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FOOTBALL NOTES.

[By Emergency.] Further now 3 from Sydney concerning tho " Englanders," is o hand, and though the affair is old, any curious footballer who would care io can see iho in tereating report of tho first Eng and v Australian match on application. Mr W. G, Garrard, a Can erbury foctba'l authority, rereieed in ihe match. Maoriland is on the other side recognised as the southern headquarters of the Rugbygame, and regrel was expressed that shu waa not officially represented in the match. Taking lho team ob a whole, says a Goulburn critic, tliey are a fine, stalwart upstanding lo:. The average weight of the forwards is 13st, but the backs are, as waa only to be expected, considerably

lighter The half-backs seem to be oarncalarly light. One of them is Mr Mullineux himself, who is said to be about the smallest player taking part in first-class football. At any rate, hi* height is fift lit., and his bund in proportion Of ihe others, perhaps the most interest will at« to iNicholls aod Timms, two of the thiee-quarters. Kicholls brings wi.h him a Kreat reputation. Mr Mullinenx contiders him to be the Snest three-qaarter in the Umua Kingdom. He is a Welsh international, and in combination with Uuzzey he is especially dangerous Un-. successfni efforts were made to secure the inclusion of Hnzzey, and fail.ng Hu 2Zey, Cowper, a JjcotlUh international, was offered iho place. Cowper, however, was unay.ilab.A, and at the last moment the services of M. Uucher, an Edinburgh academical, and a speedy wing .hree.quarters were obtained ln ertst will centre in limms by reaton of the fact that he is un Australian by birth, Ha was born in V ictona, ana was brought up at Geelong amongst tbe associa'iona of tho Vironsn game. Five years ago ha wont io Edin. burgh to study medicine, and there he quickly distinguished himself as a sprinter and a footballer. Ha is said to be a difficult man to stop nrhen he gols going, but lhat is stated also of several ofthe others. Doran, one cf the wing three-quarters, is great tackier. It appears ihat the forwards are not divided beforehand into ranks. The first men on the spot form the front row (compoted somehow or other of thiee men), and the lass men up tall in at the back". It is alleged that as a consequence of his iho packing of the eciummages is instantaneou?. Bui that is a moot point. In a'most every thing on this earth, method and system conquer haphazard arrangemen every lime. England plays two halves ; Australia two five-eighths Neither side appears to play any wings, one of thetKopiayets thus dispensed with being put bacs and the olher in amongst lhe forwards. It would seem as if the selectors of the N.!>, Wales and All Australia leanus had made up thtir minds to depend upon their o»n local productions in preference to pinning their faith to the new blood from th« Laud of iha Moa which was recently injected into the veins ofthe somewhat nervolesa 'SWelshmen. Of the M..L importations, who are on aU hands admitted io bs superior to the average Swolsher, Pauling (five-eighth) was the only one selecied against the Englishmen the claims of Haracastle, Purdue, Davis, and lhe rest of the ambitious ones were for some reason probably valid enough -- ignored. The Englishmen are conducting a sort of triumphal our hrough Queensland, but methinks that tbero can be mighty ittle energy lett in the Kanakdland athletes after the tropical summer heat and aqueous waiter have done wiih tbem. It has been said that in Rockhampton Iheroisaby-iaw forbidding the citizens lo wear heel» to their boots. Ihe Conncillors were forced to this step because of the frequent and per manent disappearances of eratifbile prutuinent cilizen3. lhe reason alleged is that the crust of earth separating the upper world from the centre *here ihe mercury is always bubbung over is sj thin thai a casual ihump »ith the beei causej it to give wry and swallow up the thumper. Charters lowers, inland from Townsviile ou the coast, is looked upon 83 one of the Australian country residences of the Beat of Heal, acd over the town a sulphurous glamour continually bangs. .Incidentally, one may mention that he was also recently established in winter quartern in Naibalia (Vie,. Chn.tchurch has finished lho senior malchbg. ana Lin wood has somo out the victor. Wellington also ha« finished up I etone carrying off the honours. How .t° g '^ liugfay Union, will it be before thy •' futures • are finally concluded 't

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FOOTBALL NOTES., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXIII, Issue 164, 15 July 1899

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FOOTBALL NOTES. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXXIII, Issue 164, 15 July 1899

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