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FOOTBALL.

Br Full Bace. BRITISH RUGBY .TEAM IS NEW" ZEALAND. ' August G—Against Canterbury, AVestlanfl, and "South Canterbury, at Chriatchuroh. August 30—Against Otago and Southland, at Dtmcdin. „ , , , August 13—Against ?<ew Zealand, at Wellington. '' August'l7—Against Tr.ranaku nnganm, and Manawatu, at Jlew P'ynioutli. August 20—Against Auckland and Poverty Bay, at Auckland. BRITISH TEAM IX AUSTRALIA. The programme of the English team at present stands thus:— Visit to Queensland. July 27—Northern Border Unions, at Armidale. July 30—Australia, at Sydney. , ' Visit to Xew Zealand. August 27—Combined Country, at Sydney. August 31—Metropolitan Union., September 3—New South Wales, at Sydney.

OTAGO UEPRESENTATIVE MATCHES. July 30—Against Southland, at Dunedin. August 10—Agaiii3t the British team, at Duncdin. August 24.—Again; v Southland (return), at Inverrargill. August 27—Against Canterbury, at Christchurch. . ~ August 31—Agninst Hawke's Bay, at September 3—Against Auckland; at Auckland. September 7—Against Wairarapa, at llasterton. September 10—Against Wellington, at Wellington. The following table shows tho positions of the teams in the Senior Grade championship:— ; Point*. ciub. • "s.. .i r ~2 %i £ £ 3 fl _?*_ _<!_ Ofc Southern ~~"~~.. 10 7 1 2 53 22 1C Znicari 11 5 3 :l 57 Hi U Alhnmbra 11 5 4 2 89 25 12 Kaikorai 11 4 3 4 J8 Si 2 Upion „. ... ... 11 0 6 U fG 47 12 Dunediu :11 4 II 1 5J 77 H Univerkity 11 2 7 2 .36' -711 (i Pirates l|l ■ S l> S 18 « « "Pass when you're collared" is a foolish Rugby rnaxim i'anded down from our football forbears. I'aes before you're collared always. George Sccphemon, tho ex-Otago footballer, now a successful theatrical nianager, forwards from Sydney ' a •'souvenir programme of the British team's tour in A.us'tralia. George entertained the distinguished, footballers from. England at his theatre. Tho hon.,-secretary of the English Rugby Union Rowland Hill is arrauging the programme of matches to be played by the New Zealand team in England-in 1905-06. 'Pears as if tho mni'li-viiuntocl Maorikuulcrs are pledged to make the long trail into tlio Silent Places.

Tho cynic in the shilling reserve at tho recent match Britain v. New Soxith Wales: "Get this [a long and difficult shot at goal by a New South Welshman] and I'll go home." Ho stayed. The appeal by" the captain of (ho ZingariRichmond Club, who was suspended for permitting an injured player to lie replaced, line not been upheld.' ' At tho meeting of the Canterbury Rugby Union Mr Walton gave liotiw; to move— "That the time has arrived when the- headquarters of the Xew Zealand Rugby Union should bo removed." That sturdy University three-quarter back Gilray, judged on this season's performances, is a footballer who will arise one of these frosty mornings and find himself an Otago representative. There is not a back at present playing in Dunclin who infuses more dash into his work than tho broadsl'duldcred 'Varsity man. In addition, he is the most doadly tackier tho writer lias so™ this_ season. < The Now Zealand-Union, in deciding that those representatives not engaged in the Soufchlan'd-Ota?o match against tho British team should be in Wellington for practice on August 9 has adoi>ted a course which its wisdom showed to ho "the right one m view of the fact that it-was almost essential that the combined provinces of Sputlilaud and Otago should bo represented by the best players against the .redoubtable Englishmen, Rugby ie degenerating as a • 6cientifio game in Maoriland (says a Sydney :papor truly), and if anything will makc-tlio Britishers quail it mil be tho perusal of this season's ropurts. "Fullback" is certain of tlio degoncnwiy of Bugb'y Uiese fow years back, but he is not so certain that the men from Great Britain will quai! because pu? players arc moro aggressive than scientific. When tho Englishmen in Australia Captain Bedell-Sivright said they' bad not come out hero to play skittles. Ibeiiove him. Tho aggressive Maoriland forward may aiso. accept tho" significant" remark ~ as .gospel. It is quito apparent that in the far north they do not respect the '.Euglijli Rugby Union's ruling re injured players. In a senior match in Auckland the other Saturday two players on the same side wero injured, and tho captain of the opposing team allowed tho injured palyers to be replaced with two others soundor in limb. "Morry" Wood was ono of tho men taken on. Tho N.Z. rep. played up to his best form. ...... i Rumoured that Audrew, trie hard-working forward and place-kick. of. the ''Varsity, team; .Ruwpjes : &MS pap^l.sß^ja<3.W'ft?'

