TROUBLED WATERS IN THE NORTH
AN OFFICIAL REPRIMAND
Auckland Soccer Body Smarts Under The Lash
FORFEITURE IN CUP FINAL
(From "N.Z. Truth's" Special Auckland Kepresentative.) Soccer m Auckland had a fortnight's spell owing to the visit of the British Rugby team, and m tha.t short interval the code received one or tAvo Aery nasty jolts.
THE most severe shock came from the New Zealand Council above all places and the biting reprimand to the Auckland Association that was ,• broadcast "throughout the Dominion the week before last has inflicted a grievous wound m the north. The N.Z. Council characterised thc punishments by the Auckland body of the Trams players concerned m the recent fiasco when three players came into conflict with the referee, as "absolutely inadequate" and also viewed the withdrawal of the Trams team from the Chatham Cup competition through being unable to play a night match as a "grave menace to. discipline." .-. "Truth" has already contended that one of the contributory factors to the pitiful conditions* to which soccer m Auckland has degraded of recent times has been the utter bungling of disciplinary measures. The result is that football is being completely ruined by the never-ceasing nag, nag, nagging that i.s permitted on the field of play. And the worst feature of the whole business is that the more prominent a player the offender is, the more lightly Is he dealt with. No exemplary, sentences are handed out by the administrators of "justice" to players whose experience and age ought to teach them better. For example, Spencer of Trams, an Auckland All Black soccer rep., was cautioned after the Trams fiasco. In spite of the chronic prevalence of this "magging" on the field, Chalmers, of V.M.C.A. the following, Saturday received his marching orders for the same complaint. He, too, is .an Auckland rep. player. His sentence was a caution. Three players m lower grades, for absolutely the same offences have been suspended for two and one playing Saturdays. Where is the consistency and where is the lesson to growing youths that they must play the game with their feet and not with their tongues ? > It is the considered opinion of "Truth" that the Auckland Association richly merited a reprimand, but no circumstances can be imagined to justify the action of the controlling body of New Zealand m sending throughout the length and breadth of the land such a withering blast. To any body of men possessed of ordinary common sense and intelligence, the disastrous results of such a public pillorying of a body charged with the. conduct of a game, would have at once been apparent, but of course that is altogether too much to expect from the Council of the New Zealand Football Association. The muddlerrient for which the powers that be have become notorious Is hardly likely to lead them to say what they wanted to say, knowing that It would deal a shattering ■ blow at the confidence of a branch administration, under cover of a business letter. Yet another farce has developed to "bring the game into disrepute"* as the laws of the game have it, and this time m connection with the Chatham Cup, the Dominion club championship, and here again bungling officialdom looms large. Auckland Trams are the holders of the trophy, but how the Premier province says farewell to the cup thrpugh the
most ignominious method of all, forfeiture —giving up a battle without firing a sho*f Petone and Auckland Thistle were the finalists for the North Island and the former were due to travel, thc match heing fixed for last Saturday. On the previous Monday a wire stated that Petone could not make the journey and asked for a postponement of a week. This was accepted by Auckland by wire, the reply to. which was that Petone could now play and had all arrangements made to come north. Then Thistle found they could not field a team and the match was given to Petone without leaving Wellington. On top of the whole business we find that Thistle, though unable to field a team to play Petone, turned out to fulfil their local club championship . match on Saturday against Celtic. The" whole procedure from first to last has been chaotic and until the air has been cleared by mutual explanations it would be unwise to endeavor to see any gleam of judgment or business method m the mazelike transaction.
Wharfies Will Find Going Hard (From "N.Z. Truth's" Wellington Rep.) ALL. tails are on end in.' Wellington today, because the race' for the Championship title is now m the home stretch. . Can Hospital or Diamonds overhaul the nippy Watersiders who have dug themselves m at the top of the hill, where they are sitting pretty after outlasting a Marist team which went for them m old-time style? It looks as though the overhauling will be hard, for once Waterside slip they know they will be m the cart. A single defeat or drawn game, now, will cost them championship honors. Two games behind the wharfies, and '• four points down, are \ the formidable Hospital eleven. Their recent form was confirmed so decisively on Saturday when they gathered m five goals against W.Y.M.I. that it does not need laboring. Those goals were gained against a rugged defence m which the rocks were McGirr, Trott, Armitage and Boe. Only one other team could have battered its . way through the opposition as Hospital did, and that team is Diamonds, now running second for the prize of premier ,team of the season. AVhile the Hospital cracks, Jeffreys and Trewick, were making hay of the soundest defence m the senior competition and getting there by superior cleverness, Diamonds were outplaying Seatoun after a scoreless opening spell. Goal-getter of the day 'was Dickinson, the • dashing centre-forward, who performed the hat-trick against one of the finest teams m the competition and one which for a long time ran. with the leaders. Both Hospital and Diamonds thus are m good nick. The honors may, well rest between them, for if Saturday's work on the Basin Reserve' showed anything it is that Watersides-d efence needs tightening up. lAick has rarely broken the way of the Wharfies this season, but the little god was sitting on top of their, posts on Saturday. Championship speculations will be rife for some time now, for there wili be no games this week, owing to the Rugby Test. It is a pity for it will make it difficult for leading teams to hold form.
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TROUBLED WATERS IN THE NORTH, NZ Truth, Issue 1287, 7 August 1930
TROUBLED WATERS IN THE NORTH NZ Truth, Issue 1287, 7 August 1930
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