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Festerday morning broke cloudy and sombre, and many were the anxious glances directed skyward by intending holiday makers. About 2 o’clock the sun made-an effort to break through the heavy grey clouds but could not manage it and retired in disgust. Up till nearly three the day was making up its mind whether it .would be fine or not and it at length settled the question in the negative. Down came the rain, at first lightly and then in downright earnest, casting a “damper” literally and figuratively on the whole proceedings. At 3.30 it was raining in the fashion known as “ cats and dogs,” and all idea of continuing the sports had to be abandoned, and, like half drowned rats, , the public bad to return to their homes when little more than half the programme had been completed. About L 46 was taken at the gates during the day, the attendance being about the same as last year. Mr Orphin, of the Ashburton Hotel, had the publican’s booth, a big affair with a grand display of bottles and kegs. The tent was apparently well patronised while the weather held up, but when it commenced to rain the patrons largely increased in number, being apparently desirous of confining the wetting process to their interiors. Mr W. T. Davison, always to the fore on an occasion of this sort, had a big booth devoted to the sale of non-intoxicants, cakes, fruit, lollies, etc., etc., and was kept busily employed in ministering to the wants of numerous customers. The Ashburton brass band was on the ground, and played a number of capital selections at interval during the day. Everything passed off in first-rate stylo, not a single protest being lodged, and the only thing that marred the pleasure of the meeting was the weather. We must not omit to mention that ■Mr John Bland, the acting secretary (Mr Duncan being unavoidably absent) proved himself fully ciual to the duties he undertook to perform, discharging them to the satisfaction of all., Mr C. Reid, a prominent member of the Society, also assisting in the secretary’s tent, his time being apparently fully occupied. Several other “Caledonians” helped in one way and another. The Rev. A. McLennan was on the ground, and was presented during the morning with a purse of sovereigns by the Gaelic speaking visitors present. The gift was intended to go towards defraying the cost of a horse and trap for the rev. gentleman, who is in the habit of making long journeys in the discharge of his ministerial functions. The presentation was made by Mr J. W. Mcßae on behalf of those present, and Mr McLennan having very briefly responded the ceremony concluded with cheers from the “kilted men” and the tossing of “ bonnets” in the air. The following were the sports up to their abrupt stoppage by the rain :

Quoits. Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. R. Hepburn 1 J. Small 2 Open Handicap Hurdle Race, ,440yds, six hurdles (men). Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. h'rank Woods (scr) ... ... 1 J. Atkinson (15yds) ... ... 2

Several others ran. Atkinson foon assumed the lead, maintaining it for half the distance, when he was cellared by Woods, the scratch man, who landed a winner by about 10 yards, Atkinson second,' the rest coming in in very straggling order. Time—lmin 6 4-sths sec. One Mile Handicap Walking Kace. Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. H. Lambert (50yds) 1

J. Lawry ... ... ... ... 3 J. Groves was the only other starter, although a dozen figured on the card. Groves was conceded ten yards, but before the conclusion of the first lap he retired, leaving the race to Lambert and Lawry. The former had by this time obtained a streng lead, Laury spurting, but in vain. In the last lap Lambert had slightly improved his lead, Lawry trying all he knew to got up to him. In fact, towards the finish Laury was almost running ; Lambert, however, was quite safe, and won with ease by about a dozen yards.

Pipe Music (pibrochs and marches). Ist prize, L 3 ; 2nd, LI. D. Campbell ' 1

A. McKay 2 100 Yards Flat Race (open). Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. Hulston ... 1 F. Woods ... ... ... ... 2 Three or four others ran. Owing to a dispute as to the start, this race was run twice, the first resulting in a dead heat, or nearly so, between Hulston and Woods. In the second race Hulston won by half a yard. Time—lOs^cs. Running High Jump (men). lst£l 10s ; 2nd, 15s. Johns (4ft 6in) ... 1 F. jßetts 2 Running high Jump (boys). Ist prize 10s ; 2nd, ss. • J. Jameson (4ft 3in) 1 Johns 2

Scotch lied (in Highland Costume). Ist piize, £3 ; 2nd, £L J. Murray 1 J. W. MMlio 2 Grand Hiudicap Flat ii.iC", of 200yds, 300yds, and 440. F. <■' (Is (<cr) 1 D. tly'aud (scr) ... 2 F. [>ytis (7;. ds) J Lechnor, Groves, and Paterson also lan. Woods cut rot the running and won hands down. Time—2ssecs. 300yds Heat.

