NOTES BY FORWARD.
J. R. Montgomery was playing again for the University Club on Saturday. The " old stagers " find it very hard to give up the game for good.
It was a crushing defeat inflicted by the Alhambra on the Pirates on Saturday, but still the game was not wholly uninteresting. The Red's scores were the results in most cases of brilliant dashes, but on the other hand they had simply extraordinary luck, Crawfurd's goal, for instance, being a ridiculous fluke. The match was full of incident — the Pirates probably got •• full up " of the incidents, which included the placing hors de combat of several of their players during the game. The Blacks, though beaten most decisively, attacked their opponents' lines vigorously on several occasions, and had they been clever enough to utilise their opportunities, as the Alhambra took advantage of theirs, should have run up a decent score. Not to mention a couple of penalty kicks within fair range of the Red's goal, little Thomson dribbled the ball on to the line on one occasion and Priest also made a bold effort for a try. Johnston, of the Alhambra team, played three-quarter back, Elder being absent, and played well, too, though with quite unnecessary roughness. Because a man has an iron frame there is no reason why he should knock about those who are mere flesh and blood. A. Downes, however, who made his re-appearance in the Red's team, was the shining light on the ground. It is a treat to see such play as that which Downes exhibits. He is undoubtedly without a superior in the colony as a centre three-quarter back at the present time. His potted goal, kicked as quick as j thought, was one of the prettiest pieces of play in the game. . The match on Saturday between the Dunedin and Union was the 28th that has been played between these two clubs. No longer the great inter-club match of the year — though it may yet be tlut again — the contest between the old rivals still commands a good attendance, and it is noteworthy that the warriors of by gone days in the two teams, almost to a man, make a point of being present to encourage with their shouts those who now wear the jerseys which it was formerly their own pride to don. Honours are now fairly evenly divided between the two clubs, the Dunedin having won 13 matches and the Union having gained 12. The remaining three matches were drawn, two of them without any score having been made. In recent year 3 the Union have rapidly overhauled the pioneer club, which will have to look to its laurels in order tp prevent the maroons from, for the first time, placing the balance of victories to their credit. The Dunedin had won seven matches before the Union scored a single victory in the series, and when the latter had gained four of the contests — that beiDg at the end of 1885— there were 10 standing to the credit of the Blues, so that it will be seen that, in order to get at the present position, the Union have, in the seven last seasons, won eight matches while the Dunedin claimed only three. It is hardly likely that the score of 33 points put up by the Alhambra on Saturday against the Pirates will be beaten again this year, although if Restieaux himself or any one else should have such good fortune in placing as attended the Alhambra goal-kicker on Saturday, there is no reason why a score nearly as large should not bo rendered. Two seasons ago, the Alhambra inflicted an equally heavy defeat on the Dunedin when they boat them by 23 points to 1, for, with the system of reckoning now in vogue, the score of that occasion is 35 points to 2— still an advantage of 33 points to the Alhambra. A player named Nicholls in a match between the Otaki Maori football team and Waikanae scored no less than 10 tries for the former. Almost every time he got hold of the ball he ran clean through his opponents, who were quite unable to stop him. The Palmerston paper complains of the neglect of the University Second to keep their fixture at Palmerston last Saturday, and says : " This is Very disappointing to the local players, as they have not got many matches and. they have very little chance of practising together. Only one match has been played this season and it is practically half over." During the recently-concluded season in Great Britain, A. J. Gould, the Welsh international player, scored no less than 39 tries for his club, besides dropping four goals, and in addition to this has gained six tries for Middlesex and two for Wales, bringing up his total for the season to 47 tries and four dropped goals — a wonderful performance. The following resolution has been carried by the Canterbury Rugby Union by a large majority :—": — " That this union expresses its determination not to play against any union affiliated to the New Zealand Rugby Union unless it has the privilege of playing against all such unions ; and will not grant permission to any club affiliated with it to play any club affiliated to the New Zealand Rugby Union unt^l the same concession is granted, and that copies of this resolution be sent