course of a week or two. I had hoped.to see. this worthy Royal Blue figuring in the trial matches this season. The distinguished footballers from the United Kingdom will arrive in Dunedin irom Ghriutchurch on tho tiening of Monday, August 8. Thoy will be met at the station by officials of ilio local union and driven to their quarters at the Grand Hotel. On Tuesday the Britishers will probably liavo * practice on the Caledonian Ground. Drags will bo placed, at their disposal during their stay. On Tuesday evening they will bi> invited to an entertainment, and on 'Wednesday they will pit themselves in Rugby combat against combined Otago and Southland. On the evening of we match the. Britishers will bo entertained at dinner in the Coffee Palaoe.

If tho New Zealand team to play against Bedeli-Sirright and Co. is to bo chosen on July 30, Mr Harris, one of the selectors, will lx> unable to go to Christchurch to assist in selecting tho foam, us on that date tho match between Southland and Otago will be played, and it is Mr Harris's intention to select tho combined Southland and Otaao team to play against the Englishmen after witnessing this match. An arrangement may possibly bo come Io in tho meantime whereby he may be ablo to do justioj to both. When one is slopped five times in tiie course of a walk between the Octagon and Customs Hou-e Square, and asked one's , fancy for tho the Otago representative team, it is, time to cast round and find out certain tilings. Viewed in the light of performances, I cannot see a very brilliant team taking the field for Otago this season., Lf full backs we have a fow, somo new and inexperienced, but promising, some fair to middling, and some worse. The ohoice naturally falls on tho promising but inexperienced players, and under this head I would placo Kiuiiloy of Southern, Lindsay of University, and Strang of Kaikorai. Now for reasons that are apparent to tlio intelligent, I cannot reconcile myself to any of those mentioned for the position of full back for our representative team. It is a pity that it is so, but we hav?not a- man. playing regularly as a full back, who has tho qualifications for this important position to entitle him to be selected for "big" football. That being the case, wo must look elsewhere for the last lino of defence. I know a University student who would just fill tho position, and if the selector see.? eyo to eyo with the writer, he will be chosen. Tho player in question is a fine three-quarter back, and it is a toss-up whether ho wouldn't make a better wing than a full back. Kither position, I feel sure, he will fill with credit; but for the purpose of making themost of the players available, Booth, of Knikonii, might be given a trial at lull, and the University man, which same is Gilray, could find a place on the.wing three-quarter line. Tho selector need look no further than Bennett, of tho Alhambra, for centre. If the gentleman whose duty it is to pick the Otago representative team looks elsewhere for the eentro man, he will go ferther and fare worse. Tho red-Euid-hlack player is the only ono fully qualified for the position, and I make bold to say he will bo chosen, For the other whig three-quarter thero are a number to be chosen from, but this writer's fancy is Baxter, of Kaikorai. So far, we have Booth full back, Baxter, Bonnet, Gilray, three-quarters. Now for tho five-eighths ami scrum half. The latter is easily selected and is picked in one-r-His-lop. Can anyone suggest better players than King, of" Alhambra, Bolt, of Zingari, or Munro, of Union for five-eighths! Ilnrley of Southern, and Collie, of Zingari, have claims, but this writer's choice is King and Munro. Of forwards we have enough and to sparo which makes a selection of eight of the right sort a difficult matter. Some have grown old and grey doing good work in the service, while others have simply grown old. Tho task of picking out those who have not grown old is not for me. It is not often that a full back scores a try in a .match, but Lindsay, tho 'Varsity playor, upset tradition in the- match against Canterbury Collcgo last week by scoring a sensational 3 points, following up a particularly fine kick, the University man picked