(ISY " IILUK AND GOLD.") " Some pcoplo have funny notions of what composed tho Native team that went Home in ISeS-'J. The team was com pi..sod of twonty-iivo players, (not fifteen as ono football scribe declares), and besides there was a manager, treasurer and trainer, making in all twentyeight members. The team did not tour Great Britain and Ireland, but only England and Ireland, Scotland not being visited. The football scribe, above referred'to, says the Native combination wan not a representative Maoriland team. Perhaps it was not allntjclhcr, but it was good enough to more than hold;,.its own against "rep" teams in thitt Colony. Again if a New Zealand " rep " team had been picked then, is it not more than probable that such players, as Joe Warbriek," .L'at " Keogh, Dave Gage, Ellison, Dick Taiaroa, Lee, Wynyani, JJilly Warbriek, and Stewart would have been included in it. Then again what about " TlieSmiler," Dick Miiyimrd, Elliott, Ueorge Williams, McCauslaml, Madigan, Alt. Warbriek and Anderson '? Weren't they worthy of a place in a New Zealand " rep." team ? Tho names of the players of that famous NtUivo combination may be of interest. They arc as follows:—Arthur Warbriek (East Coast), Ihimaira, "The Sniiler" (Hawke's Bay), "Tat" Keogh (Dunedin), A. Webster (North Shore), 11. Maynard (North Shore), 11. G. Taiaroa (Dunedin), Wi Karauria (Hawko's Bay), W. Wynyard (North Shore), W. Elliott (Auckland), D. Stewart (Thames), D. Gago (Wellington), G. Williams (Wellington), J. Warbriek, captain (Hawke's Bay), W. Nehua(Whangarei) T. Ellison (Wellington), E. McCausland (Auckland), W. Warbriek (Tauranga) C. Goldsmith (Hawko's Bay), C. Madigan (Auckland), T. lieno (Nelson), G. Wynyard (North Shore), V. Warbriek (Tauranga), Aif. Warbriek (itotorua) \V. Anderson (Thames), H. Lee (llivcrlon), J. Lawlor (coach), T. Eyon (treasurer), J. Scott (manager). Jacobs, who last year was on the three-quarter line of the Southland "rep." team, and also played for New Zealand against New South Wales last season, has returned to Wellington, and has thrown in his lot with the Wellington Club. Two well-known Wellington footballers were in Masterton on Wednesday. They were " Baldie " Chambers, capur'i of the l'ctono Club, and an ex-Wellington wing-forward, and " Mick " Fitzgerald, a sterling I'etonc forward. Chambers is one of the linest wing forwards in Wellington, and should this season be seen iv the " reps." again. Fitzgerald has the makings of a rattling forward, and will, in time, make a name for himself in Wellington football circles. A Club, to play under tho Makakahi llugby Union, has been formed at Scarborough. Some footballers ways are peculiar. Last year a member of a Wellington suburban team wanted to go down south, so his club-mates subscribed his passage money, and purchased a steamer ticket for him. Words could not express his thanks. " When 1 come back I shall play for you again," said he. This season he wished to come back, and his club-mates again " stood Sam " for his passage, and when he landed in Wellington gave him a quid or two to go on with. Through his clubmates' instrumentality he was found work. But he was a footballer with a reputation, and at the eleventh hour ho informed the skipper of the said suburban team that he had been found a job where he need not take his coat oIY by another club, on the condition that ho played for that club. The said footballer is now a full-blown three-quarter back of a senior Wellington club, and knows Ins former club-mates no longer. Truly the ways of a " reputation " footballer arc many. However, some fun is yet promised over the incident. Football in Now Zealand is supposed to be non-professional—all amateurs, no paid men. What bosh ! The takings at the inter-national match at Cardiff between Scotland and Wales amounted to £2178. The previous best "gate" obtained in Wales w;is ,£I7OO, taken at the match betiveen Wales and England last year. In the international matches at Home this season Seotlaud beat England by six points to three, Wales has beaten England by nine points to eight, and also Scotland by fourteen points to live. Mr Asquith has been treasurer of the Canterbury llugby Union for nine years in succession. Tins is, however, beaten by Mr J. H. Chapman, who for eleven years in succession was treasurer of the Otago Union, during six of which he was also secretary. On Good Friday the Cadets had an easy win over the ltille Cadets by twentyone points to three. Association lias recently " caught on " on the West Coast of the South Island. The Blackball team has amongst its players two Edinburgh University men, a Sunderland League player, a Queen's Park (Glasgow) International, and a Wol verhiimpton Wanderer. Truly Blackball should be able to put a good team in the field. It is to be hoped they will be seen competing for the Brown Shield this season, and that they will make a good light goes without saying, as " Pluck " is a standard word on the West Coast. At Christehurch on Saturday Alhambra beat Morivale by 14pts to '6 ; Linwood beat Union (Dunedin) by oßpts to £; Albion beat Southern (Dunedin) by lOpts to 5. McTeaguc, a Wellington " rep " wicg forward, and Keating, a Marlborouph " rep " have thrown in their lot with the Merivalc Club, Christehurch, this scasou. At the annual meeting of the New Zealand llugby Union the proposal to send a team of representative footballers to England will bo brought up. The Canterbury Unton will probably instruct its delegate to guarantee £100 towards tho expenses of each Canterbury man in any team that is sent to England. The last, and only, team of New Zealand footballers that visited Great Britain was the famous Native team of fourteen years ago. Most creditably did they uphold the honour of Maoriland. I don't think any New Zealand team could do better than they did. Ono thing is certain—a New Zealand team will bo a long time before they ever have such a flying half-back as " Pat" Keogh, of Dunedin, whom the English footballers and critics considered the best half they had ever seen. Aye, even the redoubtable " Jimmy " Duncan could not compare with the famous " Pat," and it will, I think, be many a long day before Maoriland possesses such a crack half-back as the old Kaikorai player.
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FOOTBALL NOTES., Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7121, 9 April 1902
FOOTBALL NOTES. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XXVI, Issue 7121, 9 April 1902
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