ANNUAL MEETING NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION. 'IS THE ENGLISH UNION EFFETE? The annual meeting of delegates forcing the New Zealand Rugby Union was held yesterday afternoon and evening. Mr. James Hutchison, president of the Otago Rugby Union, was voted to tha chair. It was resolved that a letter of condolence be &ent to the widow and family of the late Mr. Alf. Bayly, tho union's / president for last year. Sir. Campbell, who moved the motion, spoke of Mr. Bayly as "one of the finest players who ever represented New Zealand." Similar testimony was borne by Mr. Hutchison, who spoke of the excellent example always set by Mr. Bayly, both on and off tho field. THE NEW ZEALAND TEAM IN AUSTRALIA. Mr. Pirani asked the Management Committee to state what information was furnished to them (outside of the ■ manager's report) regarding the tour of the New Zealand team in Australia. Mr. Dixon answered that there was none, and Mr. Galbraith added that thero was absolutely no discussion whatever on anything outside of the manager's report. Mr. Pirani contended that there was information submitted, and he asked how it came that there was a two hours' discussion on the matter if there was no such information submitted. He had his information. Mr. Galbraith replied that Mr. Pirani's information was entirely incorrect. There was no two hours' discussion ; there was no discussion whatever ; there was nothing in the manager's report of an adverse nature, nothing but complimentary references as a whole. At a later stage of the meeting Mr. Pirani said there had been a great many rumours floating around, and he believed they had been fostered by the action of the Management Committeo in receiving the report in committee. Now the meeting was told that although the report was taken in committee it was satisfactory, and it was received without comment. To the speaker's mind, this was one of the most dangerous things the committee could have done, unless there was something radically wrong with the tour concerned in the report,. He trusted it was true that there was nothing wro?ig with some of the rumours, but he must say he thought the explanation given that night should have been given long ago. Mr. Wylie, who was manager of the team in reference, explained that his report was one submitted to the Man' agement Committee, and therefore it was quite in the order of tilings that it should be received in committee. Immediately after the igeeting the report was handed to the press representatives, with an intimation that they could print everything in it except £he names of people credited therein with having rendered services to the team. REPORT AND BALANCE-SHEET. The report and balance-sheet was adopted after a lengthy discussion, in which football control, professionalism, school football, and a number of cognate subjects were dwelt upon with striking reiteration. A motion given notice of by Mr. Scanlan (Bullci- Union) to ensure that at least one member -of tho Management Committee shall be from tho West Coast of the South Island was thrown out on the voices. NEW ZEALAND SPORTS ASSOCIA- ,' TION. The proposal to give power to the Management Committee to enter into an arrangement with tho Sew Zealand Sports Association which would make for reciprocity in regard to disqualifications, etc., was thrown out on division. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The election of officers for>the ensuing year resulted -"as follows: — Patron, His Excellency the Governor (Lord Plnnket); president, Mr. G. F. C. Campbell ; vice-presidents, Messrs. A. E. Devoe (Auckland), James Colvin, M.P. (Buller), D- Kelly (Bush), G. H. Manson (Canterbury), F. Logan (Hawkes Bay), J. M'lntyro (Horowhenua), W. H. M*Lean (Manawatu), A. R. Thomson (Marlborough), Dr. Andiew (Nelson), J. Hutchison (Ot.ago), C. Miller (Poverty Bay), F. G. Watson (South Canterbury), 0. Todd (Southland), F. T. Bellringer (Taranaki), W. C. Buchanan (Wairarapa), W. EmpEon (Wanganui), T. M. Wilford, M.P. (Wellington), D. M'Kay TWest Coast). The hon. treasurer. Mr. N. Galbraith, ,was re-elected. For the Management Committee, all the old members were nominated, with the exception of Mr. Hyams, and there were also several nominations of other delegates. On a ballot beins; taken, Messrs. R. Isaacs F. G. Wallburton, H. Kelly, J. H. A. Laughton, E. Wylie, A. Laurenson, and G. Dixon were elected. The Appeal Council appointment evoked some discussion, a motion being made that it" be not located at Wellington this year. Messrs. F. H. Campbell, J. Hutchison, and J. Galloway, all of Dune"din, were proposed as the council. It was proposed as an amendment that the committee be still located at Wellington, but eventually this was withdrawn, and three Dunedin representatives were elected to the office. The unanimous election of Mr. Campbell to the presidency of the union was mado tho subject of congratulation by tho delegates of several provincial unions In acknowledging; the compliment paid him, Mr. Campbell said he did not wish to sound any note of alarm, for he Delieved that tho unions of New Zealand wore all pledged to amateurism, but he did say that there was reason to stand firm against professionalism. As long ns they had the public with them, as they had now, and as long as they had the press with them, as it now unanimously was, he saw no need for apprehension. They should always strive to give the public a good, clean game in rp-ward for their support. ' It was resolved that the time had arrived when the union should get the services of a paid auditor. Mr. A. Stevens was thanked for his n-ist services in the office, and Mr. O. Kember was appointad auditor for the ensuing twelve months. On the motion jf Mr. M'lntyre, secjnded by Mt. Hunter, the treasurer (Mr. N. Galbraith) was unanimously reelected. THE RANFURLY SHIELD. It was moved by Mr. G. F. Dixon that the Ranfurly Shield regulations be amended, in accordance with notice given by him and already published in the local press. The amendments provided that, when requested by either the challenged or challenging union, the New Zealand Rugby Union shall appoint the referee ; the challenging union to be entitled to reasonable expenses incurred by it in playing the match ; tho union holding the shield for the time being to keep it insured, and the- decision of the New Zealand Rugby Union, on any matter arising out of the regulations, to be flnal. The rules were adopted, it being made clear that "reasonable expenses" includes board and lodging of visiting team. IMPROVING THE RUGBY GAME. It was moved by Mr. J. Hutchison, on behalf of the Otajto Uflioo. "That it
