Early references to New Zealand hockey often complained of disorderly informal games, such as the one described in this October 1881 issue of the Otago Daily Times. A city councillor expressed concern that a game played in Cumberland Street in central Dunedin, using a tin pot as a ball, might frighten horses.
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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 19 October 1881, p. 2
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