to the South Canterbury Rugby Union, Otago Rugby Union, and New Zealand Rugby Union." A further resolution has been passed by the Canterbury Rugby Union to this effect: — "That no club affiliated to this union be allowed to play any club affiliated to the New Zealand Rugby Union," This will put a stop to the matches between the Poneke, Melrose, and Wellington club 3 with tbe East Chrisfcchurch, Merivale, and Christchurch clubs, as well as to the matches between clubs in Christchurch and Timaru. M'Alister, late of the Merivale Club, has thrown in his lot with the Alhambra. The Canterbury Rugby Union have appointed Messrs W. J. Cotterill, G. Harris, and C. W. Garrard as their Selection Committee for this season. Referring to the "boycott" resolution of the New Zealand Union, "Lynx" in the New Zealand Herald says :—": — " There are indications to show that eventually New Zealand will become split up into two great governing bodie3— the North Island and the South Island unions— though the very arguments used by the separatists against the formation of the New Zealand Union would apply with equal forco against a South Island union. There can be no doubt that the standing aloof of the great southern unions will in come measure detract from the prestige of the team about to be sent to Australia, though reality if the field of selection extended over the whole colony tbs additional strength would not be nearly so great a3 many people are inclined to believe." The same writer regards with satisfaction the choice of the team to visit Australia, but in tho next penlence goes on to say that the very even manner in which tho selection has been spread over the various affiliated unions seems to indicate that perhaps a, little too much weight was given to tho desire to give every union a chance, even if tho team might be somewhat weakened thereby. A gentleman lately returned from Sydney, where he saw a lot of football, including tho
meetings between the New South Wale 3 and Queensland representatives, told " Quidnunc," of the Canterbury Times, the other day that the play there had improved out of all recognition. The visits of the English and Maori teams had resulted in the quality of the play undergoing a vast change for the better, and the New Zealand team would need to be on their best behaviour to win the intercolonial matches. If the New Zealanders returned undefeated, they would have accomplished a performance they could look back upon with feelings of the deepest satisfaction. Personally, the informant of " Quidnunc "thought the New South Wales and Queensland teams were capable of fully extending the best fifteen New Zealand could put in the field.
A writer in a Sydney paper says: — "It would not be possible to conceive worse kicking than was witnessed during the recent match between the Wallaroos and Glebes. Indeed, good drop-kicking threatens to soon become a lost art amongst Rugby men. In the match referred to, it was eimply paintul to note one feeble punt after another, some of them not half a dozen yards in length, and that, too, where the kicker was in no immediate danger of being charged." Commenting on this, "Half Back" in the New Zealand Mail writes : " Wait till Gage, D'Arcy, Bayley, Jervis, and Co. go over the other side. They'll show the Cernstalks what good kicking is like." Coming from one who only the other week accused the Otago footballers of " blowing," this is really not bad. An instance of what professionalism in Association football has come to at Home ! The Athletic News gives the following story as being true. Some time ago a certain player in Scotland intimated his desire to play with Sunderland, and on being asked for terms modestly replied : ••£150 down, £150 a year, and a situation at £70 per annum in a shipbuilding yard." The Sunderland secretary went into figures and worked this out to £370 a year. His answer took the form of a question to the would-be professional, and was as follows :—": — " Would he not like the shipbuilding yard thrown in ? If so, they might come to terms." Nothing further was heard, but the same player is now engaged by a League club. W. Wynyard, who is regarded in Wellington as one of the most brilliant three-quarter back footballers in New Zealand, and was one of those first selected in. the New Zealand Rugby Union team for Australia, has now obtained the necessary leave and will accompany the team. His inclusion is a source of great strength. The choice of a half back to take Elliott's place in the New Zealand team lay between Caradus (of Auckland) and Shannon (of Marton). Caradus was selected on Saturday, but later in tho day he was injured in a match in Auckland, which prevented him accepting a place in the team. The Selection Committee then decided to take Shannon. At the opening of the second round of the senior matches at Christchurch on Saturday the Christchurch Club beat Canterbury College by 9 points to 3 points, Merivale beat Sydenham by 18 points to nothing, and Linwood were defeated by Kaiapoi by 7 points