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AUCKLAND RUGBY UNION.

THE ANNUAL REPORT. i That there is money in football is ; evident iv the balance sheet of the Auckland liugby Union, which statement of j finances shows the Union to be a very j wealthy body. j The annual report of the Management | Committee stated that the change in the j constitution of the Union made at a j special meeting of the delegates prior to ■ the last annual meeting—firstly, admit- j ting the University College as a district, and, secondly, with reference to the ! qualification of junior teams, enabling! them to play irrespective of residential j qualifications—had proved, a decided sue- | cess. The University team had quite justified its inclusion in the Senior Grade, while the new departure regarding junior j teams, apart from the fact that seven new teaiu_; had come under the wing of the Union, had had the effect oi infusing fresh life into the junior competition?. These had been keen and interesting to the last matches—a state of affairs foreign for some seasons past. Perhaps the most important feature of the season had been the visit of the Anglo-Welsh team to New Zealand. Tbe team played two matches in Auckland, one against your representatives, and the other against a New Zealand team. Iv both matches the visitors had been defeated —in the former by 11 points t,o nil and in the latter by 29 points to nil. Representative matches had been played in Auckland during the season as follows:—v. liar!borough, won by Auckland. 32 points to nil; v. Wellington, won by Aueklaud, 21 points to 3; v. Utago. won by Auckland, 11 points to 5; v. South Canterbury, won by Auckland. 27 points to nil; v. Taranaki, won by Auckland, 9 points to nil. The Union, therefore, retained possession oi the Ranfurly Shield. The following country players had ably assisted the Union in its representative matches: — 11. Hayward, G. Morse, G. Johnston, J. Coote. and W. Young. The following inter-union matches had been played: — v. Lower Waikato, l.old-ields, Waikato (2), Thames (2), Franklin, and Northern Wairoa. The Union was well represented in the New Zealand team which played against the Anglo-Welsh team .by Messrs. G. Gillel, W. Cunningham, A. Francis, C. -eeling, and H. Hayward. The junior representatives had played the following matches during the season:—v. Thames, won by Auckland, 11 points to 3; v. Whangarei, drawn, G points to (j points; v. Waiuku, won by Auckland. U points to 3; v. laranaki, won by Auckland, 14 points to 5; v. Waiuku, won by Auckland, 6 points to 3. As had been previously stated, the cup matches generally had been keen and interesting. Ponsonby had succeeded in winning the First and Third Grade championships, and also the silver football, awarded to the club scoring the greatest number of wins in all grades. North Shore had again won the Second Grade championship, and Newton the Fourth Grade. The secondary schools' championship had been won by King's College (Senior Grade) and Grammar School (.Junior Grade). The pubic schools' competition had been won by North Shore (A Grade), l'arnell School (B Grade), and Epsom School (_ Grade). A matter that had claimed the attention of the various Cnions of th_ Domiuion. and also the football public was the question of the improvement ol the game. The Committee, with a desire to make the game more attractive, bott to players and publk, had given hours of careful consideration to the matter with the result that various alteration, had been agreed on, and as suggestionhad been forwarded to the New Zealanr Union. A special meeting of delegate, of that body had been held in Octobe: last, at which the Union was personally represented, for the purpose of consider ing the suggestions from the variou. Unions. Practically the whole of tin suggestions had been agreed on, and ii was understood at that meeting tha such alterations would take effect an, come into operation this coming season However, a further meeting had beei held on the 29th of lust month, whet it had been anticipated that the neces sary confirmation would be. given; bu owing to the change of opinion of severa Unions the matter bad been hung uj indefinitely, pending the sanction o English and Australian Unions to sue alterations. The statement of account was satisfactory, and after making grant totalling £180 to the various clubs ; o account of Training Hall funds, the trea surer was a.ble to bring forward balance of _£: 114 9s 2d to start the sea son's operations. The Ground Fun Trust Capital Account stood at £520 10s Id. Ihe sum of £200 had been pai during the season to the New Zealan Rugby Union on account oi the mortgag to _that body. The Committee thanke the Auckland Referees' Associatio (whose members had devoted so muc of their time to the service of lb players), the Press (for the valuabl issistauce and support given to the gam

