretty rush. Keogh, Lynch, Restieaux (Otago), Hirst, Jenkins, and Tapper (Southland) did good work for their respective sides, and Jenkins after a run passing to Hirst, the latter attempted to pot, Thomas being compelled to force down in consequence. Tapper, Treseder, and Mentiplay, by a splendid piece of dribbling, placed Otago on the defensive shortly after the kick-off, but the chance was lost through hard kicking, and Thomas averted the danger. Wallis, Tapper, and Cuff, passing cleanly to one another, gained considerable ground; but Stephenson, Torrance, resistible rush, nullified the advantage gained Duncan, Montgomery, and Sonntag, with an irby the Southlanders' play. Keogh's runs were smartly stopped by the visitors' backs, but, noticing this, he passed to Davie, who was well collared by Wallis. Keogh then threw out to Lynch at centre three-quarter, the latter passed to Noel, who returned the ball after a short run, and Lynch scored near the flag. Restieaux was entrusted with the kick at goal, and made a good attempt, the ball falling just under the bar. Score : Otago, 4 points ; Southland nil. Still keeping up tho pressure, Otago worked hard after the kickout, Davie making a good run and winding up with a punt, which was, however, well returned by Rodgers. Lynch then got clear, and punted to the Southland full-back, who failed to take the ball quickly enough, and his side were placed in a dangerous position. Keogh made a short punt, which was immediately followed by a pass from Montgomery to Stephenson, who scored between the po3ts. Restieaux took a standing kick, close up, and brought the Blues' score to 7 points. De Josu and Cuff next came into prominence, but Keogh and Noel gained a lot of ground by a couple of splendid runs, whk'h were heartily recognised by the spectators. Lynch then attempted to run in but failed, and Cuff, with Mentiplay in close proximity, cleared his lines with a clever, dodgy run. Keogh then obtained the ball in mid-field, and by the smartest piece of dodgy play scored amidst loud applause. The peculiar tactics adopted by the Otago half for a moment nonplussed the Southland back?, among whom Keogh squirmed, jinked, and wriggled amidst laughter, and, eluding the full-back, he ran round behind the posts. Restieaux placed the third goal of the spell, thus bringing the score to Otago 10 points, Southland nil; and when half-time was called the soores were unaltered, although Sonntag crossed the Southlanders' line and grounded tho ball. Stephenson obtained the leather, and passed to Davie, who returned the ball after a short run, and Stephenson then passed to Montgomery, who in turn transferred the leather to Sonntag. This player, bowling over his opponents, and striding along amidst applause, mingled with laughter, touched down; but the laughter was renewed when it was found that both flags had been held up for an infringement. Torrance started the second spell, and Wallis punted in return. Some uninteresting play ensued near the line and close to tho Blues' twenty-five flag, where Davie obtained the ball and took tho play to neutral territory. Cuff and Treseder brought the ball back to the local team's quarters, where a packed scrum was held for some time. Montgomery, Sonntag, Stephenson, and Duncan then came away with a promising dribbling rush, but nothing resulted, owing to the efforts of Rogers, Tapper, and Ekensteen. The ball being rushed to the Blues' ground, Thomas made a good run to midfield, where, after a scrum, Keogh snapped the leather up and passed to Lynch, who transferred the ball to Restieaux. The latter came near the Southland's line, and then passed to Duncan, who scored. Montgomery was called out by Torrance to take the kick, which was at a "difficult angle, and he made a praiseworthy attempt, the ball falling short. After the kick-out a series of scrums were formed in neutral territory, the backs appearing to be anxious to keep the ball amongst the forwards for a time. Treseder, Mentiplay, Jenkins, and R. M'Crobie then Bcrewed a scrum and came away with a splendid dribbling rush, which was the means of placing Otago on the defensive. Gailbraith then showed np with a splendid run, passing when tackled to M' nti play, who was following up well, and who dropped across the line and scored. The cheering was loud and long-continued, the spectators encouraging the visitors to "Keep it going, Southland," " More of the same sort," etc. Galbraith was entrusted with the kick, but failed to register the major point, the scores thus standing—Otago, 11 points ; Southland, 1 point. After the kickout Keogh and E,estieanx indulged in some j goot foot play, which Mentiplay terminated with a speculator, and immediately afterwards Southland obtained a free kick. Ekensteen elected to attempt a place-kick, but failed to put the ball across the bar, although the kick was a good one, Short runs by Keogh and Restieaux, followed by some passing between the Blues' threequarters, brought the play to Southland's territory, where it remained until Treseder, Jenkins, and Murphy dribbled the ball to mid-field. Keogh and Restieaux again returned to the attack, but neglected their three-quarters at this stage. Lynch, Noel ; and Davie came close to the scene of operations, and the former obtaining the ball, and being backed up well, a score seemed imminent, but the plucky play of the Southland forwards nullified the advantage thus gained. Tattersail, Isaacs, Rallingshaw, and Torrance then came away with an effective dribbling rush, which was more than answered by Galbraith, Jenkins, Treaeder, Ekensteen. Rallingshaw then showed up with a fairly fast dribble, and immediately after a scrum broke up was away again, but, although backed up well by Montgomery, no score was made, although the visitors were placed on the defence. Then the Blues' backs and forwarda pegged away at tho Southland line, but, try all they could, they never managed to score, and could not prevent tho ball being woiked back to tha centre pf the field. After some forward play tho Blues gradually worked their way back to the Southland's line, where play raged fierce and long. The Southlanders were slowly clearing their lines, and werp forcing play close to their twenty-five flag, when Keogh passed neatly to Lynch, who took the ball, but fell. He transferred the ball to Noel, who, eluding \Valljß cleverly, was through the Soujih-
