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FOOTBALL.

THE RUGBY GAME.

AUCKLAND V. COUNTRY UNIONS.

A DRAWN GAME.

PLAYED IN CONTINUOUS RAIN.

The weather fates, which have been very kind this season to tho Auckland* Rugby Union, did not smile on the latest venture of the Now Zealand Rugby Union at Alexandra Park on Saturday afternoon. A strong easterly wind and continuous rain were the conditions in which the now scheme for unearthing country candidates for New Zealand representative teams was inaugurated. The first tour of the chosen of the combined country unions of the North Island was begun in a very depressing manner. Tlm match between Auckland and combined team, which attracted about -2000 to the Park, despite the conditions and counter-attrac-tions, ended in a draw, each side scoring eight points. The enthusiasts who braved tho elements were rewarded with a fino open exhibition of the code, in which some clever work was done, despite the disabilities of a wet ball and slippery ground. The ■lighter side of the game was always in evidence, the skating rink nature of the field causing some ludicrous falls into soft mud and dirty pools. The countrymen showed much cleverness, and were superior to the local backs, while the forwards also beat the looal pack in all but the finer points of the game. The team will certainly be a good side when they meet South Island at Wellington on August 12. It is rather strange to note that while most of the play was necessarily confined to the forwards, the heavy, sodden leather being difficult to handle by tho backs, three of the four tries scored were tho outcome of passing ■ runs. The visitors' tries were scored by Barry, one being converted by McKenzie, whilo for Auckland Stewart and Hall scored tries, O'Leary converting ono by a grand effort from near touch. The visiting fullback, McKenzie, of "Wairarapa— a brother of tho famous Off-side Mac "—is a tremendous kicker, and ho became quite a hero with the crowd on Saturday. The arrangements for the match were good. They were made by the Auckland Union officials on behalf of the New Zealand Union, who are controlling the tour. A sum of over £100 was taken at the gates, the whole of which, less ground rental and local expenses, will bo taken by the parent body to finance the tour* The day and field were not inviting on Saturday, when a few minutes after three o'clock the teams walked on the field and exchanged cheers. A strong easterly wind blew along the field, and drove a continuous sheet of rain before it. The teams, which were captained by Tyler (Auckland) and Carroll (Combined), lined out as follows: —

' AUCKLAND (Blue and White). Fullback: ;;; O'Leary. '.. ' Threcquarters: McGregor, Murray, Stewart. Five-eighths: , Gray, Power. \ Halfback: '. Ottersen. "'■ Wing-forward: , .'?, Wilkes. ' . ■;, . '■.-' '^Forwards: Tyler, Herring, Bruce, Cunningham, Harper, Hall/Barrett. COMBINED COUNTRY UNIONS (Alt Black). Fullback: McKenzie (Wairarapa). Threcquarters: Miller (Poverty Bay), Darby (South Auckland), O'Connor (Manawatu). Five-eighths: Lennard (South Auckland), Morgan (South Auckland). 'Halfback: Montgomery (Bay of Plenty). Wing-forward: Carroll, captain (Manawatu). M'': Forwards: _.-;., ••-";.. - Barry (Wairarapa), r Winter (Poverty Bay), W. Winiata (Horowhcnua), Smith (Bush Districts), Downing (Hawke's Bay), Bailey (Hawko's Bay), Desmond (Wairarnpa). Mr. H. Frost acted as referee.