up the ball which had been fumbled by tho Collcgo full back and raced over tho lino with it, scoring a try. This kind of play in a full hack is not deserving of encouragement. In fact, such conduct in a full back is reprehensible. It is claimed by a Sydney writer Ihofc the present British team is in advance of that which that brilliant footballer StoddaH brought out in 1888. The combination of tho men from Great Britain is strongly reminiscent of the New Zealand team which touted Australia in 1897. "Morry" Wood turned out to assist tho Pon3Onby Club again on Saturday (wires my Auckland correspondent), and will, it is understood, play for the balance o( tho season, The crack five-eighths will therefore bo available for tho New Zealand and Auckland provincial teams in tho matches against the British Kugbj- combination. Tho Auckland rep. team will probably bo ohosen after next .Saturday's matches, and although my Auckland correspondent has not yet heard anything of the selector's views,, tho following may not bo found far wide of the mark:—Full back, llcirwick; three-quarters—Asher, Gerrnrd, Mackenzie; halves—Wood, Ward, and Kicrnaii; wing forward, Doran; forwards—Gallagher, Tyler, Cunningham, Long, Nicholson, Scelcy, Lewis, or Hayward. It is considered as practically certain (writes a A 7 ancouver correspondent), that the New Zealand Rugby football team, which will visit the Old Country in' tho autumn of 1005, will come or go by way of Vancouver, and play a series of matches in. Canada. If the ideas of the promoters are carried out, a Canadian Rugby Union, similar to the ones in Now South Wales, Now Zealand, and South Africa will be formed, and the Empire will be bound by another tie—the Kugby link. It is proposed that the New Zealanders shall play two games in British Columbia, one at Calgary, ono at Winnipeg, ono at Montreal, and two in tho Maritime provinces. It will bo remembered that when the idea of a New Zealand visit was first taken up, the British Columbia clubs were communicated with.' But tho rest of Canada has also shown an enthusiasm equal to that displayed in this province. Mr .7. 11. S. M'Clure, who captained the all-Canada team which toured Britain, wrote to Mr G. Rowland Hill, secretary of the English Rugby Football Union, who put him into communication with Mr C. Wray Palliscr, of tlio Agent-General's Office, who represents the New Zealand Union in England. The latter is doing all possible to induce his country's team to como here, and. thinks there will bo no difficulty whatever in making the necessary arrangements. One result of the visit will be to make the Ontario and Quebec clubs abandon the American stylo of Rugby for tho English. The Selection Committee of the Wellington Rugby Union has nominated the following players to go into training in view of the return representative match against Wairarapa, which is to be played on 23rd .July, and also for the northern tour:—G. spencer (Molrosc), J. S. Wilson (Wellington!, J. Barber (I'ctonc), \V. J. Wallace (Poneke), D, M'Gregor Petone), D. S. Gray (Poneke), J. r.'BFacklock (Old Boys], F. Roberts (Oriental), A. C. M'lntyre (Wellington), K.

H. DocUl (Old Boys), H. Driscoll (Peione), A. Griffiths (Ponoke), W. Hardham, T. Cross, am! H. R. Wright (Petone), K. Best (Oriental), J. Calnau (Poneke), E. h. Watkins (Old Boys), .1. Sweeney (Poneke), E. Wylie (Oriental), A. Wilson (Wellington). Two mombors of the Management Committee of the Wellington Rugby Union recently interviewed tho Hospital Trustees with a proposal that accident cases from tho Rugby football field should be received into tho hospital, in return for which the union would undertake, to organise, once a year a benefit match for the hospital. It was calculated that such a match would return a. profit of £30 or £40, to which' would bo added the tkirernment subsidy. Tho deputation made it clear that it waa only desired that serious cases should remain in hospital; in minor accidents the pationU would probably only .require first treatment and advice, and they could attend as outpatients. Tho union would see that the privilege was not in any way abused.' Tho matter was referred to tho House Committee for consideration pud report.

