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GENERAL GOSSIP.

The final match for the .Victorian League premiership, . played m Melbourne ''"between Essendon and Ppllingwqod on ; September 23, resulted m a great win for .the former v by 5 goals li behinds to 4 goals il be-; hinds, a dUlerence of one goal -(6 points). That there is no falling 'off m the interest taken .m the Victorian game m its own country, -is proved by the fact that 43,905 turned up to see the battle, payiiig m all .'£-1588. '. 18s 9d for the privilege. In spite of the, wet weather, which partially spoilt the. opening parts, the game is reported ; to have been a splendid exhibition. Essendon was also successful on the same .day pulling off the Association final, '''sp the club has just about scooped the pool this season. D . ■ McNamara 1 . '.of tne Essendon Association ; team, has only kicked Si goals ' ; diiring. the playing year, while the next best to him only shows 42. " That record will, take some beating. . t . „

It has been been whispered to ;.' me that Hughie McLeod— Oriental player—has left Wellington for Auckland; If so, Auckland snares -■' the best fiveeighths player m. the windy city. A<rtv told that JViclieod . has .accepted j;a billet m the Northern town.' -' '. -

Great reports reach : the "Dominion re the strides made by the Rugby game i in C alif orrii a . 'There is now nb doubt at all that as far as the paci-. fie Coast is concei'ned, th e game has come to stay, and the>ld wild beast game of American: football goes under. And nearly titne,. too.; ■ Scott, the Otago full-back, is. evidently cultivating a habit of potting goals. One, (for Otago v. Wellington, was a very fine effort. In the North, v. South match on Saturday laSt he had a couple of snaps at -the bar that made the Northerners think ; a bit. Unfortunately for. Scott and his team both shots were a wee bit out, so. they didn't count. ■■;■■. The Wellington selector of the North Island team— Moha Thompson — was easily the most satisfied looking man on the ground ;on Saturday last. The general opinion was that South would just about walk But they didn't, and to stand up against Mona- during the .game was like getting next to an electric stove. North Island have now won' six of f the annual contests with the Southerners, while the latter have been . successful lour times. One game was drawn. Seven of the games have been play-

ed m Wellington, as against two m Christchurch, and one each m Auckland, and Dunedln. '

Steve Casey, of All Black fame, was showing just, as good form at the end of the Otago season as when he was picked to -join the All Black team. J Steve mixes up a lot of sense with nis football, and is one of the best hookers turned out in' this country: ; / ■'■ v ■'■ . -;"■■-■

There appears to be a very strong feeling among Rugby • Union men m Sydney that before long, perhaps by next season, the old: ''club" system of football will be re-introdiiced, and the district system ■ knocked out. Which is precisely- what, happened .m Auckland. '• '•■ ■■•.' .

Tom Paulittg-— ex-Wellingtonian m Sydney— And Blair > Swannell, are : highly spokfen of as Rugby Union referees, m Sydney. Tom will be remembered as ' a great New Zealand forward, while Swannell came, out here with Sievwright's team. Latter is a J.F., and is vjritteri of as the champion Rugby Union coach" m the State. If all his .< pupils play the game the same ; way -that Swannell did at his best, then" there is going to be- a lot of jSkih^and hair flying m the future. The English forward was a ' 'perfect gent*. on * n e field.

Now that the season has closed, one is inclined 1 to tb-ink what a darned good job it was ' that the South African team did not visit this .country as suggested. \ Their Rugby is quoted as being 'better than ever, m which case there would have been heaps of trouble for- our teams. Perhaps they will trot along next year. Have seen nothing' lately to make m e think that there is ■another "AIL Black" team coining on, so if Africa calls and is strong, Africa will probably get her share of the goods.

The Australasian League Team (Northern Umori) now m England coukl do with a lot "more ''gate" than they fare getting so far. A a they haven't' lost a ; match at time ,of writing this, the team will be a growing "draw" as they go on. It takes a lot of cold 'cash to iinance a football team round the worldi, and a manager who " sees only 2000 people at each, of the first three matches, is inclined to get cold feet.

Five starts, five wins, .is the record at time of writing of the Australasian League team m England . \yhether they have been up against anything very , tough one cannot say. Information ' here regarding the streng{h of the English Northern Union clubs is a .bit- shoi't, so we'll haye /■ to wait advices. Francis, of Auckland, is , evidently m his best form, and that means a bit for his side., v■" ■ :.. : ■■■; .-" /■:''■': "\.-:- ' ":''■

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GENERAL GOSSIP., NZ Truth, Issue 329, 14 October 1911

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GENERAL GOSSIP. NZ Truth, Issue 329, 14 October 1911

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