Game of Goose





A good sized level field should be used for this game. Two gander

poles, five feet high, are erected, one at each end of the field, each

having two forks at the top, opposite each other. Stout tree crotches

may be used. The goose is made from a stout cloth bag, such as a ham

cover, stuffed, leaving the ends which can be easily grasped. Midway

between the gander poles a large circle is marked upon the ground, its

size being determined by the number playing. Mark a circle six feet in

diameter around each gander pole to designate the safety limit.



The group is divided into two equal teams. These two teams are arranged

with their men placed alternately around the circle in the centre of

the field. The gander man stands in the centre of the circle with the

goose in his hand. At a given signal he swings around and tosses the

goose in the air to be received in the arms of some lucky player, who

immediately dashes off with it towards his goal. The opponent players

endeavor to intercept him and get the goose away from him. When the man

carrying the goose is in danger of losing it, he tosses it to some one

on his own side, if he can, and the player catching it runs towards his

goal. If the second player cannot succeed in making his goal or gander

post, he tosses it on to some other member on his team. The player who

succeeds in getting both feet inside of the safety circle around the

gander pole must not be molested, unless he lets the goose fall to the

ground in his attempt to hang it in one of the crotches of the gander

pole, in which case he or his team mates may recover it or any one of

the opposing team may seize the bird and dash away with it towards his

own pole. There must be no scrimmage over the possession of the bird,

for as soon as an opponent gets hold of the goose, the player holding

the latter must let go his hold. One must not trip an opponent or

interfere by body, arm, or leg contact without forfeiting one "honk."

Three honks count one goose (or goal) for the opposite side.





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