COUNTRYMEN SCORE FIRST. Tyler won the toss, and decided to play with the wind and rain behind bin. Auckland bad all the best o( the- opening play, and several resultless shots at goal were taken. The local pack were beating the visitors, except in scrum work, in which tne countrymen held their own. The first exciting incident was a great run by Murray, and with Stewart in attendance a score seemed likely, »but the latter got in too close, and spoilt Murray's chance to puss. i The Auckland bucks settled down and tried some passing, but the pace was affected by the greasy ground, and the ball was hard to hold. Miller stopoed an Auckland forward rush, but from the play in from touch Auckland came again A clever mark by Gray, right in front of the posts, was taken by Cunningham, who missed A good forward rush by North Island, Ted by Carroll, carried play into Auckland's 25. The ball worked to centre, where Downing led another rush. From a serum at centre-field Wilkes smothered Montgomery, and Bruce carried play on. Jyennard settled a dash by McGregor, and O'Connor followed with a good line kick, and thus saved the situation. The first quarter ended without score. The All Blacks" felt the advantage of the wind, and started to attack at once after the change over. The. backs started passing, and showed good style. A long kick by Miller saw McGregor tackled with the ball 10yds from Auckland's line. O'Leary sent into touch. A crooked throw-in, and a scrum was called syds from the touch line. Montgomery secured from the scrum, and sent to Morgan, on the silly" side. He passed across the back.of the scrum to Lennard, who sent on to Downing, and he to Barry, who scored alongside the post. The try was a masterpiece in the conditions. McKenzie converted: Combined Country ... 5 Auckland ... ... ... 0 The visitors kept up the attack, Desmond being prominent, and O'Leary mulling gave a pena'ty rather than allow a score. McKenzie's kick was wide. A loose Auckland forward rush, led by Bruce, Barrett, and Tyler, was well saved by O'Connor, but the Auckland pack kept on the attack, and from a loose forward rush Power secured near the visitors' line, and sent a.long pass to McGregor, who took tho wet kill well, drew the defence, and then sent on to' Stewart, who was splendidly tackled by O'Connor, but fell across the line and scored. O'Lcury converted with a difficult kick : Combined Country ......; ... 5 Auckland ... ... ... 5 Tho visitors attacked on resumption, but Bruce and Marker relieved. The countrymen came back again, led by Carroll, the rush being well stopped by Stewart. The forward? tested the defence of the Auckland backs, who went down to the rushes in good style t . The spell ended with the visitors on the attack, the ball being in touch, sydß from Auckland's line. AUCKLAND IN THE LEAD. The "All Blacks" attacked after tho spell, a dangerous rush being luckily saved by a speculator by O'Leary. Carroll was .temporarily hurt. From loose play J. Barrett came through and raised the siege. Desmond and Winter were prominent, and then a long kick by Stewart luckily found touch syds from the line. Downing and Winiata broke through from the line, but Otterson went down well and saved. Cunningham next came through with a dashy run, but O'Connor saved well.; From tho play out Harper secured, and sent on to McGregor, and he passed to Hall, who was checked, and then by sheer , strength forced his way across the line, near' the coi-jcr flag, with three defenders hanging on. O'Leary made a great attempt to convert: ■ - ~v • ; Auckland ... ... ... ... ... 8 Combined Country ... ... ... 5 On resumption the ball went into Auckland's territory, and stayed there for some time, the visiting forwards showing great dash. They were running all over the Auckland forwards, and play kept in the locals' half. Otterson, Murray, Power, and O'Leary did good defensive work. The Auckland forwards charged down, and Miller was temporarily hurt in 'a collision with Stewart. From line-out play the local forwards dashed for the line,. and Tyler missed scoring . by inches. A force resulted, and the bell rang for change ends. From the play for the final quarter Darby, by a good kick, found touch 15yds out. Downing came through, but was stopped. Play hovered in Auckland's 25. and the visitors screwing the ■ scrum nicely their forwards dashed for Auckland's line. Desmond kicked across and chased the ball, but O'Leary got there first and kicked into dead-ball area. Aucklaid ; made a dash into the visitors' half, but Lennard returned the ball, and the visitors were again on the attack. Hall was getting in some good work at thi« stage, and the local players began to assert UieuweiTOß, and worked uofield by a series of

close line-out«, and; finally . carried the ball «crow the goal line. The -ball' was forced. The visitors camei back by a' series of \ lino kicks, and from a long -.kick Carroll charged down, and collaring O'Leary : tinder the: post* the situation became- serious. T*(o scrums followed on the line, but the Auckland forwards booted out. McKenzie had two pots at goal. The excitement became great as . the -visitors kept up the pressure, and 'here was on ominous pause when McKenzie took a free kick. There was much local relief when the kick failed. The country coavins wero not to be denied, and the local backs failing to field the greasy ball it was kicked across .the line, and Barry following fast, fell on it. '■'■■; The fate of th« match hung on McKenzie's kick, bat he failed,. »nd the bell rang with the game a draw. When the teams left the field they were wet through, and so n-ud-bespattcred as to be almost unrecognisable The final scores were: . Combined Country .. ... ... > ... 8 Auckland ... ... ... ... ... 8 The Combined Country Union's team left for New Plymouth, via Onehunga, yesterday afternoon. The balance of the team's programme is as 'follow:—Play Taronaki Union at New Plymouth on Thursday, August J; leave for Wangunui on Friday morning; olay Wanganui on August 5 leave for Wellington on Monday morning, August 7; piav Wellington on August 9; play South I&la'id team on Saturday, August 12; depart, for home on Monday, August 14.

