History of the A's


A's Win Match But Lose Tug-Of-War vs. Native team




(from our own correspondent)

The Toronto Globe

Wednesday May 28, 1884

St. Catharines, May 27 - Yesterday was one of the finest we have had for some time, and a large crowd assembled to witness the first Lacrosse matches of the season. The first game was by the second team of the Athletics' Club against "The Orients" of Welland. It was won in three straight games by the St. Catharines boys. Time, 10, 35 and 4 minutes.

The second game, which was the event of the day, was played between the first team of Athletic Lacrosse Club and Seneca Champion team of the Six Nations Indians from Caledonia, and after some fine playing was won by the Athletics in two games to one of the Indians. Time, 5, 30 and 15 minutes.

The above interesting games were followed by a tug-of-war in which the Indians proved victorious.

It might be remarked that some of the playing were very rough, several players getting badly used up.

 see:   team photo of the 1884 St. Catharines Athletics