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FOOTBALL.

THE RUGBY CAME. SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS. MARIST BROTHERS DEFEAT PONSONBY. WINS FOR CITY AND UNIVERSITY. Marist Brothers 0, Ponsonby 6. University 8, Parnell 3. City 3, College Rifles 0.

The weather was cold and showery on Saturday afternoon; when the Auckland Rugby Union's competitions were resumed, after,a week's respite. Grounds were soft and slippery, and conditions • generally were all against scientific football. Despite the rain and cold, however, over 4000 people journeyed out to Alexandra ;l'ark to witness the games, chief interest being centred on the match between the leadinc teams, Ponsonby' and Marist Brothers. With the exception of Carroll, who has left tho city, the Marists were at full strength, but Ponsonby were without the services of George Sellars and Duff. It was expected that the teems would provide a good exhibition, but play was most uninteresting, being very ragged throughout. Marists had the assistance of a strong wind is the first quarter, but had slightly the -worst of matters in» the early stages, the loose rusheo of tho Ponsonby forwards being very hard to check. However, when they got going, they scored two tries in quick succession, and with a little luck would probably have added a couple more. Marists scored again in the second quarter, but O'Leary reduced the lead with a penalty goal, and the score was 9 to .3 ■when half-time -was called. There was no scoring in the third quarter, but in the final Biases O'Leary kicked another penalty goal ■for Ponsonby,' tho game ending l in a win for Marists by three points. On tho play. Marists should have won by a bigger margin. Their forwards, with the exception of loose play, were better in all departments, and their backs were also better all round than the Ponsonby rearguard, which appeared at times to be quite disorganised. When the Ponsonby forwards made the game open they ■were always dangerous, but the Marist packmen, being superior in all other departments, gave the blue and blacks few chances. -On No. C ground. City and College Rifles, both with weak teams, indulged in a harmless'sort of game. Play was seluoni interesting, and City just won b;r a try to nothing. Parnell nut tip a fair fi,«d)t against Univer- . sity, and only suffered defeat by S points to 3. Ponsonby r.nd Marist Brothers are now leading for premier honours with 14 points each. University being second with 13 points and City fourth with 11 points. Ii University', defeats Ponsonby on Saturday »nrf Marists beat City, Marists will win the championship, but if both Ponsonby and Marists win they will have to meet a third tirca- : -•• - ,'.'-.

.* MARTST BROTHERS V. PONSONBY.

Marist Brothers won the toss, and I pnBonby kicked off against a stiff breeze, i lay immediately centred, two line-outs being held near the half-way flag. From the second throw-in the Ponsonby half set hia backs - in. motion, but O'Leary spoiled . the movement by kicking instead of passing. Ihe . return kick found the line in Ponsonby territory, where McDonald made an opening, which was not taken full . advantage .of, a back being caught with the ball in possession. The Ponsonby forwards, changed the venue with a sweeping rush, and for a few minutes Marints were hard pressed, a forcedown eventually bringing relief. _ Ponsanby ■were soon on the attack again, and the backs -: obtaining possession, a try looked Il j| l yEater, however, sent a ".grubber" to Mur- '..*! ray, and spoiled a snlendid chance. Hail. who was handy,: fielded the ball well, and made a bumping run, but was pulled down ; near the twenty-five line, where O'Leary had a fruitless shot at goal,, following off-side play - by one of the Marist'a forwards. Ponsonby had had the best of matters so far, but after O'Leary's shot had aliased - the Marist, forwards took charge, anil by close play carried the war into the enemy's csunp. From a scrum close un J. . O'Brien dashed off, but - lost the ball when; on the point of crossing Maintaining the pressure, j Marists soon took the lead."- Near the twenty-five line. 01 sen u. >--ftwrlcd over. the heads of the Ponsonby orwards, :<ffld the bounce cl the ball bealiiw i: : the Ponsonby' backs, Cornaga. who had fol- .' lowed smartly. scored a simple try near the •,: : : posts. =; J. O'Brien missed the goal: — -. • 'Marist Brothers '."... --.- ... • — 3 :■•'-.. ;. Ponsonby :'•■-',-. ,-,•■•■_/ .••« ; : .- ••-' ° :-,;, ? .'•'"■• Rain was falling when the ball was set, in motion again, and both teams adopted '' soc- • ■'■'■- cer" tactics for a time. Marists, however, were doing the better work, and it wa« not . long .before- Ponsonby'a line /was -'.again ; crossed. ; The blue , and blocks appeared to have gone all to pieces.'and when B. O'Brien , set oS after fielding the ball smartly near ■ the twisty-five ; line, sno • one appeared to .be able to get. near him. *• l-Tearins the line O'Brien passed to his brother, who. cut in, beat : two men,-and scored prettily near the . '■ posts. ;;. B. O'Brien's shot went 1 outside, and 7 -r.'-'.the: Quarter, ended::— ;■•'■ '•:■"■■.:

Marist Brothers ... ... ... 6 Ponsonby,j- .'...'■;': ..." -....; : . — ',0

.In the early stages-of the second Quarter neither side could claim any great advantage, but eventually the ■ Marists invaded their opponents' . territory, where they remained . for a r Jew minutes, the play being characterised -by . line-outs ■. and scrums.. - Murray at last. raised the siege, and Ponsonby took a hand at attacking, but faulty handling slopped each rush. . After O'Leary had had a shot at gos,l from near half-way. B. O'Brien f01..-lowed ..-lowed up : a; kick and caught Dance in possession. There was a brief scrimmage about 15yds from Ponsonby's line, and eventually Dennehy picked up and bustled over. Callaghan failed to convert: . ; ;

li% Marist Brothers .... ... ... 9 \-£ V Ponsonby < ... ;.. ... . ... 0 • Ponaonby now appeared to be well beaten. The Marist forwards were beating.them badly in the close play; and the backs were assisting with < accurate line play. Thei3 were few, incidents, worth the chronicling, however, until a few minutes of time, when O'Leary kicked a fine goal from the touchline from a mark by Dance:— : Mari3t Brother* ... ... ... 9 Ponsonby ... «•■ 3 .• Pomronby . commenced the second spell in frond style,-and for a while it looked as if the blue and blacks were going to pull the game out of the fire. The first 10 minutes of the spell were easily. the most interesting of the match, play being fast and exciting. Ponsonby backs combined nicely on two occasions, and should really have scored a try. Stewart spoiled the first rush by failing to take a pass, and a little later McGregor endeavoured to hurdle the Marist Brothers' fullback when a pass in-field would have resulted in.a try. After these narrow escapes the Mcriat forwards took charge, and play again tightened up. B. O'Brien had hard lock on one occasion, the ball being dropped -when the Ponsonby men were all o"ut of Position. ■.-' Marista were in Ponsonby's territory all the time in the final stages of the quar■ts but when the bell rang to change ends they had failed to add .to their tally of points.' ■''....'■ ""':-' Marists had the better of play in the early stages of the final quarter, ' but Ponsonby played up desperately. arid, had rather the . best of matters in the final ten minutes. Marists adopted safe tactics, and play was not very interesting. About six minutes fror" Han* O'Leary had a .shot from clo»e to the half-way lin". and 'sent the ball fairly between the uprights: — Marist Brothers 9 Ponfeonby ... C There was some excitement among the Spectators after this, and when Maria's were penalised in a dangerous nuarter it was thought that O'Leary would make a drown irair>p o f it. Pot on<-e, however, the skilful goal-kick<»r failed, and th<! bell ranp- a few r"ir>utes lat*r. Mari«ta thoroughly deserved ■their win, being easily the better team on the day:— Marist Brothers 9 . Ponsonby ... 6 Mr. A. Nicholson was referee. •;'-. CITY V. COLLEGE RIFLES.

College Rifles took the field against City with a "team -which included six emergencies, ■while the red. and blacks were also ke'jjw! •thair usual strength. . City went to the attack from the outset, but Reed came in and intercepted a pass, and sent play back to the centre. Loose forward play followed until Tresize and Fake came away in a rush which placed tho rod and bla'i-s once more on the offensive A hoi attack ensued, but De Audney gave his side relief with a force. City continued to have all the better of matters. und kont College busy defending. The red and black rearguard essayod several passing movements, but there was no vigour in them 1 work, and College managed to avert the danger on each occasion. The quarter ended ■without any score on either fide. The second quarter opened with City immediately on the attack. The forwards were throwing the ball about freely, and. several passing rushes by the rearguard just failed to materialise. College were hard put keeping out the invaders until King snapped up, nnd breaking through, was responsible for a Kood dash to half-way. The College forwards improved on the position, and .the red and blacks were in-turn the defenders. Sutherland secured' in the open and made a sho';t dash! down tho line, but was brought down just when he was beginning to look dangerous. Half-time was called with honours «till oven, - ~. .

> The second bi >ell commenced with the red and blacks ca. the aggressive. City ■were making, great efforts to score, but though the work of. the., forwards was good, the backs were giving a very poor exhibition. An infringement bjr one of the College forwards gave City a Tree kick, but O. Stewcrt's r.<tempt at goal > cas a feeble one. Shortly after, Hogan secured . and after a short dash, crosskicked to his forwards. Fake obtained possession and d. ished over, but was brought back for a kno.:k-on. Early in the- final quarter the City backs were responsible for their beat piece of work of the day. A iter passing through several hands, tho ball came out to D. Stewart, who sent on to Hoj an, the latter being collared by De Audney. when he was within a foot of the line. Ci ty kent up a spirited attack, and on three occasions narrowly missed scoring. Their erf cits v-ero eventually crowned with success, O. Ste' vart capping some loose play by sjcorinc near the corner. Fake took the kick, but ladled "io convert. During tho remainder of the spoil, the red and blacks maintained their supromacy. and gave College no opportunity of equalising matters. The Kamc thus ended witii the score: — City ... 3 College liifles 0 Mr. G. Kaiterns cor.lroll ,?d the game. ! UNIVERSITY V,. PARNELL. University and Darnell met on No. 4 ground the maroon:* being defeated by 8 po.'nta to 3. 'Varsit i were quick to get going, ana soon assumed t-te aggressive. After somo desultory play, th j blue forwards obtained posst ssion* and were responsible for a good piece of passing play. The movement was capped by Lambert crossing the lino in a uood yosition. Tl « try was converted by F. Wilt-on. The »rerso spurred Parnell to greater effort, and for a period they held 'Varsity in check. The blues were not to bo denied, however, aad eventually Inkstcr got over, and scored the second try of the match. Wilson's shot at i-roal was unsuccessful. The. blues continued to hold the advantage, but. a fine run, by Edwards, which culminated in his crossing 'Varsity's line, changed the complexity of mitters. Hardwicke failed at .goal. Ha.i-timo was called with the scores: — Univer.u'ty 8 Parnell 3 For the greater part of the second spell play was of t very ragged nature. Tho 'Varsity backs covided several bright. Hashes of play, but the maroons defended stubbornly, and succeeded in stalling off the attacks. Parnell also nuide many sorties into the bines' territory, but none of their efforts were successful. The game ended without any score bavj ins resulted during the spell: — University ... S Parnell 3 Mr. S. Conway was referee. SECOND GRADE. NewtoV- defeated Poesonby by 3 points to 0. Marist Brothers defeated University B by 8 points to 0. Grafton .and College Rifles won by default from University A and City respectively. THIRD GRADE. Grafton defeated City by 10 points to 0.. St. John's defeated West Had Rowing Club by 6 points to 0. * Post and Telegraph won from University by default.