UNIVERSITY BEAT FRANKLIN. The Auckland University College senior grade team travelled to Pukekohe on Saturday and met the reps, (f the Franklin Onion, the game king won by the students by 12 points to 3. The match was played in wet weather. The city players opened their scoring account early, a brilliant dash by Wilson being responsible for a try obtained by Ifwcrson. The second try was also the outcome of good, work by Wilsoi, Mackenzie putting on the finishing touch™. The score at half-time was University 6 points, Franklin nil. Early in the third quarter Ifweroon kicked a goal from a mark by Webb In the final quarter the Franklin team attacked a good deal, and II a trick scored. Bilkcy ended an Auckland passing rush by scorirg, "and the game ended :— Auckland University ... ... ... 12 Franklin Union ... ... 3

WANGANUI BEAT RANGITIKEI. [BT TBLEGRAPB,—PRKSS ASSOCIATIOr."" Wasgakui, Sunday. Wanganui defeated Rangitikci at Rugby yesterday by 14 points to 3. Percival, Coutts, Schmidt, and Cunningham scored tries tor Wangamii, Phillips converting one. Wilson scored for Rangitikei in the first spell. Campion and Percival were injured and had to retire. Southcombe. the crack Wangnnui back, is at present out of the game owing to an injury. MAORIS BEAT POVERTY BAY. [BT TELEGRAPH.—PRESS ABBOCIATIOS.] GIBBORKK, Sunday. The Maori footballers at present on tour met Poverty Bay on Saturday afternoon in fine weather, but the ground was greasy as the result of recent rain. The local team was by no means a representative one, several experiments being tried in the personnel, junior players being introduced. The visitor* showed excellent combination in the back division, and eventually won rather easily by 19 points to 6. The visitors will leave for Napier by the Monowai to-night.'

HAMILTON AND CAMBRIDGE DRAW. , [BT TELEGRAPH.—OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Hamilton, Sunday. A representative match between the Hamilton and Cambridge Rugby Unions was played here yesterday, resulting in a draw, each side, scoring three points. The exhibition of football generally was decidedly poor, far below representative form, and if this was a fair sample of the choicest fare that Rugbyites can serve up for the delectation of the public then the supporters of the Northern Union game, which appears to be making steady progress in the Waikato, need not take, the exponents of Rugby seriously. There was nothing but whistle from start to finish, and free kicks were more common than kicks of any other variety. Hamilton lost several good opportunities to score in the first half of the game, and had slightly the best of the play. In the third quarter BJennerhassett, for Cambridge, prettily intercepted a pass about midfield, and punting over the heads of the intervening backs dribbled over and scored, but the try was not converted. i From this until the close, of the game Cambridge were aggressive, and narrowly missed scoring on one occasion. Just before the game closed Hughes, from one of the numerous free kicks awarded to Hamilton, kicked a splendid penalty goal, making the wore even, and the game ended almost immediately after. In the second half Clarkin and Farrelly injured their collarbones, and had to retire, and towards the end of the play Spiers was also incapacitated and .was unable to go On.

PAEROA BEAT KARANGAHAKE. [BY txi.kgrath.—OWN CORRESPONDENT.] PASROA, Saturday. The representative football match at Pacroa this afternoon between Pacroa and Karangahake was played on a wet ground, and the ball was very greasv, while showers of rain fell at intervals. Under the circumstances anything like a scientific display was out of the question. The game resulted in a win for Paeroa by three points (a try scored* by Shaw) to nil. Mr. .1. Hrennan referred. During the game C. Bunting (Karangahake) had to retire with a broken nose, while Eugene Shaw (Paeroa) also received a nasty knock and had to leave the field.

THE RANFURLY SHIELD.

