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FOOTBALL.

The following itinerary has been arranged for the Maori team, which is to tour through Queensland and New South Wales:— June 2—Leave Auckland; arrive Sydney June 6. June !)—v. N.S.W., at Sydney. June 11—v. Country, at Northern Centre June 14—v. Queensland, at Brisbane. June IS—v. Queensland, at Brisbane. June 21—v. Metropolitan, at Sydney. June 23—v. N.S.W., at Sydney. June "25—v. Western Team. June 2S—v. City and S«burban, at Sydney. It is expected that the Taranaki' players in the team will be Pini, Tamu, Joe Martin, and possibly Kupu.

The cup matches in the various competitions under the Taranaki Rugby Union will be started the week after next. Players, therefore, have another few days in which to get tuned up to concert pitch before the serious business of the season commences. The trained team will win matches in the early part, of the season, and will often obtain such a lead that a team comprised of better individual players, who expect to obtain their training on the convincing ground itself, find themselves right out of reach when their condition allows them to win matches. Already Taranaki players have a good I deal to look forward to. There is a certainty of a trip to Wellington, as well as to Auckland arid Wanganui. Home matches against Wellington, Auckland, Wanganui, New South Wales, and possibly against one of the country representative touring teams, if the New Zealand Rugby Union decides to continue this excellent scheme. Tukapa have a very "hot" team on paper this year, and stand a big chance of bringing the championship to the north end once again. McAllum and Hawkins, who have been playing for Star during the past two seasons, have returned to their old love, whilst Cade, who played five-eighths for the Canterbury reps, last year will be wearing the blue and white jersey. The Tuhapa team will probably read as follows: Full, Bullot; three-quarters, Loveridge, 3. Stohr and Whittaker; five-eighths, Cade and W. Whittaker; half, Brown; wing forward, McAllum; forwards will be chosen from Jull, Smith, Harvey, Hawkins, Morshead, Ward, Davidson and Steele. Star, who conld only muster eleven men last season in the seniors in the Saturday competition, will have extreme difficulty in raising a team if Fitzroy decide to retain their individuality and enter the competition. Star have lost Dewar, Richards and Wood by remova', from the district, and now the defection of Hawkins and McAllum has materially weakened them. Still Star has some good material in the juniors who would probably be glad of the opportunity to enter the senior ranks. The Wellington lixtures were commenced last Saturday. Playing for Victoria College, who made a draw against Petone, R. Quilliam scored the final try. The Canterbury Rugby Union proposes to give a trophy for a football competition amongst Territorials. A sub-com-mittee has been appointed to arrange the , competition, which will probably be made an annual one. Rugby, as played in New Zealand is generally supposed to be a little more picturesque and a little less warlike than American football, and if the views of a Californian referee who is visiting Wellington are correct this supposi'tion is I not fallacious,. The visitor is Mr. C. F. Cameron, who is trying to Induce the New Zealand Rugby Union to send a team to California, "There are good referees in California." he said, "but they have no one behind them like your referees have. Anyone can go and referee here, and, providing he is competent, control the game. But when there are fifteen men on each side intimidating a man and throwing his mind off the game, it is a different matter."

Of the 2G players who went to England with the original native team of 1.888 twelve are still living. One only of the five Warbrick brothers survives—Arthur Warbriek, the well-known guide at Rotorua—but the three Wynyards have kept their pace with Time. School football promises to be placed on a very satisfactory basis this season. For some year-; past the Rugby Union has been considering the matter, which has now been placed on a definite footing. Turaiiaki has been divided into four districts, viz., northern, central, southern and western. The nortli comprisfs Inglewood. Waitara and New Plymouth, and it is expected that seven teams will be competing, and with the lesser amount (if travelling a ; good competition will result. These teams will compete in their district for a shield, as will also the teams in the other districts, the winners in each district playing off for cups to be presented by the Taranaki Rugby Union. The central district will comprise schools from Tnriki to Eltham. whilst the southern, will have its headquarters at Hawera. The western division includes Manaia, Kapuni, Otakeho, etc., and has, been in existence- some time. Keen enthusiasts are looking after the organisation in each-area. In the north Messrs A. Cray and Raiv have taken the matter in hand, and in the central Mr. Masters. It is understood that schools which are unable to enter a team of their own may amalgamate with an adjacent school and enter a team. This will enable the small country schools to participate. It is to be hoped that clubs will assist by giving the schools a ball or by deputing some member to coach the boys. Particularly would this be helpful in the case of the country schools presided over by lady teachers. The schoolboy of to-day is thin representative of the future, and good football training in early life will stand to him throughout his whole football career. A secondary schools competition will probably be Inaugurated. The annual meeting of the northern committee of the Taranaki Referees' Association will be held on Tuesday evening. The Association would be very pleased to hear of recruits. Referees do not get much encouragement from players, who are too prone to blame that official for anv defeat. The referee has only one pair of eyes and has thirty players as well as the ball to keep in sight, and when many of these players are out to beat the referee if possible it can be seen that his position is not an enviable one. Moreover, a referee is only human and is prone to err occasionally. Still, if the referee has a knowledge of the rules and interprets them honestly to the best of his ability he should get the support and encouragement of the players, and particularly from the beaten team. Then there would not be such a difficulty in obtaining plenty of additions to the ranks of. referees. However, it is to be hoped that, a few new recruits will be forthcoming to lessen the labors of the small band of heroes who have borne the brunt of the fray on Thursdays and Saturdays for the past few seasons..

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FOOTBALL., Taranaki Daily News, Volume LV, Issue 287, 26 April 1913

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FOOTBALL. Taranaki Daily News, Volume LV, Issue 287, 26 April 1913

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