land backs like a shot, and running round scored behind the posts. Restieaux again placed a goal, which brought the Blues' score up to 14 points. After the kick-out the Blues continued their attack, Keogh, Lynch, Noel, and Davie making attempts—ineffectual, however—to score, until the Dunedin three-quarter, passing cleanly to Davie, enabled that player, after making a fast, taking run, to score behind the post. Restieaux, whose powers as a place-kicker were severely tested during the game, was called on to attempt the goal, but he failed to do so, the score thus being •. Otago, 15 points ; Southland, 1 point. After the kick-out some give-and-take play ensued, Tapper, Wallis, Troseder, and Ekensteen (Southland), and Keogh, Lynch, Stephenson, Davie, and Montgomery (Otago), showing up conspicuously. No further score was made, and when time was called the Blues were left victors by four goals and three tries to one try.
The game was not a satisfactory one in every respect, because at times there was a noticeable absence of combination in both teams, while the players did not seem to place sufficient reliance in each_ other to make the game skilful and interesting. Tho Southland forwards played a hard game, and showed the Blues to disadvantage in the matter of screwing the scrums, while they at frequent intervals indulged in effective dribbling rushes, which, however, generally proved resultless, because the remaining players did not back up sufficiently well. Mentiplay, Treseder (who played his usual sterling game throughout), Ekensteen, Galbraith, and Jenkins did good service; but the first four named were more frequently on the ball than the others, their passing and dribbling rushes being loudly applauded. The halves, Cuff and Tapper, seemed too fond of getting in front of the ball, although tho first-named made the most of his chances, and gave his backs several shows. Wallis proved himself to be a very fast three-quarter; but, apart from this, his qualifications are, judging from his play on Saturday, somewhat limited. Hirst was useful, whilst De Joux's kicking proved of service. Rodgers, a lad of seventeen years, was hardly (and surely was not expected to be) able to cope against such strong runners as Noel, Davie, or Lynch, but he proved himself to be a game tackier and a good kick. The team, as a whole, seemed a fairly strong one, but evidently lacked combination; hence their somewhat hollow defeat. The Otago team did not by any means delight the spectators with their stylo of play, and if their play in the Auckland match is not considerably better than that of Saturday's they will certainly have to look carefully after their honors. They have now played together on more than one occasion (only slight alterations have been made in the personnel of the team), but, although the material is undoubtedly there, from all appearances it sadly wants developing. Still, a transformation might take place when defeat was staring them in tho face j and it is to be hoped that such will be the case, and that their play against the Northern province will be an improvement on the mediocre form shown in Saturday's match. Thomas was, as usual, satisfactory as full - back, but it is questionable whether he does right in running up the field when a good kick into touch would serve the same purpose. Lynch was the pick of the three-quarters, but Davie and Noel also put in some good work at frequent intervals. There is, however, ample room for improvement in the two last mentioned'a play. Keogh and Restieaux played caieful games at half, but tho Kaikorai player dis- j appointed many by his listless style of play at times. When he did liven up, however, he generally gave the visitors a warm time. Restieaux deseives special mention for his place-kicking, and is a sure player against Auckland, and would the team as a whole work as earnestly as him, little cause for fear would there be. The forwards did not, with one or two exceptions, play consistently, doing brilliant work one minute, and then throwing chances away. Montgomery was about the best, and was closely followed by Stephenson (who still possesses a tendency to shirk scrum work, but who plays splendidly in the open), Isaacs, Torrance, and Sonntag, the weight of the last - mentioned being unmistakeably felt in the scrum, although he has not yet completely overcome his "bullocking" propensities. The game was fairly fast throughout, and occasionally was fiercely contested, every yard being stubbornly fought for at these particular moments. With experienced skippers like Treseder and Torrance there was, of course, littlo or no disputing, the game being played in the most friendly manner, thus making the duties of the officials (Messrs Morrison and Marchbanks umpires, Mr W. Wyinks referee) extremely light and pleasant. Otago has now met Southland three times, winning two matches and drawing one. In 1887 Southland suffered a defeat at the Caledonian Ground by one goal and three tries to nil; in 1888 they succeeded in making a draw, no score being recorded ; while this year they have been defeated by four goals and three tries to one try. The takings at the gate amounted to LlOl.