FOURTH GRADE. MARIST BROTHERS PREMIERS. Marist Brothers won from Newton by default. Marists have now won tho championship. ; FIFTH GRADE. PARNELL PREMIER TEAM. Only one fifth grade match was played on Saturday, City defeating Marist Brothers by 3 points to 0. Newton and North Shore defaulted to Parnell and Ponsonby respectively. Parnell have won the championship for the third year in succession.'. SECONDARY SCHOOL RESULTS. SECOND GRADE. ' King's College A beat Sacred Heart by It points to 3. r _ ; *. , _ „ Grammar School A'beat Technical College by 3 points to 0. THIRD" GRADE. Sacred Heart beat Technical College by 10 points to 0. '.'•., _ King's College drew with Grammar School A. neither team scoring. ' PUBLIC SCHOOLS. t A GRADE. Devonnort won from Richmond Road by default. ■: , .~ ; . % - ' • B GRADE. y ' Newton West won from. Onehunga by default. Napier Street defeated Mount Albert by 38 points to 0. For Napier Street, Nicholl (3), Anderson. Buckley, Cole (2), Partington, Martin, and G. Cole scored, Nicholl converting one try. : ' • Avondale defeated Nelson Street by 37 points to 3. For Avondale, Holmes (2). Paice (4), Archibald. McMicken, and Cram scored. Holmes converting five. For Nelson Street, Napier scored. Nelson Street played shorthanded. -: ■•■ ■ . ■-•: , "'''., Vermont Street defeated Newmarket by 6 points to 0. For Vermont Street, Wilson and Regan scored. i. C . GRADE. /..

■ ■ Mount '":' Eoskill defeated Newmarket by 5 points to 3. For Mount Roskill. Cole scored and converted. For Newmarket, Lawrence scored. '* - ■■',-. '. '■ . Epsom defeated Maungawhnu by 29 points to 0. For Epsom, H. Smith (2), Wright, lhbertson, F. Smith, and Sno&rras3 scored •while H. ' Smith and K. Wright converted two each. ■ \ Ellerslie defeated To Panapa by 18 points to 0. For Ellerslie, Green (3), Fisher, Knight, and Banks scored. Normal won from Edendalc by default. INTER-ISLAND MATCH. " SOUTH DEFEATS NORTH. A RUNAWAY VICTORY.

SOUTHERN BACKS' FINE FORM.

[by telegraph.— association.]

Christchurch, Saturday. ' The inter-island match was played at Lancaster Park this afternoon, the attendance of spectators being well over 6000. The match resulted as follows: — South Island, 25 points (2 goals from tries, 4 tries, and 1 penalty goal); North Island. 0. South Island were fortunate in being able to put in the field the 15 playert originally selected. Several changes were made in the Northern team, which was also weakened by J. Stohr, the Taranaki threequarter, being at the last moment- compelled to withdraw owing to a festered arm following on vaccination. Even with the alterations the Northerners were expected to prove too good for the representatives of the South, but in a game that was full of interest from start to finish, South Island scored the most decisive victory they have yet registered in the series of matches. Very early in. the game it was made apparent that there • was something faulty in the North back division, and fast following-up by the South forwards, and veVy solid tackling by the backs, kept the Northerners very busy. The beat piece; of combined work in the first spell gave first blood to South, and although the score was only 3 to 0 in their favour at half-time, their showing had been so promising that their supporters wore confident of success. The opening of the second half found North mak- ; ing very determined efforts, but gradually i South wore them down, and in the final j stages the Southern backs were playing with ; such dash that it roused the crowd to much enthusiasm. South's display was perhaps cot faultless, but it was exceedingly attractive. Although they were so soundly beaten the Northerners did not give up hope, and right on the call of time they threw the ball about freely in a determined attack. The connecting link between the scrum and the threequarter line, however, was weak, and some good work went without reward. THE TEAMS. South Island: Fullback. G. Scott; threequarters, J. Lynch, J. Cuthill, A. Smith; five-eighths, G. D. Grey J. Barley: half, H. Taylor; forwards. H. V. Murray (wing). P. Williams. J. Redland, J. Douglas T. Atkinson, J. McNeecc, H. Mcintosh, A. McDonald C North Island: Fullback, A. Evenson; threequarters, J. G. Kinvyr R. Roberts, G. Loyerids'e; five-eighths, W. Geddes, J. McKenzie; half, E. Roberts; forwards, W. Dustin (wing) H. Dewar, M. Cain, R. Faton, C. Gillespie, R. Wilson (capU, N. McKonzie, A. Bruce. THE PLAY. North Island won the toss, and McNeece kicked off for the Southerners from the north end. The ball went out, and a scrum was formed at half-way. The blacks' hookers secured the ball in the scrum but good tackling by Murray prevented E. Robert!! from passing A* free-kick improved the Southerners' position, and a passing rush was only stopped by offside play Murray headed a forward rush but whites were penalised for offside play, and N. McKonzie had a fruitless shot at goal. The Northern forwards took play to the whites line, but Lynch and Gray were responsible . for good kicking, and a mark by Taylor extricated his side from an awkward • position. Cray

