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It took the Rugby Union meeting on Saturday night a couple of hours to arrive at a decision which should have been reached in half an hour. There was a distinct feeling among the delegates against disaffiliation, and that issue ought to have been squarely met, as Mr Chapman desired, and promptly voted on, instead of which a great deal of time was wasted in discussing amendments the relevancy of which was not apparent to the meeting. It got hopelessly confused at last, voting one way one minute and the opposite the next. Eventually Mr Chapman got the delegates to agree to a fusion of ideas and to carry a resolution which embodied all that had been previously ruled out, plus a direction to the Committee of Management to "sound" the other unions in the South Island as the to practicability of Betting up a South Island alliance. Oar report of this discussion is held over.

The annual match between the Otago ! Rowing Club and North End Boating Club •was played at Tahuua Park on Saturday afternoon, and resulted in a win for the North End by two tries to nil. Priest won the toss and played with the wind, which was blowing strongly down the ground. Given kicked off, and the return being spoiled a scrummage ensued, and from a loose rush Given was over the line in a twinkling, Crow failing with the kick. After some good passing by Armstrong, Elder, Walker, and R. Bennett the latter scored at a difficult angle. From this to thecall of time the game was very interesting 5 first one side and then the other were near scoring on several occasions. On changing ends it looked any odds on .the Northerners increasing their score, butthe Otago forwards worked with a will, Munro, Burt, and Farquharson being very aggressive, while Priest, Kingston, and Gregg made Borne good runs; but the .defence of Bennett, Walker, and Crow was sound, and when Mr M'Cleary blew the whistle there was no further score. For the Otago, Priest, Burt, ■« u .?^?»~ , ? d Gregg Played well; and of the N.E.8.C., R. Bennett, Walker, Elder, Given, Simmers, and Rice were the most conspicuous of a very even lot. Mr M'Cleary's rulings gave entire satisfaction. After the match the teams and supporters were treated to light refreshments.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897

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FOOTBALL. Issue 10436, 4 October 1897

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