be an instruction to the committee of management to consider carefully the rules of the game, with a view to their improvement where possible, and that the suggestions of the committee b» circulated amongst the affiliated unions for their consideration prior to their ' being forwarded to th» .English Unioa for adoption." This motion was seconded by Mr. Wilford, M.P., who expressed an opinion that within two years' time the New Zealand Rugby Union would be playing the game of the Northern Rugby Union. He meant playing it under amateur conditions. Ho saw it played in England five years ago, and he had lately been talking with Major Davy, an old Rugjby player, who saw the Northern Union game played in Sydney last month, and they both wet 1 © of opinion that the newer game was much faster and more interesting to the public than the older game was. Mr. Weir considered that the motion meant a sheer waste of effort, for the English Rugby Union was effete. It could not be stirred to activity, and the best remedy would be to "cut the painter." ■* Mr. Laws deprecated the talk about "cutting the. painter." There was room for remedy, no doubt, but secession would not make thing* better. It was the duty of those who governed football in New Zealand to better the game and by altering the rules get an improved stylo of play that would maintain its nold upon the public. Mr. R. Isaacs mentioned that a member of the British executive (Mr. Harnett) was coming to New Zealand this month with the Anglo- Welsh team. He suggested that the unions b» got to dead along their suggestions without delay, so that they coul-d be entrusted to Mr. Harnett, to take /with, him to England, on the understanding that an answer would be sent back before next season. Mr. M'lntyre suggested that the committees should call to the>'r aid the leading players of their, districts. Mr. Lusk was in favour of sending the- proposals forward. If the English Unior again failed, it would then be time enough to talk about "cutting the painter." Mr. Dixon said that all alterations in the laws of the game had to be adopted by the International .Board (formed by j representatives of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland), and it was not fair ! to blame the Union in the way j some delegates did. To him -it sometimes seemed that the English Union took a, saner view of what football should be; it recognised in football a means of recreation and amusement — a proper means of recreation for our yourig people. Here there was a tendency to regard it chiefly as a sport, and as a means of attracting big gates and big monetary returns. We should first consider the players, and cultivate our game and if t the public came along so much the better. He deprecated the abuse of a worthy body, which was the head of one of i.he most sportsmanlike people on© could possibly meet with. Mr. F. H. Campbell contended that there really was need to stir up the chief authorities. It might be the International Board, and not the English Union, but whichever body it was it certainly needed to be stirred up. Mr. Pirani contended that the Rugby game could be greatly improved. Amendment of the rules was needed, not only in regard to the rules, but also in the direction of checking the rough play that sometimes went on. For instance, it could be minimised by giving power to check it to others than the referee. The unions of the colony were- the bodies who should bo asked to make the suggestions for improvements, and when these were sent to England permission should be asked tor the experiments to be tried here, if the English authorities were not inclined to have, them adopted forthwith. Eventually Mr. Hutchison withdrew his motion, in favour of one moved by Mr. Pirani, in the following terms: — "That the affiliated unions and the referees' associations be requested to submit to the Management Committee suggestions for the improvement of the game within two months, and that the proposals of the Management Committee on these proposals be forwarded to the English Union as soon as convenient, with a request they^may be dealt with before next season." Mr. M'Grath (Southland) moved as an amendment that the words "referees" associations" be struck out. The amendment was rejected, and the motion was then put and carried. PROFESSIONALISM IN FOOTBALL. Mr. H. M'lntyre moved a series of resolutions regarding professionalism, aimed at putting players and non-play-ers upon the oue basis, particulars of which have already appeared in The Post. After a long discussion all the proposals were rejected. FINANCIAL MATTERS. It was moved by Mr. Dixon, on behalf of the management committee, "That any profit arising from the approaching tour of the British team shall be divided among affiliated onions pro rata, on the basis of the subscriptions paid to the New Zealand Union." He said that the New Zealand Union was now in a strong financial position and well able to assist the provincial unions which were in need of pecuniary aid. If a loss resulted, it would be borne by the New Zealand Union. It was further proposed to divide the profits that were expected to accrue from the tour of the Anglo-Welsh team in Australia. An amendment moved by Mr. Hales, providing for deduction of 20 per cent, from the shares of Otago and Southland before the final distribution of the profits of the tour, „ was eventually withdrawn, and an amendment moved by Mr. Lusk — "That the matter of the distribution of profits of the British tour be left in the hands of the management committee" — was adopted in place of the original motion. A motion by Mr. M'lntye, on. behalf of the Wellington Union — "That in all matches played under the direct control of the N.Z.R.U., except those against the Anglo-English team, half of the net profits bo paid to the union in whose district the match takes place" — was also discarded in favour of an amendment to leave the matter to the Management Committee. A motion by Mr. Pownall, on behalf of the Wanganui Rugby Union — "That the N.Z.R.U. delete the interest clauses from all mortgages given to it by the various unions on account of loans advanced, and that all 6uch loans in future be ,free of interest" — was lost by a large majority. ACCIDENT INSURANCE. Messrs. Uargill and Humphreys were appointed a subcommittee to draw up a scheme of accident insurance for submission to the Management Committee. VARIOUS ITEMS. A vote of £200 was made towards the cost of fostering school football. A motion by Mr. F. H. Campbell (Otago) — "That the inter-island match bo abandoned for this season" — was lost. A motion by Mr. Lennie (Southland) — "That in -those instances where unions have two or more votes at the annual meeting of the N.Z.R.U., tho expenses of two delegates be paid" — was lost on division.. Bonuses of £3 to the auditor and £25 to the treasurer were paefied by the
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