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THE AUCKLAND FOOTBALLERS. The Auckland representatives think that the hardest match of their tour, notwithstanding their defeats by Canterbury and Wellington, was that played against Otago. It is stated that Auckland experienced hard luck in Elliott and O’Connor not scoring, but the fact that they had a narrow squeak on two occasions, especially when Keogh got away, is apparently forgotten. The Dunedin forwards, it is said, picked up too much, but can give Auckland a point in line play. The toughest scrum players the Auckland forwards had to meet were at Dunedin; while it is considered that tilie Auckland back combination Is much better than any other in the colony. Of the respective qualifications of players, the Auckland ‘Star’s’ correspondent thinks Jervis the beat three-quarter in the colony, Wynyard is considered hard to beat at centre, while there is, it is said, no cleverer half than Rees. During their trip they met with no half who played with Elliott’s dash. It is admitted that Lynch is a “fine” outside three-quarter, and that Keogh would be very dangerous against weak collaring, as he was up to all sorts of tricks, but he did nothing wonderful against the Auckland men. Thomas and Lusk, according to the writer, divide honors as to which is the beat full-back. As we were led to expect great things from Braund and as members failed to see anything out of the common in his play, it is but fair to state that the off-side play of the halves, Keogh excepted, did not give him a show. The individual play in the Canterbury match is hardly mentioned, the writer stating that in refraining “ his reasons are obvious.” It is generally admitted that the 1889 tour of the Auckland football representatives was not so successful as was anticipated, Certainly the Aucklanders gave one the impression that they were invincible, when such was not the case, and defeat seemed to stick in their throat. Naturally all sorts of excuses were made for their defeats, and upon this subject a writer in an Auckland paper says“ Every applicable argument under the sun has been urged to explain why our men lost two of their matches, but has the real reason been given ? It lies in a nutshell. In a word, they lost because they did not win. It seems to me that too much was expected from the young Aucklanders. Are we to suppose that the Southerners are men of no stamina at all, and that they can be waltzed over at will ? Perish the thought! They are young New Zealanders like ourselves, men of bone and sinew, possessed of heart and judgment quite as good as our own. Where, then, is the disgrace in being beaten by a point, or in making a close draw ? I see none, and it is sufficient for me that the contests were well fought, and that both frmma played splendidly. Auckland people are very much like the proverbial Britisher. They have not yet learned to take a beating, and they do not seem to understand one.”

Ring, the American wrestler and all-round athlete, accomplished the following jumps in an exhibition -.—Standing broad jump, Wit sin; standing high jump, sft 4in; and a running jump over a three-foot chair placed lift from the mark.

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE., Issue 8030, 5 October 1889

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SPORTING INTELLIGENCE. Issue 8030, 5 October 1889

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