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FOOTBALL.

Rugby: gggmer and autumn give place to winter ad spring, and the games of the _j O re congenial seasons go out, -while tjioseof the keen, cold, short-day period (amen- Speaking broadly, cricket takes ife eit with tie closißg in of the long and very soon has given place to fotball and hockey. Aye, very soon indee now the old Rugby cry "Dn the valU'will resound in the fields of play. ilijjy the cast-offs of last season have and girded on again by gometnpatient for the fray; and already rte dispensable youth-in-the-street enthusSt possessed "of the price of a blue jjilack, a black and red, or black aaihite or some other coloured jersey, "las onned his annual -warpaint and Mossned forth patriotically. The jag} youngster is but tfie forerunner fl { fj season, and in a few -weeks the jjafc and trams for Alexandra Park and he ferrys for Bevonport -will be teaOg -with football-enthused crowds, y<, pne has ever taken or retained such a-ld upon people as Rugby has upon jfewiealanders, and here in Auckland -we are ght i ll the heart of the greatest gag. centre of the champion province of the.amtry -which now leads the world at ti fine °ld -winter sport. What Aucklandhas achieved in seasons past she "jas'j fight to retain in the season just jscfling. For several years since AuckJ a n<yon the blue-ribband her teams have ' gnc6sfully defended it, but the battering at her gates will never cease while thsprize is within, and the struggle ,ri] go tirelessly on. Several teams we! allowed to have a look at the Ranfot Shield last year, but not one of flu was allowed to take it away. Two ofae challengers —Taranaki and Otago forth excellent teams, but when fßstonnings ceased it was seen that the gi old blue and white -was still floating gaintly above the much-sougEt trophy; ]iJ Shackleton. they had got near the •■je," and found out where it was, but Jffailed to reach it. ; seems impossible yet to gauge the gousness of the position -which threatel the amateur Rugby game last year. Ifcas almost the end of the season when ti profes&ional element bestirred itself, ai thne only can tell how much real eaestness there was in the clamour for lightening the game. There is no doubt it the majority of the football public i&nekland desire that there should be ainfusion of colour and briskness into tigarne, but to what extent they -would taate an alteration of the rules is xg difficult to say. However, something mi he done. It is not solely that therm need alteration. The rules provide fobrightness, and while teams have deveped the clever and attractive points; ohegame they have developed to a much gster extent the science of effectually invEnchpla-yin. order to avert defeat. B question of the revision of Rugby's la; Is still in the balance, and -whatever jsone will be done too late for, the adjaing season. xm the annual report of the Auek)x Rugby Union it will be seen that tte is money in football. The Auckla" Rugby Union is a wealthy " firm," m~ a, good run of prosperous years. But f££na.TUoal success of the Union is not' thmost satisfactory phase of its later iusry. In Tecent yeaTs the teams of the Airland Union have, almost without excejon, beaten every opposing fifteen in thDominion. 3re representative matches -were played JnA-Uckland. last season, and in every gae Auckland's fifteen was victorious. IJrlborough were beaten by 32 to 0, iifflington by 24 to 3, Ofcago by 11 to 5, gtth Canterbury by 27 to 0, and Tarand iby 9. to 0. The matches played on !£ekland soil were the shield matches, ed as the challengers were in all cases tfeated, the trophy was not taken away. Two matches against the Anglo-Welsh Jam were played here, and the visitors rere beaten each time —once by Aucklnd and once by New Zealand. Jive Aucklanders gained the distinction «f the silver fern by rep-resenting the dominion against the oversea team. These vere G. Gillett, W. Cunningham, A. Francs, C. Seeling and H. Hayward. By the balance-sheet it appears that the Union carries forward! £6 less than it did last year, the balance being £114, while , last year it was £120. The receipts for .the year reached the large amount of £3257. Cup and practice matches real- ' bed just on £400. The trig auxiliary stand was an unprofitable venture. It cost the Union £1063 to erect it, and £687 Ttas received through the two matches ■nth the Anglo-Welsh team. — £421 tiiongh the match against Auckland, and -566 through the match against Is'ew Zealand. Add the £ 159 paid by the Tramiray Company, and the amount credited to the stand is £846, which is £217 less than the expenditure. The Wellington match was the. most prolific cash-coiner of the interprovincial matches; the tak- ■ ings being £895. The takings in the Tuianaki match were £466, in the Otago Sβ- in the South Canterbury , £130, in the Thames £120, _»a in the Marlborough £91. One would how over £3000 was spent during : year. The biggest item of expendi•Wβ was the £1063 stand, £180 was paid «> dnb3 for training sheds, and some Billy large sums were expended on the : lep. matches. The Wellington match cost ;«n, the Taranaki £225, the Otago £175, : ™ Strath Canterbury £ 125, the Thames ; S3, and the Goldfields £24. £23 8/ was sport on the Taranaki junior match, from tinAthe receipts were £3 0/6; but this latter amount was money well spent. tSTEB-'VAESITT MATCHES. i TTSIT OF A.USTR>A£ffAXS. - " : ; •'VPEIiLtKGT.aN, Tuesday. ;' J Prs &niaary arrangements for the visit tV? Wfffbaii team from Sydney University ten made by the New Zealand TJniJ~«T. Oonunittee. The Sydney team ".come over in September, and play I iHt 3 wiUl TJniversity representatives 1 ?*medin and at Christchuroh. Tlhere will I mL vrtte Otago University at DunM aS^- Olle Victoria College at Wel--1 , X Possible, tlie visitors will also I gj7 Auckland University. College at AuckI tournament to-day, the Victoria 1 tW defeated a team from the 1 "* oa ei coUeges *y 12 poln-ts to 3. j AtTSTIEAIjIASS G-AaEB. I &c^ I *i! EI ? fin football Clnb (Australiaa rules) i oo laelr annual meeting last evening. Mr. I '«*.,? occupied *he onair. ' torn,* ™u<nrin g office-bearers were elected i : year: Patron, Mr. G ; Tutt; ; S^T , - 311, w - Senior; vice-presidents, ? KeraS? 8 ?, 183 * year ' " trftll a law additions; 1 lobSi^ , ?\ Catens; treasurer, TV. McCiul- ; 2 captsin . W, Schofiald; Tice-eaptaln, ;? IS.l delesates to *J»e association, 5 BeSoT, , Cairns, McCullough, and I wmmJtteo, Messrs. ©{iw, '»t^^tib? 1 * ot i c V onl:mlttee ' ' Ule <»Pt«to. ■?<■ i

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FOOTBALL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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