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ATHLETICS.

The next amateur championship meeting is to be held in Auckland next year. The New Zealand amateur championship meeting, held at Dunedin last Saturday, was a most successful gathering, and plainly shows that amateur sport in the Dominion is not by any means dead. Canterbury won the coveted banner by the respectable margin of 22 points, and j their team was a very showy one. Wel- ! lington put up a strong fight, but Otago ! were a disappointment, and only one first (fell to their share. Auckland's sole representative, J. Wallace, accounted for the only event in which he competed, and his throwing of the 161b hammer 131 feet 4in., on a slippery ground, was a real good performance. The New Zealand record, which is held by W. H, Madill, 13 13(1 fret 44in. The Dunedin Anglican Harriers held ; 21 runs and races last season, with an average attendance of 12. Ex-amateur W. Trcmbath, of Gore, has offered to run Sanson, the wellknown Otago professional, for £25, over a quarter mile track. Evidently Treinbath, having now taken to professionalism, is determined to make a name for himself in his new role. The arrangements for the conduction of the athletic events at the St. Patrick's Day Sports at Devonport were . very well carried out. . The finishes in several sprints were interesting and exciting, and in this respect the handicapping showed commendable decision. Marathon runners, and indeed all pedestrians, should take heed of the risks' occasioned by indulging in a cold drink during the progress of a race. Local evidence of the results is not j v anting, us was witnessed in the Howick ; race and the St. Patrick's Marathon. The five and ten mile professionals i used simply small pebbles, which they continually "sucked" during the race, and these early day cracks always <jpoke highly of the benefits. A small round stone is sufficient. Athletes are reminded that entries for the Waihi Athletic Club's Sports close [ with Mr. W. Paul, Secretary, Waihi, on j Saturday next, 27th inst. The sports 1 teke place on Easter Saturday, when £50 will be given in prizes. Programmes may be seen at the office of Mr. M. J. Sheahan, Coombe's Arcade. All admirers of amateur s,port will welcome the healing of the split between the two sections of the Amateur Association. As pointed out in this column come weeks ago, the stand h;ken by the Christchurch party could not be considered tenable, and no doubt wise counsels prevailed that resulted in the tptal extinction of that body. The fact that the headquarters are | henceforth to be in Wellington lends 1 colour to the suggestion thut Christchurch, as a governing centre, has had its day.. Wellington is certainly the proper place for the headquarters of both amateur and professional sport, Dunedin's claim being clean out of serious consideration. The Katikati Sports drew large fields and a goodly number of spectators. The principal event was th? Cup race, which was annexed by Morchii. while Sexton from scratch won the mile. The League of Wheelmen seems to have lost control of cycling in the Taranaki Province, as events are now run

by the professional union in that district. Undoubtedly the same fate awaits the X.Z. Axemen's Association, as quite a ' number of sawing and chopping events are being held in tlie North Island that are not under the Eltham control. The Whangarei Athletic Club is busy with the Easter Sports, and in view of the holidays quite a few Auckland I athletes intend journeying to the northern town. P0IX) TOURNAMENT. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) PAIiMERSTON iNORTH, Tuesday. There was another large attendance at the polo tournament to-day, including Lady Plunket and party. The eemi-finals for the Savile Cup were played, Rangitikei defenting Mangaiieia by seven goals to two, and Hawke's Bay A, defeating Parawanui by 12 goals to five. The final between Hawke's Bay A. (holders of the cup) and Rangitikei will be played on Friday.

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ATHLETICS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 71, 24 March 1909

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