to 4 points. " Enough to make A. W. Morris a3hamed of his old club." That is the comment of the Southern Standard upon the defeat of the Pirates by the Alhambra on Saturday. The second match of the season between the Gore and Mataura clubs was played on the latter's ground on Saturday. The play was confioed all through to the forwards. The home team won by two tries (4 points) to one try (2 points). Cameron and Burnside (Mataura) and Fox (Gore) obtained the scores. The first round of the Senior Championship matches in Wellington was completed on Saturday, and the following are the points scored by the different clubs :— Poneke 7, Athletic 6, Petone 4, Wellington 2, Melrose 1 In the Championship matehe9 at Wellington on Saturday, the Poneke defeated the Athletic by 16 points to 2, and the Petone and Melrose played a drawn game, each scoring a try. I am glad to notice that the committee of the O.R.F.U. have taken into consideration the practice of players deliberately knocking on the ball in order to incur the penalty for that breach of the laws. The opinion was unanimously expressed by the committee that the practice comes under the heading of foul play or misconduct, and that referees should deal with the players offending in this direction in future as provided for by the rules. Strictness by referees ought, under this dictum, to have a considerable effect in checking the practice. The committee of the O.R.F.U. have quite unnecessarily recorded upon their minutes the statement that "the control of newspaper reports was beyond their jurisdiction." Thi3 was apropos of a complaint made to them by the referee in a junior match last Saturday, who felt aggrieved at an outspoken criticism of one of his decisions which was penned and published, The Rugby Union Committee further resolved that, their attention having been drawn to the newspaper reports of football matches evidently not furnished by members of the newspaper staffs, the secretary be instructed to bring the matter under the notica of the editors of the daily newspapers, with the request that special care be exercised in inserting reports where grave charges are made against players or officials. Feeling often runs very high in Wellington between the partisans of the various clubs, aud demonstrations againsb officials are, if not an every Saturday occurrence, nob so infrequent as they should be. On Saturday, the ex-Ofcago representative, J. Bee, claimed the attentions — not altogether admiring — of a gang of larrikins, whom the New Zealand Times dignifies by tho name of " barrackers. " Mr Bee had acted as referee in the match between the Pttone and Melrose clubs, and had given decisions which did not meet with the approval of some of the leather-lunged hoodlums who lined the touch line, and, " as usual," the Wellington morniDg paper says, "they made a dead sob against them." Their attentions were continued in an unpleasant manner after the match was over. Ssveral of ths men followed Mr Bee off the field, hooting and yelling (the Times says) as loud as their lungs would let them. One of them approached Mr Bee in a threatening manner and wanted to know ' how much money he had won by it,' and remarks of a much more forcible character were used. It appeared as if they were about to openly attack Me Bee, but just about this time a member of the Athletic Club came across the iield, aud taking the situation in at a glance, threw off his coat and in a straightforward, manly way went for ' the man who would insnlt a referee in that way.' At this stage an official of tho New Zoaland Engby Union arrived and further trouble was prevented. He ascertained the ringleader's name with the object of having him prevented from being admitted to the ground in future, and there the disturbance ended. The match between the Pirates and Albarnbra Clubs, which was played on the Carisbrook grouud on Saturday afternoon, resulted in a win for tho Alhambra team by 33 points to nothing. The weather was fine, the grouud in
good condition, and there was a fair attendance of spectators. The game throughout was somewhat one-f iied, and uninteresting from a spectator's point of view. Soon after play started Johnston* Restieaux, and Downes carried the leather into the Pirates' quarters, and the last-mentioned scored a few yards away from the posts. The kick was an easy one, but Restieaux failed to convert. The play once more rested within the twenty-five, and the home team had to submit to a force down. Then, from mid-field Johnston and Crawf urd carried the ball towardsj the Blacks' territory by a good passing rush, I which was slopped by Fitchetb failing to take the ball. Some loose play ensued within tho twenty-five, where the Reds were awarded afree kick, and Restieaux succeeded in placing a goal. A few minutes after, line-out play occurred within a few yards of the Pirates' line, and the ball being passed to Fitchett the latter stepped across the line and touched down. Restieaux took the kick and again placed a goal. Tha game for tho next five