. SOUTH AUCKLAND MATCH. ! The officials of the South Auckland Union have written, stating that August 16 will not suit for the date of the Itanfurly shield match against Auckland. They have requested the local union to plav the match on the date originally suggested,' viz., August 23. As South Auckland have prior cairn to a Itanfurly shield match, the Auckland Union will probably accede to their wish, in w"hich case the Poverty Bay Union will be unable to get a date for a match this season. ■

CLUB MATCHES. JUNTOB GBADE RESULTS. Junior grade matches were played on Satur day as follows :— ;; THIRD GRADE. Onehunga Methodists won from St. Benedict's bv default : "'.: * ; p Citv wo.i from Grafton by default. l'arnell beat No. 2 Natives by 3 points to nil. Engineers and North Shore drew, each • side scoring three points each. Engineers played two men short." FOURTH GKADE. Ponsonby A v. Grafton: Drawn game, neither s'de scoring. City won from Parncll by default. FIFTH GRADE. Ponsonbv B won from City by default. Newton A beat Marist Bros by 6 points to nil. Ponsonbv A beat Grafton A by 6 points to nil. Parncll beat Newton C by 19 points to nil.

PUBLIC SCHOOL MATCHES. The public school niaU'bes were postponed on Saturday on account of the inclement weather. The draw for the second round of the Public Schools' Rugby Union matches is as follows A GRADE. First Round : Devonport v. Newton East, Newtoil West v. Mount Eden, Foneonby v. Beres-ford-street, Remuera v. Richmond Road. Second Round: Devonport v. 'Newton West, Newton Kaet v. Richmond Rood, Ponsonby v. Mount Eden, Remuera v. Bereaford-otrcet. Third Round: Devonport v. Ponsonby, Newton East v. Newton Wast, Remuera v. Mount Eden, Bcresford-street v. Richmond Road. Fourth Round: Devonport v. llemuera, Newton East v. Ponsonby, Newton West v. Richmond Road, Bercsford-street v. Mount Eden. Filth Round: Devonport v. Beresford-street, Newton East v. Remuera, Newton West v. PonBouby, Mount Eden v. Richmond Road. Sixth Round: Devonport v. Mount Eden, Newton East v. Beresford-street, Newton West v. Remuera, Ponsonby v. Richmond Road. Seventh Round : Devonport v. Richmond Road, Newton Bast v. Mount Eden, Newton West v. Beresford-street, Ponsonby v. Remuera. - B GRADE. First Round : Napier-street v. Parnell, Bayfield v. Pitt-street, Mount Albert v. Normal, Grafton v. Onehunga. Second Round: Napier-street v. Bayfield, Parnell v. Onehunga, Mount' Albert v. Pitt-street, Grafton v. Normal. Third Round Napier-street v. Mount Albert, Parnell v. Bayfield, Grafton v. Pitt-street, Normal v. Onehunga. ' Fourth Round: Napier-street v. Grafton, Parnell v. Mount Albert, ' Bayfield v. Onehunga, Normal v. Pitt-«treet. - ' " . Fifth Round: Napier-street v. Normal, Parnell v. Grafton, Bayfield v.. Mount Albert, Pitt-street v. Onehunga. - Sixth Round: Napier-street v. Pitt-street, Parnell v. Normal, Bayfield v. Grafton, Mount Albert v. Onehun«a. . ■•' , '■•_ , , Seventh "<, Round: Napier-street v. Onehunga, Parnell v. PittHstreet, Bayfield v. Normal, Mount Albert v. Grafton. ■ , - ;.v' : .. C GRADE. '.'; First Round: Pitt-street v. Ellerslie, Nelsonstreet v. Newmarket, Avondale v. Epsom, Edendale a bye. ' ' Second Round: Edendale v. Nelson-street, Ellerslie v. Newmarket, Avondale v. Pitt-street, Epaom a bye. Third Round: Edendnle;;-. v. Newmarket, Ellerslie v. Nelson-street, Epsom v. Pitt-itreet, Avondale a bye.. ■:-. • - Fourth Round: Edendale v. Avondale, Ellerslie v. Epsom, Nelson-street v. Pitt-street, Newmarket Fifth Round: Edendale ■ v. ' Epsom, Ellerslie v. Avondale, Newmarket v. Pitt-street, Nelsonstreet a bye. . • , > ' Sixth Round: Edendale v. Pitt-street,'. Neleonstrect. v. Avondale, Newmarket v. ; Epsom, Ellerslie a bye. - , . . . ', Seventh Round : Ellerslie v. Edendale, Nelsonctreet v. Epsom, Newmarket v. Avondale, Pittstreet, a bye. ''' ;-;v ; !