CHRIST'S COLLEGE v. HIGH SCHOOL.
Undoubtedly the School players should rest satisfied after giving Christ's College a taste of the somewhat nauseous dose they have had administered to them in the matches of 1887 and 1888. Eighteen points to nothing is a large score, and but for a bit of hard luck Taiaroa would certainly have scored behind tho posts, but, sprinting hard, and being charged quickly by some of the Collegiate backs, ho collided with the fence at the back of the goal posts, and of course the ball was considered out of play. The schoolboys were in excellent fettle, and played with a fair amount of combination, in this connection being points ahead of the Collegians, who frequently appeared almost demoralised. The School backs played a good game, and the forwards buckled to their work right manfully, holding their own while playing without Macdonald, who retired with a broken collar bone. Stephenson at full-back was not a success, but when Cran (slightly injured in stopping a rush) changed places, he played a careful and consistent game at half. J. Owen was certainly thebeßt back on the ground, and gave the Collegians considerable trouble with his perplexing dodgy runs,feinting splendidly and jinking in fine style. Ho was ably seconded by his brother, N. Owen, who put in some good work ; while Taiaroa also was useful. The last-mentioned seemed decidedly off in the first half; but in the second spell was frequently applauded for his capital running. He has the makings of a fast, useful threequarter, and should be heard of in future matches. Fitchett and Cran were smart at half, but the former was the best, showing some really good scientific play at times. Of the forward division, M'Brearty (who makes a watchful and hardworking skipper), Macdonald, Mandhl, Boydell, and Heenan were the most conspicuous, but the palm should be awarded to Macdonald. Wigley, Winter, and Crosby played a praiseworthy back game for the College, but Upton and Murphy fumbled the ball frequently, and allowed good chances for passing to slip away. Murphy, however, tackled occasionally in a pluoky manper, but seems a lazy and listless player, Buchanan, Matson (whose following up and fast play gained a lot of ground), Perry, and Herring were the best of the forwards, the quartet playing an honest game throughout. NELSON* v. MARLBOROUGH. A football match was played on Saturday between teams representing the provinces of Nelson and Marlborough at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, in the presence of a large number of people. The Nelson team surprised Marlborough in the first five minutes and got in. A goal was kicked from the try. Play for the rest of the first spell was very even. At the beginning of the second spell Marlborough got a try, but failed to convert. The latter team played an excellent game, but could not increase the score, and the match was won by Nelson by 3 points to 1, AUCKLAND V. HAWKERS BAY. The football match Auckland v. Hawke's Bay was played on Saturday at Napier. The weather was magnificent and the attendance very large, The game, which resulted in a win for Auckland by_B points to 3, was a very hard fought one indeed, and consequently very enjoyable to the spectators. The feature of the play was Auckland's passing, which was brilliant and effective, and really won the game for them, In [all reßpeots, except passing, it is ques-
tionable whether the local team was not superior to the visitors, who manifested great faults, the principal being an almost ridiculous weakness in kicking and a strong tendency to play off-side inthescrums. The local forwards were always the stronger, but the Auckland backs were far and away better than those for Hawke's Bay, who were weak throughout the game. The local players pressed Auckland very hard during the first ten minutes of the first spell, and Bcored the first try. This reverse stirred up the visitors, who played all they knew, and several times forced their opponents, in addition to getting three tries. In the second spell, so far as all-round play was concerned, the local team more than held their own ; but the passing of the visitors was so exceptionally good and effective that it neutralised all the efforts put forth by Hawke's Bay, and if the visitors had been strong in kicking they would have made a much larger score. The points made by Auckland were gained from five tries and a potted goal, Hawke's Bay scoring three tries. O.R.F.U. TRIAL MATCH. At a meeting or theO.R.l?.tl. Match ComI mittee held on Saturday evening the fol- ! lowing teams were selected to play on Satur- | day, the 7th September, on the Carisbrook Ground : Blum. —Full-back, Thomas; three-quarters—Noel, Cran, Davie ; halves—Keogh, Crawford, Restieaux ; forwitds-Duncan, Isaacs. Montgomery, Rallingshaw, Sjnntafr, Stevenson, Tattersall, Torrance (captain). Colors.