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[By an accident that happened to our reporter on the Sports ground he was un‘ able to forward his report in time for publication on Saturday, and we give it to-day.] The South Rakaia annual spor ts were held at Rakaia on Boxing Day. The weather was gloomy in the morning, and a slight shower fell, but towards noon the rain passed oil’, and the remainder of the day was all that could be desired. The first event on the programme was the 100 Yards Flat Race, for boys under 16 —First prize, 155.; second, 7s. 6d. Joseph Doherty, 1 ; Barker, 2. Men’s Flat Race, 100 yards First prize, 305.; second, 10s. H. Corbet, 1 ; —■ Carey, 2. Running High Jump, boys under 16— First prize, 205.; second, 10s. J. Hood, 1 ; Childs, 2. Hack Flat Race, 1 mile —Prize, L 5. H. Webb’s Little Tom, A. Mason’s Sylvanus, C. Lake’s Baron, A. Mangham’s Flirt, 1. This was a disastrous race. At starting all the horses got well away, but making the second round one of the horses bolted, knocking down our reporter, but fortunately without his sustaining any very serious injury, and before reaching the winning post Baron stumbled, throwing his rider, over whom the horse rolled. The lad, a son of Mr. 0. Lake, was taken up insensible, and conveyed to his father’s house, and the doctor telegraphed for from Ashburton.

Men’s Race, 1 mile—First prize, LI ; second, 15s. Carey, 1 ; Brown, 2. Putting the Stone —First prize, LI ; second, 10s. O’Connor, 1 ; H. Bayley, 2.

Men’s Running High Jump—First prize, LI 10s. ; second, 15s. Mangham’s and Cronin ties.

Wrestling—Cronin first prize, L2.

Married Women’s Race, 50 yards—First prize, LI ; second, 10s. Mrs. Thompson, 1 ; Mrs. Earringe, 2.

Throwing the Hammer—First prize, LI; second, 10s. Bayley, 1 ; Anderson, 3. Tilting in the Ring—First prize, L 3 ; second, LI. Anderson, 1. Walking Race, 2 miles—First prize, L 3; second, Ll. J. Brown, 1 ; Little, 2. Standing High Jump—First prize, 15s ; second, ss. 440 yards Flat Race, boys under 16— Prst prize, Ll ; second 10s. Doherty, 1; Hood, 2. Men’s Running High Jump—First prize, Ll ; second, 10s. Carey, 1; Corbet, 2. Men’s Hurdle Race, 120 yards—First prize, Cup and Ll ; second, 30s Carey, 1 ; Corbet, 2.

Old Men’s Race, 100 yards—Frst prize, LI ; second, 10s. Fagan, 1 ; Doherty, 2. Vaulting with Pole—First prize, 30s ; second, 15s. Frankish, 1; Hagonin, 2. Sack Pace, 100 yards—First prize, 255; second, 7s 7d. Fagan, 1; Hugonin, 2. Handicap Flat Race, 440 yards—First prize, L 3 ; second, 25s ; third, 10s. Durant, 1 ; Little, 2 ; Corbet, 3. Hack Steeplechase, It, mile—Frst prize, LI0; second, L3—Anderson’s Tam o’ Shanter, I ; Moss’s Terror, 2. There was oply one entry for the greasy pole, and the event was won by the use of rope gjdngs for the feet. The egg and spoon race did not come off, owing to their being no eggs on the ground.

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RAKAIA SPORTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 41, 30 December 1879

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RAKAIA SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 41, 30 December 1879

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