minutes was a little more even. Beck secured a mark in mid-field^ and from ;ib Preist made an ineffective attempt at goal. Several scrums ensued on the Pirates' line, and one of the Reds— whom it was impossible to discern from the pavilion — got across the line and one more try was added to the list. ' Restieaux took the kick and registered the major point. Almost immediately after Johnston and Downes carried the leather into the Pirates' quarters, and the Blacks were again forced. Shortly after half-time was called. In the second spell the Alhambra more than doubled the score obtained in the first. The Reds simply did as they chose, and the gamo was infrequently in their quarters. A try was secured by Downes and converted by Restieaux, bringing the score up to 20 points. Restieaux afterwards got a try, which, however, was not enhanced (the ball striking the post). The Alhambra score was brought up to 26 points by Downes potting a goal, while 7 more points were added by Restieaux placing a goal from a free kick and by Crawfurd potting a goal when play was being carried on in front of the Pirates' lines. The Reds seemed to do almost as they pleased, their opponents apparently being demoralised, for their play was characterised from the beginning by a lack of spirit. During the game Macdonald, of the Pirates team, had the mißfortuno to sustain an* injury to his collarbone and had to leave the field, and the Alhambra generously allowed his place to be taken by Briggs. Mr J. Croxford acted as referee. The match between the University and Kaikorai Clubs was played at Tahuna Park on Saturday afternoon. Ross, winning the toss from Duncan, played downhill for the first spell. For the first five minutes play centred between the half-way flag and the 'Varsity twenty-five, the attempts of the Kaikorai to get the ball to their backs bsing smartly checked by the 'Varsity halves. The notorious want of training among the Light Blues, however, then began to tell, and Duncan was very softly let away from the scrum and passed to Armit, who scored near the corner. King kicked a beautiful goal. The 'Varsity kicked off, and the Kaikorai renewed the attack From a scrum near the line Davis, securing the ball, scrambled over, but this time King failed to convert. Armit and Bain scored next in quick succession, the former winding up some good passing with a vice run, while the latter got over very softly through the irresolute play of the 'Varßity backs. The University livened up now, aud for the rest of the spell made matters more even, their forwards particularly doing good work. Iv this spoil Gibbs retired hurt, and Duncan very generously allowed Robertson to take his place. Simmers was also rather seriously hurt, and was of little use afterwards during the game. Playing down-hill in the second spell, it was thought that the Kaikorai, as on the occasion of their visit to Tahuna two seasons ago, would run up a large score, bub the determined resistance of the 'Varsity completely surprised everybody, and had it not been for a palpable mistake on the parb of the referee — who, though both teams stopped expecting to hear his whistle, failed to see a very evident knock- on — there would probably have been no further score. For their mistaken confidence tho Light Blues were rewarded by seeiDg Davies run round behind the posts. King easily improved the score. Near the close of the spell, Armit, from some good play by Duncan, scored near the corner flag after a short and determined dash, making the Kaikorai total 18 points. King's kicking for the winners was very accurate, and Armit was the best of the threequarters, playing a rattling game throughout, while the three halves worked well together. Their forwards, though not having great pretensions to scientific play, proved themselves a tough and wiry lob, the two Wilkinsons and Torrance being the most conspicuous, though the 'Vanity found to their cost that the reports of the lastnahied player's "bullocking" propensities were only too well founded. Neil, the 'Varsity full back, made 'at least two bad mistakes in the first spell, but in tho second he performed very creditably. The three-quarters were a weak lot, Macassey especially being off colour; while tho halves, though not brilliant, did a lot of useful work, and were ably assisted by Hunter and Robertson, who, in the second spell, greatly hampered the Kaikorai halves. The forwards showed themselves able to more than hold their own, and deserve credit for the way they continually cleared their lines. J. R. Montgomery was the most conspicuous, and should do good woik for the team later on. He was ably supported by the rest of the forwards. Ross was conspicuous for his fast following up, bub as his pace was too hot for most of his comrades, his well-meant efforts were somewhat nullified. Mr E. J. Austin was referee. The match between the Zingari-Richmond and Taieri Clubs was played at Mosgiel, and resulted in a win for the visiting team by threo tries (8 points) to one try. Tbe play was