OTAGO TOURING- TEAM
TREATMENT IX CHRISTCHURCH
Mr D. H. Thomson writes ns : As manager of the Otago team, my attention was drawn to the article published in your issue of 30th ult., and also in the Christchurch papers, and while not wishing to ventilate the matter by means of the public Press, 1, feel it my duty to place my view of the position before you in fairness to our Christehurrh friends. Let it be, remembered at the outset that both associations mutually agreed some years ago to do away with official entertainment, chiefly on the score of expense. Fortunately for Otago, in Mr .1. .1. Clark we have a gentleman who has on each and every occasion treated visiting teams right royally, and our visitors always expressed in no uncertain way their appreciation of the kindness and attention shown. Associations in the, other centres are not so favored in having a. gentleman .at the head who is prepared to spend his time and money in the same manner. I have visited the four centres on several occasions with either the Otago or Canterbury teams, and it is a. well-known fact that nowhere are teams treated with such lavishness as in Dunedin. 1 missed many old faces from the Canterbury match, and while the nr rarigements were not as complete as they might have been, owing in the main to new members being on the executive, and this being i lie new .secretary's first, interprovincial match, f am sure that what may have appeared as a slight to the Otago officials and team was imt in any
way intended. It is to he regretted that Mr Crawford was refused admittane.e by the gatoinan, hut as soon as the ground secretary (who is also a new officer) knew that he was a- member of the team the mistake was rectified. With regard to my conversation by telephone with Mr Reese, your informant has not- eorreetly stated the facts, which are as follows : As the secretary did not rail on Thursday night. I telephoned Mr Reese on, ("hristniaa morning asking him if he eon Id let me know where 1 could find Mr ('ra wsliaw, as 1 wanted some tickets for the team. Ho replied that ho did not know where, T eon id reach him by telephone, but he had no doubt that Air Urawsha.w would fix everything up. He then explained that the Lane,aster Park Hoard of Control now charged the cricket Association 3d for each pass, so as to keep a, chock on the number issued, but it was merely an arrangement, between the local association and the board, and the Otago players, of course, would not have to pay for any passes required. Mr Reese did not request me In “go easy" on complimentaries. nor had I any difficulty in securing tickoks for luncheon. No one regrets more than I do that the slightest misapprehension should have oernrred, as having been hon. secretary for several years of both the Otago and Canterbury Associations. ] know that the. friendship of the players and officials alike has been of the most cordial nature, and that, our Canterbury friends would be the last to do anything that would disturb suck friendly relations. I am. perfectly satisfied in my own mind that what may have appeared discourteous to our honored and respected president was merely the retuilt. of inexperience on the part of the new officers.
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CRICKET, Evening Star, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915