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LACROSSE NOTES. ?-
A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE SEASON.
The season may be said to be concluded, although there is a not altogether remote probability of the Adelaide and Noarlonga teams meeting once more. The end of Anril ushered in the 1887 season, which
in all respects has been eminently satisfactory, and in results has surpassed its predecessors in every way. Lacrosse has benefited more dnring the last six months than it did during the two previous years. 'Notes' have kept the game before tbe public, who have exhibited more interest in the pastime, but for some un accountable reason that interest has never been of a very extensive description. People ia the country have been moved by some influence to give atten tion to the sport, and twelve months hence the club will have bees considerably augmented if the present enthusiasm is maintained daring the recc »s. We have still only four clubs in existence., which is Indeed unsatisfactory when we remember that the game has been played here for three years. Some young people are inclined to regard the sport as ' an old woman's amusement,' but of course BUth absurd criticisms simply reflect un favourably on those who utter tbem, and display tbeir lamentable iznot&nca of tbe game, which requires tbe greatest skill and agility. Certainly the Noarlusgas have a jubilee representative in their team, and the plucky old gentleman looks ever so much stronger since ha joined the ranks of the athletes. Not many men of his age could stand the labour involved in a match, and it is sufficient to say that young players always welcome tbe ' time' bell, to show that the game is the very reverse of what it is said to be. Before any matches were played the pre sent North Adelaide Club was formed chiefly through the exertions of Professor Bragg, who seceded from his old comrades tbe Adelaides for the purpose of establishing the club, in order that nutchea might be more frequent. Tbe Adelaides of course were somewhat grieved to lose so good a man, but welcomed the new team with pleasure, aa hitherto they had only had the Noariungas to fight against- Mr. Talbot Smith, another good Adelaide, also became associated with the Norths, so that the pioneers suffered much for the new dub's sake. On May 21 the first match took place. The Adelaides drove to Noailunga, and were badly beaten by the local men.andj on the following Saturday the Norths appeared for the first time. They met the Adelaides and played a capital game, which was drawn, each side having thrown three goals. A week later the youths of KnJgbtsbridge held a meeting and decided to organize a club if sufficient names wera en rolled. In It ss than a fortnight the requisite number was obtained, and tbe club began to fly ita colours on a suitable patch of ground tooth of the Burmide Tramway. Here again the Adelaides suffered. Cos.- ins, a' new and very pro mising mas, who lives on the hillside, was one of the prime movers at Knigbtsbridge, and conse quently preferred to leave the Adelaides to join the dub which was nearest his home. A v--ry reason able course, but rather discouraging to tha blues. Negotiations bad been carried oa with the South Melbourne Club, which resulted in a team visiting this colony. They arrived by train oa the morning tbe Jubilee Exhibition wa3 opened, and on the 22nd the first match was played, the Adelaides beipg the opponents of tha Tiskor?, who were not a little surprised at the proficiency shown by the local adepts. The ground vras extremely heavy, and the Adelaides performed with brilliancy enough to make the match a draw. On ihe following Saturday ' the Souths were driven to Noarlunga, where tbey played against and beat the locals, and were after wards entertained at a capital dinner. On the fol lowing Monday they met a team composed of the heat men of our clubs, acd this time the Sotr.h Aus tralians were victorious. On Tuesday morning tbe North Adelaides were de'eated by the Souths, who did not engage in apy mere contests. They were baoquetted in Adtlaiae, and spent as enjoyable a trip as was possible in the face of most unpleasant weather, and ca the 23th most of them returned to Melbourne. Adelaide ^t* been honoured in many ways during the jubilea year, and not the least interesting and_ important incident to be recorded of our history during this period of festivi ties is the fact that the South Australian capital was the scene oi the first Australian Intercolonial Lacrosse Match. Since that occasion Sydney has sent a team to Brisbane, so that the visit of the Souths may ba said to have had a good eSect in stimulating inter colonial interest. Next Tear we will be sending a team to Melbourne, and hencafotth St is intended that the matches will be annual engagements if possible. It was not until the middle of July that tbe Knightsbridge lacroins becan -work in real earnest, and oa the S7th thsj were pitted against tbe North Adelaides, who naturally enough scored ~a victory. A large number of people witnessed the game, in response to invitation cards which had been issued, aad the ladies, with all tha thoaght fulpeta which is incidental of the sex, provided after noon tea, which was very mnch appreciated by the