never first-class, aud but for the brilliant rushes of tbe Zingari-Richmond forwards — which, however, were not as frequent as usual — would have been of a very second-rate quality. The Taieri forwards are a heavy lot, and made full use of their stvengih, although it can hardly be said that the play was ever rough. Early in the first spell the Taieri were awarded a try for illegal tackling, bub the place kick was a failure, and shortly before time the Zingari-Richmond equalised matters by scoring near the corner flag, their place kick also being a failure. The second spell showed a slight improvement in the play, acd the visitors were twicH successful in crossing the Taieri's goal line, but the place kicking was at fault in both attempts. No further score was made, the game ending as above. The Taieri backs played a good safe gamo, the hall' backs aud the full back especially distinguishing themselves. The Zingari-Richmond backa, of whom Aitkeu and Fordyce were the pick, did not play up to their usual form, but perhaps tins was owing to two of them having to play out of their usual places. The second spell was played about 10 ininules
short owing to darkness setting in. The fault of the game starting so late lies entirely with the 'Faieri, as their opponents were on the field for over a quarter of an hour before the last straggler of ths home team put in an appearance., Mr T. Chalmer made a most impartial The Union and Dunedin Clubs mat for tfce first time this season on the North ground en Saturday, when there was a good attendance. Among those presents were i, few old-time footballers, who seem to make it a duty to ire present to witness these " time-honoured " matches. The game ended in a draw, though the Maroons (Union) surprised everybody by their improved form. From kick-off till half time the Union had much the best of the play, and the Dark Bluf s have to thank their full back (ftTKenzie) for not having a large score recorded against them during the first half. The player named repeatedly got bis side out of trouble by his fine play, and his efforts on Saturday stamp him as a first-class full back. Tho score at half time was — Union, 2 points ; Danedin, 0. H. Douglas scored in a very favourable position for the Maroons, butM'Lennan failed to convert. In the second half the play was more even, though the Union more than held their own. Toward? t Inclose of the spell Mason got over the Maroons' line, but the kick at goal was a failure, and on time being called the scares were even. Mr A Liurensoa held the whistle, and satisfied both sides. The Union full back was not seen at his best. He was too slow in getting the ball, and went in for too much " speculating." Minn and M Leiinan fairly excelled themselves, and it was in a great measure owing to their fine pky that tho Mtroons had so much advantage in the play Smith was also seen to groat advantage, and was ably assisted by Harris The forwards showed improved form— Munro, Beadle, Borne, Barr, and Jenkins beinst moat conspicuous. With the exception of M'Kenzie, none of tbe Danedin backs played particularly well, though Mason, helped by the blocking tactics adopted by some of the Blues' forwards, repeatedly got away from the scrum with the ball. Among the forwards there waa too large a percentage of "passengers," and as one of these Taiaroa did some useful work, while of the others Isaa- s was about the best. The Pacific and Green Island Clubs met for the first time this season at Tahuca Park under most favourable circumstinces. The Green Island team was captained by Davidion, an old Taieri player, while J. Thompson acted in a like capacity for tbe Pacific. Green Island, playing from the north end, kicked off, and play settled in the Pacific quarters for the first 15 minute?. Gresn Island, who were chiefly playing tigta scrums, had decidedly the best of tho play," but the'r opponents showed a splendid defence, Pollock iv particular drawing forth rounds of applause from the spectators, who were greatly pleased with his flue display. By combined play the Pacific gradually worked tho ball to near the centre, and, after a deal of give and take play, J. King broke away wth tha ball at his toe, and, miking one of the fiaest dribbles of fcbe day, took the ball from near the centre well into the Green Island's twenty-five. A series of scrums followed, tight work beiDg the strong point of the Green Island's forwards. W. Thomson, taking the ball from a pas* by Montague, and running well towards the Green Island's goal, had tho ball knocked out cf his hands. Oa3 of the Green Island backs took a speculating kick, and the ball having a good deal of spin on it. went over the line near the corner flag. ' W. King, making good use of his running powers and taking advantage of the chance given him, ran right round and grounded the ball between the posts. J. Thompson took the kick and placed an unmistakable goal. In the second half the Pacific adopted a different style of play, making the game more open. This is more to thsir