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Rounds Commence On Saturday (From "N.Z. Truth's" Wellington Rep.) /COUNTRYWIDE, contests for, the coveted Chatham Cup will begin this Saturday and elimination rounds promise to be the hardest that, have ever . been seen m the' struggle for the. trophy. Held by the nippy Tramways team of Auckland, which .downed United,, punedin's best, in- a sterling contest at Wellington last year, the Cup calls for qualities of the highest and an ability to play Cup tie football; This year, almost 30 teams will dispute possession, and these sides will be drawn from every province from Auckland to Southland. . Odds are on the Cup, going to Auckland once ' again unless ■ the southern clubs have gained solidity and pace, since the last year's display, for. at the moment the Queen city men are cock-of-the-Soccer-walk. Superior pace and snappy combination have carried them through two gruelling seasons since they laid their claim to New Zealand's champion province, and that claim -was built upon the solid -basis of a high standard of club football. For this season, Chatham Cup aspirants must be ready to play sound football and to develop all the speed there is m them. . The strongest challenges will be thrown out by teams of the calibre of United, Seacliff and W.Y.M.I. m Wellington— teams which can play, a spoiling game and profit by mistakes: These- clubs have always figured prominently m the national knock-out contest. This season they will be on view once again. Tramways seem likely to lose their grip on the Gup this- season,- but -there are other sound Auckland sides m the running an,d V.M.C.'A; m the northern field havo_ yet to experience defeat. One of Wellington's most dangerous sides will be the young and vigorous Waterside eleven, which Is showing classic form at times, but' ls- • well In the running for the local senior title, lying only one point behind the solid Diamond team. Waterside may wish to concentrate on the . greater honor, for Chatham Cup play, with its strenuous touring and , demands on players, besides injury risk, makes demands on a team which jeopardise its championship chances In its own town.

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CHATHAM CUP ELIMINATION, NZ Truth, Issue 1280, 12 June 1930

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CHATHAM CUP ELIMINATION NZ Truth, Issue 1280, 12 June 1930