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Ashburton County Rugby Union.

Tha weekly meeting of the County Rugby Union was held last evening, Mr Gh H. Buchanan presiding. T. McDonald (Kakatere Club), charged with hooting the referea (Mr Cassels) at the conclusion of the match Hakatere v. Southern Cross on July 6th, attended, and explained that he simply resented cheers being given for the Old Boys', and gave expression to unsportsmanlike action by hooting those cheering and not the referee. It was decided on the motion of Mr Culverhouee that Mr McDonald's explanation be accepted, and that no action be tuken, as against an amendment moved by Mr RobilHard that McDonald should be reprimanded for unsportsmanlike conduct. T. Harper (Hakatere), attendsd, and explained that the words he used at the same match, and for which he was ordered off were : " Give them (the Cross) the game"; they were uttered to a colleague, aud not the referee. They were satirical, and were intended to apply to the opposing team. - Mr Cassells said the words used were : "We are not only playing the team, bat the referee also," and were intended to apply to him. Mr A. Tyrrellßaxter moved that Harper be suspended for one week, aa from July 6th. The player, he urged, could not possibly have questioned the referee's ruling, or intended hia remarks to apply to him, seeing ibat thoy were used prior to an anticipated penalty. In any case, a caution would have sufficed, seeing that

the words used conveyed no malice. The referee had used ball cartridge where blank would have obtained his object. Ordering off the field was sufficiently humiliating, without grasping for further punishment. Harper was merely guilty of using unsportsmanlike language to the opposing team.

Mr J. B. Christian seconded the motion. He thought amplo punishment had already been levied on Harper. He counselled the Union not to be too arbitrary in its infancy, especially when dealing v/ith young players. After this sca:-on he would assist to mate out punishment to all offenders, as there would then be no excuse. Mr Casseils said he had warned players earlier in the gam°, but not Harper. If Mr Baxter thought reforeeiog an easy task, let him take a turn at it. Messrs Crowther and W. Sparrow supported the motion. Mr P. Pritrhard movfld as an amendment, that Harper be suspended till Sept. Ist. He was satisfied that Harper intended his remarks ro apply to the referee, and if the Union desired to uphold the referees in their thankless tasks, adequate punishment should be inflicted. Mr F. H. Choat seconded. Mr P. ItobilHard, speaking as an official in the match, had watched the proceedings closely, and from what he had heard from spectators, lie was convinced Harper bad tiansgressed. Blank cartridge would not meet a case of this kind, nor was merely ordering off sufficient. Mr Christian cited from the Union's minutes cases whinh showed that far less punishment had been adopted for more grievous offencss. Mr oulverhouse thought the'amendment went a little too far. Mr Lynskey supported the amendment. On a division the amendment was carried by five votes to four. Mr Culverhouse did nofc exercise his vote. The Methven Club were allowed to enrol a member, and if re-elected, an objectiou against that member be considered. Mr P. Robilliard was appointed referee for the matflh Old Boys v. Cross, in the event of Mr Garrard being unable to attend. Mr S. Baird was appointed referee for the Junior match, Hakatere v. Cros3. An objection was lodged against Springburn being declared winners of last week's match against Hakatere. -Secretary to write Springburn Club on the matter, Longbeach was granted permission to play Lincoln College, The Union gave its appreciation to a circular inviting footballers to a servico at St. Stephen's Church during this month. It was decided re Seven a Side Tournament that teams shall continue play till a score is registered.

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Ashburton County Rugby Union., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6624, 18 July 1905

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Ashburton County Rugby Union. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6624, 18 July 1905

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