liking, and while the play became fast and furious, the Black and Whites put on another 15 points. Gresn Island made several attempts to improve their position, and in some of these they were successful, but not for long, as the Pacific, who wcra playing with a lot of dash and combination, got on a good forward rush, which wound up by J. King scoring a try. J. Thompson again taking the kick sent the ball fair between the posts. Green Island kicked out, and Montague returned with a high kick, the forwards following up in grand style, dribbled the ball over the line, where J. King, who was always to the front in the loos i work, fell on it and scored his second try. J. Thompson was again successful with the kick. Green Island again kicked out, and made some very good rushes, and wound up by scoring a welldeserved try, which was not improved upon. u The Pacific then carried the ball well down the field, and eventually got over the line, but the referee not being in a position to sse, ordered a scrum five yards out, from which the best piece of passing during th 3 game took place, Montigue, W. Thomson, Gibb, and W King taking part. The latter player scored after a dashing run right behind the posts, and J. Thompson was once more succsssf ul with the kick. Time was called immediately afterwards, when the game stood— Pacific, 20 points ; Green Island, 2 points. The Warehousemen met the Melrose on the Asylum ground on Saturday and succeeded in defeating them by 1 goal and 3 tries (11 points) to nothing. Haydon, winning the toss, elected to defend the southern goal. Highley kicked off, and the Melrose at once had the Warehousemen defending their lines and for some tea minutes gave them a lively time of it. Dundou getitiug the ball looked lika scoring, when he had the misfortune to slip, thereby losing a good chance. The Warehousemen then warmed up to their work and by a splendid rush carried the ball to within five yardaof the Melrosegoal, where, after some tight play, Sanders dashed across tho line. Hutchison failed with the kick. The ball was no sooner kicked out than, through tha Melrose backs punting, Williams raa in near the corner. Hutchison made a good but ineff tjclual attempt with the kick. Tho play was after this very fast and even, the ball travelling from one end of the ground to the other, until the Warehousemen got on a splendid dribhliiig rush in which Read, Stalker, and Hutchison were prominent, and carried the leather to within two or three yards of tho Melrose lino, where, after some t:ioky play on the line in which Hutchison and Read took part, the latter fairly paralysed the Melrose by running in behind the posts. Kinvig converted. In bho second Rpell the Melrose ab once assumed the aggressive and made very determined efforts to score, but the splendid defence of the Warehousemen backs nullified all their attempts iv that direction. The Warehousemen subsequently had the Melrose on the "defensive, and after some tight play near the lines Hutchison dropped across. Wood made a splendid attempt at a difficult angle, the ball dropping beueath <.he bar. Tims vim then called, leaving the Warehousemen victors as above. The match between the Second Fiiteons ottho Zingari-Richmond and Taieri Oluba was ou^inally arranged for Monteeillo, but owin^; (.o ihv Taieri team stating that they could aot conic to town, and pledging themselves to raise n tcim on their own ground, the Ziugari-liichmotul foolishly went out, only to find that their confidence had been misplaced. The Taieri
Second must have an interesting record for tho present season, and it says little for their management that they cannot find out, by Friday night at least, their inability to raise a team. The Caversham First journeyed to Port Chalmers to try conclusions with the Port, but as no roferee had been decided on there was no match. The match between the Caversham Second and High School Second resulted in a win for the former by 10 points to 4. The School, who were well represented, played a good game all through, and succeeded in placing a neat goal from a mark. The Caversham, who kept their opponents pretty well on the defence, succeeded in crossing their line three times, and T. Goodman potted a neat goal from a difficult angle. Simpson, Clarke, and A. Rawley obtained tries tor the Caversham. The Kaikorai Second journeyed to Ravensbourne on Saturday to meet the local team. In the first spell the game was very even, several good passing rushes taking place, and from a neat pass Ling potted a good goal for Ravensbourne. There was no further score in the first spsll. In tha second spell the Kaikorai scored a try, the kick at goal proving fruitless, and GHlanders potted auother goal for Ravensbourne, the game ending in favour of Ravensbourne by 8 point? to 2. For the Kaikorai, Dave Torrauce, Rie, and Riach played well, as did Dredge, Webber (3), M'Cutcheon, and Pope for Ravensbourne. The Alhambra Second scored a decisive win over the Pirates Second on Saturday, at Opoho, by one goal and six tries (17 