"How do you think tho Britishers will faro in New" Zealand?" was askod Mr J. Henderson, who managed tho New Zealand tour of Now South Wa'cs team in 1901. "Their engagements in Now Zealand will be looked forward.to with great interest. I expect Now Zealand, judged on the form shown hero last season, to. play a great Same, with the British team. The New Zealand tactics of playing a wing: , forward, combined with a heavy forward division, will make their vanguard much stronger than that which the Britishers had to contend against on Saturday. lam not a believer—fcom a spectacular point of view —in the 'wing forward system, as it tends to prevent passing, and interferes with back play: but if it is the custom of a colony to play wing;, lam sure they -.vill. render great • assistance towards breaking up tho systematic and excel'ent tactics of tho Britishers. It is in this direction that I will await the result of the British-New Zealand match with the keenest interest."

I cannot help thinking that the team of Rugby players 'which recently left England for Australia did not receive quite the sendoff which tho importance! of their undertaking deserves. . I know well enough that the Rugby gaum does not touch the national pulse like cricket:,all the same it is a big enterprise that the team have embarked upon, and the players were deserving of a more representative send-off. Either from an excess of '.{nodesty, or from an exalted idea, of their own national status—an lish writer, is quite unable to determine which—the Rugby Union could not undertake the selection of the team and management of tiio tour, and hero they failed in touching the spring of popularity, as somehow they generally manage to fail in their ofliciiil enterprises. It is no use hidiin; one's light under *, bushel in ibis self-ad-vorti»ing_ age, ' anil mode-sly, excellent though it may bo as a copy-book maxim, does not pay in the rough and tumble of the world's strife. Thus the Rugby Union would have dono themselves n. lot of good in the popular sense by taking over tho sponsorship of this team' for Australia, and letting all tho world know that tho players were the official representatives of tho. Rugby football of the United Kingdom. It is not sufficient to merely givo the teani their patronage and a "b'ess-you-my-chil-dren" benediction: the union's reputation would not liavo suffered had they taken charge of tho whole enterprise. However, the team arc now on the waters, and stay-at-homes will wish them a successful tour and a safe return. Yorkshire is represented in tho team by two players from tho Huil and East Ridini Club, Fisher and Ifassey, both of whom, I have confidence, wHI render a good account of themselves. I know of one or two other Yorkshire players who would have- been glad to join the team but for the fatal embargo, which Northern Unionism -has placed upon their status.

GOAL TO GOAL.

. Senior grade matches v/ill conclude on July 10. The first trial match is set clown for July 23. The British team trained diligently on board ship coining out from Kngland. Bush's potted goal from a difficult angle paralysed the New South Welshmen. The Auckland Rugby Union cup matches are expected to conclude on July 9. The British team has three or four Gwynn Nicholls (ill attack) amongst the backs. First appearance of British team against New South -Wales attracted 85,000 spectators. The clever little Welsh half hack (Bush) of tho British t'cam is referred io as the "übiquitous Busli." ' Auckland "reps." will in all probability play Thames,on July 10, nnd the Golufie'.ds Union it week -later. Tom Pauling, the ex-New Zealand representative. refereed in the match British Team v. New South Wales. Ota'go will play her first representative match of the season on July 30 against the redoubtable Houthlanders. The captain of the team iB described as a speedy indiarubber-like footballer—the keenest of keen forwards. " The British team is too clever and brilliant and too ably, organised for out teams."—An Australian comment. The thrill of Rugby -was not felt to any extent on Saturday, the games for the most part : being uninteresting. Bedell-Sivright expressed the opinion that some of his men lost their Jicarts on the ship cominE out from England. ' Mr It. M. Falconer, oho of the Ofago Union's delegates to the New Zealand Union, is in town on' a brief holiday visit. _ Asher, the football gentleman who rejoices in the nom de football of "Opai," has only scored one try so far this season,

