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FOOTBALL.

The following will represent the Otago Rowing Club and North End Boating Club in their annual match at Tahuna Park on Saturday:—O.R.C. (Black): Backs—Sutherwood, Gregg, Matheson, Priest, Johnston, Mackay; forwards —P. J. Priest (captain), Maclean, Statham, Munro, M’Leod, Young, M’Queen, Grindley, M’Farland; emergency, Thomson. N.E.B.C. (Colors): Backs M’Liren, Bennett, Walker. Malcolm, Crow, Armstrong ; forwards Given (captain), Logan, Simmers, Miller, Rice, O’Driscoll, Higgins, Jack, Hall; emergency, Abrim. Mr J. M’Cleary will act as referee. The Otago team leave Manse street, and the North End Frederick street.

On the subject of the Wellington-Ofcago match the ‘ New Zealand Field ’ (published in Wellington) says : —We remind our readers that the Otago Union was the fiercest opponent to the formation of the New Zealand Rugby Union, that it has had several disagreements with headquarters since its ultimate affiliation, that about a month before the recent visit of the Weilington team further signs of dissatisfaction were shown, and that there exists an antiWellington feeling in Dunedin equally intense as it is inexplainable. It should not, under the circumstances, be difficult to form an estimate of Otago’s frame of mind. The referee, Mr Garrard,, is a gentleman of experience, and could not possibly have a bias either way, and he has clearly stated that there was nothing in the Wellington men’s play to warrant his interference. Taking into consideration all the facts, we fail to discover , any evidence of undue roughness, but rather attribute the unusual. number of casualties to the fact that the Otago, backs, in. stopping the wellknown forward rashes of their opponents, fell on the ball in the old-fashioned style, which is at all times risky to those who try it. It is very clear to us that the Otago public, .not liking Wellington, and anticipating victory, were unprepared for defeat. They undoubtedly accepted their fate with a bad grace, bub we feel confident that they will soon recover, and will feel sorry—for themselves. ,

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FOOTBALL., Issue 10433, 30 September 1897

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FOOTBALL. Issue 10433, 30 September 1897

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