PRIVILEGES LIMITED TEPID BATHS DIFFICULTY GRADE MATCHES SUSPENDED NEW AREA SUGGESTED The suspension of privileges for water polo players at the Tepid Baths, consequent upon the introduction of the 40-hour week for attendants, lias had the effect of preventing tho playing of all matches except those in the A grade, these being contested at swimming carnivals. However, through the baths not being available at other times, without the payment of tho heavy hiring fee, even the A grade competitions have been curtailed. This hindrance and tho total cessation of matches in the lower grades have caused the Auckland Water Polo Board much concern. Restricted by its financial resources, the board cannot be blamed for the present difficulties. Until it is successful in having the privileges restored, water polo" may have to remain in the doldrums; certainly nothing can be done this seasou. _ Many players themselves are incurring, in the stoppage, tho penalty for their apathy when the chance was offered of practising at the baths. The attendance of members of nearly every club granted hours for training was olten small, and did not justify tho baths being kept open. Whether or not the use of the baths is regained, a suggestion has been made that, to ensure a regular competition, tho possibilitv of plaving matches at Moch anics' Bay should be investigated. The area recommended is in tho vicinity of the small wharf on the city side of the boatsheds and affords ample space for a playing field adjacent to the shore. The advocate of this scheme, a wellknown player, sees in it a solution to tho need of weekly matches in all grades, so that water polo may be established as a competitive sport, given the undivided attention of players.. It would, he points out, enable matches to be contested every Saturday afternoon. SWIMMING CONTESTS DOMINION MEETING ALLOTTED TO SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE IN WELLINGTON The national senior championship meeting of 1939 was granted last week to the Southland Centre by the council of the New Zealand Amateur Swimming Association, which also allocated the intermediate and junior meeting to the Bay of Plenty Centre. The council' thus acceded to the recommendation of the conference of centres, hold at New Plymouth in January. The championships will, accordingly, be held at lnvercargill and Rotorua, respectively. In some quarters it was considered that the Hawke's Bay Centre, in view of its greater experience, should be granted the intermediate and junior meeting, in preference to tho Bay-of Plenty Centre.-This opinion was shared by the Auckland Centre, which supported the application of Hawke's Bay. A notable decision by the council was that . the next annual conference of centres should take place at Wellington on October 22. This arrangement, recommended by the New Plymouth conference, will be generally approved; The custom has been to hold the conference when and where the New Zealand senior championship meeting was in progress, but dissatisfaction has nearly always been evident, because the conference was often placed second in importance to the swimming events, and because delegates, selected at the last minute, were not the fullyauthorised representatives of centres, and were imqualified to speak for them. The wish of the conference at New Plymouth was that future conferences should all be held in Wellington. The addition to the national championship programme of 100 yards breaststroke events for men and ladies was also approved by the council. The other distance so far contested by both sexes is 220 yards.
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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 22982, 9 March 1938
BOARD'S CONCERTS New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 22982, 9 March 1938
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