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Football. PROMOTIONS INTO THE XV.
Into the LX. E. P. Kaye
B. C. Waterfield A. S. Preston
H. T. G. Alington A.D. Annesley
J. F. W. Little
C. LI. Davies
F. N. Ellis
THE SCHOOL V. CIRENCESTER AGRICUL
TURAL COLLEGE. This game was played on Saturday, Nov. 8th, on the Common, under most favourable conditions of wind and weather. Play did not commence very early, as the opposing team were dependent upon the arrangements of the S. M. and A. Railway.
Bull kicked off at 3.15 from the town end, and a very finely contested game began. The school had been defeated in their first match by a strong team of O.M's. and were eager to distinguish themselves to-day : while the Cirencester men were a strong lot, and flushed with a recent victory over a good team. Soon after the game began, Bull had the ball neatly passed to him by Bett and made a fine run round.
He almost succeeded in getting in, but was finely collared near the line by Reid. For a minute or two we kept the ball close to their end, and things looked promising for the school, but slowly the ball was worked down into our quarters, and soon Macdonald drew first blood for them, by a touch-down gained in a squash. The place however failed.
The school then set to work to avenge themselves, but the backs of the other side were very smart. They missed, it is true, some chances of getting off, but were very quick in putting into touch while in extremis. They protected their goal line and drove back the tide of war several times by this expedient. The ball once more was taken down into our 25 by a grand effort on the part of the Circencester forwards.
They were a powerful set and very active. We had several narrow escapes, but Ord did a very fine piece of dribbling and worked the ball a long way back. Bull seconded his effort later on by a good run, but almost immediately after, Lowry got the ball and ran right in behind our posts. The touchdown he converted into a goal. The score was now 1 goal and a try to nil.
The School now made a great effort, and after some skilful passing, Bull got off again, but was collared; and then Ord got hold of the ball, and others backed up these attempts, and we began to
Some very pretty play followed. Davis, who played very smartly all the time, stopped Reid at a critical moment by a very neat piece of collaring, and the School were now in a position to do something to retrieve the fortunes of the day. But a most unfortunate accident occurred, Bull sprained his knee badly, when
being collared after a brilliant run, and he was hors de combat for the rest of the game. This was a most serious loss for us, in fact as great a loss as we could have suffered. But both forwards and backs stuck to their work most gallantly and we even continued to press our opponents till change, which was called soon after. And now the School had the hill in their favour, but the wind rather against them. Soon after kick off Woolner by some neat play took the ball down towards their goal, and we were holding our own well when the ball was passed too high to Bett. It took too long in getting to him, and their forwards made a charge and carried the ball into close proximity to our line. Here Osborne, who was very neat and quick at half-back, secured a try for them near the side. The place failed and once more we rallied. Bett did some fine pieces of collaring, Ord was conspicuous in the dribbling line, as also Tyssen; and Davis got off at such a pace that nobody could stop him till near their line. But this was our last effort. Cirencester now had a good time of it; and Gibb got right away running at a great pace. Annesley collared him near the side, but he got his try. A few minutes more and Reid made the finest run of the day. He was too fast for any of our men, but they stuck to him most pluckily and pulled him down before he could get right behind. He got a try, but this place, too, was missed. After this they kept on threatening our goal. Annesley by a neat drop and Lias by a well-timed rush relieved matters
gether, worked the ball back to the neighbourhood
So far the game had been fairly even, though of
somewhat, but again Osborne got in at the side. Cirencester College Back, Fowler; threeThis place also was missed but Cirencester were quarters, Gibb, Reid, Lowrey ; halves, Osborne, left the winners by one goal and five tries to nothing. Wallinger; forwards, Dickson, Douglas. Spring,
