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The annaal a hlelio sports, and competitions m pipe music/ Highland and Irish danoing, etc , held under the auspices of the Aehbarton Caledonian Soolety, took phoe on the Society's grounds, North West Beit, yesterday. The weather, despite the threatening appearance of the previona day was all thst o mid ba desired ; bright nanahinc, with the heat tempered by a 000 l nea bretzs makinp the beßt holiday weather imaginable. The attendance of ihe public was larger than has been the easo for several pant yoara, though an excursion to Tlnmu, sports and races at Rakaia and Moant Soiaera, rac:B at Rangltata Bridge, and vamus pionloa had drained tho town of a large proportion of Ita pleasure a^okIng population, Ovec£4o*waa taken at tho pates. An excellent day'b amusement wag provided by the Soolety everything going off without » hitch. The Ashburton Band was on the ground and played at Intervals during the day. The publican's booth was In tho hinds of Mr W. Davis, of the Royal Hotal, and Mr W. 0. Duvls hid the confectioner's booth, each appearing to h<vve « basy time of it m attending to the wants of their numerous patrons. Mr Charles Reid, for Mr Taoker, filled the Secretary's ohair In a very efficient manner, and his oourtesy while m the discharge of trying duties gained him general kudos. The officials, one and all. worked their. hat dost, and are deserving of credit for the very enjoyable day'a sport they provided, The programme was a lengthy one, twenty- Be ven items being set doirn, and although there was a little delay at the outset, the ball was subsequjntly kfpt merrily rolling. The Highland dancing was pronounced by thone competent to give an opinion, to be excellent. The reel was carried off by A. McKay, G. Morrison, who wbb second, and D. Gallle running eaoh other ol >ac for aeoond honors, but Morrison's omiage gained him the day m that respect. Toe samo order was maintained m the Sword danoa, Scan Treutheip aad m the Reel O* Talloob, but Gtllle put both his opponen's down m the Highland Fling, G. Morrison taking bco >nd plaoe, The oompetltions m pipe mußle brought out two pipers, viz,, A. McKiy and G. Lobettion. In the Reels and S'ratbapeyo the former gave " Lidy McKenzle of Gairlooh " as a reel and " The Highland man's wedding " as a strathspey, and the latter played ''Braes of Tulliinet " and " Sir Donald Shaw's new hall," McKay was adjudged the wluner, and his playinj> could not easily be beaten. Robertson's playing was a little too fast. A. McKay also won the prize for pipe music (plbrooha and marches) his pieces being " Melbank Salute" and "Marchioness of Tollib>rd)ne r " G. Robertson's selections m this event were " Oampbe Ts pibroch" and "F»rewell of the 79th to Gibraltar." McKay thus won the President's ( Vlr D Molearj) pras of £5 5) for most points m Highland danoing, and Mr Stitt's prlzi of one guinea for most points m pipe music. In the athlettoevents, the Grand Handicap was won by J. M'Oonoohle, and the mile and half mile handicaps by J. Bailey. A new feature at the Society's sports was the bioyole rioe, which after a rather ixcjtlng finish was wnu by T. Wall, who had a handicap of 300 yards. It seemed throughout the greater part of the race }hat nothing could prevent A. Jones, the scratch mau, from wlnnlDg, but although he jaet caught Wall, he oould not get ahead of him, and the Utter won with two or threa yards to spore. Another new item was the Tilling at the Ring contest. This brought ont thirteen competitors. There were six rings, and eaoh man waa allowed three tries. The four placed men tied m the fi,rst go off, and tho deciding run resulted m W. Fetching winning. Moot of the horßeo we;e ntrange to tho work, and the contest was consequently not so good as it might otherwise have been. During the day a host of ohlldron'a raoas for toys were sot > oJfp"antl-thron-gfrout~lbir--iipOr:j! — the interests of the juveniles were m no whe neglected. Qne father tinßfttlsfaotory feature of Ihn sports was the number of persqns who throDgeci the enolosuro m which the events were goteff, thuß preveatlog thoso who kept their places outside the ralllnea, getting anything like a good view of tho contests. We would suggest that In the fu'ueo the Soolety make somo provision by wh.'oh only officials and competitors should be allowed within the enolosura. Follow lag are the results of the various events :— Qoolts— No quoits ÜBed to be heavier than four lbs. PWzmi £1 10a; 15s. J. Small, 1 ; J, K<dd, 2 ; J. Stev ns, J. MoGUI, J. Taylor, V. Smith, A. Bisbap, and T. Parks alao competed. Open Hurdle Handicap Ricp, 440jds. Over six hurdles. Prizes : £1 10a ; 15s. A. Jamieeon, 25yd«, 1 ; E. J. Whiting, sor, 2; John' Groves, 15yd«, 3, There were only three starters. Both Groves and Whiting came down at the seoond hurdle arid the former also fell at the fourth. He soon after gave the raoe and J. amieson w.on as he liked. Running High Jnmp. Pr'z«, £}; 15s- J. Jamieson, 4ft lOln, 1 ; W. Kldd, 4Et Bln, 2. J, Groves and f. Batta also oompeled, 100 yds Flat Raoe. Prljjja, £1 10j— B. J. Whiting, 1{ A. Johns, %. G, Nicholas, W. Bautlan, W Perks and E. J. May aleo ran. This race resulted m a very good finish, very little space separating the men as the tape waß breasted. Grand Handioap FISt Raoe, of 100/ da, 220 yds, and 440 yds Mr Hegeltlno'a prize and £3 ; £1 10a ; 15*.— 100 yds heatj J, McOonoohie, fads, 1 ; F. Taßker, Byds, 2 5 W. Bastian/2yds, 3. E. J. Whiting sor. John Groves' 2yda W, Porka, 2/da, and A. Patterion 7yds alao wo. The start affeoted was rather a.n Indifferent one. Mo Oojioohle won with 9 bit to spares 220 yds heat— J, McCbnoohfe, 12yds, 1 ; E. J. Whiting, Ber, 2 ; W. Bwttan, syda. 440 Yards Heat— E. J. Whiting scratoh 1; W. Baetlan 10yd« 2. Two others st»rted but only Whiting and B«stlao finished, the former winning as he liked. Scotch Reel m Highland co3tume, £2 j eoooud £I— A. MoK»y 1j Q, Morrison 2. D. Gallic also competed. Irish Reel. Mr Qhaa. Reid's pr!z) of £1 la for first j Mr O. M. Brooke's prfz > of 10a 6d for Becond— W. Fitzgerald 1 ; Mr O'Loughlla 2. Only these two competed. Pipe Music plbroohs and mpirohes, Mr M. Stitt c priise of £1 la and £2 j 15i-A McKay 1 ; G. Robinson 2. Plpa Maslo reeJo and strathspeyn, Mr Stltt's prlzs and £1 10j and 15-— A MeK*y, 1 ; G. Robinson 2. Tossing the Oaber, prigss £1 ; 10j— J. Daly 39ft 9in 1 j T. Dalton 37ft ej'.n 2. T. Daly alao competed, Pole Vaulting, first prlzi £1 ; second Mr W. Anderson's prfza value 10s 6d — W. Kldd Bft 4in 1 ; A Jamießon 2. These were the only competitors. Handioap Bioyole raoa two mlloa, Mr D. Thomas' cup value 3 guineas first prfza ; Messrs McO*llum and Cj's piece of plate value 1 guinea seoond priza — T, W«ll 300 yds 1 ; A. Jones scratoh 2; A Plckford 250 yds 3. E. Ede aud D. Jones also started, the latter retiring at tho end of the fourth Jap. When the aooond lap had boon, accomplished Wall bad the lqad, but it appeared to all the onlookers that A. Jones had the raoe well In hand, as he was golns; well, and one by one passed all his men with the ex oeption of Wall whom he caught about 100 yards from home. Wall however was equal to the oooaslon and spurting got a short lead, and ultimately won by aboqt three yardj, ' Hart Mile Handicap X^/at Race. Ul»t prize, £1 10s j second, IQj. J, Bailey Bor, 1 lj W. Bonnie, 15yds, 2. E. J. Whiting scr, k. Jones 25yds, J, McOoQOoble 36yde f At PattfiUD 3Cyd|

