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TARANAKI RUGBY UNION. % f°l lo2T ing is-the ."port-to Wpre^- ' sented at the annual meeting of (^legates to Lhe Taranaki Rugby*Unioirafc Stratford on Friday evening:— i Your committee, in presenting ft* annual report for the 1913 season! has pleasure being able to record that lor the hrst time since the inception or the competition, Taranaki footballers Jiave the honor of holding the Ranfurly Shield. This fact should have a beneficial effect on the gam* this season, the prospects for a successful year being bright and encouraging. A pleasing feature at last season's football was the presence ot two school teams in the Third • tri-ade Competition, the New Plymouth High School eventually winning theNorthern Championship. The encouragement of school football has received your committee's attention, and a keen competition among the primary schools of the northern end of the province resulted in the Stratford school winning the Pitman Cup. Competitions in the southern and western parts of the province ha ret yet to be organised. Representative Football.—Nine representative games were played, viz.,. against Wellington (2), Wanganui (2), Auckland (2), Manawatu, Wairarapa, and Australia. Of these, matches those against Auckland, at Auckland, Manawatu, at Palmerston North, Wanganui, at Wanganui andHawera, were won, the others being: lost. In addition to these, the MB" team played three matches, vfe., against Auckland, at New Plymouth, Wanganui "B" at Wanganui, and Wairoa Sub-Union, at Patea. The* matches against Auckland and Wang*^ nui were lost, . the other match being won. Financial.—The balance-sheet discloses a loss of about £90 durine tbe> past season. The trip to Auckland^ although it gave Taranaki the coveted Ranfurly Shield, did not turn out so well financially as anticipated, the* t profit on the trip being £40. Tne> inauguration of "B" team matches cost the Union about £77, this fact accounting for the larger part of the law sustained. Should our representative* manage to retain the Shield^ the gates* t at the various home matches should W "* larger than usual, and our finances at the end of the year consequently in nmuch better position. Club Championships.—The Provincial Championships were won as follows:— First grade. Wajinate; second grade,, Waimate; third grade, Okaiawa. Honorary Members—Suggestions have* been made at various times that ther Union should open an honorary members' list, admitting old players and? supporters of Rugby as honorary meat-^ bers of the Union at £1 Is each annually, honorary members' tickets admitting them to "all inter-proviriicßit matches. The suggestion is placed Before the delegates for consideration. Alf. Bayly Scholarship.—The 19JS scholarship was won by Master '&. Lawn, of the Stratford District Higfr. School. The thanks of the Union*ar» due to Mr Moyes of the New Plymouth High School, for his kindness in enter— taining visiting boys at the echo©?. More interest is now being taken by the Southern schools in the oonipejtjl--tion, four school? under the jurisdkjtm* of the Wanganui Education Boardxompeting for the 1913 scholarship. International Football. —Your cojnniittee have pleasure in recording mat fiyeJTaranakki players, viz., J. Stonr. R. Roberts, G. loveridge, M. Cain, an<l H\ Dewar, earned international oaps». ■£hese players representing New Zealanct. ' against the Californian teams, while C Browj| and R. Taylor had the honorof also earning New Zealand caps l>y pjaying in the test matches againsV Australia. -1 In conclusion, your committee Tuh to thank t^e Press for its generousweiipport of the the Referees' AsFjpcia+ion for its assistance, and playersp for. the worthy manner in which thejr upheld the good name of Taranaki football. BALANCE-SHEET. The statement of receipts and exnen— ditni-e shows a credit balance of £141 3s 6d. The liabilities exceed -the assets by £73 11s 6d, outstanding ac~ cpuwts totalling £260. The following credit balances were shown for the different TO^fches- —Taratiaki v. A'uct— land, at New Plymouth, £69 0s 6df North v. South, £21 4s 9d: Hawera v. * Wnimate Hs+ Juniors'). f-2^s 6d; Tara naki v. Wellington, PX7- 5s Id; Tarn— naki v. Wanpamu, £61 11s 6rf: Waimate v. Stratford (Juniors), £4& 12s; Star v. Inglewood (Satnrdf»vV £4 jl 9--6 d; Tukapa v. Inglewood, £5 17s. lik +>ie se<v>Tid JnTiior final. Okaiawa v. High School, both sides of the account balanced. In the matcV A"f>klfl»"? t. Taranaki B, a debit of £33 15s x* shown.

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FOOTBALL., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVI, Issue XLVI, 25 March 1914

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FOOTBALL. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVI, Issue XLVI, 25 March 1914