J. Smith, the ex Thames representative, is now a resident in the ParneU district, and it is understood will don the ji rscy for the eastern suburb this season.
W. Hogan, the ParneU thrcequnrter, met with a nasty accident last week by
falling from a scaffolding on a building. The injuries will probably prevent him from playing for his club in the early matches. Petersen, the Grafton forward, who showed such good form last year, is now a resident of the City district, but it is understood an objection is to be lodged against his qualification. City is also said to have an ex-Scottish international in their ranks. Capill, the ex-Ooldfields representative, is expected to turn out for Ponsonby this season. Members of the "Wallabies" team agree that T. Richards is "the best forward in tho world" as far as they can judge. It is estimated that the gate at the last Ireland-England match would amount to about £1200. The previous record was £'J!)0. From what I can gather there seems to be very little possibility of any of the clubs outside Ponsonby and City being very strong this season, and on present appearances it certainly looks as if the only interest in the senior championship will be when these old rivals meet. . ParneU, Grafton and Newton arc said to be exceptionally weak, and there is j some talk of asking the Rugby Union to further re-arrange the district bounI daries and divide the players of one of | the three districts between the other two. Something will certainly have to be done if public interest is to be maintained. Although Mr. C. V. Langsford, secretary of the Auckland Rugby Union, announced his intention of retiring from oflice this season, it is understood he is prepared to reconsider his decision and remain for another year, providing some arrangement is made to enable him to carry out the duties at certain stated
hours during the day. There should be no difficulty in the suggestion being carried out. Mr. P. Evans, the ex-Canterbury reprc-
sentative, and who now captains the Pre-1 toria team in South Africa, i 6 at present in Auckland on a holiday visit. In tlie course of a chat with Mr. Evans, he expressed the opinion that there was very little likelihood of a South African team visiting X T ew Zealand, for the present at any rate. They were expecting a visit from an English team this season, and were hoping that a New Zealand team would be sent. From a financial point of view, Mr. Evans thought it would be more profitable for a team of "All Blacks" to make the trip to South ; Africa, but expressed the opinion that not less than 30 players would be required, as the hard grounds and climatic • influence in and around Johannesburg • would be very trying, and he doubted if tl-cy would be able to" show any of the : dash they did in New Zealand. In Capci town they would be more at home, and
their meeting with the representatives there would be something to see. Asked his opinion as to the respective merits of South African and Xew Zealand football, Mr. Evans said being a Xew Zealander he naturally favoured the Xew Zealand game, but they had in South Africa some of the finest players he had ever <seen, especially amongst the backs, and they played very clean football. The respective merits of teams from both countries was a big source of discussion in the Cape, and public and players alike were looking anxiously forward to their meetng. Mr. Evans returns to South Africa on Monday next. ASSOCIATION. The following proposed rules for the Brown Challenge Shield competition will be considered at the forthcoming annual meeting of the X.Z.F.A.: —
1. The trophy shall be called "The Brown Challenge Shield," and shall be open for competition amongst all associations affiliated to the X.7..F.A.
2. The X.Z.F.A. shall award the trophy to the Wellington Football Association, winners of the Brown Shield tournament, season 1908. The shield shall belong to the X.Z.F.A., but shall be held in trust for that body by the president of the champion association each season.
3. Such association shall hold the shield subject to challenge by *ny other affiliated association, but shall not be called upon to play matches other than those the Council shall consider advisable.
4. All challenge matches shall be played on tlie ground of the holder of the shield for the time being. The proceeds of each match shall be apportioned as follows: — 10 per cent, gross gate to the X.Z.F.A., 7.5 per cent, net gate to tho challenging association, and 25 per cent, not gale to tlie holders.
5. Any association desiring to challenge for the shield shall give notice to •the X.Z.F.A. not later than the Ist of July in each year. A fee of 10s shall accompany each challenge.
G. The associations concerned shall mutually agree upon dates to be arranged for challenge games, but failing such arrangement the X.Z.F.A. shall arrange the dates. Xiy match shall be played later than 30th September.
7. Xo one shall be allowed to play in a match for the Brown Shield unless he was born within the district for which he desires to play, or has been resident of such district for not less than three months immediately preceding the match, or has taken up his residence within such district, and can prove to the satisfaction of the Council that he is about to become a permanent resident of such district. Xo one shall represent more than one association in each season without the consent of the Council.
S. The Council shall decide all questions concerning the status of any player, and its decision shall be final.
9. The Council shall have power to deal with all matches not heretofore provided.
10. The Council shall arrange for all officials for each game, and when funds permit, their expenses shall lie paid.
11. Tlie playing ground for the competition shall be as follows: — Maximum length, 120 yds; minimum length. 100 yds j maximum width, 80yds; minimum width, 70yds. All lines must bo clearly marked according to the "Laws of the Game." Full time must be played. In the case of drawn games an extra 1,1 minutes each way must be played to decide the game if possible.
12. The Council shall have power to add to these rules, due notice to be given to affiliated associations. No such additions shall remain in force after the following annua! general meeting unless they shall be confirmed thereat.
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