1887 – Wanganui Collegiate vs St. Patrick’s College


Source: Wanganui Herald, Volume XXI, Issue 6212, 7 May 1887, Page 3

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wc-crestThe first annual match between St. Patrick’s College and the Wanganui Collegiate School took place at Newtown yesterday the 6th May 1887, and resulted in a victory for the former by a goal to two tries.

W.Woon captained the visitors, and Mcllroy the local team.

The Wanganui fifteen comprised four backs only, viz., a fullback, a half back and two three quarter back.

Woon kicked off, and after some scrimmages near the half distance flag the St.Patrick’s College forwards rushed the leather down to their opponents quarter. For several minutes the Wanganui goal was in danger, but at last Lucena punted well up the field.

St. Patrick’s team soon took the ball back, and Mcllroy was on the point of getting a try when he was collared by Leys.

After a good deal of loose play in the vicinity of the Wanganui goal, Hacket drew blood on behalf of St. Patrick’s College by touching down close to the posts and subsequently converting the try into a goal. As soon as the leather was out in the field again the Wanganui team rushed up to the local teams 25’s but were driven, back before they could score. Their quarters were now invaded, but a fine rush. in which Atkinson, Holdsworth, Leys, and Hosking were conspicuous, took the ball up to the other end, and Hosking scored a try for the Wanganui Collegiate School.

The kick, a very difficult one, was taken by Woon, but was not a success. During the next few minutes serviceable runs were made by Bryce (a son of the Hon. J. Bryce), E. Woon, and Good, and the College goal was several times in danger. Just before half-time was called

Good made a nice run, and being collared, passed to Bryce, who covered about half the length of the field before he was brought down. Wanganui was forced down for the first time at the end of the initial spell. McMahon kicked off in the second term.

Atkinson at once got possession of the ball, and after a ran passed to Hickson, who was brought down when only two or three yards from St. Patrick’s College goal line. After awhile the leather was worked down to the Wanganui quarters, and Roach obtained a mark, which McMahon was unable to convert into a goal.

The Wanganui goal was soon In danger again. The ball coming out of a Scrimmage about 15 yards from the visitors’ goal line, Bryce picked it up, and making one of the best runs we have teen for years, touched down near the enemy’s goal post.

W. Woon was unable to convert the try into a goal. No further score was made on either side. The play for the remainder of the match was pretty even, the visitors having perhaps the best of it.

The St. Patrick’s College representatives thus won by three point to two.

Messrs Foster, Pratt and Collins acted as umpires, and Mr Fleming as referee. In young Bryce, who played on the wing for Wanganui Collegiate School yesterday, the Wanganui Rugby Union possesses a most promising footballer. The run which he made at New town traversing almost the Whole length of the field on a muddy day without being collared, was a splendid performance, and he deservedly earned the applause of the spectators.