points) to one try (a points). The feature of toe game was the passing runs of the backs, who played with splendid combination, as all the three-quarters scored. Tries were obtained by A. Aitken (4-), Scott (2), Lumb (L), while Scott converted one into a goal. The forwards of the winning team showed a marked improvement in heeling out the ball from the scrum. The Warehousemen Second met the Melrose Second at Montecillo, and defeated them by three tries (6 points) to nothing. Tries were obtained by Cook (2) and Proctor. The match Pacific Second v. Green Island Second resulted in a win for the former by two tries (obtained by Irvine and Fogarty) to nothing. The Alpine defeated the Belinont by 10 points to nothing. Thomas, Turnbull, and Rowlatt scored tries and Thomas potted a goal for the former. The Dunedin Second met and defeated the Union Second by 6 points to 5. Kober and Turton pcored for the Blues, the latter securing two tries, but no goals were kicked. For the Union J. Stewart scored the only try for his side, and E. Gibson kicked a neat goal. For the winuers Kobsr, Turton, and Boyd did good service; while the best players oa the Union side were W. Gibson, Corbott, Campbell, R. Ssewart, and Thomson. Mr W. T. Monkman controlled the game, but some of his decisions gave great dissatisfaction to the losing team. The Star defeated the North Dunedin, after a well-contested game, by 5 points to nothing. PI vying under Association rules, the RuuKers First journeyed to Burnsido and met t aelocil club. Burnside, wiuning the lesi, elected to play uphill. On the teams lining out the centre forward in both teams was missing ; and Kane (emergency) played for Burnside, Beckingsale acting in a similar capacity for the Rangers. From the kick-off the Ringers mado a sharp attack, but Feilding relieved, the ball travelling to the centre, where it was sent back, and the Rangers again attempted to put the leather through, but it rolled over the line. Donaldson kicked out and Burnside were relieved for a short time, but the ball gradually worked downhill, and a splendid rush, headed by Peters, Churchill, and North, enabled Ashton to score first goal. Scott sent tbe ball well up tho field, but it was neatly returned by Alf. North; and the Rangers rushing upon the Burnside goal, Ashtonagain scored. The leather was no sooner kicked off than Adams scored a rather fiukey goal The local club then wakened up, Barnes, Kane, and Scott getting on a smart rush, which Hilgendorf stopped, sending the ball well across the field, where Ashton and J. North put in some good play, which ended in the former scoring his third goal. The good defence and fast followiDg-up of the RaDgers were too much for the Buruside, who were evidently tired of playing uphill. After the kick-out Harrison gained possession, dribbling well until C. North interceptod a pass to Scott and sent the leather down the right wing, where Adams Fcored a fine, long goal. The home team kept pegging away, and, ralljing round Scott, threatened the Rangers' goal; but a corner resulted. Hamilton took tho kick, which was staved off, and half-time found play midfield. On changing over, the Burnside, pUying downhill, had fair chance 3of equalising the score, and, in answer to the cries of their supporters, got on a splendid rush; but Bowie, who was playing tho bast back game on the ground, stopped it just in time. Churchill, on ttie left wing, obtained the bill, and dribbling light up to the Burnside goal sent a long pass across, and J. North shooting straight would bave scored, but Donaldson being there in time returned to the centre. The ball was instantly sent back, and the Rangers' forwards, who seem to have at last adopted the long passing game, smartly attacked, but Easton and Feilding were all there. It was now the Rangers' tura to defend, and although the Burmide forwards did their utmost the defence was too good, and time was calltd with, the score — Riygors 5 goals, Bnrnside nothing. The junior club are improving every Saturday, one and nil playing a fine game The forwards showed more combination than the Buruside, and the long passing rushes which they adopted puzzled tho opposing bicks. The Burnside forwards, on the other hand, seemed out of trim, and did not show their best form. Their backs, with the exception of Easton and Feilding, mads a poor defence. Scott, Harrison, and Fleming (forward-) put in some good work, but were not backed up. The referee give sat i if action. The Northern and Roalyn Association Clubs tried conclusions at the North-East Valley for tho second tima ilii j r.oason, and, as on the former occasion, victory remained with the hill team, the scare being : Roslyn, three Roals ; Northern, oae goal. In the first spell Roslyn, playing downhill, had slightly the test of the game, scorirg two goals to their opponents' one. The play in the second spell was more even, each tide attacking and defending in tu»n. Tho Northern forwards, headed by Walker and BlacdonaM, broke away time after fcimo ; but tho strocg kicking of the brothers M'Millan nullified their efforts, and towards the end of the game, by good following up, Uoslyn w«ro enabled to score their third goal. 'Cue grouud wiv.s iv very bad condition, which to some extent interfered with the passing For the Northern Jar'/K Pollock, and C. M'J-ood pbyod well, ns di<l Uojs, Buntiug, and G. M'Millan fuv Ro«lyn. SOUTHLAND MOTE!?. Lait Wed 'lu^lay tho S ! ar anil Pir:itfu met .on tho union ground for tho, secnul tiaio this season. The weather was fine, and there was a good attendance of <ho public, and notwithstanding the fact that every day since the