marked from the line-out, and Lynch kicked well up-field, but fumbling by Smith nullified tho advantage. Taylor broke away from a scrum, but Evenson marked and put in a good kick. The blacks went away in ,a dribbling rush, and from a pot by Kinyig South were forced. Twice in succession Taylor started a passing rush, and the ball was well handled by Gray, Ilarloy, Cuthill, and Lynch, but the last-named passed infield, and R. Roberts cleared. Play at this stage wa3 very fast, and the crowd applauded vociferously. For several . minutes each side threw the ball about in good style, Taylor and Lynch putting in groat work. , Time after time Murray headed the whites in forward rushes, and his tackling was the feature of the game. A series of forward rushes ensued, with tho whites usually holding advantage, but tho defence of E. Roberts and J. McKenzie was equal to the occasion. Kinvig was playing a great gamo for the blacks, and his accurate line-kicking helped his side materially. Eventually Taylor sent out a long pass to Gray, who transferred to liarley. The last-named sent a difficult pass to Cuthill, but tho Otago man snapped up the ball in good style and sent a welltimed pass to Lynch, who made a determined run and scored near the corner. Scott failed to convert: — South .. 3 North 0 Wilson headed tho black forwards in a rush to the South territory, but brilliant footwork by McDonald and Cuthill Bent play back. Murray and Mcintosh were again prominent a few moments later, but Lovondge saved in good style, and for a time play hovered in tho whites' twenty-five, Lynch relieving. Wilson and' McKenzie returned to the attack, however, and the former got over, but was unable to ground, the ball. A mis-kick by Scott went over his own goalline, but a lucky bounce saw tho leather go into touch in goal. McKecce was next prominent, for some great tackling, but E. Roberts returned well, only to see Cuthill repulse the attack by a lucky kick to the line. E. Roberts then broke right through the opposing forwards, and wai well supported, but Lynch spoiled his pass. Once again Murray and Williams had tho opposing backs in trouble, but McKenzie, Wilson, and Bruce again relieved. Loveridge was responsible for a nice feinting run that gained considerable ground, but half-time sounded without further score. At the commencement of the second spell a passing rush by the Northern backs looked promising, but Gray intercepted and relioyed with a long line-kick. Some nice passing between Gray and Harley took play into blacks' twenty-five,' where McKenzie, Paton, and Cain were prominent in a Northern forward rush. Taylor relieved by a lons kick. The blacks, however, came again, and Kinvis sent the ball out at the corner. A short kick by Gray was well marked by Paton; and Evenson had a fruitless shot at goal. Tho blacks continued to hold the upper hand, but tho tackling on both sides was very deadly. A passing rush by the black backs gave McKenzie, a chance, but he was brilliantly tackled by Taylor, and tho ball went out close to the whites' line. A cross-kick went over the whites' line, but Lynch, obtaining the ball, elected to kick instead of forcing. A sensational punt saw the ball go out 10 yards on the blacks' side of half-way. It was a truly great kick, and the South Canterbury man received a well-earned round of applause. At this stage R. Roberts was injured, but ho resumed a few moments later. The blacks gained a lot of ground by a dribbling rush, but Taylor put in a long kick that removed the scene of operations. E. Roberts set his backs going several times, but Geddes fumbled his passes repeatedly. Lynch got tho ball at half-way, and a high punt being badly fumbled by- Evenson, ho dribbled over and scored near the posts. Gray missed an easy kick: —