It was a very fine game to look at. The play was Rice, Drake, Macdonald, Cave, Hewson, Holland, fast and it was not any means such a one-sided Brigg. affair as the result would seem to show. Our forwards played with great pluck and vigour, especially
MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE v. CLIFTON Woolner, Hume and Robertson, who did really good
CLUB, NOVEMBER 16TH. work in the squash ; also Martin, Cooper and Ord, This match was played in excellent football who were very conspicuous for dribbling : our chief weather on the Common, the wind blowing nearly fault was want of weight. Of the others Lias at across the ground. After kick off the ball was for half did a lot of work, and with a great deal of some time kept in or near the middle of the ground, dash Bett was very neat and quick at collaring. and it seemed as if we were to see a more evenly. Davis too showed much improved form : he was contested game than in the two previous matches, quicker in getting off and displayed more pace than In fact, after a few minutes play, a capital run of in the previous match. He ought to make a very Tyssen's brought us near the Clifton goal, he then usefulthree-quarters. Annesley's dropping was good. passed to Lias, who unfortunately slipped when
There were, however, two points that seemed to there seemed a chance of his getting in. Still the call for notice. We had some unusually good ball, owing to some good play on the part of our dribblers among the forwards, but there was not forwards, especially Ord, remained for some time enough of combined effort in this direction. In the chiefly in the Clifton quarters. But this was not to newer style of Rugby game combined dribbling and last. The fast play of their forwards brought it passing among the forwards is almost as much a back past the centre of the ground. Waterfield then feature of the game as in Association.
got the ball, and passing all our backs ran in right ing of this sort enables forwards to disconcert the behind, and Moore scored the first goal for his side. backs most successfully. Directly these try to pick After this disaster our forwards took the ball to a up the ball or drop on to it, it is passed to some one safe distance for a time, but, owing to a mistake on else; while as for collaring there is no one for them the part of our back, the foreign team soon after to collar. The Association games, which are becom scored another try, which however was missed. ing more frequent, give excellent practice in this The tables were now turned for a little while. department of the Rugby game. One point of the The ball was gradually worked back to within five superiority of the Rugby game lies in its combining yards of their goal, when it went out. so many different features, each requiring special skill caught it as it was thrown in, and in spite of all and each presenting its own attractions.
attempts to stop him and a claim of its being held, The other point was in the passing of the backs. owing to a momentary stoppage of his career, seThere was too much tossing of the ball in the air, cured a try not far from the touch-line. Buchanan so much so that the other side often had time to made a capital attempt to convert this into a goal rush and catch the ball or collar the three-quarters, but the wind was too much for him. Next the game before he could get off. Osborne's throwing for the was brought back into our quarters by some wonderother side was very good. He always took care fully good passing on the part of the Clifton team, to give it what riflemen call a flat trajectory and send and our back getting charged, Leonard obtained a it straight and sharp to his men.
try, which was kicked by Moore. For some time Appended is a list of the sides :
after this the game was carried on in our quarters. School :-Back, A. D. Annesley ; three-quarters,
But before half-time our team was F. E. Bull (captain), H. C. Bett and H. J. Davis; halves, C. R. Lias and H. M. Lewis ; forwards, H. of the Clifton goal, and Lias getting hold of it scored Woolner, D. E. Martin, R. O. C. Hume, R. W. Ord, another try much in the same place E. P. Kaye, H. S. Tyssen, E. Robertson, H. J. one, but the goal was missed. Cooper, T. G. Buchanan.
