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FOOTBALL.

THE RUGBY GAME.

TO-DAY'S MATCHES.

-mr. •■ following are the fixtures for to-day, ♦web. of the matches, boyi*' played on the No. 1 ground, Alexandra Park. .Franklin v. Auckland, Public Schools rep. match, at 11.30 Ji,m.; referee, Mr. N. Me-

Lean. '■'-'/"> Whangarei y/ Auckland, junior reps., at .one-p.m.; yefcrec, Mr. W. Pitts. Well&gioh v. Auckland, Ranfurly Shield match, at 2.45 p.m.; referee, Mr. John Williams.

The meeting of the schoolboy representatives is sure to prove interesting, and should result in a win for the local boys, who havo the advantage of city polish, acquired by tho coaching received from first-class players. The Whangarei-Auekland junior rep. match is a contest of which no forecast can bo made as to the probablo outcome. Tho local team are in good form, and play * fine game, but the quality of tho Whangarei players is unknown.

REPRESENTATIVE PROGRAMME. Tho following is the representative programme, for the season: — Augmst 22: Against, Thames fat Thames). August 22: Against Taranaki (junior rep. Aujrart 23: Auckland B v. Northern Wairoa (at Dar.uraville)- ' .-„ ■ ."■ August 29: Against Waiaku (junior rep. match;. L _ ■ ', . August, 29: Against Taranaki. September 5: Auckland B v Wednesday September 12: Against Thames (junior reps.), eft Thames. _. September 12: Against Otago.

RANFURLY SHIELD MATCH.

WELLINGTON V. AUCKLAND.

The Ranfurly shield match between the interprovinciai Rugby football teams of Wellington and Auckland will bo played at Alexandra Park to-day, when it is anticipated that a record crowd will attend. A great many strangers to the city, who have ■ been in Auckland for tho fleet celebrations, -liavo delayed their departure in order to witness tbo battle between the great Rugby rivals of New Zealand. Always a match brimful of interest, the fact that the fate of the Ranftrxlv shield hangs on the result makes it even more interesting. On form ; Wellington can hardly bo expected to win, but that does not rob tho fixture of its interest, for tho margin of points will be email. Wellington play the pretty back game, as against the strenuous forward play, indulged in by Auckland. With such, a magnificent pack, every member of which can turn himself into a back as tho occasion - demands, Auckland must always bo a formidable side to meet. The Wellington team lias bad a couple of useful practices, and are in good form, and may be expected to play - tho game from end to end. ~ . . ""■■" Tlao following are the teams for to-day: — ".. WELLINGTON. Fullback: J. Ryan. • ..' " Threequarters: A. Evensen, F. Mitchin--son, J. Magce. : ' 'Five-eighths: H. MeLcod and F. Roberts - (captain). Halfback: C. Green. ■..'.:.■'. Forwards: W.Hardham (wing). Hamilton, T.Trezis, A. C. Wilson, Arthur Wilson, D. Rush, W. F. Alexander, H. Dewar. ' T* • AUCKLAND. ~';.V'.;' . * Fullback: A. Renwiek. Threequarter3: F. .Wilson, G. Murray, and W. Johnston. \: Five^eighths: R. Magee. and G. Bater. Halfback: J. Morse. Forwards: G. Gillett (captain, wing), J. McGuire, F. Herring, A.. Francis, W. Cun- ■ ningham, G. Nicholson, 0. Seeling, and F. : Hayward. \ --C . Wellington will play in black jerseys, with yellow monogram, and Auckland will play in blue and white jerseys.

v Mr. Williams, of Dunedin, will referee in the match. ' " His Excellency the Governor, Lord Pluniet, the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward, . several members of the Cabinet, and the Mayor of Auckland, Mr. A. M. Myers, have fe-i"nifiea their intention of being present. Two " curtain raisers" will be nlayed. : The Franklin v. Auckland district school ■ representatives at 11.30, and the Whangarei representatives v. Auckland junior representatives at one o'clock. The Whangaxei team arrived last evening by the s.s. Kanieri, and were taken to the Waverley Hotel, where they will stay while in Auckland. . . ; HIGH SCHOOL MATCH. [BY. telegraph.— ASSOCIATION.] . Christchurch, Friday. The annual football match between : the Boys' High School and the Waitaki High School was played this afternoon, and resulted in a win for the former team by 11 points to 6. During the Pan-Australian Football Carnival, to be held at the end of this month, arrangements have been made for a mon- ' ster i smoke night at the Melbourne Town ; Hall; 1000 guests Eire to be invited. ■ Playing for the first time with North Adelaide recently was Algy Gehrs, tho well- ', known cricketer, who, two or three years ngo, did brilliant work for South Adelaide, but has been out of the game since. He is a brilliant back player. Leicester Football Club, always good friends to charity, have now determined to lend a hand to the Leicestershire _ Cricket Club. They have arranged for a visit next October from the Ist Leicester Regiment, the army Rugby champions. Recently a highly satisfactory _ cablegram reached Sydney, announcing l the inclusion of • Ireland in the programme hi the' Australian '}, team, and the addition of the army and the navy to the usual matches played by recent colonial tourists. Though Scotland will not be mot, Australia will, probably jjiavo a harder programme to < fulfill than the New Zcdanders had, despite the fact of 33 matches, as against 28, having been arranged for the former, inasmuch as there are 11 engagements in Wales, the stronghold of Rugby. The "All Blacks" played only five matches in Wales, and in each had to fight very hard. • Tho result of the win of Melrose over Oriental at Wellington has secured the championship to Melrose, who npw stand ; out six points in advance of anything in tho competition (says the Dominion). Tho season's play has been marked by a good ■deal of unnecessary roughness, but taking .all in all Melrose deserve their position of premier team. They have put up big fights, and have usually played havoc with the .strongest opposition in the second spelL Of the 11 games played they won 10 and drew one, Petone, last year's champions, being •the only combination that Melrose men could not beat. Petone, by the way, scored •more points than Melrose, their record being 167, as against Melrose's 155. Only 17 points were registered against Melrose, however, whilst 70 were scored against Petone.

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FOOTBALL., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13829, 15 August 1908

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FOOTBALL. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13829, 15 August 1908

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