The Auckland Amateur Athletic Association have decided to join the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association, Tho Auckland society was the only one not affiliated. Cranbrook has been scratched for the Caulfield Cup. At & special meeting of tho Canterbury Jockey Club, held yesterday afternoon, the rules of racing proposed by the Wellington Conference were adopted. It was suggested that their adoption should be delayed, but the chairman urged that this would bo discourteous to the delegates, and it was ultimately agreed to assent to another conference during the Exhibition meeting at Dunedin if desired by other clubs. It is reported that Merrie England has been sold privately, and rumor hath it that the son of St. George goes into Mr Stead’s stable. At any rate a commission was executed in his favor yesterday, and the colt is now first favorite for the New Zealand Cup. Concerning the alleged dispute in the Maoris v. All England match, in which it will be recollected that the former claimed that it was a dead ball through Stoddart’s mishap in the field, and that they made no attempt to stop one of tho English players from scoring, Mr Stoddart writes to a friend in Canterbury “ I never remarked that it was a dead kali. M'Causland never asked mo if I intended to claim the try. It would have keen absurd for him to do so, as I was not captain of the English team. The North having beaten tho South, and being both of the same year, Bonsor was rightly deputed by the Rugby Union to aot in that capacity. I did not know until I returned to the field in fresh dross that a try had been obtained. A’e the sharp practice. I afterwards heard that the Maoris who screened me could not in any way, by playing on, have prevented the try being obtained, so that, I think, under the circumstances, Bonsor was quite justified in claiming it. All I know is I made a run, and was half collared by Ellison (I think) but got free from him and ran on, when, in dodging one of the Maoris, I bumped up against the referee. The Maoris claimed a dead ball; the rule distinctly states tho ball must hit the official ; I did, but not the ball. At this point I discovered accident to dress.” Whilst holding the opinion that certain matters in connection with tho Native team have done great harm to the name of New Zealand football, Mr Stoddart writes“ If your unions would send a representative team of good sportsmen, such as 1 met and played against in New Zealand, things might yet be well. I am sure even after the visit of the Maoris a hearty welcome awaits such a team.”
There is a probability of New South Wales being represented at the Amateur Championship meeting to be held at Dunedin on 4th December. Mr R. Coorabes, bon. sec. Sydney Harriers, has written asking for information regarding the meeting, and states that in all probability two long-distance running men, the same number of cyclists, and a walker will como over. These gentlemen are all members of tho Sydney Harriers, one of the foremost clubs affiliated to the New South Wales Amateur Athletic Association.
Tho Otago representative football team arrived from Christchurch last evening, and were accorded an enthusiastic welcome by a large number of football players and supporters. Restieaux (who scoriod two tries and placed three goals—a very creditable performance) was singled out for an extra cheer, and was carried shonlder-high from the station by his comrades. The members of the team have thoroughly enjoyed their trip, the weather during their stay having been splendid. On Saturday evening they were entertained by the Canterbury Rugby Union at a dinner and smoko concert, The tenor of the speeches made by the Otago men went to show that whatever reports have reached Dunedin regarding tho inhospitable manner in which other teams have been received at Christchurch, the visitors were more than satisfied at the cordial reception accorded them and the manner in which the Canterbury footballers proffered their services to show tho visitors tho sights of the city. It was also stated by one speaker—the Rev. J. Hoatson—that whenever the Canterbury Rugby Union adopted a certain coarse, and when their action was justified by the evidence adduced, they certainly looked to the Otago Rugby Union to uphold that action, and heretofore the Southern Union had always supported the Union of Canterbury, and had done so on a recent occasion. Several prominent footballers referred to the warm feeling which existed between Canterbury and Otago players, and it was hoped that while interproviucial matches between the two provinces were in vogue they would be played in the same friendly manner that manifested itself so noticeably in the match just played. A large number of footballers assembled at tho Christchurch railway station yesterday morning, and gave three cheers for the Otago team, the members of which lustily returned the compliment. At most of tho stations along the line—at Oamaru, Palmerston, Waitati, and Port Chalmers in particular—they wore cheered by the local footballers, and, in fact, wore received everywhere in the most kind and hearty manner. Mr Harris, secretary of the Canterbury Rugby Union, specially deserves mention for tho manner in which he attended to tho wants of the visitors, sparing neither time nor trouble to make them feel thoroughly at home. In a leading article dealing with Saturday’s football match the * Lyttelton Times ’ says:—“lt is just as well to be candid, and admit at once that Otago were the stronger team. They played unmistakeably the better game. The coolness and combination shown by their backs, especially in passing; the determination with which their men followed up—not one at a time, but four or five in a squad ; their faultless placekicking ; and the speed and dodging ability of several of their runners were too much for our men. Canterbury had the raw material of a good team, but their opponents had the raw material licked into shape. Wilson always excepted, there was hardly one Canterbury man who played a really first-class game. Some of them, like Surman and Horner, have plenty of pace; and, to do the team bare justice, it did not want for pluck, for it played hard to the very last. But some of the passing and running was so wild as to raise a doubt as to whether one or two of the culprits quite understood the rules. It was in judgment and combination, however, that the losers seemed to be most lacking. Whether they were less experienced, or not so well taught, or not so capable of using the inside of their heads as the visitors, at all events it was soon painfully apparent that the latter were working together with much more science and deliberation.”
THE SALE OP MERRIE ENGLAND. Our Christchurch correspondent telegraphed this afternoon “Mr Stead denies that he has purchased Merrie England. The horse has been sold, but his purchaser are oupposed to be a syndicate. Derritt was told that he could not be released from his engagements to the late Mr Robinson till after the sale on Thursday.”
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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Evening Star, Issue 8020, 24 September 1889
SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Evening Star, Issue 8020, 24 September 1889
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