Financing The Chinese Tour Annual Meeting Next Week. '(By "Goalie.") The Thistle- Club, Wellington, are sending a team to play a Wanganui rep. team on April 19. A club match will also be played there on the 21st. The Thistles have four good additions to their club this year, and much is expected from J. Logan, an ex-amateur Scottish player. Having retained most of its bid players, the club, with these new additions, hopes to put a stronger team m the field than it has done for some years past. A thirdgrade team will also be run this season by the club. At the annual general meeting of delegates to the Canterbury Football Association, held m Christchurch last Monday, a number of recommendations were placed before the incoming committee. The most important of these was as follows: That every club be recommended to run a junior as well
as a senioi' team. Some of the clubs affiliated to the Canterbury Association have been m the habit during the past season of running only one team, and this a senior one. It is the contention of the centre that clubs running only one team are liable, through lack of adequate support, to go to the wall and eventually be disbanded altogether. This does not tend towards the advancement of the game and if clubs m future run a second team they are, besides encouraging junior players, m a position to always have players to draw upon for the building up of the senior team. The position m Wellington is somewhat different, for practically every club has, if not a junior team, a third, fourth, or fifth-grade team attached to it. At a special meeting of the Council of the N.Z.F.A. held last week, preliminary details of the projected tour of the Chinese team to visit New Zealand during the forthcoming season were gone into. The approximate cost of the tour is somewhere In the vicinity of £4300. The various associations will be called upon to help towards the initial cost required to float the tour. The four main associations will be asked to guarantee £350 each, the Poverty Bay, South Auckland and Southland Associations each £150, and £100 from each of the other minor associations. A total of £2000 is required to set the tour m motion; gate receipts will, it is anticipated, easily cover the deficiency. A full itinerary for the tour has ns yet not been drawn up, but it is possible that twenty games will be played. Provided the weather conditions are good, large attendances are anticipated and gate returns should therefore be more than satisfactory. It has definitely been decided to hold the annual meeting of the N.Z.F.A. on Wednesday, April 9, m the Accountants' Chambers, 39 Johnston Street, at 7.30 p.m., when the thirtythird annual report and balance sheet will be presented to the attending delegates. The following notices of motion and alteration to rules will come up for consideration: — By-law s—"The5 — "The subscription for each affiliated associa-j tion shall be a minimum of three pounds per annum and a further sum of live shillings for each team exceeding four, excluding all teums below fourth grade and school teams engaged m various club competitions under! its auspices with a maximum of twelve pounds." By-law 4 — "And shall pay an entrance fee of two pounds." Bylaw 9 — "For twenty shillings read three pounds." These three amendments were proposed by Mr. F. Campbell, the member of the council for Wanganui. A proposal by the hon. secretary, Mr. B. L. Salmon, to amend rule 6, relative to the Brown Shield, by adding to the end: "An association controlling a Brown Shield match shall be allowed one month from date of match to render to the council complete accounts m connection with the match. Should any further delay take place without the authority of the council, a fine not exceeding two poundsmay be imposed upon the association m default." Two decisions of the council will also j come up for approval. They arc: — (1) "A registration fee of one shilling per player shall be imposed upon each senior, junior, nnd third-grade player taking part m club competitions under the auspices of each affiliated association. The fees shall be forwarded, to this association not later than May 31. and twt'lve players shall be re turned j for each team." (2) "All mutches, contests, tournaments, tours, or gurnpy arranged or controlled by the council shall m all cases take precedence over the fixtures of the afllliated associations, or of clubs under their control and shall have paramount claim upon till players and others concerned." The report states that since the last meeting Poverty Bay has re-afflllated. thus making 17 affiliated associations. The Marlborough Association has been reformed and this will bring the last of the pre-war associations into the arena again. The various associations continue to «row ns the number' of teamß affiliated (as here given) will
