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THE NATIVE FOOTBALL TEAM.

THE MAORIS IN SOMERSET.

The Football News considers the decisive victory of the Maoris over Somerset the greatest achievement of the tour. The West Countrymen "bucked up" well against the New Zealanders in the first part of the game, it says, but fell to pieces utterly in the second half. The Maoris, on the other hand, played better and better the of tener they scored. The Bristol Mercury, writing of this match, says i — Play commenced at 3.5 p.m. Within two minutes from the start, from a pass by Parham, Monypenny, amidst the enthusiastic shouts of the spectators, obtained a try for his county. Mansefield easily converted the point. Soon after the kick-off, Wynyard narrowly missed dropping a goal for the New Zealanders, the ball striking the post. The colonials now began to wake up, and by some marvellous passing right across the ground, Keogh nearly got in, Matters continued to prosper for the visitors, and Williams and W. Wynyard coon after obtained tries in rapid succession. M'Causland did not exhibit his usual skill at goaling, and failed to negotiate both. Some smart passing on the part of the county now carried the oval into > their opponents' twenty-five, where, however, it had no abiding place, for on getting into the hands of Keogh he put in one of his grand dodgy runs, and on being collared passed to Warbrick, who, sending it on cleanly and beautifully to M'Causland, enabled the latter to plant it over the line. The latter again made a very poor' shot at goal. Somerset now showed a little of their old spirit and determination, and a fine dribble by Hancock and some smart work by their three-quarters took the oval dangerously near their opponents' goal line. The relief came, in the form of a long pass from Keogh to Wynyard ; and the scene of operation being rapidly transformed to the county's twentyfive enabled Keogh to cross the boundary once more. M'Causland this time was successful with an easy goal. Parham and Monypenny had the credit of the next major point— a try, it being, however, in rather a difficult position. P. F. Hancock was unsuccessful in his attempt at goal. Score at half- time showed — Maoris, one goal four tries, to one goal and one try. In the latter portion of the game the country seemed completely demoralised, and the Native team had things pretty much their own way. Play was principally confined to Somerset's twentyfive, and the visitors showed themselves superior at every point' of the game. Fox, Parham, Smith, Mermagen, and P. F. Hancock were, however, all conspicuous for some brilliant individual and combined efforts again&tthe overwhelming odds. Their opponents, chief amongst whom were Ellison, Williams, Elliott, and Keogh, by marvellous combination and passing rapidly increased their score to four goals and five tries, whilst the county failed to add a single point to their previous total. In justice to Somerset, however, it should be stated that they had not nearly their strongest team, being without the services of such prominent men as Ashford, Duckworth, R. Eacott, E. Hancock, Parsons,|Aldridge, S. M. J. Woods, and others.

THE MAORIS' RECORD, The following is a list of matches played by Messrs Warbrick and Soott's team of Native footballers, and considering the number of matches played in so short a time and various other things, suoh as accidents to the players, the record certainly is a most brilliant one. When the team left here I remember the Englishmen who were here at the time ridiculing the idea of their winning even their matches against some of the strong English clubs. Many New Zealanders who hail from the Old. Country also said they would never win a first-class club match. Well, they have won a good few firet-olaeo dab