during the season), Mr. G. H. Dixon (delegate to ihe New Zealand Union), Mr. D. (lallaher (sole selector), Mr. 11. Jones (sole selector junior representative team-1. Dr. Hardie Neil (the Union's medical officer), Mr. W. Dickey (official

timekeeper), and Messrs. Thomas Mucky and I. R. Eraser (honorary auditors) for their services during the past season. The Committee desired to place on record the valuable service? rendered by Messrs. G. Donaldson, G. Sander-, and 1". Aitken. who had so ably acted as a sub-eom mittee in looking alter the wants of the juniors; also by the delegates for material assistance to the Committee on the occasion of all representative matches; and also by Mr. I*. R. Eraser for his valuable assistance to the Committee on various occasions.

The liabilities of the Ground Trust was set down as £800 mortgage, while the assets, which were £5202 5s ]d in excess, were stated as land at Three Kings £.3800, and car-h in bank £202 5s Id. The L'uion itself was shown to be free of liability, while it had assets amounting to £'204 9s 2d—turnstiles £100. and cash in bank £114 9s 2d. The receipts were set out as follows:-

Gross proceeds, cup and practice matches.! £'.&J 3/2; club subscriptions, accident luud. 1 £14 14/; subscriptions, alflliaieil unions. £!• ltt/6; tender, sale of Football Guide. £10; tender, sale of refreshments, £0; extra V.P. tickets. £'.2 12/: Tram Company, ppu. auxiliary siaud, £1.7.1 1/; takings auxiliary stand Britain v. Auckland, £421 0/2; takings auxiliary stand. Britain v. New Zea'and. £2(Ki S>/: sri-oss proceeds. Auckland v. Goldfields £00 li. Thames £102 10/(1. S. Canterbury £131) 0/6, Wellington £HUO G / '3. Taranaki Jun. £3 0/6, Taraunkl £+!'.<) 6/3, Otago £200 12/. aud Marlborough £!)1 6/3: total. £3207 5/1. This and ihe £120 o/s balance from the previous year brought the column up to £3377 .->.!).

The expenditure amounted to £3262 167. wWch was £114 8/2 short of the receipts. Details of expenditure were as follows:— Advertising and arinliig. £6j ID/3: wag.'s and labour, £72 V 6; Keterees' Association. £20 6/5: ditto brake hire. £24 13/0; ditto

Jerseys and whistles. £11 lli/9: ditto subcriptiou Sports Club. £2 2 /: lirake ami can hire. £1.1 2/8; Tramway Company peroenlage £203 lOO; accident fund. £lv] n/.'l: secrefary and treasurer, £80; auditors, £4 4/: Amateur Sports Club subscription, £2 2/; N'.Z.R.U. subscrlDtion, £5 12/6; Partridge and Co., footballs, £19 16/; Partridge arid Co., jerseys, washing and mending, £3Q 10/;

delegates' expenses, Wellington, 2 meetings, I £10 18/; ticket bags, £1 u/'J; stamps, sat- ' tionery aud telegrams, £2 15 /S; Franklin R.U. grant, £5; Whangarei R.U. grant, £5; Eden C. C. grant, £5; grants to district , ch'.l)s. £180; Junior Reps.' Waiuku trip, £12 17/6; Walroa trip B team, £31 11/3; Thames trip A team, £11 10/G; Paeroa trip, schoolboys, £11 10/7: Goldfields trip, £2T) 14/6; Wuikato trip, £24 5/0; delegates' stand, j;44 10/ l; Junior Reps., £14 15/3; selector's expenses, i'l 1/1; goal posts, £1 2/4; Bayly I memorial, £5 5 /; erection auxiliary stand, I £10113 6/11; bank charges, £1 10/: school caps £21 13/6; first annual smoker. £20 10/7; miscellaneous accounts, £13 15/3; caps, repreventative and cup winners, £31 17/; exchange cheques. .">/; gross expenditure, Auckland v. Gotdfte'.ds, £21 19/10; ditto, v. Thames, £38 3/1; v. S. Canterbury, £123 3 /4; v. Marlborough. £S0 15/10; v. Otago £175 9/2; v. Tarauaki Junr., £23 S/; v. Taranaki, £225 0/11; and v. "Wellington, £311 IV2.

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AUCKLAND RUGBY UNION. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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