SECONDARY SCHOOLS' '■ MATCHES. St. John's Collegiate School v. Technical Collego: St. John's won by 5 points to nil. Cleland kicked a goal from a mark by Harrison.

TB KUITI V. MANGAPEEHI. ■'" [MOKOint OWK CORBBBPOHD«HT.] .'.'' [• ' <■ Te Kuiti, Saturday. The Maniopoto Rugby Union's .fixtures were continued to-day, when Te Kuiti met Mahgapeehi at Manganeehi. The game resulted in a win for To Kuiti by 19 points to nil. Mr. N. B. Lusk was . referee. . q The - match - Otorohanga v. Oparure, 1 to have been played at To Kuiti, was forfeited to the former, owing to the latter having failed to put in an appearance.

'' THAMES MATCHES. [BT TBIiBGRAPH.—OWN CORBBSTOJfDRNT.] '. -.Thakbs, Sunday. - A match was played on Saturday between a team from • Waitakaruru and the local Suburbs Club, which resulted in a win for the local club by 19 points to 11. The scorers for the local team were Boles two trios; Fleming and Montgomery, the latter also converting two tries, and kicking a penalty goal, while for the visitors Wade secured one try, and the Fisher brothers two, one of which was converted. - l In the local cup contest City defeated County by 14 points to 3. Dare, F. Hayward, Willctts, and Matthews secured a try each for the winning team, one of which was converted by E. Hayward, and Rabe secured n try for County. _ The match between Suburbs second Juniors and High School resulted in a draw.

SOUTHERN RESULTS.[BT TBIiHGBAI-JI,—PRK33 AaBOOIA.T:O]I.3 Weulikgtow, Sunday. There was splendid weather for the outdoor games yesterday afternoon. The senior Rugby matches resulted as follows Athletic beat ■■ St. James's bv 3 points to nil, Petone boot Wellington by 16 points to i; Poncke beat Southern by 3 points to nil, Oriental beat Old Boys by M points to 5, Victoria College beat Melrose by 3 points to nil. The junior grade championship for the season has been won bv the Wellington Club. Christchukch, Saturday. The weather : was fine, though cold, for the Canterbury Rugby Union's competitions this afternoon, and the grounds were in fair order, though a ! trifle greasy. ;By defeating Christchurch by 13 points to 6 Albion make the championship a certainty, as I hey have now a clear leaf! of three points, with only one more match to play. Old Boys defeated Linwood by 12 points to 10, Monivalc had a comfortable win over Canterbury College by 20 points to 6, and Sydenham beat Marists by' 11 points to 6. Dunedis, Sunday The first grade football results on Saturday were as follow:—University beat Southern by 12 points to 11; Kaikorai beat Union by 21 points to 3; Toieri Rovers beat Port , Chalmers by 3 points to nil: Zingnri-Richmond beat Pirates by 23 points to nil: Aihambrn beat Punodin by 14 points to nil. University's lead, now l!xU the second round has bee l entered upon, is assured. Tho score* »r<.-' University 22. Zmgari-Kichn>on(l 20, Southern 18, Kaikorai 19, - Alhambra 17, Pirates 10, Union 3, Taieri Rovers 8, Port Chalmers 6, and Dunedi l 6. ■

NORTHERN UNION GAME.

NEW ZEALAND V. AUCKLAND.

TOURING TEAM BEATEN.

LOCAL FORWARDS SUPERIOR.

