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LEAGUE CODE

[8Y "HALF BACK"! CANTERBURY'S PROGRESS

DR. THACKER'S PROPOSALS.

. . Advices now to hand state that League is making great headway in Christchurch. A. new club, to be known as the Central League Club, has just been, formed, and has been affiliated with the Canterbury Rugby Football League. The club decided to enter four teams in this year's' competitions, namely, junior, third, fourth, and fifth grade teams. It ia pleasing to see the young boys are beginning to be interested in- the 13 a-side code, and these boys in the years I to. come will be the makings of our senior players. Starting young, and, working upwards, will enable rthe youngsters to get the best knowledge of the game possible, and "Half-back" hopes they will-be thoroughly coached in the rules of . the Australian game: , Various advices from Taranaki conflict with one another as to the progress of fchegame in the "cow" district, but it is .authoritatively stated that the code will be . established there this year. A club was formed in New Plymouth last week. Newtown seniors journeyed to Christchurch at-Easter, and, after an interesting game with the Kaiapoi Club at Kaiapoi, were defeated by the small margin of three points—lß-15. The Newtown team is going to be a hard proposition in the local club championship this season. Dr. Thacker, president of the Christchurch Rugby League, in moving the adoption of the annual report, referred to a cablegram from Sydney stating that the New South Wales Rugby League had .spent £1492 in furthering, the interests of the game in Now Zealand. He said that he had not the slightest idea how or where that money was spent, but probably it was in Auckland, and in sending a TJnivorsity team over to New Zealand. He wanted the Canterbury secretary to write to the New South Wales League asking that, if assistance were to be given, it should be to places where the game was. not. strong, and not to Auckland, where it was well established. When the League game was first started in Sydney, apart from the players, there were only the referee, touch men, and two or three small boys as spectators. Now nearly all Sydney went to the League games. Dr. Thacker, at the annual meeting of the Christchurch Centre, urged the necessity of plenty of training. An English team would come to New Zealand next year, and he wanted the Canterbury Rugby. League to be- of such a high standard that the overseas visitors would be given in Christchurch the most strenuous game of their Austral-asian-tour. ••.... Dr. Thacker is going to England short.ly, and he. intends to speak to the English authorities, the heads of the game, with a view to securing for New Zealand some of- the very best men. If those. men were too old to continue playing the game, they could be utilised as coaches. He emphasised that the premier players of England were drawn from the industrial areas, and were not "the peacocks of society." What New Zealand required was good pattern men, 'such as Johnny Rogers and Jarman (the :great forward who can play in several positions), to come out here and help the game along, and he thought work could be found -for..them out here. The term of "undesirables" has again been given to League players by a local weekly. "Half-back" fails' to see why League has no right as a standing with other sports. It is a game played by the same class of men as other football codes,' and is naturally entitled to the same recognition. But it is funny and amusing how the League players'are disparaged—evidently only by a Section of sport, which is very unsympathetic towards the new code player's. Nevertheless, this writer hopes that criticism of the code will be kept clean. The game is played by sports, and it is trusted they will be treated as sports. At the meeting of the Wellington' Management Committee, held at Petone on Tuesday evening, it was decided to appoint three selectors for each grade, and not one, as proposed. Messrs. H.. Nunn, E. Buckland, and J. Mears were appointed selectors for senior representatives, and Messrs. Duncan, Aird, and A. Buckland for the juniors, : while Messrs. E. Haseman, J. Haseman, and Jones were appointed third-grade selectors. . Owing to Mr. S. J. Keegan, late chairman of the Wellington Centre, having gone back to Australia, the election of a chairman and vice-chairman took place at Tuesday evening's meeting of the Management Committee. Mr. C. Snow was elected chairman for the ensuing j season, and Mr. A. Johnstone vicechairman. It has been decided to commence the local competitions on the 21st of this month. Permission has been granted the Central Club (Wellington) to play the Central Club (Christchurch) at Wellington on 4th June. This is the annual fixture between the two clubs for a cup presented by a supporter of. the club in Christchurch. The trophy is at present held by the Southern club, who beat Central at Christchurch last year by 10 points to 6. , , ■ Mr. C. T. White (secretary of the Wellington Centre) has been ' appointed secretary pro tern. in the matter of forming a local referees' association. A meeting of referees will be held on Monday evening prior to- the !meeting of the Management Committee, when it is hoped the long-looked-for Wellington Rugby League Referees' Association will' be formed. There are quite a number of new referees available this season, so a strong association should be put in motion. . . Mr.. C. Snow has donated a medal to the Central Club for the member enrolling the most new members during this year, and from present appearances there is going to be very keen competition. The club captain -has already enrolled a team of boys. i

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LEAGUE CODE, Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 89, 14 April 1923

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LEAGUE CODE Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 89, 14 April 1923

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