playing well to
as our former
men had little chance of getting free, while the Clifton men were almost too strong for one of our men to hold, and at least had the opportunity of getting rid of the ball. And in passing their play was far superior to ours. Someone was always in the right place to receive the ball, and it was passed to him and not vaguely backwards to anyone who might or might not be there to receive it. To this they owed much of their success. And one could not help reflecting several times in the course of the game that punting, if not so ornamental as dropping, is a useful acccomplishment, and will often place the ball safely in touch, or at least give a chance to the forwards, when there is no time for a drop-kick. Our forward play, considering that we were thorougly out-weighted, was very good and our dribbling far superior to theirs. Appended is a list of the sides :
their three tries Clifton had been successful in kicking two, thus placing their actual score far ahead of
But now weight began to tell. Our behinds found the Clifton men hard to stop, and when the temporary owner of the ball was collared he had generally transferred it to some one else. Their backing up and passing were wonderfully quick and neat, and though in the squash they seemed inferior to our much lighter team, greatly to the credit of the latter they were otherwise more than a match for us and the speed in which they followed up gave our behinds no time to retrieve a mistake or mishap. And so the ball was once more forced into our quarters, and an attempt on the part of one of our men to get hold of it on the line resulted in its being thrown into Leonard's arms, and another try being secured against us. An admirable kick at goal failed owing to the wind. It now seemed as if we had reached the end of our tether, and that Clifton could get in when they liked. A try obtained by some good play on the part of Pocock and Hirst, was followed up by another, scored by Pocock, and the second of these was turned into a goal. Then followed a third try, but the attempt at goal was unsuccessful. The
to have been thoroughly one-sided, and a large part of the spectators went off to see an amusing match on another part of the common. By so doing they missed almost the best and fastest play in the match. Our team, fired by disaster, played up with immense pluck. A good run by Bett and Davis, and the dribbling of Lias and Martin brought the game back to the Clifton end of the ground, and, though this advantage was temporary, the excellent forward play of H.J. Cooper, Martin, and Tyssen kept it away from our quarters. And just before time a masterly dribble of Martin's brought us within distance of the Clifton goal, when Tyssen got the ball and secured a third try for the school, some distance towards the touch-line. In spite of this disadvantage Buchanan missed the goal by a bare yard.
We were thus again defeated by three goals and four tries to three tries. The reason is not hard to find. We were unfortunate in having lost Bull, Woolner, and Hume, and behind the squash we were overmatched, though Lias played excellently, and Bett worked hard for us. But it was here that our inferiority in size and weight told most disastrously against us. Once collared,
SCHOOL :- Back, A. D. Annesley; three-quarters, H. C. Bett, H. J. Davis, and G. E. Cooper; halves, C. R. Lias, and A. Martyn; forwards, D. E. Cooper (captain), R. W. Ord. H. S. Tyssen, H. G. Cooper, T. G. Buchanan, E. P. Kaye, E. Robertson, R. N. Dundas, W. H. Robertson.
CLIFTON :-F. Devis (back), S. Waterfield, R. J. Pocock, and E. Moore (three-quarter backs), H. C. M. Hirst and J. E. Trask (half-backs), E. Leonard, J. W. Rose, F. R. Fry, A. M. Fry, H. J. Pocock, A Spencer, T. Myles, E. H. May, and E. Robinson.
WAY'S v. BAKER'S.
1st Day, Thursday, Oct. 21st. Result: Way's two goals and a try to nothing. Owing to the excessive hardness of the ground, this match was played on the Common, and was looked forward to and watched with unusual interest, as both houses were known to be strong. Way's won the toss, and chose the town goal. The game was desperately fought by both sides.
For the first half-hour, Baker's had the best of it, but their opponents' weight told with irresistible force down the hill during the last half-hour.
The moment the ball was in play, it was clear that every one meant business, and the really splendid forward play of Martin, Hume, and H. J. Cooper, combined with a succession of smart straight runs by De Winton, kept the ball in Way's half of the
ground for about 20 minutes till Meyrick-Jones relieved them by a useful drop, the return of which was stopped by a fine charge by Chambers. Encouraged by the change of scene, Way's forwards, well led by the brothers Robertson, Ellis, and S. R. Brown, who represented Lane, carried the ball
up to Baker's goal line, and before long Kitcat slipped in dodging, missed his drop, and injured his ankle. Bett made good use of the opportunity, and by a smart run gained a try, which H. C. Bucknall made a good but unsuccessful effort to convert into a goal. After the kick off Way's drove the ball well up the hill again, but Davies brought it back by a remarkably fine dribble and the game was very level till half time.