The representative New Zealand team has evidently become acciHtomel to the hard, billiardtable grounds of Australia, fo- on Saturday,, in pelting tain, and on a slippery field, they made a comparatively poor showing against Auckland. The. Takaptina racecourse was dotted with little pools when the game commenced, and under the trampling feet of the contesting tfiras it was soon an area *of treacherous mud. These unfavourable conditions had little effect on the play of the Auckland, forward division, whose display of footwork repeatedly aroused the enthusiasm of the bunches of Fpcctators that shivered under umbrella* on tho terrace. it was for tho most part due to them that the game was lively and fast, and though the backs- on either side found extreme difficulty in handling the ball surely, tho ma*.::i was full of "incident, and there were parsing rushes that could safely be termed brilliant. The final result was: Auckland 11, New Zealand 7. In the first spell Kay and Carhw scored for Auckland, end Buckland for New Zealand, and in the second Waters secured another try for Auckland and -Asher goaled. - ■ The ■ teams : lined '•< tit as follows:— Now Zealand: Fullback, E. Asher: threoquarters, Buckland. Siddells, Winder, Blake»" fiveeighths, Morse; halfback. McDonald; forwards, Dunning (captain), Bukutai, Seager, Stanaway, Mackrell, una Denize. Auckland: Fullback. Chiids; thrcequarters, A. Asher, Robinsoi, . ' illamore, Kay, five-eighths, Carlaw; halfback, Jackson; forwards, • Griffen, Waters, Bennett, Frickcr, O'Sullivan, Mitchell. Auckland's first attack followed the kick-off, and ' playing with the wind ; they > wero soon pressing New Zealand back. The blacks' made a rally, and after a scrum in the 25 the leather was punted right down to their lino. There was a great race to get up with it, and | a touchdown seemed certain, until Kay, by a fine effort, jumped past an opponent and scored for Auckland, amid cheers. Asher failed to convert Auckland .......... ..... 3 New Zealand ... ... ...... 0 •: On resuming Auckland, again attacked desperately, and were within an ace of notching another try, but R. Asher made a strong run after a tall that was kicked over his head, and touched down. • A few minutes later Griffon led a fast rush, and nearly scored.. He was not speedy enough. The following-tin tactics of the Auckland pack were proving effective, ' and the New Zealand team were smothered time after time, though tlieir backs were saving well by good rush-stopping.: Opal Asher led an aggressive movement, and though he was cleverly tackled, tho ball went on before the forwards, and Carlaw shot out after it and scored easily. Bennett did not succeed with the kick: Auckland ... ... , ... ... ... 6 New Zealand ... ... '..•;•: ... 0 > The scrummaginjr work of the combined team was superior, but their backs were not, smart enough with th; .: greasy ball, and Auckland maintained the pressure so that the case for New Zealand seemed hopeless. Auckland were becoming ro confident that their backs were even attempting individual dashes for the line. In tackling on* opponent Winder was injured and had to retire. Buckland was then responsible for an acceptable change. ,He caught the Auckland '< fulllaak with the leather, and fa sorum ensued. The black forwards heeled cleanly, . and then their bocks took part in the best passing nub of the day. McDonald sent it out neatly to the threequarter-line, and when Buckland got possession there was no one to stop him. He crossed easily and scored. Stanaway's kick was not successful, and the score at half-time was: Auckland ... .. ... .. ... 6 New Zealand ;..... ... ;.. 3 New Zealand commenced a brisk attack in the second spell, and th?lr backs were playing' better from the scrums. Morse put in some telling work, and Auckland had to force. Two successive New Zealand rushes were repulsed after considerable effo.-t.'and by smart play by Chi Ids, Auckland advanced to half-vay again". There was a hard struggle for advantage, as the game lad come to a deciding point. With tine "combination Auckland were the; first to fhow up, and in a few minute* they had victory certain. Griffen and Bennett went.: awav together, and when, play was in New Zealand's 25 tho vigour of the attack was redoubled,- The defence was fairly sound, but ?it did not hold out. The city forwards went at it again, ;>nd brought the tall to Nov Zealand's goal nopts. Waters, who was in idvance. fell on the ball and scored Asher converted. Auckland ... ... .... ... ...11 New Zealand ... „. '.'„' '",' The play in the final stages was hollv-con-tested. Morse opened up tho game in 'Auckland's 25, but a promising passing rush was nullified by poor handling. Child;* forced down on one occasion, and Auckland made' of the kick-off to neutralise play. There were a few exciting rushes and counter-rushes, and then tho whistle wont for tint?, with the score: Auckland ..... ... ... ... u New Zealand ... ~'. '„'. " 3 Mr. R. Oliphant acted as referee.

AUCKLAND V. WELLINGTON.

