History of the A's
Athletics Play For The Globe Shield
The St. Catharines Athletics
would suspend operations in the year 1900 after a particularly ugly
incident in 1899. In a rough game against the Orangeville Dufferins, John
"Shooty" Richardson would severely injure the Duff's Fred
Dowling and earn himself an assault charge and a sensationalized trial
before Police Magistrate Comfort in a St. Catharines courtroom. Even the
Daily Standard would call the game "the most disgraceful exhibition
ever witnessed here," and demand that the A's "officers and
managing committee purge the game in this city of the slugging
element." The paper added, "the people must be shown that the
fastest and cleanest lacrosse can be played by gentlemen and can be
patronized by ladies and other spectators without danger of being called
upon to be involuntary eye witnesses of a slugging match."
GAME WILL DECIDE
ST. CATHARINES AND ORANGEVILLE WILL PLAY OFF AT TORONTO
The Daily Standard
Wednesday August 28, 1901
much-talked-of question of how the championship of the C.L.A. is to be
decided has been settled. One game will suffice for the whole business,
and St. Catharines and Orangeville will battle for it at the Toronto
Island on Saturday September 7th. Final arrangements were made
over the telephone by representatives of each club late Tuesday evening.
Nearly the entire Orangeville team saw the match with Brantford on
Saturday and are confident they can beat St. Catharines. After the long
hard row that the St. Catharines team has had to hoe, they are not taking
any chances and will not underestimate the Orangeville team. If this team
can be beaten, the Globe Shield and the C.L.A. pennant will come to this
SCORE WAS 7 TO 5
– ST. KITTS WAS AHEAD AT THE START BUT UNABLE TO HOLD THE LEAD –
tale is told.
months of hard, up-hill fighting, the lacrosse team has stepped up to the
top rung of the ladder and just at the last minute made a misstep and
score of 7 to 5 is that of a strange, peculiar game. At the start the
Dufferins were frightened and were second best. This continued until after
the first quarter and then the tide commenced to gradually turn. The
Dufferins saw it and confidence took the place of fear.
lack of condition was evident in the Athletics. Their mainstay of
endurance, which has carried them all season, was not with them. To add to
this was the hard luck of Reub. Williams having to go to the fence. Three
goals were scored while this star defence man was off, demonstrating how
useful he was. But on the other hand, had the Athletics been in the same
condition they were at the time of the last Brantford game, they would not
have missed one man for five minutes and again it is safe to say that the
Brantfords, in their usual condition, would have been able to walk through
it must not be imagined that the game was a poor one from a spectator’s
standpoint, for it was a nerve-killer. Time and time again the score was
tied and broken by one team and then another, but lacrosse eyes could see
the way matters were going. The game was hard, but it was an off day. It
was painful to see certain home-players floundering about the field like a
fleet of yachts that had lost their mainsails and all because they did not
have the little amount of reserve and staying power that makes a man feel
like playing at the finish.
size and weight the teams were well matched. Orangeville has several young
players and fleet boys they are, too: and they play a style of game that
is unlike that put up by any other team.
Swain, Irving, Menary and Henry worked up some great, fast combination
play that was dangerous all the time and more particularly when one man
Athletics played for all they were worth and the best team won, but it is
a lesson that should never be forgotten. Dixon, in goal, performed well,
while Rube Williams played the usual game on the defence. Elliott and
Frank Williams were unable to beat the tactics of the Orangeville home on
account of not being prepared for them, but were always in the game, just
the same. Hagan worked hard, but should have had the ball passed to him
oftener. “Tod” Downey played the best game put up by him this season.
He was in good form and could have done better work in the field. Little
McIlwain worked as hard as usual, but was knocked about by the heavy
Dufferin defence like a cork in an angry sea, and a lot of his hard work
was ineffectual, on account of his lack of weight partly, but more so by
lack of support.
dozen and one reasons can be advanced for the loss of the game, but it is
now over and the shouting has also died away. There is nothing now to do
but to lie low for next year, while the trophy and the C.L.A. pennant are
resting safely in the little town up in the north.
home the crowds were anxious and enthusiastic, and as usual the Standard
bulletin board was the centre of attraction.
the evening a detailed account fresh from the Island by wire was published
in an extra edition of the Standard. The news was not of the kind that
pleased, but the people were satisfied with the service.
is the reproduction of the account:
Island, Sept. 7. – The final play-off for the championship of the C.
L. A. has drawn a big crowd, despite other attractions. About 800 were
present from St. Catharines while Orangeville has sent about 1,000.
Orangeville’s tricky defence player, was late in arriving, and it
appeared as though the Northern team would be only able to play eleven
men, but he arrived just before the face-off.
is over 6,000.
