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. ■ WAIKATO CHALLENGE SHIELD. WOK BY NGABUAWAHIA. One of the most successful regattas or carnivals ever held in the Waikato, was that which eventuated at Ngaruawahia yesterday. The dull, rather gloomy and sultry weather which, had prevailed during the forenoon, led to nothing more than a few trifling drops of rain, and the afternoon was pleasantly warm and bright. For the purposes of the sport, the conditions could hardly have been more favourable, the current being easy and scarcely noticeable. Quite 5000 to 6000 visitors arrived in the little township during the forenoon and early afternoon. The excursion trains from Auckland, Thames, VVaihi, Rotorua, Cambridge and the King Country were packed to the outermost edge of the carriage platforms, and for the righi to travel on the ordinary mixed and express trains, scores paid the fare through to the farther station—either Horotiu or Taupiri as the case might he. j The streets of Xgaruawaliia were liter- ! ally blocked for any kind of vehicular traffic, and to keep the railway clear was a task more fitted for Job himself than an ordinary human official. The takings at the gatee into the grounds amounted to close on £ 100. About a quarter of the spectators might have seen the conclusion of the majority of the races, but these were vastly outnumbered by those who were quite content to witness the hurdle jumping and one or two other events from some cosy picnicking spot on the bank. The side-shows, of which 35 paid for the. right to camp in the grounds, did immense business and must have netted ten times their ordinary receipts. The Maori rowing events were certainly the most interesting events of the day, the hurdle races being particularly so. Ahout half the canoes, on an average, successfully surmounted the obstacles in each race, the others, to the huge delight of the spectators, landing their luckless occupants into the river, or in dripping bundles which clung tightly to the hurdles. An interesting event was that known a~- Te Kawhalei Tamahinp ("a chase for a bride"). The "chase," a fair damsel in a small and singularly unstable-looking canoe, was given a good start from The other boats inanne-d by crews of six ardent wooers. One of the crews did catch up to the quarry, but in so doing failed to observe the regulation that they must be proceeding in the same direction, and practically ran the little cimoe down. The race was rowed again from the point where the error had occurred, and the maiden this time succeeded in eluding the prospective bridegrooms altogether, and was awarded the prize. The rowing events were all successful and well-contested races, Ngaruawahia securing first pluce for the Waikato Challenge Shield for country fours. The management of the regatta was excillc lit, the punctuality with which the programme was carried through being a gratifying feature. The officials responsible were: —Judges: Canoe races, Jlr. W. Paddy; poi and haka, Rev. Mr. Kerocma; rowing races, Messrs. B. D. Hewett and R. F. Bollard; mounted swim. Mr. G. Graves. Starters: Maori events, Mr. H. J. Wright-St. Clair; rowing race-s, Mr. H. M. Thorpe; mounted swim, Mr. .Tas. Myles. Umpires: Canoe races, Mr. H. J. YVright-St. Clair; rowing races, Messrs. H. M. Thorpe and \V. Paterson; mounted #wim. Mr. Jas. Myles. Clerk of scales: Mr. W. R. Gillespip. Handicapper: Mr. H. J. WrightSt. Clair. Committee: Messrs. .1. A. i Lynch, A. A. Stay, A. S. bockic, G. i Grrvcs, H. M. Thorpe, W. Paterson. \V. I Fuller, Jas. Myles. T. Koper, jun. Maori I representative': Mr. H. J. Wright-St. clair. Hon. treasurer: Mr. T. Paterson. ! Secretary: Mr. E. Rathbone. The following were the results of the racing:— '■ Maiden fours, lOst nnd under. Distance. ! 1 mile.—West Knd H.C. |W. Massey. A. liinuett R McDonuld. T. Bell). 1; St. George's K.C., 2; Hamilton R.C. 3. All the 'entering c-rewa Ktarted. West End S«lnK at oiu'c Into the lead, closely followed by St. George's. Hnmilton, and Rotorua. All four were fairly even for the tirst half mile, but appronching the Waikato contained a steady length's advantage, winning from St. George's by that margin. Humllcialnder finishing In struggling order. (*;uioe Hurdle Race (men). — Hacrema! (Karelin Tiikoro and Wl Takoro), 1: Kauri Knmu (Ranuiorua Ranara mid Tiui Tukiri). —: Illue Jacket (Pnora Hopere and Horl Awii), :t. Of the live crews starting, the three tlrst placed maintained a good lead throughout, being 'the only ones to take all the lumps safely. ■Single Sculls (best and best). Distance, 14 mile.—C. E. Stone (St. George's H.C.). 1; E. 11. McDonald (St. George's 8.C.). 2. Stone nnd McDonald were the only starters, and the former was in the lead the whole way. During the finul quarter he gradually Increased hie advantage, and finished qul'te eight lengths in front of McDonald. Maori Girls' Cunoe Race, one girl in each cunoe. - Hoka Hone. 3; Ema Karena, 2; Hutukawa, 3. Matirl Awa also started, but capsized her canoe, managing to right it too ■ late to maintain her lead. The finish was a good une. nil three being close together War Canoes (Ngaruuwiihla Handicap). Distance. 3 uiiles (tlrst prize. £40).—Tan."i----i teklwl view. Ngatl \Vb:iwhnkta. 35 paddles) . 1; Matiu Hanetu (Mercer district. 22 paddles). 1!; Te Waonultnne (Njcatiranglninhora. 37 paddlesl, 3. Also started: Whn--1 whakia (Ngatl-Wliawhakia, 26 padles). This was a great race from the start. All four boats got well together for some distance and when they turned for home were all within a few yards of each other. Returning up 'the river, Tangitekiwi was leading Mntiu Hanetn by a length, the same distance separating the last-named boat from Te \\nonuitane. The Whawhnkia was several lengths further back, and did not finish. Approaching the confluence, the Tnuglteknvl if anything, lost a little, but managed to win a capital race by half a length A couple of lengths divided the second'and third bouts. Maiden Fours (open weights). Distance. 1 mlle.-Waltemata Boating Club (B Becker A. Endean. C. Cairns. T. Campnr' I fY a , 1 ; l " nvubin R-f- 2; .West End R.C 3. Eight crews competed. ' Th e boats kept evenly together until the river confluence was reacheil. Wnitemnta here going out ahead-, with Ngaruwahla close In her wnke. Tlie others followed more or less in straggling order. Waitemata managed to stall oft the lusty pursuit of the Ngaruawahia men.bbi t only just In time and effected a win by a-quarter of a length. West End was six lengths further back, third, bt. George s and Hamilton -leading the others. Canoe Hurdle Race (women).—Kauri Kamu (crew, Whaara Uira and Klmikimi), 1. Uaeremai also started, but jibbed at the first hurdle and capsized. Pair Oars (clinkers). Distance one and a-half miles.—Wiaftematn B C (A W Andrews and F. Herring), 1; North' Shore R.C, 2. The only competitors. This was r> slow race, the reason probably being that Waitemata was so very early ancl so very far In the lead that little exertion was called for. The race was won'by a dozen lengths. Junior Fours (clinkers). Distance. 1* mi'.es. —Ngaruawahia R.C. (W Wilson H ; Henderson. R. Fuller. E. Quintal). 1: North I Shore R.C. 2. Waftemata also started, lint I did not finish. Ngaruawahia lp,i from tlis ■ start, and steadily increased her margin of advantage, winning by six lengths. Waitemata gave up when about three lengths behind North iShore and a dozen from the post. Ladies' Pair Oars. Distance. H miles.— Misses M. Warburton and N. Moffit. 1; Misses S. Kellow and J. Kay, 2. These were the only competitors, and were sepa-' rated at the finish by ten lengths. Double Sculls (clinkers). Distance 1J miles.—North Shore R.C. (W. L oK an' a nd tJW. Oliver)* J.; .Waitemata JB,C.a 2» ffie oaly