also started, but the first-, and second men 1 ou!y finlaheo\ Bill y, woo j m ea ho | like 3, waking In. I

tiword Danoe or Gillio OiHnm. Firat pr'z*, £1 10j ; second Mr H Zander's pt'z>, valae 10a 6i — \. MoK^y, 1 ; G, Morrison, 2, These were the only competitors.

Trlsh Jig. Pr!z^ f £2; £I— M. O'Loaghlin, I ; W. Flfz^araid, 2. Those were the only oompeitors.

Tilting ftt the Riup. Flrat prizj, £2 : seooad, Mr T>*vh' pr za of £1 la— W. Patching, 1; J. M»ln, 2 ; G. V. Soott, 3 ; F. HltohitiKo. 4 Thirteen oompotltore oaaie forwnrc for this event, whlob resuUed os thrvye deecrih<-d

Roel o' Tnlloch. First p-Z", M' A. McK-irz ! e'a pr'z^ "f 21 ; sccopd, M- D Williamson's p- z o r 10 <M--A McKiy, 1 j D.GalSlo, 2* G. Morriaon also cotnpotod.

Highland FMag p -z s £2; £i -D Q»Uie I; G. Morrison 2. A. MnKay also competed.

Throwing the H^mm?r ; przn £1 ; 10 second— -T. D-*lcon 83't 4in 1; J Diy 82fk 4£ln 2. Theaa wore the only r»o oompstitora.

Handlosp Mile. Fiat R»o* ; Beat prz£2 ; second, Mr Pat ram's przi of £1 Is— J. Bailey scratch 1; J. Groves 25yda 2. A Pattornon also utarled but retired at the end of the first lap. Bailey won m ridiculously easy fashion. Patting the Stone; first prlzi £1 ; second lOi— J. Daily 35ft o£ln 1; T. Daly and T. Dalton tied at 32ffc 2io, but In the throw off for aeooad place the former won,

Boy's Iriah Jljr ; fi rB t Mr Devane'a pr!zeof£l U. F Henry was the only eompetltor bnt his dunclng was ao good that the judges awarded him the ptizi. . Three Legged Race 200 ya^ds, first prlzi £1 • aeoood 10*— Pickford and Nloholan 1; Bastion and Houston 2, BBBt Dressed Boy In Highland coatanoe, nnder 14 years, first prfza 10a and Mr W Z»ndec'o pr:zj valae 10a 6d: —J. MoKsDzle 1.

Oonaolation Raoe 200yda, First £,{ ; aeoond 10a A . Jnreß 1 ; F, Taaker 2.

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ASHBURTON CALEDONIAN SOCIETY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2022, 27 December 1888

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