Kolt and Spiers, gf Zingari, viewed their elubmatea in football combat against Kaikorai an Saturday froni tbo grand stand. "What do yon think of the Britishers?" asked an old footballer of another. " The best I have ever seen," was the.reply, Bodoil-Sivright, the Englieh captain, won the toss from the New .South Wales skipper in the first match of the present tour. Porteous'is still on the'injured list. 'Tis hoped, however, that he will be ablo to take the field in the course of a week, or two. Bedell-Sivright, captain of the British foof Iwll team, is a keen golfer. So is that wonderful Welsh wins three-quarter E. Morgan. A picture of interest to footballers is that of the British Rugby team which appears in the illustrated pages of the Otago Witness. The gate receipts from the British-New South Wales match were £70 more than thej bift'Eost sum taken'at a New Zealand match. Morgan, the flying Welch three-quarter with the British team, is said to be the most dangerous man living near an opponent's line. Two Irishmen, 13 Englishmen, seven Welshmen, ami one Scotchman make up the British Eu<jby team. And, as usual, the Scotchman is boss, Criticism of the same; pliyers doing i\\i s&mo things in (ho same uninteresting manner weels after week is weariness to the flesh, and miOtes dull readihfr. ' . "A more sociable and better lot of eportsmen could not have been selected" is the (.•cneral opinion expressed of the members of the British Ttugby team. Garbed in their field uniform, the footballers from the United Kingdom are bigger-limbed' and more powerful men thaa a view of them in ordinary dress suggests.

A New Zeahinder who has returned from Sydney, having seen the British team play there, says we have no backs in New Zca.swd to compare with the Britishers. If anything violent happens to the capable Scotch captain of the British Rugby team the Welsh "flier" Morgan leads the men from the Cold Country into football battle. Ex-Olago foolbalbr Scobio Mackenzie is a candidate for representative honours in Auckland again this season. " Scobie " is getting to that stago when he is called a " has boon." Six members of the British team are connected with tho medical profession—viz., X)r Crowther, Dr Traill, and A. B. O'Brien, V. P. H'Evecly, F. 31. Simnders, and E. Morgan. Mr J. llendersotij who managed the New South Wales team which toured Now Zoaland in 1901, says that New South Wales football shows no improvement on that of eight years ago. A Sydney writer singles Erekana, tlte fiveeighth of Te Ante College team, out as a player who would be selected to play for the .State (New South Wales) if residing pn tho filler tide. \ The takings at Saturday's Eugby football matches in Auckland amounted to fin. This constitutes a record for cup matches in the colony, the previous best being £101, held by Chrislchurch. Stated in the north that neither Ifr Campbell, of Wellington, nor Mr Logan, of Napier will be able to assume the duties of luswingeT ill the event of a New Zealand team going to England next season. A correspondent writing to a Sydney paper auks':—"Who was the best footballer—diaries White, the late S. A. Spiagg, or Asher, the New Zealander?" The paper replies that Spragg waa tho best all-round plnj'er. It. 1). Bodoll-Smighl, the captain of the British footballers, wiis runner-up the heavy-weight amateur boxing championship of Scotland, decided on points, his adversary bsating him in the final by one point. The Christchurch police have befn instructed to enforce the by-law, which prohibits football matches being held in the public squares. Lately Latimer square has been practically taken over by a scries of impromptu footbait clubs. "M'Kay (late of Otago) gave, perhaps, hte best exhibition so for in Wellington football last Saturday. His line-kicking was a treat, and he nmdo one or two creditable runs. He might easily, however, put more spirit into his running." An Australian appreciation of a British Hugby player: "Bush, as five-eighth-(or half, us the Englishmen call the position), has already shown himself to be a genius, measured by the standard of Australasian Rugby." Mark you, "Australasian" Kugby. A method of attack frequently employed by the British team is for a player crowded on to the touchlinc to smartly screw punt the bal? into the centre, for his men in-field to follow up. George Stephenson did this with the Alhamlmi tram for some year 3 with success.

