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Yesterday the Christehurch Centre of the Bowling Association brought down the visiting Australian bowlers in motor-cars, lent for the purpose, to Akaroa. Leaving Christehurch at 8.30 a.m , the party, which numbered over fifty persons, arrived in Akaroa at 11.30 They were met at the Hotel Metropole by Mr Armstrong (president of the Bowling Club) and a number of other members of the local club. A very sumptuous luncheon was given to the visitors and their friends at the Hotel Metropole, and the arrangements were certainly a credit to Messrs Wederell Bros. After luncheon a party, including the Australian ladies who made the trip, went down the harbour by launch. The other members went to the bowling green to* try conclusions with the local players. Four rink;- were played up to fifteen heads, the Australians winning by 57 points to 34, The Akaroa players were evidently nervous, and during grass seed time have not bad an opportunity of keen practice. In any case the result should be very gratifying to Akaroa. A large num ber of ladies assembled to watch tbe match and dispense afternoon tea, and tbe green looked very attractive indeed with their light dresses. At the conclusion of the game, the \ Mayor, who is also president of tbe j club, expressed the pleasure the Akaroa people had in entertaining the Australian team. He considered it was an honour for Akaroa to have the opportunity of a visit, and he hoped that it would not be the last time they would see the Australian team. He then spoke of Akaroa's desire to be ranked as the premier tourist resort of Canterbury, and said tbe Council and residents were sparing no efforts in that direction, he said tbat tbe Akaroa players had come down badly in the game, but tbat was to be ex pected, and be thought some of them were very nervous. He then called upon the vice president of the club to make a few remarks.

Archdeacon Stocker said it was in deed a pleasure to have an opportuniiy of meeting the Australian team, and he had enjoyed the game exceedicg-y

He would not keep tbem as Uuifi was short, bur, on behalf of tbe Akaroa Club, be wished the vi-itors a happy tour throughout the Dominion, The Mayor then called for three cheers for the visitors.

Mr Morris, of Adelaide (captain of the Australian team) thanked tbem for their cheers and for the lavish bos. pitality extended to tbem. He spoke of the motor trip over the hills with mi3t lying about, and of tbe beauty of Akaroa, surrounded by green mountain ranges. They would not{| forget their trip to Akaroa nor the kindness and hcspitality of the inhabitants.. He was pleased to see tbat, though Akaroa people were working for the progress of the town, they bad time to give to sport, and he was sure tbey were better citizens for tbat reason. He believed heartily in tbe old saying that "all work and no play made Jack a dull boy." He again thanked them for the glorious day they had given them.

Mr Young (president of tbe Christ* church Centre) said that when the visit of the Australian bowlers was arranged tbey decided to have three days in Christehurch, and the Christehurch Centre thought it best to have a rest on tbe middle day. The team looked about for a place where they could have a motor trip, and Akaroa suggested itself as the most suitable. He spoke of the generosity of tbe motor [car owners in lending their cars, and in particular mentioned Messrs Jamieson, Piper and McLean. On behalf of the Christehurch Centre he thanked them for their hospitality. Tbe Australian bowlers gave some* what slow liedertafel music honours to the ladies, and sang a song expressive of good wishes to Mr Armstrong The visitors left about 3 80 p.m. on their return journey to Christehurch. The following is the result of the game:— KINK No. 1. Akaroa, Australia. Masefield. Radke, Bayley, Clark, Bruce Fitzgerald, Armstrong (skip) 7 Rafian (skip) 19 RINK No. 2. I Westenra Jolly . Hammond Gay Stocker Hawke ' Rev. Hayward (skip) 11 Wheeler (skip) 15 ' RINK No. 3. "Williams Jones ) Kerridge Leslie x | Brown Vallely Munro (skip) 7 Rankin (skip) IL RINK No. 4. Beanland Morris ' Piper Hick ' Neave Mair ) Taylor (skip) 9 Burton (skip) £

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VISIT OF AUSTRALIAN BOWLERS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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VISIT OF AUSTRALIAN BOWLERS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4371, 13 February 1914

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