previous Wednesday up to the one before the match either heavy rain or snow had fallen, the ground was in good condition. Knucky was excluded from the Star team in favour of W. Elder, and Jinkens filled tbe place of Murphy, who was unable to play through illness. It is not every team that is so fortunate as to have a player of Jinkens's ability to fall back on in a case of emergency. Almost from the beginning of the game the Pirates had to play one man short owing to an accident to Ovendon, to fill whose place V. Ekenstein was taken from the forward division. Cuff captained the Star, and N. M'Robie the Pirates. Coff won the toss, and the Pirates were obliged to face the sun. The Star started favourites, and the result proved that their supporters were not mistaken, for from the beginning of the game they had everything their own way, and in every point were superior to their opponents, especially in their passing, which was really excellent.. There were actually no scrums. As soon as the ball was in it was out again among the Star back?, passing from one to the other almost as quick as the eye could follow it. If the one it was thrown to did not get it, someone else was there. In fact, at timea it was almost unnecessary for the man possessing it to look where he threw it, so well did they back up. For the Pirates to attempt to score was out of the question, forall their energies were concentrated in preventing j the Star from doing so, but with little succes3. | When the ball came out of the scrum had each back marked the man opposite him, instead of all rushing for the centre and wing threequarterp, while the half possessing the ball did not pass but ran on himself, they would no do'ibt have been more successful. In the first spell four tries were scored by Donaldson, Hast, Caff, and D. M'Robie, but the place kicking was poor, and none of them were improved upon. In the second four more were obtained —two by B. Bain and two by G. Ramsay, and aga'n four miserable attempts at goal were made, leaving the score 16 points when it might have been 40, which brought forth cries for Knucky. It is strange that a chance was not given., to Cockcroft, who for long kicking and good judgment has no equal in the team. The Star forwards played with splendid combination, Jinkens being the best. Ha&t and J. Ramsay, two young players, showed up well, especially the former, who played with much dush. Smith seems to find a difficulty in breakiag off his habit of kicking too hard when dribblm?. Perhaps if he did not run so fasb he would find his task easier. Good dribblers never dribble at top speed, which he attempts to do. The backs all excelled themselves, particularly Cockroft, who played with admirable judgment. Ho initiated a passing rush, and was near scoring, which is not bad for a full back. D. M'R)bie was at times inclined to break into his old habit of bullocking, but otherwise he was all that ould be desired. Donaldson did not get as much to do as be was capable of performing, and he might have been put to better use while the opposing backs were devoting so much of their time to Elder and Bdiu, Tho Pirates forwards played a plucky uphill game, bul; were no match for the splendid combination of their opponents. N. M'Robio, Anthony, and Farquharson were the best. Their wing men, Duncan and O. Ekenslein, are rather weak and wanting in dash. The play of their backs was poor. It may be that they played as well as usual, but if so they suffered in comparison with their opponents. Rodgers, who is generally the brilliant light of the team, was completely smothered, his size and we:ght being greatly against him. Hanson played very well at fall back, and saved his side many times. M'Kay was the best of the halfs. Messrs Wild and Hamilton acted as line umpires, and Mr R. Galbraith held the whistle satisfactorily. On th<3 6anie day the Star second fifteen defeated the Pirates second by one goal to two tries. The Pirates, who are a much heavier team, had slightly the best of the game. Mr C. Todd acted as refereo. After the match between the seconds was over, the third fifteens of the same clubs played a match which resulted in a draw, neither side scoring. Me K. Cameron acted as referee. Crossbar.
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FOOTBALL., Otago Witness, Issue 2052, 22 June 1893
FOOTBALL. Otago Witness, Issue 2052, 22 June 1893
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