St. Kitts had the field first and spent some little time warming up. Then
the Orangeville players, uniformed in green, went on amid a roar from
players and positions are as follows:
McFadden, of Toronto
umpires—Dr. Roberts, of Brampton, and A. H. Beaton, Toronto.
timekeepers—H. Gillespie, Orangeville, Jas. F. Timmons, St. Catharines,
and J. D. Bailey, Toronto.
game started at 3:35 o’clock. Irving secured the rubber at the start and
Orangeville had the best of the play for a while, the J. Kearns went off
for five minutes for fouling Hare. Hare sustained a cut on the head from
Shore, delaying the game a few minutes. Orangeville made an attack,
Elliott and Williams relieved. Some good play followed and C. Downey got
in the middle of some home play and scored in 9 minutes.
next started fast. Gourlay, McIlwain and G. Downey shot, but the shots
went wrong. G. Downey scored finally in 2 ½ minutes. Orangeville showed
signed of fatigue, Swain doing some fumbling, but the first quarter was
hard fight nevertheless. The score at the end of the quarter: Athletics 2;
is fresher and plays harder. A rush was made on the St. Kitts flags, but
Elliott relieved. Harris ran through a whole bunch, threw to Gourlay, who
shot, though wild. A dangerous attack followed on the St. Catharines nets
and still another. Elliott relieved once and the rest went wild.
is good on close combination, but unfortunate in shooting. Their running
is faster than the Athletics. Harris, however, is supreme against heavy
Shore. R. Williams, for checking F. Dowling too hard, was sent to the
fence. McIlwain was set on by Shore and knocked out, but came up without
delaying the game. Cameron takes Williams position, the rest move down and
the St. Kitts home is one man short. Orangeville made a heavy attack,
bodying to the goal. Dixon defended well, but Henry made a successful
scoop, scoring the first for Orangeville in 11 minutes.
Williams then took his place and the ball was about the Orangeville goal
for awhile. Then a strong but well-calculated attack on the St. Catharines
nets followed, Dixon making a phenomenal stop and throw out. Elliott saved
another and avoided a vicious swipe by Henry. The ball got as far as
Hagan. Then Kirkwood got in and down it came. Irving secured it and scored
in 5 minutes.
excitement followed and the hardest play was in evidence. McIlwain and
Hagan tried hard but Menary, Kearns and Shore were in the way. McIlwain
was again the victim of a hard check and went down, but soon came up. In
the excitement the St. Kitts home loomed up and G. Downey made a scoring
shot just before the half-time whistle blew. Score—St. Catharines 3,
was Orangeville’s face-off. The play was quick and fast in
Orangeville’s favour, in 2 ½ minutes Swain show one in, setting the
crowd wild as the score was tied. The Athletics home became ragged, and
the defence saved several goals. Orangeville roughs it and McIlwain gets
hit, Kirkwood going to the fence. Referee McFadden is strict but fair.
McIlwain got into the game and shot. Kearns caught it, but McIlwain
knocked it off his stick. Time, 8 minutes.
next was short and sweet for Orangeville. It never got on the other side
of centre, going down to Irving, who scored in ½ minute.
next was even play for a while, the ball travelling on sticks up and down
the field. R. Williams went into two Orangeville men and was sent to the
fence. Then Irving scored another in 4 ½ minutes.
followed this for Orangeville, Henry doing the trick in ½ minute. Then
captain Kingstone ran it front of an Orangeville player and the referee
made a record by ruling him off. St. Kitts gingered up and Downey just
missed scoring by hard luck.
Athletics home men were playing about the Orangeville nets when the
6, St. Catharines 4.
Athletics drew themselves together for a last effort. Hare went on at
cover point and Harris to point. Elliott taking a place on the home and
the changes worked. Hagan scoring in 1 ½ minutes.
again attacked, but Harris relieved. Capt. Kingstone went into the game at
the head of his team, and coached his men in some fast play. There were
dangerous moments on both sides, and it looked as though St. Kitts would
make another tie, but just at the critical moment something would go
Henry added another to the Orangeville score, making the score 7 to 5 in
the Dufferins favour. Joe Cameron was given three minutes rest, and
shortly afterwards Shore went off for five minutes for trying to cut
Elliott up like a piece of paper. When time was called the ball was in St.
Kitts possession but the pennant was Orangeville’s.
lost the game in the last half of the match.
wins—7 to 5.
record of the Athletics this year has been one of which any team might be
proud, and for a team that is home-bred in every sense of the word the
honour is all the greater. The twelve boys raised in the fruit-scented
atmosphere of the Garden City saw the finish of Brantford’s imported
team, and the city that was so lacrosse crazy two weeks ago has now almost
forgotten the game.
the present team was available and before any practice was indulged in to
speak of, the Toronto Varsity team won an exhibition match on the grounds
here on May 24th on a score of 7 to 0. Since then there have
been great changes in the team and the atmosphere about it; and the
contests with Brantford did much to advertise both cities about the
May 24th, the record of the team has been as follows:
8—Defeated Paris at St. Catharines, 12 goals to 5.
15—Defeated Paris at Paris, 5 goals to 2.
1—Defeated Brantford at Brantford, 4 goals to 1. (Exhibition match).
6—Defeated Tecumsehs at Toronto, 9 goals to 0.
10—Defeated Markham at St. Catharines, 12 goals to 3. (Exhibition
20—Defeated Galt at St. Catharines, 16 goals to 1.
27—Defeated Tecumsehs at St. Catharines, 17 goals to 1.
3—Lost to Brantford at Brantford, 1 goal to 4.
10—Defeated Brantford at St. Catharines, 5 goals to 4.
17—Won from Galt by default.
24—Defeated Brantford at Toronto, 4 goals to 2.
7—Lost to Orangeville at Toronto, 5 goals to 7.