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The annual Little River Sports were held on Boxing Day on the Awa iti Domain. The day was perfect A rother stiff nor'east wind was blow ing during the greater part of the day, but it was certainly welcome, as lit kept the hot rays of the sun from I scorching one's face. The committee is to be congratulated on the manner in which everything went off, and more especially for the advantage obtained in baviDg the sports held on such beautiful grounds as the Awa iti i Domain proved to be. Every otre was taken to make the course perfect. The track bad been cut and rolled to perfection, and not one complaint reached tbe ears of the officials, which is something to be proud of. The attendance was larger than last year, the amount taken this year amounting to '£21 2s, as against £20 0s 6d last year. The sports were watched with interest, and each event had its favourites. The congratulations, as each competitor won, were manifest. The Litt'e River Brass Band played during tbe afternoon under the baton of Mr L. Joblin, who for tbe first time bad undertaken such a task j The music was especially good for , amateurs. Quite a surprise was sprung on the crowd when the I'arktown j pierrots put in an appearance in a 3 very laughab'e get up. The children I went mad with excitement at tbe r antics they played. Tbe addition of 3 extra events such as tug of-war, 5 throwing the hammer, tossing the 9 caber, etc , added interest to the day's sports The children's events were p certainly very enjoyable. A special t prize was given by Mr E Lane for a 3 race of two miles for boys under 16 (handicap). The three placed boys B did the distance in good time, and f very little separated the first from the second. For the children's events, [ Master Percy Colombus secured the 3 trophy given by Mr A, Murray fcr j most points in boys' events; Mr J. Parkinson was starter for the ordinary events, and Mr H. Chapman for the children's. Messrs J. 0- Coop, W. Radford and Beed acted as judges. L, J. Smith, with 20 points, won the gold medal for most points, while J. G, Hammond was next with 18 1 points,

Following are the results : — One Mile Bicycle Race, handicap, district J.Topp 1 S.Wright 2 Time not taken. 100 Yards, handicap, district— C.Howell 1 L J. Smith 2 S. Peppar '.3 This wa3 a splendid race. Won by about one foot, Smith Raining second place by inches from Pepper. Time 10 1 53ec One Mile Handicap, open— C. Hack .. .. .. .. 1 J. G. Hammond 2 ( H. Yerooe 3 Hack led all the way and won by about 10 yards. Hammond an easy Becond. Time 4min 40Jseo. 100 Yards Handicap, amateurs — J. Tunnington 1 D. M. Robertson 2 8. W. Birdling 3 All run good race, little dividing eaoh. Time lOJsec. 220 Yards Handicap, open— S. Pepper 1 L, J. Smith and C J. De la Cour (dead heat) .. .. .• 2 Very good race. Pepper won by small margin. Smith and Te la Cour came up fast Time 22Jsec. Sack Race, open— L.J.Smith 1 C. Howell .. ' .. .. 2 H. Dass 3 220 Yards Handicap, amateursS. W. Birdling 1 J. L. Blackmore 2 Fast race, little dividing first and secondTime 22Jsec. Tossing the Caber, open— F. Fahey 1 "Finland" 2 J, 0. Coop 3 410 Yards Handicap, district— J. G. Hammond .. .. •. I L. 3. Smith and C. White (dead heat) 2 White led into the .straight, then Hammond closed on him and won by a narrow margin. Time 57 3 j ssec. Hop Step, and Jump — R. Jones 1 Power 2 H. P. Giddens 3 Giddens entered a protest against Power, which will be referred to the Association for decision. 120 Hurdle Handicap, open— P. Birdling 1 H. P. Giddens 2 L J.Smith 3 Birdling led from the fourth hurdle, and •yon by a yard, Smith close up to Giddens. rime 10 I ssec. '.Hw-.' 140 Yards Handicap, amateur - J. L, Blackmore 1 S. W. Birdling 2 X Thompson 3

Throwing the Hammer, op en— 'Fingland"i l B.Stevens .. •• •• 2 Petrie 3 Obstacle Race— L J Smith 1 H Dass 2 Pillow Fight (open)— "Finland" 1 Jaokson .. 2 Half-mile Bicycle Race (open)— J. Moffat 1 A C. Smith 2 E, Dasa 3 Tug>ofWar (district) — Wair«wa * Star 2 Messrs Harrie and Coop gave £1 for pu'l between first and second, winner.) to take the pool. Star won. 100 Yards Handicap (open) — J. G. Hamraond 1 H. P. Gidderis 2 J. A. Power 3 The race was fast from start to fin'sh, and won by two yards. Time, 10 2 Gjco. Running High Jump (open)— H. Petrie 1 Wilson 2 Height-sft. 2in--880 Yar's Handicap (open)— J G Hammond 1 C. Hack 2 Time, 2min. sseo. 1"; Miles Bicycle Handicap (open)— A. 0. Smith I E. Dasa 2 J. Moffat 3 Winner won by inches. Tilting in the Ring— T, Williams 1 S, R'iru .. 2 100 Wda, Boys under 10— R. Giliman .. .. •• 1 A, Honeybone 2 50 Yards, Girls under 9 - H. Tini ..1 A. Colombus 2 100 Yards, Boys under 12— Albert Colombus t T. Robbson 2 50 Yards, Girls under 11— Gracie Fahey 1 Monica Williams .. .. 2 Potato Race— Percy Colombus 1 J.Williams ... .. ..2 Human Wheelbarrow Race— P. and L. Colombus .. .. • 1 B. LeComte and A. Colombus 2 100 Yards, boys under 14— B. MoManus .. .. .. 1 Peroy Colombus .2 50 Yards, girls under 13— Mona Humphries . .. ~ I G. Watbins 2 ; Boot RacePercy Colombus 1 Albert Colombus .. .. 2 100 Yards, boys under 16— J. Tini 1 J. Humohrios .. .. ..2 Running High Jump — Percy Colombus .. .. .. 1 J. Tini 2 Hop, Skip, and Jump— J- Tini 1 B. McManus 2 50 Yards, girls undo* 15— Mora Humphries .. .. 1 H. Parata 2 Two Miles Race, boys under 16— S. LeComte 1 Alf. Honeybone 2 Basil LeComte 3

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LITTLE RIVER SPORTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4360, 30 December 1913

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LITTLE RIVER SPORTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4360, 30 December 1913

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