South .. .. 6 North 0 A free-kick to North saw tho ball badly handled by Smith, but in a passing rush Lynch put in a good run, and, kicking to tho centre, tackled Evcnson. From a mark by Taylor Cuthill kicked a good goal: — South 0 North .. .. 0 Fast following-up by Cuthill, Harley, and Murray had the Northerners hard pressed. and from another mark by Taylor Cuthill had an unsuccessful shot at goal. The black forwards at this stage woro responsible for some effective passing, but a tree-kick relieved. Gray cut in very nicely, and Harley, running very strongly, cent out a good pass to McNeece, who scored near the posts. Cuthill converted; — South .. 11 North • ..0 ' Lynch marked the drop-out, and a beautiful forward rush, in which Murray and McDonald took part, had the blacks in trouble again. A good 'passing rush, in which all the backs took part, enabled Lynch to score at the corner. McNeece missed the kick: — South .. .. .... ..17 North .. .. 0 The Northern backs • initiated a passing rush, but the ground was lost, and a counter passing rush by tho whites, in which Gray played a prominent part, enabled Cutmll to score near the posts. He converted his try:— " South .. .. .. - -• 22 North •• ■• " Taylor secured at half-way, and after a brilliant run right to the blacks' lino, he sent on to McNeece, who scored wide out. McNeece failed with the kick: — South .. .. .. .. •■ 25 North .. 0 A good feinting run by Cuthill gave McNeece another chance, but he was evidently under tho impression that he had gone out of bounds, and Loveridgo was enabled to clear. The final stages of the game saw the blacks with a slight advantage, and Loveridge put in a great-run and beat practically the whole of the opposing team, but no further score resulted, pud tha game ended in a win for the South Island by 25 points to 0. ."-. Mr. W. F. Pearce was referee.

NATIVE TOUKING TEAM.

BEATEN BY WELLINGTON.

BY 23 POINTS TO 21.

[BY TELEGRAPH.—PRESS ASSOCIATION'.]

Wellington, Sunday.

Saturday was beautifully fine, and fair crowds ■ were attracted to the various sports grounds. At Athletic Park the native touring team met Wellington in a game which ended sensationally. At first Wellington seemed able to do as they liked, the Maoris being all at sea. The first spell ended: Wellington 13, Maoris 0. Mitchmson kicked a goal from a mark and a penalty goal, while Shearer potted a goal, and .Minn scored a try. Early in the second spell Bell scored a try. which Mitchinson converted. Shortly afterwards a smart passing run ended in Sullivan getting across the line, Mitchinson adding another goal. Then the Maoris asserted themselves. They followed up a free kick well, and from a throwin Paki scored, Hughes goaling. This success heartened the Maoris, who, in the remaining portion of the gameabout half an hour—nut on 21 points. Grace, Paki, and Ryland scored tries, while Hughes potted a very fine goal, and landed another from a penalty. Wellington won by 23 points to 21. WAIRARAPA CHAMPIONSHIP. [BY TELEGRAM.PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Masterton, Sunday. The Wairarapa Rugby Union's senior championship has been won by Carterton. MATCHES AT THAMES. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Thames, Saturday. The first match of the fourth round for the season's senior cup was played on Saturday. Suburbs defeating Rovers by 6 points to 'J. In the first junior match, Suburbs defeated Rovers by 3 points to 0, and in the second junior competition Rovers defeated Defence Cadets by 6 to 3. Til AM ES REPRESENTATIVES. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN' CORRESPONDENT.] Thames, Saturday. The following is the representative .team selected to play for Thames against Goldfields, at Waihi, on Saturday next:—Fullback. J. Winder; threequarters, E. Marwick, Maddison, and Lane; five-eighths, V. Ryan and G. Crawford; half, Cleaver; wingforward. G. Ryan; forwards, Miller, Johnston. McKeown, Stewart, T. Crawford, White, and Willetts; emergencies, Dare, Corbett, Smith, and Brownlee. PAEROA DEFEATS WAIHI. [BY telegraph. —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Paeroa, Saturday. The representative Rugby football match this afternoon, between Paeroa and Waihi, was fairly interesting, although Paeroa had much the best of it, avid eventually won by 17 points to 6. For Paeroa, Wyn Edwards scored two tries, and Silcock, Bunting, and Young one each, one of the tries beinij converted by L. Brenan. For Waihi. W. Heath kicked a penalty goal and Jack Saunders scored a try. Mr. Eugene • Shaw was referee. ROTORUA UNION. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Rotorua, Sunday. Whakatane and Opotiki Splayed a match at Opotiki yesterday. Opotiki winning by 9 points to 6. Owing to the prevailing epidemic football is at a temporary standstill in Rotorua, and from all accounts no Ktisab

Cup games will be played here for a couple of weeks. .The-local Rugby matches are all held up on account of the number of natives in the • various clubs.

DUNEDIN RESULTS.

[BY TELEGRAPH.— ASSOCIATION.] Dunedin, Saturday. Kaikorai, 11, beat Port, 0; Zingari, 18, beat 'Varsity, 0; Southern, 6, boat Alhambra, 0; Pirates and Dunedin drew, 3 all. Zingorl's win secures them tho premiership for the season. HAMILTON RESULTS. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Hamilton, Sunday. Following are the. results of Saturday's senior games: Morrinsvillo beat Gordonton by 8 points to 3, City boat Frankton by 3 points to 0, Athletics and St. Mary's drew, neither team scoring. In the junior grade Frankton and St. Mary's played off for the championship, but there was no score on either side. In the third grade Frankton boat Gordonton by 6 points to" 0 and Athletics beat High School by 16 to 3. WIN FOR QUEENSLAND. By Telegraph— Association—Copyright. (Received July 27, 5.5 p.m.) Brisbane, July 27. Under Union rules, Queensland defeated New South Wales yesterday by 0 to 6. UNDER LEAGUE RULES. NORTHERN UNION CUP. I AUCKLAND DEFEATS HAWKE'S BAY. BY 34 POINTS TO 7. .