show. Auckland has 90 teams, which include 15 school teams; Canterbury 42; Wellington 140, including 29 school teams; Otago 64, including IS school teams; South Auckland 24, including 10 school teams; Wanganui 14, including 6 school teams; Westland 14, including 10 school teams; Wairarapa 14, including 6 school teams; Buller 9; South Canterbury 32; Taranaki 7; Hawkes Bay 6; Manawatu 12; Poverty Bay 4; Southland 4; Nelson 7, and North Auckland 4. In the Brown Shield competition, Auckland met four competitors, finally winning the shield. It is partly owing to the dilatoriness of certain of the associations m rendering balance sheets m connection with these fixtures that the rule mentioned above has been drafted to prevent a recurrence of the matter. The report states that a late start was made with the promotion of the competition for the Chatham Cup trophy. This, combined with the half-hearted support given by many of the affiliated associations, did not altogether bring - the- -competition .to aB an issue as could have been desired. The bad weather further delayed matters, and m the end d limited series of matches was played under
an emergency programme. Despite the rather bad commencement, however, the Cup was brought to an .interesting conclusion, Seacliff (Otagb), defeating V.M.C.A. (Wellington) m the final by 4 goals to nil on the Athletic Park on October 1. Mr. J. A. Leddy had charge of the final game. More Chatham Cup matches (including the semi-final and final games) were played m Wellington than elsewhere, and the council expresses gratitude to members of the Wellington Football Association for assistance given m connection with these fixtures. The financial results were not a success and the council obtained nothing from the gates. However, everything has to have a beginning, and it is hoped that the Cup will be revenue producing m the near future. Players who have to travel are naturally looking for their expenses to be paid, but this will come m good time and when it does we shall see the game make a most marked advance m popularity. The council earnestly appeals to all associations and clubs to give this competition their whole-hearted support, for it is only by doing this that the game can be further strengthened m the Dominion. The report shows that there is again a big increase m the number of schools playing Soccer. At the same tirno it is to be regretted that there is still m many directions considerable opposition to the game being played. This is particularly noticeable with secondary schools, where th y e authorities are determined to keep it out. Such a poor sporting spirit displayed is to be regretted. In May of last year a team was sent to tour N.S.W. and Queensland, at the invitation of the Australian authorities. Of the sixteen games played (including three tests), New Zealand won 7, drew 2, and lost 7, compiling 33 goals against the States' 29. The winning of two out of the three test matches — thereby gaining the "Ashes" — is a matter for congratulation, as N.Z. defeated Australia on her own grounds. "C. Campbell is to be congratulated upon the manner m which he carried out his duties as captain on and off the field, and for his wonderful performances m the second and third test I matches, when ho scored all the goals for New Zealand. This is apparently a world's record, and It Is doubtful if it will ever again be equalled, let alone beaten." Considerable progress has been made m tho direction of the English tour, and U is pleu6ini,to quote the following resolution or the council of the F.A.: — "Having regard to the replies received from invitations issued for players to make the tour to Australusla, it does not appear possible to send out a representative team this season (1924). The necessity for the postponement is regretted, but m tho circumstances it Is unavoidable. The committee is very anxious that a representative team should go to Australasia, and decides definitely that one shall be sent m tho spring of 1925." J This Is indeed good news nnd should be the culminating effort of many years of hard work and correspondence m this direction. When the tour is completed it will be found that the game has received such an impetus In the Dominions that progress m the future will be easily maintained. The N.Z. Council will probably have to find £ ifJOO before the team sails from Kngluml as N.Z.s share of the preliminary expenses and steamer faros. Afiillnted associations have already had a letter showing what their share of this sum will bo and when the time comes there must be no delay m obtaining this amount, otherwise the tour as far as Now Zealand is concerned may have to be abandoned Opportunity is being taken of the visit of H.M. Fleet to arrange an JtinMfiry of matches wherever the Floet ! calls. It Is understood that there are «ood teams aboard the ships, so that attractive football should result. Every effort is to be made to place a Now Zealand team on tho field against the Fleet m Wellington on May 3.
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