After change the whole character of the play altered. So far it had been a forwards' game, and except when Way's forwards lost control of the ball, and De Winton or Waterfield neatly picked it up, the players behind the squash had had little to do; but now there was much more freedom, and the superiority of Way's backs made itself felt. Bett was always good, and H. C. Bucknall dropped high and strong At the end of eight minutes Bett passed to Trethewy, who ran in, and H. C. Bucknall placed a fine goal. Baker's made the most of the kick off, but were gradually pushed back. Then Martin, Hume, and Ferguson-Davie by a fine piece of combined play for a moment relieved the pressure, but directly afterwards the ball was brought back by Hildebrand and P. E. Bucknall, and then a series of attacks began. Bett was well collared just short of the line after a splendid run, and then came a scrimmage in front of goal, two more attempts by Bett, and Baker's touched down. The kick out was well returned by H. C. Bucknall, who soon afterwards placed a neat goal from a try by Trethewy, who had followed up a loose kick with pace and judgment, and a few minutes later no game was called.
Olivier was unable to take his usual place at three-quarters for Baker's, which proved a serious loss, as his substitute, Houseman, though playing very smartly on his own account, failed to pass to G. E. Cooper, who consequently, like P. E. Bucknall and Hildebrand on the other side, took hardly any part in the game. [The account of the 2nd day has been received too late for insertion in this issue ].
HOUSE MATCH-Semi-Final Ties. Hart-Smith's (Mitre) v. Horner's (Cross Arrows) :
1st Day.—The game turned out a victory for Hart-Smith's, by one goal and three tries to ril. Horner's were playing full strength, whilst HartSmith's were deprived of the services of Stanton, Wilson, and Harvey, who were, however, well represented by Brown, H. C. Bucknall, and Ashfield. Hart-Smith's kicked off from Lyne's end, and for a wliile penned their opponents; but Davis, getting well away, ran the whole length of the ground, and was just stopped on the line by Ball, and HartSmith's soon touched down. After drop-out Horner's were penned in the squash, and Ball by a neat run got in almost behind. The place was a failure. Drop-out was followed by some excellent forward play, where Kaye showed well to the front. But Horner's were outweighted, and Fletcher ran in high up, but instead of touching down passed the ball to Ball, who put it down between the posts, and his kick was successful (one goal and one try to nil). After some hard play in the squash, on the bottom line, in which Brown, Ashfield, Preston, Casson and Kaye were most conspicuous, change was called. Horner's kicked off and the ball was well returned by Bucknall, whose dropping throughout was most useful. Despite the determined resistance of Buchanan and Griffith, Hart-Smith's steadily worked the ball into Horner's 25, and after some sharp passing between Martyn and Bucknall, Ball got the ball, but was excellently collared by Davis; and Kaye dribbled the ball right throagh the squash and was only stopped by Hankey in Hart-Smith's 25. Fletcher made a brilliant dash, and passed to Bull, who, after the best run of the day, again landed the ball right behind, but unaccountably failed to convert the try into a goal. Horner's made a most determined rush, but Hart-Smith's weight bore them back, aided by sharp Martyn and Poynton, but Ball was again too much for Horner's, and gained a try high up. The kick was charged down by Kaye. No game was then called, and the result was one goal and three tries to nil.
2nd Day.-Horner's had lost Casson and had enlisted the services of Chappel, and to add to HartSmith's former misfortunes, Bull was unable to play and was represented by G. E. Cooper. Many thought that the game was in Horner's hands, but the result
proved the contrary. Neither side scored. It was a forwards game throughout. Hart-Smith's kicked off, and soon compelled Horner's to touch down in self defence, Backnall and Cooper having both looked dangerous. Annesley dropped out, but Bucknall's return with the wind settled the game in Horner's 25. A long series of squashes ensued, Ashfield being especially prominent for Hart-Smith's and Chappel for Horner's. Change was then called. But little remains to be said. The desperate play of Horner's headed by Kaye kept the ball in the centre of the ground. Whenever Davis did get the ball, he was well looked after by Cooper. No game' was called, and thus a most well-fought-game ended in a victory for Hart-Smith's.