Tresrted-exponents of the game.- -AtmatchesTrhielr - have taken place at Knlghtsbridge since then the ladies have gained the hearty thanks of players for similarly treating them. Early in the season I wrote to the Secretary of the National Amateur Lacrosse Association of Canada for inf ormaaoo, and in reply he forwarded copies of the Association rule3 and laws of the game, which were placed by ma at the disposal of tha club Secretaries, but up to the present so application has been made for a copy. Upon receipt of Mr. Snow's letter and parcel, a second communication waa sent asking for uetaJed information on certain puints, but sufficient time has not passed to allow of an answer being re ceived. It will be useful for tha opening notes oi nest season. Mr. W. J. Fuller, of Clarendon, addressed me on the subject of lacrosse some weeks ago, and solicited information which wa3 given, and which it ia to be hoped will lead to the formation of a club there in 1SS3. The local residents were desirous of seeing the game plajed, and their wishes were a atifiid on August 20, when the Adelaides and Noariungas proceeded to the rural settlement and played a match under most serious disadvantages. However, the trip wa3 not without good effect, and Mr. Fuller is confident of producing a team its the near future. Mr. H. Cobb, of Port Germain, and Mr. C. J. Shipway, of Strathalbyu, have been fumithed with information, and I am hopeful of club3 being organized in each of those townships also. Including tha intercolonial contests the clubs have engaged m only sisteen matches. Three have been played on the Old Bacecaurce, five at .Scar lunga, three on tbe Adelaide Oval, two at North Adelaide, two at Knightsbridgo, and one at ClartDdon, In all 103 goals have been thrown, divided as follows : — Adelaides, 32; Norths, 29; Noariungas, £0 ; South Melbournes, 17 ; Combined, 4 ; and Knigbtsbridge, 1. The following matches have been played :— Adelaides v. Norths four times, Adelaides v. NoarluDga three timss, Norths v. Noailunga twice, Adelaides and South Melbourne, NoarluDga and Souths, Combined and Souths, Norths and Souths, North3 and Knightabridge, Noariunpa and Knightsbridge, and tbe Adelaides andBnightsbridge, and the following table shows the results:— - -. ? ? Won. Lost Drawn. North Adelaide — .. . J. 5 2 1 Aaelaide - ^ ;. ..8 8 8 NoarluDga .. .. .. _!..?_.. 2 ._; .4 ? 1 Knigbtsbridge .. — .. .— . 3 : — Combined .. .. «... 1 ~ — — South Melbourne .. .... 2 1 1 The Norths, therefore, though in their first year, bold the high position of premiers. Noarlunga players take the first place with regard to the highest score in a match. They threw thirteen goals against the Knights, and the Adelaides and North Adelaides are together for the second place, each having obtained 11 goals against the same teim. These bie scores do not reflect on the Knights, because it must not ba forgotten that they began very late in the season. A movement has been set on foot to secure the establishment of an Associa tion, and shoiOy the various clubs will hold a combined meetiDg to discuss the subject. It is extremely dtsirhble that some parent body should exist, to govern the play and deal generally with natters affecting the game. Besides being an institution to which the affiliated clubs might look for assistance, and, if necessary, appeal to the Association would cany with it influence which cannot be brought to bear by individual dubs or persons. Indeed, in every possible way the Associa tion would be a benefit, and it is to be hoped the proposal will be matured — this year if practicable. It is understood that if arrangements can be made the Adelaides and Noariungas will play a match next Saturday, but it ia more than possible that the contest will not come ofl Neither will the match which which was contemplated between tbe Premiers and a combined team from the other dub3 beplayed. This review will conclude the weekly notes for 1887. It is to be hoped they have bad the desired effect. One result of tbem i3 certain — they have lept the game before the public. Since April 30 no less than fourteen Register i olumns have at various times been taken up by noie3 and reports, so that tbe sport has received a pretty fair Bhare of notice. Country folk who would like to gain information dniing tbe recess will have their wants supplied, as far as possible, on communicating with ' Facer.' -