On Saturday evening for the first time in the annals of sport in Canterbury an international tug-of-war was held on alarge scale. The whole affair was a pronounced success. The cheering during the pull between New Zealand and England was simply deafening, and never previously has such enthusiasism boon evinced in an athlotic contest in Canterbury. No hitch of any description occurred to mar the proceedings, and the competition was carried out in an amicable manner.
The first tug was between two New Zealand teams, captained respectively by Messrs F. Poster and P. Cairns. Tho contest did not last long, as the former's team at the first pull had their opponents beaten in 35sec, thus demonstrating their right to represent the colony in the further competitions.
A loud cheer went up at the next two teams, Australia and Scotland, made their appearance. Tho band struck up the " Kangaroo Dance " and "Auld Lang Syne," and the excitement grew intense as the men settled down to work. On the word "go" the Colonials soon asserted their superiority, and drew the Scots over the seven feet mark m lmin 17sec. amid great applause. Weights— Scotland, 132 st 101 b: Australia, 131 at 71b.
Tbe third pull was between Germany and China. No sooner had the teams sottlod on tho rope than the Germans gained an inch or two. They gradually forced their opponents, and with a final pull hauled the knot on the other side of the " garter " amidst loud eheenug and the strains of " Die Wacht an Rhein. Time, 2min 3see, Weights — Germany, 119 st 01b ; China, about 11 2 st.
Then occurred the event of the evening, the match between New Zealand and England. Amidst great excitement the representatives of the Mothor Country mounted the platform, the band playing " Rule Brifctftnia." The New Zealandera took up their position like true patriots, with a " do or die " expression on their faces. BW the first two or three minutes no progress was made by oithorßide. Then England gained a foot, which she maintained for bix minutes. The large assemblage had now left their Beats, and began to yoiciferously applaud their representatives. Amid loud shouts of "Ate ake kia kaha," the New Zonlanclero mado a supreme offirt and brought Iho knot back to the centre at tha end of ton minutes' pulling. After fifteen minutes' trial, tho English had two feet to the good, and in response to noisy exhortations the New Zealauders recovered slightly, but soon wavered and lost ground again. The representatives of old England had increased their advantage to three feet at the end of twenty-five minutes, and with thirty minutes gone they had four feet to tho good. New Zealand, in response to wild cries from its supporters set to work with v will, and at forfcv minutes had brought the knot back soveral inches. When forty-five minutes had gone tho English wero wavering, and by a mighty effort the New Zealanders hauled the knot pnst the centre block. Keeping up the attack the Maorilanders hauled the knot up to the " garter," when the gun iired donotingtheir victory, amidst the wildest enthusiasm, it being fully life minutes before the excitoment had subsided. The pull lasted 4(imin 2liicu, and was alone worth going far to see, both teams being a fine sot of men, and well matched as regards physique. Weights —New Zealand, 120 st I3lbj England, 12ost 01b.
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Wanganui Herald, Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 7697, 23 April 1892
INTERNATIONAL TUG-OF-WAR. Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVI, Issue 7697, 23 April 1892
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