CBY "HALF BACK I'l EX-PLAYERS DISQUALIFIED
ITEMS OF INTEREST.
W. Martin, who carried the whistle for the first time last Saturday in the match between Central and Newtown juniors, gave a good exhibition of refereeing, and after the game both teams expressed their approval of his decisions.
Bert Jessop, who was injured in a match at Petone at the beginning of the season; is playing for his team again. Newtown misßed his services during their match against the Hutt.
Riddell, Haddock, Tetley, Shanahan, and J. Goodall, all Petone players, who huve been reinstated into the union game, have been disqualified from the League code. This was the decision come to at Monday night's meeting of the local management committee, and it was further decided that in future all reinstatements will be treated in a similar manner.
Bob Elliott has thrown in his lot with the 13-aside code this year. He oan play anywhere in the back division, but he shows to advantage at full back. Newtown have a valuable acquisition in such a player.,
"Bill" Taylor played a rattling good game for Central juniors on Saturday, and is worthy .of senior status. He scored two brilliant tries for his team, and converted both. He must be considered for representative honours again this season.
A. Unsworth has come over from Rugby, and is playing for Newtown seniors. He is a good forward, and as a goal-kicker he will be a big help to his team.
Frank Green has been playing League football for nine years, and during that time he lias never once "failed to turn out for his club. He has gained representative honours Beveral times. This year he is playing for Newtown Club, and is one of their best forwards.
The Central Club has been granted permission by the centre to play its an-f nual cup fixture with Avon (Christchurch) on the Hutt ground on the 4th June. Last year the match wa,s played in Christchurch, when Central were defeated by 10 points to 6. Central hope to keep the silver cup in Wellington this year.
In future the centre meetings will be held in the League office, situated on Lambton quay (opposite Grey street).
Good progress is being made with the arrangements for the League ball, and already several valuable trophies have been donated. *
Thompson, who first played League football with Central juniors last year, hits made good improvement. On Saturday he played a sterling game, and is well worth his position in the team. Last season he was inclined to become a little bustled, but this year he has lost that nervousness, and acts quite coolly. Although rather small and light, he enjoys being iv the thick of the game, and is always on the ball.- He is sure to do well at the game. c Hutt were unfortunate in losing to Petone by 5 points to 3 laßt Saturday. Hutt are evidently a strong team, and as the season advances should show up to good advantage.
Tom Balks, who had intimated his intention of retiring from the game, has again donned the colours, and is now playing for Hutt. He is an old-stager in the League game, and has gained representative honours on numerous occasions.
Canterbury reports great prospects, and an even better season than they had last year. They have plenty of young players. Last year, besides fourth and fifth grades, they had no fewer than ten teams. in the third grade. League is evidently taking on very well in Christchurch.
"Billy" Aamodt (City Club) had the misfortune to have a rib broken in the match City v. Petone, played at Petone last Saturday week, but "Half-Back" is pleased to hear that he will not be long out of the game.
J. Zimmerman, late Petone seniors, and a player who gained representative honours on several occasions, is not playing this season, but has not forgotten the great Australian game, and is now carrying the whistle with distinction in the local competitions. "Zimme" is League to the- backbone.
H. Nunn is coaching the new Hutt team, and is evidently making a success of it. Last year he played for Petone seniors, and has several times gained representative distinction. It is now rumoured that he wants to get into the game again, after seeing the boys in action.
Duncan is a keen supporter of the code, and as a delegate to the centre from the Petone Club is a battler in the interests of League football. He is well known in the suburban township's football circles, having previously played the union game. "Pat" O'Connell, of the Central junior team, is a great forward in the loose. Last Saturday he played a fine game for his club against Newtown. He always comes up smiling.,
Alf. Whittington is playing for City seniors this year. On Saturday he wa» unfortunate in not scoring on one or rather a little on the light side. Nevertheless, he must do well at the game, and more should be heard of him. Don Whittington, Mb brother, plays for the Central Club. He iB always where League football is.
The Maritime Club were not able to enter a senior team, as was expected at the commencement of the season. They have lost several players, mostly, through leaving the district and going to other clubs. "Half-Back" would like to receive a few notes from this club.
It is expected that the Linwood Club (Christchurch) will play City (Wellington) in Wellington on 4th June.
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LEAGUE CODE, Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 112, 12 May 1923
LEAGUE CODE Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 112, 12 May 1923
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