—Full-bask, Reid ; three-quarters—Elder, Lang, Winthrop ; halves—Owen, Oroxford ; forwards—Allan, Beck, E quilant, Gordon, Matheson, M Farlane, Mill, C. Morris, J. Morris, Hunter, J Torrance, Weitzsl, Wright. ASSOCIATION. Kaitangata v. a Dunedin team resulted in a win for the former by three goals to nil. The match was played at 12.30 on Saturday at Kaitangata in glorious weather, the sun being, if anything, too hot. Tho home team had the advantage of the hill in the first half, but the sun was in their eyes, and they only sucecded in scoring once, Reid doing the needful. During the second spell the Dunedin boys certainly had the best of the game, but Comber and R. Burns (back), and particularly Frazer (in goal) prevented them scoring, their "shooting" being poor, whilst Kaitangata were fortunate and clever enough to make the most of their chances, and added two more goals from the feet of Raynesand M'Laren respectively. The game all through was fast and moßt enjoyable, being played in a commendable friendly spirit, and Mr J. Sbore, as sole umpire, gave complete satisfaction even to the losers. For the winners, J. Welsh played well in addition to those abovenamed, whilst for the Dunedin team Salmond was best, and others worthy of mention are A. Carver, Pountley, Nicolson, and J. Laing. The visitors were most hospitably entertained at dinner after the match, and returned to town by the express train thoroughly delighted with the day's outing. It is tolerably certain that a team from Kaitangata will visit Dunedin shortly to play a match against a team to be selected from the four town clubs; and the Wellington Rovers Club have expressed a wish to arrange a game in Dunedin during the Exhibition time if it be possible.
The supporters of the Kaikorai Football Club entertained the members of the team at a dinner, which was held at the Shamrock Hotel on Friday. About seventy persons attended, representatives of the Dunedin, Zingarißichmond, Alhambra, Union, and University Clubs being present, while the respective captains of the Taieri, High School, and Pirates Clubs apologised for non-attendance. The president of the Kaikorai Football Club (Mr R. Chisholm) occupied the chair, Mr S. Conway (vice-presi-dent) the vice-chair ; these gentlemen being supported by the office-bearers of the club. After the capital spread provided by the hostess (Miss J. Gebbie) had been enjoyed by those present, a lengthy programme of toasts, interspersed with songs, was gone through. During the evening the chairman gave an interesting account of the steady progress made by the club since its commencement. In 1884 their record was not, he stated, one that could be looked back on with feelings of pleasure. In 18S5, however, they managed to become the premier junior club—(applause)—scoring 74 points against nil. Iu 1836 they played for the first time as a senior team, and soon showed that they were not to be despised. In that season they played nine matches, winning three, drawing four, and losing one, and scoring 15 points against 2. They only suffered one defeat, and were second to the premierseniorclub. - (Applause.) But, said Mr Chisholm, they were not satisfied with this result, and made strenuous efforts to obtain the coveted honor during the season of 1887. During that year they played nine matches, winning five, losing one, and drawiDg three, scoring 18 points against 4, and were again second for the premiership. In 1888 they never lost a match, and were thus the senior premier club of Otago.—(Applause.) Then wo came to tho present year, and again the Kaikorai team showed that they commanded respect by again winning the premiership, scoring 63 points against 13. Mr Chisholm then referred to the fact that a member of their club had been selected os one of the Native team—(applause)—and had in every way proved himself worthy of confidence. A charge of a serious nature had been made against him and other members of the Native team, and, as an official of the O.R.F.U. he assured those present that there was not the slightest evidence tendered to justify disqualification. He was, indeed, pleased when the Union decided iu the players' favor—(loud applause)—and that feeling was manifested by many when the Union's decision became known.
In the practice match between the team chosen to represent Wellington against Auckland and seventeen other players chosen by the Committee, the game ended greatly in favor of the seventeen. Gage did not play for the Probables. The Rev. J. Hoatson has selected the following team to play against Auckland on Wednesday:—Full-back, J. Marshall; threequarters—Swan, A. Hobbs, and H. Wilson; half-backs—Cochrane, J. Donnelly, and H. Lowry; forwards—W. Bean, W. Childs, A. Ebert, F. Evans, J. Hepburn, H. Hutton, C. Garrard, and A. Weeks.
Football., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889
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