A SPECTACULAR GAME,

For the second time this season Auckland successfully defended the Northern Union Cup by defeating Hawke's Bay on Saturday by 34 points to 7. Although tho , score against them was so large, Hawke's Bay put up a splendid fight. The team was a strong one—the strongest that has yet left tho province— and until the superior condition of the local men began to tell it appeared as though tho finish would bo very clo«ie. Some very pretty back play on tho part of the visitors was witnessed, while they also had a cood bustling pack of forwards. Their tackling was one of tho features of the come, but nono of them were able to hold Ifwerson, who dodged and sidestepped almost the whole team time after time, and contributed no less than 19 points to the total. Though beaten. Hawke s Bay were by no means disgraced, and their plucky fight was much appreciated by the spectators The heavy lain which fell during the morning left the ground very greasy on the -surface, and two or three heavy showers dur'ing the nrogres" of tho mat« h did not improve matters. However, it did not damp the ardour of the players, and from beginning to end the game' was full of incident and excitement. There was an attendance of between SCCO and 6000. The Play. pengar plavcd in nlace of King in tho Auckland vrnck. Hawke's Bay set the game going against the fairly strong wind, but €he kick found the line, and a scrum at the centre ensued. Play was in neutral territory for some minutes, and then Ifwerson had a shot from a penalty from the halfway line. The kick fell a littlo short, and a sho'. from wide out a littlo later went astray. Instead of touching down, Manning elected to inn. and a great piece of passing by the Hawke's Bay backs took play to halfway, the effort being loudly cheered. Mansill stumbled in the mud when taking a high kick, and the visiting forwards were on him like a flash. A free kick, however, brought Auckland relief, and some fast spectacular play followed. At this stage Hawke's Bay were playing a (Treat game. Gender Smith, the halfback, showed great cleverness in starting rushes, and tho other barks indulged in very oretty passing when they got the ball. The forwards, too, were having the better of matters in the scrums, but the Auckland defence was very solid. Ifwerson bioke through at halfway, and swerved his way to tho twenty-five, where McArthy ended his career. Subsequently Cooke took tho ball when goinir at full speed, and set off for the lino, but McArthy got to him in time, and threw him into touch in goal. From a scrum in his own twenty-five. Condor Smith secured, end a clever run Op the line ended in i.is being thrown out about halfway. A good passing rush further improved tho visitors' position, and then the Auckland forwards, with Walters in th? von, swept down the field, and had Hawke's Bay in trouble. Clever play by Gender Smith brought momentary relief, but Ifwerson got possession from a scrum at the twenty-five, and, swerving his way through with surprising ease, scored between the posts. Webb kicked a goal: Auckland • ... ... 5 Hawke's Bay ... ... ... 0 On resuming, Webb got a*ny, and had a clever run in, but Manning's speed saved the visitors, and the Auckland captain was thrown into touch in goal. Two shots at goal by Ifwerson did not improve the score, and then the two Howards essayed a pausing null, which took them almost to the line. Another flash of fine passing by tho Hawke's Bay backs raised the siege, but A high pass to Crowley on the wing nullified the effort, and the Auckland forwards again swooped down on their opponents' line. This time M. Hayward got over, but lost tho ball, and a force resulted. Johnson, who was playing a great tamo amongst tho red and whites' forwards, put in a great run. but his pass to Crowley went astray, and the ball went out at the centre. Maiming broke through a minute later, but when within striking distance gav3 v. bad pass to Crow ley. and Ifwerson cleared. From a scrum a* halfway a few minutes later Reke got the ball, and a lightning dash took him to the fullback. Ho passed to Asher. and three more points were added to Auckland's total. Ifwerson's kick went wide:

