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TO THE EDITOR. Str,—Now that the good old game of football has become so popular in Ashburton it is to be hoped that the Rugby Association will not throw cold water on the ardour of enthusiasts by asserting too much authority and generally ruling the game with too strict a hand Any endeavour on the part of the Association to put down rough play and to encourage young and old members alike to play the game on scientific lines will be appreciated. Judging by the first balance sheet presented by the Rugby Association that body made a substantial sum out of the various football clubs last season, and with a view to keeping ] j this increasing surplus within a limit, and to generally encourage footballers, I would suggest that the value of prizes this year be much increased. A body of the Rugby Association's standing should not be permitted to have a large surplus, as such would appear suggestive of the fact that the fees of entry etc., are exorbitant. In conclusion I would also like to take this opportunity of urging the Association to make ample ample provision in the appointment of referees, and to start the matches punctual. . On the occasion of the match Rakaia v. Hakatere, the referee did not appear on the field till fully twenty minutes after the game should have com raenced, and the players wore quite justified in offering objections to such treatment. Thanking you in anticipation for the publicity of this letter.—l am, etc., Enthusiast.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905

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ASHBURTON RUGBY ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6577, 23 May 1905