Apropos of British footballer Bush's bril-liantly-potted goal against New SoutU Wales four minutes after kick-off in !he first match of the tour. Reported that the Welsh half back had staled tint he would, kick a goal in tlio first 10 minutes of play.' He did, with six minutes to spare. The brawny Scot .Bectcl'.-Sivriglit, who leads th'; teajn of British Rugby players, replying to the toast of the ter.m at the reception given iii their honour in Sydney the other day, said, r.monijst c'Jior things, that they had not come out to play skittles. Seems to tie writer that's exactly what the Britishers have been doing since their arrival, only the New South Welshmen have been the skittles. Private news'received here (says the Carterton Leader) states that Mr T. E. Ellison, well known in footba':! circles, is dying in the Porirua Asylum. The sadness of such an end to a young mail—he is about 30 years of age—is accentuated by the fact that Mrs Ellison is at preeent in an extremely delicate state' of health. It is stated that over-study was the causo of the breakdown in Mr Ellison's health. A frank remark from Australia after the trouncing of New South Wales by the Britishers:—Such a. result culls for little comment, further than to draw attention to the absurdity of inviting from so great a distance a body of men ogafnst whom the strongest Australian company would have no earthly chance. Possibly the sturdy Britishers will find foemeii more formidable when they reach Xew Zealand. After seeing tho Britishers n!ay, the desiro to witness a- match between the visitors and Xew Zealand line increased on nil sides (says a Sydney writer), and the New South Wales Rugby Union might make another effort to get a- New Zealand team over. The New Zealand officials are surely desirous of seeing Rugby increase in popularity, and there is not the least doubt a British-New Zealand game in Sydney would do much in that direction. A liberal share of the proceeds might ba offered the New Zealand Union.

An Australian appreciation of Punedin football of 20 years ago:—The general attitude of thnt portion of the 35,000 crowd that a Sydney writer came in contact with at th° BritishNew South Wales match was one of intense, onen-mouthed astonishment at the'brilliance of the British piny. Brilliant it certainly was by nker force of contrast with the clumsy muddling of the local men. Yet it was no more brilliant than what one saw any afternoon 20 years a?q on almost eny football pround in Dnnedin between clubs like the Pirates, the Montccillo, 'Varsity, and Zin°ari. Commenting on an inter-Univernity Rugby match, on English writer said:—Those who M 5 wnnt to comuare Mst and present Bluea should pay some heed to the altered conditions of the game. In 1873 and '74 there were 20 aside' engaged—viz., three backs, a threequarter, two half backs, and 14 forwards. In 1875 tho number of players was reduced to 15— 10 forwards instead of 14, and two backs instead of three. In 1877 a second thrco-quartnr wa« introduced at the oxnensi) of the pack, and in 1889-3 one of tho full backs came un to form a third threc-oiiarter. It was not till 1893-4 that the four three-quarter game was pV.'ed. • ASSOCIATION GAME. By Left Wixo.

