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These annual sports came off yesterday in a paddock near the Mount Somers Hotel, kindly lent by Mr Hood. The. weather was very hot, but notwithstanding this there was a very large attendance, about 400 persons being present. The programme was carried out in its entirety, and the Committee deserve great praise for the manner in which they discharged their duties. Mr Jenkins had a refreshment booth on the ground, and'appeared to do a lively business. Appended are the various items, and the results; -

House Races, Mount Somehs Cup —First prize, L 3 ; second, LI 10s ; third, a riding whip. Mr W. Angle’s White Stocking ... 1 Mr J. McLany’s Jennie 2 Mr S. Fergusson’s Wild Rose... ... 3r There were six entries for this event.' We were unable to get the exact distance of the race. After a good start, the', whole lot kept in close company for a short distance ; ultimately White Stocking forged ahead, and won with plenty to spare. Trotting Race— First prize, L 4 ; second, L2. Mr C. Porter’s Nellie L Mr R. Patton’s Jack 2 Mr R. Patton’s Nellie 3. Eight entered for this event, which resulted in a capital race. • ~ Athletic Spokts. Quoit Match —First prize, 20s ; 10s—T. Fagan, 1 ; L. McGregor, 2. , Eight competitors entered for this match, and considerable interest seemed to be.; centered in the result.

100 Yards Flat Race (Men) —First, prize, 20s ; second, 10s —S. Barrett, 1 ; D. Gilmour, 2. Five entered, and a : capital race ensued. Three-Legged Race—First prize, 20s ; second, 10s —Joyce and Charters, 1 ; Gilmour and Tyney, 2. Three pairs competed, Joyce and Charters winning a good race. Throwing the Hammer —First prize, 20s ; second, 10s—S. Barrett (58ft. B£in.), 1 ; A. McCormack (58ft. 2. Four entered for this event, and some very good throwing was made. Putting the Stone—First prize, 20s ; second, 10s.—S. Barrett (23ft 4in), 1; A. McCormack (22ft lOin), 2. Three entered, but it was easily seen from the first who the ultimate winner would be.

Sack Race, 100 yards—First prize, 20s ; second, 10s. —Stephen Ede, 1 ; Ben. Ede, 2. There were only four entries for this race.

Malf-mile Race. —First prize, 30s; second, 10s.—M. Tyney, 1; T. Fagan, 2. This was a capital race between the four who entered, from start to finish. . Married Womens’ Race —First prize, Washing Machine ; second, lOlbs Roasting Beef. —Mrs Greaves, 1 ; Mrs Smith, 2. This race brought a field of four competitors, and it is needless to state that it was run with a determination to win by, all. No little amusement was caused by the eagerness of the contestants. One Mile Race—First prize, 40s; second, 20s. —M. Carney, 1 ; T. Edlin, 2. There were four entries, and a fair race resulted.

Old Mens’ Race (over 40 years)—First prize, pair Tweed Trousers. George Bond, 1; T. E. M‘Rae, 2. Five old settlers entered, and a most amusing race was witnessed, the winner looking as if hei could beat a good few who were one half his age. Running High Jump(men)—First prize, 15s ; second, 7s 6d.—S. Barrett (4ft Sin), 1; J. Modred (4ft 6in), 2. There were three entries for this jump, and the two competitors named above cleared the bar in very good style. Running High Jump(boys)—First prize, 5s ; second, 2s 6d. —G. Greaves, 1; J. Puddicombe, 2. Tossing the Caber.—J. Anderson and A. McCormack equal. Vaulting with Pole —First prize, 20s ; second, 10s.—T. Green (7ft Din), 1; M. Tyney (7ft Gin), 2. There were four entries, and the vaulting was very fair. Pig Race.—Eugene Lorgery and J. Woodland. For this race there were eight entries, and those who managed to catch the pig by the tail were declared winners.

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MOUNT SOMERS SPORTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 519, 27 December 1881

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MOUNT SOMERS SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 519, 27 December 1881

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