F. Woods 1 F. Letts 2 R. Lechner 3 Wood appropriated this race by about 10 yards. Time—37secs. 440yds Heat. R. Lechner 1 F. Betts 2 F. Woods 3 This, the concluding heat, was run < ff

in pouring rain, Wo jds wearing his overcoat. Had it not been that Woods wished to return to Christchurch by the express, this last heat would have been postponed. Tossing the Caber. Ist prize, L2: 2nd, LI. J Daley (2Gft Sin) ... ... 1 Morris (25ft 9m) ... ... ... 2 Noble (22ft 2m; ... ... ... 3 Standing High Jump. Ist prize, LI 10a; 2nd, 15s, Hulston (3ft Sin) ... 1 Atkinson (3ft 7in)... ... ... 2 Pipe Music, (Reels and Strathspey t). Ist prize, L 3 ; 2nd, LI. D. Campbell ... ... ... 1

A. McKay 2 Sword Dance, or Ghillie Callum. Ist prize, L 3 ; 2nd, LI. • J. W. Mcßae 1

Murray ... ... ... ... 2 Young Donald Mcßae also competed, and his style was considered by the judges

the best of any, but he unfortunately touched the swords in dancing and wa-> “ out of it.” He undoubtedly possesses a very pretty style, however, and with more practice will be a formidable opponent in these competitions. Pole Vaulting. Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, 15s. This event was the last, and the competitors got drenched while jumping. By

this time the visitors had sought all the shelter available, but the rain, instead of moderating, got worse, and so there was nothing for it but to go home.

To-Day’s Sports. The weather to-day was again very showery, and at one time it seemed as if the sports would have to be postponed. A start was made about two o’clock, however, the attendance being but small. Half-mile Handicap Flat Race (open). Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. J. Lawry (15yds) ... ... ... 1 J. M. O’Connor (scr) ’ 2 J. Groves (15yds)... ... ... 3 Church, Cochrane and Page also ran. O’Connor, the scratch man, ran well, and had soon obtained a good place. At half the distance Page and Cochrane went out. Lawry now held first place, and landed a winner by almost six yards. He fainted on breasting the tape, but was quickly up

again. Three-Legged Race, 200 yds. Ist prize, LI 10s ; 2nd, 15a. Betts and Sproy ... ... ... 1 Johns Brothers ... ... ... 2 Betts and Sprey made all the running and won with ease. Putting the Stone. Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. M. Brosnahan (37ft 7in) 1 J. Morris (34ft 4in) 2 Throwing the Hammer. Ist prize, L2 ; 2nd, LI. J. Daly (76ft 2in) 1 Roach (72ft) ... 2 Best Dressed Boy in Highland Costume (under 14 years). Ist prize, LI; 2nd, 10s. “ Wee ” Rhodie Mcßae ... ... 1

D. Mcßae ... ... ... ... 2 “ Wee Rhodie” was received with immense applause, and his dancing was watched by a large crowd. In addition to the prize money the little fellow carried off Mr Malcolm Miller’s silver medal for the best Highland dancer under 16. As soon as the medal was attached to the winner’s sash ho gave another dance to the great delight of the spectators. Handicap Milo Flat Race (open). Ist prize, L 3; 2nd, LI 10s. J. Lawry ... 1 J. Groves ... ... ... ... 2 O’Connor won easily, but was not recognised, as he had not paid his nomination fees. Tug of War. Football Club v. Volunteers and others. Mr J. W. Mcßae captained the football men, and piloted his men to victory. This was one of the best events of the day. Handicap Consolation Race, 200yds. Ist prize L2 ; 2nd, LI. R. Lechner... ... ... ... 1 J. Groves ... ... ... ... 2 Irish Jig. Ist prizj, L 3 ; 2nd, LI. Rich. Fizgerald ... 1 M. O’Laughlan ... 2 C. O’Conor... ... ... ... 3 A protest was entered by O’Laughlan against the winner breaking down and not keeping time.

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CALEDONIAN SPORTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 827, 27 December 1882

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CALEDONIAN SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 827, 27 December 1882

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