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HOCKEY.

The hockey season is rapidly approaching, and a great number of the clubs have already held their annual meetings. The ball was started rolling at the polo ground last Saturday, and I noticed several players having a preliminary hit.

The annual general meeting of the Auckland Hockey Association, holders of the New Zealand Challenge Shield, takes place in the room 3of the Amateur Sports Club on Tuesday evening next. All hockeyitee, who take an interest in the game, should make a point of being present. The Auckland Hockey Club winners of last year's senior championship will hold their annual meeting at the Amateur Sports Club next Monday night at eight p.m. Old and intending members are requested to attend. University's prospects are exceedingly bright for the coming season. They have, not lost any membere of note, and will have the services of an Oxford University player, besides one or two who have taken a leading part down South. 1 hear it is their intention to erect a dressing shed at Remuera. A club is in formation at Parnell, and will consist mostly of members of the third-grade members of the Parnell District Cricket Club. The North Shore Hockey Club hold their second annual meeting to-night, in the Council Chambers. The Referees' Association are to be congratulated upon the very successful season that body experienced, and it is worthy of note that so much satisfaction is felt with the officers, who have once again been re-elected. The decision arrived at by the Referees' Association re controlling only Association matches is fully justified, a3 clubs unaffiliated to the Association cannot expect the same benefits ac affiliated clubs. The annual meeting of the Rawihiti Ladies' Hockey Club was held on Monday last. The annual report showed that the club had a very successful season last year, improvement in play was very marked, the best game being one played against Moana, when Rawhiti scored the only two goals scored against Moana during the season. The following officers were elected: —Patron, Mr. J. J-. Craig; president, Mrs. Leo Myers i vice-presi-dents, Messrs. C. H. Poole, M.P., George Sayers, J. A. Nairn and Dr. Keith. The captain, Mis-s L. Probert, was re-elected, also vice-captain Miss Muldoon, secretary Miss Keane, selection committee Misses Roseer and Wilcox, the captain and vicecaptain ex-offieio. It was decided to join the Association, and to commence practice next Saturday. LADIES. Much satisfaction is felt at the decision of the Rawhiti Club to once again affiliate to the Association, and their step, 1 .hope, will be followed by several other clubs. I believe Rawhiti have secured the services of two well-known hockeyites as eoa'ches, whose experience should greatly benefit the club.

The annual meeting of the Ladies' Association will be held this evening, and a large attendance, is expected. Ladies' hockey lost considerably last season much of the interest of former years, due, no doubt, to the one-sided nature of the championship. This year, however, Moana. will be much weaker, and all clubs should be on a more equal footing. Why ladies' hockey should not flourish here I am at a loss to understand, blithe t a lesson be taken from the south, where from eight to fifteen teams compete in the one grade of the Association fixtures. May all clubs once more unite and throw in their lot with the Association, cdnibining to again bring Auckland hockey to its former high standard, and then when the New Zealand championship is played at Napier our representatives may truly acquit themselves.

Hockey in Gisborne is in a very Slouriehing condition, but much trouble lias been experienced in gaining grounds. However, despite the inconvenience suffered, much enthusiasm prevails, and Gisborneltes intend making a, bold bid for the championship challenge shield.

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HOCKEY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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