THE KAIKORAI FOOTBALL CLUB.
In view of the great success that has attended the effoita of the Kaikorai Football Club, gaining for the First Fifteen daring the last two seasons the position of premier team of Ofcago, a btief account of the progress of the club from its infancy may prove of interest. The club has now be6X> in existence for five years. This is a fact that is worth noticing. Other clubs with as good raw material have been struggling for twice five years to get to the top of the tree, but have failed, simply because its raw material has not been properly treated. There has in the oase of these clubs been no systematic training, and the result has been that they have had frequently to lower their coioars, to younger clubs, the members of which go in for regular practice ; and it will ever be so. That is, however, a digression.
The first meeting of the Kaikorai Football Club was convened by Mr D. Duncan and was held in the Roslyn Tram Shad. Six young fellows responded to Mr Duncan's invitation and attended that meeting. They formed themselves into a committee, and owing to the energetic way in which they sot to work, and to the persuasiveness of their eloquence, several, ' realgritted " young fellows were inducad to join the club. Among these were Messrs &. Douglas, A, Millar, and others, none of whom had played football before, their knowledge of the game being, it may be taken for granted, therefore, somewhat limited. However, this was the start of the club, and several matches were played by the club. Mr Wedderspoon, the hon secretary of the club, to whom I am indebted for most of the particulars mentioned in this account (Mr A. Millar .being my informant in other respects), mentions that "luokilyfor the club no report was kept of the matches played in the first season." . From that I conclude that the season was not a prosperous one. # ; In the following season, that of 1885, the olub was wisely affiliated to the O.R,,F.tJ. as a junior club. Mr B>. Douglas was its captain, Mr A. Smith its deputy-captain, Mr G. A. Williamson, its secretary, and Messrs J. Eraser and A. Millar were members of committee. The result of the season's play was such as afforded the members of the club just , reason for congratulation, Twelve matches wore , played, and none of these were lost, eight resulting in victories, while four were drawn. A still more satisfactory feature of the season's play from the Kaikorai Club's point of view was that; their line was not once crossed. Their record in points was 74 (nine goals and 17 tries) to 0, and they became at a single bound this premiers of the junior teams of Otago. The chief strength of the club, I observe from the Annual is stated to have been in its heavy forwards, who played well together. The backs were rather light, but the defect was not noticeable ;owing to the amount of work done by the forwards. In 1886 the club played as seniors, their back division being greatly strengthened by the fact that Gua Millar and A. S. Wedderspoon threw in their lot with them. Keogh also, figured as one of the backs during this season, but he was not then the player that be is now. Douglas once more was captain of the team, and A. Millar was deputy-captain. The ,bucc9bs of the club was again moat encouraging, for the First Fifteen were, placed second for the premiership. Of eight matches played three were won and one lost, the remaining four being drawn. The club from which the defeat was sustained waa the Pacific, and the victories were tyro over the High School and one over the Union, The points scored were : For, 15 ; against, 2. In 1887 the same old figures were seen doing duty for Jhe Kaikorai, and Douglas still as captain and Wedderspoon as second in command. The club again missed the premiership, and had to remain satisfied with second place. Only one match was lost, the Pirates being the club from whom defeat was sustained, while five matches were won and three drawn. The DunecUtijTaieri, Zingari- Richmond, Alhambra, and University all Were defeated. In respect of points, the club was successful — as it always has baea— in preventing a large score being made against it, only five points (a goal and two tries) being registered against it. The score in favour of the club consisted of three goals and tuna tries (18 points). This year Gua Millar and Keogh represented the olub in interprovincial matches. In 1888, with Douglas still at the bead of affairs and Armit as deputy-captain, the club set the seal upon it« former successes by obtaining the position of premier olub — and this notr withstanding the removal of G-us Millar to Australia and the defection of Sonntsg to the Dunedin, Olub. , The First Fifteen played seven matches,., of which six were won and the other (agaiDsf Montecillp) drawn, none. being lost. The scores in points was 20 for and three against, the latter representing a dropped goal secured by the Pirates; a club which appears to be able to score against the Kaikorai when stronger teams fail to do so. In this year's representative matches four of the club's members — Davie, Keogh, Torrance, and , W. Thomson — found places, and at the close of the season Keogh joined the Native team that visited Great • Britain, where he gained the title of the best half back in the world — a fact upon which Kaikorai, Club look with pride.
This present season the club's former captain did not offer himself for appointment, and his place was filled by tho election of D. Torrance, who has proved himself a worthy successor. Though without Keogh till the end of the seaBon, the club, as everyone mows, again gained the premiership. Ten matches were played and not a single defeat was sustained, seven games being wen and the other three drawn. The Bcore in points was 63 for and 13 against — 17 goals' and 12 tries being obtained as against four goals and one try. " JfaT interprovincial matches the club, has been represented by Torrance (who has been selected to act as captain of the representative team on three occasions), Keogh, Duncan and Davie. The great secret of the club's success lies in the combination which characterises the play of the team. The members' undergo a thorough course of training, meeting twice a week regularly for a rap, and gathering occasionally on moonlight nights on the dub's ground for dribbling and passing, practice. With the valuable hints that Keoeb should be able to give the members, the club expect to be at the top of the tree again next year.
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THE KAIKORAI FOOTBALL CLUB., Otago Witness, Issue 1974, 19 September 1889
THE KAIKORAI FOOTBALL CLUB. Otago Witness, Issue 1974, 19 September 1889
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