Dunedin reach their destiny

Baker scores a try for Dunedin against Union on North Ground. — Otago Witness, 3.6.1924
Baker scores a try for Dunedin against Union on North Ground. — Otago Witness, 3.6.1924
The small gathering of spectators who assembled at the North Ground on Saturday to witness the match between Dunedin and Union were not treated to a very high class exhibition of football.

The lighter Union pack was no match for Dunedin, and the Reds were defeated. Union kicked off against the wind, but Dunedin attacked, and in the first few minutes Collett crossed the line. Collins converted. The ball travelled freely up and down the field, with the Dark Blues doing most of the attacking. A reversal followed shortly after, and Semple started a rush for the Reds, which resulted in Ashton getting over. The kick failed. A strenuous tussle ensued in the Reds’ twenty five, but a free kick relieved, and play went back to centre. Dunedin pressed again, and Collett got another chance, scoring a try which Collins converted. Following up this success Dunedin attacked from the kick off, and another rush saw Hanrahan cross the line. The kick failed. The Blues had everything their own way for a spell and, breaking down opposition, they rushed play to Union’s territory, where Baker got over. Collins converted. At half time Dunedin were leading 18 to 3. Although Union had the wind in their favour in the second spell they did not take full advantage of it, and Dunedin again resumed the attack. From a scrum in Union’s twenty-five Hanrahan crossed the line. The kick failed. A scramble in midfield resulted in Dunedin being penalised, and Taverner succeeded in kicking a good goal. With a few minutes to go Dunedin pressed hard and Shiel, securing from the pack, dashed over. The kick failed. The whistle went soon after this, with the final score Dunedin 24 points, Union 6 points.

Fiordland on a budget

To go over the Milford Track from the head of Te Anau is a privilege which many have enjoyed, but which many more would be enabled to appreciate if the expense were somewhat lightened. The coach fares from Lumsden, boat fare up and down the lake, and 18 shillings a day on the track are items which, to men with families and to young men of moderate means, prevail in their decision to spend a holiday elsewhere. But to reach Glade House from Queenstown costs the price of a passage up the lake, about 6s, and four days of glorious mountain walking free of all charge. It simply means that the pedestrian carries his own provisions and tent, and that is no great trouble. The only difficulty is that of finding the way.

A start is made from Elfin Bay. The steamer from Queenstown arrives there about 11 o'clock if punctual and by the time the walkers have enjoyed a bush lunch, Howden Hut, nine hours quick walking, is out of the question, except for the very fit. The old Greenstone Hut will be called upon to accommodate the party on their first night. If the weather is fine and calm, a person does not much worry about the two apologetic bunks. He can sit and smoke a pipe or eat his food with a scene before him which certainly warrants better accommodation. He will not be too tired to toddle down towards the river to see the last rays of the sun on the snowy peak of Christina, just visible away up the valley. And he has not paid 18s for this day!

It is an easy day's walk from the Greenstone Hut to Howden; tussock, bush, and shingle; little fear of missing the track; and knowledge that ahead lies a substantial hut if the weather shows signs of treachery. Howden Hut is only six hours' walking from the Greenstone Hut. The view of the lake from the hut is charming. Having spent a night in the Howden Hut and enjoyed the beauties of a mountain morning, the pedestrian enters the bush immediately behind the hut, following a well-defined track up to the tussocky end spur of the Livingstone Range. From the top of the range above the bush — Key Summit, as it is called — a glorious view of the Hollyford Valley obtains, and on a clear, mistless day a splendid picture of Mount Christina is presented, with Lake Marian tucked away at its foot. 

ODT, 26.5.1924  (Compiled by Peter Dowden)