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FOOTBALL MATCH, NELSON VERSUS WELLINGTON.

THE MATCH. The Post of Saturday, September 30th, states:— The football match between the Nelson and Wellington learns was played on the Cricket ground yesterday afternoon, before an assemblage of about 400 people, amongatjwho were many of the fair sex, who honored the game with their presence, in spite of the threatening weather, which happily repaid them by holding off till night. Sir Q-eorgeand Lady Bowen viewed thegame from their carriage from nearly the commencement to the end. On arriving on the ground, the players gave three hearty cheers for Lady Bowen. The Nelson side won the toss, and chose the upper goal, which on account of the fresh breeze that was blowing was decidedly the most advantageous. The Nelsonians wore a pretty uniform of red stockings. and white jerseys, which gave them a much better appearance than the Wellington team, who have not as yet fixed on any one color. The first half-hour the football was was seldom more than 50 yards from the Wellington goal; the Nelson men were evidently determined to win, and played in splendid style, well together, in fact, a more scientific game than their opponents. When the goals were changed, however, and the Wellington team had the wind, which had increased, in their favor, they showed up better, and some very good individual play took place, resulting in a try, which Captain Isberwopd, by a splendid kick, nearly made a goal. This gave the Wellington men confidence, and their play manifestly improved. Nothing : more was gained till the third half-hour, when, ' though the Wsllingtonians had the wind against i them, they made a try and a goal, the only goal : during the game. This try was made by a splendid i run by Parkes over nearly the whole length of the ' field. The ball was then punted out, but fell short; ; luckily, however, one of the Wellington men succeeded in running in with the ball, and touching it down behind the goal, which gave them the privilege . of a fair kick at the goal, when Captain Isherwood, ' by a good kick, this time made a goal. Directly ' afterwards time was called, and the last half-hour nothing was gained on either side, though some very good play took place. The Wellington men were heavier than the strangers, and had it all their own way in the hack downs, and also had the best of it in running in with the ball. There was much laughter on the bank at the tumbles, which were often very grotesque, but sometimes rather heavy, one young fellow on the Nelson side having to be carried off the field ; but we are happy to hear he is all right to-day. The game was played throughout in a good spirited manner, and no bad temper or ill-feeling of any kind showed itself, which, in so rough a game, says a great deal for the gentlemanly behaviour of the players. On the last half-hour being called, the Wellington men were the winners by one goal and two tries. TSB DINNEB. The Wellington Club entertained their opponea fc to a sumptuous entertainment at the Empire Hotel which, is thua referred to by the Independent .— Capt. Isherwood, of the Wellington Club, occupied the chair. Such friendly reunions we esteem of great social interest and importance, and all such manly and athletio games worthy, of all countenance. We have only space to say that the usual loyal and patriotic toasts were duly honored, and the health of the Nelson and Wellington Clubs rapturously given in turn. Some capital songs were sung by our Nelson visitors, and altogther a most agreeable evening was passed. We doubt, indeed, if so elegant and sumptuous an entertainment ever concluded a football match in New Zealand. Our Nelson friends expressed themselves repeatedly throughout the evening to the effect that they gratefully appreciated the hospitable reception accorded them by the Wellington team, and promised to do their utmost to entertain their opponents to as good an entertainment, and as good a beating, if they returned the visit. The Maboh of Intelieot.—The University of Calcutta has this year examined nearly two thousand candidates for its matriculation or " Entrance;" and this is in addition to the fire or six hundred who have come up for the "First Arts," or Little-Go, and the two hundred odd who hare appeared in the B.A end M.A, examination!,

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FOOTBALL MATCH, NELSON VERSUS WELLINGTON., The Colonist, Volume XIV, Issue 1463, 3 October 1871

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FOOTBALL MATCH, NELSON VERSUS WELLINGTON. The Colonist, Volume XIV, Issue 1463, 3 October 1871

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