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FOOTBALL., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889
, '' O.R.F.U. TRIAL MATCH. . The trial match arranged by the Union for Saturday was not a success from a football point of view, the players loafingand fumbling the ball terribly. The prevailing opinion amongst footballers was that in consequence of the presence of the Auckland footballers the (ooal men would play a slow game, and frpni. all appearances this, proved to be the case. The local men are scarcely to blame, because they would be placed at a disadvantage were the Aucklanders made cognisant of their strong and (what would affect them more) their weak points. One thing that strikes ns as being decidedly adverse to a sterling game being played is that a number of the players go on the field thinking that they are, in football parlance, “dead birds,” and do not stand the slightest show of being included in the team. This is a great mistake, and the opinion, which seems to be a growing one, should be dispelled, because it is detrimental to the interests of football and footballers, and causes a considerable amount of bad feeling to manifest itself at times. Of course the Union have an idea that the team will be constituted in a certain way, but they certainly do not place their team in the field for a trial match, and say “ These are our representatives.” Therefore, each and everyone should strive to obtain a place in the team, and give satisfaction to himself and supporters. Some of the Blues on Saturday did quite right in taking matters easy, as they and everyone else knew they were sure of a place, and it would be folly to show the Auckland players all their little tricks. The game at times was interesting, but never brilliant, the backs taking matters very easily and not exerting themselves in the slightest. Montgomery (2), J. H. Morris (Palmerston), Keogh (2), Driver, Stephenson, Noel, and M'Farlane scored tries for their respective sides, while Harper and Lang potted goals, the score at the call of time being: Blues, 13 points; Colors, 8 points, Restieaux again ably demonstrated his powers as a goal kicker, hut the other players should not be completely overlooked in this connection. The footballers of Palmerston placed great faith in Morris, a forward who possesses considerable grit, and who, with a little judicious coaching, should make an excellent player. He is as yet not up to interprovincial form, but it is pleasing to think that shortly the country clubs will be looked to when the selection of
a representative team by the O.R.F.U. is being made, and that there will be found players in the country districts who will help to represent Otago with honor. As before stated, none of the players were brilliant, while not a few were decidedly off-color during the game ; and this being the case, the Union decided to make little or no alteration in the team chosen to uphold the honor of Otago on the footbsll field, THE OTAGO REPRESENTATIVES. In the evening the Match Committee— Messrs Morrison, Marchbanks, and Cargill —met and selected the following team to represent Otago in the match against Auckland to-morrow : Full-back—Thomas (Union). Three-quarters— Lynch (Dunedin), Lang (Pirates), Davie (Kaikorai). Halvbb— Keogh (Kaikorai). Restieaux (Alhambra). Forwards— lsaacs (Montocillo), Montgomery (High School). W. U'Farlaoe, Tattersall (Union), Rslliagehaw (Zingari-Richmond), Sonntag, Stephenson (Dunedin), D. Torrance (captain), and Duncan (Kaikorai). Reserves— Forwards : Matbeson(Taieri), A. Esquilant (Zingari-Richmond). With the exception of the centre threequarter the team is the same as played against Southland, and the players are a hard-working lot, although they played a somewhat demoralised game against Southland. Lang, the new centre three-quarter, is a young player, but he has proved himself to be a dangerous one, especially when he obtains the slightest show to pot. He has played consistently throughout the season, and is a sterling little player, but it is to be regretted that he is not heavier. In consequence of him being placed centre, Lynch should show improved play on the wing, as Lang passes unselfishly and accurately, giving his wing men every possible show. A number thought that we would play three halves and eight forwards in consequence of the Auckland backs being considered such a fast experienced lot, but the Union have done right in leaving Keogh and Restieaux behind the scrum, because a better pair would be difficult to find, and a third would perhaps only be in the way and harass the other players. We should be satisfied with the back team, while the forwards are fairly fast and pretty heavy, and can play a good combined game if they only like. Speaking generally, the team all round is a satisfactory one, and contains plenty of hard workers, the requisite number of fast players, and some good kickers. They should be able to make a hard fight with Auckland, and perhaps do more ; but whichever way the match goes, everything points to the game to-morrow being the best of the season. On the Port Chalmers Reclaimed Ground the Port Union Club met the Sussex, the former winning by a goal and two tries to a goal. For the local club Asher, M'lntyre, and Falconer scored, Hunter kicking the foal. The Sussex try was obtained by Williams, Stalker taking the kick. The Auckland Rugby Union have arranged with Leoky, M'Lean, and Madigan to go South to join the Auckland footballers. They leave to-morrow morning. The two forwards are intended to strengthen the forward division. Madigan takes the place of Jervis, who requires to return home after the Dunedin match. The Selection Committee are condemned for their bad choice of forwards. The Auckland football team will witness this evening’s performance of ‘ New Babylon ’ by Mr Bland Holt’s company.
FOOTBALL., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889
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