" AUOKLAM) BUGBY UISION. MEETESTG. ■ I The anniial meeting of the Auckland Rugby Union, was held at the -Sports . -Clab last night. Mr *A. B. Devore, pre- . "iiiaient,7ooi&pred"'flie .cSair' andJthere was : _a i'Jaige^attendaHfc'e.^bfCniemibers. The report and balance-sheet, as aJ- ■ -ready published, -were adopted -without - iiscussion. -~» * J J,"* J " ' " ■ - --Mi A. E; "JJevoTe-'-was re-elected presiSent unopposed.- -' ~ - '- , ~-Ih returning thanks IVIr Devore said that it seemed' to him' they would require aU;l;heir wisdom to" carry out their for • tte iipjprovfeiaeiit. of the •union's new ground. The balance-sheet - wa-a-soniething 'thfefv-ehould be proud of. - : Aacklaid" Ea'd held the ' Ranfiirly Shield " agairis?'all" ciiiriers and" it was pleasing . ;■ to reflect that the same tale had been told for a number ) of years. With the number of new players coming along - -it was safe to state that our standard i wf and at the ! same time it must be remembered !that ©ur visitors were gaining strength and experience from their visits here. The suggested improvements of the game which-were the unanimous verdict of all -- ■ the unions in the Dominion had not into effect. The New'Zea"KjJgßy Union seems to have stood Tl.iin "the so he was informed, but facts -were aa stated or * - sot>- the remedy was a simple one. The git -Ttnions could elect the representatives St..iwho-would "carry out their wishes. (Ap""At"" : J)lansfe)""' J, the last meeting of the council r as 'he understppdj. the delegates of various were represeuted by and, they knew what that meant. He had learnt that the - fime : had arrived when they should cut adrift from the English Union. This wae a etep he could not agree to, as it was not sufficient for , the best interests of- New Zealand football that they should have only the Australians to „ play" with. In the course of time there would be some improvements in the Old Country, and by keeping in touch with the Old Country New Zealand would ensure its football standard being kept af the highest. He was of opinion that they did not "want "a British'team here " for some ..time to come. The last team was not tne success that had been expecrted. Nor was it desirable to send a team Home. As regards the old . . game, little exception could be taken to it, except the line-out and the knockon and so. As regards the amateur and • professional element, he said they could not expect to find men of leisure and •wealth in the colonies. It was, there- .:' fore, undesirable to expect footballers to pay their own travelling expenses, j With regard to the 3/ a day idea, he j was opposed to it. The players should not handle any money, but every man should be paid all his little expenses, even to tobacco money. The playen* should not /handle any cash. He thanks ed them-..for the honour tEey had done in electing him to the high office to jrhicfli they had appointed him. Mr. Ameil said he disagreed with the riews of the Chairman with regard to sticking to the Old England. An interchange of visits between Nerw Zealand and Australia was more beneficial to ■New Zealand football than English trips. By sticking together the colonies could do better than t>y sticking to England. Mr. Ohlson suggested that the executive had baulked the question of the proposed alteration to the larws of the game, and thought that further information should be gained on the point. Mr. BVoude explained that a whole - lot of the unions had turned and twisted right round. A number of unions, /who supported Auckland! right up to the ihilt at the first meeting, were dead against us at the last meeting of the Council. hTe .Auckland delegate should , ibe instructed" t<V insist on the production of the correspondence which passed between the New Zealand and Australian unions ion the subject of the proposed change* .- .The iPonsonby delegation moved: 'That the words *or secretary and (treasurer Jomibiiied' ibe adned to by-law 5r so as to read, That the officers of the " iunion.'CQnsist of a. .president, three vice-; ..presidents; "a -secretary and treasurer; ■(or a secretary and treasurer combined), end! a management committee, etc. , " The main idea Oi the motion was that the offices 1 of secretary and treasurer should he conibined, and this view met I'\ Jwith '. general" apfovaL ' The motion as jjroposed /was carried... . \JEhe other, officers'jTVßre elected as fol-•lowBji-Hyiee-presideiitsj -Messrs. S. Hes--keth, • iBV M- Jervia, and J. Arneill; secretary an<£ treasurer; JMr. C. V. iLangsford; .' management committee: /Messrs. E. X Ohlson, O. V. Stiehbury, M. 3. Sheahan, B. H. Fronde, and S. BpmerQiAd; euditors: Messrs. T. McKay and'P. E. •Prasen • The defeated caridiates for the manr agement conunittee _weie. Prpfessor Sea^' ,*"ger, Megsrs. W. Heath, and D. W..Me- : Lean." .;- T _ :;. ; ~ *"..■_.:., The TOphig pajgere '-were Banded to • tße Cnainnan, mit"lbi■"■some reason"the " nuin>er~of -Totes -polled, by each, caindiZ daii'. was not annauna'e'd. '.''. '.*.:~.; ':. 7 *A' motion '. adopted -by tha ■ Southland I ;~XJnion'advocating"t;nanging--from'time to - time ■of the headquarters of the New ■ Zealand "Union was brought' before,the, meeting for ■discussion,: and it was;de" . te insfract ~the .union's delegates' I to opposg, such proposition. *[»j «.— Mr.-JMxeir-W'ftS-a.ppointed-Teaident-dele- ; gate-;t)f ;the ; AvB.U.- m--Wellington. «T& - a-"fle"eond delegate was - left, "id" tEeVjsanajcemeKfc committee, the na-rfng daeided that only .two Z delegates /wsre ngeogsary, r.";."-: j j t "THS, MAS?AQ-moaST --iOOMMITTEE: ™ :ihe> Management Comi- mltfcee. was h§Ji ftt the oloae ot the-an-r. iiiiaJ.. : sQ;eatiagV J when MXy M.::ff; -Sheahan "I Was, reflected, Qhßjpmaji, I <&&e&;te epnJ&e eeaeea eh May B. "
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