Auckland * 8 Hawke's Bay 0 Following the kick-out, Cooke secured, and after beating half-a-dozen men, passed to Ifwerson, who further improved tho position, and then transferred to Mitchell, who cut iii like the most accomplished five eighths, and scored between the posts. Webb kicked a goal: Auckland 13 Hawke's Bay 0 Fricker was noticeable for some good tackling on resuming, and Auckland were attacking when the spell ended. With the wind to assist them, Hawke's Bay opened the second half with great dash, and Johnson was nearly over. 'McArthy, the fullback, picked up in the ruck, and after beating four men centred high, but tho wing was out of position, and Ifwerson found the line at the twenty-five with a " grubber," a useful kick which he executes well. A second later N. Morrison snapped a neat mark, and A. Morrison kicked a good goal, thus opening tho visitors' account: Auckland ... 13 Hawke's Bay 2 A clever run by Carlaw saw Cooke making good time towards the line, but McArthy was equal to the occasion.' Bulks charged down a kick by Mansill, and Hawke's Bay again became very aggressive. Finally Johnson got the ball, and after a good run scored between the posts, amidut tremendous applause, which was renewed when A. Morrison lucked a goal: Auckland 13 Hawke's Bay 7 With only six points to catch up, the visitors looked as though they were going to give Auckland a big shaking-up, and for a while they played with even greater dash than before Excitement was at lever-heat as the ball travelled from end to end, and some groat back play was seen on both sides, while the tackling was deadly. Walters and Fricker were prominent in a forward rush ■which went nearly to'the Hawke's Bay line, but McArthy saved the situation. Then Anhcr got possession, and after a neat run passed to Ifwerson, who beat five men and scored. He converted the try with a beautiful kick:. ! Auckland 18 Hawke's Bay ..." ... .... 7 Manning, with a good run, placed Auckland on the defensive, but two free kick 3 brought- relief. The; strenuous nature of tho game now began to tell on the visitors, and Ifwerson and Wallers took play to their I twenty-five. A scrum followed, and Ifwerson go*, possession. He was tackled, but wriggled clear, and dodged his way over between the posts. Ho added the extra points himself: Auckland 03 Hawke's Bay ... ... ," "7 Auckland continued to attack hotly. Ifwerson intercepted a pass and transferred to H. Hayward, who handed it on to Walters, enabling him to score. . Ifwerson'a kick failed: Auckland or; Hawke's Bay .'.' "7 A minute or so later Ifwerson got the ball at the centre, and put in u short kick. He recovered the leather, and. beating the 01 posing backs for pace, scored under the goal. Webb added the minor points: Auckland ... 31 Hawke's Bay 7 The Auckland forwards took charge for tho rest of the spell, and just on time 11.

Hayward dribbled across. . Seager's kick failed, and the whistle went with the score: Auckland • — —■ H Hawke's Bay * — ••• — ' Mr. Benson's referecini; was a feature of the game. THE " CURTAIN-RAISER." As a " curtain-raiser " to the big game, Ponsonby and Otahuhu Juniors played a championship match, . Ponsonby winning by 8 points to 0. WELLINGTON GAMES. [BY TELEGRAM. —PRESS ASSOCIATION.] Wellington*, Saturday. In the League competitions Newtown (the champions) beat Petone by 26 points to 12, and Athletic beat Hutt by 7 to 0. NEW SOUTH WALES TEAM'S TOUR. PROBABLE PLAYERS DISCUSSED. [FROM OCR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] • Sydney, July 23.

Tho selectors of the New South Wales Rugby League are to make known the names of the men to tour New Zealand on Saturday, August 2, and the team is to leave Sydney for Wellington a fortnight later. Discussing the prospects of the tour and the probable selections, Mr. Claude Corbett, the Sydney Sun's football reporter, who accompanied tho last team that toured the Dominion, writes thus in that journal: — " When New Zealand was invaded last seacon there were 21 in the combination, .and as that proved to be none too many, it. is fair to presume that the local authorities will give the managers, Messrs. Ball and Hooper, a similar number from whom to select their teams. On that assumption I intend to work in the endeavour to select a team which would worthily uphold the prestige of New South Wales football. The coming tour promises to be a particularly hard one. The last was strenuous enough for anything, but since that time the Northern Union code has advanced considerably in the island Dominion, and our men will have no easy tasks -to lace. Every match will have to be fought for, and those against New Zealand will take a tremendous lot of winning, especially if the selectors tako the trouble- to get their men into Quarters for a week before the match, as they did last year. .Now Zealand put up a big struggle that time, but since then players like Manning and Ifwerson have come into the game, and others have improved immeasurably. The men eligible for the team number, in my opinion, about 48, so that the work of reducing them by half is indeed a. formidable one. Tho forwards should be particularly strong, as the New Zealand vanguards are sure to bo of the slogging kind on their own grounds. Men who will not "get into it" would bo of no use; and, further, they must be able 'ija shine in the open after battling in the ruck. Such forwards are not scarce in New South Wales, but the difficulty will be in making the final choice. Believing that more backs will be needed than forwards. I am going to include 14 backs and 10 forwards m my forecast. There will bo two fullbacks, eight threequarters, and four halves.. I have a list of 2-1 forwards in front of me, and head-scratching is required in narrowing them down. The batch elf 26 backs does not present the same difficuity. There is such a dearth of sterling three-quarters outside the regular representatives that I am going, to work a five-eighth into the position, believing that he would bo ft capital centre and a good winger I refer to Cubit.t, whose pace and breaking-through ' abilities are undoubted. Without making any other comment, the players that I would like to see chosen are: — Fullbacks: H. Hallett (South Sydney), C. Frazer (Balmain). _■'"_, __ . Threotiuarters: D. Frawley (Eastern Suburbs), A. Brooirtham (North Sidney), S. De&ne (North Sydney.:. O. Deane (North Sydney), H. Messenger (Eastern Suburbs). L. Cubitt- (Eastern Suburbs), C. Russell (Newtown), R. Algio (Globe..). j,\ n Five-eighths: Bay ilorman (Annandalc), C. H. McKivat (Glebe). _ , Halves: A. Halloway (Eastern Suburbs), A. Butler (South Sydney). _ Forwards: C. Sullivan (North Sydney), R. R Craig (Balmain). L. O'Malloy (Eastern Suburbs), R. Williams (Eastern Suburbs), a. Peorco (Eastern Suburbs), or W. Haddock (Newtown), W. A. Cann (South Sydney), B. Gray (Glebe), E. Courtney (Western Suburbs), P Medio (Newtown), J. Murray (Newtown). In cose sonle of those men are not available. I would replace them with Cummins and Noble (Balmain), Watkins (Eastern Suburbs), and Billiard (South Sydney. As backs I would have as reserves H. Thompson (bcuvh Sydney). W. Messenger (Eastern Suburbs), and Collins (Newtown). ■ I have left the countrymen out of. my calculations, as I-dp not know enough about them. The probabilities arc that a couple will find places in the team? and if that proves to be the case, the most likely aspirants are : Beoton (the Northera five-eighth) and CuiTan (the Western forward)." '

THE ASSOCIATION GAME.

