The champion of Prohibition was present ut several of the matches between New South Wales and New Zealand, and this is what he had to say in the pages of the ‘ Prohibitionist ’ concerning the games : Having respect for the condition of my throat i solemnly resolved that I would not (whatever the temptation might be) bairack. The game was very fast and exciting, and amidst deafening applause New .South Wales scored the first try, and New South Waters became proportionately cocky.” Ten minutes later New Zealand kicked a goal. “Uncle,” said my niece, ‘ don’t yell!” “ Yell,” said I, “ I o'limn y v'’” J lll '}, 1 <lkl - There were -•i,UU() New South \\ alers there, and we 2,000 Maoris hail to do something for our country. I know football is too rou*jh, that men £o mad on athletics, and all the rest of it, but I wonder when the churches will take to studying human nature and learning the lessons that are so patent to those who will think outside their own groove ' Vll ‘ understand that thev must go a very different way to work to that they are going it they are ever to capture the bone and muscle ami energy of the youth of these colonies, and use it for tiie conquest of evil. . lam no longer surprised that New South Wales gave our men such a thrashing in the second match. Tor some reason or other, th y have gone, all to pieces. There were one or two bits of brilliant play showed what they could do; but the dash, confidence, and cleanness cf their game seemed lost. They fumbled the ball, and in passing generosity had developed into blind ?n Ste Vi } sver5 ver , e a b Ol, cont - Poorer team than that which played the first match. I think the very fast hard ground of this dry season, null the brutal roughness they have been subjectea to m some of their matches, must have seriously shaken them. i.V roughness, the New houth \\ ales papers, of course, credit our men with being the oHendcrs. In the two matches that I have seen, the New South Wales men were distinctly the aggressors, and then, of course, bad reeling was excited, and they speedily became six of one and half a dozen of the other. In the Newcastle match two or three of the New South , ales forwards should have been cautioned before tlm game was ten minutes old; and the yells or delight from the hoodlums in my neighborhood whenever a New Zealand man was thrown with extra violence were eye-opening. I like football; hut if I was young, and a player I should want ,£SHI) down, and a life policy, before J nndertoox a football tour through New South \\ ales in a dry season. I am afraid that unless the New Zi aland team manage to get a little rest, and pull themselves together, there is a sound whackiopr in store. I’ll call half-time now, and leave further news for the next hatch.
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FOOTBALL., Evening Star, Issue 10416, 10 September 1897