competitors. The two crews kept together fairly well right through, and positions changed very slightly until the confluence of the rivers was reached. Here the Shore crew proved Its superiority, and arew away winning comfortably by three lengths Canoe Hurdle Race (man and woman). Haeremat (Karena Takoro and Kiri Karema), l; Kauri Kaniu (Rangiorua Ranara and Whakaara Uira), 2; Blue Jacket (Paora Hopere and Riua Hone), 8. The only three to finish. Won by two lengths. Walkato Challenge Shield and Gold (Medals (country fours): distance, one mile.— NgaruawaMa R.C. (W. Wilson, ,11. Henderson, R. (Fuller. E. Quintal) 1, Hamilton R.C. 2. Also started: ißotorua R.C. 'The three trews raced in a bunch for the first halfmile. N'garuawab-ia being in. the lead whilst crossing the river ito enter the Walpa. 'Hamilton here made a strong effort, but were unable to re-duce the margin against them. Rotorua also put in a vigorous rush, too late, however, to give them the least chn-nce of even s-erond "honours, nnd they retired a dozen lengths from the post. Ngaruawahia forged ahead rapidly, and secured a win by a clear five lengths from ■Ham-11----'War Canoes (Walkato Handicap): distance, three miles (first prize £4j).--Tangl-itekJwi (crew Ngatiwhawhahia) 1, Te W.toeulotane ONgati-Rangimnhorn) 2, Matiu Haneta (Mercer district) 3. The canoe WihowhHkia also entered, but did not fin-tsh. Tangitekiwl awl Te Waonniotan-e made a great race of it, and, keeping In close to ■the bank, hugged each other right down un|*l(*r the willows on .the western slinr<\ turnjins iliUo the Waipa with only 'a few yards I separating them. All worked liked veritable Trojans .it the paddles, and Tanfflteklwl eventually drew airny, reaching 'he post a length ami a-half to the good. 'iTe Matul third. Large -K-apapa Racp (crews of elffhf vrnhines); distance, one mile.— Welkato (Ngati WimwnakJn crew) 1. Wnlpa (Ng-atitui 2, Tane Horo (Nptri It-vparapa) 3. A close race. Won hy three lengths. ■Under ami Over Cane.,' .Hurdle Race.— Mota Kβ 1. The only boat to finish". Senior Fours (clinkers).—Wnl/pmatn 8.-C. (F. Herring. ,T. Mag;iin>. J. Parblnson, A. W. Andrews) 1. Ngaruawnhia 2. The two crews were the only competitors. Waltemn.rn drew awny from near the start, but they were s-rmngly ch-allengcd. and had to work hurd for a win. A splendid race resulted in a win for the Auckland men by a length and a-htilf.

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NGARUAWAHIA REGATTA. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 66, 18 March 1909

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