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. . WINS FOR NORTH SHORE AND CORINTHIANS. ■ ADULT SCHOOL AND CARLTON GAME DRAWN. North Shore 2, Hotspur 1. Corinthians 2. Brotherhood 1. Adult School 2, Carlton Z. The second series, games in the second round of the Auckland Football Association 8 senior competition was played on Saturday under unfavourable conditions, the. Bounds bring heavy and greasy. The surprise oil the afternoon wis the defeat of Brotherhood by Coriuthians. which gives Everton a big lead for premfer honours. At Devonport, North Shore"Seated Hotspur by 2 goals to 1, and tie remaining game, between Carlton and Adult School, Was drawn, each team scoring sSSI T.'l'ho match at Devonport was marred bv an unfortunate accident, Walworth, the captain of the Hotspur team, being- carried off with a badly-damaged ankle.

CORINTHIANS V. BROTHERHOOD,

The Bayawatcr ground was very heavy, nnTi nlav in thin game, although EmV was not very BPectaculir. Brotherhood hud the advantage of the wdnd in. the first spell, and in the early stage* Corinthians' goal was always in a state of aiege. After a strenuous fight close up. Cocfcen opened the scoring with a very neat shot. Corinthians then asserted themselves, and for some tune play was fairly even. Morton, on. one occasion, almost scored with a, bard, angle shot, and a little late" Tyre I nearly added another eosl far Brotherhood. The. Brotherhood awn, aitTcd by the strong wind, then attacked strongly, but splendid play by Sale kept them out, and there was only a goal between tho teams when the spell ended. On resuming Corinthians immediately attacked, and it. Was not long before Morton equalised tho scores with a beautiful shot. Subsequently Corinthians had a good deal the best of matters, but only managed to notch one more goal. Morton again being responsible. Tho game ended:— Corinthians ■ 2 Brotherhood — i Mr. Dunsford was referee.

CARLTON V. ADULT SCHOOL, Played at tho Domain, this game was not of an interesting nature. In the first spoil "hero was not a great deal to cnocse between the teams, but Dow managed to score a seal for Carlton. The second half was also fairly oven but olay was not scientific, School nccred early as the outcome of a determined rush Cromn Rending file ball into the net. Shortly afterwards Chambers added another for School, but just on time Sutherland made scores even with a well-directed shot: — Adult School 2 Carlton J NORTH SHORE V. HOTSPUR. North Shore and Hotspur met at Devonnort and a keen game ended m a. win for 'Shore by 2 goals to L. Walworth, captain of (he Hotspur team, injured his ankle during the game, and had to be carried off the field. SECOND DIVISION. Considerable interest was taken in the match between Evcrton and Henderson, which was Played at Dovonport, as it practical decided the championship. Both teams were strongly represented but Everton proved superior, winning a fast game by 5 B °s' S John's defeated Railway at Bayswater by 6 o Albert defeated Adulv School at Richmond by 3 goals to 2. THIRD DIVISION. Tabernacle B and North Shore played a drawn game, neither side scoring Tabernacle A defeated Y.M.C.A. by 1 goal to '-. FOURTH DIVISON. Y.M.C.A. defeated North Shore by 1 goal t0 City defeated Y.M.C.A. Bby 1 goals to 0. WAIHI V. TAURANGA. [BY TELKOEAMI.— OWN CORRESVONDENT.] W.«HI, Sunday. \n Association football match between the Waihi United and Tauranga teams was played on the Recreation Reserve on Saturday afternoon, and resulted in a draw, each side scoring a goal.

WELLINGTON RESULTS."

[BY ' TELEGRAPH. —PRESS ASSOCIATION.]

Wellington, Saturday. Following are the results of Saturday's games:—Hospital bent Brooklyn by 7 goals to 3, Thistle beat Brooklyn United by 7 goals to 0, Y.M.C.A. drew with Swifts. 3 all, St. John's drew with Diamonds, 2 all, Wanderers beat Rovers by 2 goals to 0. TO DEPEND BROWN SHIELD. THE WELLINGTON TEAM. [BT TELKGBArU.— ASSOCIATION.] Wellington-, Saturday. Tho following players have been selected to play for Wellington in the Brown Shield match against Hawke's Bay, next Saturday: —Goal, Mollis; backs, Cross, Parsons; halves, Shaw. Roots, Skinner; forwards, Loadsman, Gibson, Hughes, Harnett, L<owe; reserves, Shaw, Rickerby, Carruthers.

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FOOTBALL., New Zealand Herald, Volume L, Issue 15364, 28 July 1913

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