PROGRAMME OP NEW SOUTH WALES • TOUli. July 7—Piny Wairarapa at Jlastcrton. ■ July 9—Play Wellington at Wellington. July 14—Play Canterbury at Christchurch. July 16-Play Oiago at Dunedin. July 20—Play Southland at luvercargill. July 23—Play New Zealand at Dunedin. July 30—Play New Zealand at Wellington. I note with exceeding gratification that tho O.F.A. has instructed its hon. secretary to write to the 0.8. F.U., thanking that body for the sportsmanlike way in which it has met them in tho matter of the Caledonian Ground and tho gate charges. It must be very pleasing to Association players to iioto that tho rivalry be-tweon tho two associations that was supposed to exist is a myth. Attention of all players is directed to tho diagrams of qffsido and onsido play published in this issue of the Otago Witness. These diagrams are most valuable, and will clear up many outstanding knotty points. The complimentary dinner and presont-a-fion givcii Mr Wilson by the Otago Football Association, and players turned out to be an immense success. ■ It was a pleasing sight to sec tlio president and vice-president sitting opposite one another, and looking like old eampai3ncrs. It was also very gratifying to sec so many old players helping on the socker cause by old reminiscences. Some of the speeches were excellent, as were also some of the suggestions. Mr J. I. Sallnond's suggestion that a history of_ tho game from its inception should be mitten is ono that deserves more than passing attention, anil I am led to believe that one old player has already been communicated with, and I've no doubt in time such a history will be written. The President of the. 0.F.A., in a happy speech, in which ho enumerated Jlr J. Wilson's many qualities, thanked Mr Wilson for past services rendered the game, and, on behalf of all present, present oil him with a handsome case of pipes suitably inscribed. Mr Wilson feelingly responded, and -from what he said I gather his services will not be- lost entirely to the association. During the evening several songs and recitations wore given, and Mr Buckley was responsible for the accompanying. I trust this will not be the last of many Association dinners. 'i'lio three suspended Kaitangafa players aro to appear beforo the O.F.A, on Saturday. This is a most inconvenient lime for business men and others, but the O.F.A. has recognised the difficulties that, the Kaitangata players' are labouring under, and generously consented to meet them, A Sydney writer hopes that tno New Zealand tour of tho &ow South Wales Association players will be tho beginning of an nointerrupted series of intercolonial matches. And so say all of us. At a meeting of the New Zealand Football Association, Mr A. E. Gibbs was appointed one of the committee to select the New Zealand representative team to play tho New South Welshmen on July 30. Although Mr C. C. Dacre, of Auckland, Ukes no active part in the gome here (says my Auckland correspondent) he u making strong etforts to bring about the visit of an English team to the colonies. By recent mails he received correspondence from Lord Kinnaird (president of £ho English Football Association) and Mr O. Alcoek (vice-president), his old associates in tho foundation of socker, who. state that the question has been be-fore the association, and that something is likely to come of it. It has been suggested ■ that two first-class teams be se-nt, so that exhibition games .as well as local matches' can be played. The tour would include Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and America, and there-is a possibility of the Corinthian Club arranging the trip. Tho match Northern v. TJnity Third Grade, was played at Tho Clear, which, though heavy, in places; was, on the whole, in good condition. The play was exceedingly good-natured, and was thoroughly enjoyed by players and referee. The latter, tot'-to* Wh a'wJW-to. of ttefi£4 v .wfeo.

filled tho appointed official's place at a moment's notice,.tells me that one couldn't wish to have dealings with a better crowd of young fellows. Yielding to tho persuasive powers of the young captains, ho gaveup his intention of going to sen tho trial match, and in the end was uot at all sorry W did £0. The Unity lads have not the same advantages as their , more fortunate rivals, and consequently deserve tho more credit for their plucky display. On the other hand, tho Northern players are obviously stimulated by tho desire to prove themsolYes worthy of the excellent records of their club, and their performance deserves, and doubtless , is-.rewarded by the approbation of tlieiv seniors. Concerning tho individual players: Two full Iwcks stand out prominently. Steilman, of .Unity, saved his side repeatedly by liis very safe, kicking. In course of time this young player should achieve the great Inings of which lie'shows such decided promise. He was ably seconded by. his brother, playing centre half, who also initiated most of the Unity forward rushes. R. Simpson, captain and right full back oE the Northern team, distinguished himself by his thoughtful placing of the hall to Iris forwards. Ho is a credit to .whoever is responsible for t coaching of this team. Rarely called upon for defensive tactics, he proved himself a thoroughly competent captain by his success in giving chances to his forwards. The confident call to "Rangi" was very frequently heard during the game. Cameron, Iho left full back, and Johnston, right half, also played well. Tho Unity forwards did not show the saa-.e knowledge of combination as was displayed by the Northern attack. H; Wilson and Darling showed to most advantage, 'tho lajtcv shooting one of the goals, the other being , tho result of a miskick by an opponent. Tho whole of tho Northern forwards played well, their passing being unselfish and well judged. Though mast of the goals were, scored by one or two, they yero the result not of individual but of combined play. However, Deans and Scooiies deserve special mention, the former especially being quick to luru every opportunity to advantage. ,

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