matches, and defeated 11 county teams and one international team, as well as some of the strongest clubs in England, such as the worldi famous Blackheath combination. Their play all round has been spoken of in terms of the highest praise by the English papers, and Keogh, the Dunedin half-back, has been described as the crack half-back of the world. That is high praise, surely. The team has played 73 matches, of which they have won 47, lost 21, and drawn 5. Their score, so far as can be made out from the cabled results, is 381 points as against 185. These figures speak for themselves. Nothing more need be said. Ootober 3— Burreys Won by a' goal] and a try (4 points) to a try (1 point). October 6— Northampton : Won by two goals and four tries (10 points) to nil. October 10— Kent: Won by a goal and] a; try (4 points) to a try (1 point). October 12— Mosely: Lost by two goals (6 points) to a goal and a try (4 points). October 18 -Burton-on-Trent : Lost by a gaal and. a try (4 points) to a goal (3 points). October 20-Midland Counties s Won by three goals and a try (10 points) to nil. October 22— Middlesex : Lost by two goals and three tries (9 points) to nil. October 24— Hull : Lost by jone try !(1 point) to nil. October 27— Dewsbury : Won by two goals (fi points) to nil. October 31— Wakefleld Trinity t Lost by one try (1 point) to tit"/.; November B— Northumberland County: Drawn game ; one goal (3 points) each. November 4— Newcastle Miners: Won by one goal and 5 tries (8 points) to one goal and 2 tries (6 pointß). November 6 -Stockton: Won by two goals (6 points) to a try (1 point). November 8 -Tynemouth i Won by two goals and a try (7 points) to a try (I point). November 10— Halifax Free Wanderers ! Lost by four goals and a try (13 points) to a goal and a try (4 points). November 12— Newcastle District ' Won by four goals and two tries (14 points) to nil. November IS-Hartlepool Hovers : Won by a try (1 point) to nil. November 17— Cumberland County « Won by two goals and five tries (11 points) to two tries (2 pointß). November 20— Cumberland County s Won by two goals and eight tries (14 points) to nil. November 22— Ha wick i Won by a goal (3 points) to one try (1 point). November 23-East Cumberland i Won by three goals and three tries (12 points) to nil. November 24— Westmoreland County t Won by a goal (3 points) to a try (1 poiut). November 26— Swintont Lost by two tries (2 points) to nil. November 28— Liverpool and district t Won by a goal and six tries (9 points) to nil. December I— lreland t Won by four goals and one | try (13 points) to one goal and one try (4 points). December 3— Trinity College, Dublin : Drawn game, one goal and one try (4 pointß) enoh, December 6- North of Ireland ; Won by two tr/es (2 points) to nil. December ß— Lancashire: Lost by a try (I point) to nil. December 10— Batley t Drawn. No score. Decembor 12— Yorkshire t Won by two goals and four tries (10 points) to one goal and three tries (6 points). _ , ' December 15— Broughton Bangers : Won by two goals and two tries (8 points) to nil. < December 17— Wigan s Won by a goal and two tries (5 points) to a try (1 point). December 19— Llanely : Lost by a goal (3 points) to nil. ' December 22— Wales t Lost by a goal and two tries (5 points) to nil. • December 24-Swhnsea: Won by a goal and two tries (5 points) to nil. December 26— Newport: Won by tare* tries (3 points) to nil. December 29 -Cardiff s Lost by a goal and a try (4 points) to a try (1 point). January I— Bradford : Lost by a goal and a try (4 points) to a try (1 point). January 3— Leeds Parish Ohuroh s Won by two goals (6 points) to three tries (3 points). January 6 — Kirkstall : Won by two goals and a try (7 points) to one goal (3 points). January 7— Brighouse Bangers: |Won by a goal and a try (4 points) to nil. January 9— Huddersfield : Won by two goals and a try <7 points) to two goals (6 points). January 12— Stockport t Drawnjgarae ; one goal (3 j points) each. 1 January 14— Oaatleford : Lost ,"by three goals (9 points) to three tries (3 points). January 17— Warrington i Won by two goals and a try (7 points) to a try (I point). January 18— Yorkshire : Lost by five goals and a try (16 points) to a goal and a try (4 points ). January 23— Spen Valley United: Won by two goals and two tries (8 points) to two goals and a try (7 points). ' January 26 -Somerset County j Won by four goals and five tries (17 points) to a goal and a' try (i points). January 30— Devon County: Won by two goals and seven tries (13 points) to nil. February 2— Gloucestershire : Won by a goal and* try (4 points) to a try (1 point). February 4— Midland Counties ; Won by one goal and three tries (6 points) to a try (1 point). February 6— Blaokheath t Won by two goals and three tries (9 points) to a goal (3 points). February B— United Service Club t Won by three goals and a try (10 points) to nil, February 16— All England : Lost by a goal and four tries (7 points) to nil. February 18— London Welsh t Won by two tries (2 points) to one try (1 point). February 19— Cambridge University : Lost by two goals and a try (7 points) to a goal (3 points). February 21— Oxford University: Lost by two goals (6 points) to nil. February 23— Manningham : Won by a goal and a try (4 points) to nil. February 26— Leeds St. John's : Won by two goals and three tries (9 points) to nil. February 27— Leeds t Lost by a goal and a try (4 points) to a try (1 point). March 2— Runcorn i Lost by two goali and two tries (8 points) to a goal (3 points). Maroh s— Oldham : Lost by a goal and three tries (6 points) to nil. March 6— Halifax : Won by three goals and three tries (12 points) to nil. March 7— Barrow: Lost by /a goal (3 points) to nil.

March 9— Wldnes : Won by two goals and two tries (8 points) to a try (1 point). March 11— Manchester : Won by two goals and a try (7 points) to a try (1 point). March 13 — Walkden : Won (scores not telegraphed). March 14 — St. Helen's : Won by two goals and three tries (9 points) to nil. March 16— Salford : Won by two goals and a try (7 points) to a try (1 point). March 18— Rochdale Hornets t Won by three goals and a try (10 points) to nil. ' . March 20— York Olub : Won by one goal and a try (4 points) to a goal (3 points). March 23 —Hull: Drawn; one try each. ~Marcn 35 — Widnes; jVfon by a goal and 3 tries (6 points) to one try (1 poiut). (Pbb Pbess Association.) London, March 20. The Maori football team defeated York Club by a goal and a try to a goal. March 24. The match between the Maori Football team and the Hull Club resulted in a draw, both sides scoring a try. The Maori football team sail on Friday. March 26. The Maori football team defeated Widnes by a goal and three tries to 1 try.

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THE NATIVE FOOTBALL TEAM., Otago Witness, Issue 949, 28 March 1889

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