We ought to say a word in praise of the placky play of Clayton and Lascelles forward, and of Poynton and Martyn behind for the victors, and of Benson and Crookenden for the defeated.
till we can complete our own purchase. The Corps owes him its best thanks for this very friendly act. All who can find time are urged to be as regular as possible at Position Drill, and to study the notices posted from time to time in the Armoury. As regards enrolment, the following is pressed upon the attention of all Cadets who will become seventeen before Oct. 31st, 1885.
By a new Government regulation drills kept before enrolment will count towards efficiency after enrolment. Thus, A keeps 25 drills between Nov. 1st, 1884, and July 20 (say) 1885. He becomes seventeen on July 21st, and is at once enrolled, the drills hitherto kept will count; so that it will only be necessary for bim to attend 7 more, at the outside, in order to become efficient by Oct. 31st, 1885.
So all who will become eligible within the next 12 months are urged to keep up a fair average of drills, to avoid inconvenient pressure towards the end of the year. An opportunity of being enrolled will be offered about every fortnight to those who successively reach the right age.
HOUSE GROUND 2ND TIES.
Natural History Society. On Thursday, Nov. 6th, Dr. Fergus read a paper on “the Tongue" admirably illustrated by an abundance of coloured diagrams prepared by W. H. Macdonald, Esq., some of which we hope to reproduce in the Report, where the lecture will also appear in full. At the close of the paper, questions were put to Dr. Fergus, and some discussion arose, especially on the functions of the Wood Pecker's tongue. There were present, members 23, school 19, visitors 14. Total 56.
PRESAUTE V. HORNER's. 1st DAY ON THE LXXX. These two houses were very equally matched, as Horner's were stronger behind, while the Preshute forwards were superior to their opponents. The game for most of the time remained in the centre of the ground, neither side having much the best of the game. The score at the end of the day was two goals and two tries for Preshute against one goal and a try for Horner's. The tries for Preshute were obtained by Martin (2), Taylor (1), Bulman (1).
The next day Preshute Lad lost Martin by promotions and Horner's added two more goals to their score ; but they had played sixteen men, and so their score did not count and another day had to be played.
The last day Preshute finisbed the match by getting one goal and two tries to Horner'sone try. This time the ground was rather wet and, the game being chiefly confined to the forwards, Preshute penned their opponents nearly all the time. The tries for Preshute were got by Taylor (2) and Coape-Smith (1). Robinson obtained the one for Horner's. De-Montmorency, Francis and Bulman played best for Preshute, Home, Pendethorne aud Benson for Horner's.
Art Society. CONVERSAZIONE (Second NOTICE). In the Second Room all visitors were greatly attracted by the water-colour drawings erected upon a screen opposite the Scalpture. These were the work of Mr. Rooke, who most kindly sent us a portfolio of his beautiful sketches for our exhibition. The series included chiefly scenes from Devonshire, Cornwall, and Scotland, most sympathetically rendered, very pleasant harmonies of colour for the eye to wander
At the end of the first Room stood an oil-painting which was the object of much attentive examination, both from the painter's name and its owu intrinsic merits. It was the work upon which Mr. Lloyd had spent part of his summer holidays, called the "Wreck of the Hesperus” and we have already noticed its exhibition at a previous meeting of the Art Society. The subject, though in itself a painful one, was rendered with great force and vividness, especially in the surrounding scene, the imaginative environment of the central motive, the breezy sea, the long line of receding cliffs, the oozy fand in the fore ground. Another sea-piece of Mr. Lloyd's, “With Wind and