The annual meeting of the Ashburton Rugby Union was held last evening, there being present, Messrs F. Robilliard (chairman), D. Friedlander, F. W. Seldon, A. Thomson, W. F. Watters, J. Stewart, J. Henderson, H. Sarney, J. Sowden and E. C. MdPhail. The' annual report stated: In presenting the annual report for the 1918 season, we beg to state that in spite of the increased number of players absent on active service, your union managed to keep the game going in Ashburton. This was largely owing to the action of some of the older players coming forward and assisting the clubs participating in the competition. Public interest in the games was well mantained, and there were usually good attendances at the matches. The open competition was again won by the Old Hoys' team, while the Schools' competition was won by the- High School A team. A successful seven-a---side competition was held during the season, the open competition being won by the Ceraldine A team and the School's' competition by the High School A team. During the season two representative matches were played in Ashburtou. The match against South Canterbury '•resulted in a draw, each side scoring 11 points, while in ttw? match against a strong Canterbury team your representatives were defeated by.2l points to 8, after a strenuous contest. We cannot conclude this report without expressing our sympathy with tho relatives of those who gave up their lives in the great war, now happily ended. With the return of so many 'from the front the' prospects for the' coming season are considerably brighter than they have been for several years past, and we confidently look for a great revival in the game throughout the country. The balance sheet showed receipts amounting to £60 14s Od, and expenditure £4.8 0s 4d, leaving a credit balance of £12 13b Bd. The Union's credit at the beginning of the year was £12 7s Id. The balance sheet, therefore, showed a credit of 6s 7d on the year's working. The principal items in the receipts were collections at club matches £5 16s, seven-a-side tournament £4 15s lOd, South Canterbury match £6 12s, Canterbury match £7 lls lid, entry fees, etc. £12 16s, and expenditure, lunches visiting teams £6 7s 6d. Our Day Appeal £5, medals £5 ss, Thomson benefit and donation £10 10s.
In moving the adoption of the report and balance sheet, the chairman said that the prospects for the coming season were decidedly brighter than for several years' past. He felt sure the game would be resumed with 'renewed vigour. They had ' not made much money last year, but under the circumstances he thought they had done remarkably well in being able to show a credit jjalance. The motion was seconded, by Mr Watters and carried.
The election of -'office-bearers resulted as. follows: Patron, Mr W. Nosworthy, M.P.; president, Mr F. B. Robilliard; vice-presidents, Messrs W. F. Watters, F. Seldon, D. Friedlander, W. Page, A. T. Robertson- secretary and treasurer, Mr C. W. Allard; hon. auditor, Mr 'W. Woods; delegate C.R.U., Mr F. D? Kesteven. ■ It was decided to hold both senior and junior competitions, entries for which close on May 5. The weight in the junior competition was limited to 10st'71b.
Applications from '.' the Ashburton and Technical past, and present clubs for affiliation were agreed to. Messrs F. W. Seldon, W. (Page and C. W. Ailard were appointed a classification committee. •
The secretary and Mr Seldou were appointed a draw committee. The matter of the establishment of an Accident Fund was briefly discussed, and it was decided to refer the matter to the affiliated clubs with a view to securing their opinions on the question. It was agreed to commence the competitions during the week commencing May 11. ■It was resolved that the Union meet every Monday night during the season.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
RUGBY UNION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9597, 29 April 1919
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