THE LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES,

The Auckland representative team to play Wellington at Victoria Park next Saturday in as follows:—Fullback, Child* (City) threcquarters, Asher (City), Robinson (Citv), McKay (Ngaruawahia), E. Asher. (Citv); five-eighths Morse (City); halfback, Jackson (North Shore) forwards, Griffin (North Shore), Dunning (Ponsonby); Bennett McDonald (Ponsonbv) Rukutoi (City). Seager (North Shore). Emergencies: Backs: Dillunore ■;(Ponsonbyi, Carlaw (Ponsonby), aiolly (Ponsonby); forwards, Stanaway (City); Mitchell (City), O'Sullivan (City) The team will meet at, Victoria Park for uructice tomorrow and Thursday evenings, at eight o'clock. s

JUNIOR TRIAL MATCH. A junior representative trial match, which was played as a curtain-raiser to the big match at Takapuna racejourse on Saturday, resulted in a draw. Each >-ide scored six points. i

THE ASSOCIATION GAME.

FIRST DIVISION MATCHES.

AFFECTED BY THE RAIN,

The Auckland Association (soccer) football matches were played under adverse weather conditions at Kingsland Park on Saturday. The ground displayed small lakes and mud, and us a consequence play was not up to. the usual standard. ;-. ' ' , ' In the senior division Caledonian failed to put in an appearance against Corinthian. The referee (Mr. Speed) declared that" the ground was playable. Corinthian therefore kicked off and registered a goal, and the match was given in their favour. ( , ' W.Y.M.I. beat Carlton by 3 goals to 1. Shortly after play started W.Y.M.I. scored against Carlton, H. Gribble shooting the ball into the net. .'•. Nyberg' then made made matters >; even bv scoring for Carlton. In the second spell J. Halstead «nd S. Gribble eaoh scored goals for

W.Y.M.J., the game ending - with the scores: W.Y.M,L 3 goals, Carlton 1 goal. ■ Ponsonbv maintained their, lead for the championship, beating: North Shore on the latter club's ground by 5 goals to 1. \ •

THIRD DIVISION.

Tabernacle beat North Shore by 6 goals to nil. -'v. '.■• ■'-:■':■-,:' :- - ■"■?'' .: * Mount Albert beat St. John's by 1 goal (scored by Harrison) to nil. By this win Mount Albert has won the third division championship. ■

' FOURTH DIVISION. ;j The fourth division matches were held over for the purpose of holding a rep. trial match which, however, did not eventuate.

• FIFTH ..DIVISION. The fifth division matches were postponed on account of the weather on Saturday.

' EVERTON V. HENDERSON. The Everton team journeyed to Henderson on Saturday to play, the local eleven. The weather WM none too favourable, but notwithstanding this the Auckland team had a most enjoyable outing. Brewer won the toss for the visitors, and Haddock kicked off for the home team. Even play followed, Love eventually doing the needful ! for Everton from a well-placed corner taken by -Marsh. Henderson soon drew level, Rountree scoring with a splendid shot from back. At half-time the score was one goal each. On the resumption fast play followed, neither team having much the better of the exchanges. Love and Boync; scored again for Everton, and Ryan head ed through from a corner for Henderson, a verv even game resulting in a win for the visitors by 3 goals to 2. The .full 90 minutes was played. Rountree, Healy, and Ryan played good games for the home team. _ After the match the teams sat down to a firstclass dinner, supplied bv mine host of the Henderson Hotel. A smoke concert followed, members of both teams contributing. Robinson and Bovhe were in good voice, their vwal effOTj* being on a par with their football abilities, while Marsh proved the comic man of the party. "" teams finished up an enjoyable time by attending Mr. Hamilton Hodges' concert at the public hall. The E vert on team arrived back in town in the wee, sma' hours of the morning tired but. happy. The Everton Club take this opportunity of thanking the Henderson Club for the good'time given them, and advise any club having a vacant date to give Henderson a match. The teams on Saturday were:—Henderson: Healev, Rountree, Anipe, T. Piatt, Wright, Howard. Arnold, Rvan. Haddock, Double, H. Piatt. Everton: Wall, Brewer, Robinson, Atkinson. Caradtis. Forrest, Marsh, fx>vc, Boyne, Whilcomb, Isbister. Referee, Mr. Spencer.

THE BROWN SHIELD.

CANTERBURY BEATS MANAWATU. [BY TELEGRAPH.—rREB3 AS9OCIATIO!f.] CnRISTCHCRCH, Saturday.. Th* Association football match for the Brown shield. r<!nved here to-day, resulted in Canterbury beating Manawatu by 5 goals }° nil. uantcrbuiv (.onscquenUy retains the shield, v

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FOOTBALL., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14746, 31 July 1911

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FOOTBALL. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14746, 31 July 1911

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