Maoriland Worker, Volume 4, Issue 146, 19 November 1913, Page 8
The latest in billiards is to the effect that John Roberta has ottered to back Tommy Newinen to play George Gray with ivory balls for £200 aside. Newman, who is m his 2l)th year, is practising under the wing of Roberta, but, while it is admitted that the lad 18 an improving placer, it is thought Lhit the time has not yet arrived to pit him against the Australian, even with ivories. , Amongst the "scab" union on the wharf is one of Hew Zealand's foremost swimmers, who in his day was a veritable champion, and when the list of loyal arbitrationists is made up this athlete will not be forgotten. Thus an Australian writer on the sculling championship: Patrons of sculling were promised a splendid race when Paddon and Arnst met, and they were not disappointed. All who had the privilege of witnessing the event have acknowledged it to have been one of the finest ever rowed) on the historic Parramatta course., not only from the standpoint of one sculler against another, but also from the fact that it was a case of when giants meet. Seldom have two such splendid specimens of manhood met in outriggers before, and it will probably be a, long time before it happene again. Each sculler weighed conisderably over 13 stone in the pink of condition, and each stande over (sft. hyrh. In addition, both were giants in strength and stamina. That there are many of the sculling fraternity surprised at Arlist's defeat is unquestionable, particularly so in the ease of Peter Kemp, who was sure the exworld's champion had regained his old, form, mid won'd easily account for his inexperienced opponent; but that Arnst should be beaten from the jump, over a quarter of a mile, half a niile, and a mile was never dreamed of, except by a few who were "in the know" regarding Paddon's times, and even they were not too certain. Paddon was a. surprise packet. In foim he rowed better than nst, and such is his method that he never at any time gave an indication of tiredness. When Arnst was arching his back more than ever at the "finish," when his head rolled uncertainly, Paddon was sitting up straight, catching, driving, and finishing hard, releasing his blades nicely and recovering with steady precision. His boat ran without a tremble, Arnet's rolled frequently. The great point of the race, however, is that it seems to have settled/the question as to whether a sculler can remain away from his work on the water for a couple of years and then by three months' training reproduce his from. After such a lapse of time from his boat, Arnst was beaten by Barry, and after a similar spell he was beaten bj Paddon. Some aver that Arnst on Saturday was as good as ever, and others that he was not. The weight of opinion, however, is that he was not. We in Australia have i>ot seen .Afnsb row a losing race before, but his general stylo and bearing diil not come up to previous performances. His work lacked its old dash, and although he rowed himself to a standst'll, and ptilM us game a race as ever a man pulled, he did not appear to be the man who beat Pearce twice on the Pa-rramatta, and who rowed so brilliantly in the first Pa-rraroatta Hundred. So far as could be judged on appearances, Paddon could have stood more pushing and still won. After tb? first mile had 'passed, he did not seem to vary his stroke. He swung with the same mechanical mo* tion till Searlo's <nonun;-?nt- was reached. The most experienced scullor in the w.>rl dcould not have TOfl'ed a better.-judged race, or chosen a better oouitee.